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The Alternative Gifts For The Food And Drinks Connoisseur In Your Life

As the saying goes: “The way to the heart is through the stomach”. The festive period promises a wealth of delicious food for us all, but for the food-lover in your life, it’s the perfect time to give something gourmet. From mouth-watering hampers to a charitable cooking class, we’ve rounded up the best presents to give to the food and drink connoisseur.

Melrose And Morgan Christmas Hamper

North London grocer and kitchen Melrose and Morgan have reintroduced their coveted festive staples, including their award-winning mince pies and, new for Christmas 2021, a delicious mulled-wine syrup. The festive range comprises the very best artisanal produce and home-baked festive treats, perfected by founders Nick Selby and Ian James since opening their two North London shops in 2004. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a foodie household, this is it.

Migrateful Cooking Class

Migrateful is an initiative whose mission it is to empower and celebrate migrant chefs on their journey to employment and independence. Running cookery classes by talented cooks who are struggling to integrate and access employment due to legal and linguistic barriers, the programme spans a diverse range of cuisines, including Iranian, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan and Syrian. Book in a class for the budding chef in your life, or give them a gift card and let them pick a class to learn the dishes they’ve always wanted to master.

Beer52 Craft Beer Subscription

Discovered after founder James Brown stopped off at several Belgian brewers whilst on a motorcycle road trip in the summer of 2013, Beer52 is born from a love of craft beer. A gift subscription entitles the lucky receiver to a handpicked selection of eight beers, an issue of Ferment Magazine and a selected snack every month. Perhaps most impressive is the brand’s promise: you’ll never drink the same bottle twice.

Eatweeds Foraging Course

Robin Harwood’s Eatweeds foraging courses teach attendees how to safely identify wild edible plants, how to cook and prepare them and how to forage sustainably; all whilst offering a wealth of plant stories about their uses as food and medicine, as well as folklore and history.  A foraging course voucher is the perfect offering  for the nature enthusiast, encouraging a lifestyle in which they can eat and live more sustainably.

Online Wine Tasting Club

The Online Wine Tasting Club’s one-off tasting boxes or subscription packages are a great gift for wine enthusiasts. As well as wine samples that are posted to their front door, what makes this gift even more special is the accompanying online masterclass from a professional sommelier and winemaker which can be joined live or enjoyed later.

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