Looking for a food- or drink-inspired gift? Look no further. We’ve compiled some of the very best presents for the budding chefs, passionate foodies and kitchen-gadget-lovers in your life.
From gourmet food gifts to tickle the tastebuds to your favourite food-lover’s top tipple, there are plenty of gifts to choose from, so treat those you love or even yourself – why not brighten up your own kitchen cupboards?
Browse the list for gift inspiration, and check out our extended lists for more food and drink, homeware and gadget gifts, the best hampers, letterbox gifts, baking gifts, chocolate gift sets and our favourite cookbooks of 2020.
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1. Sapling vodka (70cl, 40% ABV)
A seriously smooth, crisp vodka with slightly zesty, peppery notes. And what’s even better is that a tree is planted for every bottle sold!
2. El Bandarra Al Fresco (1 litre, 14.5% ABV)
Similar to a classic bitter Italian aperitif but slightly lighter and fresher, this has a subtle red berry taste and is excellent with soda – a lovely gift for any spritz fans.
3. Love Delhi gin (70cl, 37.50%)
Inspired by the flavours of India, this has an intense aroma of tropical fruit with a delicate mango flavour. It’s a surprising and subtly fruity (but not too sweet) gin, that would make a great addition to a juice-based punch, or try simply served with tonic water and ice.
4. Cabby’s spiced rum (70cl, 41.2% ABV)
A unique spiced rum with punchy notes of almond, clove, ginger, cinnamon and a subtle treacle-like sweetness. Delicious sipped over ice, or use in a dark & stormy cocktail.
5. Cazcabel coconut liqueur (70cl, 34% ABV)
Made from a base of blanco tequila and Jalisco coconuts, this liqueur has notes of rich caramel and toasted coconut. It’s great sipped ice-cold alongside spicy Mexican dishes, or even a Thai curry.
6. Salcombe Gin Voyager Series ‘Restless’ (50cl, 46% ABV)
An extra-special, blow-the-budget gin, this was made in collaboration with Great British Menu‘s Niall Keating, and is deliciously herbaceous, zesty and easy-drinking.
7. The Character of Islay Whisky Company tasting set (five 3cl drams)
Take a virtual tour of the Scottish islands famed for their smoky, peated whiskies, and follow an online tasting of five characterful Islay drams. From Aerolyte Lyndsay’s burnt caramel and sea salt, to a tropical 33-year-old malt, this little tasting box is full of surprises.
8. Nio Cocktails box (three 100ml pouches)
A great stocking filler for booze-lovers, these high-quality, single-serve cocktails in little boxes come in sets of three, six or nine. Just pour into a glass full of ice and it’s ready to drink! We especially love the zingy daiquiri.
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9. Six of the best ciders of 2021
All ciders sold through Cider is Wine are made exclusively from 100 per cent apples, with no concentrates whatsoever. This set features six really special ciders in different styles, including sparkling, still and a sweet ice cider. It also includes a cider and food-matching wheel.
10. El Rayo reposado tequila (70cl, 40% ABV)
The ideal gift for any tequila-lover, this smooth, complex tequila has notes of raw almond skins on the nose, and is a really special sipper. Plus, the utterly gorgeous bottle it comes in makes it great for gifting.
11. Graceburn truffle cheese (250g)
This insanely creamy, feta-like soft cow’s cheese is marinated in British rapeseed oil, black winter truffle and a drop of truffle oil, and the result is seriously special.
12. Knoops milk chocolate flakes, 43% single origin, Venezuela (250g)
An extra-special hot chocolate for cold winter nights – stir these single-origin Venezuelan milk chocolate flakes into hot milk for an indulgent, rich chocolate drink with just the right amount of caramel sweetness.
13. Sous Chef’s ‘Don’t Look Down on Pasta’ kit
Pasta fans will delight in this kit, which contains high-quality Italian ingredients for making classic pasta dishes like carbonara and spaghetti pomodoro. A recipe booklet and wooden spaghetti stirrer are also included.
14. Odysea PDO kalamata extra virgin olive oil (1 litre)
A good medium-bodied olive oil that’s smooth and buttery. Use in dressings, for drizzling over salads, marinating feta or dipping with bread. The golden tin makes it a great (and very affordable) gift for a foodie.
15. Scarlett Coffee roaster trio gift box
A set of three freshly roasted coffees from London-based Scarlett Coffee Roastery. We love the gorgeous flamingo-design bags.
16. Willie’s Cacao sea salt caramel pearls (150g)
These gorgeous caramel-filled chocolates are available in either 70% dark (pictured) or 54% milk chocolate, and are individually gold-wrapped for an extra touch of festive luxury.
17. Niche Tea (37.5g, 15 teabags)
These beautifully blended, soothing artisanal teas make a really special gift for any herbal tea fan. We love the delicate white tea blend called ‘Skin’, as well as the calming ‘Sleep’ blend, which has notes of vanilla and chamomile.
18. Hotel Starlino maraschino cherries (400g)
A lovely gift for cocktail lovers, these cherries are firm and sharp while the syrup is rich and sweet, with an intense cherry flavour. Try adding one or two to a negroni, or use the syrup in an amaretto sour or sweet manhattan.
