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Christmas Gift Guide For Foodies

Christmas is a time of indulgence, so who better to be buying for than a fine food fanatic!  Gift the gourmand in your life with exquisite chocolates, an authentic Milanese Panettone or carefully-chosen Christmas tipple to get the festive season off to a sparkling start…

Orange Blossom and Honey by John Gregory-Smith, £13.59, Amazon

Make good use of the Christmas holidays and add a touch of Moroccan magic to your kitchen with this heavenly cookbook.  Let spice king John Gregory-Smith take you on a culinary journey through the souks of Marrakesh to the Sahara desert, stopping for stuffed Berber breads, fragrant tagines and rosewater desserts.

The Eclipse, £80, Pierre Marcolini

Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini’s Christmas collection is truly interstellar, taking inspiration from the moon, stars and solar system.  The Eclipse is pure chocolate indulgence with a white and dark chocolate orb filled with praline ‘planet’ balls.  Well, if you can’t go ‘all out’ at Christmas, then when can you?

The Wolseley Candle, £49, The Wolseley

Had a memorable meal at The Wolseley? You can now recreate the atmosphere at home with The Wolseley’s first scented soy wax candle, made by artisan perfumers with seductive notes of cedarwood, patchouli and vetiver.

The Christmas Discovery Case, £105, Borough Wines

Leave yourself in the capable hands of Borough Wines for the festive season with The Christmas Discovery Case.  Whether you’re treating a connoisseur or simply require some impressive reds, whites and fizz to get through to the New Year, this should do the trick quite nicely.

Williams Sonoma Peppermint Hot Chocolate, £18 Harrods

For a festive taste of America, warm up with this rich and velvety Williams Sonoma peppermint hot chocolate made with custom-blended Guitard chocolate shavings.

Traditional Panettone (1kg), £22.95, Lina Stores

My Christmas morning always begins with Panettone and fresh-baked croissants, so buying a Panettone has become quite a ritual.  This traditional Milanese Panettone from Soho’s Lina Stores looks the part with its new Italian Futurism-inspired print and is packed full of Madagascan vanilla, candied citrus and juicy raisins.

What are your favourite foodie Christmas gifts?

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Christmas Gift Guide: For Foodies

Christmas Day is extravagant enough, but us foodies like to keep the party going for the whole festive season.  Treat the foodie in your life to a selection of the best brownies in town, everything to make proper yummy S’Mores or a fab cook book with recipes from top chefs that’s sure to keep them busy in the kitchen through the holidays…

Cook for Syria Recipe Book, curated by Clerkenwell Boy and edited by Serena Guen, £17, Amazon
Bûche Ispahan, €48, Pierre Hermé
Bad Brownie Chef’s Selection Box, £25, Bad Brownie
Cova Pistachio Panettone, £24.95, Lina Stores
T2 Poppin’ Praline Limited Edition Tin, £16, T2 Tea
Spruzzo Set of Three Cheese Knives, £22, Oliver Bonas
Cointreau Noir Liqueur, £39.95, The Whisky Exchange
Toast for Cheese Gift Tin, £13.95, The Fine Cheese Co.
S’Mores Kit, £7.95, Harvey Nichols

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Christmas Gifts For Foodies 2012

Foodies are spoilt for choice at Christmas, whether it’s gourmet hampers, cool kitchenware or beautifully-packaged delights.

Here are a few of my favourite Christmas foodie treats…

My Cointreau Evening Bag, £559, Selfridges
Cointreau ambassadress Dita Von Teese designed this chic vintage-style handbag, containing everything you need for a classic Cointreau cocktail and a decadent evening.

Book of Tea – Classic Edition, £25, Tea Palace
Keep warm in style over the festive period with Tea Palace’s adorable book of tea.

Captains Favourite Gift Set, £45, Paxton & Whitfield
This indulgent gift set from Paxton & Whitfield, London’s oldest cheese shop includes a bottle of Tawny Port, Stilton and malted crackers in a traditional wooden box – perfect for the Christmas dinner cheese course or entertaining over the festive period.

Le Tre Marie Panettone, £24, Stores
Le Tre Marie is often named the best panettone and for me, Christmas Morning breakfast wouldn’t be the same without a slice.

Rococo: Master the Art of Chocolate, £17.50, Amazon
The inspiring founder of Rococo Chocolates Chantal Coady shares her chocolate-making tips, so we can make delectable sweets at home.

Cantucci & Vin Santo, £23.95, Carluccio’s
No one does Christmas quite like Carluccio’s.  What a treat it would be to find this beautifully-packaged Cantucci & Vin Santo gift set under the tree.

Maille Casserole Set with Mustard and Spoon, £25, John Lewis
Cook up a post-Christmas Bourgignon or Cassoulet, when you can no longer tolerate the sight of turkey and sprouts.

Have you found any fab gifts for foodies?  Which foodie gift would you love to find under the tree this Christmas?