From sumptuous hampers to champagne and the latest and best gadgets, here are our team’s top choices for gifts for foodie friends and family.
Dukeshill Box of Delights Hamper £250 www.dukeshillham.co.uk
Cuisinart Air Fryer Mini Oven
Cuisinart Air Fryer Mini Oven, £250 www.cuisinart.co.uk
The Air Fryer Mini Oven is quick and easy to use and produces golden, crispy, air fried meals, with little or no oil, as a healthier alternative to deep-frying.
With 7 different cooking functions to choose from, it’s so much more than an air fryer. It can also be used to cook perfectly baked treats, delicious roasts, crisp tasty 12” pizzas, expertly grilled meat and fish and evenly cooked toasties and paninis. As well as toast cooked exactly to your preference.
With a super-fast 90 second heat-up time, the Air Fryer Mini Oven is ready to use almost instantly and with its powerful, controlled airflow technology, it cooks 30% faster than a conventional oven, so you can have perfect, evenly cooked dishes made in minutes.
DOM RUINART 2010
Maison Ruinart presents a new vintage, Dom Ruinart 2010, a champagne made from 100% chardonnay grapes from exceptional terroir. In 2010, Ruinart Maison decided to replace crown caps with cork for Dom Ruinart, enabling Ruinart to age these precious bottles on lees for longer. It took more than a decade to reach its full potential. More than ten years of supervised rest in the depths of the Maison’s chalk quarry cellars in Reims. Dom Ruinart’s chalk wrap offers a new interpretation of the second skin innovation. Velvety soft to the touch like chalk, it transforms this exceptional bottle into a sculptural object. The gentle reliefs and crevices crisscross, as if carved directly into chalky rock. It evokes the unbreakable link between Dom Ruinart and the chalk, from the growing of the vine on chalky soils, to the time when the vintage is aged in chalk cellars. It illustrates savoir-faire and respect for nature.
Priced at £215 and available 10 August from Clos19.com
Niederegger marzipan range www.JohnLewis.com
Delicious gifts for marzipan lovers – from small stocking fillers to gorgeous generous boxes.
KitchenAid Design Series Blossom 4.8L Stand Mixer
KitchenAid Design Series Blossom 4.8L Stand Mixer £749 www.kitchenaid.co.uk
The ultimate gorgeous gift for any keen bakers in the family – and something that will last for years and years to come.
The Mixer Design Series 4.7 L Blossom Artisan is an iconic tilt-head KitchenAid stand mixer in a unique soft thyme green colour with a hammered copper bowl. Its solid design makes it an extension of your hands, allowing you to express yourself with confidence.
The motor is quiet and long lasting and the original planetary action provides fast and thorough mixing, touching the bowl at 59 points per rotation.
This stand mixer comes with a 4.7 L copper bowl with a food-safe stainless steel interior. It will develop its own unique patina over time, or can be polished, depending on your preference. The mixer comes with a solid stainless steel whisk, dough hook, flat beater and pastry beater.
As you develop and grow as a maker, there are lots of exciting optional attachments (sold separately) that you can plug into the multipurpose attachment hub. Choose anything from a pasta cutter to a food grinder, vegetable sheet cutter or grain mill, to unleash your creativity.
Melitta Solo PM Coffee Machine
Melitta Solo PM Coffee Machine www.melitta.co.uk
The perfect luxury gift for any coffee lover you know. This slim fully automatic Caffeo Solo coffee machine focuses on the essentials: pure coffee enjoyment with freshly ground coffee beans. Also gives you minimalist design, compact dimensions and ease of use. Sometimes less is more – more coffee enjoyment and more space. Exlusive to Melitta.
Jacquart 2010 Cuvee Alpha Brut Champagne
Jacquart 2010 Cuvee Alpha Brut Champagne £131
This delightful, elegant champagne is a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. It’s perfect as a wonderful gift for someone special, or to mark any significant occasion such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve or Day. It’s the ideal champagne for a festive toast of aperitif. You’ll discover notes of lemon, brioche, stone fruits and a hint of honeysuckle.
