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Best Christmas gifts for foodies

Published: November 16, 2021 at 3:22 pm
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Whatever the budget, our gift guide has the perfect Christmas present for your favourite foodie

Looking for Christmas gifts for foodies? Our Christmas gift ideas pull together the best food gifts, from Christmas hamper ideas to homemade food gifts with a personal touch. Searching for a gift to give a coffee lover? Check out our best Christmas coffee gift guide.

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If you're looking for cheap Christmas gifts, we have plenty of ideas for foodies for under £10 with our foodie secret Santa gifts.

Want to wrap your Christmas foodie gifts nicely? Then check out our homemade Christmas wrapping guide, with printable gift tag templates.


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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, to help food lovers stay ahead of the game. The gift that keeps on giving, for just £29.99 for 13 issues, buysubscriptions.com.


Virtual cookery courses

Give the gift of Italian cookery, American BBQ and world-class patisserie skills this Christmas. Italian chef Massimo Bottura, chef-patron of three-Michelin starred Osteria Francescana restaurant in Modena, has a series of Modern Italian sessions on MasterClass, which also features courses from renowned chefs Thomas Keller and Alice Waters, and pastry chef Dominique Ansel. Pay £85 for 12 lessons (including a downloadable class cookbook), or you can buy two site passes for £170, which gives you access to all chefs, and learn anything from simple pesto and pasta making, to Texas-style BBQ skills and making good use of leftovers such as potato peelings and onion skins. masterclass.com

Virtual Cookery Schools

Kitchenware gifts

Patterned tea towels, £12, Plewsy

We love the modern prints on these 100% cotton, illustrated tea towels, including leopard and tree designs.

tea towel

Canapé plates, £14 each, Anthropologie

These pretty, hand-painted plates are perfect for sides, starters and desserts.

Canape Plate

Koi fish salt and pepper shakers, £17.99, Sous Chef

These aquatic-inspired shakers in vibrant coral make a fun foodie stocking filler.

Salt & pepper shakers

Ceramic jam jar, £25, Ferm

Make a batch of jam to go in this chic jar for maximum gifting points.

ceramic jar

Reusable dish towels, £22, Anthropologie

Crafted from thick cotton, this set of six stylish towels can be machine-washed to re-use again and again.

Dish Towel Set

Skandi candle gift set, £35, Gifted

Create a cosy hygge-like setting with Skandinavisk’s mini candle gift set.

Candle set

HK Living Yunomi Mugs, £34.95, Coffee and Cloth

These stoneware mugs are inspired by the traditional Japanese tea ceremony – perfect for sipping green tea or espresso from.

Yunomi Handleless Mugs

Mikan breakfast set, £65, thirteen-thirtyone.com

These delicate ceramics are hand-painted with the Chinese citrus fruit, mikan – a foodie talking point for weekend guests.

breakfast set

Stove-top enamelware kettle, £45, Mini Moderns

With a heat-resistant handle, this pretty retro kettle is ideal for rustling up a brew on a glamping trip.

A white kettle with orange line drawings on and a wooden handle

Food gifts

Traditional sausage roll kits, £12.95, Farmison & Co

Give the gift of the comforting smell of freshly-baked sausage rolls this Christmas. These handy kits include Farmison & Co’s Yorkshire heritage breed sausage stuffing and a pack of premium ready-rolled Dorset puff pastry, ready for an afternoon of sausage roll making and family fun.

A roll of sausage meat next to a box of puff pastry

Hot sauce, £19.99, Amazon

Eaten Alive’s superior fermented hot sauces are now available in a gift pack for the chilli lover in your life.

Eaten Alive

Coffee subscription, from £9 every 4 weeks, Ozone Coffee Roasters

Level up your morning cup of joe with speciality roaster Ozone. Choose single-origin or a blend, and tailor the grind to your preferred brewing method – from V60 to French press.

ozone coffee

Caramelised white chocolate bar, £7.95, Harvey Nichols

This satisfyingly chunky, amber-coloured bar is both sweet and salty, with caramelised, toffee notes.

