I hope you enjoy my Mega Foodie Christmas Gift Guide 2017 – it’s full of gifts to delight any foodie. From chocolate and hampers, to gadgets and bakeware.
Here’s a selection of gifts to delight any foodie. I’ve gathered many products in this mega foodie Christmas gift guide to help you with your festive shopping. I hope you’ll find some inspiration!
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Geometrico Felt Coasters, £18
I love these eye-catching geometric coasters. They come in beautiful modern packaging in three shades of grey and fit together into a star pattern (they have other patterns). They’re made of 100% natural wool in the UK, insulated to keep surfaces safe and (and this surprised me) they’re stain resistant. So feel free to leave those red wine glasses on them! They look on-trend and modern, plus it’s quite fun to move them into different patterns. I also really like the gentle thud sound when putting my mug down, plus they’re so tactile and smooth. They’re a really lovely gift.
The Folio Book of Food and Drink, £34.95
Like all of The Folio Society’s works, this is a stunning high quality book that anyone would be delighted to find under the tree. It’s an anthology of culinary delights, with food related extracts from writers including Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Julia Child, Elizabeth David and Anthony Bourdain. It has a lovely introduction by food writer Jojo Tulloh, and a selection of cartoons and 19th-century illustrations. It’s the sort of book any foodie would love to dip in and out of regularly. It ignites a passion for food through amazing illustrations and the collection of beautiful stories and quotes. It’s an absolute delight and a very, very special book.
Prepara iPrep Black Cookbook Stand , £19.99
I’m sure we’ve all had the iPad unsafely out on the counter while cooking an online recipe. This tablet stand keeps it nice and safe. I love the sleek design and that it folds flat so I can stash it in a drawer easily. It also has a stylus which is super useful for using a tablet while cooking. It’s got non-slip grips, four angles and a stable weighted base.
True Grace Manor Fig scented candle, £30
This is such a stunning luxury candle. Scented with fig, it has a beautiful deep musky sweetness. I do love a foodie scented candle! It’s handmade in Wiltshire with natural wax using traditional techniques and renewable energy. I love the dark elegant packaging as well as the smokey glass candleholder. It burns for 40 hours and has such a warming scent – perfect at this time of year.
Mason Cash Large Mixing Bowl, £22
I had a vintage Mason Cash ceramic mixing bowl that I inherited from my husband’s gran. Sadly, after a recent rather heavy handed drop into the sink it developed a deep crack. After decades of use I was gutted that I wrecked it. Now I’ve got this pretty blue one from Mason Cash’s Bakewell range and I promise to be more careful. I hope my daughter still has it in years to come and uses it for the Christmas baking for her family. I love the patterns on this new range – inspired by mid-19th century country kitchens in Bakewell, Derbyshire.
Northern Exposure Art Print by Ruth Thorp, £11.25
Rather than being sterile places, I love my kitchen to be warm and inviting with art on the walls. This Northern Exposure art print by Bath-based artist Ruth Thorp is a stunning graphic scene of Canada. It’s part of Ruth Thorp’s Wilderness series and is a bold black, white and yellow. I was immediately drawn to this landscape scene and I love how the traditional and modern meet in it. The work is created digitally with a mix of hand-drawn elements and photographic textures. I’ve sent it off to be framed and I can’t wait to hang it on my kitchen wall. I’ve already perused Thorp’s Etsy shop as I’d love to buy more to add to a little collection.
Nifty Kitchen Magic Dust Packs, £9.95
Nifty Kitchen’s dust packs are really tasty spice mixes/ all purpose seasonings made with only natural ingredients. Magic Dust is a great all rounder with paprika, chilli, cumin, garlic, salt, light muscovado sugar, mustard, black pepper and cayenne. No unusual ingredients or msg or anything. Its sooo good on homemade wedges and roasted veggies. There’s also Devil Dust – which has a hot kick, and Smoke Dust with a smokey flavour. The 225g bags are really generous, and I’d even decant them into small jars a nice foodie gift.
