The best gifts for cheese lovers

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Best gifts for cheese lovers

by Jade Moscrop |

Ah, cheese. Not just a decadent sandwich filling, evening snack, or après ski treat, but a way of life. Ask any cheese lover, they'll tell you.

If there's one thing you can always rely on, it's cheese. There for you when you're sad, happy, socialising, or on your own, it's the real MVP of the food world. It makes everything better. Pizzas, toasties, pasta, meats - we can't think of a single thing that isn't made better by cheese. Obsessed? Us? Never.

Thankfully, if you know a cheese lover or just want to treat yourself to some cheddar-y goodness, there are so many cheese gifts out there to really make someone (or yourself) feel special.

From cheeseboards to hampers, cheese-making kits, and even an individual raclette set (aka heaven), you can earn yourself some serious brownie points with these gift ideas.

So if you need to say "sorry you're feeling blue", show some cheesy love on Valentine's Day or wish them a gouda birthday, gifts don't get any cheddar than this. Sorry, not sorry.

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Make the ultimate cheeseboard

If you're spending that special occasion with your cheese-loving relative or friend, treat them to the ultimate cheeseboard with these epic tips from the cheese experts at the Wensleydale Creamery. Their guide is guaranteed to impress.

For perfecting your cheeseboard, the Wensleydale Creamery recommends:

• A traditional and iconic British 'crumbly' variety, such as fan favourite Yorkshire Wensleydale, to bring a unique and crumbly texture to your cheeseboard

• A blue cheese is key - Wensleydale Blue with a delicate, mellow, yet full flavour with a creamy texture has broad appeal for newcomers to blue cheese and connoisseurs alike!

• An innovative flavour to excite, such as the Limited Edition Yorkshire Wensleydale with Orange and Champagne, for those who want to experiment with flavours. The combination of creamy, crumbly Yorkshire Wensleydale with candied orange zest and champagne is bound to go down a treat!

• A sweet fruit number - the all-year-round favourite Wensleydale and Cranberries adds a burst of colour and is a fail-safe favourite with all generations

• A cheese with heritage, to tell a story such as the handcrafted and naturally aged Kit Calvert Old-Style Wensleydale is bound to impress. This cheese celebrates the father of Wensleydale Cheese 'Kit Calvert', who helped to save the Wensleydale Creamery from closure in 1935. The cheese recipe emulates that of a farmhouse cheese from the turn of the century, to create a natural rind and buttery, creamy texture.

• A classic cheddar with a point of difference - this Davidstow Mature Cornish Cheddar is strong and powerful, aged around 12 months for exceptional, in-depth flavours - it's been described as a "league of its own" by reviewers and a great pick for cheeseboards and sandwiches.

• A Naturally Smoked Cheese adds further dimension to a cheeseboard with a wonderful golden coloured rind & aroma and true smoked flavour.

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Jade Moscrop is a Content Writer for WhatsTheBest, specialising in lifestyle topics. She also writes for Closer, Heat, and Mother&Baby. Yes, she is a cheese addict.

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