I don’t mean to alarm you but Christmas is just around the corner!
I think I might be getting a bit old because this year I was really lamenting how quickly the festive season snuck up on me.
The hardest part about getting ready for Christmas is definitely working out what to buy your loved ones. I’m here to try to help you avoid the last minute panic with my suggestions for personal favourite presents for the food lovers in your life – which is everyone, right?
Everything in this guide is something I own and love, or has been gifted to me and I think would make a lovely present to someone else.
I’ve got presents on this list from $5 to $800 so there’s something for every budget. And the best part? You can buy pretty much all of them online!
Itha’s Puddings are an Australian company that have been hand making puddings for over 50 years! It’s a fabulous present to gift a host of a Christmas gathering as they make smaller puddings for 2 people or larger puddings that can serve a crowd. I loved their traditional pudding, but they also do gluten free puddings and sauces! Their butterscotch sauce is also amazing. If it’s wrong to drink the sauce straight from the bottle, then I don’t want to be right.
Itha’s Traditional Puddings start at $13 and sauces are $8. You can purchase online direct from Itha’s Puddings website.
Mason Jars have been a thing for quite some time now in the US but they’ve only just made their way to Australia. If you have a Pinterest addict in your life then they will love these jars. Traditionally they are meant to be used for pickling and jams, but I use mine for storing delicious cocktails and taking my lunch to work. Each to their own.
I’ve found Mason Jars in all different sizes for sale at Big W from $29 for 12 jars.
This has to be one of my favourite and most used baking books, no baking bible. It has every kind of cake, biscuit, dessert, pudding and tart you could imagine with simple recipes up to the more decadent and delicate sweets for the experienced baker. I am a huge fan of Australian Women’s Weekly cookbooks and this book has some of the classic recipes from the 80s and 90s that I grew up with as well as about 300+ others! I recently made the Peanut Butter Cake from this amazing book.
The Australian Women’s Weekly, The Baking Collection, RRP $49.95, is available where all good books are sold and online at awwcookbooks.com
The cheap and cheerful stocking filler: Cuisena Magnetic Toast Tongs (RRP $4.95)
You’ll scoff at this present idea but I have one and freaking love it! The toast tongs are made from bamboo and designed to help you pry out hot toast from your toaster. It has a small magnet on the end so you can attach to your toaster.
Mama Sweet gave it to me as a stocking filler years ago and loved it so much she bought one for herself when we moved out. If you have a toaster where bread always gets stuck, or you’ve just burnt your fingerprints off one to many times you’ll know how much a little silly gift like this could revolutionise breakfast.
You can purchase the Cuisena Magnetic Toast Tongs online via David Jones or I have seen in homewares shops like House and Victoria’s Basement in Sydney.
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The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer is the type of present food lovers dream to receive. I know it’s been on my wishlist for about 5 years! I am saving up my pocket money to buy one of these. What makes them so good? Uh, well everything. They are sturdy and hard-wearing so they are loved by chefs and simple enough to use that they are great for a home baker.
The KitchenAid’s come in a variety of colours but the newly released watermelon colour is just dreamy.
You can purchase a Kitchen Aid from most major department stores and homewares stores or direct from KitchenAid website.
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If you know a chocolate fanatic, and who doesn’t love chocolate, then I would certainly recommend spoiling them with a gift hamper. It’s a fabulous way to try lots of different types of chocolate and you never know, they might just share with you!
The large chocolate gift hamper has a delicious collection of San Churro’s best chocolate creations including 2 x San Churro Hot Chocolate Mugs or Cups, Cubitos, Spanish Chocolate Block, Catanies, 2 x San Churro Mini Choc Blocks (Milk, Dark), 450g Spanish Hot Chocolate Mix (Classic).
Willy Wonka himself would want to receive a gift hamper like that!
You can purchase San Churro hampers in store or via the San Churro website.
[Disclaimer: The following items in this guide were gifted to Miss Sweet in keeping with the Editorial Policy: The Baking Collection book, San Churro gift pack and Itha's pudding and sauce. If I wouldn't recommend it to Mama Sweet, then I wouldn't recommend it to you!]