Christmas gift guide: for the foodie

It’s Christmas, so time to eat, drink and be merry with our selection of indulgent culinary gifts and kitchen accessories

Food and Drink 10 Dec 2021

In circles

Wow the chocolate lover in your life with this beautiful festive wreath gift box, filled to the brim with delicious treats including caramels, pralines and truffles. The Wreath Box, £40,


La dolce vita

If you know someone with a passion for pasta, or always up for a new culinary challenge, this specially curated Italian-inspired hamper will be perfect. Designed by the Cafe Murano team at the Covent Garden store (where it can be delivered or collected from), the Pasta Hamper contains everything you need to sharpen your pasta-making skills, including premium dried mushrooms, Mulino Marino 00 pasta flour, Angela Hartnett’s own brand of olive oil and a signed copy of her cookbook, Cucina. The Pasta Hamper, £110,


Hot stuff

Christmas is a time to gift your loved ones relatively obscure kitchen gadgets and equipment. This stylish copper fondue set with six forks is the perfect excuse to gather round for some tasty melted cheese and meats or strawberries dipped in melted chocolate. Artesà hand finished copper effect fondue set, £62.79,


Iced gems

These pretty-as-a-picture winter-themed gingerbread treats from London’s original hand-iced biscuit company Biscuiteers are almost too pretty to eat. Almost. Winter Walk tin, £25,


Grand gesture

There’s pushing the boat out at Christmas and then there’s Fortnum & Mason’s Imperial hamper, a colossal five-hamper strong behemoth filled with every possible festive treat. The lucky recipient of this ultra luxurious hamper will have enough to keep them going until Christmas 2022 and beyond, with a selection of champagnes, wine, whisky, tea and coffee, whole smoked salmon and Christmas ham and an array of puddings, chocolates and truffle – plus an entire picnic set to take care of next summer. The Imperial hamper, £6,000, available to order at Fortnum & Mason at The Royal Exchange and


In a squeeze

It may look like something from War of The Worlds but this spider-like citrus squeezer is one of Philippe Starck’s most iconic and recognisable designs for Italian kitchenwear giant Alessi. This visionary French designer, renowned for his unconventional approach, first designed the Juicy Salif on a pizzeria napkin while on holiday in Italy, and it was released by Alessi in 1990. This new limited-edition bronze version (only 999 exist) is based on one of the early prototypes, which showcases the alien-like sculptural form with aplomb. Juicy Salif Studio n.3, £995,


Turkish delight

If you’ve dined in Shoreditch restaurant Oklava then you’ll be familiar with the fantastic cooking of head chef Selin Kiazim. Now you can recreate the renowned chef’s style at home with the release of her debut book, Three. As the title suggests, the concept of the recipe book is centred around Kiazim’s three building blocks of cooking: acid, texture and contrast. The result is playful and innovative dishes to try at home. A must for any keen amateur cook. Three: Acid, Texture, Contrast by Selin Kiazim, £25 (Quadrille)


French fancy

Is there anything prettier than a box of pastel macarons? These delightful sweet treats will put a smile on anyone’s face, especially when they’re a selection of French patisserie Ladurée’s macarons presented in their limited-edition Mellerio gift box, designed in collaboration with jewellery house Maison Mellerio dits Meller. £56,

Ding Dong Dim Sum
Ding Dong Dim Sum

Ding dong

For the person who has everything, how about a delicious dim sum subscription: the Christmas gift that just keeps giving. Ding Dong Dum Sum sends packs of delicious gyoza, siu mai, fluffy bao buns, sticky rice, salad and dips straight to your door. Not only do these home-delivered parcels of deliciousness make the perfect gift, they are also the ideal alternative to a Christmas or New Year meal. A box for two starts at £29.50, a six month subscription that includes six boxes of dim sum, a collection of dipping sauces and a bamboo steamer is £195,

Cartografie Chocolate collection
Cartografie Chocolate collection

Box of wonders

Cartografie’s handcrafted chocolate is as ethical as it is delicious and beautiful. Each gorgeously designed box is a treasure trove of unique flavours, created by owner and former Ritz chef, Kae Shibata. The new limited-edition Christmas Collection contains eight exquisite single-origin chocolates filled with a ganache created by the chocolatiers just for the festive season. Cartografie Christmas Collection, £26,