Christmas is coming, and it’s around about now that we start making mental lists of things to buy in the run-up to the festive season. Shopping for the right presents can be tricky, but if the key to a person’s heart is through their stomach, then these Christmas food gifts suggestions will offer the perfect inspiration.
Sourced by Sous Chef from all over the world, these gift ideas draw upon artisan delicacies and cooking accessories across the globe. From traditional Italian panettone to a gourmet egg cutter, our 2018 Christmas food gift list is the go-to for the difficult-to-buy-fors, the foodie know-it-alls and most importantly, those people who deserve an extra special present this year.
For the Globetrotter
As anyone who has visited Japan knows, there’s a huge difference between proper ramen and the cheap, freeze-dried stuff on supermarkets shelves in the West. It all begins with picking the right crockery, and these authentic Japanese ramen bowl sets are a brilliant present for anyone who has set foot in a real ramen shop and has never looked back.
The ramen spoons, recipe booklet, ramen bowls and gift bag that complete the set will make a ramen lover’s Christmas this year.
For more ramen sets, see page 8-9 of our Christmas look book.
For the Italophile
Stored in this funky hand-painted bottle is 500ml of intensely fruity olive oil made from cold-pressed Coratina olives. These olives are native to the Apulia region of Italy and made by Frantoio Muraglia – a five-generation-old company who take huge pride in their craft.
This oil makes a brilliant food gift for anyone who enjoys the difference a good olive oil makes to a dish. Use it over a salad, or drizzled on bread, Frantoio Muraglia extra virgin olive oil is a wonderful culinary accompaniment to keep close at hand.
For the Social Butterfly
2018 was the year where gin exploded in popularity and opened the door for lots of exciting new gins, flavours and mixers. This gin infusion gift set is inspired by the Spanish ‘Gin Tonica’ trend which sees gin and tonic served with exciting, aromatic garnishes.
This set includes rose petals, star anise, cardamom and timut pepper, which has the complexity of Szechuan pepper with a grapefruit kick. The kit also contains a cocktail spoon with masher and tasting notes. Add a pinch to your drink and stir or add to your bottle of gin and leave to steep for a ‘gin tonica’ to adore.
For the Vegan
The perfect food gift for anyone following a vegan diet or trying to cut back on dairy. This kit enables you to make a selection of vegan cheeses, including parmesan, feta, mascarpone, ricotta and mozzarella.
The easy-to-follow instructions allow you to make delicious dairy-free cheeses – in fact, 20 batches of them - in your own home.
For the Gastronome
Truffles are a gourmet’s dream ingredient, and this gift set brings them to your kitchen. The carefully selected truffle products by Marini & Azzolini come all the way from the home of Italy’s truffle market, Acqualagna and show off the aroma and flavour of this most indulgent of foods.
For the Dinner Party Host
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a fluffy, buttery panettone, and this one from renowned producers Flamigni fits the bill perfectly. Untie the twine and paper wrapping to reveal this festive treat made with the finest ingredients.
While a slice of this is perfect with a coffee or hot chocolate during the day, its simplicity as a dessert served with ice cream and a liqueur at the end of a dinner party will make your host a very grateful recipient.
For the Style-Conscious
And speaking of panettone, we couldn’t not include this lavish offering from Fiasconaro who have teamed up with Dolce & Gabbana to produce a delicious panettone packed with saffron and Sicilian citrus fruit.
Packaged in this unique hatbox created by the Italian designers, this delicious treat has the style credentials to impress your favourite fashionista.
For Mini Green Fingers
Know a young gardener in the making? This very cute Eggling from Japan provides everything needed to grow their very own cactus. Crack open the top, add a little water, give it a home in a warm sunny room and watch your cactus grow!
The Eggling has enough nutrients to keep it going for five months. After that, it’s recommended that you re-pot your plant with new soil and use the extra seeds to grow new ones!
For the Morning Person
Egg and soldiers will never look the same again, thanks to this gourmet egg cutter. The ideal breakfast accessory, this cuts the top of an egg in one clean slice, leaving you with the perfect boiled egg ready to eat.
A fun food gift, this egg cutter can be shared around the breakfast table, but a word of warning: it may take a few goes before you become an egg cutting eggs-pert!