Glossy Gifts and Experiences for the Foodie on Your List

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From vouchers for dog lovers who long to take their furry friends on a break away, to bread classes for the aspiring baker, this week’s gourmet gift guide has glossy gifts for all …

Gift Voucher from The Mustard Seed, Co Limerick

With owner John Edward Joyce named as Georgina Campbell’s Host of the Year in 2019 and hailed by Georgina as “a genial host par excellence”, a gift voucher from The Mustard Seed in Co Limerick is sure to please any lucky recipient. The award-winning Mustard Seed is also pet friendly and with its tranquil location and stunning views of Knockfierna (Limerick’s highest point), it’s the perfect place to stretch those legs with your furry friend followed by dinner in the Victorian dining room with its pressed white linen, antique silverware and of course, exquisite food. From €50. www.mustardseed.ie

Curated Cheese Selection from Avoca presented on Caulfield Country Boards

The festive cheese board is one of the most important courses on Christmas Day (and over the festive period) and the cheesemongers at Avoca are masters in the art of curating the perfect cheese and wine pairing. Top it off with a handmade Irish wooden board from Caulfield Country Boards along with a handmade soft cheese knife and you have the perfect gift for the turophile (AKA cheese lover) in your life. www.avoca.ie

Sourdough Class at Bread 41

In its relatively short existence, Eoin Cluskey’s Bread 41 has established itself as one of Ireland’s finest bakeries and purveyor of artisan bread and pastries. While 2020 was the year of the sourdough (and banana bread) challenge, there is no doubt that learning to bake proper bread at home is a skill that all home bakers aspire to, whatever the circumstance. A gift voucher for a Bread 41 masterclass in Introduction to Real Bread is the gift that keeps on giving and provides a lifelong skill for anyone interested in baking better bread. From €130. www.bread41.ie

Festive Bakehouse Box from The Bakehouse

Christmas Eve can be a tad stressful, with all the last minute shopping and endless present wrapping, so the gift of a family feast delivered would no doubt be much appreciated by someone you love. The Bakehouse Dublin have recently launched their Christmas range and the Family Feast Box would make a thoughtful gift for any busy household. Each box contains dinner for six, sides, a loaf of their famous bloomer bread, Christmas crackers, Christmas cake pops and a box of post-dinner sweet treats. Other festive gift boxes include Christmas treats with coffee, wine or fizz and all can be delivered nationwide. From €30. www.bakehousedublin.ie

My Family Cookbook from Designist, Dublin

Exactly as it sounds, My Family Cookbook is a blank canvas just waiting to be filled with family recipes that have passed down through the generations – and those that are just being formulated and perfected today. With space for over 80 handwritten recipes, you can choose to add photos of your masterpieces and it also comes with some useful cooking guides and tables should the recipient not quite be Nigella. €28, www.shop.designist.ie.

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