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Christmas gift guide: foodies

Get your favourite epicurean drooling over these foodie crackers

By Hayley Spencer |
Sous chef ramen set
Photograph: Andy Parsons

Who better to visit over the festive period than your foodie friend or favourite cook? But probably best not to show up empty-handed if you want to enjoy the fruits of their labour. So we’ve done the hard work for you, and found the tasty treats and cool kitchenware guaranteed to impress.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our full Christmas gift guide.

Food and drink gifts

Rooted spices starter kit
Photograph: courtesy Rooted Spices

Starter spice set

Give the gift of a full spice cupboard this Christmas with Rooted Spices’ neat starter kit of flavour-packed single-origin spices. Perfect for making everything from curries to meat-rubs to festive cinnamon bakes.


Chillis of the world tea towel
Photograph: courtesy Stuart Gardiner

Chilli Peppers of the World tea towel

Spice up someone's kitchen with this illustrated guide to 49 types of chilli.


ProQ smoker
Photograph: courtesy ProQ

ProQ cold smoke generator

This DIY cold smoking kit will go down a treat with foodies who love adding a little extra flavour. Providing ten hours of aromatic smoke, it’s perfect for creating festive savoury treats, from smoked salmon to beef brisket.


Batik salad servers
Photograph: courtesy Artisans and Adventurers

Olive wood and bone batik salad servers

Hand-carved in Kenya, these olive wood salad servers with batik handles will take pride of place at your foodie pal’s dinner parties.


Salted caramel panettone
Photograph: courtesy Selfridges

Italian salted caramel panettone, 1kg

This sweeter twist on the Italian classic is baked with swathes of sticky, mouth-watering salted caramel. Sharing is mandatory.



Photograph: courtesy of Oddbox

Fruit and veg box

If reducing waste and eating delicious fresh produce is high on your foodie pal’s agenda, an Oddbox subscription is the perfect gift. The company will rescue surplus seasonal fruit and veg and deliver it to their door.

From £9.45 a week,

Bee Green wraps
Photograph courtesy: Bee Green

Bee Green beeswax food wraps – family starter set

Eco-conscious cooks will love these reusable food wraps. They come in a range of playful prints, so you can match them to their kitchen for extra gift kudos.


Ramen kit
Photograph: courtesy Sous Chef

Chouseki ramen bowl set

Buying for a noodle lover, or someone with a top-notch tableware collection? Sous Chef’s handsome kit combines two glazed deep noodle dishes, plus ladels and a ramen recipe book with all the expert tips they need to fill them with delicious dishes.


Old Spike coffee subscription
Photograph: courtesy Old Spike

Old Spike coffee subscription

Not only does Old Spike sell delicious coffee, and provide employment to people affected by homelessness, they also offer a tailored subscription service. Choose the frequency and brewing method, and your caffeine-addicted giftee will have their daily cuppa sorted for as long as you choose.

From £8 per week,

Knife sharpener
Photograph: courtesy Trouva

Minosharp water knife sharpener

This clever knife sharpener from Japan is the perfect present for gadget geeks. It uses rollers and a water bath system to get knives back to their best.


The Red Hot Growbar
Photohraph: courtesy Glut

The Red Hot Growbar

The perfect new year’s project for fans of fiery food, this kit makes growing red hot habanero, jalapeno and serrano peppers easy. After a few weeks of patience, that home chilli-eating competition will be underway.


Bib apron
Photograph: courtesy Labour and Wait

Bib apron

Labour and Wait’s brown cotton duck apron with brass eyelets is a must-have for chefs, and only gets better with wear.


Enamel jug
Photograph: courtesy Falconware

Two-pint jug

This enamel two-pint jug is ideal for prep and will make a stylish addition to any chef’s kitchen.


Gail's sourdough
Photograph: courtesy Gail's

French dark sourdough

What better excuse than Christmas to indulge your foodie mate in 2kgs of the finest sourdough? This tree-toppped loaf will serve them well for turkey sarnies and cheese board leftovers.


Feed Me book
Photograph: courtesy Four Legs Four Walls

‘Feed Me: 50 Home Cooked Meals For Your Dog’

With 50 recipes fit for pampered pooches of all shapes and sizes, Feed Me is the perfect gift for any discerning dog owners. Or, for any foodies who are tired of their two-legged critics.


Cheese board
Photograph: courtesy Bord food

Make your own cheese board

A cheese board from BORD is a cheese lover’s dream. Choose a selection of cheeses homemade in Tottenham which will be paired with seasonal fruits, crackers, edible flowers, chutney, honey and nuts. 

From £50,

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