From the grandiose meals to splurging on top ingredients, Christmas is a special time for the food-lover. Finding the perfect present for them, however, can be tricky. If someone’s into their food and drink then a bottle of something tasty or a posh ingredient from the local deli will go down a treat, but to really impress it can be hard to know where to start. From culinary masterclasses to kitchen gadgets, our Christmas gift guide for foodies will help you find the perfect present for the gourmet in your life.
COOKERY COURSE AT THE LANGHAM
Just opened at stylish central London hotel, The Langham, is Sauce – a fun new cookery school boasting a dream kitchen and a roster of courses to suit both beginner and accomplished home cooks. Building block courses cover the basics like stocks and sauces or how to ‘Master the Pasta’, while Masterclasses ramp up those culinary skills with full day courses developed in partnership with two Michelin-starred chef, Michel Roux Jr. Learn trade secrets from The Langham’s team of professional chefs in an informal atmosphere, then feast on the fruits of your labours in chic dining spaces, over a glass of wine or two. A voucher for Sauce by The Langham will leave foodie friends and family with new skills, great memories – and happy tummies!
Masterclass Voucher £295, Building Block Voucher £150; saucebylangham.com
CHEESE MAKING KIT
Serious foodies will love filling the festive cheese board with something homemade. With this cheese-making kit, they’ll have everything they need to whip up delicious mozzarella, ricotta, burrata and soft cheeses from the comfort of their own kitchen. What a great way to spend a few hours during the post-Christmas lull.
The ultimate in luxury kitchen kit, Le Cresuet is world-famous for its enamelled cast iron cookware that stands the test of time while looking stylish on the stovetop. The signature range has been newly enhanced with larger handles for easy grip and an advanced interior enamel that is even more durable, stain resistant and easy to clean.
Signature Shallow Casserole Dish, from £210; lecreuset.co.uk
MARCATO ATLAS 150 PASTA MAKER
Those looking to master the art of pasta-making will want this Marcato pasta maker for their latest kitchen companion. Built with practicality and purpose in mind, the simple design makes creating delicious pasta in a variety of shapes easy, and polymeric resin scrapers and combs make for a quick cleanup. Perfetto.
CARAVAN COFFEE ROASTERS BREW PACK
Die-hard coffee fans will adore this deluxe Caravan Coffee Roasters brew pack. Complete with pearl scales, a pour-over kettle and a grinder, they’ll never moan about the quality of their coffee again.
BAILEYS SALTED CARAMEL
Our favourite tipple just got a delicious update for the winter months: say hello to Baileys Salted Caramel. The velvety smooth Baileys Original Irish Cream has been expertly blended with rich caramel and a hint of salt for an indulgent and decadent drink that is utterly irresistible. It’s delicious on its own over ice, or as an extra-cosy Baileys Salted Caramel hot chocolate.
SELFRIDGES VEGAN CHRISTMAS GIFT BOX
Vegans won’t miss out on the festive feasting with this Vegan Christmas Gift Box from Selfridges. Stuffed with everything from pumpkin-spiced panettone and figgy pudding to divine fudge and nutty pralines, there are sweet treats for everyone to enjoy. What’s more, it’s all wrapped in recyclable packaging. Cheers to sustainability.
ROBERT WELCH SIGNATURE KNIFE BLOCK
Having a decent set of knives is a kitchen essential and certainly something worth splurging on. This Q Knife Block from Robert Welch houses four fundamental knives for all cheffing abilities, with Japanese-style blade edges and handles that have been ergonomically shaped for comfort and balance. Plus, the stylish design looks striking on the worktop.
IKO COCKTAIL SHAKER
Cocktail connoisseurs can shake, rattle and roll with this 20s-style cocktail shaker. Made with a deep blue soda lime glass base and brushed gold-toned accents, it’s guaranteed to add an opulent touch to cocktail hour.
Environmentally-aware foodies will love these beeswax wraps, the eco-friendly reusable alternative to cling film. The Beeswax Wrap Co. have a pattern to suit all preferences, as well as a range of vegan wraps made from a combination of four plant waxes.
From £10; beeswaxwraps.co.uk
SRIRACHA MINI KEYCHAIN BOTTLE
Nigella Lawson famously carries a bottle of Sriracha chilli sauce in her handbag, no doubt you know someone who does the same. For those that can handle the heat, this Sriracha mini bottle is a must. It’s refillable and has a leak-proof cap.
SMYTHSON RECIPE DIARY
This Smythson recipe diary is a little bit of luxury, ideal for keeping tabs on favourite recipes and restaurants, as well as meal and menu-planning. Choose from two colours of gorgeously-soft crossgrain lambskin.
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