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‘Tis the season: stocking filler ideas for foodies

‘Tis the season: stocking filler ideas for foodies

by Great British Chefs Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Struggling to find the perfect gift that can also fit in an oversized sock? The number of food producers in the UK means buying presents for enthusiastic cooks is easy.

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Finding the right present for someone can be a labour of love – or just laborious. Stocking fillers in particular can be tricky, as they need to be small, affordable and well thought out. But if your intended is interested in food, there are all sorts of gifts that are bound to put a smile on their face (and which won’t break the bank).

Rather than going down the novelty gift route, buy someone a present they’ll actually use throughout the year. Token gifts like a nice mug will get plenty of use and it’s not usually something people buy for themselves. If you’re shopping for someone who loves all the gadgets, toys and equipment that comes with a love of cooking, then there are plenty of useful little things that’ll fit into a stocking. Digital timers, instant-read thermometers, utensils – the list is endless, no matter your budget.

Foodie stocking fillers

With so many artisan food producers now making a name for themselves in the UK, there are markets, websites and delis offering everything a foodie could possibly desire. Spices – especially unusual ones – are perfect for adventurous cooks. Most people will have plenty of cumin or coriander, but how about sumac, kaffir lime leaves or grains of paradise? You could even make your own spice rub or gift wrap a selection of flavoured sea salts.

Everyone loves chocolate, and a lot of us will be waking up to some come Christmas morning. Make your gift special and buy something that’s handmade with love and care – Godiva, for example, has a beautiful gift box of twelve Christmas truffles that will make anyone with a sweet tooth smile.

How about something from the deli? A jar of truffles, exotic honey, speciality cooking oils or a bag of top quality coffee are things everyone likes but rarely buys themselves. Buying anyone with an interest in good food something unusual, exotic and of the highest quality will show you’ve really thought about what you’re getting them. Who knows – it might even be more appreciated than all the bigger presents under the tree.

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