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We’ve already covered the best Christmas Hampers and food and drink Advent calendars, but if you’re looking for other Christmas presents for foodies then you've come to the right place. From wine buffs to bakers and amateur chefs to caffeine nuts - we've got a suggestion for all.

 

For the closet chef

masterclass

If you know someone who's always yelling "I could do that" at the screen during MasterChef, book them a masterclass in the Michelin star restaurant of Pied à Terre on Charlotte St. Over a morning, Head Chef Asimakis Chaniotis will demonstrate how three of the restaurant's dishes are prepared. There'll also be a bread making session and guests get to take home their newly created produce along with a delicious selection of pantry delights and an embossed Pied à Terre apron.

Price: £195 per person.

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For chocolate lovers

For chocolate lovers

We love Paul A Young chocolates at the best of times - but he really goes all-in for Christmas. And we think the Christmas selection of chocolates is the ideal present for the chocolate lover. New flavours are Nesselrode (Sweet Chestnut, Lemon, Mixed Peel and Vanilla), Stem Ginger Truffle, Mendient, Stollen, Christmas Caramel and California Prune and Nut. But you might just want to but them a box of the Goose Fat Caramel. Because who wouldn't want that?

Price: 4 piece box £7.00, 9 piece £15.50, 16 piece £26.00, 25 piece £40.00 & 36 piece £56.00

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For the cheese lover

paxton

For anyone who loves cheese and has wondered how on earth you actually make it, royal cheesemongers Paxton & Whitfield have come to the rescue with their first Cheese Making Kit. It contains everything that you need to make fresh Mozzarella, Ricotta, Burrata, soft goats cheese and soft cows cheese in your own home - all you need is the milk.

Price: £25

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For anyone looking for a good read

aagrill

Billed as "the definitive collection of a voice that was silenced too early" - this is the book Hot Dinners would most like to find in its Christmas stocking this year. The book features his writing on a range of subjects, including - of course - food.

Price: £16

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For the caffeine nut

coffee

Who wants to buy any old coffee on their way to work, when they can make their own fresh pressed coffee using the finest blends and then take the actual Single Origin Guatemalan coffee with them in the morning? This Espro Travel Press from the Borough Kitchen shop has a vacuum-insulated brushed stainless steel so your coffee stays hot for hours. And the patented double micro-filter gives you deep, rich coffee without any grit in your cup.

Price: £34.75

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For anyone who loves breakfasting at The Wolseley

wolseley

For those everyday mornings when your daily routine just doesn't allow you to start the day in style with a cup of tea at The Wolseley, there is this teapot. All the Art Deco pots they use are vintage, so no two are the same. And each have The Wolseley monogram engraved on their base.

Price: £235

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For the Japanese food freak

japancentre

Actually this would work for pretty much everyone we know - it's a collection of sweet and savoury snacks most strongly associated with present-day Japan, so there's confectionery, bubbly ramune, tasty instant ramen, and more - all sourced from the new Japan Centre.

Price: £13.29

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For the serious wine snob

wine

If you've got a few grand knocking about and are looking to really impress a massive oenophile, then a half case of the Ao-Yun from Shangri-La should do the job. This fine Chinese wine is described by Berry Bros as being "outrageously easy and very enjoyable to drink – and drink now, although it can be cellared until 2020-2022."

Price: £1398

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For anyone who loves The Great British Bake Off

biscuitroller

What you mean you don't already have a speculaas biscuit roller? What kind of baking fan ARE you? This lovely pear wood roller features 12 different designs to mould any kind of springerle or speculaas biscuit you might be thinking of knocking up over the holidays. The kind of gift Paul or Prue would love.

Price: £27.50

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For the foodie who has everything

knive

If you're buying for someone who already has what seems like half of Divertimenti in their home, then you'll have to be a bit more savvy about what you go for. They might be perturbed to find something as slight as an envelope under the tree come Christmas morning. But when that envelope includes an invitation for them to customise their own knife at Savernake Knives, then they'll know just how much you really care about them.

Price: From £220

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For the whisky lover

scarfesbar

Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood London has had a limited edition 15 Year Old Speyside whisky bottled exclusively for them - infused with burnt parsnips for a vegetal undertone, offset by honey and mace syrup. Best of all, for the true whisky snob - there are only a limited amount available.

Price: £130

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For the food bank user

trussell

The Trussell Trust’s 400-strong network of foodbanks provides a minimum of three days’ emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. They're appealing for people to donate money or food to them, particularly over Christmas, when they can also include some treats to make the life of someone struggling this Christmas a little easier.

Price: Whatever you can afford

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