2020 Holiday Gift Guide

As always, this post contains collections of products that I personally recommend so you can get your board on. It may contain affiliate links.

It’s been quite a year! Sending everyone lots of love and healthy vibes this holiday season. Gifts don’t solve everything, but they sure can help. Here are a few of my favorite things that might brighten a loved one’s day (or your own).

Let’ get started…

Note that I’ve gathered these items with ease of delivery and ordering in mind. But whenever possible, I also encourage you to shop small, shop local (i.e. restaurant gift cards) and shop black-owned businesses (see also my 5 favorite Black-owned businesses that go great with cheese boards).

My limited edition holiday apparel collection is the perfect feel good gift for anyone on your list! Given the awesome response, these are now on BACKORDER. Click here to put your name on the WAITLIST for the next launch.

  • Long Sleeve Tee: The cute cheese graphic makes these. Yellow is the ultimate cheese-lovers color, but it’s also available in maroon and navy.

For anyone starting out, I always recommend my Cheese Boarding STARTER KIT.  Just grab one of the boards and my essential accessories, then put them together in a basket and you have an EPIC gift set. You can find all my favorite products year-round on the SHOP MY FAVORITES page and the full list of STARTER KIT items via this link, but here are my 3 priority items for for a new cheese boarder…

  • JK Adams Wood Board: This is one of my all time favorites, but you probably know that from seeing it all over my feed. It’s substantial enough to accommodate a large party, but surprisingly lightweight. It also looks great as decor hanging in your dining room or kitchen. If you want to start with a smaller, more affordable board, go with this round serving tray or this rectangle board with a lip (for only $25 that I use it ALL THE TIME).
  • Ramekins: Whether it be to separate briny items (like olives) on a cheese plate, or to corral bite-sized chocolate pieces on a dessert board, ramekins are essential to creating beautiful and functional spreads.
  • Cheese Knives: Every board needs a set of knives. This set is perfect for the beginner with 4 different shapes to accommodate your favorite cheeses.
  • Every cheese boarding pro needs their own personal salami cutter.
  • Once you have the basics down, it’s time to upgrade your cheeseboards! I love this hexagon one.
  • These ramekins are modern, chic and perfect for all your cheese boards.
  • This fun cheese art print will make the best addition to a cozy kitchen or your cheese obsessed friend’s gallery wall

My book comes out in Fall 2021 and it will most certainly be a great holiday gift next year. In the meantime, I have some other great resources that you will love.

  • I love this Beautiful Boards book from Baker Mama for the gorgeous photos and helpful tips!
  • I love how classy these gold marble knives look – they could even be displayed on the counter year round!
  • I love the simplicity of these cute cheese markers. And if you take a close look at these arrow cheese markers, you will see how they say “cow,” “sheep,” “blue,” etc. Super helpful!
  • Fischer Price Snacks for Two:  THIS. IS. EVERYTHING!!  I mean, I would easily steal this cheese play set from any kiddo I come into contact with.  Start ‘em young, guys… start ‘em young!! ALSO- I won’t judge any adults that keep keep this for themselves.
  • This Dyson vacuum is ON SALE and a total game changer for a merry and bright home. I debated putting it in the self-care section, but honestly, it has been the best purchase in my home. It’s an investment and worth every penny for keeping me sane and cleaning up the chaos that happens in my house post food shoots.
  • I’m obsessed with fizzy water and have started making my own with this cool countertop Soda Stream x Bubly.
  • These Left Coast Candle Co. candles smell AMAZING and the wood wick makes it sound like you’re sitting next to a fireplace. My favorite scent is called “magic,” and I love them for this time of year!

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80 Comments

  1. Jody wrote:

    Your list of what to buy for beginners was so helpful! I ordered the board you recommended & I’m looking forward to putting together a festive board for Christmas. ????

    Posted 12.16.20 Reply
  2. Janelle wrote:

    Thanks for sharing all the links! Can’t wait to order for the family

    Posted 12.17.20 Reply
  3. NHI wrote:

    Thank you for the details and basic information. Makes these boards less intimidating for beginners!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  4. Sam wrote:

    Thanks for the great list of ideas! Can’t wait for my long sleeve tee to arrive – little something for myself in this crazy year. ????

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
    • Meg Quinn (Ain't Too Proud To Meg) wrote:

      so happy you got one. you should receive your tracking soon if you haven’t already. lots of love to you as we close out this crazy year.

      Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  5. Rachel H wrote:

    This is perfect for helping create a small “starter” gift for a friend or loved one. Especially loved that you linked the wine and cheese swatch!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  6. Layne wrote:

    Great suggestions!!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  7. Kris Costa wrote:

    Fantastic resources. Love the board suggestions.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  8. Melissa wrote:

    The cordless Dyson IS a game changer! I never liked having to go from room to room and outlet to outlet. With this I just keep going and I actually love to vacuum now, lol!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
    • Meg Quinn (Ain't Too Proud To Meg) wrote:

      It’s seriously the best investment! So glad you agree!

      Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  9. Angeles wrote:

    Love love love!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  10. Lexi wrote:

    I love looking at all of your boards and I’ll be sure to use this list as suggestions for my family for future holidays! 🙂

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  11. Samantha wrote:

    Thanks for the gift guide! ????

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  12. Ella wrote:

    Great ideas!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  13. Sarah Tedesco wrote:

    Your boards are such an inspiration! I love the link to get the supplies to make these creations.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  14. Courtney Rulon wrote:

    Love your gift guide!!! Not only for Christmas gifts, but beautiful house warming gifts for friends in the future. Cheese board starter lit os fabulous idea!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  15. lildebbi3 wrote:

    Loooove that stack of cheese ornament. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  16. Marie wrote:

    Okay as a BIG cheese guy, I seriously would love any of these things under the tree! ???? great ideas!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  17. Cathy wrote:

    I’ve so appreciated this post to find items for my own boards and gifts for others. You have such great taste. And I love your fun & whimsical side too!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  18. Lisa wrote:

    This gift guide is amazing. I’ve purchased so many items. Please do one every year!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  19. Renee wrote:

    Samantha goodies!!!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  20. Sadaf wrote:

    Amazing suggestions – i have already added to my own wish list 🙂

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  21. Kathy wrote:

    These are great suggestions and I can’t wait to buy some of these products!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  22. Sadaf wrote:

    Great ideas for my own wish list 🙂

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  23. Stacey wrote:

    So many awesome gift ideas…and I want to buy them for myself, too!! Thank you. This list can be used year-round.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  24. Kathy wrote:

    I am so inspired by your boards! Can’t wait till Christmas to make another one! Thank you!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  25. Heather O wrote:

    What a great holiday gift guide. Thanks for sharing. I want one of everything!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  26. Molly wrote:

    Love getting some inspiration from your boards! Mine never look as pretty, but they still taste delicious!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  27. Gabriela wrote:

    These are great gifts for anyone! I love you Instagram so much! thanks to you I now make charcuterie boards for get togethers!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  28. Amanda wrote:

    Love this gift collection! So many good ideas ❤

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
    • Cat wrote:

      Ok but I just want all of these for myself so what am I going to buy everyone else??

      Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  29. Bonnie wrote:

    If you don’t have a trader Joel’s or YOU live in rural Canada how would you go about making a chacuterie board that had variety colour and interest?

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
    • Meg Quinn (Ain't Too Proud To Meg) wrote:

      I think you can absolutely apply the same ideas I mention on the trader Joe’s cheese board post at any grocery store. Mix of hard and soft cheeses, produce to add color, garnish, etc. I taught a fall workshop with a cheese board 101 that teaches all these techniques. There’s a recording available here: https://cookwithchibo.com/megquinn15/cheeseboardingschool

      Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  30. Amy wrote:

    Everything here is so cute!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
    • Stacey wrote:

      Fabulous gift guide. Thank you! Well done Meg! I’m interested in your workshops.

      Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  31. Brenda wrote:

    I’ll be making a charcuterie board for Christmas ????

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  32. Gretchen wrote:

    Loved the beginners guide! I can’t wait to make my next charcuterie tray!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  33. Sarah wrote:

    The gift guide absolutely helped me with some Christmas gifts this year. And even some inspiration about where to start with boarding!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  34. Jennifer Studwell wrote:

    Great list!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  35. Vicki wrote:

    You are creative but not pretentious in your board presentations. Love looking at them for inspiration.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  36. Meghan wrote:

    Love these ideas!! Thanks for always being such a positive spot on social media!!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  37. Samantha wrote:

    LOVE the little cheese idea! Everything is cuter when it’s small.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  38. Cynthia wrote:

    Great ideas and inspiration for my own boards! ????????????????????

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  39. Lucy wrote:

    This is such a great list! Ordering the sweatshirt now (for myself ????).

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  40. Lisa Mc wrote:

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Meg, I’ve loved watching your business grow! Your boards are beautiful and your instructions are always clear and very helpful. And now a store to give us more inspiration! Thanks for all you do!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  41. Ashaina Wright wrote:

    I love your boards I’ve been following you for awhile. Especially with the year we all have experienced I look forward to your boards. I love trying new cheeses and meats I’ve never tried. You are a beautiful person and keep doing what your doing. ????

