Christmas is a difficult time for everyone. There much to do including scheduling those extra catch-ups with friends and family, organising the family event to make sure it’s perfect and nobody sets fire to Auntie Betty this year and finding the time to buy all those gifts. Although harder than the buying, we think, is working out what to get everyone.
To help ease your load we have some ideas for that special someone in your life who has a fondness for restaurants, food and wine.
Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a wine glass able to hold an entire bottle of wine. Beautiful large crystal glasses designed specifically for your favourite grape such as the Riedel Veritas range are just that. Not only do they enhance the wine drinking experience, they’re also highly efficient as you only need to pour the one time. Now that’s a gift.
The perfect accompaniment to beautiful glasses is, undoubtedly, an equally gorgeous decanter. It’s the sausage to go with the eggs (so to speak). Riedel do sleek sexy decanters but we have a soft spot for those slightly quirky decanters in the shape of a chicken or a duck. Duck and Pinot Noir anyone?
Let’s be honest. Nobody ever uses a cookbook for cooking. Most cookbooks end up as shelf fillers, coffee table coasters or moving box contents. Yet it’s impossible to deny the beautiful feeling that comes with unwrapping a brand new cookbook. All that potential, all those food dreams create those precious moments when the room suddenly fills with the self-satisfying aromas of shallow but well intentioned promises of future dinner parties. You can’t put a price on that kind of bonhomie.
This is the perfect way to show your gratitude/love for a family member or even a work colleague. Send them back to their favourite restaurant or, even better, force them to try that restaurant you’ve been raving about (and they’ve been ignoring) by giving them a dining gift voucher. It will burn a hole in their pocket until they use it. At which point they will have to admit you were right. The bragging rights are well worth the money we think.
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The ultimate gift for the restaurant tragic in your life. Making a small contribution on their behalf to a crowdfunded restaurant start-up is the perfect way to enjoy the roller-coaster world of new restaurants without the potential life-shattering risk. Give the gift of blue-sky promises followed by the dark despairing truth of small business struggling in a saturated market. It’s a game the whole family can play. Foodstart.com is a website dedicated to crowdfunding restaurants, cafes and breweries. All its current projects are in the US but frankly watching your restaurant investment slowly erode is probably safest done from a distance.
Lastly, and somewhat more seriously, please consider donating to a charity helping those who have very little and aren’t expecting much of a Christmas at all. We support StreetSmart at Bishop Sessa by being involved in their DineSmart program but, really, any little thing you can do will help.