Best Gifts For Foodies 2021

Words by
Sphere Editors

23rd November 2021

If the object of your affections loves cocktails, restaurants and entertaining at home throughout the year, see our selection for the best presents to share (or scoff) over this festive season.

The Singleton 39-Year-Old
Now is the time to invest in a bottle of truly exceptional single malt. Step forward The Singleton, from the Glen Ord Distillery, their second bottle in the  “Epicurean Odyssey” series from master blender Maureen Robinson.This time the 1695 bottles went through a secondary maturation in Port, red wine and sherry casks for 27 years, before being finished in Bordeaux wine casks. Think top notes of butterscotch, fruit cake, orange peel, toasted almonds, alongside bursts of succulent blackberries: a perfect digestif for Christmas day.

Artisan Du Chocolat Truffle Tree
A stunning centrepiece containing a selection of 36 milk truffles, maple caramel truffles and burnt sugar caramel truffles. Gift to your nearest and dearest - or order a box for yourself and consider it "self care".

Citizens Of Soil Olive Oil
One of the all-time great gifts for any home cook - you can always use another bottle and something truly special makes everyday preparation a treat. Citizens Of Soil offer a single estate extra virgin olive oil from Crete, with impeccable credentials - minimal intervention, unfiltered and created by independent farmers.

X MUSE Vodka
The ancient aquifer at Scotland’s Bonnington Estate, at the heart of sculpture park Jupiter Artland, is the source for the water for this new barley vodka. Pronounced "tenth muse", this is a spirit to be sipped and savoured - complex, flavourful, distinctive.

The Explorer’s Gourmet Discoveries Luxury Hamper
A hamper at Christmas is unsurprisingly the gift that keeps on giving. This delectable example contains so many treats in a wicker basket including butter shortbread, caramelised pecan nuts in milk chocolate, Royal Breakfast tea, cafetière coffee, caramel and sea salt biscuits, cheddar cheese crepes, Seville orange marmalade and so much more.

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love
In the past two decades, Yotam Ottolenghi has gone from North London restaurateur to British dinner party favourite to global food personality - the rest of the food world is still playing catch up. OTK: Shelf Love marks the first cookbook from his Test Kitchen Team, responding to which ingredients are actually in your cupboard and how to make home cooking as straightforward as possible. Note: contains “a tomato salad that rules them all”

The Aperitivo! Trio of Vermouth
It’s never a bad idea to switch up your cocktail order and try an alternative vermouth occasionally. Step forward Bristol’s Aperitivo company who combine three different sorts of vermouth: Lyon (French style for Dry Martinis), Reus (Spanish style for an El Presidente) and Turin (Italian style for Negroni) in one delightful gift set. Bonus: the artwork by Gareth Aldridge is stunning.

D. R. Harris Pick Me Up Revival Set
Tis the season for overindulging - so plan ahead. D. R. Harris is the London apothecary that has been curing all manner of complaints since 1790. Their new revival hamper includes the Original Pick-Me-Up (15 dashes, 60ml water - just add your own Berocca), lemon and vetiver face wash, ginger and lemon body wash, moisture cream and crystal eye gel. In essence: even if you’re not having a Christmas party this year, this will ensure you feel halfway human after the hefty drinking nights of December.

Seventy One Gin from Selfridges
Created by one of Vogue’s favourite photographers’ Mert Alas, Seventy One gin is also blessed with one of the most covetable bottles in the spirit isle: an eight-sided beauty that is reminiscent of a high end perfume. An aged after-dinner gin finished in oak casks and overseen by British master distiller Steve Wilson, it has recently made its Selfridges debut.