The Best Gifts for Cheese Lovers

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Cheese friends are the best friends. They bring cheese boards to parties, know the tastiest shops and restaurants, and expand our horizons by way of our taste buds. Shopping for epicureans, however, can be tricky. Do you get them something from their favorite specialty food shop? Do you order them their favorite cheese? Do they need a new cheese grater?

Whether it’s a holiday, birthday, or congratulatory occasion, here are the best gifts for cheese lovers.

Best Decorative Cheese Board: Anthropologie Agate Cheese Board

Agate Cheese Board

 Anthropologie

What We Like
  • Stunning appearance

  • Eye-catching brass electroplating edges

  • Can serve as board or accent piece

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

If you’re looking for something one-of-a-kind, these stunning, colorful agate cheese boards from Anthropologie are a beautiful and unique option. Not only will they add color to any Instagram shot (they come in two shades of blue, plus white, green, pink, and purple), but when not in use, they can also be repurposed as a storage tray for vanities or coffee tables. Each agate stone will be a little different in size, color, and appearance, so you're really gifting something special.

Material: Natural agate, brass | Dimensions: 7 x 11 inches

What Our Editors Say

“This gorgeous cheese board is an actual work of art and will delight anyone who loves to entertain. The hardest part is choosing a color...and you're definitely going to want one for yourself.” — Mary Kate Hoban, Associate Editorial Director

Best Cheese Knife Set: Boska Monaco+ Black Cheese Knife Set

Monaco+ Black Cheese Knife Set

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What We Like
  • Includes leather storage case

  • Quilted pattern on blades make them nonstick

  • Suited for all cheese types

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

A good set of cheese knives is one of the most practical gifts for a cheese lover. While cheese knives certainly aren’t essential for cheese enjoyment, they make a board look more put together and cheese snacking easier with every clean cut and crumble. Even if your cheese lover already has cheese knives, this set will be a major upgrade. Made by Boska, a Dutch company known and loved by cheesemongers for its durable, well-designed tools, this luxe set comes with a knife for every type of cheese and will look stunning stored in the leather sleeve.

Includes: 3 cheese knives, leather storage case | Blade Material: Stainless steel

Best Soft Cheese Cutter: Boska Soft Cheese Cutter

Boska Soft Cheese Cutter

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What We Like
  • Comes in small and large sizes

  • Sturdy frame

  • Dishwasher safe

What We Don't Like
  • Not suited for harder cheeses

  • A little bulky to store

Shopping for a cheese lover who can’t get enough of Brie, Camembert, and other bloomy rind cheeses? This is the tool that cheesemongers use for soft cheeses, and frankly, is what everyone should use. Called “cheese wires” or “cheese harps” by the pros, these ensure precise, clean cuts of even the goopiest cheeses. You can also use them for blue cheese, butter, cream cheese, and more.

Material: Stainless steel | Dimensions: 9 x 11 x 1 inches (large), 6 x 9 x 1 inches (small)

Best Stone Cheese Board: Brooklyn Slate Natural Slate Cheese Board Set

natural-slate-board

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What We Like
  • Includes soapstone pencils for labeling

  • Has mineral oil to treat slate board

  • Anti-slip cork feet

What We Don't Like
  • Spreader isn’t dishwasher safe

Step aside, wooden boards: Slates are the official choice of cheesemongers. Nothing against a beautiful wooden background, but a dark grey slate makes cheese pop. It's also easy to clean in the dishwasher and can be written on with chalk to identify what’s being served. This set includes a hand-cut black slate, five soapstone pencils, an olivewood spreader for jam, honey, and soft cheeses, mineral oil for cleaning, storage bags, and a "Cheese Survival Guide" from Brooklyn Slate.

Includes: Slate board, olivewood spreader, 5 soapstone pencils, mineral oil, cheese guide booklet, burlap storage bag | Dimensions: 18 x 12 inches

Best Cloche: LSA Hand-Blown Glass Cloche and Walnut Base

LSA Hand-Blown Glass Cloche and Walnut Base

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What We Like
  • Classic appearance

  • Handmade glass

  • Multiple sizes and styles available

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy

  • Expensive

Shopping for a fancy Francophile? Look no further. This beautiful hand-blown glass cloche (a bell-shaped glass cover) with the solid walnut base is a stunning setting for your Brie, comté, and Roquefort. It comes in a medium and large option and can also be used for cakes or pies. If you need something truly show-stopping, this is it.

