If you need to buy a Christmas gift for a food lover, here are more than 40 of the best foodie gift ideas to inspire you!
Food is always a big part of any celebration, and Christmas is no exception.
And you’re really spoiled for choice when you’re buying Christmas presents for a foodie. There’s something to suit every taste and every pocket, and the amount of choice can be a bit daunting!
So in this Christmas gift guide for food lovers, we’ve picked out some of my favourite gift ideas to help you narrow down your selection.
There are Christmas gifts for those who love their morning cup of joe, and some delicious food and drink gifts. There’s even a few boozy gifts as well!
Whether you’re looking for a budget friendly novelty gift, or an extravagant foodie experience, I’ve got something to suit every pocket and every taste.
Low Cost Foodie Gifts
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly Christmas gift for a foodie friend, look no further. These ideas will delight your friend without breaking the budget!
These Chocolate Company Hot Choc spoons look absolutely delicious. You just swirl one in a mug of hot milk for two minutes to create a comforting salted caramel hot chocolate.
It’s a luxurious gift at a pocket-friendly price – click here to check price and availability on the John Lewis site*
Or how about a sumptuous Twinings Caramel gift set, filled with Lily O’Brien’s chocolates, Monin caramel syrup together with Salted Caramel Indulgence Green Tea and a cheery yellow mug.
This indulgent treat is perfect for a foodie friend this Christmas, and you’ll find plenty of other tea-themed gifts in the Twinings Tea Shop.
You could go old school this Christmas with a hamper packed full of retro sweets.
This is bound to appeal to food lovers of all ages, as it’s jam-packed full of sweets that they’ll remember from their childhood. There’s Space Dust, Candy Necklaces, Parma Violets, Love Hearts and much more.
You’ll find these retro sweet hampers in sizes to fit all budgets, click here to check price and availability on Amazon*
Make brewing that all-important morning coffee easy with this ‘laboratory-style’ coffee mug. It’s made of double walled borosilicate glass so it won’t burn their hands. And it has instructions engraved on the surface for the perfect latte, cappuccino and flat white.
It makes a great present on its own, or you could pair the cup with a couple of bags of gourmet coffee and some biscuits for a home-made coffee lover’s Christmas hamper.
Buying a personalised Christmas gift is a thoughtful touch, and it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune.
A personalised mug like this one from Prezzybox would make a lovely Christmas gift, and it’s very budget friendly.
There are options for various different people – husband, teacher, sister and so on, and it can be personalised with your own message. It even comes complete with five delicious toffees for an extra special treat.
And for someone who likes to have a hot drink on the move, this Contigo travel mug is ideal. It has a vacuum insulated stainless steel body, and a BPA-free plastic lid that is really easy to open and close with one hand.
I have this travel mug myself, and I think it’s fantastic. It is leak-proof, dishwasher-safe and will keep your drink hot up to 7 hours or cold up to 18 hours.
It’s available in a variety of sizes and colours, so you’re bound to find a suitable mug for whoever you’re buying for. Click here to see the range and check pricing on Amazon*
And a new cookbook is always a great Christmas gift for a foodie friend who loves to spend time in the kitchen.
This book from the much-loved restaurant Dishoom would be a great gift for anyone who loves cooking Indian food. It’s packed full with over 100 fabulous recipes from Bombay, inspired by the city’s Parsi, Muslim, Hindu and Christian traditions.
Food and Drink Gifts
If you’re shopping for foodie Christmas gifts, then food and drink are the obvious place to start.
You might want to pick up a few treats from your local farm shop or delicatessen, or from food events like the BBC Good Food Show. You could put them into a decorative basket or box to make up your own festive gift hamper.
But you can also get some fab foodie Christmas gifts online, and here are a few that we’ve picked out.
The John Lewis Christmas Treats Tray is a great value gift for Christmas. It includes an assortment of festive treats including Christmas Pudding Fudge and Prosecco truffles, together with a half bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. They’re all presented in a black rope tray and would be a perfect festive treat.
