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Best festive gifts for foodies

Whether you’re spending loose change or blowing the budget, our Christmas gift guide will help you find the perfect Christmas present for your favourite foodie. We've got hamper fillers, fun aprons and an intriguing coffee plant

Looking for Christmas gifts for foodies? Our Christmas gift ideas pull together the best food gifts. From Christmas hamper ideas to stylish show stopper Christmas gifts.


If you’re looking for cheap Christmas gifts, we have plenty of ideas for foodies for under £10. Or why not make homemade Christmas food gifts to save money and give your presents a personal touch? Here are our Christmas food gifts recipes.

If you’re looking for ways of wrapping your Christmas foodie gifts then check out our homemade Christmas wrapping guide, with printable gift tag templates.

Turquoise paper Christmas crackers with white tags

Of course, we think the best gift for a foodie is a year-long subscription to olive magazine. That’s a monthly dose of the best recipes, restaurant trends and travel inspiration delivered through the letterbox, so your favourite food lovers can always stay ahead of the game. The food gift that keeps on giving, for just £29.99 for 13 issues, buysubscriptions.com

Olive Christmas subscription

Christmas hamper gift ideas

Pasta di aldo tagliatelle with lemon

Zesty lemon pasta kneaded by hand in Italy before being hung to air-dry. Works brilliantly with smoked salmon scraps and a dash of cream. This would be ideal for dinner on Christmas Eve. £4.95/250g, souschef.co.uk 

A brown box with a clear front, it is filled with long strands of yellow tagliatelle

Smoked black pudding

The Great Taste Awards supreme champion, this smoked black pudding from butcher Hugh McGuire has a rich, delicate, crumbly texture. £2.75 per 100g, Selfridges food hall

A wooden tray topped with six Smoked Black Pudding. There is grass in the background

Cherry molasses

A reduction of 100% Turkish sour cherry juice, this sweet and sharp syrup would be great as a base for cocktails or as a glaze for duck or lamb. £8.92/250g, arabicafoodandspice.com 

A jar on a white background. The jar is filled with Arabica Food & Spices Cherry Molasses. There is a label on the front with drawing of cherries and a gold lid on top

Cinco jotas acorn-fed iberico ham

Rich acorn-fed jamón with an intense flavour. Warning – there will be fights over the last silky slither. £24/70g, cincojotas.co.uk 

A packet of Iberico ham. The packaging is brown with a black stripe diagonally across it

Pommery fireman’s mustard

Classic, creamy-smooth French Pommery mustard with a proper fiery kick. This would be great on Boxing Day with a thick slab of roast ham. £6.50/250g, souschef.co.uk

A jar of pommery firemens mustard. The jar has a red lid and a red label around the centre with writing on it

Venchi white chocolate spread

Kinder Bueno meets Ferrero Rocher. This addictive spread can be put into cakes or eaten straight from the jar. One of the best products we’ve tasted. Ever. This would make a great stocking filler for anyone who has a sweet tooth. £7.50/300g, Marks and Spencer’s 

A jar of Venchi white chocolate spread with hazelnut and olive oil. The jar of spread has a gold lid and a white label with writing on it

GAIL’s bakery sourdough bites

GAIL’s grown-up version of crispy cakes made with chocolate sourdough for extra crunch. Great for nibbling on after Christmas dinner. £8.75/80g, GAIL’s Bakery

A clear packed is filled with a few GAIL's Sourdough Breadcrumb Chocolate Clusters. There a couple of clusters next to the bag, too

Mini land collection

A selection of milk and dark chocolates stylishly packaged. Eat a cube and feel it melt on your tongue. These would be a great stocking filler for a chocolate lover. £12.50/6 x 25g bar, landchocolate.com 

A selection of LAND mini chocolate bars. There are six bars in the picture all with a label that says "LAND"

Christmas snaps

Snaps + Rye, a Danish restaurant in West London, has curated a few shelves of suitably stylish Danish gifts, from scandi candles to Lakrids liquorice. We popped in to chat about snaps for our podcast, and tried the homemade Christmas snaps (or ‘Jule snaps’). Add some fiery Danish tradition to your Christmas this year with a bottle of festive-flavoured snaps, boasting dozens of botanicals including orange zest, cinnamon and caraway.

