Whether you’re preserving family traditions or seeking something new, food is a talking point at any festivity. From sophisticated gifts for foodies to blow-the-budget luxuries, here are our favourite foodie gifts for Christmas 2020.
Foodie gifts for Christmas 2020 #1: HAMPERS
The team at Harvey Nichols have created a massive range of foodie gifts for Christmas 2020 including their famous hampers. The festive season isn’t complete without a luxury Christmas hamper and they have one to suit every festive whim. The jewel in the crown is The Ultimate Christmas Foodmarket Hamper.
It delivers right to the door the heady aromas of freshly brewed coffee and exclusive fine wines, the rich tradition of Christmas pudding and brandy butter, the salty moreishness of Emmental and Gouda, the decadence of the finest Champagnes and balsamic vinegar lovingly matured for fifteen years, the provenance of shortbread made in Edinburgh to an old family recipe, the unrivalled refreshment of a great gin and tonic, the joy of starting the day with Campari-infused marmalade and finishing it with boozy chocolate truffles, and so much more. All-in-all, there are 34 different pleasures packed into this one wicker hamper.
The Ultimate Christmas Foodmarket Hamper is £500
Delicario Christmas Hampers
Luxury brand Delicario in Kent are creating hampers full of fine artisan food and wine, supporting small-scale sustainable producers of authentic regional European delicacies. With a farm to table approach, the emphasis is on high quality natural ingredients of sweet, savoury, gluten free, vegan and everything in between.
Deliveries throughout the UK can be made the next day and each hamper is easily personalised from a hugelist of items from truffles, chocolates, cured ham, artisan cheese, pâté, specialty olives, Wagyu cuts, authentic artisan pasta, sauces to family vineyard fine wine and champagne.
Hampers from £40
Foodie gifts for Christmas 2020 #2: A Dorchester Christmas at Home
For the first time ever, the hotel is bringing a Dorchester Christmas to your home. Whether hosting at any time over the holiday season, or saving it for the big day itself, The Dorchester will ensure you have everything you might need, including virtual consultations on getting everything just right from an event manager, sommelier and chef to enjoy a Christmas feast with all the trimmings.
The Dorchester Christmas at Home can be delivered to homes within eight miles of the hotel in London and includes a full three course Christmas feast with canapes, wine pairings, petit fours, accompanied by festive decorations for the table, menus, The Dorchester aprons and even background piano music from The Promenade at The Dorchester.
£450 for two people including wine, with additional guests priced at £190. There is a £100 supplement when booking for Christmas Day.
Foodie gifts for Christmas 2020 #3: KITCHEN GIFTS
Kitchenaid Artisan 4.8L Stand Mixer in Pebbled Palm
With everything needed to create festive showstoppers, the Artisan Tilt-Head 4.8L Stand Mixer comes in colours to suit every style of kitchen and décor. Pebbled Palm is a dusky dark green with a textured finish that comes with standard accessories and 15 optional dishwasher-safe extras. This is the ultimate culinary companion this Christmas.
Make first-class fresh coffee every festive morning, as if brewed by hand, at the push of a button. The electric pour over system features an open filter so that the brewing process is a celebration for the senses. With a pre-brew function to give the coffee ideal blooming time, anyone can be a barista this Christmas and look good standing next to this eye-catching design.
Barbecues for Christmas? Not likely, but for those in need of a helping hand with the Christmas dinner, the Weber Connect step-by-step barbecue assistant now features seasonal winter recipes including Christmas turkey and ham or even roast duck. With remote wifi access, flip notifications and readiness countdowns, ‘tis the season to get your grill on.
For artisan hot chocolate at home this festive season, the Knoopifier is a German designed kitchen gadget that allows everybody to make the very best creamy and warming chocolate drink. With a polished stainless-steel finish, the Knoopifier heats and froths milk for proper hot chocolate.
