If you don’t know the difference between Brie and Camembert, but need to give a gift to someone who does, read the following selection, a definitive guide to surprising the cheesemakers in your life.
With its incredible diversity of flavors, textures and aromas, cheese presents itself as an authentic gastronomic treasure that has conquered palates around the world for thousands of years. From mild and creamy varieties to the most intense and mature, each type of cheese tells a unique story that awakens the senses and takes those who appreciate it on a journey full of sensations.
As the end-of-year holidays approach, but they can be useful for any celebration, we have put together different gift ideas for all cheese lovers. These are cheese products which, in addition to being beautiful, allow for gastronomic exploration and the creation of shared moments.
1. Tefal Grill Neo Inventer Raclette
It’s a unique dining experience because it’s inherently sociable. Raclette, with its ability to melt cheese evenly, creates a friendly atmosphere, where friends and family can participate in the preparation of their own personalized dishes. This is a gifting option that encourages connection and fun around the table, turning any occasion into a memorable event.
This model, the Tefal Neo Invent Royal Grill, has a rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 at Falabella. Perhaps its strength is that it is a 3 in 1 model: in addition to being a raclette machine, it is also a grill and an electric crepe maker. It has a capacity of eight containers and has a Thermo-Spot heating indicator, where the indicator turns red when the temperature is optimal for use. Contains mini pan storage system, durable, sturdy and easy to clean non-stick coating.
2. Monthly Cheese Subscription
A cheese lover always needs to have variety in his refrigerator: to start a meal, end the day or to treat himself to a well-deserved treat. Therefore, giving a cheese subscription will be a gift perhaps a little expensive – we recommend paying for it between several people – but without a doubt an excellent alternative, where you can discover new types and other ways of it consume.
The alternative that we found, in the specialized store La Fromagerie, has a value of 40,000 pesos and for each shipment of cheeses a selection will be made based on the quantity, thus avoiding that the varieties are repeated over and over again. month to month. Another detail: if you wish to give a specific number of months, or if you wish to cancel, postpone or modify it, you just need to give at least one day’s notice.
3. Fondue service
Along the same lines as cheeses to share, a fondue set is an excellent alternative. It is a ceramic model that, in addition to being beautiful, is functional: ceramic, thanks to its ability to retain and evenly distribute heat, guarantees that the cheese remains perfectly melted.
Powered by a candle, the system is safer, perfect for extended evenings. A kitchen accessory that is a great tool to give a different touch to parties full of flavor and connection. This set, from the Azhome brand, is made up of 11 pieces and works for four people.
4. Inspiration for paintings
This book, which in reality is 50 pages, is a guide with design ideas to arm you with a list of these: we offer different alternatives as examples, with combined embutidos, suggestions of fruits, vegetables and accompaniments for light (and sepa) the best possible.
It also includes ideas for holidays or special themed days, such as birthdays, New Years and others. The system is very simple: you choose a card, collect and prepare the ingredients by following the list and advice on the back of the card. Then you refer to the beautiful photo on the front to organize it. The only detail is that it is in English.
The Cheese Board Deck: 50 cards to style spreads, savory and sweet, by Meg Quinn
5. Premium board
We couldn’t not have the most logical option: a ready-made cheese platter. The La Fiesta option, a store 100% dedicated to boards, includes Gruyère, blue cheese, brie, Manchego and Camembert, has plus serrano ham and fuet, paprika or onion jam, dates, Turkish apricots, almonds and pistachios. Includes cheese knife and wooden board. A five-star gift for any cheese lover.
6. Cheese knives
Not only do they serve a practical function, but they also add a sophisticated touch to the cheese board. Cheese knives are designed to cut and serve cheeses of different textures, allowing each variety to be presented in its best light. They generally have ergonomic handles that facilitate handling, guaranteeing a precise and elegant cut. It is a gift that combines functionality and aesthetics, since you can find cheese cutlery of different materials. Here are two options that we liked and which can be perfectly combined with different tables.
Marble Wood Cheese Knives
This set includes three elegant knives for different types of cheese, with marble and gilded wood handles. A timeless tool, distinguished but at the same time neutral.
