Best gifts for foodies: 12 great choices for every taste

Know someone who loves to cook (and eat)? Then look no further as we have rounded up the top buys for food lovers and cooking connoisseurs to suit all tastes

Tastesmiths gift box
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Whether your dad is an aspiring ‘masterchef’ in the kitchen or your aunt loves a bit of a family bake-off, we all have a food critic in our lives. So, if you are not sure what to get a loved one and they love food, a foodie gift is the way to go. The best gifts for foodies not only have to taste delicious though, but be of top quality and a stylish addition to their kitchen countertop – they are connoisseurs after all.

From chocoholics and cheese lovers to budding chefs, we have rounded up our top Christmas gifts to whet their appetites. We are talking kitchen gadgets to make their favourite meals at home, edible gifts to introduce them to something new and so much more. Read on to see our top foodie gifts, or for more Christmas shopping inspiration, check out the best Christmas gift ideas for 2020.

Best gifts for foodies 2020

M&S continental cheese hamper

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1. M&S Continental Cheese Chilled Hamper

Best for the foodie who can't get enough cheese

Specifications
RRP: £50

There’s always the one foodie in your life who knows a thing or two about cheese. So this continental cheese chilled hamper from M&S will certainly make their Christmas. Ranging from Smokey Bavarian Cheese to Creamy Camembert, this hamper offers some of Europe’s finest cheese. The treats don’t stop there! This hamper also includes chutneys, olive flatbread, biscuits, duck and truffle parfait and a bottle of La Vita Sangiovese red wine amongst many. It also comes in a reusable cooler bag that includes a reusable draw sting cotton bag to carry your extras. Food lovers will appreciate this gift of cheese!

Tastesmiths gift box

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2. Tastesmiths spice kit gift box

Best for spice lovers

Specifications
RRP: £22 for 4, £26 for 6
10% discount: use code CURRY10 at checkout

If you know someone who loves spicy food then this gift box with give them the seasonings they need to make authentic curries, jerk dishes and chillies. Each kit includes a mix of dried herbs, fresh herbs and ingredients like fresh garlic, ginger and lemongrass. You can choose from a four or six kit gift box and which recipes to include. 

There are curry house favourites like rogan josh and tikka massala, but some things your favourite foodie may not have tried like Sri Lankan curry and Persian khoresh. The kits keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks or can be frozen until you need them so this is a fab gift to give someone a few taste adventures. 

If you don't want to buy a gift box, you can also order the individual Tastesmith kits on Amazon.

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3. Wilko Gin Infusion Set

Best gift for gin lovers and a great stocking filler

Specifications
RRP: £10

Treat the gin lover in your life to their own festive gin infusion kit. Basically all they need to do is fill the cute mason jar with vodka and tip in the ingredients, leave for 24 hours and voilà, homemade Christmas gin (kind of). The set includes freeze dried oranges to add a lovely citrus zing and what could be better than a treat and activity in one?

Abel & Cole festive pantry hamper

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4. Abel & Cole Festive Pantry Hamper

Best for keeping your foodie friend stocked up with goodies till New Year

Specifications
RRP: £75

For foodies who just want to put their feet up and tuck into festive treats, The Festive Pantry Hamper from Abel & Cole is a great choice. The organic hamper is packed with all sorts of seasonal delights every foodie will love. Ranging from gluten-free mince pies and goji & cranberry muesli to orange biscuits with cocoa beans and Colombian coffee, your loved one will be spoilt for choice. The ideal Christmas gift for food lovers that has something in there for everyone.

KitchenAid mini

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5. KitchenAid Mini Stand Mixer

Best gift for keen bakers

Specifications
RRP: £299.99

If your favourite foodie has been mixing by hand for too long now, treat them to an upgrade. The KitchenAid Mini Stand Mixer is 25 per cent lighter and has a 20 per cent smaller footprint than the regular KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer, so it'll take up less counter space and is easy to move (marvellous in a small kitchen). Plus it’s still compatible with all KitchenAid attachments. Total winner. 

