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, we've got you covered with the best gifts for cheese lovers.
Anthropologie Agate Cheese Board
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.
Price at time of publish: $78
Material: Natural agate, brass | Dimensions: 7 x 11 inches
“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
Boska Monaco+ Black Cheese Knife Set
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.
Price at time of publish: $80
Includes: 3 cheese knives, leather storage case | Blade Material: Stainless steel
Boska Soft Cheese Cutter
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.
Price at time of publish: $49
Material: Stainless steel | Dimensions: 9 x 11 x 1 inches (large), 6 x 9 x 1 inches (small)
Brooklyn Slate Natural Slate Cheese Board Set
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
LSA Hand-Blown Glass Cloche and Walnut Base
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.
Price at time of publish: $258
Material: Handmade glass, oiled walnut wood | Weight: 8.8 pounds | Dimensions: 12.52 x 12.52 x 11.46 inches
Boska Raclette Party Set
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?
Price at time of publish: $100
Includes: Wooden base, 8 enameled metal pans, 8 spatulas, 16 tea lights
All-Clad Cast Aluminum Fondue Pot
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.
Price at time of publish: $200
Includes: Stainless steel pot, aluminum base, removable cast-aluminum insert, lid, 8 stainless steel forks
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 incredible recipes are perfect for lunch, dinner, snacks, and parties.
Price at time of publish: $20
Number of Recipes: 50+ | Pages: 144 | Published: 2020 | Publisher: Chronicle Books | Formats: Hardcover, e-book
The Art of the Cheese Plate: Pairings, Recipes, Style, Attitude
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.
Price at time of publish: $35
Number of Recipes: 37 | Pages: 192 | Published: 2016 | Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications | Format: Hardcover
Formaticum Cheese Storage Bags
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.
Price at time of publish: $15
Material: Paper, wax | Bag Dimensions: 11 x 6.25 x 0.1 inches
That Cheese Plate Will Change Your Life: Creative Gatherings and Self-Care with the Cheese By Numbers Method
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.
Price at time of publish: $28
Number of Recipes: 50 | Pages: 304 | Published: 2020 | Publisher: The Dial Press | Formats: Hardcover, spiral-bound, e-book
Williams Sonoma Full Wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano
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.
Price at time of publish: $3,000
Includes: 80 pounds of Parmigiano-Reggiano
Norpro Cheese Marker Set With Pen, 7-Piece
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.
Price at time of publish: $15
Includes: 6 reusable porcelain markers, 1 washable pen | Marker Size: 2.25 inches
Harry & David Ultimate Wine Pairing Collection
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.
Price at time of publish: $250
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
"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
CTFT Cheese Board and Knife Set
There are average wooden cheese boards, and then there’s the CTFT cheese board. Made of beautiful bamboo, this square-shaped board has a number of slick, functional features that makes it ideal for charcuterie nights. A groove runs around the entire board that’s perfect for holding items that may roll off a flat surface, such as grapes, peanuts, or olives. There are also two round divots for holding ceramic bowls, two of which are included in this set. In addition to the handy board itself, there is a secret slide-out tool tray that houses four cheese knives, two slate labels, and two pieces of chalk. The board has four non-slip rubber feet to keep everything in place. It’s a well-rounded, wonderfully effective cheese board.
Price at time of publish: $40
Includes: 13x13 inch bamboo cheese board, 4 cheese knives, 2 slate labels, 2 ceramic bowls
Bnunwish Round Mandoline Drum Slicer
Cheese graters are ideal for taco nights, making grilled cheese, or creating toppings for salads. It’s a versatile tool, to be sure, but it can also be tricky to use when the cheese block gets smaller. Bnunwish’s round mandoline rotary grater eliminates the risk of cuts and is able to grate an entire block of cheese. Not only that, but the rotary grater also has multiple blade types that can slice cucumbers, finely grate potatoes or chocolate, and even create carrot ribbons. A suction cup keeps the rotary grater in place on the countertop, and the blade drums are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
Price at time of publish: $33
Materials: Stainless steel, ABS plastic | Blade Types: fine, coarse, slicing | Dimensions: 10.23 x 9.5 x 4.5 inches
Beauty and the Board Cheese & Charcuterie Board Kit for 4-6
Charcuterie boards are great for celebrations, get-togethers, or just a special treat. Beauty & the Board offers incredible DIY charcuterie kits complete with all the ingredients and instructions to create a breathtaking spread. This particular board feeds four to six people, though the brand does offer larger and smaller sizes, including seasonal selections. This kit has two cheeses, salami, assorted nuts, dried fruits, honey, crackers, and more. It also includes a disposable wooden board, utensils, and, if you choose, a handwritten card for the giftee.
