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Christmas gifts for foodies

I think we'd all agree that one of the best things about Christmas is the food.  Be it the mountainous Christmas dinner, the treats in your Christmas stocking (mint Matchmakers, obviously) or all the mini party foods that start appearing in the freezer sections this time of year, Christmas for me is always a time to eat lots of yummy things.  Luckily most people I know feel the same and so I've been thinking of a few food-related presents, both handmade and shop-bought that I could treat people with this year.

I love making up little hampers or jars of treats at Christmas and I've already been nosing around for gourmet foodie bits to fill them with.  One of the best ways to find little bits for these is at your local farm shop, farmers' market or at a Christmas food fair.  I'll be going to the New Forest Christmas Fair on 8-9 December and I'll bet there's something like that going on where you live - have a look in local papers, noticeboards or council websites for ideas.


If you prefer to pick up foodie bits online you'll obviously want to pick things that will travel well and keep until Christmas, so consider jams, chutneys, ales and ciders, chocolate and sweets or teas and coffees etc.  Here are some ideas...


sugar and twine
img credit: sugar and twine

Quick tip;
Gourmet Britain also have a whole listings section on their website for mail order/online gourmet food companies.


I have been bookmarking lots of recipes over the last couple of weeks in anticipation of whipping up some treats for my own homemade hampers.  We have a lot of onions and beetroots from the garden so lots of people will be receiving chutneys! Here are my favourite recipes;

baked camembert kit
img credit: bbc good food (recipe below)

Savoury Christmas hamper recipes

Christmas clementine chutney
Beetroot and orange chutney
Red onion marmalade
Sweet chilli jam
Baked camembert kit
English Ale mustard

Sweet Christmas hamper recipes

Mincemeat Christmas trees
Chocolate truffle egg box
Baileys and white chocolate fudge
Blackberry gin
Panforte (Italian Christmas cake)
Mulled wine
Limoncello

Quick tip;
BBC Good Food have collections of recipes for hampers - such as a collection of recipes for a chocoholics hamper, a spice lover's hamper etc.

Quick tip;
Lakeland have a section dedicated to jars, moulds, bags, ribbons and all sorts of other lovely ways to make and present homemade gifts.

Quick tip;
Your hamper doesn't necessarily need to be... a hamper! I've bought a vintage wine box from eBay to fill with gourmet food goodies as a present for someone ;)


Just a few more ideas for gifts for the food lovers in your life...

gifts for food lovers

1. Camembert Baker Dish - John Lewis - £16.49
2. Fork Magazine - One Year Subscription - £18
7. Oils Dip Set - Heals - £15

Hopefully you've found lots of inspiration there for all of the food lovers in your life! I know I'm feeling pretty hungry, and pretty excited about Christmas right about now!


14 comments

  1. Love this post! I am putting together a mixed hamper for my parents, was looking for some good jams/chutneys :) xx

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  2. This is amazing! So many good ideas, love the baked Camembert kit! I'm thinking about making 'brownie in a mug' mix for my friends this year, just working out the best way to present it! xoxo

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  3. This is such a lovely idea and so nice to see things that aren't just bath soaps and socks- love the hamper ideas too! xxx

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  4. I saw the titel of this post and thought 'ooooh!'. I love christmas food! thanks x

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  5. Does anyone know where I can find a cheap (ish)... but still nice looking...wicker hamper to present all these goodies in? Would really appreciate some help-feels ive searched everywhere!! S x

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    1. Have you looked on eBay Sophie? There were quite a few on there when I looked but I haven't bookmarked any I'm afraid so can't link you! xo

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    2. Will have a look today - a bit new to ebay! Thank you very much x

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  6. BRILLIANT POST! I've just eaten but I'm feeling peckish again :-) some great ideas, thanks for sharing xx

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  7. I just found your blog and I'm so pleased! I love it. Strangely, just today I was eyeing up different hampers in BHS and was considering how I would go about making one from scratch as a gift, so this post is so so useful! xx

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  8. I'm so glad I found this blog, as I needed an idea for my mum for christmas. Last year I splashed out and bought alots of Estee Lauder products only for her to not to know what Estee was!! So a hamper is definatly more her thing I think. I like the idea of the kilner jars and the cambembert. :)

    Thanks. x

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  9. I'll be checking out the links for jams and such, thanks!

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  10. Love the foodie idea. It's what I do for most of my family, because buying them things doesn't really work so well. I love hitting up Lidl for German goodies like mini Stollen and Lebkuchen.

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  11. This is by a million miles the BEST gift guide I've read- normally I find them frustratingly rubbish but this is full of stuff I would genuinely buy for people (and like them to buy for me!) Really like the hamper receipes and the Jamie Oliver pie dish. Whenever one of my friends moves house, a chutney-based food hamper is always my present of choice, glad I can now extend this to Christmas presents too xx

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