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Foodie gift guide: What to get the gourmand in your life

These gifts are sure to thrill even the most exacting epicurean. Jumping Rocks/UIG via Getty Images

They say the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach, and we believe food and booze-related gifts work just as well. And when you consider that nearly three out of four Canadians have cut back on their leisure spending in favour of buying food, there’s even more reason to feather their kitchens with gourmet delights.

Whether you’re shopping for an amateur chef or a seasoned oenophile, there’s no shortage of gadgets, accessories and specialty ingredients out there. To help streamline your shopping, we’ve distilled the best foodie offerings down to a tasty selection of items that will inspire great merriment and hopefully great culinary experiments. Who knows? It might just result in a delectable meal or artisanal cocktail for you.

Go on, eat, drink, shop and be merry.

Gourmet sea salt: Culinary masters will love infusing their best dishes with these next-level salt flavours. Kits contain four different salts and are divided into themes like Wine & Dine and WingNut. $24 at TheSaltCellar.ca .
Aerator decanter: The unique design of the Conundrum decanter allows for a two-phase aerating process: first when the wine is poured in and again when it's poured into a glass. $29.50 at Chapters.Indigo.ca.
DIY BBQ sauce: This Artisan BBQ sauce kit allows grill gourmands to create three different sauces inspired by classic American recipes. $46.15 at Williams-Sonoma.com. (Online only).
Pour over coffee maker: The Chemex coffee maker goes back to coffee basics. This chemist-designed glass-and-wood pot produces pure drip coffee that's less bitter and can even be reheated without compromising taste. From $49.95 at CrateandBarrel.com.
Whiskey rocks: Purists will love the Whiskey Stones Gift Set. Pop them into the freezer and plop one into your whiskey to keep it cool without diluting the flavour. $19.99 for a set of 8 at Amazon.ca.
Ice cream maker: Prevent in-home ice cream shortages with the 6-Quart Wooden Bucket Ice Cream Maker. With the touch of a button, you'll get creamy and rich ice cream customized with your favourite flavours. $99.99 at BedBathandBeyond.ca.
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SodaStream: Fizzi is the popular sparkling water maker's latest addition and features a slimmer design to fit into smaller kitchens. $119.99 at SodaStream.ca.
Cookbook: This collection of beloved recipes that TV star Ina Garten (a.k.a. The Barefoot Contessa) has created for her husband will satisfy anyone's loved ones. $27.02 at Amazon.ca.
Specialty aperitif: Byrrh (pronounced 'beer') Grand Quinquina, a wine-based drink that's aged in oak, makes a charming substitution for the same-old aperitif drinks and works well in classic cocktail mixtures. From $14.90, available in Ontario and Quebec.
Apron: Help your resident chef amp up his or her style game with this charming cotton apron with adjustable neck band. $9.99 at Ikea.
Gourmet tea: This collection of David's Tea's 12 most popular blends from 2016 is sure to satisfy any tea lover's cravings, whether it's Hot Chocolate or Apple Strudel. $26 at DavidsTea.com.
Pasta: Even culinary masters need convenience sometimes. This revolutionary Barilla Pronto pasta cooks in 10 minutes and requires no draining. $2.39 at major grocery stores across Canada.
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Chocolate: Who wouldn't want to satisfy a sweet craving with one of these mini Dark Bars from SOMA Chocolatemaker? A bag of five includes dark chocolate with roasted almonds, hazelnuts, cherries, orange peel and candied ginger. Also in milk chocolate. $20 at SomaChocolate.com.
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