Femail reveals the ultimate gift guide for foodies

The ULTIMATE gift guide for foodies: Femail reveals all the best edible and drinkable gifts for Christmas 2020 – from £5 chilli sauce to a £1,195 pizza oven

  • Femail has produced the ultimate food and drink gift guide to suit any taste and budget for Christmas 2020
  • Prices start at less than £5 for delicious tea, coffee and chocolate selections and go up to more than £1000
  • There’s chocolate orange Toblerone if you’re buying for kids and a Wine List subscription box for grown ups

Christmas shopping can be a stressful activity, but no matter how difficult the recipient is to buy for, an edible gift will never go amiss.

So, whether it’s a personalised chocolate bar, a festive vodka or a coffee class, there’s something for everyone in Femail’s gift guide.

Starting at just £3.00 for some delicious coffee capsules up to the hottest winter cooking gadget, a £1195 pizza oven, all budgets are covered this festive season.

If you’re buying for a tea fanatic, there’s Bird & Blend’s Gingerbread Chai, while hot chocolate lovers could indulge in a Knoopifer home making device and coffee lovers can pick up a Tassimo machine.

Dedicated foodies could also pick up a cheese subscription box, while there’s plenty of hot sauce options for spice fiends and Booja Booja chcolate for the vegans in your life.

STOCKING FILLERS 

Tony’s Chocolonely is the perfect gift for your chocolate-loving friends and family. The rich tasty chocolate comes in a variety of flavours including, mint, hazelnut and dark. This year you can personalise with the recipient’s name & even add photos and designs 

Set to be a huge hit with peanut butter fans and foodies alike, the playful cracker is available in two variants, each featuring two of the brand’s jars and a donation to charity. 

These snappable all butter shortbreads are designed to be shared by Remainers and Brexiteers alike, on one side is the UK flag and the other is the EU flag…so pick a side, reunite with family, friends and colleagues alike. 

 

TOG’s new Japanese folding pocket knives are the perfect stocking filler this Christmas. A ‘Higonokami’ is a traditional Japanese folding pocket knife, designed in 1896 and were once carried by virtually every person in Japan. These knives are made by 5th generation blacksmith Mr Nagao, based in Miki, and he is now the only maker allowed to call his knives ‘Higonokami’ 

 

Toblerone is treating us to two new flavours; and, just in time for Christmas. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a chocolate loving friend or family member this Yuletide, then look no further. These triangle totems, in Orange and Almond are the stocking filler that is sure to surprise and delight. 

 

 

Monopoly is one of those classic family Christmas activities and this year marks the 85th anniversary of the board game. To celebrate Biscuiteers have partnered with Hasbro to create a very special limited edition MONOPOLY tin. 

Joe & Seph’s offer a range of delicious flavours including a very Christmassy Mince Pie flavour. Enjoy the richness of the Fruit mixed with Almonds and festive spices, infused in a 10 year old Spanish Brandy. Made with 5% Aged Spanish Brandy. 

A bottle of the famously fiery Raja Bonnet hot sauce is the ultimate way to spice up any Christmas. This start-up has successfully stepped into the fiercely competitive hot sauce market by offering their unique Gujarati take on scotch bonnet chilli sauce, a great stocking filler for any spice fiends! 

One of the top sauces on the market. THE Sauce Shop is offering two festive specials this years. A sharp/tangy Brussels Sprout Ketchup and a tart/sweet Spiced Cranberry Ketchup both priced at £2.99 or as a gift set priced at £8.99 – making them the perfect stocking filler. 

 

Heinz Beanz fans will jump for joy this festive season as Heinz launches their set of limited-edition Heinz Beanz Baubles for the first time ever. 

 

 

 

Calling all Nutella fans! The much-loved spread is bringing back the ultimate gift for Christmas with the return of its personalised Nutella jars, where fans can get their name, or a Christmas message, emblazoned on a jar using the online personalisation service. 

 

Crosta & Mollica’s Classic Christmas Panettone is a light, sweet cake enriched with butter, candied citrus fruits and sultanas. Every Panettone is proved for forty hours to develop a rich flavour and light texture and then slowly baked in a traditional tunnel oven. 

Little beans of joy lovingly dipped in 71% sustainable dark chocolate. A vodka-fuelled treat guaranteed to warm your cockles on a frosty winter’s evening – and they’re in plastic free packaging too! 

Le Pain Quotidien, as famous for its stunning range of organic, artisan breads as it is for its warming tartines and Speculoos lattes, today announces a beautiful hamper just in time for the festive season. The hamper comes loaded with serious wine and food stunners and is available for same daydelivery* in London.  

Christmas is going to be looking a little different for all of us this year, and the usual family feast might be a slightly smaller affair than we’re accustomed to, however Forman & Field have launched The Ultimate Christmas Care Package  which contains everything you’ll need for two people – Forman’s London Cure Smoked Salmon, Norfolk Bronze Turkey Ballotine for 2, all the trimmings and even festive Christmas crackers. 

