Some people eat to live and some live to eat... what is certain is that everyone has at least a few mega foodies in their lives. Maybe it’s your mum who fancies herself as a bit of a Nigella, that friend you always turn to for stellar restaurant and bar recommendations, or that guy from work who shows up every once in a while with a basket of baked goods so delicious you follow him around like he's the Pied Piper.
And since not all food lovers were made equal, we have rounded up the best Christmas gifts for all epicureans; from the wannabe gourmet chefs and budding bakers to the booze lovers and cheese enthusiasts.
1. Get them started with a cooking set
This Japanese Ramen Ingredients Set is a go to for the best ramen recipes outside Japan and with this cooking set you’ll find all the ingredients to get started. With over three litres of soy sauce, rice vinegar, mirin, sake, and sesame oil, this set is for those passionate about Japanese food, and who plan to give the recipes a proper try.
2. Be more original than chocolates
We think this sweet treat is a far superior alternative to chocolates. Just imagine Fiasconaro pistachio cream spread over a slice of fluffy panettone, or as a filling for macaroons – or better yet just hand us a spoon so we can eat it straight from the jar.
3. Choose a quirky addition to the breakfast table
4. Beer and spicy snacks? What's not to love...
Beer? Good. Meat? Good. Spice? Good. Packed full of beers, unique snacks and hot sauces we are sure that the foodie in your life will be well impressed when they open Craved London’s Beer-Meat-Hot box.
5. Choose the holy grail of kitchen appliances
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.
6. Teach them how to make cheese
A cheesemaking kit that contains everything you need to make mozzarella, ricotta, burrata, soft goat’s cheese and soft cow’s cheese? Sounds gouda to us (sorry).
7. Or just let them eat it...
And for those who would prefer to just have their cheese and eat it, The Christmas Hamper from Fortnum and Mason has been made for all of your Christmas day needs packed out with still and sparkling tipples as well as all of those gorgeous puddings you're desperate to leave space for.
8. Keep them organised with a recipe journal
There is something endearingly old school about asking a friend for a recipe and them handing over a tomato-stained scrap of illegible paper. However, it’s rather less endearing when you inevitably lose said scrap of paper. So prevent further arguments by buying your foodie friend a Moleskine recipe journal, so they can keep all their recipes organised (and, for your sake, duplicated).
9. Give them the gift of 60 second pizza
Gorgeously sleek and conveniently compact, this ingenious little wood-fired pizza from Uuni oven reaches 500°C just 10 minutes after lighting and can churn out pizzas in sixty seconds. Fast food at its best.
10. Buying for a caffeine addict?
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.
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.
11. Be on trend with a Kombucha kit
This is so hipster it hurts. But if you are buying for a foodie who loves a trend this Kilner Kombucha set is failsafe choice.
12. Go for a classic
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.
13. Add some luxury to marmalade on toast
Can you think of anything better for Christmas morning than Fortum and Mason's marmalade made with Champagne? Go on, we will wait…
14. Treat them to the cheeseboard of dreams
This agate cheeseboard from Anthropologie is perfect for when you want to artfully display a wheel of Bleu d'Auvergne or if you just want to make a cheddar a bit more stylish.
15. And don't forget the glamorous cheese knives
Of course, the finest cheese board needs the finest cheese knives. We love these marble cheese knives from Oliver Bonas, they would look perfect both alongside the Anthropologie number or could just add a touch of glam to your average wooden board.
16. Get them a gift that keeps on giving
Have your foodie friends learn from the best with The Cookery Book Club. Just tell the guys at The Willoughby Book Club a bit about what your recipient loves to cook and they will send them a selection of the best selling cookbooks straight to their door.
The Cookery Book Club is available in three, six and 12-month packages.
17. Add a retro vibe to their kitchen
We love British screen printer Thornback and Peel’s retro designs, and their Sardine oven gloves would make a great gift for a foodie. Not going to lie, we kind of just want a pair of these for ourselves...
18. Buying for a meat lover?
Nothing says 'I know you like food' quite like having a chunk of meat delivered to their door every month. Seriously though, Farmisons is one of the best butchers in the country for premium meats and any meat lover is going to thank you for this slightly unusual subscription box. Each month, the recipient will get a mix of lamb, chicken and pork, plus two fillet steaks (one for them and one for you, right?).
19. Make pasta making easy
Making pasta needn't require a whole new machine, special attachments, a rolling pin or an Italian grandmother. Nope, this simple pasta making starter kit from Souschef contains everything needed for even the most novice of cooks to start making impressive pasta dishes.
20. Deck the halls with... bowls of noodles?
Forget about Santa, reindeers, stars and snowmen, this year’s all about decorating with bowls of ramen, avocados, gherkins, and (at least we think that’s) a red cabbage...
21. Help with the washing up... kind of
Okay, this isn’t the most glamorous of gifts but after the cooking has to come the clean up, so make it slightly more bearable with this super cute stocking filler sponge from Hay.
22. Trust in (the best) chocolates
Because if you are going to fall back on chocolates as a gift, let them be the best. And does it really get any better than Charbonnel et Walker's Milk Sea Salt Billionaire's Shortbread Truffles? Seriously just think about – Chocolate. Sea salt. Caramel. Biscuit. Truffles.
23. Give the perfect slice
We love the playful design of this plate from Oliver Bonas , perfect for any pizza loving friend. Safe to say that we would have to ignore the 'Portion Control' advice and firmly advocate that stacking is surely permitted.
24. Because what foodie doesn't like ice cream?
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, but really who is going to use it for that?
25. A super cute edible stocking filler
The perfect foodie Christmas gift for under £10, this little guy is truly delicious. Based upon a traditional twice baked English style biscuit, The Jolly Gingerbread Elf has a texture that is somewhere between the snap of a gingerbread and the crumble of a shortbread. Basically a combo of the two most dreamy biscuits out there.
26. DIY a festive tipple
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).
27. Or again, just buy them some gin...
One of the best places to pick up gifts for foodies is actually the supermarkets, makes sense really. This year, surprise surprise, gin is the alcohol of the season and there are some delicious gifty type bottles you can pick up for a really reasonable price too. Take this passionfruit gin liqueur from Aldi. Distilled in small batches, it's fruity, rich and is sure to make for some delicious Christmas cocktails. We’ll take five.
Want to pick up some more gifts as you do your weekly shop? Check out our guide to the best supermarket Christmas gifts.
28. The best brunch food (at home)
Buying for an Instagram loving foodie? This waffle iron will mean they don't have to traipse to the nearest brunch spot to get that #content. This waffle maker will create five cute hearts to stack up with fruit, cream or chocolate and syrup.