There are less than 3 weeks until Christmas but do not panic! I’ve got you covered. I’ve put together a Christmas gift guide for Foodies. I hope this guide will help you shop for those cooks, cocktail makers, and food lovers in your life! It’s pretty much a mix of things I use in my own kitchen or love to eat or drink together with some wish list items. So Santa if you’re reading this you know what to do!
Christmas Gift Guide for Foodies
For the tea, coffee and brunch lovers
How cute are these Mr and Mrs mugs from Sainsbury’s! I saw them the other day and had to buy them. At £3.50 each they are a great low cost option. They’d be especially great for any newlyweds!
There are also teapots or coffee pots like this gorgeous copper one. I think little accessories like tea infusers are fab too. I have this one from T2, but you can get more fun ones like this little Loch Ness tea infuser for your cup! So cute.
There is so much good tea and coffee to be bought in London these days. I find local coffee shops normally sell small bags of beans or ground coffee from their own coffee supplier which I think is a good place to start for coffee lovers. But for tea drinkers, you have T2 like I mentioned above who have a lovely range of teas. But I also think Fortnum & Mason tea makes such a lovely gift. They come in beautiful tins and have some great blends.
I had to add in these silicone egg poachers! I found them one day whilst wandering down the aisles of Sainsbury’s! They are amazing. Great poached eggs, every time with no faff! Or maybe your loved one is more of a boiled egg fan (I love both fyi), if so these egg cups from John Lewis are great.
I love a long lazy brunch at the weekend and to be honest I don’t know why I don’t have a toast rack. I feel it would add to the occasion, this blue Denby toast rack is rather striking. And if they are brunch lovers what about this brunch cookbook!?
I love a hamper of goodies as a Christmas gift and think they work especially well for foodies. Why not grab some mugs, find an extra special bag of tea or coffee from one of the many food markets or one of the department stores and order a teapot or cafetiere. Add in any breakfast related bits for those that love brunch. It would look lovely all wrapped up in a hamper or gift box!
For the entertainers
I love making cocktails at home, especially when we have friends over! One of the first Christmas gifts from my husband was a cocktail making set he’d put together and I loved it! It was a box filled with a cocktail shaker, cocktails glasses, my favourite tequila and limes (my favourite cocktail at the time was Margarita!).
You can buy great little beginner cocktail sets, or you could create your own personalised set. You can get some really nice ones like this copper shaker for £20. Okay so you can probably tell I have a thing for copper, and if your loved one does too then you could go all out and get this beautiful marble and copper bar tool set from Oliver Bonas. Glassware makes a great Christmas gift too, I like these colourful vodka shot glasses on a paddle board that are meant to remind you of mountain bars! Get out to your local supermarket for interesting cocktail ingredients like these Kirsch cherries (great in a glass of bubbles by the way) or interesting syrups.
Dinner parties aren’t complete without good tableware and serving boards. I have this marble and mango wood board which is perfect to serve antipasti or a selection of cheese at the end of the night! This copper trim serving board set is on sale right now too! This tapas serving stand is perfect for those who like to entertain – you can fill the little bowls with different tapas and use the top tier for charcuterie and cheeses. Love this idea!
For the cooks
Cook books are always a great Christmas gift for those who love to spend their hours in the kitchen. I have a stack of cookbooks and I love them (not that I use them enough! 2017 New Year’s resolution maybe!).
For the more health conscious cook I can highly recommend Get The Glow by Madeleine Shaw. This is her first book and I love the range of recipes in here and that some recipes include meat. Since signing up to a weekly veg box I have found The Riverford Farm Cook Book to be invaluable! The cookbook is split by vegetable and gives you information on seasons and how best to store them but also recipe ideas for each. A really great book. Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes is also great for weekend feasting sessions with friends.
Cookery lessons are a great way to help master a new skill. There are so many different options in London, from every cuisine you can think of and over a range of budgets. The pasta making workshop at Burro e Salvia in Dulwich is great fun and I can highly recommend it. They hold different workshops most weeks. I also had great fun at the Waitrose Cookery School earlier this year. These are a little more expensive but the set up is so professional, you feel like you’re on MasterChef!
All aspiring chefs need good equipment and good knives are definitely a necessity. What about a stylish chefs apron so your loved one can look the part! A cast iron skillet is such a useful pan to have in the kitchen, I’ve had my eye on this beauty from Le Creuset. And if you really want to go all out and treat your special someone the KitchenAid mixer is perfection!
I hope this Christmas Gift Guide for Foodies has helped a little in your search for the perfect present!
*Some of these items were sent to me to review, but all opinions including my copper and marble loving are my own.