Introduction: Christmas Gifts for Foodies
Welcome to my inspiration for the best Christmas gifts for foodies! If you’re stuck for last minute gift ideas for the foodies in your life then I’ve got you covered. Here’s my list of the best gifts for those with a passion for food and drink, whether they like to create, consume or both!
The Aerolatte Frother
I love this steam free frother for 3 main reasons: 1) you can do a lot with it, 2) it’s easy to use and clean, and 3) it’s great value. The aerolatte is a hand held, battery powered, steam-free milk frother. It works on any kind of milk, including but not limited to: cow, goat, soya, coconut, almond, oat, powdered, UHT, unicorn. So for those who cannot wfh without proper coffee, this will save your cappuccino and whipped cream topped hot chocolate! It takes less than 20 seconds to froth milk for a cappuccino. It also does soups, sauces, meringues, omlettes, desserts etc.
So whether your giftee is a hot drink aficionado or a whizz in the kitchen this is the perfect gift for them! The frother is also really easy to clean; literally just rinse under running water, or whizz in soapy water if needed. It’s powered by 2 AA batteries. I’ve done a full review of the Aerolatte Frother (gifted). There is a variety of different finishes and designs, depending on your preference for plastic versus metal housing and colour options. There is even one designed especially for matcha latte.
Additional Christmas Gifts for Foodies: Aerolatte Accessories
Aerolatte also make items for brewing your coffee and for finishing it with cocoa/cinamon sprinkles like the Cappuccino Design Artist. This is a shaker and stencil holder in one, which comes with size different stencils. The stencils are stored in the bottom of the shaker and you just swap on top which design you’d like. It took me a couple of goes to get the hang of using this, which involves turning upside down and shaking off any excess, then holding close to the foam as you twist the base one click. There is a video on the aerolatte website showing how it’s done, which is hugely useful. I was making barista quality designs in no time!
Institut Paul Bocuse Gastronomique Book
This book is the ‘creme de la creme’ of how to cook. I’ve had my copy for almost 4 years and it’s proved a indispensable! Ideal for both aspiring chefs and serious amateurs, it will teach you the key fundamentals as well as providing an extensive range of recipes. It’s the ultimate reference work with more than 700 pages and over 1,800 photographs. It provides step-by-step advice and guidance on preparing, cooking and serving a wide variety of high quality dishes.
RRP is £65 but you can currently buy through Blackwell’s for only £46.99.
RSPB Tea Towel by Shruti Designs
Tea towels are an essential in every kitchen so they are always gratefully received. With lockdown, foodies are spending more time at home and even non-chefs have been bitten by the sourdough baking bug. I’ve picked this sunny tea towel because it’s sure to brighten up any kitchen! It also helps to raise funds and awareness for the RSPB so is great if your recipient is also a nature lover. Made from 100% recycled cotton it’s very absorbent and measures a generous 65 x 45 cms. It’s available through amazon (see link below) with free delivery for everyone.
Healthy, Ethical and Delicious Free From Chocolate
Yes, you read that right, there is such a thing as healthy chocolate! I’m a big fan of nono cocoa for 4 main reasons: delicious taste, free from allergens, healthy and ethical. They contain nutritious ingredients not usually found in chocolate and are vegan and free from the 14 most common allergens. Finally, nono cocoa is an ethical cooperative business, providing employment to the most vulnerable in society. The chocolates are so pretty and come in a wide variety of traditional and original flavours. There is a good selection of boxes available (from £14.50) as well as packets of buttons (from £2.95) and an awesome advent calendar. Check out https://nono-cocoa.com/collections
For more food and drink reviews, check out the Nutrition section of the blog.