7 great gifts for food lovers

Need some inspiration for a gift for the food lover in your life? (Or yourself? No judgies.) Here are some delightful and delicious ideas.

Luxury cheese-and-wine hampers

We may not have a cheese advent calendar in SA, but Cape Town’s top cheese shop, Culture Club Cheese, is still making sweet dreams come true this festive season. They offer a selection of hampers picked from their world-class selection of local and imported cheeses, delivered to your door. (Only if you reside in the Cape Town CBD, Atlantic Seaboard and Constantia areas.) Options range from the luxury Christmas and New Year hamper of ripe cheese, MCC, crackers, a board and knife, preserves and pickles (R2 300), to the more budget-friendly selection for serious cheese lovers, which includes the team’s choice of four cheeses with crackers (R650). There are boxes pairing cheeses with bubbly, wine and craft beer, as well as hampers that are safe for pregnant moms. For more information, visit the website.

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The luxury Christmas and New Year box from Culture Club Cheese. Photo supplied.

Doughnut, burger and chocolate earrings

Made in South Africa by Forever Love, these quirky polymer-clay earrings are the perfect gift for the whimsical foodie in your life. Choose from the current designs of adorable mini bananas, peas in pods, burgers, slabs of chocolate, cupcakes, hotdogs and doughnuts, or order custom-made shapes. Click here for more.

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A gin hamper

A mini Christmas-themed hamper produced by The Gin Box will bring a smile to the dial of the juniper lover in your life. You’ve got until 19 December to order this treat, which costs R350 (includes delivery). If you don’t make it in time for Christmas, you can order monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly deliveries for the new year, which will feature a different gin every time, recipes, garnish ideas, tonics and other goodies. Available at for R750 per box.

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The Christmas offering from The Gin Box. Photo supplied.

2018 Eat Out magazine

Stocking filler, coffee-table book, handbag guide, fan, mosquito-killing weapon… the uses for the brand-new doughnut-adorned Eat Out magazine are endless. Not to mention how many restaurants reviews it includes – a whopping 500. This special 20th edition is a great gift for all lovers of eating out, even if we say so ourselves. Find out where to buy one here.

A new floral non-boozy G&T

The Duchess, the world’s first sugar-free, non-alcoholic gin and tonic proudly made in SA, has launched a new floral variant. Fragrant blossom extracts blend with the refreshing bitterness of the gin-and-tonic profile to create this drink that’s perfect for sipping at the pool or sea this summer. It’s infused with extracts of primrose, citrus blossom and indigenous honeybush. Find out more on the Facebook page.

Mugs for your avo-obsessed loved one

Longtime Eat Out readers will know how much we adore avos. If you’re on the same page, these mugs from Superbalist are a cute and romantic idea for your partner.

Big spoon avo mug by Sixth Floor

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A three-month supply of artisanal ice cream

Join the club, literally, at Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream, and you don’t even need to leave the house. (For those in Joburg and Pretoria only.) The team’s artisanal ice cream is made in small batches with fresh milk, cream, eggs and sugar, high-quality ingredients and zero synthetic additives or chemicals. Flavours include the likes of roasted banana, dulce de leche, birthday cake as well as classics like Madagascan vanilla and milk chocolate. Buy a three-month subscription and each month the recipient will receive 500ml each of two standard flavours, two club flavours and two seasonal flavours. Deliveries usually take place at the end of the month, but you can request a specific date to get your ice cream on. Ready the spoons and sprinkles! Paul is also doing festive peppermint flavoured ice-cream cakes. Click here to find out more.

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