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I need some help finding a great gift for a dear friend who is a fantastic cook, and literally has everything one could possibly need in the kitchen. Cookware? He went to France and bought a gigantic set of copper pans. Glassware/wine? He has a small cellar and a cabinet dedicated to his Riedel. Books/Magazines? I wish my public library had his selection.

In the past I have given him cheese and other perishables, and he lives in an area where he has access to any food he might want.

HELP!!

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How about a regional themed basket with consumable goods (ie. a New Orleans theme with coffee, beignets, etc or a carribean rum theme)? If you poke through back issues of Saveur they do regional articles frequently and you could find unusual items through their sources. Then compile a small group of recipes to include. I really appreciate food related items that can be consumed because I don't have to store them forever and I can share them with others.

Happy hunting!

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I've found that usually when a person has one particular passion they appreciate a gift in an entirely different category. Your friend would appear to be in this camp?

Get him something like hockey tickets, or a gift card for dvd rentals?

SB :wink:

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Agreed, get him something that is not stored in a cupboard, drawer, our countertop. Get him something consumable like theatre tickets, sports tickets, etc. If he likes potato chips, get him a membership to the chip-of-the-month club. I had that and always looked forward to the day the box arrived full of 6 bags of various flavored chips from around the country. Get him something fun. A lava Lamp is fun. Something that would not expect. Have fun looking.

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Definitely something that you have made...a homemade spice blend with some recipes to go with it. You could also include a homemade cd with cool music to cook by....some candles to burn while he's cooking...a unique print for the wall...a menu from a favorite restaurant mounted and framed...

Have fun!

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I do truly believe it is the Thought that Counts, and you must have a lot of thoughts about your friend.

Most food-lovers only really want food-related things at Christmas! (dont we?).

To make the food/gift basket idea even more special and personal, how about "theming" one to his particular favourite thing?. I made an ice-cream themed basket for my brother in law one year - tall sundae glasses, long spoons, various toppings (get creative here) wafers etc etc. Or if he likes lemons - all things lemon (some home-made of course) - lemon shortbread, lemon butter, limoncello, - you get the idea. All wrapped up in lemon paper. Or a 'breakfast in bed' tray of goodies, all done up nicely (dont forget the mini champagne).

And whatever else you all do, perhaps you could consider buying a virtual raffle ticket in the <a href = "http://chezpim.typepad.com/blogs/2006/12/menu_for_hope_i.html">Menu for Hope</a> fundraiser being hosted by pim, to add to your very creative baskets. Even if he has a massive library, I bet your friend doesn't have four signed editions by Tony Bourdain, or would love an evening at Alinea.

Happy Feasting

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