Food is always a big part of any celebration, and if you’re buying presents for a foodie, you’re really spoiled for choice. So I’ve picked out some of my favourite gift ideas, to help you narrow down your selection.
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If you’re buying for a serious foodie who seems to have everything in their kitchen, then the Holy Lama Spice Drops are an interesting choice. They are a highly concentrated essence of the individual spices, that you can add to both food and drinks. They’re convenient, long-lasting, and just a little bit unusual!
Spice Drops come in 30 different varieties, and there are also a range of collections to choose from. Or you could even make up your own selection for the personal touch.
I reckon the Starter Collection (pictured above) with its own spice rack would make a fantastic foodie gift.
Or for something a little spicier, take a look at the Cheeky Boy range of hot sauces!
I was recently sent a selection of Cheeky Boy sauces to try out, and they make a perfect stocking filler for any lover of spicy food. Cheeky Boy sauces are inspired by foods from all around the world. The sauces are made in the UK, and they use all natural ingredients.
This selection box includes Jolly Roger coconut hot sauce, which is blended with ginger and spices for an Asian flavour, and HRH Sauce which is a fruity hot sauce packed with juicy tomatoes and chillis. But my personal favourite was the Berlin49 German hot sauce – it’s got a sweet but earthy flavour which is perfect on sausages. I could easily get addicted to that flavour!
Every time I put together these gift guides, I always end up spending ages in the Netherton Foundry website. They’re a Shropshire based company who make a gorgeous range of iron cookware. You might have seen some of their products in Nigella’s books and TV shows or on This Morning.
I’m still lusting after their beautiful tagines and slow cookers, but I also think that this Prospector Casserole would be a great gift for any foodie. It’s incredibly versatile and you can use it to fry on the hob, brown under the grill or cook in the oven.
This is a real investment piece for any kitchen, and with a little care and attention it will last for years.
Is the foodie that you’re buying for also a coffee lover? If so, I’ve got a great gift idea for you!
The Oomph coffee maker is a fantastic way to make fresh coffee. This ingenious device locks the grounds away from the water, which means that there’s no risk of overbrewing. It brews a delicious cup of coffee without any of the bitterness that you can get from a traditional French Press. And it keeps your coffee hot for up to an hour. You can even drink your coffee direct from the Oomph, which makes it ideal to take on your morning commute.
It’s an unusual and innovative product, which is definitely one of my favourite products that I’ve reviewed this year. And I think it would make a perfect gift for a coffee loving friend or relative. You can read my full review here, and click here to buy the Oomph*.
I do still love a good espresso though, and the Nespresso Citiz* in my office gets used regularly.
I tend to stick to my regular favourite Nespresso capsules, so I enjoyed trying out these Belmio Nespresso-compatible capsules recently. They’re the first Nespresso compatible capsules to be made from aluminium. So there’s no need for a plastic overwrap, as well as giving the coffee the best possible protection.
The capsules are filled with premium coffee, which has been slowly roasted for optimal flavour. And they are compatible with most Nespresso models (except the Expert, U machines, Prodigio, Kitchenaid and Vertuoline machines).
This selection pack would be an ideal gift for a Nespresso fan – perhaps they’ll find their new favourite espresso!
Another post that I enjoyed working on was my review of the Panasonic MJ-L500 juicer*. If you’re buying for someone who loves healthy eating, then I’m sure they’d love to open this gift. It’s a high-powered slow juicer makes great tasting juice. It’s really easy to use and clean, and can even make frozen desserts with its frozen fruit attachment.
The powerful motor and small footprint make it an ideal addition to any kitchen, and you can read my full review here.
I recently received a bottle of Haig Club Clubman* whisky for review, and it 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. It’s perfect for sipping neat or over ice, and is also ideal for use in cocktails.
Last year I mixed up some festive cocktails with Haig Club whisky here on SallyAkins.com, and I think this is every bit as good.
Haig Club Clubman* would be an ideal gift for someone who likes whisky but not the heavier, peatier flavour of some single malts. You could even combine it with a pair of whisky glasses like these* to complete the gift.
And don’t forget your four-legged friend – why not treat them to an extra-special meal like these from Canagan. Their range of cat and dog foods are grain-free and made from high quality ingredients. Because everyone deserves a special dinner, don’t they?