Microplane Adjustable V-Blade Slicer
Designed to effortlessly and precisely cut ingredients such as fruits, vegetables and cheeses for festive platters, the ultra-sharp V blade is non-slip and easy to hold. The universal handguard keeps fingers safe and is suitable for left- or right-hand use. Use the Adjustable V-Blade for slicing and the Julienne to create magnificent festive gourmet decorations.
Foodie gifts for Christmas 2020 #4: RESTAURANT KITS AT HOME
Ceru Cook at Home kits
Recreate Ceru’s favourite Levantine inspired dishes at home with their delicious meal kits for two – sustainably packaged, great value, delivered nationwide across the UK, simple to prepare and ready in under half an hour. This is so much more than a cook at home kit but a totally eco-friendly approach, using recyclable bioplastics and reusable packing throughout and wrapped in a beautiful slick cloth that you can reuse as a tablecloth or fashion accessory. These stunning printed cloth wraps are available to purchase individually as well.
Choose between beef fillet, lamb, chicken or vegan with all ingredients sourced directly from local suppliers and London food markets to reduce the carbon footprint. It’s also rather delicious. Our lamb box had a slow roasted lamb shoulder with shawarma spices, a pomegranate sauce accompanied by zucchini & feta fritters, spice roasted potatoes, houmous with pitta bread (or seasonal crudites) and a homemade Baklava to finish.
From £40 (UK delivery)
The logically named Restaurant Kits delivers signature dish and drink kits from the UK’s most loved independent restaurants who also deliver across the UK. Bringing the spirit of Christmas straight to your home, they are offering an array of festive recipe boxes with accompanying video cookery tutorials to help you host the ultimate restaurant quality shindig this Christmas. Free live cook-alongs will be available every week with private live cook-alongs also available.
Tom Griffiths of Flank restaurant has a cheeky 3 course kiev kit starting with baked camembert with toffee apple sauce and frazzle cracking crumble, truffle chicken kiev with creamy mash and finally, baked Madeleines with salted caramel dip and popcorn crumble.
The chicken kiev kit costs £30 per person
Foodie gifts for Christmas 2020 #5: SWEET THINGS
Handmade in the Sal De Riso bakery on the Amalfi Coast, this rather special panettone is 1KG and takes over 60 hours to prepare using a 60 year-old mother yeast. But this one is made with chocolate and not just any chocolate but two varieties of Venezuelan 72% chocolate, both renowned for their rich, dark flavours and notes of almonds and coffee, covered in a layer of edible gold leaf. Quite the centre piece, the panettone is presented on a china plate and packed in a gold gift box.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without luxury confectionery, and family owned Farhi have new hand-painted papier mache bonbonnières filled with a choice of dark chocolate gingers, cocoa dusted almonds or chocolate coated coffee beans.
Marzipan is a wonderful festive delicacy, and new for 2020, Niederegger have an impressive Christmas Carousel advent calendar that takes you on a journey through Santa’s grotto and onto his sleigh. Packed full of marzipan, truffles and pralines, this is certainly a self-indulgence that will last you 25 days…hopefully.
Chocolate lovers, prepare for lift off for this ultimate in foodie gifts for Christmas 2020. Budding home chefs will love the Chef’s Treasures from Willie’s Cacao in this chocolate cooking hamper. The ingredients (some of which cannot be bought elsewhere) include chocolate stock, Venezuelan roasted cacao nibs and plenty more to create both sweet and savoury chocolate dishes. We love Willie.
Lindt Christmas Teddy
No festive foodie gift guide is complete without the iconic Lindt Christmas Teddy. Lovingly crafted and shaped by master chocolatiers as a symbol of caring, this teddy bear with his warm smile and milk chocolate body makes the ideal stocking filler. Buy them from Boots or Boots.com and for every Lindt Teddy Green Jumper 200g purchased, Lindt will donate £1 to the NSPCC.