Material: Handmade glass, oiled walnut wood | Weight: 8.8 pounds | Dimensions: 12.52 x 12.52 x 11.46 inches

Best Charcuterie Board: Lady & Larder Medium Cheese Board

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Williams Sonoma

Whether you’re hosting a party or simply want to treat yourself, Lady & Larder has a delectable charcuterie board that is sure to please. Shipped chilled for optimal freshness, the board includes two types of cheese, two kinds of salami, several dried fruits, honey, crackers, and more. It feeds around six people total. Though it comes securely packed in a cardboard box, you can serve a beautiful spread on the included board. 

Includes: Campo salami, sliced prosciutto, trillium, blue cheese, roasted pistachios, tart dried Montmorency cherries, dried Blenheim apricots, flame raisins, medjool dates, Malibu honey, mini honey dipper, olive oil and sea salt crackers, wooden serving board

Best Pairing Snack: Olympia Provisions Pickle of the Month Club

Olympia Provisions Pickle of the Month Club

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What We Like
  • Variety of pickled veggies

  • Generous 9-ounce jars

  • Picked with herbs, spices, and aromatics

What We Don't Like
  • Only one jar per month

Every cheese lover knows that a pickle pairing never fails. Give a year’s worth of pairing magic with the Olympia Provisions Pickle of the Month Club at Food52. Twelve months of seasonal pickles (think fennel in April, carrots in June, cocktail onions in December) means one year of delicious pairings for cheese spreads.

Includes: One 9-ounce jar per month (flavors include: beets, sweet onion, cauliflower, carrot, zucchini, and fennel)

Best Raclette Set: Boska Raclette Party Set

raclette set

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What We Like
  • Eight separated pans for multiple ingredients

  • Heated by tea lights, not electricity

  • Includes matching spatula

What We Don't Like
  • Wooden base is hand wash only

A raclette set is a party in a box, and this set is especially great. Why? It comes with eight mini trays and scrapers, meaning everyone can fine-tune their own raclette with meat, herbs, and spices. The heat source is small tea lights throughout (which come with the set!), meaning the party doesn’t have to stay near a power source. Raclette picnic, anyone?

Includes: Wooden base, 8 enameled metal pans, 8 spatulas, 16 tea lights

Best Fondue Pot: All-Clad Cast Aluminum Fondue Pot

All Clad Cast Aluminum Fondue Pot
What We Like
  • Eight color-coded forks

  • Uniform heating

  • Can melt ingredients or cook meat

What We Don't Like
  • Burner fuel not included

The best way for a cheese enthusiast to indulge in their favorite flavors is by sharing the love. All-Clad's cast-aluminum fondue pot is ideal to use on gas and electric stovetops, perfect for melting cheese and getting a dip of gooey goodness. The fondue pot comes with a stand that holds a burner and provides extra stability on the table. It also comes with eight stainless steel forks and a fitted lid.

Includes: Stainless steel pot, aluminum base, removable cast-aluminum insert, lid, 8 stainless steel forks

Best Cookbook: Hot Cheese: Over 50 Gooey, Oozy, Melty Recipes

Hot Cheese: Over 50 Gooey, Oozy, Melty Recipes
What We Like
  • Stylish photography

  • 50+ recipes

  • Covers snacks, meals, and dips

What We Don't Like
  • Only available in hardcover or e-book format

For the melty cheese lover comes this book of gooey, decadent recipes from Seattle-based food writer Polina Chesnakova. From khachapuri to shepherd's pie tater tots to a classic croque monsieur, these incredible recipes are perfect for lunch, dinner, snacks, and parties.

Number of Recipes: 50+ | Pages: 144 | Published: 2020 | Publisher: Chronicle Books | Formats: Hardcover, e-book

Best Educational Book: The Art of the Cheese Plate: Pairings, Recipes, Style, Attitude

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The Art of the Cheese Plate
What We Like
  • Covers classic and innovative pairings

  • Provides cheese plate tips

  • 37 cheese plate recipes

What We Don't Like
  • Recipes tend to be elaborate

  • Some difficult-to-find ingredients

Tia Keenan is a fromager, writer, and food stylist who has created cheese programs for restaurants and retailers, from The Modern at the Museum of Modern Art to Murray's Cheese. Her book "The Art of the Cheese Plate" goes deeper into the stories of the best European and American cheeses and their pairings. Think bûcheron with tandoori cashews, l’amuse Gouda signature with coffee-hazelnut crisps, and more. Each scrumptious pairing has an easy recipe, and there’s no cheese board on earth that wouldn’t be improved with Keenan’s recommendations.

