Gifts for foodies 2018

We've created the definitive food and drink gift guide. Find inspiration for Christmas, birthdays and beyond, from edible presents, to gadgets, homeware and picks for kids.

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Best food and drink gifts
Best gadgets and kit
Best homeware gifts
Best novelty gifts
Best gifts for children

Best food and drink gifts

1. Starward Solera New World malt whisky 70cl

Whisky on white backgroundThis Australian whisky makes a nice world addition to a collection. It’s smooth, fruity and easy-drinking. Buy from 31Dover (£45.95), Master of Malt (£50.44) and Whisky Exchange (£50.55).

2. Rooted Spices Explorer's spice set

Spice set on white backgorund

These superb quality, single-origin spices come in beautiful tins with a wide range of spices from cinnamon to ground Kashmiri chilli or blends. Buy from Rooted Spices (£35).

3. Chococo milk chocolate snowmen tubes

Chococo tube on white background

We love these chunky chocolate snowmen, made from creamy 43% Venezuelan milk chocolate – a great stocking filler. Buy from Chococo (£6.50).

4. Adnams Copper House pink gin 70cl

Adnams pink gin on white backgtound

Pink gins are bang on trend and we love this one with its real fresh raspberry flavour. Buy from Adnams (£29.99).

5. Fiasconaro Dolce & Gobbana Sicilian citrus & saffron panettone

D&G panettone in gift tinFlavoured with Sicilian candied citrus and saffron, this fluffy panettone comes in a gorgeous D&G designed tin which will double up as a beautiful cake tin once the panettone has been devoured (and trust us, it wont stick around for long). Buy from Sous Chef (£34.50).

6. Wensleydale Creamery truckles

Wensleydale cheese truckleCheese lovers will love a truckle in their stocking. Try the naturally oak smoked cheddar or choose from a range of more festive flavours. Buy from Wensleydale Creamery (£4.25).

7. Bleikers rope hung smoked salmon

Side of smoked salmon on board in aperTraditionally smoked over oak and rope-hung by Bleikers in North Yorkshire, this salmon has a rich buttery flavour and comes in a wooden presentation box, perfect for gifting. Buy from Booths (£39).

8. Cartwright & Butler peanut brittle

Peanut brittle in green boxA satisfying balance of sweet & salty, this peanut brittle makes a nice change to the usual box of chocolates for a sweet-tooth’s stocking. Buy from Cartwright & Butler (£6.49).

9. Daylesford cheddar & quince gift box

Cheese block and quince spirit on boardA generous chunk of Daylesford’s award-winning cheddar cheese is perfectly balanced by the sweet, fragrant quince liqueur in this festive gift set. Buy from Daylesford (£80).

10. Selfridges eggnog almonds

Eggnog almonds in jar*THE* sweet snack to have around this Christmas, these roasted almonds are covered in eggnog white chocolate. Buy from Selfridges (£11.99).

11. The Snaffling Pig Co Apple & Crackle gift set

Snaffling Pig gift set in boxSuper crunchy, salty pork scratchings dunked in sweet Bramley apple sauce, these didn’t last long in the office. An ideal pre-Christmas dinner snack. Buy from The Snaffling Pig Co (£15).

12. Frantoio Muraglia extra virgin olive oil rainbow terracotta

Olive oil in colourful bottleAdd a pop of colour to your kitchen with this stunning rainbow terractorra bottle filled with fruity Italian olive oil – great for drizzling over salads, veg or for dipping bread. Buy from Sous Chef (£28), Amazon (£31) and The Red Beetle (£29.50).

13. Buttermilk small Christmas cracker (150g)

Buttermilk fudge cracker on white backgroundFilled with three festive fudge flavours (mince pie, gingerbread and rum hot chocolate) in compostable wrappers. Buy from Buttermilk (£5.99).

14. Brindisa 30 years hamper

Brindisa hamper on white backgroundCelebrating 30 years of Brindisa, which brings top quality Spanish food to the UK, this hamper includes Spanish cured meats, manchego cheese, olives, nuts, olive oil, Pedro Ximenez, the Brindisa cookbook and plenty more. Buy from Brindisa (£150).

15. Hotel Chocolat dark nutty yule log

Dark chocolate yule log in box

Made with 70% dark chocolate, hazelnut paste and nibbed nuts, this yule log is suitable for vegans. Buy from Hotel Chocolat (£20).

