2012 Gift Guide: La Cuisine d'Hélène Faves for your Loved Ones

This is La Cuisine d'Hélène first Gift Guide for the Holidays and hopefully not the last one. On this list will be ideas for the foodie lover and also ideas for someone that has everything. It's always a pleasure for me to give. I like to make lists and shop for my family. This list will help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones.


ROBERT MONDAVI PRIVATE SELECTION COASTAL CRUSH RED:




Wine is always a gift that people love to receive. I have been a fan of Robert Mondavi Private Selection for years. This is a beautiful bottle to offer. The 2011 Coastal Crush Red has been blended primarily from Syrah, Merlot, and Malbec. The wine is fresh and light with a smooth texture. It features a juicy blend of ripe strawberry and red raspberry fruit with a hint of chocolate. From steak to turkey to salads, Central Coast Crush pairs wells with a wide range of foods throughout the year.



ARCHITEC HOUSEWARES:

Architec Housewares launched its fun and functional housewares products in Canada in November. Architec offers a cutting-edge selection of products for the kitchen, each designed for maximum efficiency. 

The Recipe Rock: The Recipe Rock is a creative one-of-a-kind stocking stuffer for the home cook on your list. This product is a two-inch rock and magnet that hold up to eight pages at any printed recipe angled upright. This is a fun and functional gifts.


Original Gripper Cutting Board: Architec's most recognized product is the Original Gripper Cutting Board. With a hard cutting surface thermally bonded to a soft bed of gripping octagons, this cutting board grips to the kitchen table to prevent slipping. Perfect for safe and efficient food preparation, it is a colourful addition to kitchens everywhere. You can offer the Gripper Cutting Board in nine great colours.


Bamboo Gripper Board:  If you are looking for an environmentally sound gift option - go bamboo! The Bamboo Gripper Board has 'gripper' feet to prevent slipping, and is made of laminated strip of bamboo, which has the same level of durability as hard woods.
Offered in a variety of colours to match any kitchen style, these products are available across Canada at Sears, Home Outfitters, London Drugs, and gourmet shops.




TEA:


Another great gift to offer is good quality tea. TeaVivre is my favourite. TeaVivre is a group of tea lovers and aficionados from China, Canada and France, who all share a passion for drinking great tea and appreciate the healthy life style it brings. They frequently travel through the country visiting China's tea plantations so they can track down only truly exceptional teas. As a result they are able to bring to you the absolute highest quality Chinese teas that are, wherever possible, 100% organically grown and produced.

TeaVivre guaranteers to their customers:
  • the origin of the teas. All of their teas are only produced in China,
  • production honors the traditional Chinese manufacturing methods
  • they directly visit and work with their suppliers to bring the highest quality and best prices
  • they work with a team of certified tea experts to select only the best teas available in China




GREEN & BLACK'S ORGANIC CHOCOLATE:


I am a chocoholic and receiving a good quality chocolate is something that I appreciate a lot. The holidays are all about surprising and delighting your guests with tantalizing treats and fabulous tasting experiences. Whether your are planning to celebrate the season with gatherings of family and friends or curl up by the fire with a loved one, Green & Black's Organic, the world leader in organic and Fair Trade chocolate, has everything you need to make your holiday season the most indulgent and luxurious yet. Using only organically grown cocoa, sourced principally from the Dominican Republic, Green & Black's Organic believes it's possible to respect our earth while indulging in the best things it has to offer. Great time and care is taken to bring out the intense flavour this is the Green & Black's Organic trademark.

Green & Black's Organic offers a delicious range of organic, Fair Trade Certified 100g chocolate bars ($3.89). These premium chocolate bars are the perfect stocking stuffer and will delight dark, milk and white chocolate lovers alike.




MARTIN'S MARVELOUS NATURALS: 


I have discovered Martin's Marvelous Naturals from British Columbia this year and I am impressed by the quality of their products. They use locally sourced ingredients to make their product line of all-natural, gluten-free and nut-free gourmet products. Their products simply taste marvellous!!!

I've been enjoying their crisps, cookies and granola. And the packaging is so cute. 



VELATA FONDUE WARMERS:


At this time of the year, after a cold day outside the best way to finish a meal is a dessert fondue.

These Velata Fondue Warmers come in different colours and are so nice! The Velata warmers will transform the fondue experience into a family-friendly, hassle-free affordable luxury. It features a silicone dish that keeps one of four signature flavours of premium Belgian chocolate at the perfect temperature for dipping with no flame, scorching, complicated instructions, or messy clean up.





NIELSEN-MASSEY:



This year I have fallen in love with Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract.  It is an exceptional 'all-purpose' vanilla. It adds such a deep flavor to my Devil's Food Cake with Midnight Ganache.




HUNGRY GLOBETROTTER:



For the foodie on you list that wants to try new recipes and food you could give them a subscription to Hungry Globetrotter subscription box.

What's included in the subscription box?They help answer the question “what’s for dinner?”  They are not your usual "of the month box." They pack together a carefully curated box of recipes, sauces and spices to help you cook a dinner that’s less challenging to prepare and able to take you away from your routine. 

Here’s an example of their September, 2012 subscription box, called the South Indian Sampler:
  • Maya Kaimal brand Madras Curry simmer sauce
  • Spicely brand Organic Garam Masala
  • Spicely brand Organic Cayenne
  • Cobra Corn Mumbai Masala spicy popcorn
  • Blue Lotus Chai (tea mix)
  • Recipes for Madras Curry, Garam Masala Rice with Vegetables, and Yogurt Raita
  • Regional Guide with the story behind the products and the food of South India

Their products are non-perishable, branded specialty food products that have been carefully selected and tested for quality. Instead of culinary tourism, try a tour of cuisine!



HOMEMADE HOLIDAY GIFTS WITH RICE KRISPIES:



This is so cute! This Holiday Season Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal teams up with Lisa Sanguedolce, a top Canadian cake decorator to create a dazzling gift idea on a tiny budget! Lisa's signature Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal Holiday Ornament is new for Holiday 2012 and puts a fancy twist on everyone's favourite - the classic Rice Krispies square! For instructions: Holiday Ornament





WORLD VISION:



If someone on your list has everything why not give a Goat, Education for Girls, Ducks, Chickens in their name.

Or give yourself a gift in doing a charitable donation over the holiday season. With so many worthy causes, it is difficult to know where the gift can best be used. Gifts to the World Vision Gift Catalog Maximum Impact Fund are used where resources are most desperately needed, to help children and families in struggling communities around the world.

The World Vision Difference: 86% of every gift goes to helping children and families overcome poverty in nearly 100 countries. Wold Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

Please visit World Vision to donate today.


MAGAZINES:

Why not give a magazine subscription this year. Ricardo magazine is a favourite of mine.