Price at time of publish: $135
Includes: Brie, white cheddar, peppered salami, la panzanella crackers, Castelvetrano olives, pistachios, walnuts, truffle Marcano almonds, apricots, golden raisins, figs, honey, dried orange, golden berries and pomegranate seeds, rosemary, disposable wooden cheese board, bamboo knife, honey dipper, instructional guide, optional handwritten card
Cypress Grove Cheese Sampler
Exploring different types of cheeses is both fun and tasty. This Cyprus Cheese sampler pack features six different kinds of goat’s milk cheeses, all made fresh and flavored with intriguing ingredients. One is a simple, but tasty, plain goat cheese called Ms. Natural. Another, named Purple Haze, has lavender and fennel in it. The spicy Sargent Pepper is flavored with chilies, curry, and harissa. The aptly named PsycheDillic contains dill and dill pollen. Both the Humboldt Fog and Herbs de Humboldt pay homage to where they were made–Humboldt County, California. Last, but certainly not least, the Little Giant is a goat’s cheese with a bloomy rind. The pack has a little bit of something for every cheese lover.
Price at time of publish: $70
Includes: An assortment of flavored goat’s milk cheeses
Standing Stone Farms Ultimate Cheese Making Kit
There’s something satisfying about making something of your very own. If you know an avid cheese lover, consider giving them this Ultimate Cheese Making Kit from Standing Stone Farms. The kit includes the ingredients, tools, and cultures to make over a dozen types of cheeses–some including mozzarella, burrata, queso fresco, cheese curds, chèvre, monterey jack, and even butter. The cheesemaker will need to provide the milk and cream, but the Standing Stone Farms kit has the trickier ingredients (such as liquid microbial rennet and citric acid) covered. It’s a great way to introduce someone to the craft of cheesemaking.
Price at time of publish: $50
Includes: Guide booklet, liquid microbial rennet, mesophilic culture, calcium chloride, citric acid, lipase powder, cheese salt, soft curd draining cloth, disposable gloves, thermometer, assorted ingredients
Food Huggers Silicone Cheese Huggers
Nobody likes to throw away food that goes bad too quickly. Thankfully, there are many methods to keep cheese fresher for longer, including these silicone caps by Food Huggers. The cups fit snugly over the opened end of cheese (or butter) to keep out air and moisture. This set comes with four pieces, each different sizes to handle several types of cheese. Please note that some retailers will sell the four piece Cheese Hugger set, and some may add an additional Butter Hugger piece. The Food Huggers help keep cheese fresh while cutting down on costly waste.
Price at time of publish: $15 for 4
Material: Silicone | Dimensions: (Small square) 2.25 x 2.25 inches, (small rectangle) 3 x 1.8 inches, (medium rectangle) 3.5 x 2.2 inches, (large rectangle) 4.25 x 2.5 inches
Drapela Woodworks Personalized Charcuterie Board
If you want to add a personalized touch on a cheese lover’s gift, a customized charcuterie board could be the way to go. Drapela Woodworks offers four different styles of fonts, two types of wood, and two sizes for its personalized charcuterie boards. Each board features segmented sections ideal for keeping ingredients neat and orderly. The large board has two handles for easy carrying while the smaller board has just one. Even something as simple as a name on a charcuterie board can add that bit of extra oomph to a gift.
Price at time of publish: Starting at $75
Material: Red oak or walnut | Dimensions: (Regular) 16 x 8.5 inches, (large) 22 x 11.25 inches
Lori and Company Funny Cheese Kitchen Towels
Ready for some cheesy puns? These kitchen towels by Lori and Company are great for the cheese lover with a sense of humor. There are three puns available. One says, “To Brie or not to Brie,” another says, “Once in a bleu moon,” and the last says, “Life is Gouda.” Each towel is made of polyester microfiber and is machine washable. The only real downside is that each phrase must be ordered separately, but it’s well worth the effort if you want to gift all three to someone. These towels will make a grate present.
Price at time of publish: $12 each
Material: Polyester microfiber | Dimensions: 16 x 24 inches | Machine Washable: Yes
Gliget 3D Gold Cheese Necklace
There are many ways someone can express their love of cheese beyond just eating some. This beautiful gold-gilded necklace has a Swiss cheese pendant that everyone can see and admire. It’s a cute and thoughtful gift that is most definitely unique. Chains range from 15 to 19 inches so you can find the one that works best for the recipient. If the giftee is a big foodie, Gliget also sells a pasta farfalle necklace, a pretzel necklace, and a fortune cookie necklace.
