This hand blender from Cuisinart is an impressive gift for someone looking to build up their kitchen. In a swish grey-blue, the blender’s top selling point is that it’s cordless, getting its energy instead from a charging station It comes with 3 attachments for blending / mixing, whisking and mashing, and is super powerful and just as adept at blending sauces or soups on the hob as it is creating pommes purées. This is a great gift for someone with a small kitchen as it performs 3 tasks in one gadget. Available from Cuisinart (£150).
Breville heated standmixer
If you’re in the market for a Big Ticket Item for a baking-obsessed loved one this Christmas, Breville’s new HeatSoft stand-mixer is a stand-mixer, but with the added ability to soften butter, speed up the activity of yeast, and melt chocolate. Armed with a dough hook, balloon whisk and two classic stand-mixer attachments, the machine is great for making breads, buttercream, ganaches, cakes, meringues and more. Available from Currys (£249).
This loaf pan from Sous Chef is unbelievably sturdy. What makes it special is the extra thick aluminised steel, as well as the clever lid, which slides on securely, to create the perfectly bronzed tin loaf bakers dream of. From sourdough to brioche, the tin makes getting the ideal shape to your loaf so easy. It’s also perfectly formed for Japanese shokupan, with which you can create the dreamiest katsu sando, or extra special French toast. One for the sourdough and baking nerds, this. Available from Sous Chef (£29.99).
De La Mer’s handpainted platter
De La Mer’s sculptural platter is crying out for a spread of oysters or a Christmas Eve fruits de mer. A luxurious piece for the shellfish lover in your life. Available from BF home (£65).
Espresso makers can be sophisticated, eye-wateringly expensive gadgets – or they can do the job simply, on the hob, like this award-winning design created by Michele de Lucchi for Alessi. Suitable for induction hobs, it’s a gorgeous bit of kit. Availabile from Alessi and John Lewis (£85).
What does every foodie want for Christmas? A pizza oven, of course. The rise of the pizza oven shows no signs of slowing down, and if you know someone who covets one they will not be disappointed by the Gozney Roccbox. The Roccbox will cook a pizza in 60 seconds, and is super simple to set up, you just need to get your hands on patio gas and a canister (available at petrol stations or many online suppliers). Then it’s just a case of hooking up your gas and you can have yourself a Neopolitan style pizza in no time. Available in olive green or grey, or in limited edition black for a special charitable edition, from Gozney (£399).
Just when you think their gadgets can’t get any better, Sage knock it out the park again! The Barista Express Impress offers dose control and mechanical tamping functions that take the guess work out of filling your basket and tamping pressure. The result is less mess and more precision, but most imporantly a supremely well extracted brew. This is the ideal treat for the coffee fanatic in your life. Available from Sage (£729).
What would you say if we told you it’s possible to buy a Sheffiled forged, professional grade steel knives, made by a fourth generation knife maker, with a handle made from plastic that would otherwise go to landfill? What would you say if we told you they are stunning to look and to hold, too? All Days knives have received nothing but glowing praise for their tools because they really are THAT good. Having already saved 1.346 kg of plastic, they’re doing good too. No knife looks the same, but each looks equally beautiful, and the new dinner knife sets are sure to have any recipient exceedingly chuffed. Be warned: owners of this knives will not want to stop playing with them… Available from All Day Goods (4 for £85).
We fell in love with the OurPlace Perfect Pot when it landed in the UK from the States last year. Now officially settled into the market (and our hearts), they’ve released their signature casserole dish in smaller versions. Excellent for solo diners or smaller food prep. These non-stick, oven-safe pots come in 6 stylish earthy/ pastel colours to match your kitchen because quite frankly they should be out on display! A gorgeously special gift for someone who really loves cooking but cooking with proper equipment. Available from OurPlace (£80).
Do you know someone who is forever making themselves a cup of tea or coffee only to find that by the time they go to drink it, it’s gone cold? Then this mug from Ember is going to change their life. It keeps your drink hot, at your chosen temperature, until you tell it you’ve finished. The temperature is controlled via an app on your phone, and there are clever pre-sets to ensure your latte, green tea or builders’ tea remain at a perfect drinking temperature. In stylish gold, copper, silver or black or grey, these mugs look the part, and the rechargeable saucer looks classy as anything too. For the new mum, builder, chef or nurse in your life, this is the gift of a hot cuppa tea, all year long. Available from Amazon (from £124.07).
We’ve spotted Addison Ross’s quirky bobbin grinders and their shiny lacquer finish on some high-profile food lovers’ dining tables… Available in 18 colours, from sage green and watermelon pink to deep cherry red, they’re like a modern sculpture for the countertop. Parcel up with quality peppercorns. Available from Addison Ross (£58).
If you’re shopping for the foodie that has everything and feel daunted at what to possibly buy, be rest assured that you can never go wrong with a casserole dish from Staub – they’ll use it for years and years to come. Available in many colours, but our eye goes to the sage green collection (from £219).
