The best gifts to buy for foodies this Christmas
The definitive guide to the best gifts for foodies this Christmas. Find inspiration for all occasions plus some new favourites, from home kits, gadgets and homeware, to edible and alcoholic presents.
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. For a dose of gift magic, why not treat others or yourself to homeware too, from kitchen accessories and cookware, to unique handmade tableware.
From gourmet food gifts that 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? There are indulgent sweet treats, DIY kitchen project kits, useful gadgets, gorgeous homeware ideas, and so much more.
Browse the list for gift inspiration and check out our guides for the best budget gifts under £15, best hampers, letterbox gifts, baking gifts, chocolate gift sets and our favourite cookbooks. For the ultimate personal gift, why not create a customised BBC Good Food cookbook or treat someone to one of our online cookery courses?
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Single Variety Co. passionfruit preserve
Bring some sunshine to breakfast with jar of this tropical jam, made for spooning generously on yoghurt or porridge.
The Real Cure British charcuterie signature hamper
- Available from Not on The High Street, £50
Celebrate artisan British produce with a hamper packed with salamis, coppa and venison pepperoni. The spicy Dorset chorizo is our favourite.
Not on The High Street, £50
Cuisine Box Gnocchi Making Kit
- Available from Cuisine Box, from £27
For the person who loves Italian cooking, this complete gnocchi making kit is a gift that will keep on giving. Along with all the dry ingredients they'll need for the first batch of gnocchi, this kit includes a compact ridged wooden gnocchi board for rolling the perfect dumplings. The information booklet is packed with useful tips and recipes to be whipping up perfect gnocchi in no time. You can also include stylish candles, gift wrap and a personalised message with the bundle. Cuisine Box have plenty of other kits to choose from too, including a Biryani Kit or Paella Kit, all combining equipment and ingredients - plus you can even subscribe to try them all.
Cuisine Box, from £27
Ross & Ross smoky home-curing salmon kit
What's more festive than smoked salmon? This easy kit has everything you need to feel like an artisan producer and start curing at home.
Sweet Treats hamper by olive magazine
- Available from the olive shop, £59.99
Our sister brand olive has curated a hamper full of gourmet sweet treats, tried and chosen by expert editors. A perfect afternoon tea or morning coffee spread, this is full of products from artisan brands, with seven products to discover. From Rococo sea salt chocolate and Horsham gingerbread thins to British wildflower honey, coffee roasted in Yorkshire and more, there is plenty to enjoy here.
the olive shop, £59.99
Spice Pots Curry Night Kit
- Available from Not on the High Street, £16.95
Spice Pots have made curry night simple with four clever dried spice blends (korma, bhuna, tandoori masala and Goan) plus recipes to make you a curry pro in no time.
Not on the High Street, £16.95
Cutter & Squidge family Christmas hamper
- Available from Cutter & Squidge, £69.99
This crowd-pleasing hamper is packed with sweet festive favourites, from classic mince pies and Christmas cake to rich clotted cream fudge and buttery shortbread. Check out our full guides to the best Christmas hampers or best chocolate hampers for more inspiration.
Cutter & Squidge, £69.99
Lola's Cupcakes Merry Christmas Cupcakes
- Available from Lola's Cupcakes, from £20.10 for six
If you know someone who's not such a fan of the traditional flavours of Christmas cake and pudding, then this box of crowd-pleasing vanilla and chocolate cupcakes is sure to be a hit. A great gift to bring to a Christmas party or Friendsmas, light and perfectly fluffy cupcakes are topped with buttercream or ganache and pretty festive decorations. Choose from a box of six or twelve regular cupcakes, or go for cute mini cupcakes in boxes of 12 or 24.
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Lola's Cupcakes, from £20.10 for six
Cheeky Nibble cherry Bakewell granola (460g)
Inspired by the classic pud, this vegan granola has extra chunky flapjack-style oat clusters, sweet dried cherries and a dusting of tart cherry powder for a very indulgent breakfast or snackable afternoon treat. A perfect gift for that person for whom breakfast is an unmissable event.
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Our sister brand olive magazine has curated their own selection of Christmas hampers to choose from this year, full of gourmet products carefully selected by expert editors. Take your pick from a Gin and Tonic Hamper, Cheese and Wine Hamper, or indulge with the Luxury Food Hamper packed with treats.
Biscuiteers Christmas baubles DIY kit
- Available from Biscuiteers, £38
A gift and family activity in one! This fun biscuit tin is filled with everything you need to decorate edible baubles for the Christmas tree, including 12 biscuits, sprinkles and ribbon.
Biscuiteers Christmas baubles DIY kit
National Trust Jingleberry extra jam
- Available from National Trust, £4
Put a jar of this fun-titled mixed berry jam into stockings or Christmas hampers, knowing that 100% of profits support National Trust conservation projects.
National Trust, £4
Selfridges marzipan fruits
- Available from Selfridges, £7.99
Marzipan fruits are a Christmas classic. This sleek tube filled with colourful, beautifully decorated sweet treats is an ideal stocking filler for someone with a sweet tooth.
