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16 best food gifts for foodies to drool over this Christmas

A deliciously good selection of edible presents you'll love to gift this year

Best food gifts, hampers, chocolate, cheese, olive oils and more
Georgia Brown
Senior Lifestyle & Fashion Writer
Updated: December 15, 2023
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Take it from a foodie, there's nothing an edible gift can't do to brighten up someone's day. Whether you're on the hunt for a delicious birthday gift or a tasty Christmas present, or even a 'just because' treat, you'll want to dine out on this list of tempting food gifts. 

There are just some people in your life that are impossible to shop for - but everyone loves a delicious treat, especially around the holidays. Christmas hampers are always a good idea - and make for a real showstopper of a gift. 

If you're in the market for a foodie advent calendars, there are plenty that you can shop for the person in your life who would prefer something more exciting than a chocolate advent calendar on the lead up to the big day.

Best food gifts for Christmas 2023 - at a glance

  1. Best overall foodie gift destination: Marks & Spencer food & drink gift sets, from £18
  2. Best chocolate gift: Hotel Chocolat'sThe Classic Cabinet, £70
  3. Best savoury gift: M&S Antipasti Gift Box, £50
  4. Best cheese gift: Pong Cheese Deluxe Hamper, £149.95
  5. Best foodie stocking filler: Bailey's Chocolate Nut Mix, £3.50

How we chose the best food gifts for Christmas

  • Variety: Whether you're looking for letterbox baked goods or beautifully-wrapped food hampers, we've found a selection of gifts to suit everyone's needs.
  • Gift-worthy: When I'm not at work, you can find me hunting down London's best restaurants, picking up a pastry from my favourite bakery or trialling a new recipe in the kitchen. As a self-professed foodie, there's nothing in this gift guide I wouldn't love to receive myself. 
  • Price: The food gifts in this edit reflect every budget, from affordable treats to luxury artisan delights.

Best food gifts for foodies

From gourmet treats that serve up a slice of indulgence, to artisan cheeses, luxury condiments and infused olive oils to level up charcuterie night, we've compiled the ultimate gift guide for the foodie in your life. In the words of Marie Antionette, "Let them eat cake!"

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    Biscuiteers 'The Nutcracker' Biscuit Tin

    Biscuiteers biscuit box

    Biscuiteers Biscuit Tin

    Not just a delight to look at, these beautiful hand-iced biscuits from Biscuiteers are twice baked to a traditional English recipe, with the texture falling between the snap of classic gingerbread and the crumble of buttery shortbread. When you've worked your way through all the beautifully-iced delights, you're left with a kitsch keepsake tin to stash your home-baked biscuits.

    If you're looking to add a personal touch to your gift, Biscuteers offer personalised icing options too, as well as a versatile range of themed biscuit boxes.

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    The Truffle Guys Signature Selection Box

    Truffle guys harvey nichols

    The Truffle Guys Selection Box

    I have yet to come across a foodie that doesn't love truffle. The rich and decadent flavour of truffle oil is the perfect accompaniment to home-cooked pasta dishes, while truffle-infused condiments can elevate almost any cuisine. 

    The 'Signature Selection Box' from The Truffle Guys, available at Harvey Nichols, contains the showstopping Great Taste 2023 Award Winner White Truffle Oil, the sensationally smooth and creamy Ultimate Truffle Mayo, sticky Gourmet Truffle Honey and more.

    Complete with a branded display box, this gift set is the perfect foodie present.

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    Antipasti Gift Box

    M&S Antipasti Gift Box

    Surprise your favourite foodie with this divine Antipasti Gift Box, wrapped beautifully in an embossed navy parcel. 

    Included is a bottle of Montepulciano D'Abruzzo with savoury nibbles from M&S Collection. Find treats including Italian Grilled Mixed Peppers and Caponata Di Melanzane, Sweet Rosemary and Malden Nut Selection and delicious All Butter Parmigiano Reggiano and Chilli Biscuits.

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    Farmer J Essential Spice Kit

    Farmer J Spice set

    Spice Up Your Life

    Ever since Farmer J arrived in London, I've been hooked on their Field Trays. The health-food chain makes farm-to-fork ingredients taste deceptively good - and it's no doubt down to expertly-paired spices that add a hungry dose of va va voom into each and every recipe. 

    "Spice Up Your Life" is the ultimate spice kit to recreate the Farmer J signature recipes at home. Regardless of whether you're a regular at the grab-and-go restaurants or you're simply looking to experiment with your home cooking, this bundle is sure to elevate your dishes. 

    The set includes bold Harissa, aromatic Baharat, tangy Sumac, Middle Eastern Shawarma, versatile Sha'ata, and herbaceous Za'atar.

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    Fortnum & Mason Belgium Chocolate Ballotin

    Fortnum Chocolates

    Belgium Chocolate Ballotin

    There's something so Hallmark Christmas movie-esque about a gold wrapped gift sealed with a festive red ribbon. These indulgent chocolates from Fortnum & Mason are just that, with an assortment of 15 chocolates that are either enrobed in milk, dark or white chocolate.

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    Bailey's Chocolate Nut Mix

    Baileys chocolate nut mix

    Bailey's Chocolate Nut Mix

    If there was ever a time to get out the bottle of Bailey's, it's Christmas time. These Irish cream liqueur-flavoured salted caramelised nut mix and milk chocolate coated almonds with salted toffee popcorn make for a tempting fireside snack or festive treat - and an affordable gift for any Bailey's lover.

