So, although you might not be ready for it and you might not want to admit it Christmas is nearly here. That time of year when people over-complicate, over-think, over-spend and over-eat; I love it! It’s a time when we forget what food fad is en vogue this week and we just think about what’s the best way to treat ourselves and delight all of our senses.
However, I’m a Yorkshireman so I must have something to moan about and for me there is one part of Christmas that can cause unnecessary strain, stress and disappointment: the Gift. Now, thankfully, Mrs Munkee knows how to keep me quiet and always does really well with presents but I can’t say that about every gift I get. So if you’re stuck for what to get that hard-to-buy-for person then you’re in luck because I’ve created my Top 10 Gifts for Foodies in 2017. This guide is compiled with some incredible brands and some fabulous ideas for Christmas (or any other gifting occasion) this year.
So, without any further ado, drum roll please, in no particular order…
Northern Munkee’s Top 10 Foodie Gifts for 2017
- A Chocolate Safari in Bruges from Coeur de Xocolat
How Much Will It Cost Me?: £500 (for two people, with discounts for larger groups)
Where Can I Buy It?: www.coeurdexocolat.co.uk
What Is It?: Food tours and safaris are becoming an increasingly popular way to spend our free time and it’s an incredible way to enhance a short, city break. On this trip you will not only explore the chocolate in its spiritual home but you will be accompanied by David Greenwood-Haigh, Master Chocolatier, who will teach you how to taste properly, share the food’s vibrant history and potentially throw in a food pairing session for good measure. The safari is two nights with one full day in Bruges with ferry, food and accommodation included.
Why’s It On The List?: It’s pretty obvious isn’t it? Bruges is an incredible city in itself but what could be better than a flaneur’s jaunt through its magical streets guided by a Chocolate Mastermind? And possibly a cheeky Belgian beer or two because…when in Rome!
- A Cheese Toastie Subscription from Cheese Posties
How Much Will It Cost Me?: £4.59 per postie (if you’re just going for one a week, I dare you to try just one a week!)
Where Can I Buy It?: www.cheeseposties.com
What Is It?: It’s amazing melted cheesiness that’s what! This is the most beautifully simple, expertly branded and great tasting thing that will ever come through your letter box. The variety of food subscriptions you can get your hands on now is growing day by day and surely this is evidence that this is only a good thing!
Why’s It On The List?: Have you seen one of the greatest non-food related shows on TV, Taskmaster? Well, the prince of all subscription boxes was introduced to me by none other than Noel Fielding (not personally but allow me to have my moment) on an epic episode of that show; so how can it not be on the list?
- Small Batch Premium Gin Gift Pack from Daffy’s
How Much Will It Cost Me?: £49.99
Where Can I Buy It?: www.daffysgin.com
What Is It?: If you haven’t seen the gin revolution then the rock you’ve been living under must be cosy! This is an absolute must for gin-lovers and a real premium offer. An award-winning 70cl bottle of Daffy’s gin between to incredible Spanish crystal gin glasses.
Why’s It On The List?: Just imagine the scene…the Queen’s speech has just subsided along with the last goose-fat enrobed roast spud and you crack out these bad boys to enjoy an incredible Scottish gin. Winner! Need I say more?
- Gin Selection and Salted Selection Sliders from Fudge Kitchen
How Much Will It Cost Me?: £16.00
Where Can I Buy It?: http://www.fudgekitchen.co.uk
What Is It?: These fantastically packaged fudge slider collections are perfect for when those dark nights draw in and you need a naughty sugar fix. The indulgently creamy squares are off-set delicately by micro-distilled gins and Skye Sea Salts which delivers a phenomenal flavour juxtaposition.
Why’s It On The List?: These treats are just excellent. Great on their own or with a nice dark roast coffee or smooth whisky or…almost anything!
- Trio of Nut Spreads from The Nut Kitchen
How Much Will It Cost Me?: £17.85
Where Can I Buy It?: www.thenutkitchen.com
What Is It?: This is perfect for anyone who enjoys a nutty indulgence. The pack contains a 200g jar of Gianduia Spread, Hazelnut Spread and Almond Spread. You’ll find that these fantastically creamy spreads can go with just about anything: toast, porridge, pancakes, smoothies, ice cream, cakes etc. etc.