Kilner Fermentation Set, £19.99
I’ve long read about the health benefits to the gut of fermented foods, and I often keep a jar of kimchi or sauerkraut in the fridge. So I was really excited to try out Kilner’s fermentation kit. The set includes a 3L tall jar with a wooden lid with a plastic air lock and bung, plus ceramic stones and a recipe leaflet. Basically, you thinly slice veggies, sprinkle them with salt, pack it into the jar (leaving space at the top for expansion), add liquid, weigh the veggies down with the stones, seal the jar and leave it for 4-6 weeks. The stopper means you won’t have any explosions after the build up of fermentation gases! I have my first batch of homemade sauerkraut fermenting now and I’m so excited to try it. I’ll report back with my results!
Belazu Hamper, £55
This is a gorgeous luxury hamper stuffed with the best of global foods from Belazu. From the richest, most sumptuous balsamic vinegar to perfect preserved lemons, there are so many products here to ignite any foodie’s desire to experiment in the kitchen. I’ve loved the tagine pastes, zhoug and harissa, as well as the balsamic pearls. This hamper is a real delight and I can’t wait to try out more of it! I also love that 20% of profits are donated to Belazu Foundation, which raises money and grants for charities in the UK and abroad, with the aim to support disadvantaged children and families, encouraging a positive relationship with food.
Mason Cash Set of 4 Food Prep Bowls, £10
These little prep bowls are so handy. I’m sure you’ll be seeing them often in my upcoming recipe videos! They have the elegant mid-19th Century country design of the rest of the Mason Cash Bakewell range and they come in two complimentary colours. The little chip-resistant earthenware bowls are also really useful for dip, serving and baking. Dishwasher, oven, freezer and microwave safe.
Prepara Herb Savor Pod 2.0, £12.99
I love gadgets that help to reduce food waste. This pod does that by keeping herbs fresh 3 x longer. It’s also small and sleek, so easy to store. It’s also BPA-free and dishwasher safe. I love that it has a clear front, so you can make sure to use it all up. Just use the reservoir to add water every 3-5 days and keep the herbs (or even asparagus) fresh for longer.
Kilner Juicer Jar Set, £12.99
This is a lovely set with a 0.5L clip top Kilner jar and a glass juicer attachment. You just juice your fruit over the jar, then you can seal it and store it. I love the look of jars and this set works perfectly! The juicer fits onto other larger jars, too.
Hawkshead Holly Jolly Gift Bag, £18.50
This jute gift bag is stuffed with a lovely festive selection of award-winning Hawkshead preserves. I love serving special jams, chutneys and relishes at Christmas – whether on the cheese board or with an extra special breakfast – so these are perfect. They ingredients labels show only the sorts of natural ingredients that you’d make them from yourself, which I love. And they all have such lovely flavour combinations. The raspberry vanilla jam is absolutely gorgeous and the Christmas chutney is bursting with holiday spices. There are six preserves in the bag and they’re all nut-free and gluten-free (some are also vegan and all are veggie).
Figgy’s Pudding 550g Christmas Pudding in a ceramic bowl, £16.95
Christmas isn’t Christmas without a pudding, right? This vegetarian handmade pudding is made with 10 year old Somerset cider brandy and award winning Port Stout. It comes matured in a ceramic bowl and cloth cover. Winner of the 2017 Great Taste award (and loads of others), it’s deservedly respected. Whenever I have Christmas pud, I always wonder why we don’t just have it all year round. This one is SUCH a lovely pud – it’s rich and indulgent, but not stodgy. The flavours of the alcohol come through beautifully and work so well with the fruit. This is going to be my go-to figgy pudding and would be a fantastic host gift if you’re visiting people over the holidays.
Nifty Kitchen Bento Box, £19.95
I love bento boxes. They make it easy to make a varied picnic snack or lunch, in an environmentally friendly way. It’s great to be able to add a sandwich or salad and not need any plastic bags. This one is a good adult sized box, with two layers and cutlery in a holder. It’s microwave and dishwasher safe, BPS-free, freezable and leakproof – basically it does it all! It has very secure seals so you don’t have to worry about it leaking in your bag.
