The best gifts to buy for foodies
The definitive guide to the best gifts for foodies. 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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Best food gifts
Single Variety Co. passionfruit preserve
- Available from Single Variety (£6.25), Selfridges (£6.99)
Bring some sunshine to breakfast with jar of this tropical jam, made for spooning generously on yoghurt or porridge.
Single Variety (£6.25)
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
- Available from Ross & Ross (£17.50), Not on the High Street (£17.50), Selfridges (£18)
This easy kit has everything someone needs to feel like an artisan producer and start curing their own smoked salmon at home – the perfect way to show off at a dinner party.
Ross & Ross (£17.50)
Not on the High Street (£17.50)
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
Cheeky Nibble cherry Bakewell granola (460g)
- Available from Cheeky Nibble (£5.99), Selfridges (£6.99)
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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Cheeky Nibble (£5.99), Selfridges (£6.99)
National Trust Jingleberry extra jam
- Available from National Trust, £4
Put a jar of this fun-titled mixed berry jam into stockings or DIY hampers, knowing that 100% of profits support National Trust conservation projects.
National Trust, £4
Provisions Treat Yourself hamper
- Available from Provisions, £55
A gourmet selection of savoury treats awaits in this gift box from cheese and wine specialists Provisions. For us, the standout was the nutty 200g of 18-month aged Comté, but there's plenty more in here for a chic evening of drinks and nibbles. Duck pâté, crumbly goats cheese biscuits, red wine and more are sure to intrigue.
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 cheese, or try with avocado toast. We’ve lost count of the number of jars we’ve polished off!
By Naomi, £6.25
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.
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.
Available from Coastal Foraging, from £80
Best drink gifts
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 mini 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.
- Available from Ocado (£35.70), Amazon (£32.99), The Whisky Exchange (£34.25)
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.
The Whisky Exchange (£34.25)
Rock Angel by Whispering Angel
- Available from Waitrose (£26), Fine Wines Direct (£29.95)
For someone who prefers sticking to wine over spirits, you can't go wrong with gifting a good bottle of one of their favourites. For rosé fans, Whispering Angel is always a popular choice - take your pick from the classic Whispering Angel or treat someone to a bottle of Rock Angel, the juicy, fruity, slightly more premium variety.
Fine Wines Direct (£29.95)
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 - and it's not just for Christmas! Produced in collaboration 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. It is vanilla-heavy, perfect for a drinker with a sweet tooth.
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 gift for a coffee lover, and 65% of profits from this east London-based roastery directly support the homeless.
Old Spike, £7.50
Best gadget and kit gifts
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
- Available from Our Place, £100 Mini Always Pan, £110 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.
Our Place, £100 Mini Always Pan, £110 Mini Perfect Pot
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
- Available from Amazon (£25.20), Harts of Stur (£25.20)
Tala’s traditionally designed mixing bowls now come in new pastel shades, ready for mixing up cake and cookie batters, meringues and more.
Harts of Stur (£25.20)
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
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.
Best home and kitchen gifts
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
- Available from La Redoute, £35
Chic monochrome speckles won’t steal the limelight from the cake or tart a keen baker chooses to display on this simple cake stand.
La Redoute, £35
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 that will help all special occasions sparkle.
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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