22 Christmas Gift Ideas For Food And Drink Fans For Every Budget

Treat yourself and your loved ones this Christmas filling them up with food and drink inspired gifts.

Food and drink gifts Christmas

by Natalie Corner |
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We can safely say this year has been busier and better than the last few, and we're looking to really treat ourselves and our loved ones this festive season more so than ever. The easiest way to please is definitely through our stomachs so whether that is a bottle of tasty gin, chocolate or cheese and biscuits look no further for some inspiration for the best Christmas food and drink gifts below.

If you're heading to a Christmas party and need a suitable present to bring, our selection of wine is ideal. Or, if one of your family members fancies themselves as a bit of a food connoisseur, we have just the foodie gift to really blow their socks off.

It can be hard to narrow down exactly what to fill that stocking with, so we've got a range of gifts that will inspire you to impress your family and friends across a range of budgets. From luxury Christmas hampers, coffee advent calendars, to affordable cocktail gift sets, there will be something for everyone.

Best food and drink gifts for Christmas 2023

Gifts under £50

Best gingerbread house

At Christmas, Biscuiteers HQ turns into a real-life Santa’s workshop with 100,000 biscuits hand-iced each week in November and December, which is quite frankly incredible! If you've found yourselves mesmerised by the extremely talented icers on Biscuiteers' Instagram page, try it out for yourself by hand icing your own biscuits or gift someone else with a DIY Christmas Baubles kit or a DIY Gingerbread House. There's nothing more festive than the scent of ginger wafting around the home before the presents are unwrapped.

What's included? Presented in a beautifully decorated tin, there are six pre-basked gingerbread house pieces, royal icing, piping bags, a set of sweet decorations and a step-by-step guide

Customer review: "My kids and I loved putting together the house. It was easy and fun! The best DIY kit I have bought."

Best alternative advent calendar

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Price: £19.99

'It's Christmas Thyme' with The Little Trees Bees And Seeds Gardening Advent Calendar 2023. This wonderful kitchen garden advent calendar contains 25 varieties of premium heirloom vegetables, herbs and salad seeds. All of the seeds are non-GMO and heritage – with common and unusual varieties. It's for beginners too; in one of the envelopes, there is a special grow guide, full of sowing and gardening advice. The box is 23 x 33 x 2cm and totally plastic-free. The Little Trees Bees And Seeds Company lovingly hand-pack their products and there is a contact email address on the box for growing advice and gardening questions.

Our review: "With lots of gardeners in the family I'm sure this generous collection of 25 seed packets will be shared out between my aunts and uncles. Primarily, I'm gifting it to my Dad, who is a seasoned gardener with a large vegetable plot and raised beds for herbs. The seed packets are contained within festive numbered envelopes. There's jute twine and small wooden pegs in the box, so you can string up the envelopes around your kitchen or shed. The advent calendar comes in a cardboard box that's larger than a letterbox, so if you're gifting this to a loved one do make sure they're at home or there's a safe place to put a parcel.

"We opened one envelope to see how the seeds are packaged and we were very pleased to discover a pack of premium heritage tomato seeds with specific growing instructions on the packet.

"All-in-all, this is the perfect advent calendar for my family and will continue the tradition I have of giving green-fingered loved ones vegetable seeds at Christmas. During the colder months, I've always felt that seeds symbolise the hope and promise of spring and summer. This gift is a wonderful way to look forward to a new year of growing."

Best foodie book

Stanley Tucci Taste: My Life Through Food
Price: $18.91

Actor, food lover and cocktail expert, Stanley Tucci's book is a number one Sunday Times Bestseller for a reason. Every food fan, or just in general Stanley fan (that's us) should have this book in their stocking for Christmas.

Customer review: "Bought to read on holiday in Italy and it was the perfect choice. As a fan of Stanley Tucci, this book was a fabulous look into his life, as someone has already said, it’s as though you can hear his wonderful voice as you are reading it. Lots of laugh out loud moments and I loved every page. I have since tried out some of the recipes featured too."

