Just about every family or group of friends has a foodie in it. That someone who really appreciates a good meal, enjoys getting stuck in to cooking something new or who can tell you all about whatever you are eating. These days I love looking for gifts for the foodies in my life (and I have a few!) because they can be totally unique and different to anything I’ve bought anyone before.
You can’t really go wrong when it comes to indulging someones love of good food, and if you pick the right gift for foodie’s you might end up lucking out with something to taste test in the near future too!
Dairy Free Foodie Gifts
At Christmas I love to give things that are Christmas-y themed, especially if I am handing it over before the big day itself so they can get some extra use out of it. Oggs Mince Pies are a great dairy free (and vegan) mince pie so that no one needs to feel left out his year. The crumbly pastry would have even the fussiest of guests delighted.
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My vegan friends love tucking in to a box of Booja Booja truffles. The No. 1 Gift Pack has boozy chocolates such as fine de champagne, cherry cognac, rum sozzled sultana and midnight expresso. Dairy Free chocolates can often be hit or miss, and you usually miss out on the extra tasty ones like truffles, but Booja Booja are definitely up for the challenge!
For Spice Lovers
In my family, most of us are obsessed with spice. Curry’s are a staple and I love the idea of a gift that can nurture that interest. Spice Pots are 100% natural, perfectly balanced spice blends so you can create your own curries (or other Indian inspired food) at home. Each Spice Pot has the perfect blend to make 2 family meals and come in cute reusable or recyclable little tins. Combine them with the Indian cookbook and you have 80 recipes for you to experiment with at home.
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Cookbooks For Foodies
Loving food doesn’t have to all about over indulging, the A Zest For Life Cookbook has 79 fresh recipes so you can get the very best out of your meals. Packed with breakfasts, lunches, quick meals for weekdays or more extensive recipes for weekend cooking – there is everything you need to find recipes that will keep you fuller for longer.
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If you want to combine a cookbook with something even more practical then the Dairy Diary is perfect. It is sold by milkmen across the country by those who have made the switch back to traditional glass bottles (or you can pick up a copy here). The 2021 diary has a new recipe every week as well as some handy features such as a notes pocket, dates stickers, reminders, addresses and even gift lists. The editor highly recommends the Homemade Herb Cheese (p123) and Nutty Fruit Cakes (p151) – so if you can’t wait until you reach them then just skip ahead!
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Unique Kitchen Gifts
What do you get for the person who has everything? I love trying to find really unique food gifts, like a salt block cooking set. It comes with 2 Himalayan Pink Salt blocks, and a salt block cooking book to tell them all about how to use and maintain their salt blocks. Salt blocks can be used for serving, curing, warming, cooking and chilling – making them the perfect gift for someone who likes to entertain.
Gift Hampers For Foodies
I often find that you can’t go wrong with a good gift hamper – especially one that contains cheese. The Ploughmans Cheese Board from Bradford’s Bakers ticks all the boxes. A small cheese board, chutney, pickle, crackers, stilton and 4 different Arran cheeses (of which I’ve been a fan for about 15 years and can never get enough of) make it a delicious cheese hamper for just about anyone. As you can order them online you have them delivered straight to whoever you’re gifting it to – ideal for the current restrictions.
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Fun And Games
If you’re looking for the right gift for someone who really knows their food, then The Logo Board Game: Best Of Food is definitely worth considering. It is a great family game, with topics covering fast food and eating out to unique ingredients. You are bound to be both laughing and howling in frustration – but make sure you have the snacks near by because all the talk of food will leave you hungry.
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You can’t really get through Christmas without giving at least one boozy present. There are loads of gin themed gifts available at the moment, but cider is still a popular choice. The Crane’s Cider Gift Set has 3 different flavoured ciders alongside a branded glass. It’s a great way to introduce someone to the flavours Crane’s has to offer. My favourite is the Cranberries & Lime!
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Sustainable Foodie Gifts
All year round, but especially at Christmas, I am conscious of the amount of food waste. The slightly wonky veg that was deemed not good enough for the perfect Christmas dinner – but actually they’re perfectly delicious and just as good as their Grade A counterparts. Rubies In The Rubble have a super tasty gift set of 3 jars of relish all made with ingredients that would otherwise have gone to waste. The perfect good for the more eco conscious foodie.
Samples of these gifts were sent for inclusion in this guide. All opinions are my own.
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