Christmas is creeping closer by the day, and while this year's festivities are set to be slightly different from any before them, there's one thing that remains strong: our desire to spoil the people that mean the most to us and bring a smile to their face.
From the must-own cookbooks to our favourite artisan stoneware brand, there's something in here to satisfy even the most fussy of foodies and suit every budget.
Before The Big Day
Offblak’s Tea Calendar
Let your loved one drink their way through Offblak’s 12 unique flavours of tea
over the 24 days in the countdown to Christmas. Ideal for the friend that’s ‘too grown up’ for chocolate.
Joe & Seph’s Popcorn Calendar
This adorable advent calendar
opens up like a giant Christmas storybook, except this one is packed with gourmet popcorn in 19 different flavours, all made using natural flavourings.
L.A Brewery – English Rose Kombucha
Crisp, fresh and zesty, with a dry finish, this kombucha
offers all the celebratory soul of your usual champers, without the alcohol content. It’s also gluten-free and suitable for vegans.
Naked by name, naked by nature; these delectable gourmet marshmallows
contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Among the imaginative flavours are Elderflower and Gin, Rhubarb and Custard, and Mint Chocolate Chip.
Multicoloured Measuring Spoon Set
Help them take therapeutic kitchen time to new levels of Mary Berry-ness with this adorable measuring spoon set
, which makes for the perfect stocking filler.
Mira Manek’s Sweet Chai Spice Pack
The recipe for this stocking-filler friendly Sweet Chai Spice Pack,
from Ayurveda authority Mira Manek, was created years ago with the help of her mother and grandmother, and can be used to make a chai, stirred into coffee, sprinkled on porridges or even added to bakes.
For Under The Tree
Form’s vegan Superblend
protein is turbo-charged with greens and fruit powders, and comes in toffee, vanilla, and chocolate salted caramel flavours. Its boujee packaging makes it feel that little bit extra special.
Sunday Morning Mugs
Treat the someone you love to a Sunday morning of relaxation by pairing these gorgeous stoneware mugs
with frothy coffee, fresh pastries, and the modern version of a labour-of-love mixtape – a personally created playlist.
Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats
by Rachel Ama
Delivering vegan dishes with a Caribbean twist, we rate Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats
as one of the most exciting cookbooks out there. Featuring fresh, vibrant recipes, it’s perfect for any chef who wants to shake up their repertoire!
A Pasta Maker
As fancy as it feels, making your own pasta at home is actually not all that difficult once you’ve got all the gear
. Top tip: Buy this one for someone who's already a good cook, and then let them invite you round for dinner!
Deliciously Ella Quick & Easy
by Deliciously Ella
Deliciously Ella’s latest cookbook
does exactly what it says on the tin: quick, easy meals to whip up after work or whenever life is so stacked that cooking risks becoming just another chore. Taken from this very cookbook, her mushroom and walnut ragu
has been one of the Balance Journal’s most popular recipes in 2020!
A food box subscription
is the gift that keeps on giving, month after month. Earlier this year, we tried Mindful Chef’s
offering and it didn’t disappoint.
One Pan Pescatarian
by Rachel Phipps
Inspired by flavours and cuisines from around the world, Rachel Phipps’ debut cookbook
offers a mouth-watering array of fish dishes for every occasion.
Glass Oil and Vinegar Jug
One casualty of 2020 that we don’t talk enough about? The humble restaurant breadbasket. Gift your favourite dinner companion some eat-out-at-home vibes with this cute oil and dressing dispenser
. For added points, throw in some zingy balsamic and posh olive oil.