For that friend who is always on the lookout for a new hobby, the Atlas 1500 pasta maker (the Rolls Royce of pasta machines, in our opinion) will keep them entertained for hours. It’s designed to seamlessly clip onto kitchen countertops or tables and comes with 3 built-in attachments to make lasagne, wide fettuccine and thin tagliolini. Here’s hoping you’ll be the first person they invite round for dinner after Christmas. Available from Borough Kitchen (£150).
Lékué’s two-jar pickling kit is smart: adjustable discs keep items submerged and silicone valves let excess CO2 created during fermentation escape. Each holds 700ml and has a place to insert date labels. Serving tongs included. Available from Borough Kitchen (£33).
Limpet’s foodie sweatshirts
Young food lovers (or the young at heart) can wear their heart on their sleeve with Limpet’s range of groovy sweatshirts, emblazoned with comfort foods including hot chocolate, extra cheese and pizza and wine… Each has a matching cartoon motif embroidered on one cuff. Cute. Available from Limpet Store (£40) (T-shirts also available).
Knoops hot chocolate selection box
You don’t understand how good a Knoops hot chocolate is until you’ve tried it for yourself. Their range of white, milk and dark chocolate flakes can be stirred into hot milk for an instant hot chocolate fix sent from heaven! We love their tasting selection box, which ranges from the milkiest white chocolate, all the way up to the darkest of dark chocolates at 100%. Available from Knoops (£18).
A gift that’s not for the faint hearted. This heat-inducing subscription kit from Bauce Brothers Club introduces you to three small-batch, craft hot sauces from across the UK. The sauces are delivered right to your door, every three months. This is a great way for connoisseurs to try a variety of sauces from small suppliers. Available from Bauce Brothers (£23.99 per box).
If you’re giving a gift to someone who has had a difficult year, we think this menu from Simon Rogan is a fantastic pick. It offers the recipient a mega treat of a five course meal, with a take on the traditional roast turkey and all the trimmings. Each dish just needs to be heated up, and the instructions were incredibly easy to follow so this is ideal for someone who needs a pick-me-up over the festive season, but still something special. There’s a cauliflower velouté, a potted Cornish mackerel starter in a Kilner jar to keep, and stuffed local Goosnargh turkey served with fresh winter vegetables from the Simon Rogan farm. The Christmas pudding with fig leaf cream is a real highlight, and to finish? Mince pie chocolates. Available from Simon Rogan (£95).
Christmas without cheese is just wrong, so treat the cheese lover in your family to a chunk of Colston Bassett stilton, a king of the British blue cheese world. Fruity and savoury with a hint of Marmite, it’s the ideal Christmas cheeseboard cheese and the natural pairing to a festive glass of port. Why complicate it? Available from Neal’s Yard Dairy and the Fine Cheese Co (from £10.85).
Know someone who loves pasta with a passion? London’s iconic Italian delicatessen delivers all of the ingredients needed to come up with the perfect pasta dishes at home. The lucky recipient can try some bucatini alla puttanesca or a spicy Arrabbiata sauce alongside their rigatoni. The packaging is mightily impressive too, making for a really special sight on arrival. Available from Lina Stores (£70).
Bring restaurant-quality food to someone’s home this Christmas with a restaurant kit created by Michel Roux himself. We highly recommend his beef wellington banquet for two for an impressive gift to treat a friend. This stunning four-course offering comes with easy-to-follow instructions and a lot of the prep already done for you. Tuck into freshly baked sourdough with fresh chicken liver pàté, a saffron and scallop soup, and a top-quality beef wellington. The büche de Noël comes with a cherry kick and is knock-your-socks-off good. Choose to order four courses for two people, or a larger version of the wellington on its own, which feeds four. With any luck, they’ll invite you over for some! Available from Dishpatch (from £64).
We like the idea behind the Local Coffee Club, who offer a unique service which sees them bring you a delivery from coffee roasters geographically near you. You can choose a subscription from roasters in London, Bristol, Wales or the entire UK, if you want to branch out! When you sign up, you select how much coffee you want, how frequently, and whether you’ll be brewing in espresso or filter form and the rest is taken care of. A lovely gift for a coffee drinker that can be enjoyed well in to 2024, and will brighten many mornings. Available from The Local Coffee Club (from £11.99 a month).
The sourcing of Rare Tea’s leaves is second to none. English breakfast can be overly aromatic and/or tannic, but its Lost Malawi (picked from one estate) is as smooth as they come, with flavours that fill the mouth without overpowering your palate. The tin is a thing of beauty too. Available from Rare Tea Co (£6.49 for 50g).
Pump Street chocolate is produced in Suffolk, with sustainable, high quality cocoa, tasting uniquely of the beans used. The bars aren’t cheap, but when they’re this fair trade, fruity and delicious, they shouldn’t be. There are two new flavours this year involving cookie pieces and croissant flakes, both offering additional textures and butteriness to the otherwise smooth chocolate bars. It works! A great find for the chocolate lover in your family. Available from Pump Street (£6.75 for 70g).
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