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The Best Cheese Gifts for the Holidays in 2022

 Table of Contents

    1. Cheese Knife Gift Sets
    2. Cheese Board Gifts
    3. Cheese Gift Boxes
    4. Build Your Own Cheese Boxes
    5. Cheese Gift Subscriptions
    6. Cheese Storage Gifts
    7. Home Cheesemaking Kits
    8. Private Virtual Cheese Tastings
    9. Cheese Gift Cards

Want to see your loved ones’ eyes light up when they open presents this holiday? Give the gift of cheese! Sharing cheese with your favorite people is one of the most delicious ways to show how much you care, whether you’re serving a holiday cheese board feast at a family celebration or sending a digital gift card to a faraway friend.

Cheese Grotto’s online cheese gift shop is your source for holiday cheese gifts this year. We’ve got everything from gorgeous handcrafted cheese boards to cheese and charcuterie gift boxes to private virtual cheese tastings and cheesemaking classes for everyone on your list. These are the best cheese gifts for the holidays in 2022.

Cheese Knife Gift Sets

black cheese knife and board gift set

Every cheese lover needs a dedicated set of knives for cheese. Unsure which ones to choose? Check out our guide to cheese knives for inspiration and info on which knives are best to use with different styles of cheese. 

Our versatile, sustainable cheese knives work great for everything from soft, spreadable varieties like chevre to hard, crystalline wedges like aged Gouda or Parmesan. Our Hand-Carved Wooden Cheese Knives add a warm look to any board while offering a comfortable shape that makes portioning and cutting a breeze. 

Love the dramatic look of black? Check out our Sustainable Paperstone Black Resin Cheese Knives, which combine the ergonomic shape and versatility of our original knives with a matte black finish.

You can even write directly on each knife with the free piece of included soapstone chalk included with each order. That way, each cheese gets a designated knife, which helps avoid cross contamination (and looks beautiful, too). It’s even dishwasher safe!

Cheese Board Gifts

cheese board gifts

Of course, your intended recipient should have a beautiful cheese board to go with those cool new knives—and we have several beautiful, long-lasting options that will make their cheese and charcuterie platters shine. 

For the entertainer in your life, consider our Adagio Cheese Server, carved from bamboo and coated with a durable, food-safe, and dramatic black resin coating. This beauty holds up to 10 pounds of cheese—enough to feed a crowd of 20—and features handles for easy transport to your table. Prefer a more natural look? Our Bamboo Adagio Cheese Server is available on a pre-order basis. 

For smaller households, check out our Circular Serving Slate. Serve up to six people on this sleek round of natural New York stone—nothing makes beautiful cheeses pop like deep, dark slate! Get it on its own or as a set with one of our bamboo cheese knives and a piece of soapstone chalk to label each cheese. Or pick up our Sustainable Black Cheese Board and Knife Gift Set, which comes with free soapstone chalk and doubles as a shelf for the Cheese Grotto Classico.

Cheese Gift Boxes

cheese gift boxes

Maybe your cheese-loving recipient already has some basic cheese gear, and you’d prefer to give a gift that’s more experiential. Send them a box of amazing cheeses instead!

Head to our cheese gift shop, where you can send an abundant cheese tasting in a gift box with our Full Artisan Cheese Tasting Gift Package. Each one features three luscious cheeses along with a ton of delicious accompaniments to pair with them. Cheese gift baskets and boxes never go out of style—and they include all the ingredients you need for a delicious cheese board in one festive package!

We also offer smaller packages highlighting a single accompaniment. Go with classic cheese and crackers, or add in American-made heritage country ham (the perfect gift for charcuterie lovers), artisan chocolate, Spanish olives, real black truffle honey, or sweet-savory chutney.

Build Your Own Cheese Boxes

cheese storage box with cheese, chocolate, honey, crackers, jam, charcuterie

Want to hand-pick a bountiful set of cheeses, accompaniments, and even cheese boards for the folks on your holiday gift list? Head to our online store to create the perfect bundle.

There, you can filter by maker, cheese style, state, or milk type, make your selections, then ship them anywhere in the U.S. Lush bloomies, funky washed rinds, pungent blues, savory hard cheeses—they’re all there, along with gourmet accompaniments to create delicious pairings. You can even add a strong, sustainable bamboo cheese board to your box of goodies.

Cheese Gift Subscriptions

Send someone a single cheese gift box, and they’ll enjoy it once. But if you give them a cheese subscription, they’ll be able to enjoy great cheese—and think about how much they appreciate you!—for months to come! 

