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Eight inspired gift ideas for the foodie in your life

For the generous host

Proceeds from the sale of Le Creuset’s Mini Cocotte sets support Community Food Centres Canada, an organization that provides low-income communities access to quality food. Enameled cast iron Mini Cocotte Gift Set by Le Creuset, $79.99 at fine kitchen stores across Canada (visit for locations).

For mix masters

This classic mixing glass easily accommodates one large or two regularsized cocktails; its hand-etched sides provide a secure grip for stirring and its prominent spout ensures a spill-free pour.Etched mixing glass and strainer, $34.95 at BY OB Cocktail Emporium (

For the heat seeker

To many, hot sauce implies southern, a prejudice as dated as the Confederacy. Case in point: Toronto-based Stasis Preserves’ five-alarm version, made with locally grown chilies and enough firepower to rekindle Atlanta. Ontario Hot Sauce by Stasis Preserves, $7 through

For a seasoned chef

Canadian illustrator Paul Dotey’s pop-artinspired prints are visual feats – and feasts. His latest, Spice Rack, showcases all the major seasonings, providing a graphic incentive to keep that pantry well-stocked. Spice Rack, 20-by-28-inch print, $65 through

For the cup holder

Take the mumsiness out of teatime with Panasonic’s ultra-modern new kettle, available in grey or the violet shade shown here and featuring an ergonomic handle, auto shut-off and a cool-touch exterior. The Breakfast Collection electric kettle by Panasonic $169.99 through

For meat freaks

Our ancestors had to hunt for their food. Modern meat eaters use the Internet. For $50 a month, members of the online Carnivore Club receive a box packed with artisanal charcuterie such as bison jerky and five-game terrine. Carnivore Club membership, $50 a month through

For an early riser

Breville’s new non-stick waffle maker includes a wraparound moat to catch overflowing batter and a 12-setting “Waffle IQ” that controls browning and doneness. Pass the syrup! Breville Smart Waffle, $299.99 at retailers across Canada (visit for locations).

For dogged cheesers

The handles of these charming cheese knives – each depicting a different dog breed – are cast from brass; the blades, made of stainless steel, are strong enough to slice through even the firmest fromages. Brass Hound cheese knives, $12 each at Anthropologie (

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