The 50 best gifts to buy for foodies
The definitive guide to 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 aesthetically pleasing alcohol gift boxes, gorgeous charcuterie and meat-curing kits, and so much more.
Browse the list for gift inspiration and check out our guides for the 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
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.
Founder Monty Owen is passionate about his spices, and it shows: this luxuriously packaged box contains five intensely aromatic spice rubs. Each one has a distinct mix of herbs and spices designed to be sprinkled on meat, fish or veg for easy flavour boosts.
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.
Chocoholics will love this bundle of six bars of Galaxy chocolate (including salted caramel and cookie crumble bars) in a bespoke sleeve that you can personalise with any name.
Available from Prezzybox, £12.99
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
Vegan-friendly and seriously moreish, give this shiny rose-gold box of dainty chocolate orangettes to anyone with a sweet tooth.
A festive version of Betty’s famous Fat Rascals, these have fragrant festive spices and a crunchy flaked almond topping – with nationwide delivery.
For an adventurous cook, this box includes a selection of top-quality British cured meats, such as Yorkshire nduja and guanciale from Dorset.
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.
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.
A selection of four cheeses from artisan cheesemakers across Wales, from Hafod Cheddar to a Wye Valley brie.
A bimonthly delivery of sauerkrauts, kimchi, hot sauce, pickles and more: this selection will keep the cupboard stocked for the holiday season.
This fiery scotch bonnet relish, produced in small batches in London, 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!
For anyone new to making bread, gift a simple kit to get them started. This focaccia box includes pesto, basil oil and flour, alongside a pizza cutter.
This trio of sauces may seem simple, but each one takes a classic up a notch. The honey truffle parmesan mayonnaise is as good as it sounds: perfect for Christmas sandwiches, a dip for pizza crusts or dunking roasties. The fresh and zingy salsa verde is packed with parsley, dill, mint and basil and will become a new must have spooned alongside your roasts. Rounded off with the Peperoncini S'ott Olio and you have an unbeatable trio: give as a gift or simply stock your own fridge.
This bold panettone will look beautiful under the tree in its colourful tin – a keepsake for future years.
Keen cooks will enjoy the peppery flavour of this cold-pressed Tuscan olive oil. Drizzle over salads, baked feta or soups.
Smooth salted caramel and dark chocolate is a timeless combo, and these classic truffles don’t disappoint.
Take a colourful cookie jar to a Christmas party instead of chocolate or wine. These vanilla biscuits are intricately decorated, made with local ingredients and a portion of profits are donated to Farm Africa with every purchase.
Available from Honeywell Bakes, £28
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.
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.
Available from Rooted Spices, £38.50
Best drink gifts
Make cocktail hour a breeze with this set, which includes a bottle of smooth espresso martini, as well as a sleek silver shaker.
Packed with juicy blood orange sweetness and a touch of pine, this 0% ABV aperitif makes a brilliant gift for designated drivers.
A whisky connoisseur will be spoilt for choice with this luxurious gift: 20 top-quality mini drams, a tasting book and pair of whisky glasses.
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.
Here’s a great stocking filler, and 65% of profits from this east London-based roastery directly support the homeless.
From roasted pineapple to Australian-inspired finger lime, this tin is packed with eight unusually flavoured bottles for gin fans.
A bottle of Islay dry gin comes packaged in a bespoke tin herb planter along with rosemary seeds, ready to get growing your own garnishes.
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.
Best gadget and kit gifts
Keep a tidy kitchen with this colourful spoon holder. Made of heat-resistant silicone, this little crab can stand on the counter or be fixed to the side of your pan.
Blow the budget with this ultimate kitchen gadget that can do it all: bake, cook, blend, slice, knead, grate, steam and much more.
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.
Give the homemade pasta game a boost with this sturdy fluted stamp.
Digital scales are a must for bakers. This one can be kept on a bookshelf, and it comes with a conversion guide, too.
Cook's book scales
Tala’s traditionally designed mixing bowls now come in new pastel shades, ready for mixing up cake and cookie batters, meringues and more.
Tala stoneware mixing bowl
Keen bread-bakers will appreciate this sleek birch wood and stainless steel dough scraper.
Cook a perfect Sunday roast every time with this handy digital meat thermometer that gives instant readings and is available in 10 colours.
For the tech lover, this is WiFi-connected and can be controlled via an app, meaning morning coffee can be brewed from bed! Check out the full review of the Smarter on our sister site olive.
Smarter coffee machine
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
Best home and kitchen gifts
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.
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.
Complete a colourful tablescape with these linen napkins – there are a whole range of frilly patterns to choose from.
Make a statement with these vibrant oven gloves. A matching apron and tea towel are available, too.
For keeping mulled wine warm in winter (and rosé chilled in summer), this insulated bottle does both jobs in style.
The perfect finishing touch to decorating a Christmas table, this soy wax (and 100% vegan) star-shaped pillar candle comes in a wide range of colours to match every theme.
This distinctive jug would be a present to treasure. Made by professional glass blowers in the Czech Republic, this is one for the ultimate dinner party host.
These 1970s-inspired ceramic espresso or ristretto mugs are the best way for a coffee lover to start the day. Each mug is hand-finished, meaning every design is distinct.
Keep it monochrome with this quirky china mug, hand-decorated in Stoke-on-Trent.
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.
Inspired by the moon and galaxies, we love this chic tableware range from Ophelia. With a range of sizes to choose from, the plates and bowls are lightweight but sturdy, and all individually decorated with unique spotted glaze patterns. We like the shallow pasta bowls – choose from monochrome black and white to ‘mortadella’ pink or mesmerising deep navy.
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