We're listing the very best food and wine gifts for Christmas 2021—because surely the way to someone's heart is through the stomach

For those who love to eat, there are endless possibilities when it comes to gifting—a heaving hamper full of their favourite food brands, say, or a reservation at a hard to secure restaurant. With plenty of fantastic local purveyors as well as seasoned importers bringing in all manner of delicious edible treats for the holidays, this is your chance to show your food-loving friend how much you appreciate them (and their indispensable dining out tips).

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1. Glenmorangie A Tale of Winter

Inspired by the feeling of being snowed in at home, Glenmorangie's director of whisky creation, Dr. Bill Lumsden, dreamt up A Tale of Winter, a special seasonal bottling of 13-year-old single malt from the Highland distillery that's been mellowed in bourbon casks and finished in Marsala wine casks from Sicily. The result is a dram that's bursting with notes of fruit, honey and Brazil-nut toffee, as well as cinnamon, ginger and clove. The special knit-inspired label and packaging are sure to get you, or the whisky-loving gift receiver, into the Christmas spirit, too.

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2. Breakfast iPhone Case by Casetify

Show your "camera eats first" friend you've got great taste with these food-themed phone cases by illustrator Tess Smith Roberts—they're bound to bring a smile to their face.

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3. Testa Buzzonaglia Pasta Kit

Eating a great bowl of pasta is like getting a massive warm hug, and so why not gift those important in your life with a premium pasta kit from Testa? This Sicilian-based brand is focused on sustainably fished seafood, and the parcel includes their signature buzzonaglia bluefin tuna (buzzonaglia being the 'dark meat' from around the bone of the tuna, prized among southern Italians for its flavour) in sauce as well as olive oil, spaghettoni, extra virgin olive oil, and crushed red chilli peppers.

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4. Fortnum & Mason Gold Plated Tea Caddy

This ridiculously fancy gold plated tea caddy might just be the gift for the serious tea fanatic in your life. Made exclusively in the UK for Fortnum & Mason, this timeless gift holds between 30g to 80g of tea depending on leaf size.

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5. Tasca d'Almerita Five Estates Extra Virgin Olive Oil Kit

Italian olive oils are incredibly diverse in their flavour, and there's no better way to experience the impact terroir has than tasting them side by side, as you can with this unique extra virgin olive oil set from Tasca d'Almerita—one of the leading wine producers in Sicily with vineyards that span across the width of the southern Italian island. Made from olives sourced from the centennial trees that make up these flourishing estates, each bottle is a taste of a unique land. Among our favourites are the bright and grassy olive oil from the grand Regaleali estate in the heart of Sicily, which is extremely aromatic and evocative of artichokes, green tomatoes and rosemary.

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6. Wine Moments Vegan Wine Box

The perfect gift for your vegan wine loving friend, the Wine Moments selection includes three full bottles of wine (sparkling, white and red) as well as six small bottles of WIlde Susi Rosé spritzers. Free from the gelatine, egg whites and fish proteins that are normally used in the clarification process of winemaking, these officially certified vegan wines will be appreciated by those who prefer their booze animal-free. All bottles apart from the spritzer are sourced from Pfalz wineries in Germany and include a yellow muscat, a sparkling wine and dry red wine.

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7. Black Wood Butcher's Block

For those who love an aesthetic as well as a sturdy base for all the chopping and slicing that needs to be done for mise en place. Black Wood is a custom furniture maker based in Hong Kong, and these butchers' blocks can be made bespoke for a special chef in your life—each one of these unique, handmade butcher’s blocks are handcrafted and made from ash, walnut and beech woods.

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8. Carhartt WIP x Yardbird HK Chef Apron

We're guessing most of us have done more home cooking in the past 18 months than ever before, so may as well look the part with this cheeky double-sided 100 per cent cotton apron—a collaboration between Yardbird and American work apparel brand Carhartt. 

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9. Wine Tote Bag

Sometimes the best gifts are the most simple and functional, like this Wine Not? canvas tote made specially for carrying two bottles of wine at a time. Made by local designers Project I, the bag is designed thoughtfully with a canvas separator to avoid that irritating clinking of bottle on bottle, and can be carried both over the shoulder or by hand.

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10. Teakha Shy Chai t-shirt

If you haven't heard by now, beloved tea shop Teakha will be closing by the end of 2021— so take this opportunity to support the independent business as well as gift something wonderful to friends and family in the form of premium teas, or even this adorable Shy Chai t-shirt that was made especially for their 10th year anniversary.

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11. Alfred's Deluxe Hamper

Leading Nation, the group behind restaurants such as Yakinikumafia, Morty's, Elephant Grounds and more, have put together a heaving hamper with food and drink from across their portfolio. Highlights include a bottled Negroni from award-winning bar The Diplomat, a cured meat selection from La Rambla, Ozaki beef jerky from Wagyumafia, and coffee beans from Elephant Grounds. Elsewhere on the Alfred's catalogue, you could also opt for a coffee subscription, more bottled cocktails, or even gift someone a Yakinikumafia at Home experience complete with an Iwatani mini grill.

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12. Marks & Spencer's Christmas Hamper

As the old adage goes, it's not just a hamper... it's an M&S hamper. For Christmas, the iconic British retailer has several festive hampers for sale including the Christmas Indulgence, packed full of food and drink items from prosecco to chocolate biscuits and the obligatory Christmas pudding. A perfect one to gift to the homesick Brit in your life to give them a much needed taste of home. 

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13. To'ak Palo Santo Aged Dark Chocolate

For the spiritual chocolate lover in your life, this very special treat from Ecuador will be an absolute delight. Made using the Heirloom Nacional varietal of cocoa bean, To'ak's 2015 vintage dark chocolate has been aged for three years in palo santo wood (which was also sourced from the same region as the beans) to deepen the floral aroma and resinous wood notes that were already inherent in the chocolate. It's then presented in a beautifully handcrafted wooden box for good measure. To'ak recommends pairing the chocolate with añejo tequila from the likes of Don Julio, or a 23-year rum from Zacapa to fully tease out its aromas.

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14. Peerie Tea Rebalancing Tea Set

Cosy up this winter and reset your mind and body with a selection of five organic teas from local brand Peerie Tea. Each box set includes a tube each of green Rooibos, Wildmountain Honeybush, chamomile and ginger, peppermint and green tea, and green Assam, promising a boost in antioxidants, sleep quality, digestion and more.

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15. Alessi Stainless Steel Cocktail Gift Set

The budding bartender in your life will thank you for this stunning set from Italian kitchenware label Alessi. Featuring a strainer, jigger, barspoon and Boston two-piece shaker all designed by pioneering Italian architect Ettore Sottsass, the stainless steel pieces make as much a statement in practised hands as they do as ornaments on the bar.

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16. André Fu Living Teapot

We all have that one friend who gasps in exasperation at tea served in a teabag. For their artisanal loose-leaf teas, only a vessel as gilded as homegrown designer André Fu's teapot is worthy. Featuring a minimalist design that is inspired by the Art Deco movement and Kyoto's Zen gardens, this is one centrepiece item that they'll give pride of place in their tea cabinet.

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