Sing it loud, and sing it proud, “there is a little less conversation, and little more Cheddar, please” with The Elvis subscription box. This gift fit for a king provides that ‘Happy Cheese Day’ feeling not just for Christmas Day but well into the New Year. The Elvis can be bought for three, six, nine or 12 months, with each caer-fully crafted box delivering 4-5 cheeses guaranteed to be completely different and unique. 

This Christmas, if you’re looking for something a little bit different to give the foodie in your life look no further than Cheeky Food Co and its range of handmade chutneys, pickles and sprinkles. Home-made in small batches using traditional North Indian recipes they provide an authentic taste of the Land of Spice. All products in the range are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, sugar free, and contain no preservatives or additives. 

Knock Knock have only selected very special French, Italian and English cheese and DOP status charcuterie to include in this box. Perfect for “Apéritif”, “Antipasti”, a starter, enjoy it with friends and family (or alone we won’t judge) with a glass of red wine, it’s lovely! 

GIFTS FOR TEA AND COFFEE LOVERS 

For the first time ever, Starbucks fans will be able to get their festive favourites online and from major supermarkets across the country. The new range comes in red packaging inspired by Starbucks iconic red cup, launched twenty years ago to mark the arrival of the holiday season. Today, the visual of stores turning red and getting that first red cup ignites the holiday season for many.

Beloved hotspot Bird & Blend’s best seller is the Christamassy Gingerbread Chai. Originally inspired by our Nordic neighbours and their love for all things gingerbread -the recipe has recently been revamped for 2020. Delicious with or without milk and available in loose leaf and tea bags, a perfect winter warmer to fill up stockings this year. 

Artisan Coffee School are Europe’s leading coffee school who offer exceptional courses including the Home Brew Master Class (learn how to make yourself a café-standard cup at home) to a Latte Art course (impress your mates with hearts, swans, and other aesthetic masterpieces). There is also the signature master class which is highly popular. Home Brew Master Class is also available online. 


The Queer Eye style guru, Tan France, has created a limited edition collection of sustainable gifts, including the Tan France x Etsy Coffee Gift Set where he selected his favourite three coffees from the Chimney Fire Coffee range – all ethically sourced, packed in biodegradable bags and wrapped in an artisan gift box, along with coffee tasting notes and a Chimney Fire Coffee tote bag – the perfect gift for coffee lovers or the eco-conscious 

An establishment in Rye for almost a decade, Knoops has recently taken London by storm with their bourique stores. And now you can make luxury hot chocolate at home with a Knoopifier tahat allows you to make the very best Knoops hot chocolate, just like Knoopologists prepare in the shops. Experiment with adding a little extra flavour – a fruit, root, herb or spice. Use with your choice of Knoopifier buttons – choose your first free pouch below. This festive season, the Knoopifier bundle includes a FREE Knoops chocolate caddy (worth £5.95) for storing your buttons.

 

GIFTS FOR THE HOME COOK 

Through the course of this eccentric and charming book you will be taken on a day-long tour of south Bombay, peppered with much eating and drinking. Starting at breakfast, through to lunch, dinner and nightcaps, cult share recipes for beloved dishes such as Masala Chai, the Bacon Naan Roll, Black Daal, Okra Fries, Jackfruit Biryani, and Lamb Raan, along with delicious coolers and cocktails are included.

Ideal for those who like to take the guesswork out of cooking, the TimeSelect Digital Slow Cooker allows you to ‘Schedule Meal’, automatically determining the correct cooking process based on the end mealtime, food type, and the quantity of food being cooked. The end mealtime can be set for up to twelve hours before dinner is served, so being out all day no longer means coming home to an overcooked meal. 

The Bosch Tassimo My Way 2 creates customised drinks at the touch of a button, with over 40 drink options from well-known brands, including Costa, Milka and Twinings, are available, all wrapped in one machine. Each drink is personalised according to preference of strength, temperature and size, so every coffee connoisseur, latte lover, espresso enthusiast, filter fanatic, tea totaller, and hot choc-oholic is perfectly catered for. 

British Afghan BBQ restaurant have launched popular meal kits this year. Inclusive for vegans and all meat is halal. Options include smoked brisket, smoked lamb, Nacos, Afghan green chutney, crispy onions, red onion pickles, jalapeño jam, sour cream, pickled chillies (naco build instructions) 

This letter box hamper includes a selection of Real Cure’s most popular cured meats. All made from wild British deer, outdoor reared pork and locally sourced ingredients. 