Foodie gifts for Christmas 2020 #6: FESTIVE FOOD
Good In Bread
No foodie gifts for Christmas 2020 would be complete without bread. Sourdough has defined 2020 and this Christmas, Londoners can choose superior sourdough that is better for you and easier to digest – delivered to your door. French American founder, Emily Caron, is rolling out a freshly baked subscription programme offering a ‘Loaf of the Week’ made from 100% natural ingredients and organic flours. Now we can call be Good in Bread this Christmas.
From £6.50 per week
Truffle Cream from Wiltshire Truffles
This collaboration between Wiltshire Truffles and chef Brett Graham / The Ledbury features a jar of nutty creamy deliciousness personally hand crafted by Brett. The truffle cream is made using the finest black winter truffles and pure natural truffle juice. It’s so versatile – use it anywhere you would use mayonnaise or like us, just eat the whole jar with a spoon. £1 will be donated to StreetSmart for every jar sold.
£22 for a 190ml jar
Panettone Bread & Butter Pudding with the RA Group
Part of the new RA EXPERIENCE, this masterclass at home is led by Jason Atherton. The ingredients and recipe arrive equipment and all you need is a mixing bowl, whisk, pan, oven dish, pastry brush, sieve, grater, knife and board. You can also experience other more savoury delights and cook-along with Michel Roux Jr and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
Tracklements 9 Mini Jar Gift Pack
Quite literally jam-packed with favourite condiments to complete the Christmas spread, this gift pack of best-sellers makes a supreme stocking filler pressie. It’s tough to pick a favourite because each jar is pretty addictive, but the sticky-sweet chilli jam is very versatile and deserves to fire up any Boxing Day cold meat buffet or creamy cheese board.
Truffle inspired goodies from Scala
Scala’ is still family owned and run in Piedmont, north-west Italy. The Italian truffle season varies for the white or black versions, however the love affair that Scala’ has with all things Italian has resulted in them travelling the length and breadth of Italy to bring a collection of these regional delicacies. The Scala Truffle Lovers Gift Box includes a truffle pesto, truffle oil, truffle and mushroom sauce, truffle tagliatelle and a mac n cheese truffle sauce.
Jack & Beyond Mince Pies
Divine mince pies are delivered nationwide from Fulham bakery-café, Jack & Beyond, who are handmaking traditional, chocolate or peanut butter varieties. This is simply a luxurious way to enjoy mince pies. The vegetarian mince pies with melt-in-the-mouth butter pastry and fragrant and fruity homemade mincemeat have two Great Taste stars too.
£12 for a box of 8
Cherry Tree Favourites Selection Box
No less than 10 of The Cherry Tree’s finest chutneys, preserves and marmalades feature in this gift box. For the sweet-toothed, the luscious strawberry jam is an old classic – great for afternoon teas, while the Real Ale Chutney is the answer to your finest spread of cold cuts and cheese whilst watching Home Alone.
A family-owned business, Buzzy Blends brings honey to the table with a tasty twist. The handmade honey is seriously big on flavour – blended into eclectic flavours such as peppermint or chocolate right through to lemon and ginger or cranberries. Nature’s best ingredients with incredible natural raw spring honey. We love the honey at Luxuriate Life.
Linden Leaf Cocktail Elements
Providing a convenient and sustainable way to garnish drinks, this innovative atomiser offers an expert finish to cocktails. Pop into the stocking of a mover or a shaker and help them to save the day when you’re in the mood for a Christmas Martini and have run out of oranges, lemons and limes. Each 20ml spray bottle can garnish over 80 drinks, so get mixing!
£25 (for a set of lemon, orange and lime bottles)
Sharpham Essential Devon Cheeseboard
Devon’s finest cheese-makers have collaborated on the Essential Devon Cheese Board, which features five artisan cheeses, each made with milk from cows and goats that have grazed Devon’s luscious pastures. Festive favourites are the rich and buttery Quickes Mature Cheddar and mellow yet complex Sharpham Ticklemore Goat – all boxed up and ready to go.
Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2021 to everyone. All imagery courtesy of the lovely brands above.
Featured image courtesy of Harvey Nichols.