There are many people who’ll appreciate a food-themed gift, not least all the cooks in your life. And just like the hot chocolate kit, you can’t really go too far wrong with food.
We’ll start this one either with our small Bermondsey chopping board (in which case you’ll probably want to arrange all your gifts in a box or basket) or a tray that they can then use for serving and breakfast in bed. To that, add a cookbook you know they’ll love, or else one that’s well-thumbed in your house (stuck for ideas? Our personal recommendations would be Nigel Slater’s ‘Kitchen Diaries’ and Skye McAlpine’s ‘A Table for Friends’, while serious foodies will also enjoy ‘The Flavour Thesaurus’ by Niki Segnit or ‘Do Sea Salt’ by David, Alison and Jess Lea-Wilson. If you want to push to boat out, you could also include a well-made chopping knife or a beautiful copper milk pan, but otherwise, you now just need to add a selection of ingredients. Go for the artisanal over the everyday – smoked Cornish sea salt or fleur de sel from Brittany, spice blends like zaatar, ras al hanut and rose harissa, and traditional festive sweets from the continent like panettone, panforte and lebkuchen.
This is another elevated gift idea you could adapt to suit your recipient, switching from cook to baker. For this alternative, begin with our Lewes pouring bowl, add a book like Donna Hay’s ‘Modern Baking’ or Natalie Paull’s ‘Beatrix Bakes’, pop in a wooden spoon and a selection of cookie cutters, then put together your own gingerbread mix in a jar and include a note on the recipe, or seek out sugars flavoured with vanilla and lemon and baking spice mixes (Steenbergs do a great selection).