Alternative gift ideas for the foodie in your life

Who can believe it’s the festive season already! Mariah’s dusting off her Christmas outfit as we speak for her annual performance, so with this in mind – it’s time to start thinking about gifts. We know – we hear you, it gets tougher every year. But this is a challenge worth embracing this year because for the person in your life who loves their food and drink, we’ve got the suggestions right here for you.

Innis & Gunn: ‘The Original: PX’


Brewer Innis & Gunn, known for its innovative, award-winning cask-matured beers, has released a special limited-edition of its flagship beer, ‘The Original’. This one-off beer sees The Original’s cask maturation completed in a cache of Pedro Ximénez sherry casks from Spain to create ‘The Original: PX’.

‘The Original: PX’ is a 7.4% Scottish Golden Beer, available via the Innis & Gunn online shop – Priced at £7 per 330ml bottle, the beer comes with a specially designed carton, making an ideal option for gifting.

Artisan Coffee: Coffee Advent Calendar

Introducing Artisan Coffee Co.’s limited edition coffee advent calendars for coffee lovers and fanatics. With three options available – the Pod Calendar, the Coffee Bag Calendar, and the Ultimate Pod Calendar – each one includes 24 drawers, one for each day in the run up to Christmas, and includes a rotation of Artisan Coffee Co.’s six iconic blends, meaning you’ll be sure to find the perfect character this festive season.

Artisan Coffee Co. advent calendars are available for pre-order now via their website. Pod and Coffee Bag Calendars are priced at £24.99, while the Ultimate Coffee Pod Calendar is priced at £69.95 with two servings of coffee and chocolate in each door.

Soko Patisserie: Christmas Bonbon selection 


Soko Patisserie, the Birmingham-based chocolatier and patisserie, supported by Michelin starred chef Andreas Antona and headed up by Bake Off: The Professionals finalist Bharat Chandegra, has launched a new range of artisan chocolates, carefully crafted to deliver a feast for the eyes as well as your tastebuds. Andreas (from Simpsons Birmingham and The Cross at Kenilworth) and founder Bharat are working with industry stalwart Jerry Toth and Soko’s passionate and creative team to reawaken Birmingham’s rich chocolate heritage.

Soko’s Christmas bonbon selection features six contemporary flavours and is available in boxes of 12 (£16) or 24 (£28). The original and innovative flavours include Black Forest Gateau, Mince Pie and Mandarin Caramel, to name a few.

Borough Market: The Knowledge

In the The Knowledge award-winning food writer, Angela Clutton distils all the shared wisdom from Borough Market’s traders, explaining how to best cook, serve and make your ingredients sing. Angela shares 80 new recipes that are inspired by the traders’ expertise. Examples include: Arbroath smokie croquetas; chocolate olive oil cake; parsnip gnocchi; a baked gammon for Christmas; and the perfect egg-nog cocktail. Alongside these dishes are in-depth features on specific traders, along with visual step-by-step guides to preparing ingredients and stunning visual infographics that bring seasonal produce to life. Like a stroll around the Market, the book’s eight chapters guide us through the different areas of produce found there, with golden nuggets of insight in each.

Published by Hodder & Stoughton, the brand new book is available in hardback and eBook for £27.