Number of Recipes: 37 | Pages: 192 | Published: 2016 | Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications | Format: Hardcover

Best Storage Bags: Formaticum Cheese Storage Bags

cheese storage bags

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Available in pack sets from 15 to 75 bags

  • Prevents cheese from drying out quickly

  • Spaces to label cheese type and date

What We Don't Like
  • Only holds half a pound

  • Bags can tear

These humble bags may not look very sexy, but what they represent is knee-weakening for a cheese lover—a longer fridge life for favorite cheeses. Made from polyethylene and wax-coated paper, these bags are breathable, regulate humidity, and are easier and more effective than wrapping cheese in butcher paper or plastic wrap. Seriously, these might change your friend’s life.

Material: Paper, wax | Bag Dimensions: 11 x 6.25 x 0.1 inches

Best Cheese Plate Book: Marissa Mullen "The Cheese Plate That Will Change Your Life"

Marissa Mullen "The Cheese Plate That Will Change Your Life"

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • 50 step-by-step recipes

  • Takes dietary preferences and restrictions into account

  • Humorous and witty writing

What We Don't Like
  • Sometimes light on details

Your cheese-loving friend almost certainly already follows That Cheese Plate on Instagram—now gift the book. "That Cheese Plate Will Change Your Life" features stunning board ideas with easy-to-execute instructions. No matter how beautiful the recipient's cheese plates already are (or aren’t), this book will take them to the next level.

Number of Recipes: 50 | Pages: 304 | Published: 2020 | Publisher: The Dial Press | Formats: Hardcover, spiral-bound, e-book

Best Cheese Wheel: Williams Sonoma Full Wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano

Williams Sonoma Full Wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano

Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

OK, hear us out. Chrissy Teigen’s “lifelong dream” was to receive a Parmigiano-Reggiano wheel, which her husband, John Legend, gallantly gave her. She used it for table-side pasta serving, but it can also be broken down into pieces that will last forever in your fridge. Should you be looking to impress the fanatical cheese lover, perhaps you could do the same for them? We bet no one has given them 80 pounds of the king of cheese before.

Includes: 80 pounds of Parmigiano-Reggiano

Best Cheese Marker: Norpro Cheese Marker Set With Pen, 7-Piece

Norpro Cheese Marker Set with Pen, 7-Piece

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Dishwasher safe

  • Customizable and washable labels

  • Pen included

What We Don't Like
  • Porcelain can break if dropped

  • Potentially tricky to stick into harder cheeses

Cheese markers are a great way to help identify or describe the cheeses featured on a charcuterie board. This set of six reusable markers come with a washable pen for easy labeling. Made of porcelain, they have a classy look that will serve as an accent to the star of the show—the cheese. Of course, you can use these markers for more than just charcuterie boards. They also work well for labeling dessert flavors, the spice level of dips, or indicating if a food is allergen-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, or vegan. Whatever you use the markers for, you can clean them in your dishwasher and start over with a fresh, blank slate. 

Includes: 6 reusable porcelain markers, 1 washable pen | Marker Size: 2.25 inches

Best Meat and Cheese Gift Basket: Harry & David Ultimate Wine Pairing Collection

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Harry & David Ultimate Wine Pairing Collection

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A meat and cheese basket is a gift that works for many occasions. Whether it’s a birthday, job promotion, anniversary, or just because, this kind of gift basket is a crowd-pleaser. Harry & David’s Ultimate Wine Pairing Collection is jam-packed with incredible treats ranging from sweet to savory and everywhere between. There are chocolate truffles, nut mixes, artisan salamis, wines, and plenty more. Center stage, of course, are the featured cheeses: Sartori BellaVitano merlot cheese, Wood River Creamery cheddar Gruyère, and Rogue Creamery Oregonzola blue cheese.

We sent this gift basket to our associate editorial director for testing, and she was very happy with the variety and quality of each item included. She especially liked that the bread stayed fresh in its packaging for weeks, so she didn't have to enjoy everything right away, which is a major plus when sending a gift basket to someone with a busy schedule. You can feel confident sending this basket and knowing it won't go to waste.