Ron Santiago de Cuba
Ron Santiago De Cuba Extra Anejo 11 Years Old – Signature £45.99
KitchenAid Steel Core Enamel Covered Casserole 24cm in Empire Red
KitchenAid Steel Core Enamel Covered Casserole 24cm in Empire Red £145 www.amazon.co.uk
Another wonderful gift for any keen chef in the family. This multi-layer enamel casserole pot is made with natural materials, has a non-reactive and acid-resistant cooking surface for optimal taste preservation. It will last and last, crafted with extremely durable scratch and chip resistant German made enamel, and has a steel core providing excellent high heat retention, durable closed stainless steel rim for drip-free pouring and a tempered glass lid for cooking precision. It can be used on all hobs, including induction and is reassuringly made without any PFAS-chemicals, which is much better for your health and for the environment. https://www.kitchenaid.co.uk/
Margaret Dabbs Luxury Christmas Crackers x 6 £66
For the best dressed Christmas table in town, Margaret Dabbs London presents six luxurious, traditional, handmade Christmas crackers. They are beautifully stylish, designed in snowflake white with gold foil and perfect to adorn your lavish Christmas table. Spoil your guests with our unique crackers, containing a fabulous assortment of award-winning beauty products.
Russell & Atwell fresh chocolates
Russell & Atwell fresh chocolates www.russellandatwell.com
Utterly moorish, once you’ve tried these fresh chocolates, you’ll never crave any others. Keep in the fridge if you don’t eat them all in one go!
Whole Foods Market Wicklein Musical Biscuit Tin
Whole Foods Market Wicklein Musical Biscuit Tin £15.99 www.wholefoodsmarket.co.uk
Whole Foods Market is a treasure trove of delights and inspiration for Christmas. There are so many wonderful products to suit all budgets, from stocking fillers and chocolate treats from under £5 upwards. It really is a one-stop-Christmas-shop.
Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut
Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut www.laithwaites.co.uk
Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut is a Christmas tipple must this year, an emblematic multi-vintage blend sourced from 3 grape varieties: 20% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir and 30% Meunier. With fresh, elegant, and harmonious notes it pairs perfectly with seafood, the ideal accompaniment to oysters, smoked salmon, and lobster. A Champagne like no other, the Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut should be on everyone’s Christmas list: bubbles to create special memories over a jubilant feast.
Journey’s End Cap Classique Brut Reserve
A fantastic sparkling wine perfect for any special occasion. It’s blend of red and white grapes with notes of citrus, pear, crushed almond and biscuit. Full bodied and well balanced with fresh zestiness due it’s acidity and delicate fruit
London No.1 Gin
The original blue gin for a gin-loving sophisticate. Historically London gins were always a striking blue haze, with the colour generated during in the distillation process. Recognising that colour and flavour enhance the consumer experience, the craftsmen behind London No 1 set about recapturing the essence of London-style gins from yesteryear.
London No.1 is a triple-distilled small batch gin with quality, and more importantly, colour, at the heart. Seventh generation master distiller Charles Maxwell’s renowned knowledge of herbs and spices allowed him to create a complex yet classic gin. Its twelve select botanicals result in a delicate and aromatic spirit, with quality balsamic notes, delicious in a G&T or in a martini.
Smith & Sinclair Naughty of Nice?
Smith & Sinclair Naughty of Nice? £49.99 www.SmithandSinclair.com
The perfect treat for sweet-loving grown ups. Just make sure you hide them from the kids!
Tracklements Festive Goodies Box
Tracklements Festive Goodies Box RRP £20.70 from www.tracklements.co.uk
A special box of festive condiments – each a perfect accompaniment to any Christmas fare. Trackelments is based in the heart of Wiltshire and make an award-winning range of over 60 artisan condiments, from the UK’s first Wholegrain Mustard to award-winning Fresh Chilli Jam. They are all hand made in small batches with the finest ingredients which come British farmers and spice growers the company knows and trusts from all over the globe.
Mom Rocks Gin
This is the ‘Queen’ of gins. Or for a proper princess! It’s distilled in copper pot stills and made with classic botanicals including juniper, coriander and angelica root.
Amazon – £22.00
Master of Malt – £20.45
Daylesford Fine Christmas Fare
For a wide range of scrumptious hampers to suit all tastes, Daylesford is the place to go. All products are made with the highest quality ingredients and by artisan producers. Daylesford also offer individual items too – so you can create your own luxury foodie gifts, or of course, treat yourself to fine festive fare. The organic Christmas Cake in a Tin is excellent, and they do organic red wine, perfect for Christmas Dinner.
