It’s just around the corner and unless you’re super organised, you’re probably on the lookout for gifts for the foodies in your family, or circle of friends. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place as I’ve put together a selection of gift ideas; from ready to eat products that could go into a home-made hamper, to sets where the recipient gets to create their own! You’ll find some non edible gifts in there too, but they’re sure to go down a treat.
Gifts to “create your own”
These gifts allow the recipient to get creative in the kitchen with the provided ingredients!
Organic chocolate making kit – RRP from £12.99, available from Indigo Herbs
This organic chocolate making kit is perfect for the health conscious person in your life who loves to make their own healthy treats. It contains all of the ingredients needed to make your very own mini chocolate bars. The small kit makes approximately 20 small bars and the large kit makes approximately 45 small bars. I’ll bet on opening it they’ll want to get started straight away – it smells delicious!
The Ultimate Cheese Making Kit – RRP £34.95, available from Sous Chef
For cheese lovers like me, I’m sure this cheese making kit would go down a treat! It has absolutely everything you need (other than milk) to make a variety of different cheese including mozzarella, paneer, halloumi, and goat’s cheese. It contains enough ingredients to make 40 batches of cheese in total – that should keep them going for a while!
Healthy baking mixes – RRP £2.75, available from Sweetpea Pantry and various other retailers
These healthy baking mixes from Sweetpea Pantry are once again a great idea for the health conscious or those with intolerances; they are gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and contain no added sugar. Using ingredients such as flax and super oat, they come in a variety of flavours and sweet treats including brownie, flapjack, and even pizza dough.
Gifts for a hamper
If you’re similar to me and like to make up your own hamper gifts, these products would be a great addition.
Emily Veg Crisps – RRP from £1.20, available from various retailers (see website)
These super crunchy, flavoursome veg crisps are once again a great option for the health conscious person you’re buying for, as they are completely natural, gluten free, vegan friendly, and also 1 of your 5 a day! They come in a variety of flavours and different veg, but I can highly recommend the sweet potato sticks.
African Super-Teas – RRP from £0.99 for single bags, available from Aduna and various other retailers
As well as providing your recipient with a box of delicious organic infused pyramid tea bags, you’ll also provide a rural African household with a portion of sustainable income. This is another product which is great for the health conscious, as each flavour provides a unique feel good benefit. The boxes of tea come in five different flavours, including cinnamon-spiced cacao, green tea & turmeric, and lemon, ginger & baobab.
Konditor & Cook
6 mince pies gift box – RRP £12, available from Konditor & Cook
I’ve provided mince pies in a gift hamper before because, well, they’re the epitome of Christmas food, aren’t they?! These luxurious all-butter pastry ones from Konditor & Cook are probably the best mince pies I’ve ever tasted (also awarded the accolade of the best mince pies in Britain by The Telegraph), so I’m sure they would be a very welcome edition! They’re vegetarian too.
Konditor & Cook
Christmas cookie gift box – RRP £22, available from Konditor & Cook
Biscuits are another foodie item that I’ve provided in a gift hamper before, and these gorgeous ones from Konditor & Cook come in a lovely little box of their own. These are 3 different types of biscuit here – cinnamon stars, lemon moons, and vanilla Kipferl. I can’t imagine that they’d last very long!
Swizzels sweet shop favourites – RRP from £1, available from Swizzels and various other retailers
I think sweets are always a great choice for those top-up gifts at Christmas, and perfect to put in a hamper! The “sweet shop favourites” tubs and pouches from Swizzels contain many of the old school sweets such as Refreshers, Love Hearts, and Double Dips. They’re also available as tubes containing just one variety of sweet treat!
For the person who likes a tipple at more than just Christmas!
The Summerton Club
Premium spirits subscription box – RRP from £50, available from Summerton Club
I’m a bit of a sucker for a subscription box, so this would be right up my street! A Summerton Club subscription provides its members with a full sized bottle of a premium spirit from around the world, including brandies, rums and whiskies. You can choose how often you’d like to receive the box, so it doesn’t need to be a monthly thing either.
Gifts that you can’t eat, but perfect for a foodie!
Bamboo cheese knife set – RRP £29, available from ProCook
This 4 piece cheese knife set is perfect for the cheese lover (you could also pair it with the cheese subscription in this guide!). The set comprises of 3 different knives – one for hard cheese, one for semi-soft cheese, and one for soft cheese – and a cheese fork. The great thing about this is that the bamboo case folds out into a cheese board too!
2019 recipe diary – RRP £9.99, available from Recipe Diary
This isn’t just a normal diary with your usual planner, notes pages, and various other useful pages (including food related conversion charts). Because on every double week-to-view page, it has a new recipe to try for the week! Each recipe is triple tested with gorgeous full colour photography. And there’s still plenty of space to write down all those important things to do. The Recipe Diary comes in six gorgeous designs too, it’ll be hard to choose!
Filt string bag – RRP £8.95, available from Sous Chef
This filt string bag is great for anyone who loves to shop! It’s just perfect to keep in your bag, or even your pocket as it folds down super small. Traditionally used in France to carry groceries, it’s great for a variety of other uses. The bags are still knitted in France using traditional techniques passed down through generations. It aslo comes in lead grey, khaki, and ecru.
3 piece silicone spatula set – RRP £19.39, available from Amazon
This 3-piece silicone spatula set is perfect for whipping up a storm – or a treat – in the kitchen! They’re heat resistant, and the one piece design means there are no hidden places to trap bacteria. The reinforced internal stainless steel handle means they’ll hold up to regular use in the kitchen. The red design looks pretty funky too!
Digital kitchen food scale – RRP £9.99, available from Amazon
This digital kitchen food scale would be perfect paired with the Di Oro spatula set. Its unique design includes weight, oven temperature, and liquid conversion charts so there’s no need to even bring up Mr Google when cooking or baking! It also has the very useful tare function, meaning there is no need for individual measuring devices. I would love one of these, if I didn’t own one already!
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