16. Shepherd Neame Christmas ale

Bottle of Shepherd Neame beerAt 7% ABV, this beer is too strong to quaff, so sip and savour the fruity refreshing hops in front of a roaring fire after the turkey’s gone down. A real treat of a brew. Buy from Shepherd Neame (£20 for eight 500ml bottles).

17. Tesco Finest Taste of Italy gift set

Tesco Finest gift set on white backgroundThis great-value gift box contains three types of Italian salami: Brianza, (mild and soft, typical of the Lombardy region); Tuscany-style salami with fennel and a spicy south Calabrian style salami ring, as well as a bottle of Montepulciano D’abruzzo wine and a Go Cook knife. Buy from Tesco (£25).

18. Tracklements nine jar mini gift set

Set of miniature chutneys in jars in a box

All the condiments you need to accompany a Christmas ham or cheeseboard in one gift set. Buy from Tracklements (£5.75).

19. Colonsay Red Snapper 50cl

Bottle of Red Snapper bloody mary
For a twist on your Boxing Day Bloody Mary, this pre-mixed version uses gin instead of vodka and packs a good punch. Buy from Wild Thyme Spirits (£18).

20. Mr Lyan’s candlelit Manhattan 50cl

bottle of manhattan cocktail with candle waxAward-winning bartender Mr Lyan takes a classic Manhattan (bourbon, vermouth and bitters) and mixes it in a wax-lined bottle. The oiliness of the wax results in a smoother more rounded drink – ready to drink straight from the fridge. Buy from Ocado (£46.95), Master of Malt (£45.95) and Whisky Exchange (£42.95).


21. Martini Negroni gift set

Martini negroni set in boxThe mighty negroni is a cocktail that packs a serious punch. This set from Martini will ensure you get your flavours spot on. Buy from Amazon (£35).

22. Pickerings gin baubles

gin baubles in front of boxAdd very decadent finishing touches to your Christmas tree with gin baubles. Yes that’s baubles, filled with gin. Peak gin has officially been hit! Buy from Pickerings (£30).

Best gadgets and kit

23. Lékué microwave grill

Red microwave grill
Great for solo cooks and students, this nifty new gadget can create toasted sandwiches, grilled veg and meats in the microwave! No need for a bulky tabletop grill. Buy from Lakeland (£29.99).

24. Morrisons silicone two-piece spatula set 

Set of dark blue spatulas
Silicone spatulas are one of the most useful kitchen tools around and these ones are a bargain. Buy from Morrisons (£4).

25. BergHOFF Leo knives

Berghoff knife in teal colourFor a great-value knife selection, we love these new coloured knives with super comfortable handles. Buy from Amazon (from £8.99).

26. GreenPan Mayflower ceramic non-stick 24cm sauté pan with lid

Greenpan saute pan with lid in blueSleek and super non-stick, this sauté pan is a great all-rounder. Buy from Greenpan (£52).

27. Chemex pour over CM-6A six-cup classic series glass coffeemaker

Chemex glass coffee pot

Not only will this gorgeous, hourglass-shaped coffeemaker look great on your kitchen worktop, it also makes excellent coffee (but you’ll need to buy filters separately). The wooden collar makes pouring both easy and comforting. Buy from Amazon (£45.50) and Trouva (£50).

28. Pronto measuring cup set

Set of four measuring cupsThis colourful set of nesting measuring cups are labelled with both metric and American measurements which is super handy. Buy from Tate (£16) and Trouva (£14).

29. Joseph Joseph Scoop&Pick

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Fans of all things pickled with love this handy gadget – use the scoop to pick out and drain olives and the fork (nestled inside) for cornichons and pickles. Buy from Joseph Joseph (£8).

30. Sage the Smoking Gun handheld food smoker

Sage The Smoking gun on white backgroundMuch easier to use than a table-top smoker, this handheld smoke gun can be used to smoke anything from meat & fish to drinks. Buy from Sage (£79.95).

31. Stone The Chef’s Notebook

Notepad on white background
This notebook is completely water- and grease-proof, and includes a conversion chart for weights and measures, making it perfect for chefs and home cooks. Buy from Borough Kitchen (£18).

32. Microplane spice mill

Microplane spice mill on white backgroundThis super-sharp, compact spice grinder makes a great stocking filler. Buy from Amazon (£24.95) and Sous Chef (£24.95).

33. Instant Pot duo 7-in-1 multifunction electric pressure cooker 

Instant Pot on white backgroundPressure cookers have surged in popularity again recently and we can see why. You can do just about anything in this one pot, from cooking rice to steaming veg and even making yogurt. Buy from Instant Pot (£119) and Amazon (£114.99).