The Reid Single Malt Vodka
From the folks over at the Cardrona Distillery in New Zealand comes The Reid, a single malt vodka! Malted barley is milled, mashed, fermented and distilled in a copper pot. Then, it goes through a second distillation in two German column stills before it’s blended with local water and bottled at 44% ABV. The round bottle is beautifully designed too. From Masters of Malt
Caorunn Small Batch Scottish Gin
A perfect gift for gin lovers – Caorunn’s Scottish Raspberry Gin perfectly demonstrates the clever way their Copper Berry Chamber extracts maximum flavour from the 11 gin botanicals used, with an added blast of fruitiness from refreshing Perthshire Raspberries. This fine small-batch gin is distinctly fruity, with raspberry and the tartness of the rowan to the fore. You’ll enjoy a pleasing mouthfeel and a lingering finish.
Melora Manuka Honey
Melora Manuka Honey https://melora.co.uk/
Wonderful as a treat or for its acclaimed healing properties. This Manuka Honey, produced in New Zealand is one of the finest you’ll find. It’s delicious and highly effective with 300+MGO.
Balblair Single Malt Collection
Recognised and revered around the world, Balblair’s award-winning exceptional whisky delivers unmatched quality and exceptional craftsmanship with every bottle. Established in 1790, Balblair’s distillery is tucked away in the ancient heart of the Highlands near the Dornoch Firth, a place you’ll be warmly welcomed. What makes Balblair so exceptional is how its whisky is produced. From sourcing its water from the nearby Allt Dearg burn, to the meticulous cask selection policy meaning only the finest hand-selected casks are used from around the world, Balblair has its own distinctive qualities that separates itself from any other whisky. Balblair’s single malt Scotch whisky is intriguingly complex and satisfying. It captures intense characteristics at both the start and end of the spirit cut including notes of apricots, oranges, spices, green apples, leather and nuts. You can choose from the12-Year-Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (RRP £44.45), 15 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (RRP £74.25),18 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (RRP £120), and last but not least – the 25 Year Old Single Malt (RRP £500), has developed and mellowed, becoming concentrated, full-bodied and indulgent, brimming with the dark intensity of chocolate praline and spices. With an aroma of indulgent overripe apricots and dark liquorice that stand out against polished oak and a touch of saddle wax, the drink is finished with flavours of warming, smooth chocolate and blood oranges. Any of these is the perfect gift among the most discerning whisky drinkers.
For more information please visit: https://www.balblair.com/
To purchase Balblair, please visit: https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com
Nutrition Geeks Supplement Bundle £18.99
Graham Beck Brut
Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs £24 www.Majestic.co.uk
One of our favourite sparkling wines. Bright lime green colour with rich aromas of fresh limes, green apples, pears and lemon zest on the nose. Delicately balanced flavours of succulent citrus, brioche and spice combines with yeasty complexity, broadening the palate with layered textures and leading to a long finish.
Opia Cabernet Sauvignon from Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market Opia Cabernet Sauvignon £5.99 wholefoodsmarket.co.uk
A super value organic red which will work wonderfully well with Christmas dinner. Just one of many, many excellent wines from Whole Foods Market – a fantastic place to do all your festive shopping under one roof or online.
Microplane® Master Series Truffle Tool 2in1 Slicer & Grater
Microplane® Master Series Truffle Tool 2in1 Slicer & Grater www.boroughkitchen.com
A super gift for any foodie friend of family member. Microplane is a household name worldwide for its exceptional blades, which grate ingredients without bruising and tearing them – and they will last for years and years.
With a turn of the knob, you can precisely adjust this Truffle Slicer & Grater to cut at your desired thickness. A non-slip base provides stability against the surface of a cutting board when using the grater end, and a notch in the handle allows you to hang it on a rack. The Master Series features the same blades as their popular originals but with Kentucky walnut handles, a homage to their origins as manufacturers of woodworking tools. This tool is not just for truffles, but is also ideal for mushrooms, radishes, hard cheese and chocolate.
