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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. But shopping for epicureans 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?
In our experience, the best gifts fall into their favorite categories but aren’t the things they would have thought to buy for themselves. We scoured the internet for the best gifts for cheese lovers, and these are the options that will delight them the most. Whether it’s a birthday or a congratulatory occasion, these are the best gifts for cheese lovers.
A good set of cheese knives is the most practical of gifts for a cheese lover. While cheese knives certainly aren’t essential for cheese enjoyment, they make a board look more put together and make 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 while being stored in the leather sleeve.
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.
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.
Maybe you’re looking for something a little more one-of-a-kind. These stunning, colorful agate cheese boards from Anthropologie are a beautiful and unique option. Not only will they add some 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 really are gifting something special.
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 showstopping, this is it.
Lady & Larder, LA’s sexiest cheese shop, features all American-made products. This vision is in an attempt to support a 100 percent domestic and sustainable food culture. It also means the store finds the best artisans from across the country, who make the tastiest treats to be found. The XXL Cheese Board at Williams-Sonoma is a colorful, bountiful showstopper. It can be hard to buy cheese for cheese lovers, but when the spread is curated by a spot like Lady & Larder, you know it’s good.
Okay, 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 tableside 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!
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 12 months of delicious pairings for cheese spreads.
Jam is great with cheese, of course. But what if you gifted jam specifically designed to pair with cheese? This set of three jams includes Midnight in Paris (Bosc pear butter with vanilla and nutmeg), Apricot Red-Handed (Blenheim apricot jam with almond), and Can You Fig It (Black Mission fig jam with thyme), each of which will be magical with just about any cheese. The jam is made with fair-trade sugar, and the spices are sourced from farmers in developing countries. Yum!
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?
Hot Cheese: Over 50 Gooey, Oozy, Melty Recipes
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 drool-worthy recipes are perfect for lunch, dinner, snacks, and parties.
This chic, sleek fondue set is certain to win the heart of any cheese lover. If your friend is a cheese nerd, he or she will already know that some cheeses, such as Gruyère, require a copper vat as part of the production process. Why? Copper is a beautiful conductor of heat and helps maintain the flavor of whatever’s inside. And, even if your giftee doesn’t know that, this stunning setup is certain to lead to some delicious and very Instagrammable evenings.
The Art of the Cheese Plate
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 perfect 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.
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.
That Cheese Plate Will Change Your Life
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.
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.