The spectacular turkey centre piece, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, a flaming Christmas cake soaked in the dregs of your dad’s liquor cupboard – there is no denying that food is integral to Christmas. But the gourmet gifting doesn’t just have to be at meal times. Here are a few ideas on what to get your food fanatic friend (aka. me).
Chefs and restaurants like Jamie Oliver, Meera Sodha and Dishoom have created beautiful cookery books that also make for impressive yet easy meals to make at home. Go vintage with Cadbury’s Olivia Burton designed Roses tin (available at Waitrose & Partners), alongside an exciting assortment of beautiful edibles like these The Wooden Spoon Preservative honeys. Taste and scent are tightly wound and have the power to evoke beautiful memories, and the Jo Malone Green Tomato Leaf Candle transports me to my grandpa’s greenhouse – you must visit a store and take a whiff. And if you ever walk past an Anthropologie, you will not fail to find seven million stunning decorations for the perfect table setting, including these stand out Celestial Coasters. If you can’t get to the high street then Biscuiteers do the most spectacular selection of festive biscuits by post, in keepsake tins (of which I now have about 8). But the ultimate iconic gift for any foodie has to be a Fortnum and Mason Hamper. Below is the Christmas Express Hamper with teas and coffees for sipping; biscuits and nuts for nibbling; marmalades, preserves and condiments and, of course, the hamper! It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
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