You may know that I have a day job, not just hunting down great food all the time, working at Boots. Last year was torture, as I sat next to the team that developed all the food gifts, so saw them all the way through from early sketches, and was itching to write about them. And there were some crackers, some that just disappeared before you’d even really thought about Christmas.
And this year?
Oh, it’s another great year in my book, even without me looking over their shoulders every two minutes. Here’s what I’d be looking out for:
Back to Baking picks up on our continuing love of all things baking. I like the Scone Cutters & Flour Shaker, as I have no idea why I don’t have a flour shaker. For those still wanting to make cupcakes, then the decorating kit is a great starter set.
I think this might be the third year of having gifts from Joules, and every year I love them. I love the picnic hamper and flask set (well, we can live in hope of good weather next year), and I really love their Brilliant Baking Set. I mean, I don’t already have a hare shaped cookie cutter. You’ll also find me stocking up on the Super Soaps which, whilst not foodie, are a great standby gift.
Rosie’s Pantry is back, with some of last year’s favourites and some new ones. I like the trio of tins which I don’t remember from last year. I don’t think you can have too many tins. Sadly, no picture for this one, but if you haven’t bought the measuring cups yet, here they are (though they may be gone by now!)
And if there’s one gift I’m tucking away, it would be the Nutella bread kit, because I’m sure there can’t be anyone who could turn down Nutella bread. Especially warm from the oven. I bet this is one kit that doesn’t get stuck away by the end of Christmas Day.
I guess the thing about these gifts are they are interesting, there’s something for everyone and they’re great value when you think about the 3 for 2 offer. Of course their very accessibility may put some off but I think these will make some people very happy when they rip off the paper on Christmas morning. Just before they put the Nutella bread on.