If you’re buying a foodie gift for someone at Christmas, it’s obviously important to take into account any dietary requirements. You may need to check that the goodies you’re buying are gluten-free or suitable for someone who is lactose intolerant.
So the John Lewis Vegan gift box makes a perfect Christmas gift for a vegan friend. The selection features both sweet and savoury treats, such as an Orange Dark Chocolate Bar and Red Lentil & Poppy Seed Crackers. There’s also a bottle of vegan Merlot, and it all comes in an attractive gift box
This gorgeous V&A Tea Infuser gift set would be a thoughtful gift for someone who likes to enjoy a good cup of tea. The pretty tin contains a gold-plated tea infuser together with four blends of tea leaves: English Garden, Lemongrass & Ginger, Mint and Earl Grey.
It’s ideal for someone who loves all of the tradition and ceremony around tea. This gift is exclusive to John Lewis – click here to check price and availability*
This next present would be perfect for a foodie who’s also a bit of a film buff. Why not pick up one of these Handmade Gourmet Popcorn gift boxes, which are filled with six different flavours of air-popped popcorn.
Combine it with a couple of DVDs or a cinema gift card for the perfect movie themed Christmas present. Click here to see this gift idea on the Prezzybox website*
A lot of people are drinking less alcohol these days, whether they are the designated driver for the night, cutting down in general or just doing Dry January. But that then leaves them with the dilemma of what to drink when they’re not drinking.
So a bottle of Seedlip non-alcohol spirit would make a thoughtful gift.
It is sugar free, and the fresh, fragrant flavour captures the essence of the English countryside with a top note of hand-picked peas and a herbal base with notes of of spearmint, rosemary and thyme. The bottle comes in a pretty presentation box – click here to see Seedlip on the John Lewis site*
Why not pair a bottle of Seedlip with a gift box of Double Dutch Tonics for the perfect alcohol-free drink? Click here to check price and availability*
And for a really indulgent foodie Christmas gift, how about the Waitrose No1 Hamper.
It’s chock-full of tempting food and drink that have been specially selected for their high quality. The selection includes sweet and savoury goodies like Salted Caramel Truffles, Stuffed Queen Olives and Coffee Shortbread.
There are also some festive drinks, such as a bottle of cava and a reserve port. Click here to place your order for this tempting hamper*
Boozy Gifts for Foodies
Christmas is a time for celebration and indulgence. So a bottle of someone’s favourite tipple is always a popular choice for a foodie Christmas present.
You could also look at getting them a brand that they haven’t tried yet, and a good independent retailer should be able to help with some suggestions.
But here are a few that have caught my eye recently…
A bottle of Haig Club Clubman* whisky would definitely make a great gift for any whisky fan.
It’s a single grain whisky which is matured in bourbon casks, and comes in a beautifully distinctive blue bottle. Haig Club Clubman has a smooth, light flavour with notes of vanilla and dried fruit, and it’s perfect for sipping neat or over ice, and is also ideal for use in cocktails.
And gin shows no sign of losing its popularity. If you’re buying a gift for a friend who enjoys a gin and tonic, then you are certainly not going to be short of options. The range of flavours on the market just keeps on growing!
I love the look of this Mermaid Gin, which is distilled by a father/son partnership on the Isle of Wight. They select high quality, ethically traded ingredients to create a gin that combines the freshness of organic lemon zest with a refreshing and invigorating hint of sea air from rock samphire.
There are lots of other possible gifts for your friends who enjoy gin – Click here for more suggestions for gifts for gin lovers
And there’s something very festive about a bottle of fizz. So why not treat your friend to a celebratory bottle of bubbles this Christmas?
You could send them a bottle of Prosecco and a couple of crystal champagne flutes. They are presented in a gift box, and your friends can use them to celebrate Christmas Day or save for New Year’s Eve.