Harvey Nichols Caramelised White Chocolate Bar

Personalised Marmite, £11.99, Prezzybox

Yes, it’s an opinion divider, but for the true Marmite fans out there, a personalised jar is a must-have.

Marmite

Aged white soy sauce, £19.50, Bao

More delicate and complex than everyday soy sauce, use in dipping sauces for sushi or dumplings.

white soy sauce

Charcuterie selection, £32, The Real Cure

Flavoured-packed charcuterie from Dorset. The punchy smoked sloe and garlic venison salami is a winner.

Letterbox Charcuterie

Artisan ham and cheese hamper, £135, Daylesford

Make Boxing Day a breeze with Gloucestershire ham, truffle salami, organic Cotswold cheeses and Irish smoked salmon. See the best foodie hampers for Christmas.

Daylesford Artisan Ham Cheese Hamper

Lindor mint chocolates, pack of two £12.45, Amazon

If you’ve tried them, you know...

Lindor mint chocolate balls

Dark chocolate gingers, £17.50, Farhi

Spicy candied ginger pieces coated in shiny dark chocolate.

A clear pot filled with chocolate covered gingers

Fiasconaro pistachio cream, £8.79, Sous Chef

Spread onto waffles, sandwich between macarons or spoon straight from the jar.

A jar of Fiasconaro pistachio cream

Cherry molasses, £8.95, Arabica

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.

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, £24/70g, Cinco Jotas

Rich, acorn-fed jamón with an intense flavour. Warning – there will be fights over the last silky slither.

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

World salt selection, £22.95, Sous Chef

Season like a pro with this global selection of salts, from Persian blue to vibrant Viking smoked.

Four pots of salt stacked on top of each other

Cheese monthly club, £50, Muswell Hill

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.

Muswell Hill cheese board

Christmas hamper, £175, Brindisa

Filled with Ibérico jamón, gordal olives, smoked almonds, turrón and manchego, as well as a bottle of cava and Spanish red wine, this is Christmas with a Brindisa twist.

Brindisa Christmas Hamper

Pasta gift subscription, from £51, Pasta Evangelists

Tonnarelli straight to your door? Bellissimo!

Pasta Evangelists

Drinks gifts

Ealing gin, £44.95, Master of Malt

This elegantly packaged gin has orange and floral notes, with gentle spice and a rounded character. See the best gin gifts for gin lovers.

Ealing gin

Drinks by the Dram Japanese whisky tasting set, £32.95, Master of Malt

Way to get into the festive spirit(s)...

Japanese-Whisky-Tasting-Set

Crazy gin, £41.50/500ml, Harvey Nichols

Crazy in looks but not flavour. With notes of turmeric, cumin and yogurt (yes, really), this lassi gin is cracking.

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

Cazcabel honey and coffee tequilas, £24.99/70cl, Amazon

Changing the game when it comes to premium tequila, choose between nectar-like honey or smooth, rich and expertly balanced coffee. Or have both.

A bottle with deep purple liquid inside

Black Cow rocks glassware, £15 for two, Black Cow

Decorated with Black Cow vodka's dancing cows in black and 18 carat gold leaf, these glasses are perfect for serving negronis in.

Black Cow rocks glassware

Wine glasses, £75 for two, Richard Brendon

olive's wine expert Kate Hawkings says:

Most of my day-to-day drinking is from cheap glasses, but I have a small collection of fine glasses that I get out for special occasions. Zalto and Riedel are two of my favourite makers, but my heart would beat still faster if I was given the new one-size-fits-all wine glasses designed by the venerated wine writer Jancis Robinson and product designer Richard Brendon.

