Do you have a Bon Vivant in the family? A food lover who appreciates the finer things in life or a master chef who could give Jamie Oliver a run for his money?
Then, dear friends, this is the only gift guide you need to read this Christmas - keep scrolling for our edit of the top food gifts they would love to open on Christmas morning, including chef lessons, covetable kitchenware and seriously luxe drink sets.
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Gimber Peruvian organic ginger concentrate, £24.95, Harvey Nichols
Say hello to your new favourite drink - this definitely falls under the category of what to buy the foodie who has everything! Gimber is handmade in Belgium using the finest Peruvian ginger, a combination of ginger, lemons, herbs and spices which describes itself as 0% alcohol, 100% taste and 200% bite. It's delicious over the rocks, topped up with soda water a garnished with a twist of lime and a sprig of mint or mixed up as part of a cocktail (Gimber and Tonic is the perfect combo) not to mention adding it to sauces, soups, dressings and even desserts. The possibilities are endless.
Snow Globe Orange & Gingerbread gin, £29, Harvey Nichols
This is the ultimate gift for gin lovers, but hurry if you want to grab a bottle as it's sold out everywhere and Harvey Nichols has secured limited stock. Presented in an exquisite Italian-made Snow Globe Bottle, the gin contains edible 23kt gold leaf and a lamp on the base for illumination. The luxurious tipple has real zesty Seville orange upfront taste with warmth from gingerbread, notes of cinnamon and dried cloves which perfectly capture the spirit of Christmas. Yum!
Nachtmann whisky tumbler set four-pack, was £34.95 now £16.99, TK Maxx
These gorgeous dishwasher-safe, smokey crystal tumblers are perfect for entertaining. You can snap them up at a 51% saving on the RRP of £34.99, reduced to £16.99 at TK Maxx.
Smeg + Dolce & Gabbana toaster, £599.95, Harrods
This show-stopping 4-slot toaster (not a phrase you thought you'd ever hear but, really – just look at it!) is from Dolce & Gabbana’s special 'Sicily is my Love' range for Smeg which celebrates both brands' rich Mediterranean heritage and it’s the stuff of foodie dreams!
Online virtual cooking masterclass hosted by Jean-Christophe Novelli, was £198 now £99, Virgin Experience Days
Know someone who would love the chance to have a lesson from a top celebrity chef? Then you can make their Christmas dream come true with this special gift. Michelin star-winning French culinary don Jean-Christophe Novelli is offering online virtual 90-minute cooking masterclasses during which he helps students master one exquisite signature dish, cooking alongside them. Expect to learn a whole host of tips and techniques, this is guaranteed to be a "pinch me" experience. And it’s currently 50% off, which is a real bargain!
Niederegger supreme marzipan mini loaves, £54.99, Amazon
For those with a sweet tooth, this is a seriously unique festive food gift – luxury chocolate-coated Niederegger marzipan. The brand originated in Germany in 1806, and the recipe remains unchanged to this day.
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Hawthorn Berries & Robin tea towel and gloves set, £29.95, Emma Bridgewater
Emma Bridgewater have some lovely festive designs that will bring Christmas cheer – like this kitchen essential: a Hawthorn Berries & Robin Blue tea towel & double oven glove set.
Beer Hawk Christmas lager crate, £32, Beer Hawk
If lager or beer’s your thing, then Beer Hawk needs to feature on your online Christmas shopping destination hits. Their Christmas lager crate features 12 specially selected craft lagers and hybrid beers from Britain and Europe, plus a Beer Hawk glass to sip them from. They’re delivered directly to your door in peek-proof packaging so there’s no danger of ruining the surprise. There’s also a craft beer only version up for grabs.
Blue Arden teapot gift set, £66, Burleigh
Anyone who’s serious about their tea knows you need the perfect teapot for the proper tea room-worthy finishing touch. You won’t find a nicer teapot than this, uniquely hand-decorated by skilled craftsmen with Burleigh’s century-old technique of tissue transfer printing from hand-engraved copper. It’s really got the ‘wow’ factor.
Grey Goose Espresso Martini kit, £39.99, Amazon
There's everything you need in this handy kit to make eight bar-standard Espresso Martinis. Perfect to get the Christmas celebrations started!
World’s hottest rare chilli gift selection, £24.99, NotOnTheHighStreet
Do you know a chilli lover who likes it hot, hot, HOT? Then these six pots of extra spicy whole, ground and flaked chillis from around the world will surely set their world on fire (pun intended)! There’s everything from Sweet Ancho, which has a tingly 3,000 on the Scoville scale to Carolina Reaper, the world’s hottest chilli with over 2 million on the Scoville scale. Just remember to keep this gift out of the way of children and pets!
Drinks by the dram 12 Dram Irish Whiskey collection, £45, Master of Malt
This present has ‘dad’ written all over it. A fab selection of grain, single malt and blended whiskey from the Emerald Isle from both well-known and craft distilleries. There are 12 specially curated drams presented in beautifully wax-sealed 30ml bottles.
Cheese Board with knife set in white marble & wood, was £45 now £42.75, La Redoute
Fromage lovers will adore this stylish cheese board set in white marble and wood. The marble top slides open to reveal the knife set – now isn’t that gouda?
Ooni Fyre portable outdoor pizza oven, £229, John Lewis
If you've got a patio or outdoor space, this is the perfect Christmas present for your pizza-loving foodie. It cooks authentic wood-fired pizzas in any outdoor space in just 60 seconds, after you've spent just 15 minutes firing it up. It's easy to clean and it weighs in at just 11kg with a detachable chimney and foldable legs meaning it's easy to transport and stow away.
Kenwood Mary Berry Chef Elite, £399.99, Harrods
This Kenwood stand mixer, loved by Mary Berry, is perfect for those meringues you've always wanted to make! It includes high-quality attachments such as a K-beater, whisk, and dough hook while its electronic speed control dial to the side allows you to pulse and fold as if the legend herself is stood at your side to guide you through.
Perky Blenders Christmas Blend + 1L Oat M*lk, £12, Minor Figures
Coffee aficionados will love unwrapping this gift set, which comprises a special Christmas blend by Perky Blenders plus one litre of oat milk. A hearty mix of Brazilian and Kenyan origins, this coffee brings back all the tastes and aromas of Christmases gone by - think spiced orange, red berries, chocolate and hazelnuts. The beautiful packaging is courtesy of East London siblings and illustrators, Tom and Jess Jones-Berney.
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