An apron can be highly practical present for a chef. Or it can be the most over-the top, kitsch affair going. And pretty much everything in between. Which is why them make a great gift for every kind of food lover. Here’s my choices for all kinds of Christmas gift options:
* For lovers of cake, the I really love this Cake and Jelly design from Clare Carter Designs. Based on original drawings, I think it’s pretty, feminine and unusual enough to get a coo of surprise on Christmas morning.
* You want kitsch, you want retro, and you want full on festive spirit? I would stop by Cath Kidston and snap up this Christmas trees half apron. I think it has the right vibe for recreating a Mad Men style Christmas, so shake up a few Martinis and whip this one on before handing out the vol au vents.
* Even if, like me, you loathe Marmite, it’s okay I think to admire the iconic design of the jar and label. I love this funky apron, with its great colours and design, it will certainly brighten up cooking time. Eating the black stuff is entirely and totally optional! (UPDATE: sadly the apron, nor the site, is no longer available. Unlike the awful black stuff)
*Go clean lines, contemporary and iconic with this cotton apron with a print of Battersea Power Station. You could give this one to all kinds of food lovers, whether Battersea dwellers or those with a big interest in contemporary architecture. Definitely beats a comedy apron hands down!
* Staying with the cultured theme, I really love Culture Label as an online source for gifts. From them, I’d go for this apron with the iconic London Underground Summer Sales print. Colourful and nostalgic without being twee, it’s a great piece of design, and looks great on this large scale. (UPDATE: sadly, they no longer carry aprons)
* I am not sure if this next one is for the kitchen or something to keep in your wardrobe. It’s certainly not something you would want to get splashed with the effects of real cooking. I would suggest it would be perfect for someone who likes the idea of cooking but perhaps isn’t into the full works. But very good at reheating things and serving beautifully. From one of my favourite shops, Anthropologie, but only if you’re feeling particularly flush. They’re not seeing much of my custom this year.
* And of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without a comedy apron, would it? Well, I could pass but if you must, then this one at least has a vague food theme! Amazon will be happy to dispatch this Hot Sausage apron to you, whether the recipient will be pleased to get it remains to be seen!
Aprons are a great standby gift for food lovers of all types, and all ages, and are up there with tea towels for me as things that you never really justify spending money on yourself so even more of a treat when someone gets you a really nice one. Plus they have the benefit of being very easy to wrap!