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Top 65 festive gifts for foodies | Christmas 2016

Which foodie are you buying for this Christmas? The stylist, the baker, the cocktail maker – we’ve got them all covered. Check out our foodie Christmas gift guide for 2016

The indulger

The Fine Cheese Company Climb Every Mountain hamper


A selection from mountains across Europe – Vacherin Mont d’Or, Picos de Europa, Tomme de Savoie from the French Alps, and Glastonbury Tor (a mountain for those who live in Somerset!). £38.

Fine Cheese Company Climb Every Mountain hamper

Taste Tripper Foodie Guides

We love these foodie guides to London coffee shops, chocolatiers and craft breweries. Receive your stylish pack in the post, then map out your route to enjoy bespoke experiences, including samples, tutored tastings and expert insight into the creation of artisan products. Create your own self-guided walking tour covering Paul A Young chocolates, Charbonnel et Walker, and trendy Kaffeine coffee shop. From £18.

Taste Tripper Coffee Guide

La Fromagerie’s ‘Beaufort Box’

Savoie’s mountain cheese, Beaufort Chalet d’Alpage, is creamy and smooth with a nutty and rich flavour. This gift box epitomises cheese-lover’s paradise La Fromagerie (they even have their own glass-fronted Cheese Room), and comes with La Fromagerie rye biscuits and a canvas bag to carry your cheese and other indulgent Christmas gifts in.


La Fromagerie cheese gift box

The stylist

Our pick of accessories, tableware and a foodie guide book make ideal gifts for the tasteful foodie

Celeste coasters

Hand-painted woodland creatures to protect the coffee table. £8,

anthropologie coasters

IBA Ceramic serving bowl

Add a touch of elegance to your favourite foodie’s kitchen with these serving bowls, hand painted by artisans in Vietnam. From £39.95,


nkuku bowls

Diplodocus Dino egg cup

Let these funky dinosaurs take care of your eggs! £7.50,

dinosaur egg cup

Sakura ramen bowl set

Serious slurping potential right here. £45,

Digital writer’s pick: I’m a bit of a ramen fiend and I’m always making noodle broths, so these giant bowls will come in super handy.


Monocle Guide to Drinking & Dining

A stylish addition to any coffee table, including recipes and restaurant hit lists. £40,

Monocle guide to drinking and dining

Tonfisk WARM teapot

Modern Finnish design at its best, wrapped in a choice of walnut or oak vaneer. £59,

tonfisk teapot

The Big Green Egg MiniMax

This ceramic charcoal stove for foodies sits snugly on the work surface. £640,

Big Green Egg

Allotment napkins

Screen-printed in Norwich by Lottie Day, these napkins will dress up a dinner party spread. £28,


Allotment napkins

Speckled white stoneware mugs

A stylish addition to the breakfast, these artisan stone mugs are handmade in Derbyshire. They have a pretty speckled white glaze and a natural sand brown base. £16

Lane stoneware mugs

The Chef

Help the chef in your life with these useful presents and reap the rewards of their work

The Plenty More hamper by Ottolenghi

All a vegetarian needs for entertaining – black garlic, tahini, maple syrup, sea spaghetti and more. £75 (£100 with book),

Ottolenghi plenty more vegetarian cooks hamper

Extra olive enthusiast crate

This gift keeps on giving all year round with an evergreen olive tree in a terracotta pot, with extra-virgin olive oil and a jar of Spanish olives to enjoy right away. £42.

Gluttonous Gardener olive tree gift

Smeg BLF01 blender

A nifty blender that will fit in the cupboard. £149.95,

Smeg Blender

Classic salt and pepper mills

Sometimes you can’t beat a classic, practical gift. £25 each,


Le Creuset pepper grinder

Japanese knife trio

If your foodie is into Japanese cuisine, this knife trio covers all scenarios – crushing garlic, chopping veg and slicing slivers of sashimi. £80,

Cookery writer’s pick: I’ve just been to Japan and picked up plenty of inspiration – safe to say these knives will be used a lot over the festive period!


Sous chef Japanese knife trio

Salmon curing kit, Ross & Ross

Curing is all the rage at the moment, so give this hands-on gift to make gin-, beetroot- and smoky-cured salmon. £22,

salmon curing kit ross & ross

Rib Ticklers and Choux-Ins by Glynn Purnell

110 great recipes from steaks and bakes to cheesecakes. £19.99,

Rib ticklers and shoe ins book

Maekake apron

Make like a Japanese chef with this traditional apron. £29.98,

Japan Centre sake apron

The Spicery olive recipe kit

Take a look in your spice cupboard – how long have some of those jars been in there? Give the gift of fresh, measured out spices in a recipe kit that fits through the letterbox. The olive kit includes a tried-and-tested olive recipe for Turkish spiced lamb stew with Turkish gozleme flatbreads stuffed with aromatic spices.

£6.95 including delivery

olive spicery kit gift

Riess enamel ladle set. The chef in your life will love these stylish ladles on a hanging bar. £48.