Port is another drink which is associated with Christmas celebrations. This Port tasting set from John Lewis is an ideal Christmas present at a budget-friendly price.
It contains three 50ml miniatures of vintage port, including Graham’s 2012 Late Bottled Vintage Port, Graham’s Reserve Port and Graham’s Aged 10 Years Tawny Port.
They are presented in a wooden gift box, and the set also includes an elegant port tasting glass. It’s ideal for someone who wants to try out a range of different port wines.
And this next gift is perfect if you want to splash out on someone who you know enjoys a glass of port.
It’s a more extravagant gift than the tasting set above, but sure to be a memorable gift for a foodie friend or loved one.
The Taylor’s Vintage port is dark and rich, with a full palate combining fragrant top notes of violets with rich cedar and spice flavours.
And this gift set is completed with an attractive glass decanter – click here to view it on the John Lewis website*
Gifts for Coffee Drinkers
Are you buying a Christmas gift for someone who can’t contemplate starting the day without their cup of coffee? If so, this is another great source of present-buying inspiration, with gifts available to suit all budgets.
If your foodie friend or loved one is an espresso afficionado, then the Wacaco Minipresso would make a quirky and unusual gift.
It’s a sleek portable espresso maker which would be perfect for someone who travels a lot, or just for making coffee at work.
You add the boiling water to the Minipresso’s tank and insert a Nespresso-compatible capsule. Then the semi-automatic piston injects water into the coffee adapter, and a rich, delicious espresso is extracted.
Or for a simpler coffee maker with fabulous good looks, how about the Chemex 6-Cup Wood Neck Coffee Maker.
This coffee maker looks fantastic, with its sleek lines and classic wood collar. It’s a pour-over coffee maker, so you just have to insert a Chemex filter, fill with ground coffee, and pour over hot water. The water drips through the ground coffee beans to create a delicious cup of coffee with little fuss.
The hourglass-shaped flask is made of glass, so it won’t absorb flavours or chemicals. And the super-simple design means that there are no moving parts to go wrong. It’s no surprise that the Illinois Institute of Technology chose the Chemex Coffee Maker as one of the 100 best designed products of modern times.
Tempted by the Chemex Coffee Maker? Click here to check price and availability on Amazon*
Or how about a French Press. It’s a classically simple way to make coffee, and that’s one reason why its popularity is so enduring.
You can find many examples both on the High Street and online. This one on Amazon is sleek and elegant, made from thick borosilicate glass and high quality stainless steel.
It has a four level filtration system that you can use to make coffee, tea or even cold brew coffee. Click here to check price and availability*
But I still love my Nespresso Citiz, which is a permanent fixture in my home office.
It heats up quickly, and is ready to use in around 25 seconds. The Citiz can be used to create espresso, ristretto and a larger Lungo coffee, and you can get a version of the Citiz which has an Aeroccino for heating and frothing milk.
There’s a massive array of capsules available, both from Nespresso and other brands. The official Nespresso capsules are aluminium and can be returned to be recycled, and you can get compostable capsules from other suppliers.
This would make a fabulous high-end Christmas gift for any espresso-fan – click here to check price and availability*
Or for a truly extravagant gift for a coffee-loving friend or loved one, how about this gorgeous De’Longhi Magnifica bean-to-cup coffee machine.
They’ll be able to create delicious coffee with its professional 15-bar pump, dual boiler system and traditional stainless steel milk frothing arm. The built-in burr grinder is suitable to use with coffee beans, and there’s even a cup warmer.
It looks fabulous and with the simple 1-touch operation, they’ll be creating espresso and cappuccino in no time.
This is a real dream gift for a coffee lover, click here for more information and to check pricing and availability*
Kitchen Gadgets and Equipment
In fact, Christmas is a great time for buy a gadget or gizmo for your foodie friend.
We’re probably not talking about toasters and kettles here, but those extra things that they might dream of adding to their kitchen but haven’t got around to buying. Or maybe some high end items for presenting their food more beautifully.