Best non-alcoholic sparkling drink

Make the most of your friend-mas with this sparkling elderflower drink from Cawston Press. Bottled for sharing, these special-edition 750ml glass bottles are perfect for parties and good times with your loved ones. Cawston Press make their drinks from pressed fruit juice, no concentrates, and a 125ml serving is only 28 calories.

Our review: "There's a reason why Cawston Press is always at the top of my Christmas list. They make punchy, freshly-pressed and delicious sparkling drinks. I am a big fan of the Elderflower flavour, which is botanical and refreshing. Combining apple with elderflower for a drink... whose idea was that? It's genius. Move over generic fizzy drinks, hello Cawston."

Best festive tonic mixer

Top Tonic

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Get your gin pouring no matter the time of year with this bitter, tangy and floral tonic. It's low in calories, comes with no artificial sweeteners and has a honeyed finish. We couldn't recommend this mixer more.

Our review: "London Essence Co. is a go-to for the festive season. With a wide range of craft sodas, ginger beers and outrageously-delicious tonics, you can't go wrong. The flavours are botanical, fruity and lip-smacking. Elderflower & Blood Orange pairs perfectly with gin and makes a great gift for loved one who lives a tipple."

Best coffee advent calendar

Start the Christmas countdown with this Nespresso Vertuo Advent Calendar. The rich red and gold cube measures 24cm all-round and costs £39. It's Alpine-inspired or "Fusalp" as it says on the box, the word derives from the French word "fuseau" meaning from the Alps. There is a gold vector-style pattern of mountains that is reminiscent of Toblerone. The Nespresso Fusalp advent calendar is a collaboration with the brand Fusalp, famous for luxury ski wear with an chevron pattern. The Nespresso Fusalp Advent Calendar is also available for Original system Nespresso coffee machines in an enchanting cream and gold colourway for £35. Also, Nespresso offer free delivery.

Our review: "This coffee advent calendar is a luxurious red cube printed in gold. The lid expands as you open it and inside there's another cube. It's clever paper-engineering, with a handle of sorts on the underside to ensure the inner box comes out smoothly. There are 17 capsules of high quality roast and ground coffee. Also, there are five capsules that are special flavours, including Barista Creations Sweet Vanilla, Roasted Hazelnut, Rich Chocolate and a Seasonal Delight Spices Flavour. In addition, there are two capsules that contain a decaffeinated blend, plus a gift to open behind the larger 24th door. I opened one door (all in the name of a fair review) and the bauble-like Vertuo capsule popped out with ease. This really is a wonderful gift for owners of Vertuo coffee machines, such as the Vertuo Pop and the Vertuo Next. I can't wait to savour this coffee tasting journey and get a surprise behind the 24th door."

Best recipe book

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If you know someone that has tried Franco Manca's festive menu and couldn't get enough - this book is the perfect present to learn how to recreate their favourites at home. Perfect for pizza lovers and home cooks who don't have a traditional wood-burning oven. These recipes have been curated so you can make tray pizzas, fried pizzas or pizzas in an iron skillet, an effective substitute for the oven-stone taste we love. 

Our review: "Franco Manca's festive menu is a real treat for those excited to tuck into Christmas flavours but can't resist going out for a pizza. Featuring bubbles and two courses for £19.50 or three courses for £23.50 - you get a delicious starter (vegan and gluten-free friendly), a unique Christmas dinner pizza either with roast beef, Yorkshire pudding and gravy or porchetta, apple sauce and Colston Bassett Stilton or a vegetarian and plant-based friendly butternut squash base, pomegranate seed and halloumi pizza. You can also opt for any other pizza from their main menu instead. Post pizza, you can finish up with a choice of three Italian desserts. This is such a fun treat to get you into the festive spirit, and a unique take on a Christmas dinner like you have never seen before."

Best liqueur gift set

Looking as decadent as it is delicious, the new shimmering Christmas Pudding Gin Liqueur ‘Sixpence Pud’ could be the ideal centrepiece of your Christmas celebrations. Sixpence Pud is the ultimate gift for any gin lover this festive season at under £30, each bottle arrives in its own gift box with a beautiful gold foil design.

And if you fancy a more traditional gift, go for the Christmas Globe Gin Liqueur spiced with orange and cranberry featuring read edible 23kt gold leaf in a light-up bottle.