Our cheese subscription gift boxes are great for anyone who wants to expand their palate and try new things. Our Monthly Cheese Subscription Box features three fantastic American artisan cheeses each month, with the option to include curated pairings from some of the country’s top gourmet makers.

We love our monthly subscription because it’s super easy to customize. The recipient doesn’t like blues or goat cheeses? Shopping for a vegetarian or someone with a nut allergy? No problem! Just note their preferences on the product page, and they’ll get a monthly cheese bundle they’re sure to love. You can sign the recipient up for 3, 6, or 12 months of cheese, so this cheese gift can fit any budget.

Want to hear from the highly skilled artisans who make some of the country’s best cheeses? Our Meet the Makers Quarterly Cheese Subscription Box features a variety of cheeses totaling two pounds, delivered on a fixed schedule four times a year. A whole year of delicious seasonal cheeses with exclusive virtual cheesemaker hangouts—who wouldn’t love that?

Our cheese subscription programs aren’t just delicious—they’re educational, too! Each of our subscription box programs includes information about the cheeses, the makers, and the best ways to store and enjoy them, including wine and beer pairings and sweet and savory food pairing ideas.

Cheese Storage Gifts

best cheese storage in the fridge

Let’s say your intended recipient is really into cheese—or wants to get really into cheese. Go beyond the boards and boxes to get them something exciting and different. 

The Cheese Grotto—a cheese storage container unlike any other—will take their cheese habit to the next level. Our flagship product has changed how countless cheese lovers store and enjoy cheese—and even make it at home. Each Grotto includes removable bamboo shelving that doubles as a cheese board and a handmade clay brick to maintain the ideal humidity for your favorite wedges.

For serious connoisseurs (or folks with large households), check out the Cheese Grotto Classico—the original! It holds up to 8 pounds of cheese, with cutout windows for viewing your beautiful wedges. For smaller households that love cheese, look into the Fresco, which holds up to 4 pounds. For very small households—or budding cheese aficionados—look to the Mezzo, a single-shelf model that still holds 2 tasty pounds of cheese. 

Those with tiny kitchens, frequent travelers, and folks just starting out on their cheese journey will love the Piatto, our most compact model. Despite taking up just 6 square inches in the fridge or on the counter, it can hold 1 full pound of cheese (2 to 3 pieces). Best of all, it fits together with magnets and packs flat, making it easy to stash when not in use (or en route to a new cheese destination).

Home Cheesemaking Kits

home cheesemaking kit giftIf you’re shopping for someone who loves to cook and DIY in the kitchen—or a fan of fresh mozzarella—look no further than our Italian Home Cheesemaking Kit

Our friends at Farmsteady have included all the special equipment and ingredients you need to make your own fresh mozzarella, burrata, ricotta, and mascarpone cheese at home. All they’ll have to do is add milk and heavy cream. We’ll even send along recipes with ideas for how to use that mozzarella and ricotta once they’ve made it. 

Virtual Cheese Tastings and Cheesemaking Classes

Looking for a gourmet cheese gift that’s experiential as well as delicious? Check out our virtual cheese events! We offer private virtual cheese and wine tastings, cheese board classes, and fresh cheesemaking classes where your crew can learn to make the best mozzarella, ricotta, or halloumi they’ll ever taste.

We’ll ship out everything your guests need to participate, and one of our resident cheese experts will lead your group in a fun and educational Zoom session about cheese. Private virtual cheese classes are a great way to get your family, friends, or coworkers together from afar to learn a delicious new skill they can use over and over.

Cheese Gift Cards

artisan cheese gift certificates

If you just can’t decide on the perfect holiday cheese gift—or if you’re shopping for someone with very specific tastes—we still have the perfect gift for you! 

A Cheese Grotto digital gift card can be used on anything in our online store, including cheese packages, cheese subscription boxes, Cheese Grottos, cheese boards, and cheese knives. Your loved one gets the freedom to choose exactly what they want, and you get the satisfaction of supporting a small, women-owned cheese business and the hardworking craftspeople and artisans we work with. Everybody wins!

What cheesy holiday gifts are you giving loved ones this year? Tag us @cheesegrotto on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and let us know!

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If you have purchased cheese hardware from our Grotto collection, it usually takes us 1 to 3 business days to ship your order, unless otherwise listed on the respective product page.

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