Looking for last minute Christmas ideas for the food lover in your life?
Well look no further!
This year I planned on making Christmas hampers for the first time to give as gifts to family and friends. I’ve also recently fallen in love with the whole stocking filler concept, which I never really grew up with, but have really enjoyed planning in recent years.
If you’re anything like me, there is always someone or other who I have difficulty coming up with a gift idea. So this year I thought I’d really brainstorm about the sorts of thing that hopefully everyone would like, and, given the season, I thought I’d share some of my inspiration and ideas with you!
As always, I’m looking to find the best gifts possible for the lowest price possible in order to stick to a budget. However, rest assured, I would never scrimp on quality when choosing gifts! So if you’re looking to save a dollar or two, this list may come in handy for you!
Even though I bought a lot of these things for the Christmas hampers, I think a lot of them would also be suitable for Christmas stocking stuffers too. If you were planning on making Christmas hampers as well and were looking for inspiration, then you may find this post handy too.
A bunch of these things are also from my cupboard and/or great gifts I’ve recently received for my birthday/early Christmas and do not plan to give away, but I thought they might be good inspiration for others!
Most of these items can be found at local health stores, good gourmet food stores and Costco. You can also check out Coles and Woolworths as they stock some of these items or similar.
Savoury crackers for hampers.
These are always a handy gift to put into hampers – great for entertaining, picnics or for nibbling on dips at home.
Ideas for the health-geeks!
- Organic quinoa
- Hand made spinach tagliatelle
- Savoury yeast flakes (used in some vegetarian recipes)
- Raw organic coconut chocolate butter
- Chargrilled eggplant pesto
- Carmens deluxe fruit muesli
- Organic spelt fettucine
- Large bag of almonds
For the sweet lovers.
- Ice Magic
- Marshmallow creme
- Turkish delight and Mint Thins from the Reject Shop (I know it sounds silly to shop for Xmas gifts at the Reject Shop, but there are actually plenty of great Christmas items in there for a great price!)
More goodies for the sugar lovers!
- Giant bar of Cadbury chocolate from Coles
- Beerenberg apricot jam from EBD, also available from Coles
- 1L bottle of maple syrup from Costco
- Cadbury Favourites from Coles
For those who love to bake and decorate!
- Wiltshire cookie cutters from the SydFoodBlogger’s Xmas picnic
- Wiltshire cake pop set from the SydFoodBlogger’s Xmas picnic
- Christmas cookie cutters from the Reject Shop
- Miniature fondant heart cutters from eBay (or in cake decorating stores)
- Number cookie/fondant cutters from eBay (or in cake decorating stores)
Here it is all in one handy-dandy list, with some extra ideas not pictured in the above photos. These are just some ideas that I thought of, but as you can see the possibilities really are endless!
Foodie hamper/stocking stuffer ideas
1. Savoury crackers
2. Organic quinoa
3. Handmade tagliatelle
4. Savoury yeast flakes
5. Raw organic coconut chocolate butter, or Nutella or a nut butter
6. Chargrilled eggplant Pesto
7. Deluxe fruit muesli
8. Organic spelt fettucine
9. Almonds or other good quality nuts
10. Giant bars of chocolate
11. Fruity jams or mustards
12. Marshmallow creme
13. Boxes of mini chocolates
14. Jar of organic virgin pressed coconut oil
15. Good quality bottles of olive oil
16. Pink Himalayan salt
17. Truffle paste
18. Fancy spices, e.g. saffron threads, dukkah
19. Candy in cute bags
20. Tea and/or cute tea cups
21. Jarred antipasto
22. Chocolate covered sultanas and nuts
23. Balsamic glaze
24. Jarred caramelized onions
25. Peanut brittle, turkish delight
27. Chocolate covered pretzels
28. Maple syrup, agave nectar or honey
29. Wine or non-alcoholic sparkling wine for those who don’t drink
30. Ice Magic
Ideas for those who love to bake and cake decorate
Most of these items can be purchased from Coles, Woolworths, cake decorating stores and/or eBay.
31. Cake pop box set
32. Miniature fondant cutters
33. Cupcake tins
34. Mini or regular size cake tins (round, square, heart shaped, loaf tin)
35. Cookie sheet
36. Jelly moulds
37. Pizza stone
38. Giant bag of good quality chocolate chips
39. Good quality baking chocolate
40. Fondant – coloured, plain, flavoured
41. Caramel chips
42. Cute cooking utensils (wooden spoons, whisks, even more gadgety things like a garlic press, cheese graters, pizza cutters etc.)
43. Reusable and disposable piping bags
44. Frosting piping tips
45. Cake turn table
46. Baking extracts (vanilla paste or extract, citrus oils, etc.)
47. Food colours
48. Sugar flowers
49. Organic vanilla beans
50. Cute cupcake liners
51. Mini palette knives for spreading icing on cupcakes
52. Cute cake sprinkles, sugar pearls, cachous
53. Cute cookie/fondant cutters (numbers, alphabet are great for those who love to write messages on cakes, but other adorable cutters are not difficult to find in homeware shops). Christmas cookie cutters are also great.
