Holiday shopping can be stressful (read: long checkout lines, congested parking lots, barely-stocked shelves) but when you’re shopping for the cheese lover in your life, playing Santa can be easy. There are plenty of (online!) options for the best cheesy gear, reads, and snacks that’ll make any turophile on your list brim with joy. The biggest challenge? Abstaining from adding an extra one of these to the cart for yourself.
For the crafty turophile: Deluxe Cheese Making Kit
Once the holiday baking and gingerbread-house-building season is over, it’ll be time to refocus our weekends with a new stay-at-home project: homemade cheese! This kit includes all the necessities to make cheddar, feta, ricotta, parmesan, and more from the comfort of your home. Just add milk.
For the curious turophile: A Field Guide to Cheese
Curling up with a book of cheesy facts, history, and pairing guidance is the comfiest way to become an emerging cheese expert from home. In this book, Tristan Sicard uses hundreds of illustrations and graphics—plus: an encyclopedia of 400 global cheeses—to guide readers through finding their perfect match and boasting their newfound cheese knowledge with friends.
For the turophile with wanderlust: Electric Raclette Melter
Winter is raclette season, and while we spend much of the next few months indoors, an at-home raclette melter will transport any cheese lover to an après-ski treat in the Alps. This appliance has adjustable temperature settings to achieve the perfect melty texture, plus it’s cleaning-friendly and easy to store in any kitchen. Add a wedge of Alpine-style cheese, put a bow on it, and you’ve got the perfect gift.
For the whimsical turophile: Super Cheesy Fondue Set
Speaking of cold weather comfort, this fondue set provides the joy and warmth we’ll all be looking for this winter. Boska’s Super Cheesy set offers a cheesy eccentric design that makes fondue night way more fun—it’ll be the talking point of any dinner party (once those are safe again).
For the turophile with an aesthetic eye: That Cheese Plate Will Change Your Life
Creating an aesthetically pleasing, Instagram-ready, almost-too-pretty-to-eat cheese board is no longer out of reach. In this eye catching book, Marissa Mullen of @thatcheeseplate shares all her secrets to building beautiful charcuterie spreads with her Cheese by Numbers method, a foolproof plan to building colorful and satisfying cheese boards every time. Who said weekend dinners at home had to be boring?
For the hungry turophile: A Victory Cheese box
You didn’t think we’d leave out the main star—cheese itself—did you? There’s no better gift than opening a perishable-marked box from your front door and unpacking a haul of locally made cheeses. Victory Cheese offers curated boxes from cheese makers and mongers across the country, and some even ship nationwide. A gift that’ll please the taste buds and support local businesses? It’s a holiday miracle.