Welcome to my Ultimate Foodie Gift Guide 2016, filled with presents, stocking fillers and amazing gifts that any foodie will love.
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Ultimate Foodie Gift Guide
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Breville Stand and Hand Mixer, £62.99. I love how this hand and stand mixer is the best of both worlds. You can use it as a stand mixer and wander off to prepare other things (or do the washing up). Or, you can detach the mixers and use it as a hand held electric mixer, which is very useful. It’s Breville, so it’s a great quality. It has 380w, so it should have enough power for most day to day baking.
Barber & Osgerby Olio Collection Large Black Jug (Royal Doulton), £50. This jug is absolutely stunning. It is a gorgeous matte black and has a lovely elegant feel. It’s so beautiful that I’ll also use it for flowers so I can see it on display more often.
Gordon Ramsay Union Street Serving Bowl (Royal Doulton), £20. This is a gorgeous serving dish with a speckled finish. It’s urban yet rustic and a beautiful piece that will get lots of use at my house.
LSA International Handmade Deco Champagne Flutes with Gold Accents – set of 8, £75. I absolutely love these art deco inspired handmade champagne flutes. I love my prosecco, so I’ll be using these stunning flutes a lot. They’re elegant, sophisticated and absolutely gorgeous quality.
Cole & Mason Ardingly Forest Salt and Pepper Mill Set, £79.99. This is a top-quality and elegant salt and pepper mill set. The set is made of beautiful stained beech wood and has lots of settings for precision grind.
House of Violet Avocado T-Shirt, £30. The lovely people at House of Violet sent me this gorgeous, organic t-shirt emblazoned with my favourite ‘fruit that thinks it’s a vegetable’: avocado. It is the softest fabric and the word avocado is embroidered in a lovely blue. Check out their range, they have all the best superfoods on t-shirts and sweatshirts. You can be emblazoned with miso, spirulina, matcha, coconut etc… Check out House of Violet on Instagram.
LSA International Handmade Red Wine Glasses – set of 4, £40. These are lovely, handmade red wine glasses. The quality is lovely and they are a classic, elegant shape.
Robert Welch Special Limited Edition Signature 3-piece Knife Set, £95. I love a good set of knives. They’re safer in the kitchen and it is so much nicer to cook when you have good tools. I made do with terrible knives for a long time. My days of flatshares had horrendous dull knives! Now I find good knives a joy to use. These ones are a really nice weight and are a fantastic quality.
Nordic Ware Crown Gold Bundt Tin, £40. Who doesn’t love a bundt? They’re so retro and decorative. NordicWare bundt tins are phenomenal quality and I love this anniversary gold version. It’s the sort of thing that I know I’ll be able to hand down to my kids, as it will last forever. I’d love to start a tradition now of making a Christmas bundt cake every year!
Foodie Gift Guide
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Zuperzozial Black Chip and Dip Tray, £12.50, FormaHouse. This is a really handy snack tray in an elegant matte black. Perfect for veggies and dip!
Kilner 1L Barrel Dispenser , £14. This is a sweet drinks dispenser. It’s 1 litre, so great for dispensing homemade sloe gin or flavoured vodkas.
OXO Good Grips Spiraliser, Plastic – White, £40. I’m a huge fan of spiralizing, whether it’s courgettes, carrot, squash, apples or other fruit and vegetables. I’ve tried quite a few spiralizers, and this is my favourite kind, particularly for larger veggies like beetroot and butternut. Just spirlize the veggies and either heat them up and have like pasta or eat them raw in a salad.
Judge Popcorn Maker, £30. We love making popcorn and this retro-style popcorn machine will make it even easier. It’s n air popper so no need to add fat or oil. We have a lot of film nights with the kids, so this will definitely come in handy.
Judge Slate Lazy Susan, £36. I’ve never owned a lazy Susan before and I wonder now how we did without one around the dinner table. We always have hummus and veggies on the table at lunch and dinner, and this is so useful. It’s also very well made and it looks great.
