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  1. Holiday Gift Guide
December 1, 2023

Food

We've compiled a selection of luxury gifts that will impress even the most seasoned foodies.

By Irenie Forshaw

We know just how tricky it can be to find a gift for the culinary wizard in your life. What cookbooks or kitchen appliances don’t they have already? That’s why Elite Traveler has compiled a selection of luxury food gifts that will impress even the most seasoned foodies, whether they prefer restaurant hopping or cooking up a storm at home. From beautiful dinnerware sets to wonderfully extravagant hampers, the products in the gift guide featured below provide the ultimate Christmas present inspiration for food lovers.

[Visit the Elite Traveler Holiday Gift Guide here]

The very best luxury gifts for foodies

Cattin Porcellane, Isabella Costa Azzurra Bowl

Cattin Porcellane
The delicate sea shell-shaped dish is crafted from porcelain and decorated with 24-carat gold / ©Cattin Porcellane

Looking to make a statement this festive season? This one-of-a-kind bowl will make a striking centerpiece for their table. More akin to an objet d’art than a piece of crockery, the delicate sea shell-shaped dish is crafted from porcelain and decorated with 24-carat gold for a touch of luxury. Each piece is painstakingly made by hand in Italy by Cattin Porcellane’s artisans and is entirely unique.

$295, artemest.com

Asprey, Chicken Leg Salt and Pepper Shakers

Asprey Chicken Leg Salt and Pepper Shakers
The salt shaker is gilded with 24-carat gold / ©Asprey

This playful set of salt and pepper shakers will make a welcome addition to any kitchen. One of the brand’s most iconic and long-running designs, the egg-shaped bodies of each shaker are crafted from pure silver, while the legs are cast from sterling silver. In a decadent touch, the salt shaker is gilded with 24-carat gold to prevent tarnishing. Want to make your luxury food gift extra special? Consider having the set engraved with your loved one’s initials.

$2,071, asprey.com

Bodman Blades, Turkish Walnut Oyster Knife

Bodman Blades oyster knife
The sturdy shucker is finished with a beautiful Turkish Walnut handle / ©Bodman Blades

We love this handcrafted oyster knife from Bodman Blades. Made in Wiltshire by farmer and chef Ben Bodman (formerly of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant L’Enclume in the Lake District), the sturdy shucker is finished with a beautiful Turkish Walnut handle. If the foodie in your life is partial to an oyster or two, it will make a unique – and memorable – gift.

$414, abask.com

Fortnum & Mason, The Imperial Hamper

Fortnum & Mason hamper
The extravagant hamper also includes an array of luxury homeware / ©Fortnum & Mason

For the foodie who prefers eating to toiling away in the kitchen, this jaw-dropping Imperial Hamper from Fortnum & Mason will do the trick. In fact, it comprises five hampers stuffed with everything from champagne and Scottish smoked salmon to a whole Christmas ham. The extravagant hamper also includes an array of luxury accessories and homeware pieces including a tea set, a picnic rug, and a set of shimmering gold crackers.

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$7,309, fortunumandmason.com

Paramount Caviar, The Presidential Caviar Gift Set

Paramount Caviar Gift Set
The set includes an array of domestic and imported caviar / ©Paramount Caviar

Synonymous with luxury, few foods are as indulgent as caviar. If you really want to impress, opt for this aptly named Presidential Gift Set which features an array of domestic and imported caviars including Imperial Osetra and California White Sturgeon. Perhaps most exciting of all is the gorgeous mother-of-pearl caviar spoons and silver caviar tin opener. The set is housed within a sleek leather box and comes with an assortment of fluffy, bitesize blinis to serve.

