Kate Gibbs is a food and travel writer, author, cook and new mother living in Sydney, Australia. She cooks whole food that makes us healthy and happy, and travels to find the best in style, food and hotels.

christmas gift guide: for the cook

christmas gift guide: for the cook

I can't believe it's already December! We all know someone who spends all their free time in the kitchen, so I gathered some beautiful items any cook or sous chef would want, me included.

I'm no lazy gifter, but because I'm away for the next two weeks on a pre Christmas holiday island escape (more on that later), and I now I have a 4 month old son called Jack, I had to be seriously savvy about my shopping. Traipsing around looking for something for all the food-lovers in my life is not to be done in the week before Christmas, and the bottles of preserved lemons I made a while back are not going to be all I give this year (more on that later, too). So I made a quick trip to one spot and did all my shopping in a single clever swoop.

At Macquarie Centre there's a David Jones, a Gorman, there's a Myer and Country Road, and I ducked into Aje, Alice McCall and Zimmerman for more sartorial essentials. I found a book I've been coveting a while at Dymocks, the amazing fermenting, pickling guide by Matt Stone... which is how the fermented chilli I'm giving some friends has come about. I zipped into the valet parking (umm.. only $10) and little Jack and I made short work of Christmas presents this year. What a team.

Slight spoiler alert to my food obsessed friends and family... but this is what we picked up at Macquarie Centre. Now all I need to source is a ham, a turkey, a Christmas tree... and to deck the house with stockings and a little Spring clean and oh yes, check on that plum pudding.... What a delicious Christmas it's set up to be!

  1. Breville Jaffle Maker, David Jones, $99.99
  2. Laguiole Steak Knives (six), David Jones, $169
  3. La Banane Fabric Purse, Gorman, $39
  4. Sunnylife Watermelon Coasters, Myer, $24.95
  5. Pineapple Glass Markers, Myer, $14.95
  6. Joseph Joseph Nest Measures, Myer, $29.95
  7. Le Creuset Round Casserole, David Jones, $399
  8. Ira Tray, Country Road, $99.95
  9. Orla Large Marble Bowl, Country Road, $129
  10. The Natural Cook by Matt Stone, Dymocks, $39.99

This post has been put together in collaboration with Sydney's Macquarie Centre.

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