It’s that most wonderful time of the year. Yep, the November pay day has arrived so Christmas shopping is go go go! I thought it would be fun to share my suggestions of Christmas gifts for foodies of all ages and interests.
For young foodies
Author Amelia Thorne has created a foodie twist on the personalised children’s story book. Mission Cookpossible is a fully personalised book staring your child and their best friend. It is packed full of recipes for the stars to make with their grown ups and lovely illustrations from Jose Fragoso. Purchase your copy in time for Christmas here.
This Peter Rabbit lap tray would be perfect for milk and cookies wouldn’t it? Surely a classic that all kids would love. Available from Amaroni Home.
For spice lovers
I’ve fallen a bit in love with Spice Kitchen UK this year. I ordered some great quality spices and the quality was spot on. So if you are buying for a spice lover, how about one of these spice tins. The tins come in Indian, Moroccan, African & Persian varieities- also available wrapped in recycled safari silk so they will look great on the worktop.
If you’re shopping for someone with a small kitchen how about a collection of Spice Drops? These pippets of natural extracts are available in sets such as Christmas, BBQ, baking and cocktail so a small kitchen can still produce big flavours.
For creative foodies
Great British Bake Off may be over for another year but fans can have all of the cake and none of the calories with this official Great British Bake Off colouring book. Tom Hovey’s illustrations are an integral part of the TV show and the book is crammed with some of his favourites from past series.
For serious cooks
I want a good knife for Christmas – I have been asking Santa for ages and I have been really good this year so fingers crossed! I fancy a Global classic cooks knife. I’ve used them at cookery classes and they are so effortless. If you’re shopping for a fashion conscious foodie, then maybe these knives from Taylor’s Eye Witness which are made in Sheffield will hit the spot. I love the little bit of rose gold detail on this carving set.
For cocktail quaffers
I love these Smith and Sinclair cocktails pastilles. These aren’t just flavoured like spirits- these come with an ABV of about 6% so are packed with the real deal. I’ve had these in the past so can tell you that they pack a punch – an ideal pick me up after an exhausting day with the family!
I fell in love with these Scrabble tile cookie cutters the moment I saw them. I have some Scrabble loving mates who would love them! They may show up in someone’s stocking this year. Imagine the fun you could have writing edible messages!
Speculaas is a wonderfully warming spice mix, so you could do worse than head over to the Speculaas Spice Co for a gift pack which comes with a heady spice mix and traditional cookie dough moulds.
Another cute option if the baker in your life loves to make pastry or biscuits is an embossed rolling pin. Boon Homeware have a whole host of them on Not On The High Street, but I particularly like the boho feel of this folksy one. I can already imagine it atop an apple pie…
Finally, let the baker in your life show off their finished goods in one of these large push top Kilner jars. Or if you are looking for an indulgent treat for someone, fill it with hand made chocolates from my local chocolatier Luisco Chocolate, who will post their goodies anywhere in the UK for you in time for the big day.
For experiences they’ll never forget
Cookery schools are the perfect option if the person you are buying for already loves being in the kitchen and wants to enhance their skills.
I’ve been to John Whaite’s Kitchen on the outskirts of Wigan a couple of times and it is stunning. He runs courses in everything from afternoon tea to American classics and this Bake Off winner knows his stuff so you will come away full of new skills.
The Epsom Bakehouse run bread making courses all year round for everything from sourdough to extended courses for people looking to set up micro bakeries. Gift vouchers are available. A voucher for Cheshire Cookery School, which offers everything from sushi to knife skills, is great if you’re unsure what your giftee is into.