Kitchen delight: 12 best Christmas presents for foodies

Whether it's a nifty new kitchen gadget or a gourmet treat to taste, food lovers will love these great gifts

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1. Gorvett & Stone Mixed Box

Handmade from the very finest Valrhona chocolate, this 12-piece box from the Oxfordshire makers is an absolute delight.


2. The Ethicurean Cookbook

Ethical cooking doesn’t have to be boring, as this 120-recipe paean to the best of seasonal British cooking proves.


3. Halen Môn sea salt

The sea salt Heston Blumenthal uses at The Fat Duck and Ferran Adria used at El Bulli – divine.

From £5.25,

4. Valdespino sherry vinegar

Sweet, rich and complex, this cask-aged vinegar gives body to even the dullest soups or salads.


5. Gin Mare

It may be expensive, but this botanical-rich Spanish gin makes the zingiest G&Ts around.


6. NutriBullet

This powerful juicer makes short work of even the hardest fruit and veg, giving your fuss-free smoothies in a trice.


7. Stainless steel rolling pin

The best kitchen cheat: just fill this rolling pin full of water and it’ll make short work of stubborn pastry.


8. Tom Dixon pepper grinder

Does the designer Tom Dixon ever put a foot wrong? He certainly hasn’t with this ice cool pepper grinder.

£50 each,

9. Colourworks silicon spatula

This flexible spatula – which is heat resistant to 260 degree - is just the thing for scooping, flipping, and scraping every last bit of mixture from the pan or bowl.

£6.50 each,

10. Mini popcorn maker

Popcorn is big trend at the moment, and now you can make your own with this clever little machine.


11. Kusmi Brunch teas

This “selection box” is a fine way to introduce someone to the teas offered by this venerable 140-year-old house.


12. Sage Smart Scoop ice cream maker

This Heston Blumenthal-endorsed ice cream maker has 12 settings to make sorbet, gelatos or ice cream with minimum of hassle.



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