Cole & Mason Oil and Vinegar Pourer Set, £29.99. This is a lovely, quality oil and vinegar pourer set. It’s useful but also looks great.
Cacay Naturals Face Oil, £32.75. Not technically foodie, but it is edible! This is a natural anti-ageing facial oil that is organic and cruelty-free. I’ve been using it for a few days now and I love how nourishing it feels. It’s so moisturising and soaks right in. I really do love it.
Brabantia Kitchen Scales, £23.75. Having good kitchen scales is an absolute must for me and this set from Brabantia is a great quality. It’s precise
LSA International Pearl Handmade Wine Glasses – set of 4, £45. I love these pearlised wine glasses. They’re handmade and fanstastic quality. These ones have a mother of pearl sheen on them so they reflect the light beautifully.
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Mason Cash Glass Pastry Board, £14.99. This glass board has measured lines so you can produce the perfect-sized pastry. I like that it also has handy imperial/metric conversions.
Cole & Mason Self-Watering Herb Keeper, £14.99. I have a window full of herbs in my kitchen, but I’ll freely admit that I often forget to water them, or try to make up for it and saturate them with dire consequenses. This self wtering herb keeper makes sure they get the right amount of water.
Zyliss EasyPull Manual Food Processor, £16.99. I love this manual food processor. You just pull the cord and it whizzes everything up. You pull it a few times for chopped onions, and if you want to make, say, hummus, you just give it a few more times to puree it. So simple, but really quite a genius device.
Cole & Mason Electronic Cheese Mill, £19.99. This is a really lovely quality electric cheese mill, perfect for parmesan or other hard cheeses. It has super-sharp blades that can be stored in the base.
Rocket Gardens Natural Decorations Large Box, £29.99. I love decorating the house with freshly cut ivy, holly and evergreens. When I lived in London I didn’t have access to any, and I remember surreptitiously cutting a few boughs from my local. park. THese boxes are an amazing solution – it’s filled with the most gorgeous greens so you can decorate your home and have that wonderful fresh smell over the holidays.
20cm Diamond Chef Frying Pan with Cermalon Diamond Non-Stick Coating, £24.99 Kitchenways. Now this is a fancy pan. It’s got a revolutionary non stick coating infused with thousands of diamond particles that make it faster to conduct heat without hotspots. It’s also dishwasher safe and compatible with all hobs.
Rocket Gardens Edible Herb and Chilli Wreath, £29.99. This is such a stunning wreath made from herbs and chillis. It is such a pretty foodie alternative to a traditional wreath. It is really well made and lasts for ages.
Zyliss Fresh Glass 3L Storage Container, £19.99. Sure, this is the more practical side of gift giving, but it’s a super-useful storage dish with a glass bottom. It’s a great size for a family lasagne so giving it as a gift filled with a homemade meal would be a nice touch.
Terraillon Nutritab connected nutritional kitchen scale, £49.99. This nutritional scale connects to an app so you can not only weight out all ingredients, but it analyses them and gives you a nutritional breakdown.
Root7 Corkcicle Copper Canteen, £20. This gorgeous copper flask can keep your drinks cold for 25 hours or hot for 12 hours. I absolutely love the on-trend copper finish. It’s also far more environmentally friendly than plastic bottles or takeaway coffee cups, plus it looks far better than they do.
Judge Coffee Bean Grinder, £30. I love freshly grinding beans for my morning coffee, but since my last grinder broke I haven’t been able to. Now I have this really sturdy vintage-style Judge one and it’s a joy to use! It is fabulous quality and should last and last.
GreenPan Venice Pro Non-Stick Ceramic Wok, £65. This is a very sturdy and completely non-stick and the Thermolon Infinity Pro coating is enhanced with diamonds! It has a thick base so the heat is evenly distributed. I made a lovely wintery stir fry last night with kale and sprouts and it worked like a dream! It took seconds to clean afterwards and nothing stuck to the pan at all. It really is perfect for everyday use.
