If you’re a house-guest this Christmas or trying to find a gift for someone tricky to buy for then these food-themed gifts are pretty much fool-proof. From indulgent kitchen kit that someone probably wouldn’t buy for themselves to boxes of delicious cheese or a whole ham. Here are our top picks of foodie treats.


As much as we love munching our way across the cheese counter at Neal’s Yard Dairy in Borough when it comes to Christmas our trad leanings always win through;  the Strictly Traditional box has almost 2 kg of cheese including Montgomery’s Cheddar (the best in our opinion), Appleby’s Cheshire, Kirkham’s Lancashire and Colston Bassett Stilton. £52, Neal’s Yard Dairy Shop


We love the graphic design of this Sardine charger plate, part of a collection from Jersey Pottery. £29.95, Liberty



It doesn’t get much more local than this wonderful collection of London honey from Fortnum & Mason. Each piece of honeycomb has been captured during the exact week that it was laid down by bees in Harrow, Wapping and Tower Bridge giving a unique taster of London wildlife. £20, Fortnum and Mason


Perfect for a cosy gathering around the fire at Christmas, this chesnut roaster is an affordable but fun stocking filler. £7.95, Selfridges


Every so often we treat ourselves to a bottle of this gorgeous oil from Fortnum & Mason. It’s sublime on mash or risotto or drizzled onto truffled egg toast. £16.95, Fortnum and Mason 


This sleek stoneware board is great for displaying platters of sliced meat or cheeses. £24, Anthropolgie


Rich Tuscan hot chocolate is quite unlike any other and La Molina’s version is one of our favorites.  £22.99, Selfridges



Prestat’s gorgeously colourful boxes always make great gifts – their dark chocolate salted caramel are utterly delicious. £11.50, Liberty



While we secretly covet a vast copper sauté pan we would happily give this chic little lidded copper pan as a gift. £59, Selfridges

Bookshops are awash with celeb-baker books this Christmas – by-pass them all and give Dan Lepard’s brilliant baking compendium Short and Sweet; The Best of Home Baking.  As Nigel Slater says: ‘Just when I think I’ll never need another cookery book along comes Dan Lepard’s Short & Sweet to tease, delight, beguile and tempt…This man has never, ever let me down’ £14.33, Amazon


This vast marble pestle and mortar is great for grinding up pastes and powders and solid enough not to shift about on a worktop. £49, Not On The Highstreet


The butchery classes at the Ginger Pig make a great gift for boys or impossible to buy for people. You will learn proper skills and take home the meat you have prepared and you can choose from beef, pork, lamb or sausage-making classes. £135, The Ginger Pig


It may prove tricky to wrap but any house guest rocking up with an entire ham would get major brownie points. Brindisa have a great selection including this Monroyo Serrano. £85, Brindisa


If you want to give a proper, no-nonsense in-depth cooking bible then Rory O’Connell’s Master It is perfect. This chunky tome is packed with fail-safe recipes (many trialled at Ballymaloe Cookery School which O’Connell co-founded with his sister Darina Allen). A true classic for beginners or more advanced cooks who want to improve their skills. £15.14, Amazon


— Clare
26th November 2013