The 15 Perfect Gifts For Foodies

Photo of Dan Waterfield
10 December 2016

It’s hard enough to pick a thoughtful, original present for your loved one, but what to do if your loved one is a foodie? Choosing a gift for those interested in the finer food in life doesn’t have to be difficult. From crockery to coffee, you’re sure to find something on this list for even the pickiest of food lovers.

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Hot Stuff in a Matchbox

Is your loved one a fan of blisteringly hot food? If so, they’ll love the challenge of this selection of the hottest chillis ever grown, including the famous ghost powder. Including the award-winning Scorpion Moruga, which comes in at over two million on the scoville scale, this set is not for the faint of heart.

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Bacon Smoking Kit

This kit includes everything you need to smoke your own pork loin or belly – you just need the meat and a barbeque. A curing mix removes the water from the meat and then in just three short stages the foodie in your life will be enjoying their own home-smoked bacon. Perfect for any occasion.

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Boleslawiec Crockery

Pottery has been a specialism of Boleslawiec, Poland for over one thousand years and the region’s inhabitants are rightly proud of their distinctive ceramics. Easily identified by the blue and white pattern, Boleslawiec crockery has recently experienced a boom in popularity, with many pieces in private collections and museums. Despite this, prices remain reasonable on various websites.

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Halloumi Making Kit

This kit provides everything you need to make over ten kilograms of Halloumi, more than enough for any cheese fan. All they’ll need is unhomogenised gold top milk and their own saucepan and before they know it, they’ll have more cheese than they’ll know what to do with.

Duck Parfait with Port Jelly

Duck parfait is a savory pate, here flavored with rich port. This smooth and creamy pate would be perfect spread on crisp toast roasted on an open fire. Being a fresh product however, it has a shelf-life of around 10 days.

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Cooking Tagine Pot

With their distinctive shape, these delightfully decorated terracotta cooking tagines let foodies prepare the delicious Moroccan dish authentically. Being authentic however, means they are rustic and may require the separate purchase of a heat diffuser if one is intending to prepare the tagine on the hob.

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Little Sauvignon Blanc Wine Making Kit

Do you know someone who loves their white wine, has always talked about making their own, but feared it would be too difficult? This kit provides everything they need to make their own 750ml standard bottle. Clear instructions are provided and the materials are reusable.

A Taste of Christmas Tea Selection Box

Rich scents and smoky flavors await your preferred tea lover in this selection of fruit and normal teas. If the recipient prefers, the caffeinated options can be switched out for more fruit flavors. There are three different teas in each box, each providing enough for about 15 servings.

The Edible Atlas: Around the World in Thirty-Nine Cuisines by Mina Holland

Worried that even the most outlandish gift you can think of will already be owned by your intrepid foodie? In that case, the best thing you can do is to get them this recipe book. The Edible Atlas will give your foodie plenty of ideas as to what to make with their store cupboard of exotic ingredients.

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Egg Skelter

The debate over whether you should keep your eggs in the fridge or not is controversial, but the scientific consensus seems to be that quality quickly deteriorates when cooled. Made by a family owned, small firm in Devon, this is a great way to keep fresh eggs in order, especially if your foodie keeps their own hens.

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Pact Coffee Gift Box

With an ever-changing selection of six different types of ethically sourced coffee beans, Pact Coffee pride themselves on their close relationships with their growers. Each gift box will include everything for your coffee lover to feed their habit; three packs of coffee, a mug, a tea towel and either a stovetop, aeropress or cafetiere coffee maker.

Ottolenghi Apron

The Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi came to the UK planning to study for a PhD in comparative literature, but before he could begin he signed up for training at le cordon bleu cookery school. Academia’s loss was our gain – Ottolenghi has become one of England’s most famous restaurateurs and authors of cookery books. This 100% linen apron would be the icing on the cake for any fan of Ottolenghi.

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Olive Wood Chopping/Cheese Board

Does your foodie friend make their own bread? Do they love cheese? If so, then this ethical, high-quality gift will spice up their presentation. This rustic chopping board is made by artisans in North Africa, so not only is it ethically sourced, but the quality is such that it will last for decades.

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Jamie Oliver’s Really Good Rice Pot

These rice pots are made by renowned ceramicists Queensberry Hunt, who were inspired by the Japanese tradition and allow vast quantities of rice to be cooked to perfection every time. Even better, they keep the rice warm until it’s ready to be served, allowing your foodie to concentrate on the details for their Asian-inspired dinner party.

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Sous Vide Water Oven

Sous Vide, meat cooked at a low temperature for a long time, has been on every foodie’s lips in the past few years as the best way to get restaurant-quality texture and flavor at home. If you’re looking to spend a little extra on your loved one’s gift, then this oven would be the perfect gift.

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