Includes: Dry salami, Casalingo salami, merlot cheese, cheddar Gruyère, blue cheese, sourdough baguette, cherry and ancho chili chutney, green olive spread, fig spread, artisan crisps (apricot, pistachio, brandy), olive oil and sea salt crackers, dark chocolate-covered almonds, chocolate decadence cake, mixed nuts (cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts), dark chocolate sea salt caramels, milk chocolate-covered blueberries, chocolate truffles (raspberry, all dark, coffee, milk chocolate), dried fruit mix (apricots, peaches, nectarines, pears, apples, prunes), chardonnay, pinot noir, red blend

harry & david ultimate wine gift basket

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What Our Editors Say

"If you really want to treat someone to something impressive, this is the perfect basket. Both the variety and quality are fantastic, and you could either feed a sizable gathering or treat one person for an entire week (or more). Plus, the wines are the perfect pairings." — Mary Kate Hoban, Associate Editorial Director

Final Verdict

The Boska Monaco Cheese Knife Set is a high-quality gift for anyone who can't get enough cheese, and it even comes with a sleek leather sleeve for storage. However, if you want to gift something edible, the Lady & Larder Medium Cheese Board contains more than 2.5 pounds of delicious cured meat and cheese.

What to Look for in Gifts for a Cheese Lover

Taste

Taste is probably the most important element of cheese, so when you’re sending cheese to a friend, make sure it fits their palate. After all, those who prefer milder cheeses, like ricotta, mozzarella, or edam, might not like sharper and more pungent cheeses, like Limburger, gorgonzola, or Roquefort. If you’re going for a charcuterie board or gift basket, be sure to check out what pairs well with your recipient’s favorite types of cheeses.

Utility

There are many tools and items that a cheese lover will, well, love. There are displays, such as wooden or stone cheese boards, cheese markers, cloches, and more. In terms of preparing, cheese knives are incredibly helpful, though certain knives are best suited for specific types of cheeses. A wire cutter is ideal for soft cheeses, like cheddar, for example, but not a hard cheese, like parmesan or pecorino. There are plenty of other utilitarian gifts to consider, as well, such as storage, fondue pots, cheese graters, cheese curlers, raclettes, planes or microplanes, cheesemaking kits, or cheese cloths.

Shipping

If you’re ordering online, be sure to research how a shop ships its cheeses. Most will include ice packs or chilled boxes to keep things nice and fresh. Another thing to consider is how long it takes to reach the recipient. Most companies will likely deliver in three to four business days, though many offer overnight or same-day delivery.

FAQs

What gift goes well with a cheese board?

If you’re sending a cheese board, there are a number of treats that can go along to enhance the gift. Wine is a classic pairing, as are crackers, dried fruits, mixed nuts, meats, like salami or prosciutto, jams, and chocolates. Gift baskets may include some of these items already.

How do you give cheese as a gift?

If you’re delivering cheese in person, arranging it on a nice platter and covering it with some plastic wrap will do just fine. If you want to keep everything in packages, consider a basket. However, if you’re ordering cheeses online for delivery, most gift packs will include some sort of nice packaging. Individual cheeses may not come with much flair, so look for gift wrapping options when you check out.

What are the different types of cheese knives?

There are several kinds of cheese knives, each with their own specialties. Here are some of the most common options:

  • Soft cheese knife: Sometimes called an open work blade knife, this tool often features holes in the blades to prevent sticking. 
  • Gorgonzola knife: Though it’s used as a spreader of soft cheeses, this knife has a sharp edge to cut through harder rinds.
  • Prolonged cheese knife: This long and thin knife has a forked tip so it can cut a piece of cheese and then pick it up.
  • Slim blade cheese knife: This offset knife keeps knuckles from hitting the cutting board while slicing soft and semi-hard cheeses.
  • Flat cheese knife: Also called a chisel knife, this flat tool is used to cut pieces off of aged cheese.
  • Mini cleaver: Sometimes called a cheddar knife, it’s a cleaver blade meant for hard and semi-hard cheese. 
  • Parmesan knife: A small knife with a pointed tip, this blade is ideal for hard and dry cheeses like parmesan.
  • Hard cheese knife: The largest of the cheese knives, it has a long blade made for cutting through entire wheels of cheese.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Writer and professional cheese eater Christine Clark teaches cheese and pairing classes throughout the United States and is dedicated to helping people expertly get their cheese fix. Her cheese adoration is so strong that she has a whole podcast dedicated to it. She is a Certified Cheese Professional through the American Cheese Society.

Allison Wignall, who updated this article, is a writer who focuses on food and travel. She visited a goat farm in Greece to learn about traditional methods of making delicious feta and tasted several types of sheep’s milk cheese in the Piedmont region of Italy. Her work has been featured in publications, such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.

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