19. Eaten Alive hot sauce discovery pack
The new discovery pack from fermented food specialists Eaten Alive features four of their best-selling hot sauces – Smoked Sriracha, Chocolate BBQ, Scotch Bonnet and Preserved Lemon. They’re all packed full of flavour and vegan-friendly.
20. Personalised Heinz Beanz
Know a baked-bean-lover? Order them their very own personalised tin via the Heinz to Home website (order before 18 December).
21. Islands chocolate bars (70g each)
Sustainably and ethically made with cocoa beans from St Vincent in the Caribbean, these bars have great snap, gorgeous melt-in-the-mouth texture and complex flavours. Choose between 55% milk chocolate and 65%, 75% (pictured) and 100% dark chocolate.
22. Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen salt sampler
Add pep to everyday dishes with this flavoured salt trio, including an umami okra, extra-hot chilli, and the aromatic hibiscus salt, which goes well with red meats.
23. Cake or Death vegan brownies mixed box
You’d never guess that these super-fudgy chocolate brownies are vegan! This mixed box includes two sea salt, two peanut butter and two Lotus Biscoff (our favourite) brownies, and comes in a gorgeous (and letterbox-friendly) pink-animal-print box.
24. Frantoio Muraglia aromatic olive oil selection
This is a set of four very different, but equally delicious, flavoured oils. We recommend drizzling the celery oil over fish or salad leaves, using the ginger oil on steamed vegetables, spooning the lemon oil on chicken, and serving the chilli oil with dumplings or pizza.
25. Rooted Spices explorer’s spice set
This high-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 or ground sumac.
26. Bespoke Binny pink Nyame apron
With a vibrant, African-style print, this is not just an apron, it’s also a style statement. You’ll find plenty more fun, colourful designs on the Bespoke Binny website, as well as matching oven gloves.
27. Opinel Paralelle trio knives
This handy wooden-handled knife set includes a chef’s knife, carving knife and small peeling knife.
28. The Breville Barista mini coffee machine
Coffee connoisseurs will enjoy being a barista at home with this sleek machine. It has a portafilter, steam wand and milk jug to make everything from americanos to flat whites, and its compact size makes it great for small kitchens.
29. Habitat Perdita brown splatter rectangular cookware
For the cook who likes to entertain, this attractive splatter-effect 29 x 21cm dish is perfect for taking straight from oven to table.
30. Classic 25cm stainless steel tri-ply casserole pan and lid
A pan, stock pot and casserole all in one, this stainless steel beauty is safe to use on all hobs, in the oven and goes in the dishwasher, too.
31. Fiesta gold metal and glass cocktail shaker
Home mixology just got even more chic with this chunky glass and gold cocktail shaker.
32. Marcato Atlas 150 pasta maker machine
33. Eco-friendly washing-up set
Help someone go plastic-free in the kitchen with this pretty eco-friendly set that contains a wooden washing-up brush, dish soap and soap rack.
34. Brass Brompton Coffee scoop with clip
This two-in-one tool is a great, budget-friendly gift for coffee lovers – use the scoop to measure out your coffee, and the clip to reseal the bag so it always stays fresh. For more like this, don’t miss our top gifts for coffee lovers.
35. Herd tote bag
Made from recycled plastic bottles, these durable bags are great for food shopping, and we love their bold, arty designs.
36. Green Island Co food huggers (four-pack)
Anyone mindful of using up leftovers will appreciate these silicone ‘huggers’ that keep veg fresh after it’s been sliced. They can also be used as a bottle or can lid. A great eco-friendly stocking filler for home cooks!
37. Wheat Fields bread bag
For those who don’t have space for a bread bin, these sustainable cotton bags keep bread fresh (and are great for transporting baked goods, too).
38. BBC Good Food magazine gift subscription plus cookbook offer
Sign up for a BBC Good Food magazine subscription today for only £34.99 every 12 issues, and we’ll also send your choice of hardback cookbook from Nadiya, Nigella or Mary to enjoy for yourself, or gift to a foodie friend.
39. Le Creuset cast iron Grillit pan
One of the most trusted brands in cast iron and ceramic cookware brings us a gorgeous deep teal pan that’s sure to last for years.
40. AnySharp Twist knife sharpener
A knife sharpener might not be the most glamorous gift, but it’s certainly one of the most useful. This often-overlooked kitchen essential is a must-have, and this new design has an angled sharpening function. It also has suction pads on the base to keep the sharpener safely in place during use.
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41. Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 multifunction electric pressure cooker
Pressure cookers have surged in popularity recently, and it’s no surprise – you can do just about anything in this one, from cooking rice to steaming veg, and even making yogurt.
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42. David Shrigley ‘Be Nice’ tea towel
Make someone smile with this brightly coloured designer tea towel sporting a rainbow motif and heartfelt (and important!) message.
43. Ray bowl
We love the bold design and teal colour on this glazed terracotta dish. Its size makes it ideal for serving snacks, tapas or dessert.
44. Ferm Living ripple carafe
Help someone stay hydrated in style with this trendy ridged-glass carafe and glass set.
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45. Van Verre fish serving platter
This large handmade fish-shaped dish in terracotta clay is great for anyone who loves hosting dinner parties – they can use it to serve whole baked fish, or big piles of salads and sides.
46. Carolyn Gavin mug
We love the vibrant colours on this large and seriously huggable mug.
47. Fish storage tins (set of two)
These fun, brightly coloured tins are great for storing kitchen utensils.