Christmas Gift Guide: for the epicurean

The festive season wouldn’t be the same without a little overindulgence in the form of our favourite food. Take your pick from our mouth-watering selection

Food and Drink 7 Dec 2020

Sweet treat
Since the early 19th century, when French jounrnalist Pierre Desfontaines first thought of taking two macaron shells and joining them with a delicious ganache filling, the Ladurée macaron has delighted us with its lighter than light sweet and deliciousness. This selection box of 24 allows you to select your favourite flavours and although it is enough to satisfy up to 12 people, I doubt anyone will judge if you keep them all to yourself. Traditional Christmas White Macarons Gift Box, £52.50, Ladureé Paris;

Plant power
When it comes to panettone Selfridges has come up top with its moreish salted caramel version for the past few years and now everyone can enjoy a slice with the launch of this vegan iteration. Fresh from the Veneto region of northern Italy, this authentic treat contains sustainably sourced chocolate chips and swathes of salted caramel. Someone pass the spoon. Vegan Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Panettone, £19.99;

Bon appetite
Take your Christmas feasting at home to another level with highly acclaimed chef Christophe Pelé, resident chef at the two-Michelin starred restaurant Le Clarence in Paris. The gourmand has released his first cookbook so you can recreate his innovative creations at home. Sous vide optional. Christophe Pelé Le Clarence, £52.23;

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Would like to meat
Championing British farming and Black history while providing opportunities to up and coming entrepreneurs, The Black Farmer – the brainchild of the eminently charismatic Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones MBE – offers more than a selection of delicious produce, delectable deli staples and drinks. This luxury box is a good start though and includes everything you need for a meaty feast this festive season, from carvery rib of beef and chicken and ham pie to gluten free premium pork sausages and Wilfred’s signature onion gravy. Luxury box, £100,

Wheel of fortune
There aren’t many people who wouldn’t be glad to open up a kilo of chocolate come Christmas morning and The Grand Wreath Box from confectioners Hotel Chocolat definitely has the wow factor. Full of delicious classics and festive limited editions, it would also make the ideal chocoholic’s table centrepiece. Although, good luck getting the kids to eat their sprouts with this staring back at them! The Grand Wreath Box, £70, Hotel Chocolat;

Say cheese!
Sure to set taste buds alight (and nostrils aflare) after dinner, this Port & Stilton gift box from La Fromagerie includes a pungent Nottinghamshire Colston Bassett stilton and 50cl of Portuguese Quinta De La Rosa Late Bottle Vintage Port. It wouldn’t be Christmas without it. Stilton & Port Gift Box, £62.50; La Fromagerie;


Dream dining
Treat the gourmand in your life to a Michelin-starred culinary experience courtesy of celebrated chef Michael Caines. Enjoy two nights at the sumptuous Grade II listed Lympstone Manor in Devon and get the chance to experience Caines’ innovative and delectable a la carte menu one evening and his acclaimed tasting menu the next. To top it off, you’ll also receive a signed copy of Caines book At Home so you can do your best to recreate the experience in your own kitchen. Michael Caines Culinary Experience, from £1,493;

Treasure chest
Named after the big guy of the season, this collection of Fortnum’s finest Christmas treats is a veritable feast of elegant champagne and wines alongside a St James Christmas pudding, brandy butter, tea, coffee, biscuits, sweet and savoury conserves and the Christmas and Other Feasts book. After this, we’ll all be left with a little round belly that shakes when we laugh like a bowl full of jelly! The St Nicholas Hamper, £300, Fortnum & Mason;

Jolly and bright
Get into the festive spirit with a trip to Chelsea’s Winter Wonderland-themed al fresco dining experience with food from the likes of Polpo, Vardo and Manicomo. Enjoy the regal Christmas displays, including a 36ft Norway spruce and fairy lights as well as roaming entertainment from live music and festive performers as well as complimentary horse and carriage rides every weekend until Christmas. Stores in the area will also be offering a selection of treats and surprises so it’s the perfect opportunity to treat yourself. For full information and continually updated events, offers and festive menus visit