Christmas gifts for foodies: 21 food gifts for your loved ones

Our top 21 Christmas gifts for foodies, featuring stocking-fillers, gadgets, and hampers
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  • If you’re looking for Christmas gifts for foodies, look no further. Each and every one of the top 21 foodie gifts in our guide has been tried by the Ideal Home team. That includes cookware and cooking appliances, more budget-friendly stocking-fillers, and hampers full of delicious food treats to make the food-lover in your life’s day.

    Whether you’re in a rut and don’t know what to get for a secret Santa, or you want to find the very best chocolate gift to buy for your sweet-toothed partner, our gift for foodies guide will bring you top picks that have been tried by our team of in-house foodies.

    Food lovers will love lavish appliances such as stand mixers, but they can cost as much as £300, so it’s definitely not a gift to take lightly. For a few of our top picks of the best Christmas gifts for foodies, we’ve reviewed them hands-on and included them in our expert buying guides.

    As for cheaper foodie gifts, you can still pick up something that will make the food-lover in your life’s day. We’ve tried outstanding hot sauces, indulgent chocolates, and unbeatable vegan hampers that will get someone’s Veganuary off to a great start. Find our top 21 Christmas gifts for foodies below. 

    Kitchen gadgets for foodies

    Always Pan

    Always Pan

    Any foodie will be sure to recognise the Always Pan from Instagram, and this versatile and stylish frying pan has amassed a cult following since its launch in the UK this year. It comes in a range of delightful colours, from a bright and vibrant red to the newest colour, a muted blue called Blanch. The quality of the non-stick is outstanding, and it’s so pretty they’ll never want to put it in the cupboard. 

    Always Pan, £125, Our Place

    KitchenAid mixer

    KitchenAid Artisan mixer review

    Image credit: KitchenAid

    It wouldn’t be a foodie gift guide without mentioning the iconic KitchenAid Artisan. One of the best stand mixers on the market, it’s available in a range of colours, including this limited edition light and shadow combo exclusively at the KitchenAid side. This is the ultimate gift for serious home cooks and those who fancy themselves worthy of a spot in next year’s Bakeoff tent. 

    Smeg citrus juicer

    Smeg citrus juicer

    Elevating your brunch game just got easier thanks to the Smeg citrus juicer. It’s delightfully simple to use and a really stunning piece of kit that’s easy to clean, too. Just press down your citrus on the dishwasher-safe reamer to get every last piece of juice from your fresh oranges, perfect for baking or simply drinking a fresh glass of OJ for some morning indulgence. It’s one of the best juicers we’ve tried. 

    Ooni Karu 12 Pizza Oven

    Ooni Karu

    The Ooni Karu 12 is a mid-price pizza oven from the sell-out brand that becomes impossible to get hold of each and every summer. That’s why it makes the perfect Christmas present for foodies, because while you won’t be able to break it out on Boxing Day, you’d be surprised at how easy it is to use in even early spring. This wood-fired pizza oven is currently our top picks of the best pizza ovens, and if your foodie friend fancies themselves a bit of a pizzaiolo, there is no better gift. 

    Ooni Karu 12, £299,

    Samuel Groves Cast Iron Double Handle Skillet

    Samuel Groves Cast Iron Double Handle Skillet

    Sometimes the best gift is something they’d use every single day, making it worth a real investment. Samuel Groves is made in the UK and used by chefs such as Tom Kerridge. The quality is outstanding, and this cast iron skillet is certainly display-worthy. We love taking it from stovetop to the oven, perfect for charring. 

    Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser

    Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser

    ‘Tis the season for a hot glass of cocoa, and Hotel Chocolat’s Velvetiser is perfect for making luxurious drinks all year long. A far cry from powdered chocolate, you can use shavings of authentic quality chocolate in the Velvetiser. Simply add a milk of your choice. Choose between copper, white, and charcoal colours for a range of kitchen designs, you can also use it as one of the best milk frothers

    Meater Plus

    Meater plus

    BBQ lovers and picky carnivores will enjoy the smart, app-compatible Meater thermometer. It can be used to monitor the internal temperature of any meat as it cooks, so whether they like their steak cooked to a very specific medium-rare, or they enjoy making elaborate feasts on the best BBQ, this gadget is guaranteed to get used all year round. 

    Stocking fillers for foodies

    TRUFF White Truffle Hot Sauce

    TRUFF White Truffle Hot Sauce

    Made of white truffle and red chilli sauce, the TRUFF White Truffle Hot Sauce is a game-changer. It comes in a gorgeous gift package that’s definitely stocking-worthy, and it’s totally delicious. Put it on chips, in a burger, on your eggs in the morning, or just use it as a moreish dip.

    Warner’s Christmas Cake Gin

    warner christmas gin

    Made with dried orange, nutmeg, and cherries, this gin has all the notes of a fruity Christmas pudding. It’s syrupy and sweet, perfect for drinking neat or topped up with your tonic of choice, but be warned, it’s deceptively strong! 

    Warner’s Christmas Cake Gin, £38, Amazon

    Lily O’Brien’s Desserts Collection

    Those with a sweet tooth will love the variety of dessert-themed flavours in the Lily O’Brien’s Desserts Collection. It has everything from Banoffee Pie to Raspberry Infusion, but our favourite has to be the Hazlenut Torte, which has the perfect balance of sweetness and deep chocolatey flavours. 

