Gifts for foodies 2019

We've created the definitive food and drink gift guide. Find inspiration for birthdays and beyond, from gadgets and homeware to edible presents and top 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 a smooth, fruity, easy-drinking choice. Buy from 31Dover (£45.95), Master of Malt (£50.44) and Whisky Exchange (£50.55).

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2. Rooted Spices Explorer's spice set

Spice set on white backgorund

This superb-quality set features a wide range of spices, each displayed in a beautiful tin. Take your dish to the next level with hot smoked paprika, Aleppo pepper pul biber or ground sumac. Buy from Rooted Spices (£35).

3. 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 fresh raspberry flavour. Buy from Adnams (£29.99).

4. Bleikers rope-hung smoked salmon side

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

5. 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. Buy from The Snaffling Pig Co (£15).

6. Frantoio Muraglia extra virgin olive oil rainbow terracotta

Olive oil in colourful bottleAdd a pop of colour to your kitchen with this rainbow-striped ceramic bottle, filled with fruity Italian olive oil – great for drizzling over salads or veg or for dipping bread in. Buy from Amazon (£41.71)

7. Tracklements nine jar mini gift set

Set of miniature chutneys in jars in a box

Condiment fans will love this comprehensive selection of relishes and sauces. Buy from Tracklements (£5.75).

8. Colonsay red snapper 50cl

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

9. 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 that's ready to pour straight from the fridge. Buy from Ocado (£46.95), Master of Malt (£45.95) and Whisky Exchange (£42.95).


10. 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).

11. Noveltea alcoholic tea

Noveltea alcoholic tea on white background

This ingenious product beautifully combines two of our favourite things – delicate tea blends and classic spirits. Our favourite is this green tea and rum mix, which can be served warmed or over ice. Buy from Noveltea (£24.95).

12. ScandiKitchen cheese hamper

ScandiKitchen Christmas hamper

This ‘Scandi Favourites’ hamper is a great introduction to Scandinavian flavours. You’ll find Västerbottensos – a hard Swedish cheese that’s a little like cheddar – alongside cloudberry, lingonberry and bilberry jams and crispbreads. Buy from ScandiKitchen (£25.99).

Best gadgets and kit

13. AnySharp Twist knife sharpener

AnySharp Twist knife sharpener on white background

A knife sharpener might not be the most glamourous gift, but it’s certainly one of the most useful. This sometimes-overlooked kitchen essential is a must-own, and AnySharp’s newest design has an angled sharpening function and suction pads for safety. Buy from Amazon (£14.99).

14. 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 (£8.99).

15. GreenPan Mayflower ceramic non-stick sauté pan with lid

Greenpan saute pan with lid in blueSleek and non-stick, this 24cm sauté pan is a great all-rounder. Buy from Greenpan (£52).

16. Chemex six-cup classic 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 (though you’ll need to buy filters separately). The wooden collar makes for easy pouring. Buy from Amazon (£42) and Trouva (£50).

17. Pronto measuring cup set

Set of four measuring cupsThis colourful set of nesting measuring cups are helpfully labelled with both metric and American measurements. Buy from Trouva (£14).

18. Joseph Joseph Scoop&Pick

Joseph scoop on white background in packaging
Fans of all things pickled will love this handy gadget. Use the scoop to pick out and drain olives, and use the fork (nestled inside) for cornichons and pickles. Buy from Joseph Joseph (£8).

19. Sage the Smoking Gun handheld food smoker

Sage The Smoking gun on white backgroundMuch easier to manage than a tabletop smoker, this handheld smoke gun can be used to smoke anything from meat and fish to drinks. Buy from Sage (£79.95).

20. Stone the chef’s notebook

Notepad on white background
This waterproof and greaseproof notebook includes a conversion chart for weights and measures, making it perfect for chefs and home cooks. Buy from Borough Kitchen (£19.50).

21. Microplane spice mill

Microplane spice mill on white backgroundThis sharp, compact spice grinder makes a great foodie gift. Buy from Amazon (£21.92) and Sous Chef (£24.95).

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

Instant Pot on white backgroundPressure cookers have surged in popularity 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 (£100). Read our full Instant Pot review.

23. OXO manual food processor

Oxo food processor on white background
Slick kitchenware brand Oxo has created a space-saving manual food processor that doesn't require any mains power. Buy from Oxo (£30).

24. Silverwood starter baking set

Silverwood baking set on white background

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

25. Salter cactus scale

Cactus scales on white background

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).

26. Tog The Hare end-grain wooden chopping board

Dark wood chopping board on white backgroundThis is a chopping board that means business. Made from black walnut wood, the board uses an ‘end grain’, brick-like design that’s easier on the knife. It also looks ultra-professional. Buy from Tog Knives (£100).

Best homeware gifts

27. BlissHome octopus platter

Octopus plate on white backgtound
Serve food in style with this stunning octopus platter, ideal for canapés. Buy from John Lewis (£45) and Trouva (£52).

28. Marimekko Pieni Unikko apron

Marimekko apron on white background

Functionality meets fashion in this stand-out floral apron from Finnish brand Marimekko. Buy from Royal Design (£24)

29. Mosser Glass cake stands in jadeite

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

30. Denby blue haze teapot

Blue Denby teapot with ceramic glaze design

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

31. Oliver Bonas alphabet mugs

Alphabet mug with letter bStuck for an affordable, personalised present? These brightly coloured mugs with letter designs are a great choice – we love the golden handles! Buy from Oliver Bonas (£10).

32. Martin Parr placemats 

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

33. Wesco Elly bread bin

Wesco bread bin on white background

Wesco’s classic kitchenware has universal appeal thanks to the various colour options and classic designs. This handsome bread bin has a retro feel. Buy from Wesco (£75).

Best novelty gifts

34. Spreadable rum

Spreadable rum jar on white background

Rum is the spirit of the moment – but why limit yourself to just drinking it? This delicious rum-infused marmalade is ideal for giving toast a little something extra. Buy from Firebox (£9.99).

35. Quail Ceramics westie egg cup

Westie egg cup on white background

We’re in love with Quail's animal ceramics. If we had to choose a favourite, it would be this westie egg cup, purely for the expression on the dog’s face. Buy from Quail Ceramics (£11.95).

36. Avocado salt and pepper shakers 

Avocado shakers on a white background

Avocado print remains a big trend at the moment, no doubt spawned by the infamous millennial dish of avocado on toast. These jolly condiment shakers will brighten up any dining table. Buy from Sass and Belle (£8.50).

Best gifts for kids

38. 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).

38. 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).

39. OMY 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 colour-in place mats. They can be framed for display afterwards. Buy from Zigzag & Zebra (£17.95) and Tate (£10).

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40. Kendall the Kale teether 

Kale shaped baby teether
Get little ones chewing on the good stuff from an early age with this fun kale teething toy. It's an ideal gift for someone who's just welcomed a new arrival. Also available in avocado, broccoli and watermelon shapes. Buy from Green Tulip (£14) and Bluebell Grey (£20).

41. Buddy + Bear bon appétit toddler apron

Kids white apron with graphic print and bon appetit fontLittle ones can help out in the kitchen (with less mess) in this toddlers' apron made from 100% cotton drill. Buy from Buddy + Bear (£8).

42. Happy cloud flask

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

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