Gift Guides

Five last minute gift ideas for the gourmet in your life

Tasteful and terrific.

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The season for merriment is inching ever so close. Joyousness is about to ensure. But for now, tis the season for fast tracking. As we spend this current period cramming a month of work into three weeks, and filling every night and weekend with catch-ups, parties and family festivities galore, life is starting to feel a little hectic. And even the organised shoppers among us who have ploughed through their Christmas shopping lists (and checked them twice), will always have another Kris Kringle dropped in their laps or a last-minute addition to the Christmas day guest list to buy for.

Don’t stress! In the spirit of giving, we’ve got you covered. Our gift to you is a GT curated shortlist of fabulous gifts that are destined to thrill even the most discerning foodie. There is even a few last-minute options if the need arises.

1. Holiday spirits made simple

We’ve all been there. That moment when you’ve sat down at a casual December catch-up and a friend puts a gift on the table but you didn’t realise it was a gift-giving situation. With a little under-the-table phone wielding and a few delaying tactics you can source something fabulous in a few clicks on Uber Eats. Our pick is to search for Four Pillars Christmas gin, which feels unique and hard-to-get even though it’s available in most neighbourhood bottle shops nationally. If you are particularly covert, you can even get gift wrapping paper delivered on Uber Eats.

2. Class acts

Another fast and fabulous present that can be conjured on the fly is a class. Cooking lessons are always fun, but we have our eyes fixed on a Archie Rose cocktail making masterclass – the gift that keep on giving.


3. Art of food

With a little extra time, a Food For Everyone poster is a thoughtful gift for restaurant buffs. Those that dined at Attica in the year will be delighted to commemorate Ben Shewry’s groundbreaking cooking with Attica’s Jelly Bean Ice Cream by Ben Shewry poster, reinterpreted by artist Nadia Hernandez.


4. For the host

When you don’t want to turn up to a party empty handed, the best last-minute gifts for hosts are the ones that make life easier for the recipient. Over the Christmas period, that always means food. Try a hamper from Koko Black, from $99, or a Trinkling Tree chocolate, $29.90.


Gelato Messina is another go-to for gifts that double as dessert. Limited-edition spreads start at $30.

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5. Books for cooks (and mixologists)

A good cookbook will always inspire and delight. Our picks of the year are The Dinner Party by Martin Benn and Vicki Wild (Hardie Grant, $60), a guide to entertaining by the pros. Plus a Middle Eastern anthology, Rumi by Joseph Abboud (Murdoch Books, $40), and, for cocktail lovers, Strong, Sweet and Bitter by Cara Devine (Hardie Grant, $37). All perfect gifts for foodies if you can bear to part with them.

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