For instance, a beautiful cup and saucer like this one from Wedgwood would make an elegant Christmas gift. It comes beautifully gift-boxed, and would be perfect for anyone who enjoys a traditional cup of tea.
But it’s also great for presenting desserts, or even for serving cocktails!
It’s worth checking if there’s anything that they’re particularly lusting after. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
A slow juicer like this one from Aicok is fantastic for starting the day with a glass of juice.
A masticating juicer preserves more nutrients in fruit and veg than a centrifugal juicer. And you’ll also get less foaming and clogging, so cleaning up the juicer will be easier.
The powerful motor and dishwashable parts make this juicer an ideal addition to any kitchen. Click here to check pricing on Amazon*.
An ice-cream maker is definitely one of those kitchen luxuries that your foodie friend might like for Christmas. And the great thing is that there are models available to suit every budget.
I own one of these VonShef Ice Cream makers, and it’s really simple to use.
You just need to freeze the bowl overnight, then mix up your ice-cream recipe and pop it in the mixer. Your ice-cream will be ready in just 20-40 minutes, and the 2 litre bowl will make enough for families or dinner parties. If there are any leftovers, you can just pop them in the freezer!
This is a very budget-friendly ice-cream maker, so click here to check price and availability*
If you have a little more room in your budget, then you might like to take a look at the Cuisinart ICE30BCU ice cream maker.
It’s the same type of ice-cream machine as the one above, where you pre-freeze the bowl overnight. And like the machine above, your ice-cream will be ready in around 30 minutes.
But this one is a bit more compact than the VonShef machine, and its design also allows you to add extra ingredients while the paddles are in motion. This is great for adding extras to your ice-cream, like chunks of fresh fruit, sauces, or chocolate chips.
This mid-range ice-cream maker gets great reviews on Amazon, click here to check price and availability*
And if budget is not an issue, then this gorgeous Cuisinart Gelato and Ice Cream machine is a fantastic foodie Christmas gift!
This machine has a compressor which means that you don’t need to pre-freeze your bowl or refreeze the bowl between batches.
It has two specialist paddles for mixing ice cream with a light texture or gelato and sorbet with a denser, silkier texture. Your dessert will be ready with a soft serve in around 40 minutes, or you can transfer it to the freezer for a firmer finish.
This Cuisinart Gelato would be a fabulous extravagance, I know I’d love to receive one for Christmas!
Novelty Gifts for Foodies
Fancy buying something a bit more frivolous for your foodie friend this Christmas? How about one of these quirky gift ideas?
This sweet tree is covered in delicious Ferrero Rocher chocolates. It stands in a glass base that is filled with chocolate raisins, and can even be personalised for that extra special touch.
It would make a fabulous centrepiece for a Christmas dinner party, or just a great gift for someone with a sweet tooth.
It’s available from Prezzybox, and you can also buy similar trees covered in a variety of other sweets. Click here for more details and to place your order*
Or how about this Marshmallow toasting kit, which lets you create the campfire experience in the comfort of your own home.
Inside the gift box, you’ll find a non-toxic gel burner which will burn for 2 hours, together with 8 bamboo skewers and two different flavours of gourmet marshmallows. There’s also a printed guide to help you toast your marshmallows perfectly.
It’s a fun gift that’s ideal for a cosy night in!
Or for a Christmas gift that’s bound to raise a laugh, how about these super-realistic Brussel Sprouts?
This gift includes 12 sprouts presented in a vegetable punnet, but there’s a twist. They may look just like the traditional Christmas veg, but they’re actually made of white chocolate!
Personalised Gifts for Foodies
Looking for more ideas for personalised gifts for your foodie friend? Here are a few more ideas for your Christmas shopping list!
This personalised Retro Sweetie Hamper is full of classic and old school sweets, making it a perfect gift for someone with a sweet tooth.
The selection includes favourites like foam shrimps, fried eggs and kola cubes. They’re all presented in a wicker hamper that you can use for storage after you’ve worked your way through the sweets.
