20 Alternative Christmas Gifts for Food Lovers

I often think that as a self-confessed foodie I must be the easiest person to buy for. As a student, I regularly asked Mum and Dad for a “hamper” of food under the Christmas tree, not just tins of baked beans like a normal student might request, but jars of nice pâté, squid ink pasta, and other treats that I wouldn’t normally buy for myself. But, as the years went on they got a little bit bored of just buying me food for Christmas. Whilst food is a fantastic gift for any food lover it’s not always the most original.

So, here’s where my gift guide comes in. I’ve hand picked 10 alternative gift ideas for food lovers. Something they might not be expecting but are bound to love!

Prices start from £8 all the way up to £49.99 so there will be something for everyone. Merry Christmas!

20 Alternative Christmas Gifts for Food Lovers

Gilded Pretzel Bottle Opener_£8.00
Why not combine a love of food and drink with this Golded Pretzel shaped bottle opener. This is the perfect gift for the style conscious foodie.

1. Gilded Pretzel Bottle Opener – £8.00 – Anthropologie

2. Lobster Crackers – £8.50 – Amara Living

The only time it's good to see a mouse in the kitchen! This cheese knife, shaped like a mouse complete with curly tail is absolutely adorable!
The only time it’s good to see a mouse in the kitchen! This cheese knife, shaped like a mouse complete with curly tail is absolutely adorable!

3. Mouse Cheese Knife – £9.50 – Oliver Bonas

4. Drinking Fudge – £9.99 – Firebox

Oh Come All Ye Tasteful
Forget the latest edition of some C list celebrities Cookbook this Christmas. Instead, give the gift of laughter with this fantastic cookbook from Ian Flitcroft. Ian’s writing style is fantastic and so engaging. I can’t wait to cook up some of these spectacular treats over the festive season! Follow me on instagram to see how I get on.

5. “Oh Come All Ye Tasteful” Cookbook* – £9.99 – Amazon

6. The Obsessive Chef Chopping Board – £13.99 – I Want One Of Those.com

Pret a Pousser
If your foodie friend is also green fingered then they will be ecstatic to see a Prêt à pousser grow your own mushroom kit under the tree. The concept is simple, simply place the box in your kitchen, water from time to time and harvest your mushrooms after 10 days!

7. Prêt à pousser grow your own mushroom kit* – £14.90+ – PretaPousser.co.uk

8. Conversions Chalk Board – £14.99 – Hand Picked Collection

9. Aqua Blue Cake stand – £15 – Not Just Jugs

10. Taste: The Infographic Book of Food – £15 – Amazon

11. Red Kitchen Scales – £19.95 – dotcomgiftshop

Mara Seaweed Shaker Gift
Haven’t you heard? Seaweed is the next big thing so any foodie worth their weight in gold will want a tin of seaweed under the tree this Christmas.
Mara Seaweed is a natural superfood harvested from the elementally pure, cold seas around Scotland. It’s the perfect way to boost your immune system and adds great taste to any dish with its delicious umami flavour

12. Seaweed Shaker Tin Gift Set* – £20.00 – MaraSeaweed.com

13. Pact Coffee – from £20.85 – Pact Coffee.com

14. Manual Wheatgrass Juicer – £30.00 – Urban Outfitters

15. Eat Light – £34.95 – Hand Picked Collection

Silver Plated Mussel Eaters from Anglo Silver
These Silver and Gold Plated Mussel Eaters from Anglo Silver are the perfect present for seafood lovers.
Forget the enamel moules pot, this gift oozes class!

16. Silver Plated and Gold Plated Mussel Eater* – £34.99 – Anglo Silver

17. The History Of Street Food East End Walking Tour – £35.00 – Not on the High Street

18. Personalised Cake Tin – £39.95 – Hand Picked Collection

Artesa Cheese Wedge Cloche, Ref 44881, £39.99
This Cheese Wedge Cloche is going straight on my wish list. It’s both fun and stylish! Let the mouse see the cheese with this fun foodie gift.

19. Artesa Cheese Wedge Cloche – £39.99 – Lakeland

Molecular Gastronomy Kit
Do you have a foodie friends who’s favourite chefs include  Heston Blumenthal, Grant Achatz and Ferran Adrià then this is the gift for them – molecular gastronomy made easy!

20. Molecular Gastronomy Kit – £49.99 – Firebox

10 comments

    1. We will be harvesting our mushrooms tonight Helen! We’ll also be buying these for friends and family – grown ups and kids alike! They make a fantastic gift. Have yours started growing for a second time round?

      I’ve also enjoyed cooking with the seaweed. I love adding it to a fish pie. Really brings out something extra special!

    1. It’s been so much fun watching them grow Cathy! I can’t recommend them enough – we’ll be harvesting ours tonight to go on a mushroom and walnut puff pastry tart.

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