Why’s It On The List?: It’s absolutely no secret that I am a nut butter nutter so it’s no surprise that one of my favourite foods has made it onto the list. If you’re not much of a connoisseur you may not fully appreciate that no two nut butters are the same and they certainly weren’t all created equal. These guys have just upped the game!
- Dashfire Bitters from Artisan Spirits Company
How Much Will It Cost Me?: £14.90 (100ml bottle)
Where Can I Buy It?: http://www.hedonism.co.uk
What Is It?: Quality bourbon or a neutral grain spirit paired with selected spices to give a vividly vintage bitter with a smooth and spicy finish. These beauties are barrel-aged to deliver a distinctive finish.
Why’s It On The List?: Here in the UK we’re more than used to coping with the cold weather but I’ll always appreciate something to just take the edge off it. These characteristic bitters are an awesome flavour-enhancer to add to your festive repertoire and are the perfect gift for that inquisitive foodie!
- 70cl Durham Gin from The Durham Distillery
How Much Will It Cost Me?: £27.50
Where Can I Buy It?: www.durhamdistillery.co.uk
What Is It?: This is a small batch gin produced in copper pots with three very distinctive notes: spicy, savoury and sweet that are all induced by its careful and considered production process. This gin offers the traditional expectations of the drink coupled with the influences of the beautiful Cathedral City of Durham.
Why’s It On The List?: It’s the second appearance for gin on the list so it’s got to be good right? And different to the other one? Well, in that case, I’m two for two! For the gin connoisseur this is a real treat with some subtle nuances in the layered flavour notes. Forget the Fever Tree and go solo on this one!
- Peppermill Pizzazz & Sweet Delight from Spice Sanctuary
How Much Will It Cost Me?: £11.98
Where Can I Buy It?: www.spicesanctuary.com
What Is It?: Peppermill Pizzazz is a fantastic, Great Taste award-winning, gourmet finishing pepper designed to enhance any savoury food. The Sweet Delight, conversely, is a staple for any baker and will soon become that secret ingredient for your baking.
Why’s It On The List?: Scratch cooking and baking has seen a real resurgence over the last few years but I’m a big believer in those little secrets that can help enhance your repertoire that no-one needs to know about. These fantastic spices will help you get the edge over any other competitive cooks or bakers in your family or friendship group!
- Stollen Gift Tin from Elizabeth D Bakes
How Much Will It Cost Me?: £16.50
Where Can I Buy It?: www.elizabethdbakes.co.uk
What Is It?: This is a dual layered gift box of stolleny goodness! If you haven’t crossed the bridge and taken the leap with stolen I must say you’re missing out! Big time! There are 16 pieces of the sweet sweet stollen in this pack but I really don’t recommend sharing!
Why’s It On The List?: My first ever proper job was as an Area Manager for a big German Discounter (no prizes for guessing which one), this was my first introduction to stollen… and I haven’t looked back since! Stollen had to feature on my Top 10 Foodie Gifts for 2017 and if I’m going to recommend anything then it needs to be top quality so it could only be Elizabeth D Bakes!
- Chilli Jam Gift Box from Single Variety Co.
How Much Will It Cost Me?: £17.00
Where Can I Buy It?: www.singlevariety.co.uk
What Is It?: This is a fabulous collection of three chilli jams made from three different varietals: Jalapeno, Lemon Drop and Anaheim. Chilli jams aren’t anything new but they’re becoming ever more trendy and multifarious in their uses. The entire range produced by Single Variety Co is phenomenal and brilliant quality so you won’t be disappointed if you gift these this year.
Why’s It On The List?: We all know that one chilli fiend don’t we? Well now you don’t need to worry about what gift to get for them…or…if there’s a risk of your Christmas Day meal being a little pedestrian why not melt some of the Lemon Drop Chilli Jam into your Nan’s gravy? Just a thought!
I’d love to hear about your favourite gifts for Foodies in 2017…pop a comment below!