Wine and dine: The best foodie gifts for Christmas 2022


Foodies are, arguably, the easiest people to buy for when Christmas rolls around. As long as you know their area of special interest – coffee, baking, fine dining – the options are practically endless. Provided, of course, they haven’t already bought them all themselves. With this in mind, we’ve scoured the finest foodie outlets for limited-edition, personalised and utterly luxurious present ideas we promise you won’t need a gift receipt for.

The best gifts for the bar

Belvedere Silver Sabre

belvedere silver sabre

If you know someone who loves a tipple or two during the festive season there are few better places to secure an impressive gift than Clos19. The LVMH-owned platform acts something like a Net-A-Porter for fine wines and spirits, offering the cream of the crop in whiskies, champagnes, brandies, gin and much more, alongside chic glasses and bar accessories.

There is nothing guaranteed to impress guests (or very lucky gift recipients) quite like a magnum. And, while oversized wines and bubbles may be traditional, this elegantly-decorated magnum of Belvedere vodka is far chicer, no? The Silver Sabre bottle is etched using a laser cutting technique and can be personalised with names, dates and messages for a keepsake they’ll treasure long after they’ve enjoyed the quadruple-distilled spirit inside.

Belvedere Vodka Bespoke Silver Sabre Magnum, £148,

Héloïse Lloris Champagne

heloise lloris champagne

Gifting champagne is always a good idea but gifting Héloïse Lloris champagne is a really good idea. Not, it doesn’t come cheap – but there’s a good reason for that £1k+ price tag. First, there’s the vintage. 2004 was a stellar year for champagne production, characterised by the mild temperatures and overcast skies vintners pray for every year. Then there’s the bottle. Each one is encased in a handmade cover, which protects the wine from light and heat, is finished in 24 karat gold and can be personalised with the engraving of your choice. Like we said, this isn’t just any bottle of champagne.

Héloïse-Lloris Tête de Cuvée 2004 Vintage Champagne, £1,150,

Louis XIII The Drop

louis xiii the drop

No these are not super-chic perfumes or nail varnishes. This is The Drop: the latest drinking innovation from Louis XIII cognac. Each chic miniature contains 1cl of the house’s famed spirit and is designed for taking advantage of spontaneous moments of celebration. A matching leather case and strap are available in each of The Drop’s five colours, so you can take a bottle with you wherever you go and always be ready for life’s most joyous occasions – whether enjoyed alone or in a crowd.

Louis XIII The Drop Collection Box, £750,

The best gifts for the table

Melrose & Morgan

melrose and morgan christmas food

Buying for someone seriously tricky? If all else fails, you can’t go wrong with food – and Primrose Hill grocer Melrose & Morgan does a range of gourmet gifts that are guaranteed to impress. It does a great line in ready-made Christmas hampers but, if you’re looking to put a personal touch on your gift, creating your own edit of their prettily packaged chocolates, biscuits, crackers and preserves will be a surefire hit.

Pralines and ganache chocolate box, £28,; Sea salt caramels box, £22,; Crackers for cheese box, £17.50,; British shortbread selection, £15,

Pols Potten

pols potten plates and tumblers

Every stylish host knows the best tablescapes are a riot of colour and pattern – especially when you have Christmas decorations to contend with. Pols Potten’s mix-and-match crockery, glassware and home accessories are ideal for creating a collection of cohesive pieces that look artfully mismatched. We’re particularly fond of these tactile bubble tumblers and ‘grandpa’ print plates.

Pols Potten side plate set, £75,; Tumbler set, £40,

Bulgari Hotel London x Yinka Ilori

bulgari hotel london yinka ilori napkins

Putting a colourful spin on the traditional festive afternoon tea, the Bulgari Hotel London has teamed up with artist Yinka Ilori for a makeover that extends, not only to pastries, but to tableware, crockery and even the hotel’s glamorous facade. As a memento of this special partnership, the hotel is also offering a limited-edition range of napkins, identical to those used in its afternoon tea service, for customers to buy. An ideal gift for those not fond of a classic red and gold festive theme.

Bulgari Hotel London x Yinka Ilori napkins, £180 for four,

Adare Manor

adare manor oyster salt cellar

You may think they’ve got everything but we can practically guarantee that they don’t have a silver-plated oyster shell salt cellar with matching spoon. Presented in a gorgeous gift box complete with a wooden board and Sylt sea salt, this extravagant set comes from the equally luxurious five-star Adare Manor in Ireland (well worth a visit, since you’re asking). Trust us, this is a gift that will illicit surprise and delight in equal measure.

Adare Manor oyster shell salt cellar, €750 (approx. £645),

The best gifts for the kitchen

The Female Chef

the female chef book

It’s no secret that the professional kitchen has long been a man’s world but this cookbook from food writer Clare Finney and photographer Liz Seabrook aims to shine the light on female luminaries in the culinary world, both established and up-and-coming. The Female Chef is a beautiful tome featuring recipes and interviews with 31 women leading the charge in the British food scene, including Andi Oliver, Anna Jones, Pamela Yung and more.

The Female Chef by Clare Finney and Liz Seabrook, £28,


sage coffee machine

There are coffee machines – and then there are coffee machines. Widely regarded as the Rolls-Royce of the genre, Sage is the brand to opt for if you’re buying for someone who really knows their beans. As its name suggests, the Barista Touch coffee machine is a professional-grade offering that, alongside its sleek design, boasts an in-built grinder, touchscreen display and pre-programmed menu of cafe-style drinks. It’s time to banish the instant for good.

Sage the Barista Touch coffee machine, £1,049,


languiole steak knives

No one appreciates the quality of a great knife quite like an enthusiastic at-home chef – and if they get to share their love of quality cookware at their (many) dinner parties with a set of gorgeous steak knives then so much the better. Created by Laguiole, the fine French knife brand that was founded in the village of the same name in the 1920s, these horn-handled numbers feature stainless steel serrated blades guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Laguiole en Aubrac steak knives, £545,

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