And the accompanying card can be personalised with the recipient’s name together with your own personal greeting.
If you’re sending a gift through the post, you may worry if the recipient will be in to sign for the parcel. It’s such a bother having to re-arrange deliveries or collect a parcel from the post office, isn’t it?
That’s not an problem with this personalised Letterbox bottle of wine. The bottle is made from plastic, and it’s cleverly packaged in a box that will fit through most standard letterboxes.
So your loved one won’t have to worry about being in to sign for their parcel!
Personalised Letterbox wine is available in red or white varieties and you can also choose to include chocolates with the wine, click here to check price and availability*
Or why not treat your loved one to a personalised bottle of Prosecco, so that they can raise a celebratory glass this Christmas.
The bottle is personalised with your message, and contains a fine Prosecco with notes of peach and apple in its bubbles. It comes with a box of 16 yummy chocolates, all presented in a silk lined box.
This next gift would be perfect for someone who loves to try new whiskies.
It’s a personalised case containing five miniatures of single malt whiskies, including a 10 year old Glencadam and an Ileach Islay Single Malt.
The box also includes a set of tasting notes, and a card for making your own notes on. The box can be personalised with your message to make it extra special.
And only you can know whether this next suggestion is one that the recipient will love or hate…
It’s a classic jar of Marmite, that you can personalise with the name of your friend or loved one. They’ll either think that this is the best Christmas present ever, or a complete dud!
Food and Drink Experiences
But if your foodie friend has already got every gadget under the sun, then why not get them a food-related experience gift.
Tickets to one of the BBC Good Food Shows would make a lovely Christmas gift for a foodie. The shows are a great day out, with demonstrations, shopping, and even the chance of meeting some of your favourite chefs.
A cookery course or tasting day would also be a popular choice. There’s a wide range of courses available at Brompton Cookery School in Shropshire, and a quick Google should turn up something local to your gift recipient.
Or you could buy them once of these fabulous foodie gift experiences…
You could treat your loved one to a Sparkly Afternoon Tea at Cafe Rouge, with a glass of prosecco to make it extra celebratory.
This experience includes a three-tier afternoon tea for two people, featuring croque monsieur, scones and a selection of cakes. It’s available at Cafe Rouge locations across the UK, and you can book this experience by clicking here*
Or treat them to a meal on the High Street at one of several popular restaurants chains such as Prezzo, Belgo, Café Rouge, Zizzi and many more.
They’ll enjoy three courses for two people and with locations across the UK, they’re sure to find the perfect restaurant near them.
And because this experience voucher is valid for 24 months, they can treat themselves right away or save it for a rainy day.
You could treat your loved one to a fun night out with this next experience, combining a delicious meal with an evening of laughter.
This experience includes two vouchers for two people, and is valid for 10 months from the date of purchase.
The recipient can first enjoy a three course meal with a glass of wine at a Prezzo restaurant, before heading to a comedy club for an evening of stand up comedy.
Wine buffs will love this next foodie experience, which combines a vineyard tour with a delicious two course meal for two.
Chilford Hall is one of England’s oldest vineyards, producing award-winning wines. After tea and coffee, the recipient of this gift experience will enjoy an informative visit to the vineyard. They’ll learn about the wine making process, from planting seeds through to fermentation and bottling.
They’ll also learn how to tell wines apart and what to look for when buying wine, in the Chilford Wines and Bistro Shop.
And their experience will be rounded off with a delicious lunch, accompanied by some of the vineyard’s fabulous wines.T
And if you really want to splash out on your loved one, how about booking them a gourmet stay at a fabulous hotel.
This experience allows the recipient to choose from hundreds of overnight gourmet breaks across the UK and Europe. The range includes spa retreats, city breaks and luxurious country house getaways.
This break includes an overnight stay for two people, including breakfast and dinner. It’s the perfect gift for someone who enjoy a taste of luxury!