Cheese boards can range from affordable to...less affordable. The key to finding the perfect board is to gauge the personality of your gift recipient: are they chic and stylish? Then they may like these polished marble blocks ($39.50 – $79; Pottery Barn). Or is this person more quirky? Then maybe a reclaimed wood board ($20; Etsy).
Cheese books are an obvious gift for cheese lovers, and a couple in particular stand out. For those interested in American cheese varieties: It's Not You, It's Brie: Unwrapping America's Unique Culture of Cheese is a lovely little book that discusses cheeses in a very personal way, educating the reader while explaining the stories of individual cheesemakers and the cheeses they produce. Complete with recipes and interactions for cooking with cheese, this book will keep both cheese novices and connoisseurs excited and entertained for weeks.
If you want a more finely detailed book Max McCalman's Mastering Cheese: Lessons for Connoisseurship from a Maître Fromager is a weighty volume that covers everything from identifying cheeses to the finer points of cheesemaking.
A good set of cheese knives, artfully crafted and attractive to display, makes a wonderful gift for those who take pride in serving cheese. One set that I particularly love is the Antonini Olive Wood Cheese Knives Set ($49.95; Williams Sonoma) , handcrafted from Italian olive wood.
A Cheesy Little Puzzle
Kids love cheese, too… especially those raised by cheese-savvy parents. This fun cheese puzzle ($12.95) will keep little ones busy as they explore the many ways the pieces can fit together.