I do love Not on the High Street, I don’t know what I’d do without them. I’m still amazed that it’s 10 years since they started, as I’ve been writing about them all that time. What keeps it fresh is that new people sign up with them all the time, showing what creativity is alive and well around the UK.
There’s a raft of new people just joined the NOTHS family, these are the things I love for great gifts for food and drink lovers:
Gin probably gets mentioned as often as NOTHS on this blog, so here’s a perfect decanter for a fellow gin lover like me. Though there are options for rum and port lovers too. Although I guess you could love all three. I think decanters are due a return, so why not start with these?
So, continuing on the decanter theme, maybe a more personal touch is appropriate? In which case this monogrammed glass decanter might be just the thing. Though I guess you could monogram it GIN if you wanted.
I’ve not tried much raw chocolate (I’ve only just recovered from my experience of the Mast Brothers goats milk chocolate). But if you know someone who already loves it, or is always up for a chocolate adventure, then this gift box of 6 bars from Raw Halo might be just the thing. There’s a milk one, a minty one even a rice crispies one. Sounds good to me.
I love beautiful dishes, things that are a bit unusual but that don’t necessarily detract from the food. Enhance not disguise is definitely a good aim when choosing dishes. And I really love these beautiful bowls from Karoart, not just because I’m a keen Twitter user. You can buy these singly or as a set, larger ones are perfect for soup or small salads, the little ones perfect for nibbles. There’s a variety of colours, and each one is slightly different as these are handmade.
Also from Karoart, I love this rainy day porcelain coffee mug. I can imagine sitting at the kitchen table looking out at the rainy garden, with my hands cupped around this with some good coffee warming me up. Gorgeous for a coffee drinker, though I imagine it would be just as happy with tea in it.
If they’re a food lover, then they possibly have salt in different forms. This is perfect for adding at the table kind of salt, as it’s far too pretty to keep by the stove top. From Emily Doran Pottery, these come as a set of three, with three beautiful colourways. Of course you don’t have to keep them just for salt, when they’re this pretty you’ll want to have them out a lot.
Do persuade the food lover not to try eating this one, but I just liked the body scrubs from Buddy Scrub. There are green tea and raw cacao variants, depending on their taste preference, and imagine the bathroom is going to smell good when these are in use. Something a bit fun, but a natural product, natural flavours and scents so not a naff choice at all.
In spite of the name of this blog, I’m always in favour of giving experiences, not things. They’re still gifts in my book, and are the gifts that keep on giving, as you give a skill, and memories. Jenius Social are new to Not On the High Street, and have a wide range of cookery classes based in London. From artisan sausage making to Mexican street food and even a class entitled Pimp my Profiterole. Sign me up for that one!
I like kits as gifts as well, as you’re still helping someone to learn something new, or enhance an existing skill. I love this Kimchi Making Kit from Sandy Leaf Farm, giving you a skill and something on trend. Sandy Leaf also offer an aromatic bitters kit, so great for cocktail lovers, definitely gives them some bragging rights as they mix up their latest concoction.
I absolutely love this cup and saucer, being a definite dog person, even though I’ve never owned a french bulldog. If it’s not a rainy day, then I’ll be drinking my tea and coffee out of this. From Fairy Made Paperart, even though this isn’t paper.
Finally, who wouldn’t want to receive a box of delicious brownies through the post? That’s got to beat the those days when all you get is the gas bill and a flyer for double glazing. From Bad Brownie, this selection gives you a whole box of gorgeousness, from fudgy to caramel, so something for everyone if they like chocolate.
Always a site I keep checking back in on, always something new, something you hadn’t worked out you were looking for, or sometimes that it is just the thing you’ve been looking for. It continues to amaze me how many fabulous creative people there are out there, with brilliant ideas, definitely worth supporting in my view.