Food-related gifts are probably the easiest gifts to choose, because who doesn’t like food? There is always something interesting you can buy for your foodie friends. The tricky bit is to keep coming up with original ideas that will amaze and surprise them. Today, I want to share with you my top tips and gift ideas for your foodie friends.
1. Organise a picnic in a park
This is a great way to spend some time together outdoors and enjoy your friend’s company in a relaxed way. To make your picnic extra special, bring a wide selection of sandwiches, small cakes, easy to eat fruit, cheeses, sauces dips and other finger food. You can use traditional wicker baskets to carry the food, lay out warm blankets and cushions to sit on and welcome your friends with a glass of something bubbly!
2. Make a homemade food gift
Homemade gifts are always a great hit with my friends, and they are also fun to make. If you are a good cook or baker, make something delicious and package it as a gift. If you are not sure what to make, think about what your friend likes to eat – freshly baked bread or blueberry muffins are always popular, and you can arrange them in a pretty basket with some jams and fresh butter. A perfect way to start any day!
If you are not too confident with your kitchen skills, you can still make something like breakfast granola, brownie cake mix or homemade gingerbread spice mix. All of these are simple to make, and they look lovely in old fashioned jam jars with pretty labels.
3. Celebrate a special occasion with a delicious cake
If, for whatever reason, you can’t visit your friend in person, then why not send a foodie gift? While you can buy or make something and then send it in the post, it’s actually much easier to find a gift company closer to your friend’s location, which can arrange Shanghai Cake Delivery and order directly from them. Just imagine your friends surprise when there is an unexpected doorbell ring, and the delivery person is handing them a large box!
They will be even more surprised when they realise that you’ve sent them a freshly baked and beautifully decorated cake!
If you can, contact your friend’s partner or family and ask them when they are likely to be at home so that you can arrange your China Cake Delivery accordingly.
To make your cake delivery surprise that bit extra special, choose a cake flavour your friend likes best and arrange for a personalised message and decorations to be added to the cake.
4. Prepare a cooking get-together
I know we are talking about food gifts here, but it’s your time and company that your friends will appreciate the most. So, set a few hours aside and arrange a friends ‘cook along’. All you need to do is to choose a simple recipe, buy all the ingredients and make sure that you have all the necessary baking or cooking equipment with you.
5. Visit a food-related place
I’m sure your friends will love this one! Find out what type of food or drink they like best and then research a place, town or an attraction which links to that food. For example, you could arrange a visit to a local brewery, famous bakery or a farm to pick your own fruit.
6. Design an alternative foodie calendar
I got this idea from a traditional chocolate advent calendar, where the children open a window every day to reveal a new shape of chocolate or treat.
You can adapt this idea whichever way you like. For example, the ‘calendar’ could be 24 little sachets on a string, each containing a foodie treat, message or a gift surprise for your friend. Be as creative as you like here – I once made this kind of foodie calendar with my friend’s favourite spices, recipes and clues about the main gift at the end of the month.
7. Buy a kitchen gadget
This might look like an easy opt-out, but if you do your research well and get exactly what your friends needs or wants, your gift will be well received! What you definitely don’t want to do is to get the latest kitchen gadget just because everyone else has it!
The same goes for anything that takes up a lot of space. While buying a bread making machine might sound like a good idea, your friend might not be too pleased if they have a limited kitchen space.
In that case, it might be better to get something smaller, like a professional set of knives or something they will use regularly, like a fancy potato peeler, or de lux bottle opener. Either way, ask around first before buying something to make sure that it’s not going just to be passed on to another person.
So, there you are! I hope this has given you some gift ideas for your foodie friends and I hope they enjoy whatever you get them!