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 then check out our guides for much more, including the best budget gifts under £15, best Christmas hampers, letterbox gifts, baking gifts or Thanksgiving gifts. You can also check out coffee table books on our sister brand olive magazine. For the ultimate personal gift, why not create a customised BBC Good Food cookbook?
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For the person who gets giddy when they see Neck Oil on tap, this Xmas Favourites Craft Beer and Snack Bundle is guaranteed to please. A festive lucky dip, this hamper includes 18 different Beavertown beers across 11 different ranges, including Neck Oil and Gamma Ray. Plus, their Christmas offering: Saint Neck’Olas, which Beavertown describes as “Neck Oil, but made Christmassy”.
What’s the point of all those beers if you’ve got nothing to drink them out of? Thankfully, one of Beavertown’s iconic pint glasses is included in this hamper, as well as some chocolate pretzels to enjoy alongside. Beavertown has also thrown in a very useful cooler that holds up to six beers, great for sharing with friends, if you’re feeling generous.
Pick up the Beavertown Xmas Favourites Craft Beer and Snack Bundle from Beavertownbrewery.co.uk, £50.
The Real Cure British charcuterie signature hamper
- Available from Not on The High Street (£45)
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 (£45)
Chococo milk chocolate Christmas tree
- Available from Chococo (£21)
Made from creamy Colombian milk chocolate, this hand-decorated tree is filled with festive gingerbread caramels and tangy chocolate orange gems. Arriving in plastic-free packaging, there are also dark and oat milk chocolate versions available.
Fitzbillies Chelsea bun subscription
- Available from Fitzbillies (from £15.30 a month)
Cambridge-based bakery Fitzbillies has been making these iconic buns since 1920 and this subscription sees six buns delivered to the lucky recipient's door each month.
Fitzbillies (from £15.30 a month)
Single Variety Co. passion fruit preserve
Bring some sunshine to breakfast with jar of this tropical jam, made for spooning generously on yogurt or porridge.
Spice Pots Curry Night Kit
- Available from Not on the High Street (£19.95)
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 (£19.95)
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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Paxton & Whitfield The Green Cheese Champion collection
- Available from Paxton & Whitfield (£50)
If you're looking for an eco-friendly gift, this sustainable collection of cheese will make for a very memorable Christmas. Each product has been chosen for it's sustainable values for a thoughtful collection. Inside are three artisan British cheeses from farmers committed to sustainable methods, plus crackers, chocolate and foraged quince preserve. Use to build a cheeseboard you can be proud of.
Paxton & Whitfield (£50)
Love Cocoa Christmas chocolate nutcracker tin
Filled with salted caramel almonds, Colombian chocolate buttons and caramel chocolate truffles, this colourful tin will delight chocolate connoisseurs. A great gift to take to a Christmas host.
Cake or Death Christmas brownies
- Available from Cake or Death (£19.50)
Classic Christmas brownies get a festive makeover with this limited-edition selection from Cake or Death. Our favourite are the tiffin brownies – fudgy brownies are topped with sultanas, cherries and biscuit pieces. Also in the colourfully packaged box of six are candied orange or black forest cherry gateau brownies – and all the treats happen to be vegan, for a versatile gift.
Cake or Death (£19.50)
Melt London Orangettes
- Available from Melt London (£11.99)
Vegan-friendly and seriously moreish, give this shiny rose-gold box of dainty chocolate orangettes to anyone with a sweet tooth.
Melt London (£11.99)
Taste of Welsh cheese collection
- Available from The Welsh Cheese Company (£29.90)
A selection of four cheeses from artisan cheesemakers across Wales, from Hafod Cheddar to a Wye Valley brie.
The Welsh Cheese Company (£29.90)
By Naomi scotch bonnet chilli jam
- Available from By Naomi (from £7)
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! If you like it extra spicy, there's also a double heat version with a more intense chilli flavour. For gifting, gift boxes are available and there's also supersize 'endless' 1.2kg jars for the mega fans.