For Black Friday KitchenAid deals, don't miss our dedicated page.

Prestat cocktail chocolates

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6. Prestat Christmas Cocktail Selection

Best for cocktail loving foodies

Specifications
RRP: £22

If you’re stuck for ideas, you can’t really go wrong with the gift of quality chocolate. Treat them with the Prestat Christmas Cocktail Selection from John Lewis. This selection of festive chocolate truffles offer popular liquor flavours to indulge in. Tasty flavours include dark cherry brandy, peach schnapps, milk orange liqueur and white espresso martini. Not made for sharing, this is the perfect gift for cocktail lovers or those with a sweet tooth.

Cheese making kit

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7. The Big Cheese Making Kit Store The Ultimate Cheese

Best gift for a foodie who really wants to know where their food is from

Specifications
RRP: £40

A cheesemaking kit that contains everything you need to make 40 batches of vegetarian, tasty cheese? Sounds gouda to us (sorry). It comes with vegetarian rennet, citric acid and high-quality sea salt, plus all the tools a good cheesemaker needs including a thermometer and muslin to strain your curds. All you need is full fat milk and a free afternoon!

Pact coffee

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8. Pact Coffee Subscription

Best for coffee lovers

Specifications
RRP: gift vouchers from £25

We all know a coffee aficionado, so why not show them that you actually are listening when they start telling you about the water filtration or how the espresso is pulling by treating them to fresh coffee delivered to their door. The people at Pact can send out a bag of their delicious, ethically sourced, small batch coffee as often as every seven days. You can pick a subscription for them, or send a gift voucher and let them tailor their own plan.

Or if you are looking for a great stocking filler for the coffee lover in your life, Pact's Christmas blend, with notes of shortbread, mince pies and brandy sounds like heaven. 

Le Creuset casserole dish

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9. Le Creuset Casserole Dish

Best gift for the feeder foodie

Specifications
RRP: from £195

Because, you can’t go wrong a with signature Le Creuset casserole dish, especially when said casserole dish comes in an array of delightful colours. This is the great present for gifting a very special person who loves to cook and they are built to last a lifetime, so a great investment.

Find all the latest Le Creuset deals on our dedicated page.

Cuisinart ice cream maker

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10. Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

Best gift for foodies who love their ice cream

Specifications
RRP: £79.99

Give the gift of instant ice cream with a Cuisinart ice cream maker. Easy to use and easy to clean, this nifty gadget makes two litres of ice cream in just 25 minutes. It can also make fresh fruit sorbet and frozen yoghurt and means you always have a easy pudding option in no time.

Ikea Inbringande Serving Stand

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11. Ikea Inbringande serving stand

Best gift for the foodie friend who loves to host

Specifications
RRP: £10

For those who love throwing a great dinner party, let them serve in style with this Inbringande Serving Stand in Black from IKEA. This three tier stand is perfect for carrying around canapes and delicious pastries. What’s more, its sleek and contemporary design makes for an attractive feature on the dinner table. This makes the perfect gift for entertaining. You can’t really go wrong!

Lakeland digital bread maker

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12. Lakeland digital bread maker

Best for the home baker who is pressed for time

Specifications
RRP: £99.99

Nothing beats the taste (and smell!) of freshly baked bread. And for those bakers who fancy making their own bread everyday but don’t want the time-consuming kneading, this digital bread maker from Lakeland is the perfect gift. Not only does it do all the hard work for you, but fresh bread won’t have any nasty additives found in shop-bought loaves. It’s super easy to use with 12 programmes and it even has a gluten-free setting. Making it a much healthy alternative. We also love it because it makes cakes and pizza dough, which is a must-have for true foodies.

More edible Christmas gifts

Our gifts for foodies don't end here. We also have a roundup of the best Christmas hampers that is perfect for giving someone an absolute feast this festive season. Or, you could see our best gin deals – there are so many bargains that are great for gifting (and self gifting).