Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Photo Credit: Silsal Design House

Photo Credit: Silsal Design House

The holidays are upon us and whether you are celebrating or not, this is the season of giving and you’ll likely be looking for some gifts for those dinner parties, stocking stuffers or secret santa soirees. Whether you are gifting to a chocoholic, the hostess with the mostess, a film buff or a wino, we’ve got you covered. Here are seven of our favorite food aficionado holiday gifts this season which are easily accessible before Christmas day and suitable for all budgets!

The Film Aficionado:

As you know cinema and popcorn go hand in hand and with the rise of iTunes and Netflix (coming soon), movies nights have received a major facelift and so it’s only appropriate that the accompanying popcorn receive an upgrade as well. If you know a film buff, they are sure to appreciate a thoughtful hamper filled with all these essentials from Crate & Barrel for cinema quality snacks from the comfort of their own home.

Stovetop Popcorn Popper (in stock at Crate & Barrel)
Popcorn Bowls (in stock at Crate & Barrel)
Party Popcorn Cookbook (in stock at Crate & Barrel)

Photo Credit: Crate & Barrel

Photo Credit: Crate & Barrel

Photo Credit: Crate & Barrel

Photo Credit: Crate & Barrel

The Martha Stewart:

I was introduced to NYC’s notorious Momofuku Milk Bar a few months ago when a colleague handed me a Cornflake & Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Cookie, a curious combination. I spent the next few months desperately trying to find a replica of the cookie in Dubai with no luck but was ecstatic to learn that the restaurant empire has published a Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook. Written by bakery founder, recipient of the 2012 james beard rising star chef of the year & 2015 james beard outstanding pastry chef award-winner, Christina Toss, the cookbook divulges all of Momofuku’s sweet secrets and recipes for their infamous Crack Pie, Compost Cookies and Rainbow Cake. This gift is perfect for anyone who loves to bake and likes to get creative in the kitchen, a la Martha Stewart.

Momofuku Milk Bar (AED 163 / in stock at Kinokuniya)

Photo Credit: Momofuku Milk Bar

Photo Credit: Momofuku Milk Bar

The Wine Connoisseur:

We all know a wino, or two, and chances are you’ll be showing up to a dinner party, or two, this holiday season with a bottle of vino in hand. The Corkcicle is a great way to upgrade that bottle of wine and is sure to impress as the cheeky cork-meets-icicle concoction perfectly chills any bottle of wine.

Corkcicle Air (in stock at Crate & Barrel)

Photo Credit: Crate & Barrel

Photo Credit: Crate & Barrel

The Chef:

Not everybody loves to experiment in the kitchen, but if you do then what better holiday gift than a Christmas-themed cooking class. Lucky for Dubai, new cafe concept Culinary Boutique has just opened and doubles as a small cooking school. The chic space is perfect for a lazy Friday afternoon lunch but once you head up stairs you’ll find a bright and cozy cooking studio for intimate lessons on how to make the perfect Christmas dinner. Yes please!

Culinary Boutique Cooking Class (AED 485)
Christmas Dinner Menu includes: Rolled Turkey bacon with asparagus, crispy puff pastry and cranberry compote, Braised Lamb Shank with spicy pears and an English pea mash, Christmas Pavlova

Photo Credit: Culinary Boutique

Photo Credit: Culinary Boutique

The Coffee Connoisseur:

I’m no coffee connoisseur but I certainly know a good cuppa joe when I taste one and Boon Coffee has definitely become my favorite home grown coffee concept. Boon sources its high-quality green and roasted Arabica coffee from Ethiopia which are then roasted here in Dubai and brewed at some of my favorite spots including La Serre, Bistro Des Arts and Baker and Spice, to name a few. For your coffee obsessed friends, buy a dose of Boon’s finest beans and pick up a Chemex Pour Over Coffee Maker from Raw Coffee Company if you really want to go the extra mile for your sophisticated and caffeinated friends.

Boon Coffee

Photo Credit: Boon Coffee

Photo Credit: Boon Coffee

Chemex Pour Over Coffee Maker (AED 200)

Photo Credit: Chemex

Photo Credit: Chemex

The Hostess:

If you are buying for the hostess with the mostess then nothing is more satisfying than a center piece which doubles as a conversation starter and that is exactly what Silsal Design House is all about. Their beautiful and meticulously designed table ware and home ware speak volumes about modern Middle Eastern aesthetics. From calligraphy to colorful florals and candle holders to dining room tables, there is something for everyone. Our pick is this versatile cake stand which is sure to please any hostess.

Pastel Green Cake Stand (AED 254)

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The Crafty Friend:

Everybody has at least one crafty friend, that person who treats every little thing like a project, their dinner table looks like a DIY magazine spread, they design and print their own greeting cards and make absolutely everything from scratch, condiments included. My pick for this character is a DIY Gingerbread House Kit from Jones the Grocer, what better way to allow them to channel their craftiness than with a festive and edible home, which they will hopefully feed to you later 🙂

DIY Gingerbread House Kit (AED 155 – available at Jones the Grocer, Al Manara location)

Photo Credit: Jones the Grocer

Photo Credit: Jones the Grocer