Ball preserving jars, from £1.25. I love giving homemade edible gifts at Christmas and these adorable Ball jars are perfect. Just add your homemade treats and tie them up with a pretty ribbon. Ball jars come in loads of different sizes so will fit whatever you make, from fudge or sweets, to chocolate bark or DIY beauty products.
BergHOFF Ron knives, including carving knife and fork, vegetable knife and chef’s knife, from £30. These black bladed ash-handled knives are absolutely beautiful. They’re tactile, and great weight for cutting and just so beautiful. They’re perfectly balanced and have a very comfortable grip (even for a left-hander like me). They’re not dishwasher safe, but then I never ever put good knives in my dishwasher anyway as I want to keep them in good condition. These knives come in lovely boxes and would be such a great gift for a foodie or someone setting up home. Stunning knives.
Hamper and Stocking Filler Gift Guide
Here are loads of items that would all make wonderful hamper gifts or stocking fillers.
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Periodic Table of Elements tea towel, £4.95 Rex London
Moo Free dairy-free advent calendar, £3.99 Healthy Supplies
Blue Tit Oven Glove, £4.95 Rex London
Elizabeth Shaw chocolates, including orange flutes, dark mink crisp and milk crisp, from £2.50
Sussex Wholefoods Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Almonds, Sugared Almonds and Dark Chocolate Almonds, £7.99 each. These are absolutely gorgeous and soooo hard to stop nibbling at. They’re from Healthy Supplies, my favourite place to stock up on bulk chia seeds, quinoa, cacao and other grains and superfoods inexpensively.
Acadian Maple Butter, £6.99 Healthy Supplies
Vintage Magnetic Kitchen Timer, £14.95 Rex London. I’ve needed a new kitchen timer for ages and I love the retro look of this one.
Ombar organic raw chocolates, £1.99 each, widely available
Prestat Christmas Chocolate Box, £18 Prestat. Who wouldn’t be excited to see a box of gorgeous Prestat chocolates in their hamper or stocking! Their chocolate is utterly delicious.
Yope Natural Liquid Soaps: Verbena, Vanilla Cinnamon and Fig Tree, £5.49 each, Healthy Supplies. I adore the smell of these beautifully-packaged soaps. I like that they’re natural without parabens or other nasties.
Hackney Coffee Company ground coffee from the heart of Hackney.
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Steenbergs Arabic Spice Set and Fruit Mulled Spices Cracker, £12 and £3.50 Steenbergs
I love Steenberg’s spices and this box of Arabic spices, including dukkah, garam masala, za’atar and harissa with rose is so inspiring. The sweet Christmas cracker is filled with crystallised fruit and spices for mulling wine or cider (or my Mulled Gin Cocktail).
Assorted Kilner Jars, from £3.99 Kilner. Perfect for filling with homemade edible gifts like my Ginger and Pecan Brittle.
Fava Mill Granola £4.99, Fava Mill. This is a lovely crunchy granola in great flavours (like apple cinnamon and cranberry) made from healthy fava beans!
Cole & Mason Horsham Salt Mill, £19.99 Cole and Mason. I love the elegant lines of this salt mill. It is amazing quality, looks lovely on the table and works brilliantly.
Blue Tit Flour Shaker, £5.95 Dot Com Gift Shop. Such a jolly flour shaker!
Bold London Spirits Cherry Aperitif miniatures, (full 70cl £29.95), Yumbles. These little miniatures are great for an adult’s Christmas stocking and full of lovely fruity spirit.
Pana Chocolate 3 bars £8.64, Yumbles These gorgeous chocolates are organic, raw and vegan. They’re delicious and I love their beautiful packaging. ‘Yumbles is the biggest artisan marketplace for all-natural food and gift with more than 400 sellers. We go around the country looking for small-batch makers with produce you won’t find in your nearby store.’
