Gift guide: Our top picks for the foodies in your life

Buying Christmas presents can be quite a mission when unsure about someone’s personal taste. Luckily, everyone likes food (or at least needs it to survive) so we’ve put together a gift guide to the best foodie gifts! Whether you’re buying for your best friend, relatives, or a stranger in secret Santa, you’re sure to find something they’ll love here.

Da Luca Italian Prosecco

R105, getwine.co.za

This Northern Italian prosecco captures the Sicilian spirit and vibrancy in a bottle! The lovely peach and apricot aroma and touch of sweetness makes this the perfect bubbly to enjoy as an aperitif or with antipasti during your Christmas lunch. So give your loved ones the gift that gives back instantly with a bottle (or two) of Da Luca Prosecco – that way you can enjoy it too!

Mad Giant Killer Hop Pale Ale

R85 – R95 (four-pack), madgiant.co.za

Awesome on the palate and kind to the planet – that’s Mad Giant, brewer of the beer, just named Grand Champion at the 2018/19 African Beer Awards. Having rock ‘n rolled to the title with its flagship Killer Hop Pale Ale, the award-winning Jozi-brewery is now set to intensify its battle on what is arguably the world’s biggest scourge: single-use plastic. Mad Giant has changed over to cardboard packaging rather than single-use plastic, so you can gift this fantastic craft beer, guilt-free! This 5,0% pale ale has an explosive burst of tropical fruits on the palate and is made using four types of aromatic hops, so hop to it and enjoy!

Chocolate shortbread biscuits

R109,99, woolworths.co.za

These locally made all-butter chocolate shortbread biscuits are the perfect gift for your loved ones — I mean, who doesn’t love biscuits? The crumbly cookies practically melt in your mouth because of the buttery goodness they’re made of. The only problem? If you receive these you might have to be a grinch and hide your treats, they’re too good to share!

Autograph Gin

R499, autographgin.com

Autograph’s inspiration and identity lies in the rich, colourful history of gin making. Autograph is the embodiment of this timeless tradition, encapsulating years of passion, inspiration and discovery. Each bottle of Autograph gin is painstakingly hand-crafted and flavoured with blended botanicals and fynbos. This premium dry gin is made locally at Bosman’s Crossing in Stellenbosch, where the unique blend of botanicals are grown on-site.

Set a Table

R380, shop.karendudley.co.za

Following the success of her previous cookbooks, A Week in The Kitchen and Another Week in The Kitchen, renowned restaurant owner Karen Dudley, invites us back into her world with her wonderful new book, Set a Table.

This book helps home cooks to gather their family and friends around the table for a truly memorable dinner. The easy-to-follow recipes are extremely versatile and will help any home cook become more confident in the kitchen. She definitely doesn’t beat around the amuse-bouche (sorry!) and jumps right into how to set a table. She even gives tips on how to be a good host and a good guest – so if you feel like being passive-aggressive (and what better time for passive-aggressiveness than Christmas?) you can gift this to that person who never RSVPs, is always late, or just doesn’t know their manners. All jokes aside, though, with a collection of gorgeous images and tantalising concoctions, it’s bound to please your foodie friends and family.

Crabtree & Evelyn Gingerbread Men

R400, crabtree-evelyn.co.za

Crabtree-Evelyn is known for their high-end treats, beautifully packaged in limited holiday-edition tins and boxes. These all-butter gingerbread men biscuits will take your tastebuds on a trip down memory lane! Do you eat them head first or feet first? Either way, anyone would love snacking on these delightful(ly adorable) treats.

Petalo Il Vino Dell’Amore Rosé Moscato

R495, bottegaspa.com

The name of this Moscato roughly translated into “The Wine of Love”. This sparkling rosé wine is the result of the valuable selection carried out at the beginning of the 20th century by professor Luigi Manzoni, principal of the Oenological School in Conegliano. The Bottega Il Vina Dell’Amore is sold in an eye-catching rose-gold metallic bottle, and should be noted for its lower alcohol levels. This bubbly is characterized by a distinctive fruity, off-dry taste and has a fresh, intense and delicate nose with hints of rose, raspberry and spice. Celebrate Christmas with your loved ones by popping open a bottle!

Stellenbosch Hills Seventeen Hundred and Seven 2016 Reserve

R100,25, stellenbosch-hills.co.za

The 1707 Reserve White is an elegant wine with an aromatic nose filled with stone fruit, honey and zesty citrus aromas. All the components of the blend come from one grower, in the Stellenbosch Kloof area, which were picked at optimum ripeness to ensure that the best qualities of the cultivars are represented in the final blend. This wine has won multiple awards, including Double Gold at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards, making it a fitting gift for the connoisseur in your life.

Copeland Rum

R459, copelandrum.com

We love this rum and have used it in a few different ways, like in our R&R cocktail and in our boozy ice pops. This bold and full-flavoured rum is made without any additives, which means that it must be good for you, right? Distilled in small batches from blackstrap molasses, Copeland Rum is fermented with tropical yeast strains to maximise fruity esters, and deep tropical flavours. It’s perfect in a cocktail or on its own over some ice!

Funky Ouma Braai Salt

R81, funky-ouma.co.za

Funky Ouma is the result of a very funky ouma of 10 grandchildren. She had been playing around with food and spices all her life but only decided at 67 to start her own brand together with her youngest daughter. The Funky Ouma Braai Salt tin includes Himalayan salt, sea salt from Walvis Bay and other aromatics and spices, which makes it perfect for almost any meat on the braai. Don’t know what to get your dad/ uncle/ brother/ cousin/ random relative you’ve never met before for Christmas? Almost anyone will be delighted to find Funky Ouma Braai Salt in their stocking!

Lindt Irresistably Smooth Milk Mint Chocolate

R49, lindt.co.za

Who doesn’t love Lindt chocolate truffles? Lindor has made their chocolate truffles synonymous with Christmas, by bombarding us with distractingly decadent ads of their master chocolatiers forming these magical little chocolate spheres. The mint milk chocolate truffles are only here for a limited time around Christmas, so everyone would love to get their hands on these!

Anything else to suggest for our foodie gift guide? Pop it in the comments below, we would love to hear from you.

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