The kits provide all the dry ingredients plus some handy extras and deliver a surprise kit direct to your door every month. They’re the perfect gift for both adults and teenagers wanting to try their hand at baking, but who don’t know where to start.Hone your baking repertoire and create mouth-watering concoctions including Rainbow Cake and Chocolate Drip Cake 

If you’re looking to really splash out on someone special this Christmas, this pizza oven could be perfect. Alfresco dinning has gone viral this year and we think more and more people will be extending the use of their outdoor spaces well into winter by creating vibrant foodie frescos. With sales of firepits and outdoor heaters flying, it’s time to clear out the old rusty BBQ and bring in an authentic clay wood fired oven that knocks out restaurant-quality pizzas and Michelin-inspired dishes that will make your neighbours green with envy. 

The Ultimate Christmas Hamper from Meg Rivers provides all the Christmas favourites delivered to your door whilst supporting a worthy cause with a £10 donation to Teenage Cancer Trust. The Limited Edition Stag Classic Christmas Cake is a real showstopper and will take centre stage on your festive table. Made to Meg Rivers’ original recipe with fine French Brandy, choc full of vine fruits and nuts and decorated with marzipan and icing and a beautiful gold iced stag and sumptuous festive ribbons.

 

Currently available in three distinct flavours: Scotch Bonnet & Mango, Sir Cha Cha garlic and Fireflame and Jalapeño & Lime, this hot sauce is sure to put the flames in someone’s stocking this winter. Great for the eco-conscious foodie everything is made with only natural ingredients, with no additives in a kitchen is powered by renewable electricity and carbon-offset gas, meaning zero carbon footprint when cooking the sauce 

For those busy foodies who always make a cup of tea and let it go cold, the Ember heated mug is temperature controlled from a phone app  to keep the cuppa perfectly toastie. It’s great for anyone who like their tea cooler or drinks speciality teas that should be consumed at less than bioling

The Hot Smoke In A Box from Hot Smoked is the perfect gift for those just starting out on their outdoor cooking adventure and a great introduction to using smoke flavour. This mini hot smoking starter kit comes with oak chips that will infuse food with flavour, natural wood wool firelighters, matches and a detailed instruction leaflet,

If you’re loved ones isn’t able to get to restaurants in the new year, let them create it at home with a Plateaway voucher. With it they’ll be able to pick up a meal kit from a restaurant of their choice, including Shoryu Ramen, Homeslice, Bancone, Dirty Bones, Blondies Kitchen and Patty & Bun. A great gift for home cooks and restaurant connoisseur alike. 

Drinkmate Countertop is an at-home beverage carbonater that adds fizz CO2 to any liquid. It’s great for making cocktails, spritzing up kids’ drinks. Plus, it reduces our carbon footprint by limiting the number of plastic bottles that reach landfills, fun for all the family. 

A favourite kitchen essential of many celebrity chefs and professional cooks, the Thermapen thermometer gives an accurate temperature reading in just three seconds, achieving cooking perfection every time. Stylish, easy to use and available in a range of vibrant colours, the Thermapen is a must-have for every kitchen.

Take four sisters from Gujarat with a serious talent for making curry sauces, and throw in one seasoned street food trader with a penchant for big flavour and what do you get? You get Swaadish, a six-strong range of deliciously vibrant, versatile curry sauces in a jar, two of which have just scooped a Great Taste Award.

VEGAN, HEALTHY & ALCOHOL FREE GIFTS 

A selection of sixteen multi award-winning chocolate truffles that bring smiles to chocolate lovers everywhere. Exquisite taste adventures created from simple, carefully chosen, organic ingredientst that are completely vegan, Box includes: Hazelnut Crunch, Almond Salted Caramel, Stem Ginger, Around Midnight Espresso & Rhubarb & Vanilla Fool Chocolate Truffles. Vegan, Organic, Dairy free, Gluten Free & Soya Free 

Woodies CBD Kombucha combines the substantial health benefits of both CBD and Kombucha to offer a rejuvenating natural boost to your health and wellbeing. Kombucha is rich in antioxidants and has been widely reported to improve digestion, metabolism and energy. The addition of CBD with its naturally occurring medicinal properties such as improving chronic pain and mental health.

With flavours including elderflower, mint, lemon and basil, TRIP CBD gift pack is a great gift for anyone trying to relax after the end of a stressful year. Deliciously refreshing, lightly sparkling and infused with natural adaptogens for stress-free sipping. Drink chilled from the can or mix into cocktails 

Founded in late 2018 by husband and wife team Josh & Lisa Puddle, MOMO Kombucha is certified organic and brewed with only the finest natural ingredients. It consists of organic loose-leaf tea, filtered water, organic raw cane sugar, a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast) and is flavoured with cold pressed organic juice and organic dried flowers.

Distilled, golden and spicy blend, packed with warming pineapple tropical notes, ginger and kola nut spices, the perfect non-alcoholic alternative to spiced rum. A great gift for anyone planning Dry January or wanting to embrace a more mindful, wellness-focused 2021 or anyone who lives the sober or sober-curious lifestyle.