$295, paramountcaviar.com

Manuka South, Limited Reserve Manuka Honey

Manuka South honey
The precious honey is presented in a wooden case adorned with 18-carat gold plated details / ©Manuka South

Famous for its antibacterial properties and strong, earthy aroma, Manuka honey has been used as a holistic medicine by Māori people for hundreds of years. This Limited Reserve pot is made by local honey bees in New Zealand’s remote Northland region (only accessible by helicopter). The chance to cultivate this precious honey comes around just once in a generation when growing conditions are perfect making it a truly special gift. Presented in a wooden case adorned with 18-karat gold plated details, it comes with a bespoke honey dipper and a signed certificate of authenticity.

$1,032, manukasouth.com

Giuseppe Giusti, 50-year-old Balsamic Vinegar

Giuseppe Giusti balsamic vinegar
The balsamic vinegar is aged in wooden barrels for a bold, complex flavor / ©Giuseppe Giusti

Perfect for adding a hit of flavor to salad dressings and sauces, any discerning foodie will have balsamic vinegar in their kitchen cupboard. It’s highly unlikely, however, that they’ll have anything nearly as special as this 50-year-old bottle from Italy’s oldest producer of balsamic vinegar, Giuseppe Giusti. Aged in wooden barrels for a bold, complex flavor, it’s delicious enough to be enjoyed solo or drizzled over just about anything.

$606, selfridges.com

Harrods, Gingerbread House Ornament

Harrods gingerbread house
The edible house is brimming with sweet treats from gumdrops to miniature candy canes / ©Harrods

Thought gingerbread houses were just for kids? This intricate creation from London department store Harrods will delight the entire family. While the edible house makes a gorgeous Christmas ornament, it’s also brimming with delicious sweet treats from gumdrops to miniature candy canes. When it comes to luxury food gifts, you’ll be hard-pressed to find better than this.

$600, harrods.com

Assouline, Sushi Shokunin: Japan’s Culinary Masters

Assounline sushi book
Andrea Fazzari profiles twenty of Japan’s most revered sushi masters / ©Assouline

Has the foodie in your life always wanted to visit Japan? Perhaps they’re obsessed with sushi? This stunning coffee table book from Assouline will make the perfect gift. Award-winning photographer and author Andrea Fazzari profiles twenty of Japan’s most revered sushi masters in this fascinating publication. Filled with colorful photographs and finished with a pretty silk hardcover, it’s a must-have for food lovers.

$110, assouline.com

L’Objet, Aegean Dinnerware Set

L’Objet dinner set
L’Objet’s Aegean Dinnerware Set /©L’Objet

If the foodie in your life is always throwing dinner parties, you can’t go wrong with this stunning tableware set (pictured above) from L’Objet. Inspired by the Greco-Roman treasures of the ancient world, the collection effortlessly blends classic details with an elegant contemporary design. Each piece is handcrafted in Portugal from the finest white porcelain and finished with striking gold scalloped edges. It’s guaranteed to add a little flair to their next gathering.

$1,745, l-objet.com

Stone, Knife Roll

Stone Knife Roll
The Knife Roll is crafted from the highest quality hard waved duck cotton canvas and leather / ©Stone

The next gift on our list is an excellent choice for the serious foodie in your life, who spends more time in the kitchen than fancy restaurants. Stone’s 11-piece knife roll is perfect for storing and transporting all of their favorite knives. Developed and tested by chefs, it’s crafted from the highest quality hard waxed duck cotton canvas and leather, and features extra pockets for carrying a notebook.

$120, stonejournal.co

Lorenzi Milano, Bamboo Parmesan Cheese Set

Lorenzi Milano parmesan platter
Milanese artisans handcraft each piece from iroko wood finished with linseed oil / ©Lorenzi Milano

If you want to gift the culinary wizard in your life something as beautiful as it is practical, you can’t go wrong with this parmesan platter from Lorenzi Milano. Milanese artisans handcraft each piece from iroko wood finished with linseed oil to protect and enhance the grains. The set comes with a mini grater, knife, fork and elegant glass cloche for keeping their cheese fresh at the table.

$1005, abask.com

[See also: The Chefs with the Most Michelin Starred Restaurants]

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