Stuck for ideas on what to buy the foodie in your family for Christmas? Then read on...

With the big day only a few weeks away, we take a look at some food and drink gifts ideal for the connoisseur in your life.

From hampers to dining out vouchers and drinks with a difference, there’s something for all tastes this Christmas.

Loch Fyne Oysters award-winning salmon

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Present the gift of award-winning salmon at the festive table this Christmas.

The Kinglas Fillet from Loch Fyne Oysters (priced from £21.50 for 250g) scooped the top prize at Scotland’s Food and Drink Excellence Awards 2019 after a team of judges – including food critic Jay Rayner – named it ‘Product of the Year’.

The fillet is cut from the crown of a salmon fillet, cured with brown sugar and sea salt, then gently smoked over oak shavings from retired whisky casks resulting in a mild, delicate flavour.

The gift of good dining

Picture: Little Chartroom

Impress the foodie in your family with a gift voucher to a must-visit restaurant.

Edinburgh’s Little Chartroom, Wedgwood The Restaurant and 6 by Nico are a few names that are selling vouchers this festive season.

The Little Chartroom is a neighbourhood bistro located on Albert Place at the top of Edinburgh’s Leith Walk that has been making waves and winning awards since it opened last year.

Gift vouchers from £25 are available here.

Wedgwood the Restaurant is run by husband and wife team Paul and Lisa Wedgwood. The menu is peppered with global influences from Chef Paul’s epicurean explorations, married with local Scottish produce to give guests a true taste of contemporary Scotland.

Gift vouchers can be purchase from £20 here.

Vouchers at Six by Nico are available from £20 to £200, and can be used in any of the five restaurants across the UK and Ireland.

The concept is simple: a fixed six-course tasting menu which changes every six weeks, for a bargain £29 (£55 with wine pairing).

Splash out and treat someone to a day out at one of Scotland’s iconic hotels – The Old Course Hotel and Spa.

The AA Five Red Star Hotel is home to the UK’s only Kohler Waters Spa, with six dining outlets including the 3 AA Rosette Road Hole Restaurant.

To purchase a voucher contact the reservations team on 01334 474371.

7 deadly sins tea gift set

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Eteaket, the Scottish whole leaf tea company based in Edinburgh, has an ideal gift for tea lovers this Christmas.

The 7 deadly sins tea gift set includes new festive blends – ‘Chai a Little Kindness’ and ‘Let’s Mull it Over.’

The tea chest, priced at £23.95, is available to buy online or in the Eteaket tea rooms on Fredrick Street and Rose Street in Edinburgh.

Gleneagles hamper

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Fans of the luxurious Gleneagles Hotel will love a chance to dine out on the famous abode’s food thanks to a hamper stuffed full of Glen & Co products.

The range is produced in collaboration with local and independent businesses and includes jams and preserves, chocolate bars and biscuits.

The hampers are available in three sizes, from £95, and can be bought from the hotel or online now.

Dark Matter chocolate orange liqueur

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Give the gift of this classic Christmas flavour combo but with a difference. This Scottish rum liqueur combines the zesty and bitter notes of Seville oranges with dark chocolate making it an ideal present for cocktail enthusiasts or those looking to try something new.

Perfect for dessert cocktails, the liqueur is priced at £22 and available to buy online here.

Magnum whisky cream liqueur

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Scotland’s answer to Bailey’s has been making waves and winning awards since it launched.

Crafted and bottled in Edinburgh, the sweet creamy liqueur is made with single malt Scotch whisky and would make an ideal gift for Bailey’s fans looking to try something different.

Magnum is contained in a unique, stainless steel flask, which is designed to be reusable and recyclable. The innovative packaging also keeps the liqueur chilled at the optimum temperature, without the need for ice.

It is priced from £4.95 and available here.

Butchery classes, Balgove Larder

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An ideal gift for any budding butcher, Balgove Larder – the monthly Fife farmer’s night market – offers a range of masterclasses with one of the on-site butchers.

With private instruction on identifying and preparing different cuts of either beef, pork or lamb, attendees will leave any class with a fresh set of butchery skills, cuts that you have prepared and a new appreciation for quality meat.

Classes include beef, from £125, lamb from £95 and pork from £95 and more information can be found here.

Bread making classes, Ballintaggart

Opened in 2016, this farm and cook school is found in an idyllic spot overlooking the Tay Valley, about an hour and a half from Edinburgh.

Foodies and those looking to improve their cooking will enjoy one of the popular Saturday cooking masterclasses, which include a beginner’s bread course and an introduction to sourdough.

Led by head chef, Jess or chef and owner Chris, the classes include an informal but indulgent lunch, class notes and recipes.

Priced from £80 for a half day and £150 for a full day, more info and how to book can be found here.

Handmade Scottish chocolates

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Angela and David Cockerton, owners of Garleton Lodge, a luxury small hotel in East Lothian, recently launched their new handmade chocolate business – The Chocolate Stag.

David and Angela previously ran a very successful handmade chocolate business before they moved to the Middle East, and relaunching the business has always been part of the couple’s plan since their return to the UK.

Available in boxes of six or 12, with flavours such as milk chocolate caramel/almond crunch, dark chocolate spiced rum truffle and white chocolate truffle, the Chocolate Stag chocolates will made ideal stocking fillers.

Priced from £5 for a box of six, the chocolates are available to buy from here.

Twelve Triangles Christmas cake

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Foodies and those that like eating home-baking rather than cooking it will appreciate the sourdough Christmas cake from Edinburgh bakery Twelve Triangles.

Filled with figs, hazelnuts and sour cherries, the cakes have been fermented over 48 hours, which makes them moist and full of flavour.

The 1.8kg cakes are available naked, £28 or fully iced and marzipan decorated, £48 – and they can be collected from one of the four bakeries in the capital.

 

About The Author

Rosalind Erskine

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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