They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, so what better way to show you care at Christmas than by sharing the gift of food. Whether a man is a gourmand or just loves to eat, food gifts always go down a treat, especially when there's some thought behind it. Finding out their favourite foods for a gourmet food basket, playing on their love for spice or considering heritage are just a few ways to do this.
Good food is a huge part of today's culture, and because of this, the range of 'foodie' gifts available are endless. Here are some of the best food gift ideas:
A gourmet food hamper is an exciting gift for any foodie – as they pull out each of the inclusions, they'll be reminded of opening a stocking full of surprises as a kid. What you put in it is entirely up to you. Include a range of pantry essentials, opt for delicious oils or make up a mix of handmade goods. Get creative!
A cheese kit provides you with everything you need to make a large variety of artisan cheese from the comfort of your home. A fresh cheese kit is ideal for beginners who love cheeses such as feta, halloumi or quark. You can also make farmhouse butter.
The Bitton Gourmet line brings rich French flavours into your home and their BBQ gift pack brings that same great taste to the outdoors. The Bitton BBQ pack includes dressing, barbecue sauce, chilli garlic masala and an orange jelly.
For any man who likes their food hot, a chilli mill is a great addition, alongside traditional salt and pepper. Simply add their favourite dried chillies into the mill and give the stylish device a twist, and they'll quickly have a meal that packs a punch.
Treat your loved one to a range of tasty beers or wine – whichever is likely to appeal to their palate – at a boutique brewery or winery. They'll learn the history of the drink, get to know the brewing or wine-making process and grasp an understanding of the best food pairings.
A Bite of the Big Apple: My Food Adventure in New York by Monica Trapaga was shortlisted for the 2014 Gourmand World Cookbook of the Year and was winner of the Best US Cuisine Book. With recipes such as roast rack of lamb and Sicilian lemon meatballs, this is sure to be a well-referred to book. Other great buys include Meat: Everything You Need to Know by Pat Lafrieda and Cumulus Inc. by Andrew McDonnell.
Solar Cool technology has made trips to the beach in summer so much more delicious by using the power of the sun to cool food and drink. As an added bonus, it also provides power for charging electronic devices.
There's something all men love about cooking on the BBQ. Let them take it one step further by branding a big slab of steak with their own name. You can buy branding irons online that come with interchangeable letters, meaning he can change his steak message depending on the occasion.
Cooking classes are great for brushing up on some kitchen skills, and can be a fun way to meet other food lovers in your area. Try a seafood class at the Sydney Seafood School with a celebrity guest chef like Alessandro Pavoni from Ormeggio at the Spit, or learn more about French cooking techniques with the head chef from Bouchon in Bendigo.
For a man that's recently started a journey to healthy living, a gift pack of healthy snacks is both really encouraging and exciting. Well thought about snacks show that healthy food can still taste great and include protein balls, organic dried fruits, whole grain granola, nut butter and acai powder.
If they're going to be cooking on the BBQ when you have company, they're going to need to protect their 'when-we-have-company' shirt. Often sporting comical musings and slogans, there are plenty of aprons available to suit all personalities.
If perfect julienned vegetables are just out of reach, this clever cutting board will see exact cuts every time. Made of strong, hard-wearing beechwood, it makes plating up precise food a breeze.
There is a huge range of great cooking DVDs that show the best from TV series' such as River Cottage Australia, Gourmet Farmer, Boys Weekend and Heston's Feast.
Okay, so this one isn't available to customers yet, but you could offer someone an IOU for 2015 if you're really looking to spoil them. Not only will this voice-activated BBQ respond to your demands, it will voice cooking tips and tell you where to place what food. If only it could go fetch a beer as well.
Just about anyone loves a good meal in a great restaurant and with a Good Food Gift Card, the recipient can choose the restaurant in which to enjoy your gift. There's a huge range of restaurants dotted all around the country and each establishment has been carefully selected to guarantee a memorable meal. What's more the gift card is a handy size for an extra special stocking filler for him.