    Kocktail The Christmas Collection

    Kocktail The Christmas Collection

    Bringing bespoke and interesting drinks to your door (or more specifically, your letterbox) is Kocktail’s drink subscription. You can buy one-offs as gifts, and we think this Christmas Collection is the perfect tipple for a Christmas evening drink. The four flavours include Orange and Cranberry Spritz, Mulled Wine Hi-Ball, Gingerbread Espresso Martini, and a Winter Spiced Negroni. A brilliant boozy stocking filler for those who take cocktails seriously. 

    Kocktail Christmas Collection, £29, Kocktail

    Foodie gifts for home chefs

    Robert Welch Signature Cookbook/Tablet Stand

    Robert Welch Signature Cookbook/Tablet Stand

    Every foodie will recognise the iconic Robert Welch logo as soon as they open the box, and the Robert Welch Signature Cookbook/Tablet Stand is a perfect choice for those who love to cook and have an ever-growing pile of cookbooks in the kitchen. It slots together effortlessly and is sturdy enough to support even the heftiest books. For under £40, we also think it’s a deceptively affordable gift from a brand that’s known for quality. 

    Tala Mixing Bowl

    Tala Originals Traditional Stoneware Mixing Bowl

    Many baking lovers will already have a Tala mixing bowl in their kitchen, but if they don’t, it’s an essential that’s guaranteed to get years of use. Newly available in fun pastel colours, and with an iconic patterned exterior that’s recognisable across celebrity chef kitchens, don’t be surprised if it’s used to bake next year’s Christmas pudding! 

    Tastesmiths Personalised Fresh Curry Kit Gift Box

    Personalised Fresh Curry Kit Gift Box

    With recipe cards for easy cooking and all the spice blends and fresh spices you need to make the perfect curry, the Tastesmiths box offers everything you need to make six curries and will keep you going into the new year. Perfect for leftovers! Our favourite was the goan fish curry, which was perfectly balanced. 

    Little Cooks Co Baking Subscription

    Little Cooks Co Baking Subscription

    You can be a foodie at any age, and the Little Cooks Co Baking Subscription is designed to cater to the budding baker in your family. The recipes are designed to be tasty but use high-quality, organic and natural ingredients. The recipes are kid-friendly and every ingredient is pre-packaged in the perfect quantity to save measuring and focus on the fun stuff. Mum and Dad will love snacking on the end result, too.

    Baking Subscription, starting at £8.33 per box per month on a 12-month subscription, Little Cooks Co

    Cookbook and Ingredients Set from Sous Chef


    Sous chef cookbook kit

    Sous Chef is the home of restaurant-quality ingredients for serious foodies. They sell everything from high-quality flour to cookware, but their top gift for the festive season is their selection of cookbook sets. We tried out the Nigella Cook, Eat, Repeat set, which included the cookbook, a drawstring bag, and a range of high-quality ingredients that feature in the cookbook itself. This makes it really easy to get stuck into the recipes, and whether you opt for the Pizza Pilgrims set or Ottolenghi’s new Test Kitchen option, there’s bound to be a cookbook set your foodie friend doesn’t already have. 

    Sous Chef Cookbook Sets, £39.99-£59.99 at Sous Chef

    Christmas hampers for foodies Luxury Family Christmas Hamper

    luxury family Christmas hamper

    There’s something for everyone in the Luxury Family Christmas Hamper. We loved the mince pies and the gingerbread caramel spread, and those with less of a sweet tooth will get through the delicious pork rillette in no time. With prosecco, port, red wine, and ale, this is also a brilliant boozy option for unwinding after Christmas dinner.

    Luxury Family Christmas Hamper, £185,

    Classic Wensleydale Hamper

    Classic Wensleydale Hamper

    Cheese-lovers will adore the Classic Wensleydale Hamper. Each cheese brings a different and interesting flavour to the perfect cheeseboard, and the pickle pairs perfectly. Lovers of a strong cheese will get through the Wensleydale Blue in no time at all, and when you’re finish with the cheese you should dig in to the rich Cockett’s Bakery Wensleydale Fruit Cake, which is absolutely packed with delicious dried fruit. It’s also amazing value for such high-quality cheese.

    Classic Wensleydale Hamper, £35, Wensleydale Creamery

    Dukeshill It’s A Wonderful life Hamper

    It's A Wonderful life

    Famous for holding the Royal Warrant to the Queen for their cured hams, it doesn’t get much more luxurious than a Dukeshill hamper. The ham is truly divine (after all, if it’s good enough for the Queen, it’s good enough for us!) and the cheese and Boxing Day chutney will be a brilliant addition to any cheeseboard. The Parmesan & Pistachio Sablés are particularly moreish.

    It’s A Wonderful Life Hamper, £150, Dukeshill

    Love Cocoa For Her Chocolate Gift Box

    love cocoa

    Wash down Christmas dinner with the Love Cocoa For Her Chocolate Gift Box. It comes with four fascinating chocolate bars (we particularly loved the sea salt dark chocolate) and the dipped roasted almonds are perfect for snacking. Made by James Cadbury, the great-great-grandson of John Cadbury, the chocolate is climate-positive and comes in sustainable packaging.

    For Her Chocolate Gift Box, £37.50, Love Cocoa

    Borough Market Vegan Christmas Hamper

    Vegans will love the Borough Market Vegan Christmas Hamper. It comes in a reusable Borough Market bag and has animal-free favourites from some of the most popular stalls. We were blown away by the Sea Salt Brownies from Free From Bakehouse, and the Salsa Macha from Padre is perfect for dipping. You can also opt to add vegan wine from Bianca Mora.

    Vegan Christmas Hamper, Borough market, £57.50 

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