Gift Edit 2023

37 Best Gift Ideas for People Who Love (Like, Really Love) Cheese

updated Dec 5, 2023
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Credit: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Jesse Szewczyk

This feature is part of The Kitchn’s Gift Edit, our editor-curated collection of gift ideas. Need more inspiration? Check out all our guides here.

Giving gifts can be difficult regardless of whether the recipient is a close friend, an acquaintance, a distant family member, a coworker — the list goes on. Certain items, such as clothes and jewelry, might feel a bit too personal. On the other hand, maybe you don’t want to show up with a Starbucks card and become known as a lazy gift-giver. (Although a free Frappuccino does sound good.) Food-related gifts, however, make a solid option, and cheese is especially classy — so long as you package it nicely.

So, don’t feel blue about all the holiday shopping in your future! Take our curd for it: These cheese-centric gifts are very, very Gouda. Feta up with these puns? No sweat — whether you want to drop a lot of cheddar (sorry, had to get one more in there) or a little, we’ve got must-have gifts for every type of fromage aficionado on your list. Sure, they’re all really cheesy — but only in the best way possible.

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The ultimate comfort food elevated to Barefoot Contessa levels: that's Ina's Mac & Cheese. The prepped dish made with cavatappi pasta with a Gruyere and cheddar sauce serves 12 (or put another way, makes for 12 creamy, luscious solo meals).

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This vintage-looking cheese-printed tea towel makes a perfect gift on its own, or it can be used to for wrapping or cushioning for another give for your favorite cheese fan. Printed with illustrations of Gruyere, Havarti, Gouda, Mozzarella, Jarlsberg, Monterey Jack, Manchego, Munster, and Cheddar.

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was $289.00

Boardarie has created the ultimate wow-worthy food gift with their Deluxe Arte Board & Baked Brie Feast. The Acacia wood tray holds three types of pastry-wrapped baked brie, plus ready-to-eat meats, nuts, dried fruit, crackers, and chocolate — and bamboo cutlery. All the lucky recipient has to do is warm the brie and boom, instant party.

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was $28.00

Let a food stylist walk you through creating all the beautiful charcuterie and cheese plates you've always admired — but had not clue how to make yourself. That Cheese Plate Will Change Your Life takes a color-by-numbers approach, showing you exactly what to place, where, for a successful plate.

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was $33.00

Bring the Italian restaurant right to your dinner table at home with this handheld electric cheese grater. Cordless, lightweight, and easy to use, this rechargeable grater comes with two stainless-steel drums for both coarse and fine grating.

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Uncommon Goods

These clever sillicone butter and cheese huggers cap off the cut ends so everything stays soft and fresh — no more dried-out, crumbly cheese ends that go to waste.

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Uncommon Goods

This Italian cheese-making kit contains everything you need (well, except the fresh milk) to make 10 different types of cheese, including bocconcini, burrata, mascarpone, mozzarella, and ricotta. Use a vegetarian rennet, no funky chemicals or preservatives involved.

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Uncommon Goods

The cards in this cheesemonger-in-a-box will help the cheese lover deepen their understanding of their favorite food. Each of the 50 cards explains the history, origin, type of milk used, and ideal pairings for a different type of cheese.

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Made In

This cheese knife is one of those little luxuries that turns out to be highly practical. Sure, it has a beautiful handle and it's made in France. The five generations of knife smithing behind it means it cuts perfect, crumble-free slices.

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West Elm

Each one of these hand-cut and polished boards made of petrified wood is unique and makes a stunning backdrop to rounds and wedges of cheese.

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Murray's Cheese

This charming little brie baking set has everything: a round of Murray's brie, fig spread, and a perfectly-sized baking crock with lid. It will all add up to the perfect intimate baked brie moment.

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This cheese spread, cheesecake, and pancake mix sampler comes from a special place. The cheese and cheesecake are crafted by nuns in the peaceful cloister of New Skete in update New York. The three cheesespreads are horseradish, creamy cheddar, and tawny port.

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Saxelby Cheese

Just bring your own bread! Everybody loves a gooey grilled cheese, and this gift sets your friend or family member up for the best. It includes rich and delicious Cowbella salted butter, savory Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, and fruity Reading Raclette — all the fixings needed for five five-star grilled cheese sandwiches.