Zyliss Hand Held Spiraliser £12.99 Zyliss I’m quite obsessed with spiralising and this handheld spiraliser is perfect for courgette and carrot. Try my miso roasted mushroom courgetti.
Typhoon Herb and Spice Grinder Pot, £9.99 The Rayware Group
Wild and Wolf Folklore Enamel Mug, £8.99 Steamer Trading. My morning mug of coffee will be endlessly cheered by this folklore mug – it just begs for a moment of hygge. Wild & Wolf is based near me in Bath and makes the most enchanting enamelware and other homewares.
Rustic Moscow Mule Mug by Sparq Home, £14.99 Steamer Trading. I absolutely adore this hammered copper Moscow mule mug and it’s retro look. Perfect for a spiced cocktail! Make a Moscow Mule: Fill the mug with ice, add 2 oz of vodka, fill with ginger beer, addd half a squeezed lime and garnish with mint!
Here are more inspiring products for hamper gifts and stocking fillers as part of my foodie gift guide. You might also want to try Foodie Quine’s chocolate bouquet tutorial for a DIY foodie gift.
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Walkers Glenfiddich Luxury Mince Pies, £4.40. Traditional mince pies with a bit of a kick.
CellarDine 3 Piece Cocktail Set, £19.99. Perfect for mixing up some Christmas cocktails with spirits in my Christmas Drinks Gift Guide.
Godiva Limited Edition Holiday Truffle Flight, £12. Six amazing milk chocolate truffles.
Walkers Shortbread Christmas Tree Tin, £8
Landon Tyler diffuser, £10. Landon Tyler makes loads of food-scented candles and diffusers like this gorgeous Wild Berries one.
Organic Coconut Jam, £4.79 each Buko Foods. Sort of a cross between a jam and nutella, the coconut jam with chocolate is particularly delicious Other flavours are sea salt and original.
Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker 100, £20. I’ve had a cheap typical garlic press for ages that has never really worked. This one is genius and works a treat. Perfect for a garlic-lover!
Landon Tyler Candle in Blackberry Souffle, £5. This lovely blackberry-scented candle is pretty and smells delicious.
Doisy and Dam chocolate, from £3.50. I love the flavours of this range, including ginger, chilli flakes and hemp seed; cacao nib and mulberries, black sesame and spirulina.
Capsicana Latin Flavour Sauces, £1.99 each. These are lovely flavourful sauces, including Peruvian Chilli and Lemon, Mexican Chilli and Honey and Brazilian Chilli and Coconut.
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Moringa Superleaf Powder Gift Set from Aduna, £19.99. Moringa is an organic green superfood made from the dried leaf of the Moringa tree. It’s nutrient-dense, a rich source of protein, iron, vitamin A and vitamin K. It is also 31% fibre and a source of vitamin E, calcium and magnesium. I love it in my morning green smoothies.
Opies Pickled Walnuts, Christmas Fruits with Courvoisier and Black Cherries with Kirsch, from £2.49. Perfect for a hamper, these are great Christmas nibbled.
Abakus Hickory Nuts and Jujube Fruit, from £1.80. The hand-shelled nuts are crunchy and really moreish.
Uutensil Spudnik, £7.99. This is a crazy-looking gadget! It works really well though – just roll it around in cooked potatoes and voila – mash!
Uutensil Stirr Automatic Pan Stirrer, £16.99. I love this little battery-operated gadget. You just pop it into the pan and it stirs for you like a little awesome robot helper. My kids thought it was wizardry as it stirred their porridge.
Doris Beloved Mug, £20. This is such a pretty mug from a really lovely company. Doris & Co uses traditional methods to make their whimsical creamware in Britain. I love that they want to make products that will become heirlooms.
San Miguel Red Berry and Cinnamon Candles, £6 each. These foodie-scented candles come in pretty glass jars and they smell absolutely lovely.
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