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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

Christmas Gift 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.

View Cheese selection boxes

#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.

Order a copy here today

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)

The book is available from Jongia  www.cheesemakingshop.co.uk  Courtyard Dairy https://www.thecourtyarddairy.co.uk/and Goat Nutrition Ltd (gnltd.co.uk) as well as other book shops.

#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

#4 : Academy of Cheese Online certification

The ultimate gift for any cheese lover is the gift of knowledge. Opening this gift and discovering a fascinating world of education and tools to explore, is guaranteed to make it their all time favourite christmas gift. Carefully structured with professional industry knowledge, that will enlighten all levels of cheese enthusiasts enticing them on a journey to Master of Cheese!

No need to wait for this experience. Start Christmas morning with a simple Login.

Sign up here for a Level One Christmas gift package

#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

Visit Where to Buy Cheese Directory

#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

#7 : Academy Community Subscription

If you’re looking to introduce a friend to the Academy of Cheese but not sure if they are ready to delve into a course, then an Academy Subscription is the perfect gift you can give. The subscription is for one year and includes full access to our cheese library and knowledgebase, free masterclasses, discounts for Academy events and more.

Buy the Academy community membership for friends who want to be involved.

Buy this gift and have it delivered for Christmas day

#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/

#9 : Academy Virtual Classroom Courses

If you’re looking for an experienced hand to guide you through the world of Cheese, then our courses are for you. We work with Training partners around the world who can give their unique perspective on Cheese, whilst guiding you through the Academy Level programme. Buying this gift will allow your loved one to book on one of our exciting courses (delivered virtually due to Covid19) and also access the eLearning materials required to pass the exam.

Get this gift for a Cheese lover who likes an experience

Order a virtual course gift voucher

#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


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