Everyone knows someone who loves their food. That person will go out of their way to get unique ingredients. You will often find them cooking up a storm in the kitchen or sampling the latest food they have found.
Christmas is a great time to get gifts that are perfect for the kitchen and that the foodie in your life will love. This list of Christmas gift ideas for foodies that should give you some inspiration.
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Raisthorpe Manor are makers of a range of exotic drinks using forgotten fruits and the finest local ingredients such as damsons and sloes. The products are made in North Yorkshire from traditional family recipes. There is bound to be a drink that will suit the foodie in your life.
I tried the Damson Port Liqueur which is the winner of three gold stars from the Great Taste judges in 2014. Made with hand picked local damsons which are steeped in port it is bursting with sweetness and an ideal Christmas drink. Available in 5cl (£3.95), 35cl (£16.93) or 70cl (£24.95) bottles. Raisthrope Manor Sloe gin is also perfect for gin lovers, made from a secret family recipe and carefully matured for eight months for the perfect taste. Available in in 35cl (£16.45) or 70cl bottles: (£24.95)
The Library of Fragrance create unusual and unique scents that capture the smells that surround us everyday. The original three scents in the collection were dirt, grass and tomato but the range has expanded to include a large library of scents, some of which are perfect for food lovers. Gingerbread is the perfect scent for Christmas making you think of the smell of baking coming from the oven. It is a rich and spicy ginger scent perfect to add a little spice to cold dark evenings. RRP £15
Mac & Wild Scottish cocktails are hand crafted small batch cocktails that use Scotland’s finest whiskies and spirits. These are infused with locally sourced Scottish herbs and botanicals to achieve the perfect flavour balance. There are five ready to drink varieties including Ginger Laddie and the Auld Pal. These are an unusual gift for the food lover in your life and will transport them to the Highlands with a sip. The bottles are wax sealed to make an interesting and traditional look. Available in Selfridges & Co, Whole Foods Market, 31Dover.com and The Whisky Whiskey Exchange. RRP £29.95 for a 50cl bottle.
The Beer52 Subscription box would make a great gift for anyone who loves trying different craft beers. A box contains six to eight different beers from small craft breweries from different regions along with a magazine that tells you all about them. Each box is different and it is a surprise what you will get. I reviewed the Beer 52 subscription box a few months ago when the theme was Scotland and was very impressed with the quality. I also have a cheeky discount code: For £10 off when you sign up for a Beer52 craft beer subscription box use the code: DRAGONS10
A cookery course is a lovely gift for someone who wants to take their cooking skills to the next level The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School is a professional and amateur school which offers gift vouchers. These are valid for a year and allow the recipient to choose their own course. There is a range of courses available from one day cooking courses, to courses for teens and children and professional cookery courses. The vouchers are valid for 12 months and start at £25
Diary Diary is Britain’s favourite home diary and this year they are celebrating their 35 birthday. To celebrate they have created Diary Diary Favourites containing 100 of their best loved recipes.
This beautiful cookbook contains speedy family meals, recipes that will please a crowd as well as delicious desserts. The book is well laid out with easy to follow recipes and stunning photos. This book will make a delightful addition to any cookery book shelf. RRP £8.25
This is the perfect grill for the festive season as it is designed to allow you to entertain a crowd. It has a large grilling and griddling surface, each with a dual temperature control. This allows you to cook things exactly how each person likes it. The grill is sloped and fat and grease drip into a separate drip tray. Use it to make a full English breakfast on Christmas or boxing day or maybe cook up left over fajitas. Any foodie will love this. Available in Argos RRP £49.99
As a change from wine or beer why not give some Crabbie’s Ginger beer. This is alcoholic ginger beer which is made with four secret ingredients and combined with ginger from the far east to produe a refreshing and original drink. Ginger is also good for upset stomachs which may be required at this time for over indulging. You could add a couple of bottles to a home made festive hamper with other products for a great gift idea.
Thomas J Fudges Crackers and crispbreads are perfect for entertaining this Christmas. Each pack contains two different varieties and they are perfect for serving with the cheese board or with a selection of Christmas dips at parties. There are three different packs, Almond and cranberry/ Hazelnut and apple crackers, sunflower and caraway/ pumpkin and sesame crackers and spelt sourdough / rye crispbreads. RRP £2.45 they are available in Waitrose.
Alternatively why not try Thomas J Fudges Mini Wafers which make perfect party nibbles. They come in three lovely flavours, punchy jalapeno, thai chilli and melty cheddar. They are really tasty and will not stay around for long.
That is my list of Christmas gift ideas for foodies. Which of these would you like to try? Let me know below.
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