Friends and family deserve something truly special at Christmas, which is why we have searched high and low to bring you the best gifts for the chef in your life – all sourced from independent retailers.
Started by a husband-and-wife team, Auntie Mims is driven by a passion to create unconventional products with a personal and sentimental twist. Designing and making products in their Dover workshop, everything that they create is inspired by the things that they love.
Topping our list are their personalised cake tins; after all, every keen baker knows the value of a good cake tin! Not only are they well-made, but they also come with a delicate doily design and plenty of room for adding a personal touch. Ideal for packing cakes, biscuits, and cupcakes, you’ll be sure to get a tasty treat as thank you for this gift.
Use the promo code, BRITANNIA, for 20% off at Auntie Mims until 31st December
Set up in 2016, Baking Time Club is the brainchild of keen baker, Lavinia. Recognising that the kitchen is a place for fun and creativity, Lavinia’s mission is to provide customers with unusual and exciting items.
If you know a chef who loves to experiment and show off their creative flair, these patterned rolling pins are perfect. The damask pattern will give any biscuit a unique look and upgrade your favourite chef’s cookie game. Other patterns include honeybees, gingerbread men, and cats, so there’s something for every bold baker!
Enter BRITANNIA2017 at the checkout for £5 off any order over £20
They say that a man is only as good as his tools, in which case any cooking enthusiast is only as good as their knives. Forget fancy gadgets and intricate cooking methods, a sharp blade is the make-or-break item of any kitchen.
Hand-crafted from carbon steel and made-to-order, Blok Knives serve a number of famous chefs – proving that these knives are the real deal when it comes to professional-standard kitchen utensils.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a recipe that won’t benefit from a pinch of salt but even this trusted staple can get bland for adventurous chefs. Flavoured salt adds an extra dimension to any dish, and will be a welcome gift for anyone who loves to experiment in the kitchen.
Harvested just meters from the company’s salt house, you’ll soon discover that this salt has a complex flavour and a mineral richness that will make the sea salt you buy on the high street pale in comparison. Despite using 15,000 tonnes of fresh seawater each day, you’ll be pleased to know that Cornish Sea Salt has zero impact on the environment, and once the salt is harvested the water is returned to the sea.
No kitchen truly has enough spices, salts, or rubs; the three things that Life of Spice just so happens to trade in. Launched in 2014 with the simple aim of making great-tasting food easy to produce at home, these flavoursome products have proven to be a hit and have picked up three gold stars in the 2015 Great Taste Awards.
Enjoy a free product with your first order.
From pesto to homemade spice blends, a pestle and mortar is a versatile kitchen tool that will help you mash, grind, and blend endless flavour combinations. Sure, you can pick up a cheap pestle and mortar on the high street but a sturdy marble one will stand the test of time, and double as a beautiful kitchen ornament too.
Marbletree originally came about as a result of Jayne and Chris’ struggle to find a personal yet practical gift for a friend’s birthday. The brother-and-sister duo now designs, creates, and sources handcrafted items and personalises them in their Cumbrian workshop. If marble isn’t your style, you can also find beautifully crafted items in wood and slate.
Herb gardens are all the rage these days, with cooking enthusiasts looking to keep a steady supply of fresh herbs at hand. With this grow-your-own kit, you can help the chef in your life make a start on their own kitchen garden. The starter kit contains all of the chef essentials, including Greek basil and French parsley.
Plant ‘n’ Grow is part of the popular plot-to-plate trend that has recently cropped up. Meeting the growing demand of people wanting to grow their own produce, the company offers themed kits covering everything from vegetables to gin botanicals.
A timeless kitchenware staple, copper is not the cheapest metal but is well worth the investment for any cooking enthusiast. Bringing a touch of warmth and luxury to any kitchen, this copper and chrome rail ensures that pots and pans are always within arm’s reach.
Handcrafted in Brighton, Proper Copper Design focuses on a minimalist aesthetic to complement the modern kitchen. The team oversees everything from the initial design to the crafting of each item, resulting in beautiful and practical items.
Sentimental and functional, this set – including personalised cooking utensils and an apron – makes a thoughtful gift for a friend who’s looking to get in the kitchen after watching one too many baking shows.
Mixing traditional and contemporary styles, Rocket and Fox have been sharing their passion for quirkiness since 2010. The team likes to go above and beyond to satisfy, so if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for on their website, they will try their best to source it for you.
Use the code BRIT15 for a 15% discount on any full-price item.
Spice up someone’s life with this selection tin of ten Indian spices. Complete with removable spice pots, anyone who loves cooking up Indian dishes will be pleased to open this on Christmas morning.
Created by mother-and-son team Shashi and Sanjay, Spice Kitchen brings Shashi’s 50+ years of cooking experience to kitchens across the globe. The team sources raw spices from around the world and then blends, roasts, and grinds them by hand in-house.
Enter the promo code BL10 at the checkout, for a 10% discount.
The rustic kitchenware trend won’t be dying down anytime soon and this chopping board brings a touch of style to a kitchen essential. If you know someone who’s a keen host, this board wouldn’t look out of place as a cheese or antipasti platter either.
Originally started as a food blog, The Rustic Dish now sources beautifully-crafted kitchen and tableware, made from olive wood. Products are designed in-house, then crafted by artisans from North Africa, India, France, Italy, and Nepal. Once the products have been created, they then arrive at the company’s workshop in the East Anglian countryside, to be personalised and engraved.
Enjoy a 15% discount by using the promo code BL2017.
Forget non-stick pans; iron skillets are the best-kept secret of professional chefs. If properly cared for and seasoned, they will last for years and provide a superior cooking experience. They also make the ideal gift for meat lovers after the perfect steak.
Started in a bid to bring manufacturing back to Britain, Yester Home is a family business and foundry, based in the black country – an area historically known for its foundries and industrial heritage. Using 100-year-old patterns and casting methods to give their products an authentic look, Yester Home works with aluminium, iron, bronze, and brass to craft a wide range of homeware.
For a 10% discount, enter YH10 at the checkout.
Need some more gift inspiration for foodie friends and family? You might want to check out the 5 kitchen utensils that Michelin-star chefs swear by.