£35, snapsandrye.com

Two little glasses and a bottle of Christmas Snaps from Snaps + Rye

Christmas gifts for foodies for £25 and under

Cheese-making kit

Everything you need to make mozzarella, ricotta, burrata, soft goat’s cheese and soft cow’s cheese – sounds gouda to us. A great way to spend a few hours over the Christmas period. £25, paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk

Paxton and Whitfield Cheese Making kit. There is a brown box and it says 'Paxton and Whitfield cheese making kit" on it. There are 4 different objects outside of the box which you use to make the cheese

Paper porcelain by HAY

These delicate speckled porcelain espresso cups are inspired by recycled paper. Scandi chic, tick. £19, amara.com

HAY Paper Porcelain Espresso Cup & Saucer - Grey Paper Porcelain espresso cup, saucer

Stylish tea towel

Norwegian-designed, Parisian-inspired tea towel at your service – ooh la la! £9.95, todryfor.com 

A white tea towel with black with that says Ooh La La. There is a black moustache on the tea towel

Sushi socks shrimp

Eat your sushi, and wear it too with these fun shrimp socks. You’ll get instructions on how to re-roll them once they’ve been worn. £8.99, souschef.co.uk

Sous chef sushi socks

Christmas tree decoration

This fun decoration – there’s also an aubergine, strawberry and avocado – will give Santa and those snowmen a run for their money this Christmas. It’ll make decorating the Christmas tree even more exciting. From £5.25 each, paperchase.co.uk 

Selection of paper chase baubles. There is an avocado, pineapple and aubergine bauble

Cazcabel honey and coffee tequilas

Changing the game when it comes to premium tequila, choose between nectar-like honey or smooth, rich and expertly balanced coffee. Or have both. From £23.89/70cl, drinksupermarket.com 

A bottle of coffee cascabel liquor. The liquor is dark in colour and the label says coffee cazcabel liquor on it

Kitchen utensils bookend

Too many cookbooks, not enough space? Prop them up in style. £18, redcandy.co.uk 

A vibrant red bookend with has a cut out of a rolling pin, whisk on spoon on it

You’re nuts mini tray

We are nuts for this fun printed tea tray. Leave Rudolph’s carrot and Santa’s mince pie on it come Christmas Eve. £15.00, donnawilson.com

Donna Wilson you're nuts mini tray

NKD fire red pod

These bottles filter up to 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants, meaning you can drink water straight from a lake, if you like. £19.95, nkdlife.com 

Fire Red Pod+ Front. A black bottle with a grey front and a red lid at the top

Watermelon salt and pepper shakers

These fun ceramic salt and pepper cruets liven up any dining table, especially on Christmas Day. £18, notanotherbill.com 

One salt and one pepper shaker shaped like watermelons. They are red with black spots and a white trim around the bottom

Sycamore Butter Knife

We love these delicate sycamore hand crafted butter knives. Spread your butter Scandi style. Note: if you ever come across Butter Vikings, SNAP IT UP! buttervikings.com  

£25, grainandknot.com

Papier pineapple notebook

Start making New Year plans with this tropical softback notebook. You can personalise it, too. At only £12.99, it’s a great stocking filler. £12.99, papier.com 

A notebook covered in yellow pineapples with a white box at the top which says olive notes

Avocado spoon rest

For the avocado lover in your life (we all have/are one of them). £12.50, theletteroom.com 

A yellow spoon rest shaped like an avocado with a green outline. There is a wooden spoon resting on the spoon rest

Mini gingerbread house cutters

Dunking your brew just went up to the next level. A great way to keep children entertained over the Christmas period. £15, rubyloustreatco.co.uk 

A wooden table has a mug on top of it. There is a mini gingerbread house perched on the side of the mug and two more are sat next to the mug

Stunning cotton aprons

We love British screen printer Thornback and Peel’s retro foodie designs – give this lobster for life not just for Christmas (dinner). £24, thornbackandpeel.co.uk 

A white apron has a repeating print of red lobsters on it

Eggs and tomatoes birch tray

Brighten up breakfast-in-bed time with this classy tray. £24, hokolo.com 

A long tray with a repeating print of yellow and red circles that represent eggs and tomatoes

Christmas gifts for foodies for £50 and under

Crazy gin

Crazy in looks but not flavour. With notes of turmeric, cumin and yogurt (yes, really), this lassi gin is cracking. £45/500ml, harveynichols.com 

A dark green bottle with a cream label that says vacuum distilled crazy gin with a pair of glasses and a moustache

Marcolini chocolate box

Nutty praline chocolates with crisp shells and rich creamy centres. Luxury chocolates at their best. We could easily eat all of these on Boxing Day. £39/360g, uk.marcolini.com 

A box of 36 colourful chocolates ranging from brown to pink to red and pale blue

Paul a Young chocolate bauble

A stunning edible dark chocolate bauble with a snowy scene hand painted onto it. Hang it on your tree or crack it open to find chocolate buttons hidden inside. £35/200g, Paul A. Young

Paul A Young chocolate bauble

Beer-meat-hot large gift bag

Heat things up with this selection of beers, hot sauces and spicy snacks, including fiery biltong and jalapeño sweet potato crisps. £48, cravedlondon.com 

A layout of products from the beer meat hot box - bottles of beer and crisps

NOM Living fluted pie mould

Simple yet stylish, this oven-to-table ceramic pie dish is ideal for serving your leftovers pie in. £29.50, nomliving.com