Labour and Wait Enamel ladle set

The Host

Some people just love to entertain, and we’ve found the best coffee, chocolate, charcuterie and more to take to a dinner party

Ananas Stationery Set

Send out dinner party invites on personalised foodie stationery for extra charm. From 90p.

Papier Stationery Pineapple

Chocolate lover’s gift box

Whisk up Mayan ancho-chilli-spiced and Mexican almond and cinnamon-flavoured hot chocolate to create frothy winter warmers. £15, 

Cool Chile Co chocolate lovers set

Booja Booja’s Artist’s Collection gift box

Our favourite dairy-free chocolates in a stunning wooden box, handmade in Kashmir, India. £19.99,

Booja Booja Artist's Collection Boxes with truffles

Pigs in blankets gifting jar

The Snaffling Pig has indulgent snacking sorted with these flavoured pork-crackling bites. £15.99,

Snaffling Pig Pigs in Blankets

Eggs & Bacon polymer clay charm kit

Make unique foodie jewellery with these fun sets. £9.95,

Editor’s pick: My food obsession runs deep (I have a tattoo of a knife and fork, for goodness sake) so this make-your-own food jewellery is perfect for my Christmas stocking (hint hint, Santa!).

Eggs and Bacon jewellery

The introduction to British cured meat tin

Welsh salami, venison sausages and more – get geeky with British charcuterie. £24.95,

Cannon and Cannon British meat tin

Minor Goods coffee gift box

A ceramic brewing mug with built-in strainer, a pack of coffee from small-batch roasters The Roasting Shed, plus your own linen filter – coffee heaven. £35,

Minor Goods coffee gift box

Plum pudding and lingonberry brownies

Pure festive indulgence. £5.50,

Paul A Young plum pudding brownie

Lina Stores Piccolo hamper

This hamper is bursting with artisan Italian goodies – Amaretti biscuits, artisan pasta, a pretty jar of sauce and plenty of choccies – Italian fiends rejoice! £35

Lina Stores Piccolo Hamper

Chococo Nutcracker and Sugar Plum Fairy Tubes

Bite-size Madagascan chocolates for kids and grown-ups. £5.95,


chococo nutcracker festive shapes

The Drinks fan

Are you friends with a wine buff? Do you know someone who loves making the odd negroni? Here are a few ideas to tickle their palates

Humble Grape 12 Wines of Christmas gift box

Founder of Humble Grape and wine connoisseur, James Dawson, has hand-picked his favourite winter wines from around the world for this stylish gift. From Burgundy reds to Chablis with pear notes, the bottles are entwined with the 12 days of Christmas references. This is the ideal discovery gift for a wine geek. £246

12 wines of Christmas Humble Grape

The Sipsmith Sipping Society

Give the gift of gin discovery with a quarterly delivery. £160 per year,

Drinks writer’s pick: Who wouldn’t want to receive exclusive samples of Sipsmith’s experimental gins like lemon drizzle, clearly dirty and colourless negroni?

Sipsmith Sipping Service

Japanese whisky and Cuban cigar duo

A trendy barrel-aged Nikka whisky accompanied by a light and fresh Cohiba Sigloo II cigar. £62,

De Beauvoir Deli Nikka Whisky and Cohiba Cigar box

Honest Brew Howlers

Three cool cans for craft beer fans – we love the colourful packaging on these beers. £7.50.

Honest Brew Howlers

Our/London Merry Xmas Duo

We love Our/vodkas, and this easily portable Christmas pack is ideal to take along to a festive get together, add a tipple into cocktails and festive drinks. £45

Our/vodka Christmas pack

Men’s Society bike wine holder

One for the road. £35,

Mens Society Bike Wine Holder £35

CORAVIN™ Model Two wine system

Extract a glass worth of wine from that bottle you’ve been saving. £249,


corvin model 2

Tom Dixon tank whisky decanter

A must-have for a smart drinks cabinet. £75,

Tom Dixon Tank Whisky Decanter

Cruncher and Black Cow vodka gift pack

Indulge yourself with this set of miniatures: creamy vodka and cheese from Dorset. £5,

Black Cow vodka and cruncher set

Hibiscus negroni kit

On-trend mixologists will love this artisan set (using our favourite Jensen gin). £65 (£75 with wooden crate),

Craved Hibiscus negroni set

The Botanist Gin Gifting Tin

The Botanist dry gin from Islay is distilled with 22 locally foraged herbs, flowers and botanicals from the region to make it truly unique. This limited edition pack includes a smart metal gifting tin to make it extra special.

The Botanist gift tin

Christabel’s cocktail party kit

Cut-glass tumblers, a rose gold shaker, great booze and homemade syrups: this kit has everything you need to get the party started. Each kit contains enough ingredients to make seven (yes, seven) pretty boozy cocktails. Pick from Flirt (rosemary, Sipsmith gin and rose lemonade) or Zinger (elderflower, ginger and Sipsmith vodka). £55,

Christabel's Zinger kit

Drinks by the Dram Christmas Crackers

Up the ante for Christmas dinner with these grown-up Christmas crackers. Each cracker contains a 3cl dram of booze, and you can choose between whisky, gin or a variety set. It’s going to be a very merry Christmas… From £39.95,


The Baker

From dinosaur cookie cutters to a stunning jade rolling pin, these gifts will please every kind of baker

Dinky Dino cookie cutters

Move over hearts and circles, hello dinosaurs! £10.75,

Food editor’s pick: I always get roped into making biscuits when I look after my niece Rudi and she’ll love these super-cool cutters – you’re never too old for dinosaurs, right?

