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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.

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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 £32.99 for 13 issues, buysubscriptions.com


Christmas hamper gift ideas

Lindor mint chocolates

If you’ve tried them, you know… £4.99/200g, Tesco

Lindor mint chocolate balls

Fortnum and Mason’s damson, blackberry and apple chutney

Spend Boxing Day dolloping this fruity, spiced condiment onto crackers and tangy cheddar. £5.50/230g, fortnumandmason.com

Fortnum and Mason blackberry, damson and apple chutney

Fiasconaro pistachio cream

Spread onto waffles, sandwich between macarons or just spoon straight from the jar. £8.50/180g, souschef.co.uk

A jar of Fiasconaro pistachio cream

Pump Street Christmas box

Suffolk bakery and chocolatier, Pump Street, have created the perfect present for chocolate lovers. Four seasonally-inspired bars (made using single farm chocolate) including gingerbread, panettone and eccles flavour are beautifully packaged in a simple yet stylish brown box. £23.95, pumpstreetchocolate.com

Pump Street Bakery The Christmas Box

Rococo gold, frankincense and myrrh chocolate bar

A kingly gift, slightly spiced and with a real fruity kick. £5.95/70g, rococochocolates.com

Rococo chocolates gold, frankincense and myrh bar

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. £8.95/250g, 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. £12/300g, venchi.com

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

Zaytoun roasted chilli almonds

Slowly roasted Fairtrade almonds coated in fiery chilli spices. These moreish nuts have just the right amount of lingering heat and satisfying crunch, but be warned, they won’t last long. £5.50/140g, traidcraftshop.co.uk

Zaytoun roasted chilli almonds

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 gifts for foodies for £25 and under

DOIY salami notepad

Never run out of cured sausage again! £9.95, amazon.co.uk

Salami Notes

Ice cream socks

Choose between mint choc chip, raspberry ripple or hundreds and thousands; £6.95, shop.balticmill.com

Green mint choc chip ice cream socks

Monki avocado socks

Avocado and toasty feet. £3, monki.com

Monki pink socks with green avocados on

Herb and veg seeds

Foolproof seed packs to grow your own – including jalapeños, and aubergines. £3, notanotherbill.com

Not another bill growing seeds kit

Ottolenghi napkins

Dress the Christmas table with these on-brand ‘O’ napkins. £20-£22, ottolenghi.co.uk/tableware/linen

Ottolenghi napkins

Alice Pattullo apple-peel print

Peel away the wrapping paper to reveal this simple folklore-inspired screen-print. £25, ysp.org.uk/shop

Alice Pattullo apple peel print

Dalí and Picasso salt and pepper pots

Invite two artistic geniuses to Christmas dinner. £20, shop.tate.org.uk

Modern Artist Salt and Pepper Pots

Spice up your life screen print

Hot off the press. £25, basilandford.com

Spice up your life screenprint

Crab multi tool

This crustacean-shaped Swiss army knife is well worth shelling out for. £19.50, insidestoreldn.com

Crab multi tool

Pomona carrot plate

Dish up veggie sides on this vibrant, Italian, handcrafted plate. £19, conranshop.com

Conran Shop carrot dinner plate

Aesop citrus body balm

Give hands some love in the cold weather with this festive-scented orange-rind balm. £25, net-a-porter.com

Aesop body rind concentrate balm

The greengrocer calendar

Know precisely when those string beans and sorrel are in season with this handy swivel calendar. £24, carosomerset.com

Caro greengrocer swivel calendar

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. £25, 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

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

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

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, notonthehighstreet.com

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

Click here for our favourite avocado gifs for Christmas


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

Moleskine recipe journal

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.

£26.99, gb.moleskine.com

Moleskine Passion Journal - Recipe

Wine clubs

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. thewinesociety.com

Christmas Survival Kit from The Wine Society

Wine books

Nina Caplan’s The Wandering Vine is a lyrical blend of wine, history, culture and travel, tracing the roots of both her Jewish family and wine in general through England, France, Spain, Sicily and back to ancient Rome (£16.99, Bloomsbury Continuum). amazon.co.uk

For those with a finger on the wine trends pulse, Amber Revolution by Simon J Woolf tells the rather fascinating story of orange wines – the ancient method of macerating white wine grapes on their skins (£26.87, Interlink Books). amazon.co.uk

Amber Revolution wine book cover

Drinks by the Dram Japanese whisky tasting set

Way to get into the festive spirit(s)… £32.95, masterofmalt.com

Drinks by the Dram Japanese whisky tasting set

Four Pillars festive gin

Warm up the colder nights with a snifter of this beautifully packaged – and flavoured – spiced gin, distilled in Australia. £49.99, Selfridges

Four Pillars festive gin

Gluttonous Gardener finger lime plant

Enjoy pretty pink blossom and beautiful little finger limes with this easy indoor pot plant. £48, glut.co.uk

Finger lime gift crate

Middle Eastern spice set

Single-origin, hand-blended spices in beautiful tins? Turkey tagine, anyone? £32.50/800g, rootedspices.com

Rooted Spices Middle Eastern Spice Set

Chilly’s rose gold water bottle

Keep mulled wine warm for up to 12 hours with this on-trend flask. £30, Urban Outfitters

Chilly's rose gold water bottle

Wine glasses

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. £35, richardbrendon.com

Janic Robinson and Richard Brendon wine glass

Non-alcoholic cocktail gift set

Featuring Seedlip spirit, hammered mug, stirrer and measuring jigger. £35, notanotherbill.com

Seedlip non-alcoholic gift set

Pea pod platter

Dish up some roasted chestnuts on this quirky platter. £29.95, souschef.co.uk

Sous chef green pea pod platter

Bloody Mary cocktail kit

Boxing Day brunch in a box. £44, cravedlondon.com

Craved London British bloody Mary cocktail kit

Crazy gin

Crazy in looks but not flavour. With notes of turmeric, cumin and yogurt (yes, really), this lassi gin is cracking. £41.50/500ml, harveynichols.com

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

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. £49, 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

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. £35, 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

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

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

Harvey Nichols gindulgence hamper

Stocked with three types of gin, three tonics, two vermouths, Campari and pitted olives. £165, Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols gindulgence gin hamper

These are the best British gins to buy this Christmas including:

 

  • Ramsbury Gin
  • Tarquin’s Gin
  • Tanqueray No. 10
  • Two Birds Gin
  • Portobello Road Gin

Two Bird's Gin

Theo coffee maker

Sleek matte-black stoneware with a soft glaze, so you can slow-brew a morning espresso in Scandi style. £59.95, habitat.co.uk

Theo grey coffee maker

The Spanish hamper

Filled with Ibérico jamón, pedro ximénez sherry, gordal olives, smoked almonds, turrón and manchego, plus plenty more, this is Christmas with a Brindisa twist. £149.95, brindisa.com

Brindisa Spanish hamper

Gourmet pasta gift subscription

Tonnarelli straight to your door? Bellissimo! From £52.80, pastaevangelists.com

Pasta Evangelists pasta subscription box

Hammershøi teapot

A delicate porcelain pot with sleek brass-coated handle and built-in strainer. £89.90, kahlerdesign.com

Hammershoi tea pot in Indigo

Salcombe brewery day

Learn how to make beer like the pros on this one-day tour, complete with a pasty and pint for lunch. £80, salcombebrewery.com

Salcombe beer tour
Credit: Tom Hargreaves

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!). £59.50, 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. £100 from 27th November 2018, 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. £100, 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. £145, 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

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.) £116.10, 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. £85, 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

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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