Holiday Gift Guide Food

10 holiday gift ideas for the food obsessed

For those like me who are still searching for the perfect gift for that food-obsessed person on their list – take a cue from these local food and drink purveyors who shared with me the gifts they're hoping to receive this holiday season.


In my stocking I'd love to find mini kitchen supplies like colourful silicone muffin cups or a mini grater. They're cute and available at Nella Cucina.
Hassel Aviles, Toronto Underground Market

That's easy, I asked Santa for a Le Creuset skillet. The iconic, cast iron pieces are known for their colourful enameled finishes and are available from Good Egg in Kensington Market.
Lora Bertolo, Popover Girl


Locally produced goodies like a dozen donuts from Dough by Rachelle, any of the beautiful chocolates from Laura Slack's Christmas Collection, cookies from Cookie Martinez or even an order from West Side Beef.
Hassel Aviles, Toronto Underground Market


It's expensive, but I'm hoping for the book Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking. The six volume set is an authority on the science of contemporary cooking and goes for $599 at The Cookbook Store in Yorkville.
Aidan Pascoe, chef at Voodoo Child and line cook at the newly opened Rose and Sons


I like to receive intangible gifts like a Kiva Card that provides microloans to support entrepreneurs. Gifting a microloan allows the recipient to reinvest once the initial loan is paid off, so this gift has the potential to make a lot of impact.
Len Senater, The Depanneur

A charitable donation made in my name to The Stop. The community food centre strives to increase access to healthy food through its many programs and services. It was also host to some great summer events like The Stop's Beer Garden and Night Market.
Hassel Aviles, Toronto Underground Market


A gift certificate for the Rusholme Park Supper Club at The Depanneur to enjoy an informal, family-style dinner party hosted by a rotating cast of chefs.
Hassel Aviles, Toronto Underground Market

Or, how about tickets for an upcoming Dishcrawl? That would be an awesome gift and there are three scheduled in the new year; a King West martini pairing, a Beaches foodie/shopping crawl and an Ossington Dishcrawl.
Yashy Murphy, DIshcrawl


As an alternative to all the David's Tea changing hands this season (there really is such a thing as too much tea), I'll be gifting lovely bottles of olive oil from the Spice Trader. It's something that everyone uses and even on a modest budget you can get a good bottle that's still a luxury.

Happy Holidays! Liora Ipsum

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