best gifts for foodies at christmas
Features 1 December 2021

The best gifts for foodies this Christmas

Shopping for the food lover in your life? We select the best Christmas gifts to buy keen cooks, kitchen-gadget obsessives and restaurant geeks – from trendy condiments and cheese subscription boxes to classic kitchenware

Words by Louella Berryman

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It can be hard to know what kind of gift will tickle a foodie’s fancy at Christmas time – will a luxury hamper do the trick? Or should you opt for something scarily clad in stainless steel for the kitchen instead? Don’t worry – we’ve gathered a selection of the most stylish, thoughtful gifts that the foodie in your life will love this Christmas.

We’ve considered all types of food-loving person in this gift guide – from the gadget experts and recipe-book hoarders to those who simply prefer to consume the goods rather than cook it themselves. The gift ideas we’ve pulled together are beautiful, useful and above all, covet-worthy for any foodie worth their salt.

Please note, all items included in the list below include prices and stockists for those based in the UK – but should hopefully provide inspiration for food lovers around the world this Christmas.

Top Christmas gifts for foodies

Fiasconaro x Dolce & Gabbana Mandorle Di Sicilia Panettone gifts for foodies

Fiasconaro x Dolce & Gabbana Mandorle Di Sicilia Panettone

This limited-edition Christmas treat is the perfect present for any design-loving foodie. Choose between classic red or a new blue tin – but really, what matters is inside: a classic panettone, enriched with raisins, flavoured with Vecchio Samperi Marsala wine and studded with Sicilian almonds. In a departure from the usual recipe, there’s no candied citrus in the recipe. The luxury sourdough cake is then wrapped in ribbon before being boxed up in this aesthetically pleasing container, suitable for any kitchen worktop or on-display larder.
£43.99, souschef.co.uk

Anova Precision Cooker gifts for foodies

Anova Precision Cooker

Give them the gift of restaurant-quality cooking at home with a sous vide device. This nifty gadget is small enough to fit in your kitchen drawer, but powerful enough to achieve the perfect meat tenderness. The Anova Precision Cooker has temperature accuracy of 0.1 degrees and a flow rate (also important to temperature consistency) of eight litres per minute, making it the ideal tool for kitchen tech lovers or steak aficionados.
£199.99, anovaculinary.com

Kold Sauce Fermented Green Hot Sauce gifts for foodies

Kold Sauce Fermented Green Hot Sauce

Confined to homes in 2020, a handful of people channelled their creativity into setting up small-batch hot sauce, mayonnaise and ketchup companies from their own kitchens. One of the most shouted-about was Hackney-based brand Kold Sauce – and with good reason. It makes American-style hot pepper sauce using only natural ingredients and a healthy dose of fermentation. This stocking-filler-friendly bottle is made with cayenne, jalapeños and habaneros, with bright citrus flavours and a good amount of fermented funk – certainly not one for the faint hearted.
£7.99, koldsauce.com

Cast Iron Round Casserole Dish, Le Creuset gifts for foodies

Cast Iron Round Casserole Dish, Le Creuset

You can’t go wrong with a classic piece of kitchen kit, and it’s hard to beat a Le Creuset casserole dish. A culinary mainstay in any good cook’s kitchen, this quality dish goes from hob to oven to table, looking stylish along the way. The heat resistant knob means no burnt fingers through oven gloves, and the light enamel interior makes cleaning up easy. Cast iron construction ensures that food will stay warmer at the table for longer, as well as creating the best environment for even cooking and browning.
£170-£405, lecreuset.co.uk

Honey & Co notebooks gifts for foodies

Honey & Co notebooks

A cook’s notebook is essential in any kitchen, and these beautifully designed ones from London restaurant Honey & Co make a great gift for a recipe scribbler. The notebooks offer 128 pages of dot grid, FSC-certified paper and come in three modern food-themed designs – pomegranate, orange and lemon. They’re UK-made and thread-sewn for durability, as well as looking lovely on a desk or kitchen worktop.
£40 for three, honeyandco.co.uk

Ceramic ‘70s dessert bowls (set of 4) gifts for foodies

Ceramic ‘70s dessert bowls, HK Living

Love entertaining? These funky ‘70s-inspired stoneware bowls will work well from tapas through to pudding. They’re from Dutch brand HK Living, who create beautiful ceramics with a brightly coloured twist. Stack up porridge bowls in the morning or load with guacamole for a party in style. Uniquely, they’re dishwasher and microwave safe too.
£34 for a set of four, folkinteriors.co.uk

