A Foodie’s Wish List of Gifts

Buying for a foodie can always be a tricky task. Unlike most gifts, there isn’t much by way of food that can be bought far in advance, and it’s not always edible gifts that are wanted, or are enough, for a special occasion. Here are some great ideas for gifts for foodies.

1. A restaurant gift voucher. This might seem obvious but pick a restaurant that’s perhaps not immediately obvious. Kurdish cuisine is growing in popularity and a good restaurant is worth a drive. Alternatively, book a table on a certain date for a certain time and put restaurant vouchers in an envelope with driving instructions on the front. Tell the recipient the dress code, how long the journey will take and what time their booking is and let them go. Ban them from searching in advance where they’re going and hopefully the mystery tour will just add to the fun.

2. Some beautiful tableware. A silver decanter, made with pure mouth blown crystal, will look stunning on any dining room side table. Prefilled with a vintage port, any wine buff would be delighted with such a thoughtful gift. Likewise, silver candlesticks will help complement the bespoke table settings and handmade linen at the next dinner party. Specialist suppliers JA Campbell even have silver centrepieces for truly grand dinning halls, for when a posy of flowers just isn’t enough to accentuate the meal.

3. Cookery lessons. Try selecting a food type that’s not what the lucky person would usually cook; if they’re all about Thai cuisine and east Asian one pot meals, how about a lesson in cooking a classic Sunday roast? Vice versa, for someone who’s very stuck in their habits for classic cuisine an experimental class in making sushi might prove a real eye opener. As well as new recipes, there will be new cooking techniques learnt, meaning the skills will be transferable to all their cooking.

4. A foodie mini break. The ultimate foodie market is Borough Market in London, presenting the finest quality produce found anywhere in England’s fair isle. Only a few minute’s walk from the historic George Inn, once frequented by Charles Dickens, Borough Market will delight anyone who’d rather spend their pennies on edible treats than material ones. Situated near the beating heart of London, buy gift vouchers for a local hotel and enclose with an open train ticket and spending money to enjoy the market. It’s a gift that’ll be truly appreciated, and remembered, for years to come.