10 foodie gifts over £40
1. Sloe but sure
For a green-fingered friend, the crate contains three sloe bushes and a jar of sloe chutney, plus a bottle of sloe gin (optional). The Gluttonous Gardener Take It Sloe gift crate, £44 (£25 extra for 35cl sloe gin), notonthehighstreet.com
2. Table topper
This candleholder holds nine tealights to cast a rich glow of light in the middle of a table or sideboard. Klein copper candelabra, £45, habitat.co.uk
3. Vintage kit
This chunky 1940s- style set of scales has a clock face on one side and displays the weight on the other. Clever, and it comes in a range of colours. Wesco retro scale with clock, £69.95, johnlewis.com
4. Deco desserts
Perfect for layered puddings or a show-off fruit bowl. Edge Comport in rose gold, £65, lsa-international.com
5. Japanese style
Sturdy yet elegant, this teapot makes a fine brew, pours beautifully and looks the part. Tetsubin cast iron teapot, £75, whittard.co.uk
6. Naturally wonderful
A picture can’t do justice to this huge honeycomb in a smart wooden box. Too good to eat (almost). Cartwright and Butler acacia honeycomb, £50 for 2.23kg, delicious. online shop
7. Up for adoption
Adopt an olive tree with Pomora and you’ll receive quarterly deliveries of three 250ml tins of premium extra-virgin olive oil from your tree, while knowing you’re also supporting hard-working olive growers. £58, for two quarters.
8. The hamper that dreams are made of
A monster hamper of the finest hand-picked Italian products, including white truffle honey, tuna bottarga Ligurian olive oil and a magnum of fizz, will set you back £600 or, for the less extravagant buyer, you could pick your own products from the Vallebona website to make your own hamper.
9. Splash about
A handmade and beautifully-crafted apron that will last a lifetime – we hear some of the country’s top chefs are already putting in their orders. £69, Enrich & Endure.
10. Pot luck
This 1.4l tagine would look just as good on the dining table as it would displayed on your kitchen shelf. £63, Sophie Conran.