For the restaurant and bar fanatic who's been missing them so badly during the two lockdowns they want to wear and eat their products even when they're at home.
1. Ikoyi Hybrid Caviar - still dreaming about your meal at Ikoyi? Well now you can have some of their hybrid caviar at home (£60) - it’s made and aged for six months especially for Ikoyi by N25.
2. Ledbury Truffle Cream - Pimp up your Christmas leftovers with some of The Ledbury truffle cream from Wiltshire Truffles (£22). Chef Brett Graham makes this with natural truffle juice and small pieces of real black winter truffles.
3. Hoppers baseball caps - Forget the paper hats that come with the crackers and top your barnet with one of these fine baseball caps from Hoppers (£15).
4. Chase Christmas Jumper - Every bit as festive as Colin Firth’s effort in Bridget Jones Diary is this Christmas jumper from Chase (£24.99). Make yourself a Moscow Mule with their vodka and snuggle up by the fire.
The Instagrammer crockery hoarder
Perfect gifts for the person whose Instagram feed is curated to within an artisan hewn table runner of its life.
1. Popham's beakers - Having already ordered a cortado cup from Popham’s newish home shop, the next thing we fancy are these gorgeous beakers.
2. Postcard Teas cup - Why sully your breakfast table with an ugly mug when you could be sipping tea out of these exquisite cups? They're made by Asahiyaki, a 16th generation kiln in Uji near Kyoto from Postcard Teas (£85).
3. Borough Kitchen bowls - If you’re looking for low-mileage crockery, these bowls and plates from Brighton ceramicist at Borough Kitchen (from £85) are inspired by her home on the south coast
4. BAO sake carafe - The sake carafes (£25) by Anna Hodgson in the BAO shop are almost too beautiful to use. And they will look fab on your feed.
Because who knows what you really want for Christmas better than yourself…?
1. Petrossian caviar set - After all the excess of Christmas, what better way to reset than sitting down to an evening where your biggest concern is which of the seven caviars in this Petrossian gift set (£230) to go for. Decisions, decisions...
2. Dolce & Gabbana panettone - If designer labels are your thing, then this gorgeous Dolce & Gabbana tin made especially to house one of Sicilian baker Fiasconaro’s panettones (£39.99) is just the job. And, yes, it does come with a panettone already in there.
The seasonal boozer
Taking the merry in Merry Christmas seriously.
1. Top Cuvee Mulled Wine - Billed as “The worlds first delicious mulled wine” - Top Cuvee’s own label mulled wine (£16.99) is made using a slow process to infuse Rioja and Sicilian white wine with nutmeg, clove, star anise, cinnamon, frankincense, honey, orange and lemon peel. Don’t waste it on the carol singers.
2. J&B Whisky Sour Kit - Forget Negronis and Old Fashioneds, whisky sours is where it’s at this festive season and this J&B kit (£41.95) comes with everything you need to make three limited-edition whisky sour serves - burnt pineapple, walnut and cinnamon and spiced apple.
3. St John's Fergroni - Fergus Henderson’s off-menu negroni is usually only for those in the know. But now you can order a whole bottle (£42), made with Tanqueray London Dry Gin, Punt e Mes vermouth and Campari bitters.
4. Hush Townhouse Gimlet Box - What’s the point of having a lovely drink out of a godawful glass? Happily, this Hush Townhouse Gimlet Box (£50) comes not only with two Nio x Hush House Cocktails but two very stylish Avery Barware cut-glass, gold-rimmed glasses.
The personal touch
Presents that show you went to that little bit of extra effort.
1. Selfridges Mini Moets - Sure you could put someone’s name on a bottle, but these personalised Mini Moet bottles (£25) at Selfridges will let you upload one of your favourite photos - perhaps remembering one of the few good moments in 2020?
2. Say It With Krispy Kremes - If you’re one of the rare folk in London still going into the office, then a box of these personalised Krispy Kremes (£12.95) to your team will always go down a treat, particularly if anyone’s nursing a sore head.
The would-be professional chef
For the foodie who prides themselves on their home cheffing skills - here are the ultimate home kitchen must-haves
1. Savernake Gyuto Ultra - Originally created for a collaboration between Savernake Knives and the Burnt Chef project, the Gyuto Ultra (from £350) they say tackles “everything from troublesome turnips to fiddly dill”. And it’s fully customisable.
2. Netherton Foundary tortilla press - Santiago Lastro’s Kol restaurant is one of London’s hottest new openings, and the chef has collaborated with Netherton Foundry to make this tortilla press (£115) which you can also use for making rotis or other flatbreads.
3. Wagyumafia wasabi grater - This grater (about £155) is not only a thing of elegance and precision - but, even better, is made sustainably without having to use the traditional sharkskin.
Lockdown taught loads of us how to make banana bread and maybe a passable sourdough. But if you want to buy someone a gift that takes them to the next level of cooking or baking (and cunningly reap the rewards of that afterwards) here’s what to buy.
1. Puff Bakery - Ravneet Gill and Nicola Lamb's Puff Bakery online courses absolutely stormed London's foodie Instagram community during the lockdown. You could learn how to make faultless foccacia, towering lemon meringue pies, even Basque cheesecakes.
2. Yuki Gomi - Chef, food writer and cookery teacher Yuki Gomi offers a range of online and in-person classes ranging from sushi and ramen to gyoza construction and making your own miso. Classes start at just £30.
3. Leiths School of Food & Wine - Leiths cookery school has all manner of course ideas that make great gifts for foodie friends - there’s pizza-making with The Pizza Pilgrims, pickles and kimchi-making and even regional Indian cooking with Atul Kochhar
4. Made in Hackney - Plant based community cookery school Made in Hackney wants to open our eyes to the food growing all around us in London. Join their regular foraging tours (£30) - the next one’s in Tower Hamlets cemetery.
The ‘that dish needs a little something extra’ folk
Life is way too short to just rely on the delights of Heinz ketchup (lovely as that is) or Tiptree’s raspberry jam. With so many London restaurants having diversified during the two lockdowns, there are now some great foodie jars and bottles to wrap up under the tree.
1. Mei Mei's Kaya coconut jam - If Nigella’s double buttering toast spoke to you, go one further and add a good slather of Mei Mei’s Kaya coconut jam (£8) on your next slice.
2. Patty & Bun's sauce multipack - Whether you’re recreating one of their burger kits at home, or just grilling your own hot wings, this trio of Patty & Bun’s sauces (£17.95) has literally just gone on sale for this Christmas.
3. Sambal Shiok's Tomato Sambal - Ever since owner Mandy Yin very kindly gave us a jar of her Sambal Shiok’s tomato sambal, we’ve been putting spoonfuls in so many dishes - it’s perfect for adding spicy depth.
The gift for someone who has everything
Some people are just so hard to buy for. But we think we have the answer...
Rolling Stones' Baccarat glasses This Autumn, The Rolling Stones opened a store on Carnaby Street devoted to Stones merch and one of the more luxe collaborations was with French brand Chateau Baccarat. The glassware, only available here in London, includes crystal wine glasses, champagne flutes, tumblers, a wine decanter, and a beer glass all engraved with the band’s logo. (Starts at £185).
The Hot Dinners guide to Christmas in London
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