Wilton Trim n Turn Plus Cake Turntable, £15.99
I’ve wanted a rotating cake stand for a while. It just makes frosting cakes soooo much easier. This one is a good 12 inch size with a raised non-slip base so it won’t topple. It also turns both clockwise and anticlockwise – which is very useful for a left-hander like me! Like everything I’ve ever bought from Wilton, it’s a fantastic quality and perfect for the job.
Wilton Icing Comb Set, £14.99
To go with the turntable, this 3 piece icing comb set will help to create pretty ridged sides on cakes. Each comb has two patterns, so the set has six styles of cake edge. Just hold it next to the cake, spin the turntable and create even ridges. They’re a really nice quality and an easy to store set.
Clearspring Sushi Making Kit, £29.50
I’ve been wary of making veggie sushi before, but it’s easy with this fab kit. It comes with everything you need to make luxury Japanese sushi. There’s the bamboo mat for rolling, then nori, sushi ginger, rice, tamari, wasabi and everything you need. I filled mine with cucumber, avocado, peppers and carrot matchsticks. It was great fun to make with my kids and they loved assembling and rolling them!
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Somerville Cashmere Star Hat, £49
This is a beautifully soft, navy and white star print cashmere beanie by Somerville. It’s really an exquisite hat in the softest luxury cashmere. The beanie shape is perfect and I love the modern pattern. The brand have lots of other styles as well as scarves, pjs, loungewear and slipper socks. I think I’ll be buying one of these hats for my sister (shh… don’t tell her).
Veggie Desserts and Cakes Cookbook, £9 on Amazon
Of course I’d suggest that you buy my cookbook for all of your friends! Pushing far beyond the boundaries of traditional carrot cake, in this book I put vegetables into scrumptious cakes, muffins, biscuits, tarts, brownies, pastries and even ice cream. Veggies bring moisture, natural sweetness and extra nutrients to baking. Avocados make a great substitute for butter, root vegetables bring sweetness and, in some desserts, vegetable puree can replace eggs. Just because we’re used to having veggies as savoury foods doesn’t mean we can’t serve them in sweet dishes too, so, it’s time to whack them out of the ground and onto the cake stand.
With 60 recipes, this book is not about sneaking vegetables in, but celebrating them as hero ingredients, resulting in great-tasting treats that are a lot less naughty.
Parks Gingerbread Candle, £30
This is Christmas in a candle. It’s a beautifully packaged luxury candle scented with gingerbread. It’s made in England with 100% natural wax and burns for 50 hours. It filled my house with the most wonderful smells of cinnamon and spices, as well cedar and sandalwood! I love the gold and black design of the candle – it looks lovely and elegant.
Terraillon Multifunctional Bowl, £39.99
As an avid baker, I know a good mixing bowl. And this, my friends, is it! It’s a classic quality stainless steel 3L mixing bowl, but it has really useful nesting lids. THere’s an egg yolk separator on a silicone bowl with lid, silicone anti-splatter lip that can be used under the bowl to stop it slipping or to tilt it, a microwave-safe silicone bowl (0.5L) and a transparent lid. It’s all great quality and super useful.
Mason Cash Measuring Cup Set, £14
This set of three measuring cups is a lovely part of Mason Cash’s Bakewell collection. They’re a pretty design and made from chip-resistant stoneware. The measures are 1 cup, 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup and they nest together so they can easily be stored. Perfect for baking!
Urban Trend Rolling Herb Cutter, £12.99
This is quite a nifty herb cutter. Rather than the typical rocking motion of a herb cutter, this one cuts back and forth. It has three blades that are far enough apart not to clog, and the wheel handle is easy to grip and keeps hands safely away from the blades. It folds down and a cap goes over the blades so it can be safely stored. BPA-free and dishwasher safe.
Personalised Santa Sacks, £19.95
These personalised hessian Santa sacks are a lovely keepsake gift. They’re beautifully designed and you can choose the pattern you like. They have a lovely range of vintage-inspired patterns on the sacks and then just let them know what name you’d like printed on them! These sacks would make such a fantastic gift for a little one’s first Christmas and it’s something they could treasure year after year.
