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The DLISH Guide to Christmas: 8 Gift Ideas for Foodies
December has arrived and so too has the season for food, festivities, and, of course, presents. At DLISH we understand the art and the science behind thoughtful giving and, to lend a helping hand, we’ve put together a list of eight gourmet gift ideas for the food lover in your life. Whether they love to cook or just love to host, these indulgent items will bring an extra helping of joy to the table this Christmas.
Our first foodie offering is a chic marble chopping board designed by Welsh artist Bethan Gray and produced by Italian brand Editions Milano. Referencing the stone patterns found in historical buildings across Europe, the Alice Chopping Board features a striped design made from alternating slices of white Arabescato and black Marquina marble. The elegant tableware object can be used to inject a little bit of luxury into everyday cooking or as a scene-stealing serving plate during dinner parties.
Click here to see the Alice Chopping Board.
Celebrate someone’s daily tea ritual with this gorgeous glass teapot-for-one designed by Noa Ikeuchi and Tommaso Nani. Articulated by a pink body and complementary grey accents, the Merlino Teapot is handmade and lampworked in 100% borosilicate glass for Ichendorf Milano. Why not go the extra mile by adding some uplifting tea from the Rare Tea Company to complete this special present.
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If you’re looking to really impress your favourite food aficionado this Christmas, then look no further than the DLISH Olive Oil Tasting Gift Box. This unique curation combines a bottle of DOP extra virgin olive oil from Sorrento with Famiglia Oliva: three characteristic objects designed by Astrid Luglio for a multisensory olive oil tasting experience. Named after the earth, the sun, and the spring, Gea, Elio and Pigi are handcrafted vessels from which to smell, dip, taste, and dose the rare olive elixir.
Click here to see the Olive Oil Tasting Gift Box.
If you have a food-obsessed friend who likes to get messy in the kitchen then how about treating them to an Italian chef’s apron. Handmade and tailor-cut, this 100% cotton apron by Il Grembiale Milano combines contemporary aesthetics with traditional practicality to make any amateur chef look the part at home.
Click here to see the Chef Double Apron.
Another stylish present for a next-level host is this sleek and perfectly balanced crystal decanter. Designed in Italy and handcrafted in Slovakia from clear, lead-free crystal, the Manhattan Decanter is ideal for storing and serving spirits, and it makes a stunning addition to any table.
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If you’d rather avoid heading out this festive season, then why not treat someone to an intimate dinner at home with DLISH’s Risotto Gift Box. You can prepare Italy’s famous dish, Risotto Alla Milanese, with the premium risotto cube then serve it on two colourful Scarpetta plates designed by Astrid Luglio and Ester Bianchi. Inspired by the Italian ritual of "scarpetta" (dipping your bread), the playful plates invite users to enjoy every last morsel of the deliciously warming and flavourful saffron risotto.
Click here to see the DLISH Risotto Gift Box.
This next foodie gift idea is for true connoisseurs. Created by Acetaia San Giacomo in the Italian Province of Reggio Emilia, the Red Label Balsamic Vinegar is aged for a minimum of 12 years in nine different barrels. Food lovers will appreciate the vinegar’s intense and complex flavour not to mention its “protected” status. The balsamic vinegar is made using organically-farmed grapes from Reggio Emilia and is cooked over an open flame. This traditional and protected process means only limited numbers are produced and each bottle is numbered to guarantee its authenticity.
Click here to see the Aged Balsamic Vinegar.
Tradition meets contemporary styling with this Moroccan-style tajine pot designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for KnIndustrie. A foolproof present for adventurous cooks, the tajine has a cone-like shape, which allows steam to circulate to keep meat tender. Unlike the classic clay versions, this modern slow cooking vessel is made of non-stick aluminium with a dark brown finish.
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And finally, a bonus idea that’s not just for Christmas…
Give the gift of experience to the food lover in your life–or yourself–by signing up to the next DLISH Table. Inaugurated in May this year, the DLISH Table hosts exclusive events across the world, bringing artisans, culinary experts and designers around the table to share special moments together.