I am so behind on my Christmas shopping again!! One of these years I’ll get everything done by summer so I can chill out and watch everybody else race around like crazy people for a change.
If you have a foodie in your life (or if you’re a foodie yourself!) I hope this guide gives you some Christmas gift inspiration. Everything in this guide is either something I have or something I really want!!
A really good knife is essential in the kitchen. I’ve built up a bit of a collection over the years and I can never resist having a look at the knives when we go into a kitchen shop. I love the look of this one.
I love my kitchen aid coffee maker as our Nespresso pod expenses bill proves (lets just says it’s in the hundreds).
I also have two of the Aerocino 4 milk frothers on rotation, and a third in a box in case one breaks or to take with us when travelling. Coffee is a serious business.
We also have a travel/backup coffee making solution in the form of the next item on my list……….
I like to fill up a flask with hot milk, fill up another flask with hot water, then when we’re on a crisp countryside walk and ready for a break, I can make the perfect freshly brewed coffee. Smelling that coffee as it pours into your waiting cup whilst your breath is steaming in the chilly air is one of THE BEST THINGS EVER in Winter.
I don’t think the gin craze is ever going away! I love a good gin and tonic at the weekend – either simply served with a couple of strips of cucumber or a few berries, or as a refreshing gin cocktail – like this gin and cucumber basil smash.
Gin glasses make a great gift (note – the link will take you to slightly different glasses if you’re not in the UK, but they’re just as nice).
Distilled just up the road from us in Macclesfield, Cheshire, we nip over to the distillery grab a bottle when we’re running low. Here’s Chris with his bottle!
The distillery is a stone building is off a little country road at the edge of Macclesfield forest. The berries, mosses, ferns, wildflowers and bark for their multi-award winning gin are foraged from the forest just across the road. Bottled (in bespoke porcelain bottles from made by a local ceramics company!) by hand in small batches, this is a really special treat. They also do an Earl Grey version! If you’re local, you can buy from their distillery or online from here, or other outlets listed on their website.
I’ve had my eye on these after seeing them online and I really need to get some. Not only are they great for the environment, but they’re cost effective and so pretty too!
We all know someone who can’t eat a meal without a splash of hot sauce. Check out this handbag/pocket version!!
Le Creuset, if you ever want to kit out my kitchen with every pan/dish/cup /pot you make then I’m sure we can come to some agreement.
Until then, I’ll stick with the few Le Creuset pieces I can afford (currently saving up for my next pan).
Not strictly a food or kitchen item I know. But a relaxing afternoon baking in the kitchen wouldn’t be complete without my favourite slippers. I pined for these for about a year before finally taking the plunge, and I didn’t regret it one bit.
They’re a little on the pricey side, but they’re super comfy, and they have a detachable sole that you can clip on so you don’t have to take off those comfy slippers to go outside. I haven’t been brave enough to wear them for the school run yet (although I think I could get away with it as they don’t look too slipper-like with the soles on), but I have worn them for visits to the family and for nipping out to the garden to cut herbs or pick berries when I’m cooking.
A fab way to get your granny/grandad to write down those recipes they have tucked away in their brain! Gift the book to them and ask them to gift it back to you (with their famous recipes in) for your birthday!
If you have a loved one who has lots of recipes to share, why not help them set up their own food blog! This is a link for hosting, plus wordpress and will help get you through the steps to creating that first blog post.
Here are a few other ideas (no pictures unfortunately for these, but you can see them if you click through):
I love this idea from Savernake knives. You can customize a knife to your requirements, or work with Savernake to create a completely bespoke knife. A seriously one-of-a-kind gift.
A meal for two at a Michelin star restaurant is an awesome gift for a foodie. Chris and I have been to a few Michelin star restaurants, and the food and theatre of the event has always been fantastic. A real foodie treat!
I want this apron badly. Chris, if you’re reading this, buy me this apron please (in charcoal blue) xxxxx
I’ve only seen this on US websites so far, but I’ve heard it’s delicious. I bet it would be amazing drizzled on wholegrain toast with sliced bananas. If anyone has seen it in the UK, please tell me where I can find it!
I’ve been a member for 4 years now, and i’m always learning new things to help me grow my blog. Without a doubt I would not be where I am today with Kitchen Sanctuary if it wasn’t for the teachings and inspiration from Bjork and Lindsay (the couple behind Food Blogger Pro and their recipe site Pinch of Yum). Enrolment only opens a few times a year, so get on that list ready for when it opens again.