NOM living fluted pie mould


Whisky-for-one gift set

Classic single-malt Scotch whisky with contemporary drinking tot and stones. Make it extra special by adding someone’s initials to the box, too. £30, notanotherbill.co.uk 

A purple box with a small bottle of whisky, a tot and whisky stones laid out next to it

Mug set

This pair of classic Le Creuset mugs in a new marine colour comes with a stainless- steel snowflake stencil so you can finish off your cappuccino in style. £33, lecreuset.co.uk 

Two mugs in the colour way marine with a metal snowflake stencil next to the mugs

Walnut bristle knife block

Fix up, look sharp! The bristles in this smart new walnut wood block mean it can hold a variety of different knives. £49.50, marksandspencer.com 

CHEF Walnut Bristle Knife Block

Astrology Chart Cheeseboard

An out of this world stone cheeseboard, for all of your star gazing and cheese loving friends. £36, anthropologie.com

Anthropologie Astrology Chart Cheeseboard

Pear wood biscuit roller

Up your baking game and make intricate designs in traditional German springerle and speculaas biscuits with the help of this pretty rolling pin. £27.50, souschef.co.uk 

A long pear wood German springerle rolling pin

Muswell Hill Cheese monthly club

Join Muswell Hill cheese club and enjoy three seasonal cheeses, a chutney and a box of crackers delivered every month. A gouda way to try out some new varieties. £50, cheesesonline.co.uk

Muswell Hill cheese board

The pineapple box

Bring the tropical vibes indoors. Pop the plant on a windowsill and watch it grow. £45, glut.co.uk

A pineapple plant with a chopped pineapple by the side

Extra special Christmas gifts for foodies

Afternoon tea for two at The Wolseley

We’re big fans of afternoon tea at olive (here are our favourite afternoon teas in London), so we think the gift of tea at The Wolseley is such a treat. Enjoy dainty finger sandwiches, homemade scones, and plenty of pastries and cakes served on a stunning tiered stand, with pots of expertly blended loose leaf teas. A really special occasion to treat your favourite couple to, or take someone special and give them the added gift of an afternoon with you (plus, you get to enjoy the gift too!). £75, thewolseley.com

Afternoon Tea Voucher The Wolseley

Half-day baking course

Give the gift of knowledge with a voucher for a lesson with one of London’s top bakeries, and its latest cookbook. £90, Bread Ahead 

A tray of Bread Ahead doughnuts in assorted flavours with a person in the background holding the tray

The traveller coffee kit

Like to travel but love a good cup of coffee, too? With this Caravan Coffee Roasters kit you get a grinder, enamel mug, TravelPress, tote bag and Xmas Blend beans, ready for your next adventure. £85, caravancoffeeroasters.co.uk

The Traveller Caravan kit

Richard Brendon teapot

Fine bone china with a striking art deco-inspired design; handmade in Stoke-on-Trent. £70, richardbrendon.com 

Richard Brendon Hex Small Teapot on black with gold dots on that are larger at the bottom and get smaller and smaller to the top

Rare tea wooden advent calendar

Start the gifting early with a rare loose-leaf tea for every day in December. £125, fortnumandmason.com 

Fortnum and Mason Rare Tea Wooden Advent Calendar. The calendar is in a teal colour and has coloured teapots on the front of it

Ottolenghi sweet hamper

Get your Christmas baking underway with this sweet hamper from Ottolenghi. Along with the new cookbook, you get a bundt cake tin, sugar thermometer and lots of fragrant ingredients to help you in the kitchen. £120, ottolenghi.co.uk

Ottolenghi sweet hamper

Kitchenaid cold-brew coffee maker

Leave freshly ground coffee to steep overnight in cold water and wake up to a fruity and intense fresh cold brew. (Even better in an espresso martini.) £129, hartsofstur.com 

Silver KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee machine

Pikaplant jar coffee plant

Not green-fingered? Don’t worry, this coffee plant has its own ecosystem, and so never needs watering. Genius! A great Christmas present for those who love plants. £59, padlifestyle.com 

A glass jar which in it contains a green coffee plant

Aaberlard apron

These soft Italian leather aprons look smart and stylish with a brass buckle finish. Each apron can be hand de-bossed and personalised. £135, aabelard.com

Aaberlard apron

Coravin model two elite rose gold

The ultimate wine geek accessory, in super-on-trend rose gold – keeping wine fresh since 2011. £279, Harrods and coravin.co.uk

Coravin Model Two Elite Rose Gold at Harrods, £279

Jonathan Adler coaster set

Get ready for the New Year detox with these master cleanse coasters. £78, uk.jonathanadler.com

A set of four coasters in black and gold that say Retox and Detox on them