With only two shopping weekends left until Christmas, time is running out to find those perfect gifts. This year, however, I was ridiculously organised and had all my presents bought, wrapped and ready to take back to England with me in late October. It saved a huge amount of money on postage, but I’m starting to feel like I’m missing out a bit on the excitement of buying and wrapping when Christmas is fully in swing. Wrapping in October wasn’t quite the same as wrapping late December, singing along to Christmas tunes, alternating between the role of tape and a glass of wine.
With this in mind I’ve done a second round of present sourcing, in the shape of my ideal foodie gifts as inspiration for anyone out there still hunting. I have to admit, it probably reads a little like a wish list. I had some serious trouble not indulging in an epic on-line shopping spree buying presents for myself!
Let’s start with this gorgeous polka dot apron, at £34 from anthropologie. It reminds me of Summer and fresh lemonade, and would be perfect for brightening up the long winter months. It would sit beautifully over a little black dress too, making it ideal to throw on when you’re cooking for guests.
Seeing as we’re browsing Anthro, you should know I’ve fallen completely in love with these Gaggle Measuring Cups. At £36 from Anthropolgie, they’d look adorable lined up in a kitchen. Just look at the teeny baby one!
While we’re on the subject of critter themed kitchenware, just look at how dashing this foxy fellow is, sitting gloriously on top of this cake stand, £34.95 from Joules. If the cake stand is too extravagant, you can also find his foxy face in mug form. Personally I also love his little badger friend. Both bone china mugs are £8.95.
Notonthehighstreet.com is one of my favourite places to get presents. It has so many gorgeous, unique gifts, many of which can be personalised. Just like this personalised food produce stamp, by English Stamp. At £21 it would be a lovely, lasting gift for anyone who likes making their own cookies, cakes or preserves.
This Cheese Knife, £16, fully expresses my feelings about cheese. Can there ever be enough Cheese at Christmas?
For anyone who loves to travel, this gourmet scratch off map would be ideal. One of my best friends bought me one of the original scratch off maps a few years ago and it’s brilliant. This gourmet version encourages you to try some of the best (and strangest!) foods Europe has to offer. It’s £19.95 and comes in a sturdy cardboard tube which, I can verify, is strong enough to keep your map in perfect condition, even if it’s posted across the world!
Hotel Chocolat is one of my favourite places for indulgent chocolate treats. They currently offer next day delivery on many of their products, meaning you can order right up to 11am on Christmas eve. Perfect for really last minute presents! This Rocky Road slab was given to me as an early Christmas presents by another amazing friend, and I can tell you it’s divine! It’s a slightly pricey £16, but for that you get 500g of delicious milk and dark chocolate, interspersed with chunks of white chocolate and hunks of cookie. They also have all sorts of wonderful little stocking fillers I can never stop myself from buying. The Gingerbread Crew are adorable, and these alternative mince pies will be gracing my Christmas table this year.
For those who prefer to make their own sweet treats, how about this food colour kit from Squires Kitchen. It’s £33 for 24 colours that pack away into their own case. Just the ticket if you fancy giving this cake a go.
I love a bit of Cath Kidston all year round, and it’s a wonderful place to pick up little bits and bobs for Christmas. This Daisy Rose Baking Gift Set, £14, would be a lovely present for a beginner baker.
It might not have much practical year round value, but I would love this Santa apron to wear on Christmas Day! It’s currently reduced to £16.
For the hard to buy for men in your life, I’d recommend checking out Ironstone Forge. A small English Artisan blacksmith, they specialise in top quality ironwork, and bush craft items.
For the keen outdoor chef, this cooking tripod would be the perfect gift. At £80, it’s a little pricey, but this is a gift that would last for generations of camp fires.
Finally, as someone who hates doing the washing up, this print carries a message I fully endorse. It’s £11.97 by ParadaCreations, and purchased through Etsy.
How’s your Christmas shopping coming along this year?