Emmy GriffithsBudding masterchefs or food fanatics will love a Christmas present from our gift guide for foodies; from the must-have cookery book to the gadget they need in their kitchen, choose one of these pressies for them for 2018
French Artisan Cheese Hamper
What can you get a fan of food that will ALWAYS be a winner no matter what? CHEESE. More specifically, cheese and crackers will all of the trimmings! This reasonably priced yet pretty Artisan French Cheese Board Selection includes blue cheeses, goats cheeses and other soft cheeses and comes with a delicious Moscato grape nectar and a gorgeous cheeseboard. Bon appetite!
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
Feel like you can't get the chef in your life yet another Jamie Oliver cookbook this year? Described by Nigella Lawson as a "masterpiece", this bestselling cookbook while give cooks at any level to skills to use their instincts in the kitchen using the four key things needed to make any meal that bit more delicious: salt, fat, acid and heat. Your foodie friend or relative with love trying something the over 100 different recipes in the book, and you might get some yummy meals out of it!
You'll want this for an after dinner indulgence or as a gift to that special someone – best for the ultimate chocolate connoisseur! This selection of the famous Green & Black's bars comes alongside pairing notes and recipes to complement your favourite bar. You can host your own pairing experience this festive season, taking cues from the Tasting Wheel provided in the box, the ultimate cheat sheet for pairing food, drinks and of course, chocolate.
Throw out that gross old kettle with limescale and bring your loved one's kitchen into the 21st century with this fabulous, minimalistic kettle that turns from blue to red as it boils, showing you your waiting time for a cuppa! The LED lights are just the tip of the iceberg, as the kettle comes with an anti-limescale filter, an auto-shutoff system and has a 360° swivel base.
Whether you are staying at home or jetting off on a festive break, the LINDOR Maxi Ball is perfect for impressing and delighting guests this Christmas. Surprise family and friends by revealing a bowl of the iconic LINDOR chocolate truffles. These individually wrapped delights boast an indulgent satisfyingly smooth chocolate filling with a delicious Lindt milk chocolate shell.
£14.99, from all major retailers
The NutriBullet Balance connects to an app on a smart phone or tablet, giving real-time nutrition data - down to the very gram. The first of its kind in the UK and set to revolutionise the blender market, the NutriBullet Balance cleverly counts calories, proteins, carbs, fats, and sugar content of recipes by using the built-in Revolutionary Smart Nutrition Sensor™making it quick and easier to make the perfect NutriBlast creations, based on personal taste and nutritional goals.
The most manic of Christmas kitchens will need a cookbook and tablet stand. Treat the head chef of your family with Robert Welch's signature stand, designed to hold iPads, tablets, books and single sheet recipes with magnets. Made from stainless steel and featuring the Robert Welch Sesame motif, it's a stylish and practical accessory that will, hopefully, help keep the calm in the kitchen on Christmas morning! The stand can also be assembled and dismantled when not in use.
Fans of Japanese cuisine will be all over this fabulous set! Forget about Wagamamas, this beautifully put together gift comes with a recipe booklet, ramen bowels and ladles, meaning that the lucky recipient of the gift will be able to make their favourite food to enjoy at home and eat in style! 'Karasuba-iro' means glossy back in Japanese, and so the bowls are aptly named for their beautiful glossy speckled surface with red-brown detailing.
If your loved one loves learning new recipes online or picking up cooking tips from Youtube, the Lenovo Smart Display is the piece of kitchen tech you might never have realised they needed.
No more sticky laptop buttons or messy phone screens. The Smart Display can live in your kitchen and thanks to its inbuilt Google Assistant you can call on it whenever you get into a tricky cooking situation. "Hey Google, show me how to cream butter and sugar together on Youtube".
The ultimate multitasking hands-free device to make any busy chef’s day a little bit easier.
Nothing says Christmas like a box of Quality Street chocolates. But this year, upgrade the traditional tin by personalising it with your loved one's name. There's no need to share when it's got their name on it! You can even choose their favourite flavours, with at least three varieties included in a box.
£15, John Lewis Oxford Street store
Blondies Kitchen Hamper
You'd find it hard to find someone who wouldn't want to wake up next to this mouthwatering hamper - packed with Blondies famous cookies and mince pie cookie cups. Delish!