Rose Gold Cheese Knives
This is a modern stainless steel alternative but with a rose gold color. It consists of four pieces: a half-heart knife for spreading cheese, two rectangular shapes for cutting and spreading and a fork for serving.
7. Trilogy cheese platter
Do you want to treat yourself to a cheese platter? We found an excellent alternative which is a mixture of Bocus cheese’s flagship products which includes:
- Small basque: Pure sheep’s milk cheese produced in the French Basque Country, at the foot of the Pyrenees.
- County: Cooked and pressed French cheese, handcrafted.
- Emmental: Swiss cheese made from cow’s milk. With its characteristic holes, it is an Alpine cheese from the Emme valley.
8. Cheese Markers
It is a gift as tender as it is functional, since Not only do they add a charming touch to the presentation of a cheese board, but they also play a vital role in guiding first-time diners. With clearly labeled information, each bite becomes an opportunity to learn and differentiate the diversity of flavors. Believe it or not, with bookmarks you can start conversations with strangers by sharing your thoughts on each strain.
The markers we liked the most are the ones we found at Kitchen Center: the set contains four cheese markers with a classic design and aged finish with the names of varieties like brie, le bleu (bleu), le gruyere and goat cheese.
9. Round cheese bowl
What caught our attention the most about this wooden cheese board, which measures 30 cm in diameter, is that it opens and contains, inside, different tools for cutting cheese. This way you save space and avoid its loss. Since it’s half price, it can serve as a gift base to pair with delicious cheeses.
10. Cheese board with knife
This item from the Crate & Barre brand is an efficient and elegant solution for cutting and arranging cheese on a board. With a marble base, it provides a safe and cool surface, which helps maintain the optimal temperature of the cheese, and also has a sharp and precise stainless steel blade, which allows for clean cuts, highlighting textures and flavors of each variety, preventing them from being disarmed.
11. Reserve The art of natural cheese makingby David Ascher
This gift is for next-level cheese lovers: those who love it so much that they can make it. The author, David Asher, advocates here a traditional, but increasingly countercultural, way of making cheese: more natural and intuitive, based on ecological principles but also biological sciences.
In the introductory chapters, they explore and explain the basic elements of this food: milk, cultures, rennet, salt, tools and the cheese cave. In Amazon It contains 4.7 stars out of 5, so it can be a good option for those who want to enter the world of cheese. Unfortunately, it’s only in English.
12. Cheese Socks
A fun and practical option full of cheesy style. Decorated with cheese designs, these socks offer a creative way to express your passion for this food in a subtle and comfortable way. In addition to adding a touch of originality to your outfit, cheese print socks can become a conversation piece. Let’s hope it’s not because of its aroma, of course.
Not only do these types of boards provide an elegant surface for displaying a variety of cheeses, but they also provide the perfect canvas for labeling and organizing selections, whether by labeling with markers or writing directly with chalk. It measures 30 cm and its material also provides an atmosphere that is both rustic and sophisticated.
14. Marble table
Want an even more elegant presentation? A marble table may be the alternative you are looking for. In addition to being more hygienic than those made of wood or plastic, one of the main attributes of this material is that it allows the ideal temperature of cheeses to be maintained for longer, which enhances their flavors and textures. On the other hand, the aesthetic versatility of marble allows this table to adapt to a variety of presentation styles, from classic to more modern environments.
Rupestre marble cheese bowl 26x38cm
15. Kit for making mozzarella and ricotta
This gift is not only fun, but also educational, offering the opportunity to learn about traditional cheese-making techniques. Plus, by creating fresh, delicious cheese from scratch, the recipient will be able to enjoy authentic, personalized flavors. This kit is an invitation to creativity and connection with the artisanal tradition of cheese, making each batch a unique and tasty experience. This kit includes:
- Citric acid.
- Vegetarian rennet.
- Organic sea salt.
- Muslin fabric.
- Bimetallic thermometer.
- A manual with the step-by-step recipe to prepare your first mozzarella and ricotta
*Product prices shown in this article are current as of November 20, 2023. Values and availability are subject to change.