 

The Gentlemen Barista’s has quickly become the go-to place to be seen since launching in London last year. And now you can enjoy their delicious coffee at home with a Moka Bundle. Perfect for people who believe the best coffee comes in small cups. Coming with two espresso cups and a bag of coffee included, this stylish addition to your kitchen will deliver high quality coffee every time.

Fickle about your favourite flavour? Remedy Kombucha’s gift pack is a great introduction to the flavours of kombucha for anyone who  is new to the trendy sprakling tes. Flavours include fresh Apple Crisp, sweet Raspberry Lemonade, zingy Ginger Lemon and fruity & floral Cherry Plum.  A great choice for anyone avoid booze.


For those that are more environmentally conscious when it comes to shopping, this is one of the most sustainable – and practical gifts this year.  Oddbox is a social enterprise that fights food waste at farm level, and is London’s first and only fruit and veg box that helps save our planet by rescuing surplus and imperfect produce directly from farms. 

 

BOOZY GIFTS

The Festive Espresso Martini Kit will offer three delicious Christmas themed syrup flavours from MONIN – Caramel, Gingerbread & Roasted Hazelnut – along with a 700ml bottle of Mr Black, a 750ml deluxe cocktail shaker and double spirit measure as well as Allpress Coffee Concentrate. Not forgetting a Mr Black recipe card so you can make festive Espresso Martinis at home.

Whilst bubbles lovers may have sipped on other sparkling rosé wines, PINK Prosecco has never been allowed to be made before – but following Italian government approval on the production of Prosecco DOC Rosé in May this year, the first ever pink Prosecco has been produced and will be available to buy just in time for Christmas. PINK Prosecco DOC Rosé is a blend of 100% pure Glera & Pinot Noir grapes, presented in striking pink & black bottles.

 

A blushing gin from Tarsier, this pink spirit was inspired by the founders’ travels around Southeast Asia! Raspberries and red dragon fruit are distilled alongside galangal, calamansi (a variety of lime) and seven traditional botanicals. After distillation, raspberry and lychee are infused into the spirit, giving it a pink hue. Great with tonic, a handful of fresh raspberries and sprig of fresh mint to garnish. 

Signature Brew will bring the pub to you for Christmas with a selection of their award-winning craft beers (something for everyone), with glassware, Christmas snacks, a Christmas music quiz and exclusive Christmas playlists curated by music journalists to accompany the beers themselves. Pub In A Box is available throughout the UK and is delivered in 1-2 days. 

Dreamt up during the Covid-19 lockdown, amie is a French wine created for friends, by friends. Founded by engaged couple, American Abbie Roden and Englishman Will Sandbach, amie was created during lockdown in London when they recognised an opportunity to bring a cool, delicious French rosé to the UK market, direct-to consumer, with free delivery to your door.

Ealing Gin is made in ultra small batch, made in the heart of Ealing by husband and wife team Amanda and Simon Duncan. It tastes beautiful. Floral and silky smooth. But what’s even lovelier about it is that it actually does good, with 20 per cent of profits going to charities which support lonely and vulnerable people.

 

Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin has become something of a global phenomenon since it was first created in Australia’s Yarra Valley in 2015. The result of an experiment-gone-right, this gin is what happens when you mix Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin with the finest Victorian cool climate shiraz grapes. No additional sugar, colourings or flavours are added, just bloody good gin and bloody delicious shiraz grapes. 

 

The art of making fine bourbon first took place on the site of the Woodford Reserve Distillery, a National Historic Landmark, in 1812. The perfectly balanced taste of our Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is comprised of more than 200 detectable flavour notes, from bold grain and wood, to sweet aromatics, spice, and fruit & floral notes 

Black Cow is the world’s first vodka to be made 100% from cow’s milk, and they have just launched their Christmas Spirit (which was so popular it sold out in 48 hours and they had to go into a second production run almost instantly!).  The Christmas treat has all the ingredients of a Christmas spirit in a vodka base.

Metaxta’s Private Reserve Brandy is the oldest expression in the range. Containing brandies aged for up to 30 years, this is rich and full-bodied yet at the same time has a real elegance. 

 Wine List is a wine education subscription box. Launched in 2019, Wine List is already helping thousands of wine lovers learn about wine each month. Subscribers get access to the ‘Wine Roots’ learning course, digital lessons and in-person events. Each subscription can include two, six or 12 bottles of wine, and starts at £39 per month.

 

The Emissary, has launched a product made for celebrating. Unveiled in July, The Emissary Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut is a gift for discerning wine lovers and a sophisticated Christmas table addition – rich and complex with extra fine, velvety bubbles, it is made from only the finest selection of grapes grown on The Emissary’s family-run vineyard in Italy’s ‘DOCG Asolo’ region

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