What's included? 50cl 20 per cent alcohol gin flavoured liqueur, plus gift box

Best wine for gifting

Coming with a stylish design, we recommend this sparkling rose from Bowl Grabber. Perfect for your foodie friend who loves a tipple. Or, you could just crack it open on the big day - or at your work party. The Prosecco is vegan-friendly, too.

Our review: "This is such a delicious sparkling rose. I'm so glad I got to try it. Not only is it well-priced, but the unique label gives it that edge which I love. It would make a brilliant gift that will get everyone talking. Bowl Grabber is a great option for a wine at Christmas: red, white or sparkling."

Best foodie gift

When you've got cheese and crackers coming out of your ears, you need somewhere presentable to put them for your guests. Or if you're heading to a fancy do, this would certainly impress as a gift.

Customer review: "Beautiful in my new kitchen."

Best rum gift

We can't wait to tell you about Tidal Rum. It's a mix of different rums from Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados and Dominica. These different rums come together with the unique characteristics of Pepper Dulse. The deep earthy truffle helps to balance the rum, enhancing the blend to create a more complex and refined drink. Infused with oak-smoked Pepper Dulse seaweed foraged in Jersey, this rum is absolutely a treat. Perfect for that rum-obsessed loved one.

Customer review: "Love this rum... great smooth taste."

Best gift for a whiskey lover

Mini Whiskey Barrel
Price: £14.99 (was £19.99)

www.findmeagift.co.uk

Made from high-quality wood, this mini whiskey barrel allows any whiskey fan to pour their favourite tipple in a new and unique way. Make sure to pick out a bottle of whiskey to go alongside this gift.

What's included? One mini whiskey barrel

Customer review: "It is exactly what we expected. A great gift for a whisky lover. Very pleased with it."

Best red wine for gifting

The perfect wine to be enjoyed with friends at a dinner party or simply as a gift. This red wine from Porta 6 is created with soft ripe berries and a full, rich mid-palate.

**Our review: "**This fruity red from Portugal made from a blend of grapes has a balanced flavour profile and a smooth finish which pairs perfectly with meat and roast dinners. Plus, the striking label is an original painting by Hauke Vagt that makes for a fun and thoughtful gift for a wine lovers' collection."

Best gift for chilli lovers

This 'Spice It Up' collection contains delicious olive oils and exotic balsamic for home cooks looking to add some heat to your meals.

What's included: 100ml Lime & Chilli oil, 100ml Orange & Ginger balsamic and 100ml Chilli & Garlic oil

Our review: "This fun taster set is fantastic for the enthusiastic home cook in your life. I especially loved the unique flavour combinations such as the lime and chilli oil which is great paired with fish, and orange and ginger balsamic goes perfectly with squash."

Gifts under £100

Best traditional hamper

This is an ideal gift hamper full of the best bits from M&S, indulge for yourself or treat a friend.

What's included? Bordeaux Merlot, Cornish Cruncher All Butter Biscuits, Collection Belgian Chocolates, Rye Sourdough Crackers, Caramelised Onion Chutney, and All Butter Shortbread Fingers

Best biscuit tin

We bet there are plenty of family arguments when it comes to the game of Monopoly over the festive season. But there will be no losers here, only squabbles about which of the iconic board game-themed biscuits everyone will want to get their hands on. Biscuiteers have brought the classic family game of Monopoly to life, with the hand-iced gingerbread biscuits, featuring all the Monopoly favourites including free parking, Go, and the utilities.

What's included? Delivered in a hand-illustrated keepsake tin, 12 hand-iced biscuits, including new additions for Christmas Pudding Lane and Cinnamon Street.

Our review: "My all-time favourite board game that must be played every year, I couldn't think of a better gift for myself than this Biscuiteers Monopoly biscuit tin. I even tried out replacing the places on the board with these biscuits and whoever successfully landed on and purchased the property they got a biscuit as a treat. So much fun!"

