Christmas gifts for the foodie in your life
As Julia Child so wisely said, “People who love to eat are always the best people”. To help you show your appreciation of foodie family and friends this year, we’ve pulled together a selection of top quality Australian Christmas gifts. From pressies that will help support our artisans to decadent sweet treats for adults only, these gifts are all ideal for the food-lover in your life. And if you’re tempted to grab a little something for yourself while you’re at it? Well, we certainly wouldn’t blame you. Let’s go shopping!
Christmas gifts to support our artisans
From the legends behind Cheese Therapy, Artisans Bend is an online marketplace that aims to help save our artisan food producers and farmers around the country who are struggling due to the pandemic. You can check out the full Christmas collection here, or browse the full selection of hampers. All feature quality produce made by our talented artisans.
Artisans Collective Australia is an online marketplace that allows customers to order handmade products for every budget, all designed and made by independent Australian artisans. The collective was formed in early 2020, at a time when many small business owners found themselves without an avenue to sell their products. The site showcases products made by Australian artisans who are intimately involved with the design and manufacturing process. You can check out the full Christmas range here.
Buy From The Bush has a huge range of foodie gifts that don’t just taste amazing; they also help to support businesses in our rural and regional communities. From truffle oil and artisanal cheese hampers to Christmas cookies and chocolate strawberries, by gifting a product from Buy From The Bush, you’ll also be helping to ensure a merry Christmas for our bush producers. For the festive range, click here. For the full food range, click here.
Christmas gifts to help save the bees
Our pollinators are responsible for one in every three bites of food we take. So this year, why not solve your Christmas gift problems while also helping bees? Just buy a Wheen Bee Foundation Gift Card from as little as $25. You’ll be donating to the Wheen Bee Foundation on behalf of a friend, supporting projects like the 5Bees Program, which helps beekeepers recover from bushfire and drought. You can also buy a gift card to support DiscoverBees, the most ambitious campaign ever attempted to discover and document Australia’s native bee species. There’s also a gift card for the Green Carpenter Bee Conservation Project. This large native bee species is extinct in South Australia and Victoria, but still exists on Kangaroo Island. You can browse the full range of Wheen Bee Foundation gifts here.
Mushroom producer Life Cykel’s Save the Bees Pollination Kit allows you to grow food for bees in your own home. Each kit includes two varieties of seeds, a coffee compost mix and ready-to-grow recycled coffee cups. The kit has been put together at the Byron Bay Herb Nursery. Both the nursery and Life Cykel are based in Byron Bay, and have teamed up to promote and improve the health of bees. You can also choose the Feel the Buzz pack, which will help to support bee health and our beekeepers at the same time. It includes a pollination kit, organic mushroom honey and golden honey mushroom chai.
Sweet Christmas gift ideas
If you’d like to support an Australian family business this Christmas, then check out the seasonal range at Victoria’s Springhill Farm. Makers of farmhouse kitchen-inspired slices, Springhill Farm has released a new Biscoff caramelised gingerbread and white chocolate slice and a sour cherry and dark chocolate slice. Made to embrace the iconic flavours of Christmas with a modern twist, you can buy individual slices or choose a hamper filled with festive goodies. There’s also an all-new gingerbread house kit, so you can build your own gingerbread house made from Springhill Farm Christmas slice flavours.
Cannoleria is ensuring that everyone will have a sweet Christmas this year with its limited edition Christmas range. There’s a GIY (garnish It yourself) ricotta-filled traditional panettone that also comes in a gluten-free version, and an edible Christmas tree kit that’s perfect for kids. You can also order special Cannoleria panettone-infused ricotta flavour-of-the-week cannoli throughout December. Check out the full range here.
Treats for grown-ups
Sweet Christmas treats just for the grown-ups? Sign us up. Melbourne-based Chocolatier Australia has partnered with Pimm’s and Bundaberg Rum to release two special Christmas edition chocolates, Pimm’s No. 1 and Bundaberg Rum n’ Raisin. You can find them at Woolworths nationally. Pauls has also released Baileys egg nog and custard with a delicious kick. You can find them at Coles, Woolworths and independent supermarkets nationally.
Savoury Christmas delights
Melbourne’s That’s Amore Cheese has created a delicious range of Christmas hampers. Choose from the Festive Cheeseboard Hamper, the La Dolce Vita Hamper or the Buon Natale Hamper. The award-winning cheesemaker has also released succulent Christmas porchettas and giant Aversana, Zizzona and Treccia mozzarellas. You can place your order online here, or if you’re in Melbourne, call 9463 4222 to arrange for pick-up.
What’s hot this Christmas? The Aussie chilli sauce experts at The Chilli Factory are spicing up the festive season with their premium chilli sauce gourmet gift packs. Products range from mild, such as Numbat Nibble, to super-dooper extremely hot, like Australia’s hottest BBQ sauce, The Scorpion Strike on Steroids. The Chilli Factory range is available in independent supermarkets, BBQs Galore, growers’ markets, fine food markets and quality butchers nationally. For more info or to order online, head to the Chilli Factory website.
For a gift that lasts
Cobram Estate has released special Christmas gift sets for you to share the taste of quality Australian extra virgin olive oil with the foodie in your life. Best known for its quality EVOO, Cobram Estate has developed three limited edition sets featuring its Everyday Essentials, Infused and Ultra Premium ranges. They’re affordable gifts that will last in the kitchen for months. All come wrapped and ready to go via the Cobram Estate website.
Looking for a sustainable gift for the coffee fiend in your life? With Keep Cup’s high quality, customisable, non-BPA reusable products, you can give them something they can use for years to come. Plus, you’ll help save thousands of single-use cups from landfill. Total bonus. You can choose from KeepCup Original, KeepCup Brew or KeepCup Thermal.