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    Charbonnel et Walker Pink Champagne Truffles

    Charbonnel et Walker Champagne Truffles

    If you're looking for a foodie gift fit for a Queen, Charbonnel et Walker have the royal seal of approval - literally. The late Queen Elizabeth II's former royal chef confirmed that Her Majesty loved the luxury brand's Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles, lightly dusted in a sugary powder and filled with a rich milk chocolate butter. 

    Prices vary greatly depending on the size of your gift box, from sweet token boxes to grand selections, we love that you can indulge in the delicious treats no matter what your budget.

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    Katto Knife Set

    Katto knife set

    Katto Knife Set

    Katto is a brand that makes beautiful sustainable, handmade Japanese steel knives, pasta tools & BBQ tongs – a perfect gift for any foodies that like to spend time in the kitchen or out by the BBQ.

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    Pong Cheese Deluxe Cheese Hamper

    Pong Cheese Hamper

    Any cheese lover is sure to a-brie-ciate a decadent, large and highly specialised selection of stunning cheeses.

    These beautifully-presented cheeses from Pong Cheese are nestled cosily in a beautiful wicker hamper with Peters Yard biscuits, two types of zesty chutney and Pong tasting notes.

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    Lamantea Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Lamantea Extra Virgin Olive Oil 500ml

    Most households use olive oil, so a stunning bottled gift presented in a vibrant ceramic will be a welcome addition to any kitchen. Sacla's top quality olive oil is sourced by the Lamantea family, who have been turning their sun-kissed olives into the highest quality oil for over half a century.

    A top review reads: "Sacla is reliable for always being excellent quality, and actually tasting like the food my Italian relatives make."

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    PAYST Dipping Sauce Gift Pack

    Payst dipping sauce

    Spicy Dipping Sauce Gift Pack

    If you know someone who just loves a dipping sauce, this is the gift set for them. Perfect for every dipping occasion you can think of. This gift pack includes one of each of the brand's four dipping sauces; Spicy Burnt Chilli, Sweet Chilli, Ginger And Green Sweet Chilli and the famous Burnt Chilli. This is an ideal gift to anyone who loves a bit of spice.  

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    Muscle Food Christmas Hamper

    Muscle Food Luxury Christmas Hamper

    A glorious gift for anyone hosting this Christmas, Muscle Food's Luxury Turkey Hamper saves the pre-Christmas supermarket stress by delivering a lavish selection of high-quality meat to your doorstep. For £65, this hamper serves 6-8 guests. 

    With everything from sausages and bacon medallions for a gourmet Christmas breakfast, to a succulent Whole British Turkey, festive pigs in blankets, and stuffing galore, all the produce comes from reputable British butchers and can be delivered just-in-time for a glorious Christmas feast.

    A top review reads: "The quality of the meat is excellent and so tasty."

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    Hotel Chocolat The Classic Cabinet

    Hotel Chocolat The Classic Cabinet

    Perfect for those occasions when you can’t quite decide what to gift a loved one, Hotel Chocolat's Classic Cabinet is a two-tier showcase of their most celebrated recipes in milk, white and dark.

    Thoughtfully curated by expert chocolatiers, any chocolate lover is guaranteed to find a favourite here.

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    After School Cookie Club Bake At Home Cookie Kit

    After School Cookie Club Bake at Home Kit

    Send a friend this bake at home cookie kit and you're essentially sending a warm hug in the post. We love that all of After School Cookie Club's bakes are gluten free and vegan too, so everyone can enjoy a bite. 

    Each box of 12 large cookies is lovingly packed with pre-portioned Cookie Dough Pucks - ready to bake, a baking sheet, baking instructions and pots of Organic Vanilla Infused Whipped coconut cream, Chocolate Ganache and Swiss chocolate coins to melt drizzle and dunk.

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    Maldon Sea Salt Flakes

    Maldon Sea Salt Flakes 570g

    Believe it or not, I received an industrial-sized bucket of Maldon Sea Salt Flakes from a family member last Christmas, and despite my initial surprise, it's become my most-used present in the kitchen. I have used a generous pinch of the decadent flaked salt in almost every dish I've cooked this year, and I'm only just on the verge of running out.

    Maldon Salt was granted a Royal Warrant as official purveyors of sea salt; and at today’s royal banquets, King Charles III always has his own silver Maldon salt container within easy reach. 

    Much like the monarch, I also have a healthy dose in a salt dish on the dining table at all times. This gift is *chef's kiss*.

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    Gluten free sweet treats

    A photo of Venchi chocolates in a christmas-themed box
    Venchi have the perfect selection for the coeliac in your life

    Gift box with Gianduiotto and Cremino chocolates

    Now if you have someone in your life who is coeliac, finding something deliciously festive and gluten-free isn't always easy. Enter, Venchi, a 100% gluten-free range of luxury chocolate. From advent calendars to decadently illustrated boxes of their bite-sized cullinary delights, they really do have a gift option for everyone.

    Think creamy chocolates wrapped in glossy wrappers that give you a taste of luxury in just one bite. My favourite has to be the pistachio flavour which is just to die for!

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