The Dance with BAO Men screenprint gifts for foodies

The Dance with BAO Men screenprint

Inspired by Henry Matisse’s ‘The Dance’, this food-themed screen print would look wonderful in any kitchen or dining space. Not only is it being sold by London’s BAO restaurant group, it’s also designed by its chef, founder and creative director Erchen Chang. Should you be looking to spice up somebody’s Christmas stocking, BAO has also recently released a range of condiments with similarly artsy labels, including plum pickle ketchup, burnt chilli sauce and tiger dressing.
£55, baolondon.com

the cheese geek subscription box gifts for foodies

The Cheese Geek subscription

Subscribers to this elite cheese club will receive a monthly mix, ranging from all-time greats like Stilton and Cheddar to lesser-known varieties, all numbered with corresponding educational notes and rating cards. The selection is always seasonal and only includes cheeses at the best stage of their maturation, with the option to make boxes bespoke with add-ons like crackers and chutneys. ‘The Elvis’ box comes with four to five fine cheeses, thank you very much.
£177 for 6 months, thecheesegeek.com

the female chef book gifts for foodies

The Female Chef

Make a departure from the usual recipe book gift with this new release from food writer Claire Finney and photographer Liz Seabrook. It celebrates women at the forefront of modern food in the UK, championing their position in professional kitchens through insightful interviews, original portraits and each chef’s most memorable recipe. Trailblazers included in the book range from well-established names like Murano’s Angela Harnett to rising stars like Flor’s Pamela Yung.
£28, foyles.co.uk

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen cookbook and ingredients set gifts for foodies

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen cookbook & ingredients set

Make cooking from Ottolenghi’s newest book easy, with all the hard-to-find ingredients at your fingertips. Test Kitchen brings together the collective knowledge of Ottolenghi’s team, written in his long-time headquarters under the railway arches in north London. Recipes are more stripped-back than those found in his previous books, swapping in different store cupboard ingredients depending on what you have available to cook with. With this in mind, the kit includes some of the items Ottolenghi suggests hunting out to make the most of the book, including dried black lime, Aleppo pepper and ‘rings of fire’ chilli pepper.
£39.50, souschef.co.uk

Foraging hamper gifts for foodies

Foraging hamper, Toast

Get your foodie friend or family member ready for spring with this foraging kit from Welsh lifestyle brand Toast. The kit bundles up a hand-woven palm leaf basket for your hedgerow bounty, a beechwood-handled mushroom knife, a pair of scissors for snipping, pouches, tins and Nepalese lokta paper envelopes for keeping any foraged seeds safe. For newbies, the gift set also includes a copy of The Forager’s Calendar by John Wright – a useful seasonal guide with information on identifying plants safely.
£99, toa.st

The Oldstead Ultimate Festive Feast Box gifts for foodies

The Oldstead Ultimate Festive Feast Box

A hamper always goes down well at Christmas, but this one packs even more of a punch since it’s filled with goodies sourced from chef Tommy Banks’ York-based restaurants and the local suppliers he works with. It’s stuffed to the brim with handmade Christmas fare, including Tommy’s clever root vegetable mince pies, pickled cornichons from The Black Swan’s restaurant garden, Haxby Bakehouse sourdough and even the Bank’s Brothers own-label canned wine.
£160, madeinoldstead.co.uk

Frantoio Muraglia olive oil gifts for foodies

Frantoio Muraglia olive oil

Good olive oil is essential in the kitchen; an attractive bottle of the stuff even more so. This intensely fruit-driven oil is made from Coratina cold-pressed olives native to the Apulia region of Italy, a variety said to be packed with antioxidants as well as carrying an intense flavour. Each of the terracotta rainbow bottles is handmade and thus unique in design, as well as serving the primary purpose of protecting that precious oil from flavour-deteriorating light.
£29.99, souschef.co.uk

Global cook’s knife gifts for foodies

Global cook’s knife

Take the cooking to the next level this Christmas. This classic chef’s knife from revered brand Global is one of their bestsellers, performing a variety of kitchen tasks thanks to its acute 15-degree cutting edge. Designed by Global’s long-time visionary Komin Yamada and made in Japan, it’s one of the smallest chef knives in the range, making it versatile enough to handle fine chopping as well as larger tasks like dicing meat or slicing squashes.
£140, globalknives.co.uk

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