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Holiday Foodie Gift Guide 2014 and Giveaway


Tis' the season to find that perfect gift for the people who make your life brighter (and cook you dinner). If you're struggling to find something special for the home chefs on your Christmas shopping list, here are some tasty ideas to get you started.

While this holiday gift guide is geared to my fellow Canadian readers, the below items are available in the US as well, and can be ordered online for shipping to Canada and USA.

Want the chance to win one of the gifts below on Christmas morning? Enter the giveaway below.

Now let's get festive!

Make Cheese Inc. Home Cheese Making Kits


I'm so excited about this Canadian company selling prepackaged home cheese making kits to help people find their inner cheese maker. Each kit includes high-quality ingredients and easy recipes to create homemade Brie, Cheddar, Cream Cheese, Feta, Mozzarella and Poutine with fresh cheese curds. Not sure which kind of cheese your giftee will like? Slip a Make Cheese gift certificate in their Christmas stocking.

The Proud Poutine Kit ($29.95) is a great gift to help someone to kick their Poutine game into high gear (most impressive Superbowl appetizer ever, perhaps?). The kit includes a recipe booklet, gravy packet and all the cultures and rennet you need to make 3 batches of fresh cheese curds and gravy (9 servings).

Make Cheese kits are available in stores in BC, AB, SK and MB or order kits and gift certificates online here for Canada and US.

Want to win your own Proud Poutine kit to amaze family and friends with your epic from-scratch poutine making skills? Enter the giveaway below.


Microplane Cube Grater

This new to the market cooking prep tool from the grating and zesting experts at Microplane Canada is a compact but highly efficient mini grater. With a 1 cup capacity and three blade choices - fine, course and ribbon - the Microplane Cube Grater ($22) perfectly grates cheeses, vegetables and chocolate for recipes and decorative garnishes.

I love that the see-through storage area of the grater has an easy to read measurement counter, so you can grate the exact amount that recipes call for. And it comes in three colours - green, black and red - so you can choose the perfect cube to match a foodie's kitchen style.

Watch a video of the Microplane Cube Grater in action:

Find the Microplane Cube Grater at retailers across Canada or online at Microplane Canada.

Want to win one of Microplane's newest products on Christmas Day? Enter the Holiday Giveaway below to win a Cube Grater in your choice of colours.


Bernardin Home Canning Starter Kit and Drinking Mugs


Bernardin Home Canning Starter Kit ($50)

Is there an adventurous food lover on your list who's looking for a challenge? The Bernardin Home Canning Starter Kit contains everything a curious cook needs to start canning homemade jams, jellies, pickles and more. Click this link to read about my recent experience learning the art of canning with the Bernadin Starter Kit. It's a great gift for anyone who wants to try home canning and needs the tools to get started.

Bernardin Mason Drinking Mugs ($8)

My new favourite mugs (and I'm a coffee drinker so that's saying something). These 16 oz home-style glass drinking mugs come in a 4 pack and are ideal for hot cocoa and mulled cider in the winter and iced mojitos and fruit punch cocktails in the summer. They're even sturdy enough to hold a loaded Caeser filled with speared garnishes.

The Bernardin Home Canning Starter Kit and Drinking Mugs are available at major retailers across Canada.

Want Santa to bring you a 4 pack of Bernardin Drinking Mugs of your very own? Enter the giveaway below.


RawSpiceBar Monthly Spice Subscription Box

Looking for a foodie gift that keeps on impressing for months to come? Give a gift subscription to RawSpiceBar ($6 per month), a new monthly spice box subscription service that sends unique spices from around the world directly to your mailbox in Canada and the US. Each custom-designed monthly spice box includes 3 premium spice blends, freshly ground and sourced from global spice producers for you to try in your own kitchen.

The monthly spice box also includes spice origin information, instructions on use and storage, recipe cards and addition recipe idea suggestions with various options for different eating styles including vegetarian, gluten-free, healthy cooking and more. Subscriptions can be paused or cancelled at any time.

RawSpiceBar Gift subscriptions make a fun and unique gift, especially for last minute shoppers, as it's all online and easy as pie to purchase. Choose a stocking stuffer-size 3 month subscription for $18, or treat someone to 6 months of spices for $35 or 12 months for $68. A printable gift certificate will be emailed to you to present to the lucky recipient on your list.

To purchase RawSpiceBar subscriptions and gift certificates, visit their website.

Want to win a little spice box surprise of your own? Enter to win a two month RawSpiceBar subscription in the giveaway below.


Devour & Conquer Holiday Foodie Gifts Giveaway (Canada Only)



Before you set off to buy your lucky friends and family all these great foodie gifts, enter to win your very own holiday treat on Christmas morning with the Devour & Conquer Foodie Gifts Giveaway. There are four prizes available to be won by four lucky Canadian blog readers:

One Proud Poutine Kit from Make Cheese Inc.

One Microplane Cube Grater in your choice of colours

One Bernardin 4 pack of Drinking Jars

Two Month Spice Subscription from RawSpiceBar

Post a blog comment below answering "What foodie gift would you like in your stocking this holiday?", or earn extra entries by following Devour & Conquer on social media. Then use the Rafflecopter Giveaway widget below to enter the giveaway with your email address (email addresses are used only to contact the four winners).

Your entry qualifies you to win any one of the four available prizes. Contest runs from December 12th to December 24th at 11:59pm. Contest open to Canadians only (sorry!).

Winners will be announced on Christmas Day. Good luck and happy holidays.


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Disclosure: The above companies have donated prizes for the giveaway, but have not compensated me for this post and all product opinions are my own.

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spice subscription what a great monthly surprise


I would love the grater, kids would live the cheese kit!!


Those are all very interesting and enjoyable!


OMG cheese!


I would love the two month subscription to the raw spice bar :-)


The Proud Poutine Kit looks very interesting.


A new jamie oliver cookbook and a kitchenaid!


the mini cube grater would be a perfect gift


Actually, that Microplane Cube Grater is looking pretty handy.


I would love to get the raw spice bar subscription in my stocking. Thanks for the chance to win.