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  42. Christina wrote:

    So gorgeous! Love!!!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  43. Christina wrote:

    Such great ideas!! I might have the buy the beginner items for myself.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  44. Kelley samberg wrote:

    Perfect timing as this
    post gave us the perfect Christmas gift idea for
    Our daughter who has everything- Got the board and many other suggestions from
    Your Blog –
    Cannot wait for her to open all of the goodies and start boarding! Also Looking very forward to your book!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  45. Kelley samberg wrote:

    Perfect timing as this
    post gave us the perfect Christmas gift idea for
    Our daughter, MEG, who has everything- Got the board and many other suggestions from
    Your Blog –
    Cannot wait for her to open all of the goodies and start boarding! Also Looking very forward to your book!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  46. Marci Boland wrote:

    I love the earrings! I love how you shop for us and make things easier. I am giving several
    Suggestions as presents this year!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  47. Marci Boland wrote:

    I love the earrings!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  48. Heather wrote:

    Such great gift ideas!!! Thanks!!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  49. Bessie Africa wrote:

    ????????????????????So helpful & fun to read for ideas!!! Love how creative & different the gift ideas are & links!! Thank you!!!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  50. Kasey wrote:

    Great ideas in this gift guide! Love the different categories!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  51. Kimberly wrote:

    Love the beginner starter kit. Just what I need.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  52. Marjan wrote:

    Thanks so much for your tips and everything you share!!! You are so my yoda!!!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  53. Heather wrote:

    I loved your cooking class! So many awesome tips!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  54. Jenifer wrote:

    Love these ideas!! I need sign up my husband so he will know exactly what to get me!! ????✨????✨???? Fabulous blog!!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  55. Shayla wrote:

    I’m a new follower and I love all of your posts! Can’t wait to keep learning more ????

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  56. Carly M wrote:

    I made my first board at thanksgiving and my sister requested I HAVE to make another one for Christmas. I’ve found a lot of your tips helpful for beginners who are just doing it as a fun way to entertain.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  57. Caitlin wrote:

    Love it!!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  58. Kristen wrote:

    I am going to have to get the beginner board kit for myself and several friends! Thank you!!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
    • Meg Quinn (Ain't Too Proud To Meg) wrote:

      Great idea! It’s a great kit to have and will serve you well time and time again!

      Posted 12.24.20 Reply
  59. Naomi wrote:

    Thank you for this post. Getting so many good gift ideas from it!

    Posted 12.22.20 Reply
  60. Katherine Gonzales wrote:

    These are all so amazing! I’ve been wanting to up my charcuterie board game & this is a perfect list of supplies to make it happen! Thanks for putting it all together & making my life easier!

    Posted 12.22.20 Reply
  61. Debi wrote:

    My sister is hard to shop for BUT… She’s a board newbie and with your guidance with these items here, you have helped me find the PERFECT gifts! Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!

    Posted 12.22.20 Reply
  62. Octopusmumsie5 wrote:

    I love this list!! I’ve got the shirts and the cheese! Just need to get the boards! I love following you- it’s so fun and Draper Kitty is awesome!

    Posted 12.22.20 Reply
  63. Amy wrote:

    Thanks for the starter gift ideas- I’m getting this for my sister and her husband along with a board cookbook for Xmas.

    Posted 12.22.20 Reply
  64. Nan B wrote:

    So creative! Love how you put things together- thanks for the inspiration!

    Posted 12.22.20 Reply
  65. Lisa wrote:

    Awesome gift ideas!!

    Posted 12.22.20 Reply
  66. Dawn Seymour wrote:

    Thank you for making my holiday shopping easy this year! #inspiredgifting

    Posted 12.22.20 Reply
  67. Molly Clark wrote:

    Great ideas for a year when people are staying home more and going out less. As I am splurging more on wine since going out to bars/restaurants less the wine/cheese swatch is great! Over all the blog provides amazing insights into cheeses (and fruit) I would not have typically tried otherwise until your reviews! Thank you for providing me with a new hobby during a time when I really needed it. <3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Posted 12.22.20 Reply
  68. Hannah wrote:

    Such great ideas! I’m not great at shopping for gifts but this is very helpful. Thank you ????

    Posted 12.22.20 Reply
  69. Paig wrote:

    These are perfect! I was looking for something to get the foodie in my life and the salami cutter is genius.

    Posted 12.22.20 Reply
  70. Michelle wrote:

    Didn’t even know you offered a starter kit! This might be what I ask for from my husband for my birthday this year (since it’s a little late for Christmas)

    Posted 12.22.20 Reply
  71. Kim DiBella wrote:

    My sister would love every one of these! Awesome list!

    Posted 12.23.20 Reply
  72. Lindsay wrote:

    Love the FP board set for toddlers! We got this for our youngest last Christmas and I’m not sure who has more fun w/ it…. me imagining myself traveling & grazing again one day soon (in a vineyard of course!) or her having a pretend picnic w/ mom ❤️

    Posted 12.23.20 Reply
  73. Melissa wrote:

    This is SO HELPFUL! Thank you! Your boards are breathtaking.

    Posted 12.23.20 Reply
  74. Karla Balsano wrote:

    Thank you for all! You blog and Instagram account are so necessary, it helps a lot!

    Posted 12.23.20 Reply