Melt London Orangettes
- Available from Melt London, £10.99
Vegan-friendly and seriously moreish, give this shiny rose-gold box of dainty chocolate orangettes to anyone with a sweet tooth.
Melt London, £10.99
Taste of Welsh cheese collection
- Available from The Welsh Cheese Company, £25.70
A selection of four cheeses from artisan cheesemakers across Wales, from Hafod Cheddar to a Wye Valley brie.
The Welsh Cheese Company, £25.70
By Naomi scotch bonnet chilli jam
- Available from By Naomi, £6.25
This fiery scotch bonnet relish, produced in small batches in East London and awarded 2 stars by the Great Taste Awards, is the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas cheese, or try with avocado toast. We’ve lost count of the number of jars we’ve polished off!
By Naomi, £6.25
Rococo white chocolate cranberries
Seasonal juicy cranberries get a creamy white chocolate coating for an extra special stocking filler.
Rockfish tinned seafood gift pack
- Available from Rockfish (£23.95)
Seafood fans will appreciate these colourful tins of hand-preserved Cantabrian tuna and mackerel, mussels and cuttlefish from Devon.
Fiasconaro x Dolce & Gabbana Mandorle di Sicilia panettone
- Available from Sous Chef, £47.50
This bold panettone will look beautiful under the tree in its colourful tin – a keepsake for future years.
Sous Chef, £47.50
Seggiano 0 Lunaio olive oil
- Available from Seggiano, £14.25
Keen cooks will enjoy the peppery flavour of this cold-pressed Tuscan olive oil. Drizzle over salads, baked feta or soups.
Strazzanti Sicilian aperitivo trio gift set
- Available from Strazzanti, £29.95
Give a taste of Sicily with this trio of ingredients ready for aperitivo hour, including a top-quality pesto and moreish caponata. Strazzanti is run by three Sicilian sisters who source their ingredients directly from artisan producers in Sicily for delicious results.
The Serial Bruncher spice set
- Available from Rooted Spices, £38.50
We love the idea behind this gift set: designed around brunch classics, this box contains nine different spices and spice blends. From cinnamon for weekend pancakes, to paprika for a spicy shakshuka, this is the perfect gift for someone who loves cooking weekend feasts.
Rooted Spices, £38.50
Coastal foraging experience gift vouchers
- Available from Coastal Foraging, from £80
Shoreline foraging is an activity that can be enjoyed throughout the year, and Britain’s only coastal National Park in West Wales is the perfect place to do it. On a day out with eminent forager Craig Evans, you’ll discover different plants, seaweeds and shellfish, which he culminates into shoreline supper of your day’s findings.
Vouchers are priced at £80 for a classic day, or £120 for an extreme low tide day when a wider variety of shellfish is exposed, and children under 16 can be brought along for free.
Mijenta reposado tequila
Newly B-corp certified, this extra special artisan tequila is carbon-neutral, made in small batches and aged for six months for a complex final spirit. Read our round-up of the best tequilas to buy for more top-quality options.
Blended from all five whisky-producing whisky regions of Scotland, this new whisky is fruity with subtle spice on the nose, with a long toffee and smoke finish.
That Boutique-y Gin Company gin fridge tin
- Available from Master of Malt, £49.95
From roasted pineapple to Australian-inspired finger lime, this tin is packed with eight unusually flavoured bottles for gin fans.
Master of Malt, £49.95
Tuscan Tree blood orange non-alcoholic aperitivo
Packed with juicy blood orange sweetness and a touch of pine, this 0% ABV aperitif makes a brilliant gift for designated drivers. Read our guide to the best non-alcoholic spirits for more ideas.
Every bottle of this floral, fruity calvados removes 2.73kg of CO2 from the atmosphere (as the apple trees absorb it), for a sustainable, quality spirit choice.
Lisboeta Store - Niepoort Park Juice Port
- Available from Lisboeta Store, £30
Even if you're not able to get to Lisboeta itself in London, you can still get your hands on their signature port - what better tipple for Christmas? Produced in collaboaration between chef Nuno Mendes and renowned winemakers Dirk and Daniel Niepoort, this is a classic ruby port made in the Douro Valley. It is aged for 3 years and best served chilled to let the fruity aromas shine.
Lisboeta Store, £30
Black Lines passion fruit martini
- Available from Black Lines, £22
Serving up a classic cocktail just got easy with this sunny bottled blend of vodka, pineapple, lime and vanilla made in north London.
Black Lines, £22
Braybrooke gift case
- Available from Braybrooke (£35)
Keep a lager fan happy with this gift case containing three styles of Braybooke’s core beers, plus a bottle opener, beer glass and beanie.
Old Spike Benedict Blend coffee
- Available from Old Spike, £7.50
Here’s a great stocking filler, and 65% of profits from this east London-based roastery directly support the homeless.
Old Spike, £7.50
Cook’s book scales
- Available from Prezzybox, £25
Digital scales are a must for bakers. This one can be kept on a bookshelf, and it comes with a conversion guide, too.
