Hello and welcome to the first of this years Christmas Gift Guides. I started doing these a couple of years back and they’re always fun to put together so I thought I would bring them back for 2014. The first one today is gifts that would be perfect for the food lover in your house. There will be more guides popping up over the next few weeks including ones for her, him and children so do check back!
1. I have been a fan of the English Provender Company for many years. There are eight different gift packs to choose from, so there is something to suit most tastes. My personal favourite, being a big bad cheese lover is the The English Provender Co. Slate Cheese Board (RRP £25) which contains a natural slate cheese and acacia wood board along with a top quality cheese knife and comes complete with a jar of The English Provender Co.’s Caramelised Red Onion Chutney and Sea Salt & Rosemary Biscuits. I also love The English Provender Co. Cheese Dome (RRP £22) which is a wooden based cheese dome with a glass cover, paired with the Sea Salt & Rosemary Biscuits and a delicious sounding Plum & Apple Bramley Chutney. The festive packs start from £8 and are available to buy in Debenhams stores.
2. I was recently introduced to Rock Bakehouse which was founded in 2011 as a cake decorating school. In 2014 they launched a great range products including aprons, tea towels and oven gloves. I love their tea towel range which I think would make a great gift to add into a hamper but their just as fabulous as a standalone gift. All the tea towels are made from 100% premium cotton and prices start from £8.95. You can find them on the Rock Bakehouse website.
3. If you’ve got a foodie in your life that is also a bit of a dab hand in a kitchen garden then this “Grow Your Own Christmas Dinner” would make a fantastically unique gift. This seed collection from the London Herb Garden contains seven varieties of herb and vegetable seed – all varieties designed to be ready to eat in December. The Christmas Dinner seed collection is priced at £12.50 and is available from Not On The High Street.
4. For the gin lover in your life (I’ve got a few…) how about this lovely Raspberry Gin Liqueur Set from Raisthorpe Manor? The gift set is available to buy online priced at £24.99 and includes a 35cl bottle of Raspberry Gin Liqueur, Raspberry Jam and some Raspberry Chocolate Clusters. The gin has even won two awards – Great Taste 1 Gold Star 2011 / Yorkshire Post Taste Award Winner 2009. Raisthorpe Manor have a wide variety of foodie gifts and all their products contain only the finest (locally sourced where possible) ingredients, created using traditional methods. To view the whole range, visit the Raisthorpe Manor website now.
5. Why not consider treating the foodie in your life to a gift that gives them the chance to learn some fantastic cookery skills? The Billingsgate Seafood School is located on the first floor of the Billingsgate Fish Market, the UK’s largest inland fish market in the heart of London’s Dockland. The school has been established as a charitable company, with the aim of promoting the awareness of fish in young people. With classes ranging from £40 – £198 there is something to suit every experience, budget and occasion. Gift vouchers, which are valid for 12 months, are available online or can be bought by calling 0207 517 3548. Visit the Billingsgate Seafood School website to find out more.
6. A hamper is always a good option when buying for someone who has everything else and Fodder have a great selection of interesting and reasonably priced hampers. Fodder is a shop and cafe overlooking the Crimple Valley, where the goods are supplied by Yorkshire farmers and producers. I really like the Afternoon Tea Hamper which is priced at £25.00 and comes complete with tea, coffee, biscuits, parkin and fruit cake, but could quite easily be swayed by the Cheese Accompaniments Hamper too. Check out the Fodder website to see more, where you can also purchase gift vouchers.
8. Something a little different is this Give a Fig set from The Gluttonous Gardener. The set, priced at £35.00, comprises of a young Brown Turkey fig tree in a terracotta pot along with a jar of fig jam. The Gluttonous Gardener has a great range of other foodie gifts including gifts for olive enthusiasts to gin lovers! Go to the Gluttonous Gardener website to find out more.
9. For anyone who is a fan of a hot stone steak this would make an amazing gift. Steakstones sell a range of sets so you can enjoy the experience of cooking your food exactly as you like, live at your dinner table. My personal choice would be The Sizzling Steak Set, priced at £65.00, in fact, I will absolutely be buying myself on of these! See the full range on the Steakstones website.
10. Finally, for anyone who likes to produce and perhaps give their home product as gifts, this product stamp would be a really unique gift. The stamp, from The English Stamp Company in Dorset, is priced at £24.00 and is customisable. There are also further stamps available for other kitchen uses. The website is well worth a visit – you can find it here.
That’s it for my foodie gift guide for 2014. Hopefully you might have found some inspiration! I’ll be back very soon with my next Christmas gift guide.
Disclaimer: I have not been paid to promote the products featured in my Christmas gift guide. I may have undertaken product reviews of some of those featured in the blog posts and this will be mentioned where it is relevant. Many of the products I have featured in the gift guide series are there purely because I like them! I always try to be upfront and honest – if you have any questions, please get in touch via email.