Whether they’ve been naughty or nice, here’s a roundup of the very best Christmas gifts for the foodie in your life!
In no particular order, here we go…..
Aqua Shard x Vivienne Westwood limited edition Cool Earth chocolate bars
Priced at just £3.95 with all proceeds going directly to Cool Earth’s rainforest partnerships this stylish bar of chocolate from the design queen herself will be a treat for you while doing your bit for charity.
I mean – how cute are these!
Lovely Meredith has created these festive snowmen macarons, available online. A box of 12 is £25.
Featuring the most gorgeous Italian products, The Red Beetle is the only online destination devoted to bringing the finest food products from across Italy.
We are totally in love with Frantoio Muraglia Intense Fruity Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Rainbow – the bottle is hand-painted & Nigella has the bottle in her TV series. If it’s good enough for Nigella……
The London Jam Factory
This Christmas The London Jam Factory have launched a Christmas Gift Box including three limited edition jams including Mango & Passionfruit, Fig & Cinnamon, Cherry, Raspberry & Rose and the newly launched delectable Raspberry & Champagne. The jams use the finest quality seasonal fruit and are beautifully packaged in a presentation box, ready to be popped under the Christmas tree – just add a pretty ribbon!
GAIL’s Artisan Bakery is spreading festive cheer this year with their Boozy Christmas cake, soft and crumbly Mince Pies and winter spiced Speculoos. Merry-makers can also build their own Christmas Hamper in a festive box, hand-picking their favourite freshly baked goods. For the season GAIL’s Head Baker Roy Levy has also created two festive breads, designed for sharing and gifting; a Pecan & Cranberry Loaf and Fig & Fennel Bloomer.
Super cute chocolate snowman made from Alain Ducasse’s Manufacture de Chocolat for the posh kids in your life.
Available to purchase at the Bulgari Hotel, London at £29.
Following the recent launch of personalised classic Marmite jars, the makers of Britain’s favourite savoury toast topper are today announcing the launch of personalised ‘Naughty’ and ‘Nice’ Christmas jars.
The limited edition Christmas collection includes two different label designs. A black, devil horn and holly adorned jar ‘for being naughty’, or, a golden halo jar ‘for being nice’.
We’ll let you decide which one we deserve….
The home of gorgeous, contemporary hampers. There is literally something for every foodie on this site, it’s a bit of a one-stop shop.
Choose from the Bean to Bar bundle for those chocoholics, or London Spirit for a selection of the best London….er, Spirits.
Arun Kapil adds a touch of spice to Christmas this year with Green Saffron’s Mulled Wine Spice Mix and his special, spiced Christmas Pudding – packed with Irish cider & whiskey soaked fruits. For gifts this year Green Saffron provide a range of spice kits for the budding chef or food fanatic with prices starting from £65 for the Beginners’ Spice Kit through to £175 for Arun’s Master Spice Kit.
Cocoa Runners are purveyors of the finest chocolate in the world, offering an expertly-curated selection of the very best single estate, hand-crafted bars that are the holy-grail for chocolate lovers. This Christmas, Cocoa Runners have a range of the perfect chocolate gifts, including craft tasting courses, Christmas chocolate hampers – including bars spiked with infusions such as cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger – and a special collaboration with the wine merchants Corney & Barrow, featuring two bespoke collections of paired wine and chocolate. Alongside this there are stocking fillers from the finest of artisan chocolate makers, including guest-curated boxes from Anna Jones and Rosie Birkett.
This hamper includes an exclusive set of limited edition coffee cups and PAUL apron, a litre of PAUL’s thick hot chocolate, a duo of apricot and strawberry jam and two luxury chocolate bars alongside a handy 100% natural cotton bag to keep bread fresh. The Panier de Noël (£35 plus £12.98 nationwide delivery) is available to purchase online or in- store.
A limited edition festive hamper is available at £60 for a special French-inspired gift fit for a foodie. Lucky recipients will enjoy favourites such as their signature mince pies and orangettes from the range, as well as winter jams, nougats and fiery gingerbread men. Not forgetting Aubaine’s very own mulled wine mix, for spicing up Christmas at home.
Because sometimes only a box of chocolates will do. These gorgeous truffles look super festive in their red box. Probably best to have a couple of boxes on standby, just in case you need to eat them all before the big day.
The sexiest tea brand out there, T2’s packaging elevates the humble hot drink into a totally covetable gift. This T2 16 Garden Party gift set (£45.00) is cram-packed with every type of sweet fruit and fresh herbs tea a human could ever want (16 mini tea cubes in total).
