Food Gifts Toronto

10 holiday gift ideas for the food lover in Toronto

Shopping for that food lover in your life could be as easy as stocking up at one of Toronto's many gourmet food stores, though there are an abundance of other options if you're looking to shop locally. No matter if you're gifting an avid home cook, entertainer or eater, this list has a little something that should satiate even the most discerning tastes.

Here are my picks for gifts that will make food lovers happy this holiday season.

Vegetabowls / Room 2046 $22-55
These dishwasher and microwave-safe earthenware bowls would be charming additions to any home cook's collection. Cast from various vegetables and brightly glazed, find pumpkins, acorn squash, cantaloupes, and my fave, a cute 3-piece salsa set featuring tomatoes and onions.

8" Zanmai Chef Knife (Gyuto) / Knife $250.00
Pro-cooks and amateurs alike will find themselves lusting after pretty much everything at Knife on Crawford. This 8" chef's knife from the Classic Pro line comes highly recommended because it's got a great handle, is light, thin and easy to yield, and above all, looks really badass.

Stasis Preserves $7-15
Niagara black walnuts in raw wildflower honey, ghost chili hot sauce and caramelized onion jam are just some of the locally made goodies in stock and ready for gifting at this deli and pantry on Roncesvalles.

Cube 57 / Ninutik $42
Give Canada's most iconic sweet in an elegant and distinct new way. These solid blocks of pure maple sugar come paired with a stainless steel shaver to grate into wisps over pancakes, yogurt or fruit.

Life's Soundtrack Tea Towels / Good Egg $20 each
This Kensington Market store specializes in books and giftwares for food lovers, but if you're looking for something locally made then this collection of linens will be music to you ears. The screen printed towels from Kempton Jones feature food-themed sound wave patterns that graphically portray the sounds of slurping coffee, popcorn popping and sizzling bacon.

Arborist Hickory Apron / Drake General Store $9-$32
Encourage culinary brilliance with this rugged, but beautiful conductor-inspired apron, featuring brass rim details and handy pockets for utensils.

Swaine Street Cutting Boards / Scout $90
Sturdy and beautiful handmade wood cutting boards come laser engraved with a cow on one side and a carrot on the reverse (to prevent kitchen cross contamination) and are popular picks for foodies this season. The giftware store on Roncesvalles is stocking multiple designs from this Halifax-based crafts woman who's recently transplanted to Toronto.

Toronto Foodie Box / FoodiePages $55-$110
Looking for a well curated sampling of delicious Toronto-made edibles? These limited edition holiday boxes come in two sizes and feature goodies like bacon beer nut brittle from The Drake Hotel, Drip Maple Syrup, and Live On Chocolate's raw chocolate bars and more.

Rifle Paper Co. Recipe Tins / Cry Wolf $42
Sure the internet makes every recipe imaginable available instantly, but these patterned recipe tins with matching cards ($15) are lovely keepsakes. While they're great new - I'll be giving these out to relatives who seem set on taking family recipes to the grave. I'm hoping to get the contents filled out and bequeathed back to me eventually.

Toronto Cooks by Amy Rosen / Indigo $37.95
Cross off cookbook lovers and Torontophiles on your list at once with this compilation of over 100 signature recipes from over 40 of Toronto's best restaurants. A perfect present for any kitchen whiz and best of all, there's potential for the appreciation to be reciprocated with a little home cooking. (On a side note: this book can be picked up at many of the restaurants featured, though Indigo is happy to slash that list price if you can wait for it to ship).

What amazing items did I miss? Leave your ideas in the comments.

lcboThanks to the LCBO for sponsoring our 2014 Gift Guide.

Photo from Stasis Preserves Deli & Pantry

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