Gifts under £150

Best gift for chocolate lovers

It has been compared to Hotel Chocolat’s Velvetiser and is one of the must-have autumn/winter essentials and makes for the perfect gift for hot chocolate lovers this Christmas. Indulge in the ultimate hot chocolate and enjoy barista-grade drinks at home in under five minutes. You can also make as many other hot drinks as your heart desires.

What's included? Beverage machine, jug, whisk, scoop, cleaning brush

Best gift for coffee lovers

This coffee pod machine is perfect for two people, so even if you buy this as a gift for your loved one you still reap the rewards. At a little over £100, the L'OR Barista Sublime allows you to brew two cups of espresso or one double espresso in a single cup using the exclusive L'OR Barista double shot capsules.

Our review: "This machine is sleek looking and doesn't take up too much space on my countertop. I love that you can make two drinks at the same time, although I tend to make mine a double espresso which is ideal for when I'm heading to the gym. It would make a lovely gift for someone over Christmas, especially those looking to step their foot into the coffee world as the pods are really tasty and flavourful, unlike others."

Read our full review of the L’OR Barista Sublime Coffee Machine.

Gifts under £500

Best Christmas gift for tea lovers

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ember mug 2 copper
Price: £149.95

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There's nothing worse than forgetting about a cup of tea and realising it's gone cold. Even worse when you get distracted in many meetings and you take a sip and yuk. The Ember Mug 2 is here to solve that problem and in a super stylish colourway. The new Metallic Collection comes in copper, gold, rose gold and silver, ideal colours for a luxury festive gift for someone who loves tea.

Tried & Tested by A Modern Kitchen: "After a tricky start figuring out the accompanying app, the Ember Mug 2 has honestly been life-changing when it comes to drinking a cup of tea. I like my tea hot, but I drink half and then forget about it so always have to reheat it in the microwave. This is now no longer the case as the Ember keeps it at the perfect temperature until I've finished my brew. It's much better suited for tea as it slightly changes the taste of coffee, and it does require regular charging as it runs out after two uses."

Best luxury hamper

You don't think of Fortnum & Mason without thinking of its 'Christmas hamper'. There isn't really any more iconic hamper than the big wicker one from London's exclusive shop, and there are plenty to choose from - depending on what your budget is, and how much you really love the person you're buying it for. This is the most affordable option from F&M and contains plenty of treats - including tea, champagne, chocolate, and baked goodies.

What's inside? Christmas Orange & Dark Chocolate Biscuits, Christmas Pecan & Ginger Biscuits and Marc de Champagne Truffles, Blanc de Blancs Champagne, Côtes du Rhône and Bordeaux Blanc, Christmas Fig Preserve, Boxing Day Pickle, St James Christmas Pudding, Cognac Butter

Best gift for entertaining

The White Company Bronze Drinks Trolley
Price: £70 (was £127.50)

www.thewhitecompany.com

As big cocktail fans, A Modern Kitchen couldn't think of a better gift than a stunning drinks trolley for party hosting. It's at the higher end of the budget but this vintage bronze hue would work in the chicest of homes, or maybe keep it for yourself...

Best chocolate hamper

Hotel Chocolat is the best type of chocolate to send someone as a gift, it's luxurious, creamy and tasty. This whopping Festive Feast Christmas Hamper is packed full of the best bits of the confectionary giant along with its delicious chocolate cream liqueur.

What's included? Strawberries & Cream Puddles, Creme Caramel Buttons, White Batons, Raspberry-white Batons, 40% Milk Batons, Chocolate Macarons, Chocolate Orange Macarons, Chocolat Shortbreads, Super Thin Mint Truffles, Mini Dipping Adventure, Milk to Caramel Sleekster, Patisserie H-box, Rum Sultanas, Pink Champagne Truffles Tin, 750ml bottle of Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Salted Caramel Vodka, Cacao Gin, and decadent Velvetised Chocolate Cream.

More Christmas gift ideas:

Coffee advent calendars

Cheese advent calendars

Alcohol advent calendars

Natalie Corner is the Commercial Content Editor across the Specialist Portfolio for Bauer Media. She specialises in all things coffee and tea related for A Modern Kitchen. When she's not hopped up on caffeine she's testing the latest space-saving hacks to organise her small kitchen.

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