The holiday season is in full swing—and it can be difficult to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Got a cheese lover in your life? You’re in luck: There are plenty of options out there. Happy shopping!
Studious foodies will gobble up the first edition of this tasty tome. At 888 pages, this is a complete reference guide to cheese types, regulations, history, and shops. Although the Companion has a global scope—it features writers from 35 countries—the American scene is strongly represented, starting with the introduction by Jasper Hill Farm‘s Mateo Kehler. $65, global.oup.com
For the playful turophile, the Fondoodler is a match made in gooey, melty heaven. Essentially a “hot glue gun for cheese,” the culinary tool can be used to build cracker towers, doodle atop nacho plates, or draw an edible masterpiece. Invented by intrepid Buzzfeed staffers (who else?), this gadget is great for the young—or young-at-heart. $25, fondoodler.com
A DIY cheese advent calendar by Annem Hobson of food blog So Wrong It’s Nom has become a social media sensation. It garnered so much buzz that Hobson is planning to put the calendars into production next year. Follow her step-by-step instructions to make a truly personalized gift for your favorite caseophile—or sign up to pre-order one for 2017.
Adventurous chefs can try their hands at mozzarella, ricotta, and cheddar—oh my!—with an UrbanCheesecraft kit. Dairy-eschewing pals on your list? The Oregon-based company recently released a series of dairy-free boxes that are vegan-, paleo-, and allergy-friendly. Starting at $25, urbancheesecraft.com
For a gift that literally keeps on giving, choose a cheese subscription. There are plenty of mouth-watering options out there—Gourmet Cheese of the Month offers three half-pound wedges each month; Murray’s Cheese has options that include charcuterie or other pairings; and Cheesyplace Premium Club‘s three-, six-, or 12-month subscriptions come with accompaniments.