Holiday gifting can be stressful. The right gift must hit all the right notes—it should be beautiful, thoughtful, original, and fun. Don’t panic! We’ve put together a list of lovely, useful gifts for the cheese lovers in your life. Because where there is cheese, there is happiness. Here’s to a delicious, cheese-filled, and stress-free festive season.
For the aspiring cheese nerd
Liz Thorpe’s The Book of Cheese is an excellent guide to the wide world of artisan cheese. Thorpe uses what she calls the “gateway cheeses,” like Swiss, Blue, and Cheddar, to take readers on a journey to more adventurous options. With flavor and aroma wheels, charts guiding you through different intensities and availabilities, and gorgeous photography, this book will help any cheese novice become a cheese pro.
For stuffing a stocking
This whimsical cheese wedge keychain can be customized with the initial of your recipient. It’s only $9 and it will put a smile on their face every time they go to lock their door or start their car.
For the creative cook
Afrim Pristine presides over The Cheese Boutique in Toronto as the maître fromager. His new colorful cookbook For the Love of Cheese features more than 60 easy, enticing recipes that star cheese. We love how simple and satisfying “Beemster and Friends” is, a sandwich of aged Beemster, fresh honeycomb, and dark chocolate on fruit and nut bread…sweet, savory, and perfect.
For the host(ess) with the most(ess)
Everything tastes better when served on a handsome hand-cut slate cheese board. This natural slate board comes with a hand-carved maple wood cheese knife and a pack of soapstone pencils for labeling cheeses on the board. And it’s dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. Maybe they’ll have you over next year—you can bring the cheese.
For the Grilled Cheese Aficionado
The Cuisinart Sandwich Grill makes it easy to take a grilled cheese sandwich the next level. Its super compact design means you can grill two sammies at one time, yet it doesn’t take up much counter space. You’ll get perfectly golden bread on both sides and sizzling melted cheese—and it’s easy to wipe the nonstick material clean. Grilled cheeses all around!
For the Design Snob
With a hardwood handle studded with brass rivets, W&P Design’s signature cheese knife is designed to slice, spread and spear. The finely sharpened edge cuts cleanly through firm cheeses, while the pointed tip lets you break pieces off hard aged cheese and spear for serving. Plus, it looks quite sharp.
For the Practical Cook
The Chef Remi Cheese Grater solves that age-old cheese grating challenge of making a mess—it’s fitted with an attachable container with a securely fitting snap on lid, so it captures the cheese as you grate. Razor-sharp stainless-steel blades are perfect for hard and aged cheeses. Here’s a professional quality tool any serious home cook will value for less than $15—win!
To be the very best gift giver this season, pair any of these creative gifts with a wedge of Beemster, because of course, #BeemsterMakesItBetter!
Happy Holidays from everyone at Beemster!