54. Royal icing mix
55. Cookbooks (Nigella, Jamie Oliver, Adriano Zumbo, $120 Food Challenge)
56. Macaron box mix (try Donna Hay or Adriano Zumbo brands)
57. Stripey paper straws
58. Cookie jar
And now some stocking stuffer ideas for those who aren’t as food-crazy as I am!
For the ladies…
59. Nail polishes, plain and/or crackle
60. Nail stickers
61. Nail files
62. Toe separators
63. Scented body wash
64. Body (face/hand/foot/body) creams
65. Body (face/hand/food/body) scrubs
66. Bath Bombs
67. Cocoa body butter
68. Hand sanitizer
69. Small $20 gift cards (e.g. Event/Hoyts cinemas, JB-Hifi, Myer, DJ’s, iTunes and also fave clothing stores and online vouchers too!)
70. Books, fiction or non-fiction
71. Cute hair accessories: clips, brushes, headbands, hair flowers
72. Jewellery: bracelets, rings, necklaces, earrings
73. Clothing accessories: scarves, belts, small purses
74. Lip balms in different flavours: strawberry, coconut, berry
75. Romance novels? For those who are so inclined – great for the beach!
76. Cute sundress
77. Nice stationary – notebooks, pens and more (I suggest Kikki K and Typo)
78. A watch
79. A cute alarm clock
80. A pretty wall decal
81. Jewellery box
82. Makeup case
83. It’s cheesy, but socks. Men I know ALWAYS need socks.
84. Small gift cards (Event/Hoyts Cinemas, JB-Hifi, Myer/DJ’s, iTunes)
85. If they’re into sports, try looking into that arena – small weights, tennis or golf balls, basketballs, soccer balls, sports shoes and other gear is a treasure trove of ideas. If you don’t have any specific ideas, Rebel Sport vouchers are usually appreciated!
86. Men’s body wash/facial creams
87. Handkerchief packs
88. Hair gel
89. Nice deodorant / aftershave
91. Nice leather wallet
I know, I know, the men’s list is a little short. But I always struggling coming up with gifts for guys so I would love any ideas to add that you may have!!
For the Ladies and Men
92. Money box for spare change
95. Beach towel
98. Phone case
100. Portable phone charger
101. Books, fiction or non fiction
102. Men/women’s magazines or a half yearly subscription
103. Boxes of favourite chocolates (scorched almonds, turkish delight, Roses, etc.)
104. USB memory stick
105. Travel mug, or a regular regular mug
106. 2013 wall calendar
107. Sleeping mask
108. Candles, scented or plain
109. Erika from the Pancake Princess and Protein Prince suggests “an framed instagram collage of sorts for xmas (a la http://www.beckyhiggins.com/blog/2012/06/inspiration-a-la-jen/)…but for a foodie who also loves photography, a framed photo of something delicious could be cute! Photos are cheap to print at Costco (love that place) and frames can be pretty cheap as well.” Thank you, Erika! A great idea!!
And just to finish this post off, here is a list of awesome Christmas recipes I plan to include in this year’s hampers (but probably not all of them)!
Home-made hamper ideas/recipes
- Flourless Christmas Brownies from Cooking Crusade
- Exploding Truffles
- Exploding Chocolate Bark from Chow.com
- Chocolate Dipped Salted Caramels
- Christmas Cake Truffles
- Salted Caramel and Chocolate Truffles
- Gingerbread Men
- Chocolate and cherry cookies
- Christmas Bark
- Lemon Curd
- Decorated Sugar Cookies
- Nigella’s Christmas Pudding
- Almond Biscotti
Fantastic Blogger Christmas Recipes
- White Christmas by Exclusively Food
- Rocky Road from Exclusively Food
- Homemade Marshmallows from Smitten Kitchen
- Dulce du Leche by Julia’s Album
- Chocolate Crunch Cake by Not Quite Nigella
- Chocolate Malteser Slice by Not Quite Nigella
- Christmas Cookie Wreath by Not Quite Nigella
- Christmas Gingerbread by Not Quite Nigella
- Salted Caramel Spread by Design Sponge
- Homemade Nutella by David Lebovitz
- Chocolate Sauce by David Lebovitz
- Salted Butter Caramels by David Lebovitz
- Chocolate Covered Caramelized Matzoh Crunch by David Lebovitz
- Chocolate-Almond Buttercrunch Toffee Recipe by David Lebovitz
Useful shops to check out
- Local health shops
- Local gourmet food shops
- $2 shops
- The Reject Shop
- Cotton On
- The Body Shop
- David Jones
- As a last resort, Coles and Woolworths
So how is your Christmas planning going? If you have any more tips or ideas to share about hampers and stocking stuffers, I would love to add them to this post!