34. OXO manual food processor

Oxo food processor on white background
Slick kitchenware brand Oxo has created a clever, space-saving manual food processor that requires no mains power. Buy from Oxo (£30).

35. Silverwood starter baking set

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Silverwood cake tins are some of the best out there. If you know a novice baker, this beginner’s set of sandwich tins, a loose-bottomed tin, cutters and a baking sheet will set them up very nicely. Buy from Silverwood (£44.95).

36. Salter cactus scale

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This quality weighing scale comes in an on-trend cactus print, ideal for baking enthusiasts with a penchant for novelty design. Buy from Salter (£19.99).

Best homeware gifts

37. BlissHome octopus platter

Octopus plate on white backgtound
Serve food for friends in style with this stunning octopus – ideal for canapes. Buy from John Lewis (£45) and Trouva (£47).

38. Sainsbury's midnight party bar set

Sainsburys bar tool on white backgroundImpress Christmas party guests with this stylish bar set, which includes a shot measure, strainer and bottle opener. Buy from Sainsbury's (£25).

39. Marimekko Pieni Unikko apron

Marimekko apron on white background

Functionality meets fashion with this apron in another stand-out floral design from Finnish design brand Marimekko. Buy from Royal Design (£36).

40. Louise Roe coupe glasses

green coupe glass on white background

These classy champagne coupe glasses come in 4 pastel colours. Buy from Selfridges (£28 each)

41. Waitrose cheese knives with marble handles

Waitrose golden cheese knives on white backgroundFromage fans take note. These gold knives with marble handles will add a touch of class to your cheeseboard. Buy from Waitrose (£14).

42. Mosser glass cake stands in jadeite

Mosser glass cake stand in jade colourMosser glass is a family-owned American company which has been hand-pressing high-quality glassware since 1971. We love the vintage feel of their stunning milk glass cake stands, particularly in this jade colour. Buy from Sous Chef (£37.50) and The Cake Decorating Company (£36.99).

43. Denby Blue Haze teapot

Blue Denby teapot with ceramic glaze design

With a Scandi-inspired shape and graduated blue design, this teapot is both beautiful and functional - it has a 4-cup capacity and is completely dishwasher safe. Buy from Denby (£50).

44. Alphabet mugs

Alphabet mug with letter bStuck for a secret Santa or stocking filler idea? These brightly coloured mugs with letter designs are a great choice – we love the golden handles! Buy from Oliver Bonas (£10).

45. Martin Parr placemats 

Placemat printed with Martin Parr photo of spamPhotography titan Martin Parr specialises in documenting everyday British life, and these eye-catching placemats feature some of his signature food shots. Buy from Plinth (£12.50).

Best novelty gifts

46. Bread slippers

Bread shaped slippers on white background

These novelty slippers are alarmingly lifelike. Not to be confused with actual loaves of bread, these cosy padded slip-on mules are a perfect choice for lovers of all things flour-based. Buy from Firebox (£19.99).

47. Gin pong game

Gin pong game in a boxAmerican drinking game beer pong gets a trendy new makeover in this budget-friendly game – just add gin & tonic! Buy from Morrisons (£5).

Best gifts for kids

48. Harry Potter chocolate wand

Harry Potter chocolate wandExpelliarmus! Cast a spell over a die-hard Harry Potter fan with this novelty wand, available in Harry, Dumbledore, Hermione designs. Buy from Jelly Belly (£9.50).

49. Typhoon rookie stix

Blue kids chopsticks on white backgroundThese cheat’s chopsticks are great for kids and chopstick novices, and come in a range of fun colours. Buy from John Lewis (£3).

50. Keith Haring colouring placemats

Keith Haring colouring in placemats laid out on white background Keep kids occupied at the dinner table with these Keith Haring print colouring-in mats. They can be framed for display afterwards. Buy from Zig and Zebra (£17.95) and Tate (£20).

51. Kendall the Kale teether 

Kale shaped baby teether
Get kids chewing on the good stuff from an early age with this fun, on-trend kale baby teether. An ideal gift for someone who's just welcomed a new arrival. It's also available in avocado, broccoli and watermelon shapes. Buy from Sous Chef (£13.95).

52. Bon appétit toddler apron

Kids white apron with graphic print and bon appetit fontLittle ones can help out in the kitchen (with less mess) with this toddler’s apron made from 100% cotton drill. Buy from Buddy and Bear (£12).

53. Happy cloud flask

Happy Cloud flaskWith its fun design and bright colours, this stainless steel flask is good for family days out. Buy from Rex London (£14.95).

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