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West Elm
was $60.00

This classic round marble board with brass handles makes an elegant backdrop to any collection of cheese, charcuterie, fruits, and spread. Perfect for entertainers or for anyone who appreciates a treat-yourself moment.

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For some people, putting together the ultimate cheese board can be a little stressful. If you know someone like that, this is the gift for them. There’s no need to head-scratch at the specialty food store or worry that the crackers won’t pair well with what they've picked. It’s all here, ready to be eaten.

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Junior's is a New York City restaurant institution that's known for their cheesecake, and now you can gift this regional delicacy to anyone in the country. Their cheesecake is light and fluffy, and because the bottom layer is a signature spongecake (rather than graham cracker crust), this dessert travels surprisingly well.

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Murray's Cheese

Created with cave-aged Cornelia, a round of velvety ash-coated Selles-Sur-Cher, and a button of bright, milky Vermont Creamery Bijou, this cheese tower can be enjoyed as-is, but we suggest adding in some crackers, jam, and other flavors to make it a truly special indulgence. Gift it to your favorite couple!

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There is a very specific person who will enjoy this gift, and honestly, that’s the type of person we want to be friends with. This 40-pack of Cheez-It cracker snack bags will ensure that some lucky person is totally ready for their next snack attack.

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was $69.99

The custom engraving on this bamboo board is pretty cool, but the drawer holding cheese knives, little slate boards, and a wine opener is a clincher.

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was $40.99

Anyone who loves cheese and cooking projects will appreciate this packed kit, which will turn their kitchen into the best cheese shop in town. It includes all the ingredients they need to turn store-bought milk into delicious homemade mozzarella, halloumi, feta, and more.

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These handy sillicone sleeves will hold a stick of butter for slathering a cob of corn or a block of cheddar for grating. The set includes four different sizes for your food-hugging needs.

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This portable, Swiss-inspired raclette set lets you melt cheese over tea lights. The non-stick coating makes it easy to clean. The set comes with a spatula.

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was $22.00

Another luxury cheese-lovers appreciate is a wire cheese slicer attached to a board. Where a regular knife will drag through semi-soft cheeses, wire cuts effortlessly and neatly.

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Williams Sonoma

Fondue is fun and social! And this electric fondue set is perfect for people who love hosting as much as they love cheese. Plug it in and you don't have to worry about lighting butane or candles.

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was $60.00

This set of 7 French cheese knives and spreaders come in jewel-like colors.

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This is very much an IYKYK kind of gift for the serious cheese collector. A cheese vault will let your cheese "breathe" and won't let it get too moist, and it lasts longer than a roll of cheese paper. Plus, there's an optional divider so you can keep more than one piece of cheese, separated.

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Saks Fifth Avenue

Here's a ceramic cheese baker by Emile Henry. Add a wheel of brie, toss in garnish, cover with lid, and bake. You can serve the baked brie in the same pretty dish.

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A microplane isn't just for zesting citrus; it's great for shaving parmesan over pasta as well. This one is dishwasher safe and comes in 28 colors.

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West Elm

These elegant marble and brass charcuterie knives are just the right amount of fancy for a cheese-loving host.

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Clever wire cheese markers let you identify cheeses in cheeky cursive.

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Uncommon Goods
was $85.00

How cute is this personalized cheese board in the shape of the recipient's first or last initial? The generous grooves in the design will hold grapes, olives, crackers, and more.

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Keep your favorite cheese-fiend in cheese paper with this generous package of 15 professional-grade sheets.

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This oak cheese curler shreds a block of cheese into nibble-ready ribbons, a very cool toy for cheese lovers.

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We cannot get over these adorable handmade felt food ornaments, and neither will the recipient you gift them to.

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For the cheese lover who'd be happy to wear their fandom with pride, there's this charming silver swiss cheese necklace.

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Farm Steady

For those ready to take their cheese love to the next level, here's a goat cheese making kit for making chevre and feta — for real.

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Katie Kimmel

Now cheese lovers can wear their love for all the world to see with this mozzarella sticks sweatshirt.