At first I worried about what to include in this gift-guide – but in the end I’ve pretty much published my own wishlist (minus the odd MAC lipsticks and socks I’d included!). Some of these things I’ve since kindly received for my birthday (thank you to those generous friends and family!), some are still on my Christmas list, and some are waiting to be put on the wedding list next year (looking at you, Joseph Joseph!).
For the Cheese Lover
It’s only in the last 18 months or so that I’ve gotten properly into cheese (before I’d stick to cheddar and the occasional sprinkling of parmesan), it’s safe to say I’m really looking forward to some festive cheeseboards this year! There’s also quite a few cheese-related gifts I’d love to see under the tree on Christmas day… this set from Oliver Bonas has been on my radar for a long time.
And of course, being a fan of Switzerland means melted cheese is just one of the food-related ways to be heart. These Tabletop Raclette Grills* are the perfect at-home date night companion.
For the Wine Lover
Clearly I’ve grown up recently, because I’ve gone from a ‘wine with special dinners’ type of gal to one that realllyyyy enjoys a good wine. I’m not a huge drinker, though, so we can often be round trying to fashion a bottle stopper to keep it fresh for the next day. This Kate Spade stopper would solve that problem! And, ya’no, sparkly.
For the Chocolate Lover
Now chocolate is something I’ve ALWAYS loved! I’m of the firm opinion that if you gift me some Dairy Milk, or a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, I’ll be a happy girl. However I also love more artisan chocolates. We picked up some delightful (and shockingly expensive) bars from Pump Street Bakery in Suffolk a few months ago, which we’re slowly savouring. I love visiting Cocoa Amore in Leicester for some of their delicious pralines.
But for a real chocolate lovely, I highly recommend attending some kind of cookery class or workshop. I spent a wonderful morning at Ginger Whisk Cooking School* with Lucy (you can see one of the recipes we worked on here) – the bulk of the day was spent learning how to temper chocolate, and experimenting with flavourings. I loved adding fruit and herbal teas to mine, and am working on a couple of flavour combos to share with you all soon.
For the Style-Conscious
Much as I love cooking and eating, I also want my kitchen and dining area to look pretty. Of course, it helps with the Instagram game too (you can come follow me here). There’s the ultimate in kitchen chic the Kitchen Aid, or slightly more budget-friendly Kenwood kMix* (though neither come cheap!). I would also be the first person to admit that I’m in love with dining sets right now – plates, bowls, cutlery. Whilst we’ve just invested in some new bits and pieces, I’m still totally lusting after this Habitat set.
On the more practical side, anything from Joseph Joseph gets my vote. I’d love one of their bins, but who can spent three figures on a bin?! Slightly more realistically, I’d love their compact cutlery drawer organiser – sad I know!
For the Adventurous
Again, I’m going to advocate a cookery class here – there’s nothing better for getting stuck in with a cuisine you’re not totally familiar with. I’d never cooked any Chinese food before I helped out at Wok for 1000, but I’ve definitely caught the bug. I’m hoping to attend School of Wok for a class or two in the New Year so watch this space!
For the Cookbook Lover
There was just so many cookbooks I wanted to add to my Christmas list this year – it was hard to whittle them down. I mean, I could have included them all but I kinda didn’t want to risk being in a situation of having 15 hardback books to bring home on the train!
Top of my list is definitely The Roasting Tin – I’ve heard such good things and the recipes sound incredible. I can also highly recommend Fress*. Not only is the book absolutely stunning, but the recipes are lovely to boot. The cover recipe (a roasted cauliflower salad) is unbelievably good. And of course, there’s the book that appears to have taken over Instagram this festive season – Nigel Slater’s Christmas Chronicles. It’s as beautiful in real life as it appears in pictures. I’m also after Jamie’s new book (of course!) and as I’m looking into cooking more Asian Food I’ve featured Rosa’s Thai Cafe book high on my wishlist.
For Those Who Are Difficult To Buy For
Got everything? Not quite sure what their taste is? Want a lasting gift? I love, love, LOVE subscriptions. Whether it’s cheese toasties through the post (I need to try this at some point), a wine delivery, or a foodie magazine I’m all for a gift that last a whole year long. We’re already subscribers to BBC GoodFood, but I’ve love to read more copies of Delicious Magazine as their Instagram account is SO inspiring. Sure, the recipes are pretty much always online, but flicking through a magazine of seasonal recipes is part of the fun of cooking for me!
And if all else fails – restaurant vouchers are always an appreciated present. My parents bought us a voucher to visit Duck & Waffle last Christmas (read my full review here) and it’s probably one of the most thoughtful presents I’ve ever received. In the past I’ve also bought a giftcard to visit Pollen Street Social, so it’s a great way to gift a treat meal out!
*Some items have been gifted, though all opinions are my own as always!
What’s on your wishlist this year?