Janic Robinson and Richard Brendon wine glass

Wine clubs, from £10, Wine Society

olive’s wine expert Kate Hawkings says:

There are many offering gift subscriptions but the oldest and my favourite is The Wine Society. Life membership costs £40 including a £20 voucher against the first purchase. Run as a not-for-profit cooperative, the society has a crack team of buyers who secure great wine at all levels. There are hundreds of bargains under £10, as well as super-smart wines and masses in between.

Christmas Survival Kit from The Wine Society

Food craft

Lined banneton, £22.72, The Sourdough School

Got the sourdough-making bug? This handmade, heavy-duty banneton is designed for a lifetime of use.

bread basket

Frying pan, £119, Smeg

New to Smeg’s cookware range, this cool, coloured pan not only looks great in the kitchen, but is nice and weighty, a good size and super non-stick.

smeg frying pan

Cast-iron bread pan, £199, The Sourdough School

Sourdough School’s pan is designed to create the ideal baking environment for your loaves.

bread pan

Recipe journal, £26.99, Moleskin

Keep all your favourite olive recipes in one place with this sleek Moleskine journal. Split into starters, mains, sides and desserts, there are handy sections plus nifty food facts and techniques dotted throughout.

Moleskine Passion Journal - Recipe

Gluttonous Gardener finger lime plant, £48, The Gluttonous Gardener

Enjoy pretty pink blossom and beautiful little finger limes with this easy indoor pot plant.

Finger lime gift crate

Food Books

The Cocktail Dictionary, £15.99, Waterstones

This fun, accessible book is a treasure trove of lesser-known cocktails – try a Salty Dog or a New York Sour.

cocktail dictionary

Parwana cookbook, £14.23, Amazon

Discover authentic Afghan recipes, beautiful imagery and family stories from author Durkhanai Ayub.

Parwana

The Pie Room cookbook, £16.29, Amazon

Pie maestro Calum Franklin on the art of perfect pastry and pies, from wellingtons to sea bass en croûte.

pie room

Noble Rot: Wine from Another Galaxy, £20.97, Amazon

This coffee-table tome is an exuberant, beautifully shot and illustrated hymn to all things wine.

Noble Rot

Ottolenghi Flavour cookbook set, £49.99, Sous Chef

This new book is all about getting maximum flavour into veg dishes, and comes with an ingredients bundle.

Ottolenghi Flavour Cookbook

Wine guide, £12.99, Waterstones

This accessible lowdown on grape varieties covers the lot, from label decoding to food pairings.

A pale orange book cover with a wine glass on the front

Food gadgets

Pizza oven, £499, Ooni

The Ooni Koda 16 is quick and easy to set up, and makes authentic-tasting pizzas in just 60 seconds.

pizza oven

Stand mixer, £599, KitchenAid

KitchenAid’s iconic 4.8-litre stand mixer now comes in a stylish new colourway for this year – feather pink.

Stand mixer

Pear wood biscuit roller, £27.50, Sous Chef

Up your baking game and make intricate designs in traditional German springerle and speculaas biscuits with the help of this pretty rolling pin.

A long pear wood German springerle rolling pin

Food experience gifts

Wine tastings and vineyard visits

If you’re feeling generous and want to treat the wine lovers in your life, some wineries offer overnight accommodation: Camel Valley in Cornwall, Rathfinny in East Sussex and Three Choirs in Gloucestershire are all particularly lovely for a weekend break. Click here to read about all the best English vineyard breaks

Three Choirs Vineyard

Food art

Lino prints, £15, Etsy

Ex-olive staffer Ellie Edwards’ quirky lino prints feature all of our fave foodie things.

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Negroni print

Food gifts you can wear

African print oven mitts, £33.59, Bespoke Binny

Add vibrant pattern to your kitchen with Bespoke Binny’s colourful oven mitts.

oven mitts

Radish gardening gloves, £22.56, Etsy

Tend to your kitchen garden or allotment in style with these radishing gardening gloves.

radish gloves

Sushi socks shrimp, £8.99, Sous Chef

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.

Sous chef sushi socks

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