Thursday, 19 November 2015

Christmas Gift Guide: For Foodies (Part One)

I do love a hamper or a foodie gift, and there are some amazing products around.  All that food and drink tasting from July to November is of course very hard work for us, but someone has to do it.  You can thank us later ;-)  Our 'Food Fortnight' starts on 30th November, when we will bring you all the news on the latest products, taste tests, and recommendations - get your shopping lists ready!  But if you are buying for a foodie, here are our recommendations of the best food and drink-focussed gifts around.


Cheese hampers from £24, Paxton and Whitfield


Gordal Pitted Olives, Ocado - also available in a small tin for £3


Hamper of treats, Dobbies Garden Centres


Cafedirect Handpicked is a monthly subscription coffee service showcasing the finest coffee from around the world, each packet flat packed to fit through your letterbox.  The perfect gift for a food and drink connossieur, the lucky recipient will receive a different world coffee every month, from Tanzania to Vietnam to Brazil.  Each coffee comes from a micro-lot so unusual and interesting varieties can be found, grown and selected.  A 3 month subscription costs £24, and an annual subscription costs £85.  Every coffee comes with a Tasting Booklet which gives a background to the coffee and the region, as well as tasting notes.  We tried the Colombia Balboa, which is well-balanced with a berry-like flavour, a clean, fresh acidity, and a sweet cocoa finish.


Chateau Bru Lagardette Cahors, Ocado


Cheese knife & sharpener set, Paxton & Whitfield


Barista & Co. copper cafetiere and milk jug, Lakeland



Pinkster - Agreeably British Pink Gin, Ocado


Meg Rivers Christmas Collection, Ocado


Ceramic milk jug, Paxton & Whitfield


Hampers, from a selection, Lakeland




Cheese Tasting Book, Paxton & Whitfield


Limited edition finest English stilton, Paxton & Whitfield


Ice cold Soapstone serving board, Paxton & Whitfield



Two tier slate cake or cheese stand, Lakeland


Reclaimed vintage wood lazy susan, Lakeland


Hamper, from a wide selection, Fortnum & Mason


Bauble box full of treats, Lakeland


Candied orange slices, Lakeland


Joe & Seph's salted caramel sauce, Lakeland


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