Unusual Christmas Gifts for Food Lovers
Thinking outside the box isn’t easy at Christmas. Finding time amongst the whirl of Christmas parties, shopping and planning to research gifts that are a little different to the usual candles, socks and smellies is tough. But there’s only so many bottles of Baileys and trays of Dairy Milk we can buy before boredom sets in.
That’s where Barbury Hill comes in. We’ve done the research, the travelling, and the tasting, so you don’t have to. One click and you’re in our Christmas category. A couple more clicks and interesting, unusual gifts for food lovers will be winging their way to your door (or the lucky recipient’s door). These Christmas food and drink gifts are handpicked by Dan and the team after a highly selective process and plenty of tastings so you can be sure they’re the very best that the British Isles have to offer.
And to make life even easier, we’ve picked out our favourites from the Christmas category. So put the kettle on, put your feet up, and read on to find some delicious gems that are sure to delight friends, family, neighbours and colleagues (and maybe yourself, as a well-deserved treat!).
Food gifts for Children
Starting with Food Gifts for Children, because isn’t that where the magic of Christmas begins? We’ve rounded up a charming selection of food gifts that children will love to find in their stocking, their Christmas Eve boxes or even as an Advent gift to keep them entertained while you’re busy wrapping!
For the latter, you can’t go wrong with The Kids’ Christmas Activity Box which is filled with delicious festive treats and activities, from biscuit decorating to balloons, jokes to paper finger puppets. There’s even a letter-writing set so they can pen that all important list.
We know from experience that finding a Mini Melting Snowman & Reindeer Hot Chocolate Jar in their Christmas Eve box will be a highlight. It’s such a special way to cosy up on Christmas eve, and all you have to do is add hot water and a splash of milk, give it a shake, and the Christmas magic delivers.
Finally, children and grown ups alike will be kept busy with the Gingerbread Christmas Tree Decorating Kit. It’s the Christmas gift that keeps on giving, with entertainment value in the morning, and a delicious child-friendly pudding in the afternoon!
Food & Drink Gifts for Him
We know how hard men can be to buy for. But if there’s one thing we’ve learnt, it’s that the old adage - the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach - is 100% true. Whether that’s artisan cheese, a Barbury Box stuffed full of foodie delights, or a selection of craft beers, there’s a gift to suit every taste.
If he’s a cheese connoisseur, why not introduce him to the little known, but much loved, Sinodun Hill and Torpenhow Brie in the Best of British Charcuterie and Cheese Collection. These British cheeses are not found in supermarkets and you’ll be the star of Christmas with this exceptional charcuterie and cheese collection made up of some of the best artisan producers in the UK. Not only that, but it makes the perfect supper spread, so stick around and you might be able to partake of the gift yourself.
If a zesty pale ale or biscuity, fruity bitter are more his thing, our gift pack of River Cottage organic beer showcases the best of the organic range. But if he’s cutting back on alcohol, there’s no need to miss out. Barbury Hill’s Small Beer gift set includes a Lager, Session Pale, Steam and Dark Lager from the award-winning brewery, as well as two branded half pint glasses. With just 1%-2.7% ABV, they deliver all of the flavour without any of the guilt.
For a taste of the ocean this Christmas, the Smoked Fish Selection Box is a delectable assortment of the finest fish and seafood. It’s all smoked in Orford’s of Pinney’s own smokehouse on the Suffolk coast and is ready to eat, so the hardest part of this gift is not eating it all at once. From smoked salmon and trout to smoked prawns, it’s a succulent, rich and creamy selection of gastronomic delights.
Food & Drink Gifts for Her
If she’s got a sweet tooth you’ll be spoilt for choice with food and drink gifts for her. Perhaps she favours the crumbly sugar-rush of Christmas Pudding Fudge, winner of Two Great Taste Awards and one of The Sunday Times ‘Top 40 Foods for Christmas’. Or the fudgy, moreish indulgence of dark chocolate brownies filled with dried cranberries, cinnamon and ginger for a taste of Christmas.
You can take all of the work out of Christmas shopping and wrapping with the Damson Vodka & Artisan Chocolate Hamper. Complete with a beautiful black box and tied with an elegant ribbon, this selection of Damson No.12 vodka liqueur, Pump Street Jamaica dark chocolate and Rye Crumb, Milk and Sea Salt chocolate and a box of Night-time organic tea bags from Clipper is a lavish gift, perfect for the special woman in your life.
Gifts for the Host
If you’ve received invitations to lunches and dinners this festive season and would like to take an unusual food and drink gift that the host may not have come across, Barbury Hill has a tempting range of options. We like to express our thanks with the Organic Cheese Hamper, a delightful wicker basket full of award-winning organic small batch cheese, sourdough crackers and a selection of chutneys.
If you’re being hosted for Christmas day, you’ll be the guest of honour if you arrive with the All You Need for Christmas Hamper. This selection does what it say on the tin, with Classic Cuvee Brut from Castle Brook Vineyard, a bottle of Damson No.12 by Gattertop Drinks, Charcuterie, Smoked Salmon, three artisan cheeses, crackers, chutneys, nibbles and even a pork pie. This generous and delicious hamper truly showcases the best food and drink producers in the UK and is a wonderfully thoughtful gift.
Gifts for Everyone!
Whether you’re buying for friends, family or the milkman, Barbury Hill has a food and drink gift to suit. From decadent homemade brownies to artisan cheese from passionate British farmers, small batch gin to organic craft beers, there’s something here for everyone. Many of our selections come with Free Delivery so it’s easy and cost-efficient to send multiple gifts to different addresses. If you let us know what to say, we’ll include a handwritten note, so even if you can’t be with the recipient this year, they’ll know you’re thinking of them.
So take a look and start ticking off that list with foodie goodies. Just don’t forget to include a little gift for yourself; Barbury Hill has made it easy to buy unusual food and drink gifts this Christmas, but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a reward anyway! Visit our Christmas category to find out more about these food and drink gifts and explore the full selection available from Barbury Hill.
by Rebecca Lancaster, Copywriter
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.