Sometimes, the foodie in your life can get forgotten at Christmas. It's much easier to get them socks than to think up an elaborate gift with food somehow intertwined.
But, the foodies out there are just as important as the tech-heads or the beauty lovers. It may seem like an insurmountable task, but there are some wonderful gifts out there that will tantalise their taste buds – and we've found them.
Afternoon tea is a stalwart for any food lover, and Afternoon Tea at the Shelbourne is the queen of them all. With specially designed sandwiches and desserts, an endless flow of tea and a live piano player parlaying beautiful tunes, it's the perfect gift to give this Christmas.
Find out more here.
A foodies mini-break
MacNean House and Restaurant is the brainchild of renowned celebrity chef Nevin Maguire. It is the complete dining experience, and the chef himself is always on hand for a chat and a smile once the food is over. The accommodation is nearly as good as the food, meaning you won't ever want to leave.
For the chocoholics
It's safe to say that everyone loves a little bit of cocoa heaven every once in a while, but for the intense chocolate lovers, Bean and Goose is a go-to brand. The brainchild of Wexford sisters Karen and Natalie Keane, Bean and Goose is the master of bespoke chocolate. Their imaginative slabs of chocolate are a work of art and it is a gift that foodies will fully appreciate. Our personal favourite is the Craft Chocolate Bar Collection.
Dingle Whiskey is the epitome of quality over quantity. Distilled in Dingle Co. Kerry, the whiskey is a rare find. It's a hard task to find a bottle during the Christmas period and every batch is a sell-out. A limited amount is put on sale, so if you manage to get your hands on a bottle, it will be a gift that is cherished.
Find out more here.
The Currabinny Cookbook, written by James Kavanagh and William Murray, is a cook's delight and has just recently been the recipient of the EUROSPAR Cookbook of the Year Award at the An Póst Book Awards 2018.
The book celebrates traditional ingredients, which are given a modern twist. Macroom Oatmeal with Saturn Peaches to Apple, Rosemary & Buttermilk Cake are just some of the irresistible and comforting dishes on offer.
Buy The Currabinny Cookbook here.
Galway Food Tour
The ever-popular Galway Food Tour is a two-hour culinary walking tour of the city. The city of the Tribesmen is awash with some of the best restaurants and food producers the country has to offer. During the tour, you will experience cheese makers, creative beer projects and artisan chocolatiers. And not only this, it's a great excuse to head to Galway for a weekend.
Find out more at www.galwayfoodtours.com