10 Christmas Gifts for a Cheese Lover and the 1 you definitely shouldn’t
All cheese gifts are not created equal
Not all cheese gifts are created equal, we should know, we’ve seen them all! From the cheesy joke set to the novelty sock there are some things even the most devoted of cheese fans will struggle to feign appreciation for on Christmas morning.
Allow Academy of Cheese to take the pressure off, steer you away from the perils of the gimmicky gifts and present you with ideas we know the cheese lover in your life really will enjoy.
Give the gift of “Cheese Love”
To make the decision easier, we have compiled this list of quality cheese gifts that are guaranteed to bring a smile on the big day.
#1 : Cheese selection box
There is a plethora of delicious cheese boxes showcasing our fabulous British cheesemakers from around the UK; ideal as gifts, for the party season, and to enjoy with all the family at Christmas time. This year more than ever supporting British cheesemakers is so important to ensure their survival and the great news is there is more choice than ever available to be delivered direct to your door.
#2 : Cheese Books
Philosophy of Cheese book by Patrick McGuigan
This book is a passionate journey through the history of cheese and cheesemaking as well as a guide to the practicalities of storing and serving cheese. Patrick McGuigan is a Brighton-based freelance food journalist and cheese writer. He is also a Training Partner with the Academy of Cheese.
A British Library favourite and perfect coffee table book for a cheese lover to enjoy throughout the festive period.
Homemade Cheese by Paul Thomas
Know someone who loves cooking AND cheese? This is the perfect gift! Full of recipes, advice and clear instructions with step by step photos too. Written by expert cheesemaker Paul Thomas (Academy of Cheese Technical Director)
#3 : Crispbread selection box from Peters Yard
Peter’s Yard crispbreads are award-winning sourdough crispbreads, made using simple, natural ingredients. A delicious accompaniment to most cheeses, a crispbread is the perfect vehicle for cheese consumption. The small crispbread selection box is inspired by Sweden, the home of crispbread. Including three Great Taste award-winning recipes; Spelt & Poppy Seed, Charcoal & Rye and Original – you’ve got all the components for a well-balanced cheese board.
A perfect stocking filler, ideal for tucking into the Christmas day cheese board.
Order this from Peter’s Yard early to make sure it arrives in time
#5 : Cheese Box Monthly Subscription
Give the gift of cheese discovery with a monthly subscription of cheese delivered to the door direct from cheesemakers and cheesemongers across the UK? Carefully curated selections are created for an incredible cheese journey that changes each month. Hand selected, hand cut, seasonal and packaged with your gift message – a truly memorable and unique Christmas gift.
Choose from one, three, six and twelve month subscriptions. Check out Paxton & Whitfield’s Cheese Club, Burts Cheese & Wine Club & The Fine Cheese Co. Monthly Cheese Subscriptions, The Cheese Society, The Courtyard Dairy & Neals Yard Dairy or visit our directory of Where to Buy Cheese for many more options
#6 : Cheese Tools for cutting, slicing, melting, grating and curling
The correct tool takes cheese enjoyment to the next level making that wedge easier to cut, beautiful curls and slices a delight to create and warm melting cheese to the perfect gooiness ready for sharing. Boska have been making cheese tools for over 120 years and have the most extensive range ever, available from Harrods Food Hall, Selfridges Food Hall Whole Foods Market and various independent cheese stores and cookshops across the UK and online.
Choose from Knives, Slicers, Graters, Fondue sets and Raclettes
Order direct from Boska
#8 : Cheese Night Out
Give the gift of melted gooey cheese perfect for sharing on date night at The Cheese Bar, Camden or how about a lazy lunch on The Cheese Barge, a double-decker vessel permanently moored on the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Central. Not good enough? There is always Pick and Cheese – the worlds first cheese conveyor belt in Covent Garden, all the brain child of Mathew Carver whose London restaurants champion artisan British cheese with mind blowing menus.
Treat your loved one to the best Christmas cheese meal ever and you never know they may invite you too!
For restaurant vouchers with imagination https://thecheesebar.giftpro.co.uk/
#10 : Unique Cheese Merchandise
To find that extra special gift we have gone to cheese influencer, cheesemaker and cheesemonger Emma Young aka The Cheese Explorer. Emma has her finger on the pulse when it comes to anything cheese and has recently collaborated with Polish creator Badgers Bakery to produce exact replicas of Stilton, Mimolette and Mont D’or in miniature as earrings and necklaces!
To get cheese adorned visit https://www.cheeseexplorer.com/shop
Before we go further….
Ok here it is, the one you shouldn’t…
“Cheese in a Can”. Need we say more?