Price at time of publish: $24
Material: Gold-plated brass | Clasp Type: Lobster claw | Chain Length: 15 to 19 inches
Man Crates Gourmet Grilled Cheese Crate
Few comfort foods are more iconic or beloved than the humble grilled cheese. Well, this set by Man Crates intends to elevate the sandwich to a gourmet level. The gift crate includes a nonstick grilled cheese basket for cooking over a grill or open flame, a stainless steel chopper and scraper for cutting or measuring, and a number of flavor enhancers, including caramelized onion and maple confit, hot pepper bacon jam, and Dijon mustard. If you’re feeling devious, you can choose to have the crate wrapped up completely in duct tape.
Price at time of publish: $60
Includes: Nonstick grilled cheese basket, chopper scraper, caramelized onion and maple confit, hot pepper bacon jam, Dijon mustard
S.Ceng Cheesecloth, Grade 90, 54 Sq Feet
Cheesecloth is a versatile material. More than just for making cheese, it can be used for crafts, making nut milks, infusing spices into drinks, poaching fish, and more. Made of virgin cotton, this cheesecloth from Sceng comes in 4-, 50-, and 100-yard units. It’s machine washable and isn’t pre-cut, so users can determine what size they need and cut themselves. It’s a great option for DIY fanatics.
Price at time of publish: $26
Material: Unbleached cotton | Sizes: 4, 50, and 100 yards | Machine Washable: Yes
Hutzler Cheese Saver
Who said storage can’t come in whimsical shapes? This cheese saver from Hutzler is shaped like the very thing it’s meant to store. It’s designed to keep cheese fresh while still allowing it to breathe a little. Since it’s reusable, the cheese saver cuts down on any disposable bags or wrappers. Whether it holds soft or hard cheeses, this saver is sure to bring a smile to whoever sees it.
Price at time of publish: $13
Material: Plastic | Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 3 inches | Dishwasher Safe: No
Cheese Chopper 4-in-1 Grater
Cheese has been around for thousands and thousands of years, but we’re still finding new ways to store and cut it. The Cheese Chopper is a 4-in-1 tool that slices, shreds, and houses blocks of cheese with little effort. Featured on Shark Tank, the Cheese Chopper uses a crank to push the cheese forward and a simple press to push the blade down and make cuts at the desired thickness. It fits in the fridge as storage, too, making it an all-around helpful tool.
Price at time of publish: $40
Materials: Stainless steel, plastic | Blade Length: 4 inches | Dimensions: 10 x 6 x 7 inches
Hoosier Hill Farm Gourmet Cheddar Cheese Powder
There are so many things that can be flavored with cheese powder–popcorn, dips, sauces, pasta, pretzels, marinades, and more. Hoosier Hill Farm sells a 1-pound tub of gourmet cheese powder perfect for enhancing flavors. Fully made in the USA, it’s a fantastic gift for any cheesehead out there.
Price at time of publish: $14
Amount: 1 pound | Serving Size: 1 tablespoon | Servings per container: 56
Jellycat Amuseable Brie Plush
Cheese doesn’t get much more adorable than this: Jellycat’s little Brie plush sits happily on any desk or shelf. Made of polyester, the smiling wedge of cheese is part of the brand’s Amusable Plush series, featuring a bunch of happy foods. If Brie isn’t the giftee’s favorite kind, don’t worry–Jellycat also has a Swiss plush and a blue cheese plush, too.
Price at time of publish: $24
Material: Polyester | Dimensions: 4 x 9 inches | Machine Washable: No
Crate & Barrel Beehive Glass Honey Jar with Wood Dipper
A touch of honey can elevate many cheeses, especially the soft and creamy kinds. Classic honey pairings can include ricotta, Brie, goat cheese, and even hard and tangy cheeses, like Parmigiano-Reggiano and sharp cheddar. This glass beehive honey jar from Crate & Barrel can be an unexpected cheese-related gift for a friend or loved one. Made of durable borosilicate glass, the honey jar also comes with a wooden dipper perfect for drizzling.
Price at time of publish: $11
Materials: Borosilicate glass, wood | Dimensions: 3.9 x 3.9 x 5.5 inches | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
What to Look for in Gifts for a Cheese Lover
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.
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.
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.
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.