By Naomi (£7)
Eaten Alive gut health booster pack
- Available from Eaten Alive (£16.99)
For a health-conscious gift, this trio from Eaten Alive will stock the cupboard with gut-healthy treats. A selection of fermented classics – add the kimchi to burgers and the pink sauerkraut to salads, and drizzle the sriracha over just about anything.
Eaten Alive (£16.99)
Fly By Jing Shorty spice set
- Available from Whole Foods Market (£18.99, in-store)
Keep midweek meals interesting with this trio of flavour boosters. The lucky recipient will want to drizzle the fiery Sichuan chilli crisp on everything (we love it on a fried egg or over a shakshuka), while the spicy soy-based zhong sauce is great for dipping dumplings.
Whole Foods Market (£18.99, in-store)
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.
The Serial Bruncher spice set
- Available from Rooted Spices (£42.95)
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 (£42.95)
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.
Coastal Foraging (from £80)
No. 186 passion fruit and vanilla gin
- Available from Master of Malt (£37.95)
Gift this tropical-inspired tipple to a cocktail lover. Inspired by the flavours of a passion fruit martini, it is tangy and sweet with a herbal base. For every bottle purchased, 2000 litres of water are donated to communities in need.
Master of Malt (£37.95)
- Available from Master of Malt (£39.95)
This golden Caribbean rum with notes of toffee and oak doubles up as a charitable gift, too – Uhuru donate 10 per cent of profits to Tusk Trust, supporting wildlife conservation in Africa.
Master of Malt (£39.95)
Kyrö dairy cream liqueur
- Available from Master of Malt (£21.95), Waitrose (£20), Laithwaites (£16), The Whisky Exchange (£22.25)
Made in Finland using local milk, cream and rye whiskey, this is perfect for after-dinner sipping and makes a modern alternative to Irish cream. It's produced using 99 per cent renewable energy, so it has sustainable credentials, too.
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 (£51.95)
From roasted pineapple to Australian-inspired finger lime, this tin is packed with eight mini unusually flavoured bottles for gin fans.
Master of Malt (£51.95)
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.
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)
Old Spike Benedict Blend coffee
- Available from Old Spike (£7.95)
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 (£7.95)
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 (£99.99)
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 (£24.99)
Tala’s traditionally designed mixing bowls now come in new pastel shades, ready for mixing up cake and cookie batters, meringues and more.
Zoku groovy ice cube moulds
- Available from John Lewis (£19.99)
Know someone who likes to entertain? They'll appreciate these large gem-style ice cube moulds – the ice melts slowly in a larger cube so as not to water down drinks. Ideal for special Christmas tipples.
John Lewis (£19.99)
Crockpot Turbo Express 5.6l multi pressure cooker
- Available from Amazon (£117.77)
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.
Kind tomato bag
- Available from Kind (£12)
Encourage someone to swap single-use plastics for this reusable tote made from recycled materials. We love the tomato print but there's a huge range of patterns to choose from, from colourful ginghams to William Morris prints.
Nom Living marbled ceramic water jug
- Available from Not on the High Street (£40)
This handcrafted jug with a pretty blue marbled effect makes dinner parties a bit more special. It has a generous 2.5l capacity and as each piece is handcrafted, every one is unique.
Not on the High Street (£40)
Shallow toasted large bowl
- Available from Prior Shop (£38)
Individually handmade in Frome, Somerset, this elegant bowl will hold salads and and sharing dishes in style – an ideal gift for those who like a minimalist aesthetic.
Prior Shop (£38)
Bread shaped bread board
- Available from Fy! (£21)
A classic oak chopping board in a fun shape that’s perfectly designed for slicing up doorstop sandwiches.
Kuhn Rikon Black Star iron skillet pan
- Available from Kuhn Rikon (£149.96)
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 (£149.96)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (£27)
Make a statement with these vibrant oven gloves. A matching apron and tea towel are available, too.
Joanna Zenghelis (£27)
Hammade wine-tasting rabbit mug
- Available from Hammade (£14.95)
Keep it monochrome with this quirky china mug, hand-decorated in Stoke-on-Trent.
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