Sisters Guild DInky Dinosaur cookie cutters

Christmas tree cake mould

No excuse not to bake a whole forest of Christmas tree cakes. £6.99,

Lakeland Christmas Tree Cake Mould

National Cookery School vouchers

Let them spruce up their skills. Vouchers from £50,

Decorate your own penguin biscuits

A bit of distraction for the little ones while you’re baking away. £4,

6 Decorate Your Own Penguin Biscuits M&S

Carnival Bears tray by Donna Wilson

Every baker needs a fun tray for carry their bakes to the masses on. £50,


Donna Wilson Carnival Bears Tray

Dualit hand mixer

The go-to gadget for any capable baker. £58.50,

Dualit Hand Mixer

Jade rolling pin

For the baker with serious style. £12,

Jade rolling pin

olive cook books

Treat the baker in your life to 100 cake and bake recipes in a handy little book. We also have books with quick healthy meals and chicken recipes. From £4.99

olive magazine cook books

Amedei Crema Toscana alla Nocciola

Stir this indulgent hazelnut and chocolate spread into bakes, or just eat off the spoon! £8.50,

Amedei Hazelnut spread

Our other foodie favourites

Scandi Kitchen Mustard Trio

A trio of Scandinavian mustards in stylish clip top jars – Swedish wholegrain mustard, clove and porter Christmas mustard and hot and sweet mustard. £13.95

Mustard Trio Glass Jars

The Speculoos Biscuit Tin

This traditional William Say tin is filled with lightly spiced Speculoos biscuits, for a festive hit of ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon over Christmas. £12

tin with white label decorated with dark green trees

Arden & Amici almond cantuccini

Crisp, mellow and packed full of almond chunks, these were our favourite cantuccini/biscotti of 2016. Plus they come in a lovely spherical tin, perfect for storage in the New Year! £5.99

Ardens & Amici almond cantuccini

Sweet Sussex thins

We’ve eaten a lot of biscuits and have settled on these crumbly ovals as our favourite for 2016. Dunk them in tea or enjoy with a great big slab of creamy blue cheese on top. £3 plus delivery

Sussex thins

Personalised Green & Black’s bar

For just £5 a pop, you can get a bar of your favourite Green & Black’s personalised for Christmas. How about one for ‘Father Christmas’?

Green & Black's personalised chocolate bar

Maille’s truffle and cep mustard

Now here’s a posh pot of mustard that will go beautifully with Christmas ham. Pumped fresh from the Maille pump (you can refill at the Maille Boutique in London’s Piccadilly), it boasts the distinctively earthy taste of black truffle, balanced by the smoky notes of cep mushrooms. £29 for a limited edition taupe stoneware jar (125g)

Maille mustard - truffle and cep mushroom flavour

Godiva truffle box

We’ve got a soft spot for Godiva chocolates. And we love their Christmas packaging this year – classic green and red, adorned with beautiful, intricate sketches inspired by The Nutcracker. Inside are 12 milk, white and dark chocolate truffles, including ‘mousse de lait’, ‘truffle speculoos’ and ‘truffle praline amande’. £23

Godiva truffles

Stiletto cake server 

Now this is pretty cool. A cake server for fashionable folk! £28

Stiletto Cake Server

Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Ribbon Birdcage (75cl)

As far as Champagnes go, a glass of crisp, rose-tinted Laurent-Perrier is among our favourite festive tipples. So elegant, so refined, so classic! For Christmas 2016, they’ve released a limited edition birdcage (made with rose gold ribbon) to house that special bottle. £70

A bottle of Laurent-Perrier cuvee rose, housed in a rose gold birdcage for Christmas

T2 Moonlight Magic Sleep Tight gift set

Nothing says Christmas like a beautiful tea set. This is on our 2016 wish list – we love the teacup’s jazzy design (who doesn’t appreciate a splash of gold at this time of year) and it’s elegant, classy shape. And the ‘sleepy’ tea, made from lemon balm, lavender, jasmine blossoms, rose petals, is perfect for sipping in front of the telly. Just make sure you’re not driving afterwards! It works pretty well… £26

A T2 gift set, including beautiful tea cup and a box of lemon balm sleepy tea

Gin Mare lantern gift set

Like that fancy Champagne birdcage, only this time it’s a gin lantern! You actually get the lantern for free (a standard bottle of Gin Mare also costs £39.50), and we’d grow a little pot of basil in ours. Plus you really can’t go wrong with the Mediterranean twang of gin mare – we love its basil, thyme, rosemary and Arbequina olive notes. £39.50 at Waitrose stores or online at

A white Mediterranean lantern, with a bottle of Gin Mare inside

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