Use the code BLOGXMAS for 50% off their sacks!
Mason Cash baking utensils, from £6
Mason Cash’s Innovative Kitchen range has a great selection of utensils. THey’re all elegantly designed and work perfectly. I love the chic wooden handles and how perfectly functional they are. I love reaching for my vintage jar of wooden spoons etc. and having such a great selection in it. This range has everything from a balloon whisk and multifunctional spatula to a slotted spoon with egg separator.
Ravenhead Double Walled Insulated Mugs and Latte Glasses, from £9.99
These lovely handmade mouth-blown mugs are made with ultralight but very durable glass. They have an inner glass layer that creates an insulated air pocket, keeping hot liquids hot and cold liquids colder for much longer – without the outside getting hot. They also have lovely grey handles and look great. They’re dishwasher and microwave safe. I love the feel of them and the high quality. Perfect for hot and cold drinks!
Personalised Forest and Forge 20cm Chefs Knife from Dexam, £79
A personalised chef’s knife!! What a wonderful surprise this was. But not only is it personalised for me, but it’s a really really great quality knife. Forged in Sheffield from professional quality steel, it has a traditional, tactile wooden handle made from wood sourced from managed estates in England. This one has a gorgeous handle made from English olive ash. The blade is a combination of high chrome steel, high carbon and hardness, meaning that it performs incredibly well. This knife is a thing of beauty, and it works excellently. I love the weight of it, shape of the handle and the sharp blade means it can handle anything in the kitchen. It’s a real treasure and anyone who loves cooking will be delighted to have their name engraved on a high performance knife!
Biscuiteers Christmas Holiday Biscuit Tin, £32.50
How beautiful are these biscuits??? Stunning. They’re all hand-iced and so wonderfully detailed. I could never, ever, ever do this. So I’m happy to leave it to the experts. They have a great range of intricately iced biscuits to choose from and they all come in lovely packaging. Although they look too pretty to eat, I happily tucked into one. They’re as tasty as they are beautiful. What a gorgeous gift these would make.
Ecoffee Cup, £9.95
This natural, reusable organic bamboo coffee cup is great. I love the geometric pattern and it’s ethical credentials. It’s light enough to carry around to have filled at coffee shops, and it’s made of naturally organic bamboo fibre – a rapidly renewable resource. It’s biodegradable, naturally sterile and BPA and phthalate free. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe and looks great. I’ll be keeping this in my bag all the time for emergency coffee stops. We need to reduce the use of non-recyclable disposable coffee cups. Every year over 100Billion single-use coffee cups end up as landfill. We need to do something about this. Get a reusable coffee cup people, and keep it with you.
Here are some great hamper or stocking fillers!
Buttermilk artisan Cornish Fudge in Mince Pie and Gingerbread, £8
These boxes of handmade fudge would make great stocking fillers. Buttermilk makes their artisan fudge by hand in Cornwall and it comes in over 50 amazing flavours. The mince pie fudge and gingerbread fudge are divine!
Copperpot Originals Fudge, £8
These cute little boxes of festive Cornish fudge would make great stocking fillers. We tried Christmas Spiced and Apple Cinnamon and they were both delicious!
La Cremiere Jersey Salted Caramel Sauce, £9.95
This is utterly amazing salted caramel sauce, made with geniune Jersey cream and butter. It won the 2016 Great Taste award and I can see how! It’s gorgeous on ice cream, crepes or in a milkshake. Or by the cheeky teaspoonful! Rich, decadent and worth every single calorie.
Walker’s Shortbread: Red and White Christmas Tree Tin, £9.35
Walker’s Shortbread do such lovely tins of their pure butter biscuits. We’ve always had one at home at Christmas time. This one is a modern Scandi/Scottish design filled with tree-shaped shortbread biscuits.
Wobbly Rockin Robin Tin by Walker’s Shortbread, £8.40
This cute red robin tin wobbles on the table. It’s filled with pure butter shortbread star biscuits that are delicious. It’s a fun gift.
