A Selection Of Gifts
For Food Fans

It's that time of year when the office decides to get into the festive spirit and run a Secret Santa. Depending on who you draw from the hat, it can be easy or an absolute nightmare. If you end up with a foodie, step away from the vodka bottle shaped as a stiletto and try one of these suggestions instead.

Black truffle oil

Black truffle oil

This complex, earthy oil is a luxury ingredient and great for the person who likes the finer things in life. Truffle oil is perfect for drizzling over salad leaves and risotto (Sous Chef, £5).

Wild hibiscus flowers

Hibiscus flowers

I am a sucker for edible flowers. These beautiful blooms really come into their own when placed at the bottom of a glass of champagne. The petals open out and flavour the champagne with heady pink syrup. (The Cooking Source, £9).

Monin coffee syrup

Monin coffee syrups

You do not have to be a coffee lover to like these syrups; they are also great for cocktails and can be used in baking. Suitable for both vegans and vegetarians (Lakeland, £7).

Proud to lick tea towels

Proud to lick cake bowls
tea towel

I usually would not suggest giving a tea towel as a gift at any time, unless you do not want to speak to your workmate again. However this is an wonderful exception (HowKaPow, £10).

Steenbergs vanilla sugar

Vanilla sugar

Any keen baker will tell you what a beautiful ingredient vanilla sugar is. You can buy it ready-made and organic from Steenbergs or, if cash is tight. it's easy to make. You'll need a 500 millilitre Kilner Jar. Fill it with 500 grams of caster sugar and two vanilla pods then decorate it with a ribbon (Steenbergs, £4).

Joe & Seph gourmet popcorn

Joe & Seph's gourmet popcorn

This is what I call a treat-gift. Something you wouldn't always buy for yourself but you are perfectly happy when someone buys it for you. The gourmet junk-food market seems to be blossoming at the moment. Who knew popcorn could be so posh (Joe & Seph's, £4)?

Ninja cookie cutter

Ninjabread men

Biscuit cutters do not have to be cutesy and boring. These stainless steel cutters are perfect for martial artists who love to bake. (Firebox, £8)

Buffalo brownie

Buffalo brownies

These wondrous brownies and blondies are very popular here and always go down well as gifts.
If you are unsure about which flavours to buy they are doing a special Christmas box including the amazing Chip and Clementine varieties (Buffalo Brownies, £7).

Womersley vinegars

These vinegars are award winning and there is a good reason why. They are unlike anything else on the market and taste beautiful on salads. My personal favourite is the golden raspberry and apache chilli vinegar. (Love Your Larder, £7)

golden raspberry apache chili

More gift ideas

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Etsy: Fun Christmas jumpers
Make your own homemade gifts

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