Available in red, blue, orange and grey, this very reasonably priced Dutch oven is the perfect vessel to cook hearty soups, stews and chilies. It’s easy to clean and will allow you to make recipes in larger quantities so you can freeze portions of them, allowing you to always have a homemade, healthy option to turn to when time is tight.
President’s Choice PC 5qt Dutch Oven, $89.99 at Loblaw stores.
Nuts about this
A great alternative to olive oil, this fragrant, nutty oil will add a lovely flavour to salad dressings, pasta dishes and some baked treats too.
Maison Orphee Hazelnut Oil, $18.69 at maisonorphee.com.
A matcha made in heaven
Ideal for the matcha aficionado in your life, this set is all that’s needed to make the perfect cuppa at home. The bamboo whisk is used to ensure the ground green tea leaves are completely smooth and silky before being enjoyed.
The Modern Matcha Essentials, $40, at davidstea.com.
This is bananas
A real treat to enjoy with scones, brioche or even by the spoonful, this delicious mix of bananas, bourbon and vanilla bean will make you wonder why you’ve never had banana jam before.
Banana Bourbon and Vanilla Bean Jam, $12 at kittenandthebear.com.
You spin me right round
A nifty attachment for your KitchenAid stand mixer, this is the first automated spiralizer on the market. With various blades, it will let you transform beets, carrots, sweet potatoes and rutabaga into pretty ribbons to use in all your favourite recipes.
KitchenAid Spiralizer Plus with Peel, Core and Slice, $219 at kitchenaid.ca.
The duo behind the award-winning vegetarian and whole food-focused blog Green Kitchen Stories share some of their favourite smoothie recipes to energize your mornings or add fuel to a busy afternoon.
Green Kitchen Smoothies: Healthy and Colorful Smoothies for Every Day, $22.85 at amazon.ca.
Going against the grain
This kit contains Canadian-grown Kabuli Chickpeas (large in size and creamy in colour), Laird Lentils (a green-hued variety) and French Lentils (slate-blue and green in colour), a tasty gift for anyone in your life who enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with legumes. The box come with a recipe to get you started and also lets you know about the farmer behind each product so you can follow its journey from farm to table.
Grain Legume Starter Bundle, $29.95 at eatgrain.ca.
Hand-painted in Montreal, these dainty porcelain plates will beautifully display desserts, pastries or small nibbles. The 14-karat gold detailing makes them fit for company but also perfect to make any afternoon treat feel extra special.
Atelier MakeGold Line Dessert Plate, $40 at ateliermake.com.
Let them have cake
These display-worthy bundt cake pans are the ideal vessel to make show-stopping cakes. To prevent any sticking, brush the inside of the mould with coconut oil and dust with flour.
Nordic Ware Anniversary Bundt Pan, starting at $40 at william-sonoma.ca.
Not your basic avocado
A whimsical stocking stuffer, this avocado mug is the perfect excuse to up your tea intake.
Avocado Mug, $12 at urbanoutfitters.com.
One hit wonders
The OG slow cooker is a great gift for the comfort food-loving foodie. The interior six-quart pot is made of stoneware and is as easy to remove and clean as a bowl. Plus the lid latches allow for your giftee to make dinner and transport it, without having to transfer the food to another container.
Crock Pot Thermoshield Slow Cooker, $149.99 at canadiantire.ca.
Bowl them over
Give the gift of warmth! A cooking class for hearty soups is a thoughtful gift for a foodie friend.
Cooking Hearty Soups at Humber HRT Continuing Education, $75 at eventbrite.ca.
This is worth raising a glass
Champers is always special but pink bubbly is even more so.
Veuve Clicquot Rosé Clicq’call, $89.50 at liquor stores.