We are always on the look out for new products and foodie gift ideas.  When it comes to Christmas we tend to set a budget of £20 or £30 for presents for one another so new ideas are always welcome.  Over the last couple of weeks we have received a few great gift suggestions through the post and wanted to share them with you.

 

For the Whisky Lover:

 

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I want to know about whisky is the perfect gift for the whisky lover in your life (or aspiring whisky lover!)  It’s an online experience that can be used on PCs, laptops, tablets and mobiles.  Each box comes with a unique code that gives access to a very special personal whisky journey guiding you through 6 different section giving an insight into the history, culture, crafting, tasting and serving of Scotland’s national drink.  You are guided through each section by a chap with a very relaxing voice – but be warned you aren’t allowed to skip sections and there’s an exam at the end!  So pour yourself a dram (what’s your favourite?) put another log on the fire, sit back, relax and enjoy your whisky journey.   I want to know about Whisky gift pack is available online here for £24.95.

 

For the Coffee Lover:
 

 

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Recently in one of our Scottish Tablet Giveaways the winner was Skye Hideaway – a lovely self catering romantic retreat in Skye.  Louise the owner was delighted to win our tablet, and being extremely generous she offered to send us some amazing coffee from Skye to try with our tablet.   The coffee comes from Skye Roastery who source the finest gourmet beans from around the world and then roast in small batches in Skye.  If you are in Skye pop in to Cafe Sia in Broadford to sample the coffee and their other treats.  If you aren’t near Skye you can order the coffee by mail order.  Just email the guys and they will send it out via Royal Mail.  They are working away on a new online shop so keep an eye out for that.

 

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For the Charitable Food Lover
 

 

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The Social Bite Cookbook is a great wee addition to your recipe book shelf.  In the unique cookbook Social Bite’s head chef Michael Thomas and his formerly homeless assistants Joe, John, Sonny, Ian and Colin bring you simple healthy recipes for cooking with a difference.  They are recipes for real life including lunches to go and one pot dinners with 5 ingredients or fewer.  There’s also inspirational stories from the contributors describing how the lives have been transformed by Social Bite.

 

Social Bite is a social enterprise (remember George Clooney’s visit to Edinburgh!) that trains and employs formerly homeless people to work in their cafes and feeds local homeless communities through their Suspended Coffee and Food initiative.

 

The book makes a lovely gift and at £9.99 it’s a bargain.  The even better news is that 50% of the profits goes to help the homeless. You can purchase the book here

 

For the toast lover

 

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We came across this delicious marmalade at Foodies Christmas Festival last month.  Each jar of marmalade comes with a dram in every jar.  The whisky used is Glengoyne Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky and won a Gold award in the marmalade awards.  It’s not cheap but it’s great quality and absolutely delicious!  I had planned “to keep it for good” and  just have it on my toast on a Sunday but needless to say the jar is empty as everyday became a Sunday….it’s quite addictive.  You can order online at Wild Fig

 

We hope you like these more unusual ideas for Christmas gifts and stocking fillers.  If you come across any other great and unusual foodie gifts let us know in the comments.

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