Our Place Mini Always Pan and Mini Perfect Pot
Following on from their ever popular Always collection and the Instagram famous Always pan, Our Place have launched the multifunctional Mini pot and Mini pan for cooking smaller quantities, reheating leftovers and simmering sauces. They have a non-stick, non-toxic coating and are compatible with all hob types.
Cosori Pro 4.7L Air Fryer
- Available from Amazon, £109.99
It's arguably the year of the air fryer, so for anyone that still hasn't got round to buying one themselves, this could be the perfect gift. This Cosori model scored 5 stars from our expert testers, and was awarded best standard-size for affordability. At just over £100, it's the perfect entry level start to the world of air frying.
Tala stoneware mixing bowl
Tala’s traditionally designed mixing bowls now come in new pastel shades, ready for mixing up cake and cookie batters, meringues and more.
Crockpot Turbo Express 5.6l multi pressure cooker
Awarded ‘best overall multicooker’ by our reviews experts in testing, this all-in-one gadget has an impressive 14 functions, from slow and pressure cooking to sauté, steam and more.
Bread shaped bread board
- Available from Fy!, £26
A classic oak chopping board in a fun shape that’s perfectly designed for slicing up doorstop sandwiches.
Prue Leith stainless steel dumpling press
- Available from Lakeland, £6.99
Practice making dim sum, gyoza and any manner of dumplings with this nifty cutter and press.
Kuhn Rikon Black Star iron skillet pan
- Available from Kuhn Rikon, £159.95
Chosen as our ‘best lightweight skillet pan’ in testing, this innovative spun iron skillet can go straight from hob to oven. A versatile investment built to last.
Kuhn Rikon, £159.95
John Lewis Anyday ceramic pestle and mortar
- Available from John Lewis, £15
This stain-resistant design is handy for grinding nuts or spices, marinades and homemade pesto, with a handy lip for pouring.
John Lewis, £15
Cuisinart ice cream and gelato professional ICE100
Earning a five-star rating from our reviews team, this is the ultimate gift for ice cream fans, producing silky smooth gelato, ice cream and sorbet at the push of a button. Read more in our test of the best ice cream makers review.
Thermapen One thermometer
Cook a perfect Sunday roast every time with this handy digital meat thermometer that gives instant readings and is available in 10 colours.
Smeg non-stick frying pan
Choose between red, cream or black finishes on this non-stick frying pan, available in three sizes and ovenproof for versatility.
Smeg non-stick frying pan
Espresso cups (set of 4)
- Available from Ottolenghi (£40)
This colourful quartet of cups from Ottolenghi’s homeware range are ideal for espresso, but we’d use them for serving up chocolate mousse or Eton mess too.
- Available from The River Café, £10
Give the homemade pasta game a boost with this sturdy fluted stamp.
The River Café, £10
Iris Hantverk dough scraper
- Available from Caro Somerset, £15
Keen bread-bakers will appreciate this sleek birch wood and stainless steel dough scraper.
Caro Somerset, £15
Le Creuset Stoneware Camembert baker
Serve up a melting Camembert in style with this glossy stoneware dish that gives perfectly gooey cheese every time.
So’home speckled cake stand
Chic monochrome speckles won’t steal the limelight from the cake or tart a keen baker chooses to display on this simple cake stand.
Oliver Bonas Aster etched star champagne saucers
- Available from Oliver Bonas, £24.50 for 2
Raise a glass with these pretty star-engraved champagne glasses: for Christmas, New Year’s Eve and beyond.
Oliver Bonas, £24.50 for 2
Partner in Wine insulated bottle
- Available from Selfridges, £35
For keeping mulled wine warm in winter (and rosé chilled in summer), this insulated bottle does both jobs in style, with plenty of colours to choose from, plus matching tumblers for pouring.
Turquoise Santana platter
- Available from Rex London, £14.95
Brighten up someone’s kitchen with this pretty platter. It’s ideal for serving nibbles or side dishes at a dinner party, or makes a lovely alternative fruit bowl.
Rex London, £14.95
Perkins & Morley gateau tea towel
- Available from Perkins & Morley, £14.99
We love this quirky range of tea towels that combine baking with Shakespeare-inspired puns: you’ll find a whole series to choose from online.
Perkins & Morley, £14.99
Joanna Zenghelis wired double oven gloves
- Available from Joanna Zenghelis, £24
Make a statement with these vibrant oven gloves. A matching apron and tea towel are available, too.
Joanna Zenghelis, £24
Hammade wine-tasting rabbit mug
- Available from Hammade, £14.95
Keep it monochrome with this quirky china mug, hand-decorated in Stoke-on-Trent.
Thirteen Thirty One yuzu breakfast bowl
- Available from Thirteen Thirty One, £10
Sunny yellow yuzu fruit are hand-painted on this ceramic breakfast set. Start with the delicate cereal bowl, then build up a collection with the mug, plates and spoons to match.
Thirteen Thirty One, £10
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