Walker’s Shortbread: Luxury Miniature Mince Pies, £3.10
It’s not Christmas without mince pies and these luxury ones from Walker’s are delicious. The buttery flaky crust is filled to the brim with fruit and spices.
Stasher Reusable Food Bag, £9.25
These plastic-free silicone reusable food bags are a great way to cut down on unnecessary plastic. You can even put it in the oven to reheat food, or in the microwave. It’s also perfect for the fridge and freezer and can be washed in the dishwasher. I found the BPA-free bag to store a good amount (450ml) and it’s leakproof but easy to seal. A very useful item!
Morning Mug design by Louise Lockhart, £15.50
This pretty mug has a lovely whimsical blue and white design by the artist Louise Lockhart of The Printed Peanut. It’s screen printed onto fine bone china, handmade in Stoke on Trent and dishwasher safe. I absolutely love the pattern and that it supports British makers.
You Are My Sunshine mug, £11
This stoneware mug by Matthew Taylor Wilson has a great design that reads: you are my sunshine when skies are grey. It’s a really lovely gift or stocking filler. I love the grey outside colour and the contrasting black inside – and the decoration makes me hum the song whenever I see it!
It’s not Christmas without chocolate! Here are my top picks:
Paxton Chocolate’s Christmas Chocolate Thins and Giant Thins
These chocolate thins were almost too pretty to eat, almost. They’re delicate and beautifully patterned. The sophisticated flavours came through beautifully with the luxury chocolate. The flavours include chestnut and vanilla, orange and Earl Grey as well as raspberry and rose. All absolutely winners.
Booja Booja Truffle Selection Box
Booja Booja’s organic vegan truffles are absolutely gorgeous. The melt in the moth and are bursting with flavour. They’re also dairy, gluten and soya free, but there is zero compromise on taste. They’re decadent and amazing. They come in a pretty velvety box and have 12 truffles in flavours including champagne, cherry cognac, midnight espresso and rum-sozzled sultana. Decadent bliss.
Raw Halo Raw Chocolate Bar Gift Collection
These beautifully packaged raw, organic, diary and gluten-free bars of chocolate are soooo delicious. The gift box has six flavours and my favourites were mylk cinnamon raisin and dark ginger pecan. This is amazing quality artisan chocolate and would make such a great gift.
The Grown Up Chocolate Company Tasting Box
Back off, kiddies! These chocs are only for grown ups! The company is all about reimagining childhood flavours of chocolate bars, but adult-style. This tray of fun flavoured chocolates are handmade in the UK using fresh ingredients. The tasting tray has really amazing flavours like mince pie, spiced ginger biscuit, mulled wine (with real red wine), seville orange, rosemary and spiced honey. Each one is positively bursting with flavour and we loved the complex tastes! One great thing is you can go on their website and create your own bespoke flavour of chocolate – choosing from loads of flavours from fig and port to caramel wafer.
Original Beans Mini Bar Collection
This is a very prettily packaged set of mini bars from Original Beans. It’s a lovely way to sample their award-winning and tasty chocolates. I particularly loved the Beni Wild Harvest, a Bolivian 66% dark chocolate. It’s also great to know that the climate-positive company puts sustainability on par with a passion for the finest chocolate. They give their farmers a 6-time Fairtrade premium and build conservation projects.
Original Beans Mini Bar Gift Box
The minibar gift box is a great way to taste a variety of chocolates made from the world’s rarest and finest cacao beans. I was really quite blown away by how delicious the range is and any chocolate lover would be delighted to get this set as a gift this Christmas. It’s really no wonder that these chocolates have won so many awards and are used by Michelin starred chefs around the world. I also love that Original Beans plants a tree for every bar sold and focus on sustainability as well as quality of their chocolate.
Thanks for reading my Mega Foodie Christmas Gift Guide. I hope you’ve found some inspiration!
Disclosure: I was provided samples for inclusion in this Foodie Christmas gift guide. All opinions are my own. Prices correct at the time of writing.