Coffee more their thing? This hamper includes a pair of signature Pitfield coffee mugs, espresso stovetop coffee maker and a bag of Pitfield finest coffee beans, ground ready for use on Christmas morning! £45
Ok, so if coffee’s their thing, why not take it up a notch and include everything they need for the perfect espresso martini. Just make sure you stick around for them to open it up and give it a whirl.
Each Perfect Espresso Martini Cocktail kit includes CRU Kafe’s light roast coffee capsules – a delicate blend of 100% Arabica beans with hints of biscuit and caramel, Reyka Vodka, Tia Maria & Kahlua.
These new premium Jura gift tins are THE hot-ticket for whisky lovers this Christmas. If you really love them, buy all four. Trust us when we say, this whisky is divine, and the presentation box is hand-crafted. Fancy. Priced at £32, we think they look even more expensive.
If your Dad is anything like ours, he turns into an amateur mixologist on Christmas Day. Help him along with the buck’s fizz with Tipplesworth’s Sparkling Cocktail Fruit Liqueurs (£19.95).
Featuring Blackcurrant, Strawberry & Raspberry flavours, these all natural fruit liqueurs will perk up those bubbles.
We love a limited edition bottle of booze! Tia Maria have teamed up with Grazia this festive season – perfect for a girly night in making cocktails!
Ola Dubh (pronounced ‘ola-doo’ and Gaelic for ‘black oil’) was the first ale to be matured in whisky barrels so it is a beer with real provenance. To make Ola Dubh, the Harviestoun brewers take their Old Engine Oil beer (amped up to 10.5%) and age it for up to 6 months in casks that previously held Higland Park single malt.
Within Harviestoun Brewery’s limited edition Ola Dubh Christmas gift box the recipient will find:
- Ola Dubh 21 – Ola Dubh 21 is Old Engine Oil aged in 21-year old Highland Park whisky casks. It is a limited run, with only 21,500 bottles produced.
- Ola Dubh 18 – Ola Dubh 18 is what you get when you age Old Engine Oil in casks formerly used to mature Highland Park 18 (‘Best Spirit in the World’), which imparts a fruity, sherry character into our rich, dark beer.
- Ola Dubh 16 – Aged in oak casks formerly used to mature Highland Park 16 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, our thick, gloopy base beer takes on distinct whisky notes, perfectly complementing its roasty, toasty bitterness.
- Ola Dubh 12 – This amazing brew has been aged in selected oak casks formerly used to mature Highland Park 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, adding complementary whisky notes to our chocolatey, bittersweet beer.
A classic, full-bodied and fresh gin with depth, clarity & above all else, flavour. Produced with 24 unique botanicals, the liquid is rich and clean juniper-driven with floral layers of lavender and chamomile. Fresh notes of citrus and kafir lime are grounded with the subtle sweetness of local honey, creating a well-balanced gin that is both traditional and refreshing (£34.99).
Verden Cheese Hamper
Oh how we love thee. We were actually lucky enough to get one of these last year (ok, we bought it for ourselves) and we’ll be going back for sure.
The Big Cheese (£40) offers a selection of 6 gift-wrapped portions from Verden’s Cheese Vaults and a jar of homemade Verden Chutney. Cheeses are Montgomery’s Cheddar (250g), Cropwell Bishop Stilton (250g), Camembert (250g), Dorstone (200g), Haut Barry (250g) and Petit Gaugry (70g).
Wine for Christmas – yes please!
We’ll go for the Combined set featuring a bottle of French red & white wine, two tasting glasses and a guide to tasting. All wrapped up so you don’t have to bother! (£59)
As the winter chill begins to take hold, Kopparberg is bringing something extra cosy to cider lovers this festive season, with the launch of the Kopparberg Spiced Apple Gift Pack.
Served warm in a mug and garnished with a cinnamon stick, this aromatic Swedish drink offers a refreshing yet wintery twist on flavoured cider, and a subtle note of spice guaranteed to warm up any frosty evening. Kopparberg Spiced Apple can also be served the traditional chilled way, poured over large chunks of ice for that intensely refreshing and gentle spicy taste.
A great little stocking filler priced at £12!
We’re not entirely sure we understand how this one works, but we’re intrigued. Coravin allows users to pour and enjoy wine from their favourite bottles without pulling the cork. The perfect Christmas gift for the hard-to-buy-for individual who already owns everything. Christmas Day seems like a pretty good time to try it out!
