Stumped for what to get your favorite cheese lover this Christmas? Here are our top five picks.

5. Cheese Ornaments. Every cheese lover needs a little mountain of goat cheese or funky blue hanging on their Christmas tree. Available at Sur La Table. (And thanks to Jill, who supplied this one for my tree last year.)

4. Cheese Lit — We particularly enjoyed Cheesemonger: Life on the Wedge, The Cheese Chronicles, and Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin this year – or a subscription to Culture the magazine.

3. Cheese Boards. One can never have too many surfaces on which to display and serve cheese. These slate boards from Brooklyn Slate are all the rage this holiday.

2. Cheese Condiments. A selection of jams, honey, mustards, pickles and crackers will make any cheese lover swoon. Madame Fromage has some excellent suggestions.

1. Gift Certificate to a local cheese shop. That’s right – there’s not a single cheese on this list. Unless you have access to a rare and in demand cheese (like Rush Creek), you’re better off letting your cheese loving friend select their own cheese gift. Not only does it give them the chance to get a favorite or try something new, but it brings your local cheesemonger business after the holiday rush has passed by. A win-win for all involved. (Find a cheese shop near you with this handy directory from Culture.)

(Photo credits: Sur La Table, Barnes & Noble, Brooklyn Slate and yours truly.)

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