Brindisa Hampers www.brindisa.com
Introduce a little Spanish magic to your Christmas with one of the many wonderful hampers from this fantastic company. All items are made from the finest ingredients and produced by skilled artisan producers. There’s no finer way to enjoy a little Spanish flavour at this festive time of year.
Clarendelle Rouge 2016
Clarendelle, inspired by Haut-Brion, offers wines which embody the subtle balance between savoir-faire and a resolutely contemporary expression of the French art de vivre. Clarendelle Rouge 2016 has notes of red fruit and blackcurrant alongside floral overtones reminiscent of violet. Best paired with all types of classic Christmas roast dishes including beef, lamb, poultry, and nut roasts, it is the ideal accompaniment to a festive feast with all the trimmings!
With a set price of £19.80 and available on Hedonism Wine, it is an affordable luxury perfect for end of year celebrations.
Sipsmith London Very Berry Gin
Sipsmith Very Berry – A berry twist on the classic G&T £28.50 www.Sipsmith.com
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV champagne
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV is a perfect balance of freshness and generosity. To achieve the depth and complexity required by the house style, Charles Heidsieck age their Non-Vintage Brut for three years, much longer than the legal requirement of 15 months.
Jing Tea One Cup Tea-iere
Jing Tea One Cup Tea-iere, 250ml £23.30
Microplane Black Sheep Fine Grater
Microplane Black Sheep Fine Grater, RRP £49.95 www.boroughkitchen.com
A wonderful gift any chef in the family will adore and use for years to come. It’s made by Microplane, household name across the world for their exceptional, patented photo-edged blades, which grate ingredients without bruising and tearing.
This multi-purpose extra coarse grater is made of stainless steel with a matt black finish, coated in PVD for a scratch-resistant finish. It has a no-slip rubber base that lets you stand it up at an angle over a plate or cutting board as you finely grate cheese, chocolate, spices, garlic, chilli, and ginger, as well as zest citrus.
The notch in the handle allows you to hang it on a rack. It is dishwasher safe, but repeated exposure to dishwasher chemicals may dull the blades and shorten the lifespan of the product—hand washing is recommended to keep it at its best.
CVNE Cune Cava
CVNE Cune Cava £14.99 www.Majestic.co.uk
Lovely refined and elegant Cava. Creamy with notes of ripe apple and freshly toasted bread
CVNE Cune Reserva
CVNE Cune Reserva 2018 £15.50 www.Waitrose.com
Rich. Warm. Vanilla-spiced. It’s aged in oak barrels for 50% longer than it legally needs to be, giving it more finesse, more coconut spice, more softness
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2020
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2020 £17.30 www.Waitrose.com
Stylishly crafted from a range of clones planted on selected vineyard sites in the Awatere and Wairau Valleys of Marlborough. Silky complexity has been enhanced by 10 months barrel ageing.
Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay 2019
Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay 2019 £17.50 www.TaurusWines.co.uk
Esporão Quinta do Ameal Loureiro 2020
Esporão Quinta do Ameal Loureiro 2020 £15.10 www.etonvintners.com
Wynns Coonawarra Shiraz
Intense aromas of wild blackberry with distinctive white floral notes. Delicate oak supports the fine palate structure, leaving room for ripe tannins. The finish is drawn out with hints of cedar, nutmeg and fragrant bay leaf. This is a beautifully balanced wine ready to enjoy now or in a few years, paired well with smoky grilled meats and veggies.
CVNE Asua Crianza 2018
CVNE Asua Crianza 2018 £12.25 www.Selfridges.com
The wine has a delicious nose of blackberries and blackcurrant , with hints of liquorice
Belvedere Limited Edition Selfridges Bottle
Belvedere Limited Edition Selfridges Bottle, available in store from 21st November at £39.99
Yeti and the Fox
Yeti and the Fox 10 Wellness Packs £37.99
Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot 2020
Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
£12.49 | www.Waitrose.com
Dark cherry and plum fruit notes mingle with a tad of smokiness. The grapes come from vineyards in Gimblett Gravels and the wine was previously only sold in New Zealand.
Villa Maria Reserve Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2021
Marlborough, New Zealand
£14.00 | www.Sainsburys.co.uk
Aromatics of lemongrass and jalapeño with flavours of lime and fresh snow peas