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Christmas gifts for foodies
Posted by Hayley Gilbert Wednesday, 11th December 2019
When it comes to Christmas shopping, you can’t go wrong with a gadget or accessory for the kitchen or something nice to nibble on. Whether it’s family, friends, a loved one or a neighbour who is kind enough to feed the cat when you’re away, choosing an edible, drinkable or kitchen gift is the perfect chance to say Happy Christmas. To make life simpler in the hectic run-up to the big day, we’ve selected our top 10 Christmas gifts for foodies…
1. Sophie Allport’s ‘Home For Christmas’ design looks so festive with its trees and presents bundled high onto sleighs and into cars. As snow falls around fir trees and dainty white footsteps are left on a wintry blue background, it’s a print that complements all kitchen schemes. Mugs, £11.50 each; tea bag tidy, £8.50; tea towel, £8.50 and nibbles bowl, £11.
2. A stylish addition to the worktop or drinks trolley, this VonShef wine bottle rack and glass holder is perfect for all those Christmas and New Year parties. Made from stainless steel, it’s designed to hold up to five bottles and eight glasses and comes with non-slip rubber feet for sturdy stabilisation, priced £18.99.
3. Alchemic Kitchen is a social enterprise based in Liverpool, specialising in making wonderful preserves from food that would otherwise go to waste. All its products are available through a subscription service, so for £40 you’ll receive three monthly parcels containing a selection of that month’s produce along with a newsletter and recipe card. Choose from either a sweet, savoury or mixed selection.
4. Spend a lovely afternoon baking with the children and whip up some festive treats. Homemade cookies and biscuits make great presents and are handy to have around the house in case of unexpected guests. These Brompton Cutters in steel and marble are priced £16 from Garden Trading.
5. Cuisinart’s automatic wine opener is a great gift for wine lovers. First, use the foil cutter that is stored in the charging base to open the foil casing before removing either natural or synthetic corks at the touch of a button. The vacuum sealer will preserve the freshness and flavour of unopened wines and you can set the date indicator as a reminder of when the bottle was first opened. It’s priced £45 and is rechargeable with its own docking station.
6. Keen cooks will love this matte black shallow casserole from ProCook, priced £59. Built to last a lifetime, the 28cm cast iron cookware has a 3.9L capacity and even heat distribution. It’s ideal for slow cooking stews or casseroles and is coated inside and out with toughened enamel including enamel pimples inside the lid for self-basting.
7. There are plenty of tasty treats at Dobbies garden centres nationwide; great for stocking up when you’ve got family or friends coming round for a catch up. Dean’s Shortbread Assortment, £9.99; Mince Pies, £3.49; Luxury Mince Pies, £3.99; Nevis Zesty Lemon Cake, £2.99; Milk Chocolate Raisins (200g), £1.99; Brazil Nuts (150g), £2.79; Tracklements Fresh Chilli Jam, £3.79; Peter's Yard Crispbread Selection Box (265g), £6.99; Toast for Cheese – cherry, almond & linseed (100g), £3.79. Served on: Mikasa Gourmet Side Plate, £3.99; Mikasa Julie Red Wine Glasses (set of 4), £12.99; Viners Twist 16-piece Cutlery Set, £29.99.
8. With a hand-drawn stag illustration, this Into the Wild fine china mug is the ideal present for someone who is usually tricky to buy for. It’s available from the Natural History Museum for £8.
9. Established in 1797, Paxton & Whitfield is known for being Britain’s oldest cheesemongers. Their Christmas Cheese Cake with star on top is the perfect after-dinner treat, priced £50.
10. Garden Trading’s mushroom-like beech nutcracker makes a great stocking filler. It fits comfortably in the hand and screws down to crack even the toughest of nuts. It costs £8.50.