Buying Christmas presents is never easy. In fact, it becomes more and more difficult with every year that passes by. However, if you have a foodie in your life, it does become a little bit easier. After all, you already know the way to their heart. Nonetheless, you still need to be careful regarding what you do buy a foodie – you need to make sure it is something they are going to appreciate and enjoy. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what NOT to buy a foodie this Christmas.
Generic chocolate – If you are going to buy chocolate for a foodie, make sure it is something artisan and unusual. Opt for an unusual combination. For example, chilli and chocolate have recently become the latest craze. Can you find something more unusual to top this? Foodies like to try new things, which is why something weird and wonderful is bound to go down much better than a Terry’s Chocolate Orange.
Poor quality kitchen appliances – If you are going to buy your friend or family member something to use in the kitchen, make sure it is something good. Your loved one is more likely to appreciate a set of high-quality knives than a poor quality waffle maker, for instance. Foodies take pride in the meals they prepare – opt for quality at all times. If you like the sound of a new set of knives, check out Cut It Fine’s short list for some suggestions. This is a good gift because knives need to be replaced when they become dull and lose their sharpness.
A generic recipe book – It is likely that your loved one already has a bookcase full of recipe books. This is not to say that you shouldn’t buy them another one – but avoid going for something generic. A standard Jamie Oliver cookbook may appeal to the average person, but a foodie probably feels like they have already seen it before. This is why it is better to go for a specialist cookbook instead. For example, you can choose a cookbook that focuses on meals with a certain ingredient or recipes from an unusual type of cuisine.
The most expensive bottle of wine you can afford – This is an option a lot of people tend to turn to when they are looking for a gift for a wine lover but don’t know what to buy. Surely, the more expensive, the better, right? Well, this is subjective. We all have different taste buds and a lot of so called ‘wine snobs’ actually don’t care about the price – they will take just as much pleasure in a cheap bottle of plonk as an expensive one, so long as it is good. Of course, this doesn’t really help you, so the advice here is to pay attention to what they usually drink and source reviews online.
Hopefully, you now feel a bit more prepared for your Christmas shopping. You know what you should not buy a foodie, which should arm you well when you start browsing for something impressive. Remember, it’s about finding something a bit different from the norm – something they are unlikely to have come across before.