Because it’s just not Christmas without Panettone! Available traditional or with chocolate pieces – winner! £16.96
Got a bit more cash to splash? They really do have something for every budget, but the Il Grandioso hamper (£235) features a carefully edited selection of 12 must-have festive essentials – from hero products through to regional specialties and definitive dinner staples, each identified as being quintessentially Italian.
We just love the brightly coloured treats from Arabica, authentic purveyor of Middle Eastern spices, ingredients and sweets!
Starting at £32.50 Arabica has a range of hampers, filled with specially chosen foodie treats to tantalise all tastes. We’re lusting over the Spice collection – it’s going to brighten up January no end!
Specializing in imaginative healthy food, this is the hamper for the health nut in your life.
The Festive Fitz (£40) is a luxurious bundle of the most popular products, including, Homemade Granola (either spiced chai or dark chocolate cherry), winter maple toasted nuts & seeds, raw cacao hot chocolate, christmas raw energy balls, the ultimate granola bar, the best gluten free brownie, a selection of brew teas and of course a bottle of maple syrup!
SCANDIKITCHEN have a range of amazing food and drink gifts for a Scandi-Christmas! We reckon The Blossa Mulled Wine infused with Earl Grey is a beautiful present for someone special.
Or for the cook in the family try new cookbook ‘SCANDIKITCHEN’ while the children will love the gorgeous Hansel and Gretel style ‘build-your-own’ Gingerbread House.
What about a masterclass for the budding chef?
Master the art of pasta making and create signature Italian dishes from Union Street Café with hands-on guidance from Head Chef Davide Degiovanni using the finest seasonal ingredients. This 3 ½ hour experience, includes lots of prosecco and comes together for the final part with guests sitting down to enjoy lunch together – £95.
A modern take on the classic Christmas Hamper, each one is totally bespoke & you create your own collection of produce from Craft London’s outstanding local suppliers.
Our favs include Gosnells Mead, Wiston sparkling wine, Neal’s Yard Cheeses and Christmas cakes from Violet’s Bakery. The hamper also includes Craft London’s own homemade jams and coffee.
Not only that, prices start from £20.
Purchase a hamper online, in store or from Craft London’s stall at Greenwich Peninsula Makers’ Market taking place on the weekend of Friday 11th – Sunday 13th December 2015.
Les Deux Salons
The newest venture from Prescott & Conran, French restaurant Les Deux Salons, will be partnering with exclusive French brand, Maxim’s, to offer a range of bespoke hampers, offering the best of delicatessen products. The hampers come in all shapes and sizes, with one of the more luxurious options being the ‘Rouge Maxim’. Full of indulgent chocolate treats and special Christmas gifts, including artisanal coffee and biscuits, all housed in a beautiful, festive rouge box, the hamper is available for £100.
Get into the spirit of Christmas with Benares’ Indian influence on the classic Christmas hamper. Benares, the Michelin-Starred Indian Restaurant and Bar in the heart of Mayfair, will be offering a Luxury Hamper, featuring a variety of gifts including a Benares signed cookbook, a large scented candle, Chef de Patron, Atul Kochhar’s, own signed wine, a bottle of champagne and the ‘Benares Experience’ voucher – which allows you to enjoy a bottle of champagne and a bar platter for two in the lounge area.
This luxurious hamper is presented in an elegant bamboo tray hamper basket with a selection of carefully curated hamper fillers including Holy Lama handmade soap, a Holy Lama handmade Christmas card, Holy Lama Spice Drops, Julius Meinl Coffee Whole Beans, Jing Chai Whole Leaf Ceylon Black Tea with Spices, and a portable Benares handbag hook. The Benares Luxury Hamper is available online for £269.
Rhug Estate, a premium field-to-fork organic farm in Denbighshire, Wales, famed for selling produce to Michelin-starred restaurants has their very own hamper!
Beautifully presented in traditional wicker, this premium hamper contains a fine selection of first-class food and drink. Lift the lid to reveal Forget Brimont Champagne, Filsel Vistamar dessert wine, Penderyn Single Malt Whisky, intensely rich Willy’s milk and orange chocolates, Rhug Estate honey and Cot Del fruit & nut cake, perfect with a cup of Clipper organic tea.
Perfect for the foodie in your life.
Priced at £250
And something to think about for NEXT Christmas………..
WILD WEST BEEF JERKY’S MEATY ADVENT CALENDAR (we kid you not!)
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Happy Christmas Everyone!