Basically, I’m curating this healthy foodie gift guide for myself — and my boyfriend — for Valentine’s Day gifts (or birthday presents!). It’s a R E A L task (ask?) to spend my precious work hours online shopping… Creating a list of my favourite must-haves! And of course, to make it easier, we’ll make it budget-friendly. So all items are less than R300. I mean, that’s barely a dinner out these days…
So, how do you pick the perfect foodie gift?
The tricky thing with gifting is that you want your gift to appear thoughtful and well-intended, but you’re also short on time and cash. Let our list below guide you through the tough gifting times so you can get back to other things you’d much rather be doing, like waiting for avo season to start again.
At just over R100, this is a great gift for your foodie loved one — or yourself! And use on your next date night… It’s basically a natural libido-boosting pack of goodies! The DIY Maca Love Latte kit combines the powers of maca root with sensual cacao to take things to the next level. The delectable dates naturally sweeten the brew, and are bursting with amino acids, and carbs to keep you going — whether it’s with a partner or on a sensual solo journey.
Let’s take a moment to absorb and imagine receiving 1kg of your favourite nut butter. OMG! AT R265, this is an any-time treat, V-day, birthday, anniversary, Christmas tree parcel… We want it in a nut-butter-shaped jar. This is the gift that will keep on giving until the very last lick of the lid. Much better than a box of chocolates.
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3. Glass Teapot
Tea lovers the world over dream of perfectly brewed herbal teas made in gorgeous glass infusers. It’s what fancy cuppas are made of. If you seriously want to up the ante, you can add this gorgeous tin of Olifants Valley Loose Leaf Rooibos Tea (R135), from Poetry.
4. MasterClass Silver Anodised Heart Shaped Cake Pan
Okay, we’re totally playing on the V-Day theme here, but for reals: you can bake a heart-shaped cake with this! We love it for brownies too. And any kind of layer cake. It’s non-stock and safe to use up to 220 degrees Celsius. Hand wash only though. Save R50!
5. Country Road Rilki Cheese Knife Set of 3
I know, I know — what if you don’t eat cheese, right? That is the least of your problems dear foodie, because you will want this set in every colour! The gold is my fave and these three utensils are perfect for any snack board: hummus and crackers included. Even if they’re just for show… R299 (hand-wash only though).
Pantry heaven in a package: all delicious sulphite-free convenient snack foods ready to nosh, add to a trail mix or top on your morning yoghurt or smoothie bowl. Highlights: affordable, vegan, halaal, kosher, versatile and packed in eco-friendly packaging.
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7. CocoaFair Bean To Bar Cocoa Powder
The most luxurious, rich cocoa powder that a true food-lover would appreciate: you can use this powder for making hot drinks and baking. It’s pricey for cocoa at R265 per 1kg, but it will be the gift of dreams if your foodie likes baking (and shows you have real taste for real chocolate).
8. Le Creuset Millennium Falcon TM Silicone Trivet
If you’re a fan like me you’re a foodie then nothing would have excited you more than the Le Creuset x collab that launched end 2019. The result: the coolest dishes and table accessories, including this trivet. Place it on the dinner table as a conversation starter before placing your steaming serving dish on top. R289 — and worth every penny. Dishwasher safe and heat resistant up to 250 degrees Celsius. See the whole range here.
9. Duralex Picardie Pastel Tumblers, Set of 6
Gorgeous, versatile and pretty. Normally R399, these babies are on sale for R249. Use them for coffees or desserts or little granola-yoghurt pots. They can go from freezer straight to microwave… Two and a half times stronger than regular glass.
10. Wusthof Silverpoint Steak Knife x 2
Usually R219 each, you can now get your kitchen fairy 2 for R300. Or just buy them for yourself, seriously. This is most handy kitchen knife. I have six of these and, honestly, I could have more. Valentine’s Day gifts sorted.
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