Here’s a list of some of the best gifts to give to foodies at Christmas, separated by Kitchen Kit and tasty treats!
This is a proper special occasion gift for someone who has been very good this year, but if they’re into their baking and cooking, they’ll love you forever.
We got ours 3 years ago as a wedding present, after brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews all clubbed together. It was the best surprise on a pretty hungover and rainy day after the wedding.
Our model is the ‘Mixer Tilt-Head 4.8l Artisan with Accessories. The choice of colours is incredible and I’ve always lusted after Nigella’s hot pink one and all the pastel shades on the Great British Bake Off, but ours is in classic cream and looks the business in our dark blue and grey kitchen.
I use it to make cakes, icing, bread dough and pasta. It’s sturdy and heavy, never goes wrong, easy to clean and makes me happy every time I see it.
This is a really niche gift for a keen cook, but once they have it, they’ll never go back. It’s a super sharp grater and perfect for zesting citrus fruit or grating parmesan, nutmeg, garlic, ginger or anything else you want to do finely.
It’s hard to describe exactly what makes it so superior to your classic box grater but everyone who tries it, loves it.
Nordic Ware Bundt Cake Tin
Yes, it is an insane amount of money to spend on a cake tin. But, in it’s defence, it will last for a lifetime and generate so many compliments for your baking skills that it’s a great investment.
I have the ‘swirl’ shape and my favourite cake to cook in it is a lemon and blueberry recipe that Martha from Bake Off wrote for Waitrose. It also has a foolproof tip for making sure your cake comes out of the tin cleanly.
I’ve had this tin a couple of years and it still looks as good as new.
- American made: The original fluted ring cake tin is proudly made in the USA to exacting standards, with careful attention to detail during our manufacturing process
- Cast aluminium: Our cast aluminium Bundt cake tin is made to last. The cast aluminium gives even heat distribution and the fluted centre ensures an even bake
- Classic Swirl: For over-the-top elegance, the Heritage Bundt cake tin produces stunning, swirling centrepieces for special occasions. Can also be used for jellies or frozen deserts
- Easy release: The interior non-stick coating on the Bundt ring cake tin makes for easy release and quick clean up time after baking, time after time
- Lifetime warranty: We take pride in presenting the very finest products. We are confident in the quality of our non stick cake tin, and so we supply it with a lifetime warranty
Salt Pig and Salt
I got one of these a few years ago and it’s a permanent fixture on the kitchen counter by the hob. I fill it with Maldon salt and it never fails to make me feel like a proper cook, and reminds me to season food properly (90% of cooking is just adding more salt and butter than you think is needed, right?)
The version I have is no longer available, but I like this classic white option from John Lewis.
For something more rustic and with a matching salt pig spoon (I just use my fingers), this from Etsy looks great:
I got this for my brother a few years ago and am not sure it will ever be beaten by another present. Delicious fancy bacon, including different varieties and flavours, posted through the letterbox every couple of weeks.
There are multiple subscription options meaning there is sure to be a good price point for everyone.
Ice Cream and Toppings
This one is new since COVID-19 happened and the amazing Chin Chin Labs have had to close their London stores.
They have an online shop where you can order amazing ice-cream, made with liquid nitrogen, in flavours like Burnt Butter Caramel and Tonka Bean, to be delivered to your door. They have an impressive system in place to make sure it stays cold and can deliver to the whole UK mainland.
Plus, you can add extra goodies to your order – from retro cherry pie, to brownie cookies, fancy Valrhona chocolate, marshmallow fluff to go atop your hot chocolate, and my favourite, grilled white chocolate.
The ideal gift for someone who might be working from home more than usual, a coffee subscription will always be appreciated.
There are loads of options out there, but I love family business Capital Coffee and in particular their Colombia Supremo blend.
There are other goodies to order too – Nespresso compatible pods (but more environmentally friendly and so much cheaper than the branded ones) and kit to make your coffee. For the perfect at-home brew, the Aeropress is the way to go.
Top Tip: Sign up to their loyalty scheme to get vouchers to save even more and use discount code BACCHANALIAN to get 20% off your first order.
- Visit Capital Coffee Online (Voucher automatically added in checkout)
Chocolate Christmas Gifts
You can’t have a Christmas gift list without chocolate. And I can’t pick just one option…here are a few of my favourites:
Big chunky bars with great ethical credentials and flavours like ‘White Raspberry Popping Candy’ and ‘Milk Chocolate Almond Honey’ make Tony’s Chocolonely a great gift option:
Everyone knows Hotel Chocolat but they are one of the best options for a huge range guaranteed to suit all tastes. I love their salted caramels and fruity individual chocolates but have you seen their ‘Cabinet’ options? I got one for my Dad’s 70th a few years ago and it was quite the showstopper.
And don’t forget hot chocolate – we’ve all got some in the cupboard but getting gifted a really special one is always a treat. My favourite is Whittard, with stylish tins and wacky but not sickly flavours including Crème Brulee and Sticky Toffee Pudding White Hot Chocolate.
I hope that helps with some ideas which are a bit different. Got other ideas? Let me know in the comments!