Foodie gifts for colleagues
While many of us have become used to seeing our work colleagues on a screen for the past couple of years, they’ve remained an important relationship in our lives; whether it’s catching up on the latest office gossip (limited by social distancing), or collaborating on an exciting project, they make the 9-5 that little bit more fun. So when it comes to saying ‘thank you’, ‘happy birthday’, or ‘enjoy your retirement’, say it with a gift that shows an extra level of thought. We’ve rounded up our favourite foodie gifts for colleagues from Barbury Hill’s range of food and drink gifts to give you a little inspiration.
Gifts for the colleague with the cheesey jokes….
Fen Farm Dairy
You may have heard us mention Fen Farm Dairy before, many times in fact! It’s a firm favourite here at Barbury Hill, and judging by your orders and feedback, a firm favourite with you too. So we’re confident that as a foodie gift for a colleague, a selection of Fen Farm Dairy cheese will be well received.
Can we suggest a 1kg wheel of Baron Bigod or The Fen Farm Dairy Box, perhaps accompanied by an award-winning Pinot Meunier 2018 English Sparkling Wine from Langham Wine Estate? As we noted in our recent ‘Ultimate Guide to Cheese Care’, fizz and cheese make excellent companions, and the distinct mushroom notes and earthy flavours of this Brie-de-Meaux style cheese will have them saying ‘au revoir’ to French Brie.
Bath Soft Cheese Co.
If cheese is their thing, then Barbury Hill has no fewer than eight Bath Soft Cheese Co. selections to choose from. The Champion Cheese Hamper is the perfect send-off for a retirement gift, boasting six award-winning cheeses, Pilton Two Rivers Somerset Ciders, Date, Hazelnut & Pumpkin Toasts and Cherries, Almonds & Linseed Toasts from The Fine Cheese Co. and a selection of chutneys and pickles.
Or, for a gift that keeps on giving, how about a six-month supply of cheese? The ultimate gift for a foodie colleague and cheese-lover, this allows them to enjoy a selection of five award-winning organic cheeses month-after-month, delivered to their door.
Gifts for the colleague with the sweet tooth…
Earn some Brownie points
Moving away from cheese, to something for those colleagues with a sweeter tooth. You know, the one who’s always lingering by the tuck shop, or indulging in a biscuit or two to get them through the mid-afternoon slump. If that sounds like your colleague, why not take their daily treat to a new high with Gold-dusted Champagne, Raspberry & Chocolate Brownies from Bakery Number Eight, or Salted Caramel Brownies from Jolly Good Brownies. They’ll thank you as they’re tucking in to these handmade delights from small independent British producers. And if you’re lucky, they might even share…
Throw an office birthday party
If it’s a birthday but you’re busy, throw an office party that looks like it involved far more effort than a simple order of The Big Birthday Box. This handy collection boasts everything you need for a mini celebration, including four Indulgent Chocolate Brownies, two Luxurious Biscoff & Chocolate Millionaire’s Shortbread, two Delicious Rocky Road, eight drinks of your choice, 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY’ candles, a badge for the birthday boy or girl, coloured and confetti balloons and even a birthday card. Your colleagues will thank you (and maybe take some of that admin off your desk in return…)
Gifts for the colleague on a health kick…
If your colleague’s health kick has extended to going alcohol-free, Barbury Hill is the place to be. We’ve got a fantastic selection of low and no-alcohol drinks they’re unlikely to have seen elsewhere. Bring the summer to the office with Wilfred's Alcohol Free Orange & Rosemary Spritz; a taste of the Mediterranean, made in Britain.
Or bring cocktail hour forward with Highball Cocktails’ Mixed Case of Alcohol-free Cocktails. These delicious reinventions of classic cocktails such as a classic G&T, Mojito and a Cosmopolitan have all of the taste, but none of the alcohol, preservatives or artificial sweeteners. So you can treat your colleagues to lunchtime cocktails without risking the afternoon slump.
Celebrate your colleagues in style
Of course, for a foodie gift for colleagues that will bring a smile to their face, a bottle of English wine is just the ticket. Barbury Hill has travelled the length and breadth of the British Isles to bring you only the very best of British wine producers, and you can be confident that a bottle of Langham Wine Estate or Giffords Hall will put you at the top of their list of ‘favourite colleagues’.
Show them just how much you appreciate them with a bottle (or 6) of Corallian Classic Cuvée NV from Langham Wine Estate. The stream of fine bubbles and aroma of stewed apple combine with citrus acidity and a fine mousse to make this a popular choice among Barbury Hill customers. If they lean more towards a fruity red, the St Edmundsbury Pinot Noir from Giffords Hall bursts with red fruit flavours such as plum, rhubarb and cranberry.
A gift for every colleague
Whatever your colleague’s taste, and whatever the occasion, we hope this guide to foodie gifts for colleagues has given you ‘food for thought’. We’ve featured our favourites from our handpicked, tried and tasted range so we’re confident these treats will be as well-received by your colleagues as they have been by ours.
Do get in touch if you’d like any advice, and remember that we can include a personalised note if you’re still working from home and want to show your appreciation for your colleague from afar.
Rebecca, a talented writer, is a friend of Barbury Hill’s. When she’s not eating the best of British food and drink, she is writing about it. And when she’s not writing about it, she’s thinking about it.