The way to his heart is through his stomach, but he's happy to do the cooking himself. Such is the modern epicure who craves indulging in delicious dinners as much as he enjoys rolling up his sleeves for an evening of holiday baking and Manhattans at home. Expectations for his own edible presents are high, but he's not above going to the gourmet source, like Leslieville cookie pros Bobbette & Belle, for foodie gifting assistance.
KitchenAid Artisan mixer ($429.95, Williams-Sonoma)
Le Creuset Revolution Silicone Tools spatula ($24)
Bobbette & Belle snowflake cookies ($25/box of eight)
Recycled-glass plate ($28), bell jar ($48), martini glass ($24) and Karim Rashid martini shaker ($135, all Ma Zone).
Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whisky ($39.75, LCBO)
Ikea tablecloth ($19.99)
On him: Marimekko apron ($45, Good Egg), Oscar windowpane-check shirt ($175, GotStyle).
Le Creuset silicone trivets ($13 each)
Belvedere Vodka benefiting the (RED) campaign ($47.95, LCBO)
Pewter flask ($65, Birks)
Oji Masanori brass tool holder ($300, Mjölk)
The Modern Pantry, by Anna Hansen ($45, Good Egg)
Cooking in colour
BlueStar 24-inch freestanding range ($5,135, Caplan's Appliances)
Cheese Boutique "wedding cake"
For the foodie on your list who skips the chocolate mousse and dives straight into the cheese plate after dinner, the Cheese Boutique creates an over-the-top delight. Stacked high with wheels of Comté, Gouda and chèvre noir, the shop markets these cheese towers as alt wedding cakes, but there's no reason why one can't be the gourmet finale to a decadent holiday feast. Starting at $525.
Hair and makeup by Claudine Baltazar for TRESemmé Hair Care/Plutino Group
Fashion assistant: Stefania Yarhi
Additional photography by David Hawe
Models: Sidney Leeder and Simon (Ford)