Edible stocking fillers and gifts are always going to go down a treat. After all, it’s quite essential there is something to snack on after Christmas dinner. Bin the boring selection boxes and browse this amazing range of edible gifts from local businesses in Milton Keynes. From truffles to cheesecakes, marshmallows to gelato, there is something to satisfy every palette.
My independent Milton Keynes Christmas Gift Guide features independent businesses from Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas to inspire you to shop small this Christmas. There are 12 guides in total for you to peruse, so grab a cuppa, a notebook and start shopping local!
Edible Gifts & Stocking Fillers from Independent Businesses in Milton Keynes
- Abruzzo Truffles
- The Bake Box MK
- The Calzone Kitchen
- Cheeky Cheesecakes
- Cooks Kitchen MK
- The Chocolate Mill
- Fat Mallow Co.
- Giovanni’s Gelato
- The Willen Ice Cream Co.
- Welsh Bakes
For foodies who like the finer things! The Abruzzo Truffles story started in 1994 in the Sangro Valley in the Abruzzo region of Italy, before moving to the UK 2013. Originally selling their premium Italian truffles into the restaurant trade, Sara and Rodolfo have expanded their bespoke range of products for truffle lovers to enjoy in their own homes. As well as selling fresh truffles, they do a great range of truffle extra-virgin olive oils and pastes and an artisan Caciotta cheese containing truffle flakes, perfect for a charcuterie board or on its own with some runny honey.
For something really special you could also go for the truffle product gift box for £23.90, or opt for a personalised Christmas hamper. To make a purchase or an enquiry visit the Abruzzo Truffles website.
The Bake Box MK
Every chocoholics dream! The chocolate slabs from The Bake Box MK are made using the finest Belgian chocolate and topped with incredible flavours, and because they come in small (£8) or giant (£18) bars they are perfect for gifts or stocking fillers. Choose from Biscoff, Bueno, hazelnut, peanut butter, Guylian or chocolate orange, or if you’re feeling creative why not BYOS – build your own slab! – so you can personalise it and choose your/their favourite three toppings. There’s also Christmas themed slabs if you really want to buy into the full festive spirit.
Make an order now by DM-ing The Bake Box on Instagram.
The Calzone Kitchen
Pizza for Christmas?! Yes!! Calzone Kitchen has put together some great box bundles for when you’re sick of turkey leftovers and day-old buffet food, or looking for something a bit different to gift to friends and family. Their Great Eight selection lets you choose any eight calzones (four packs) plus two jars of their garlic mayo for just £39.95, including free nationwide delivery. The Kitchen team source high-quality local ingredients, hand craft and part bake calzones at their HQ in Bucks ready to be cooked at home. Their packaging is also environmentally friendly, using mostly recycled or biodegradable materials.
Pick up a box or bundle on the Calzone Kitchen website.
Cheeky Cheesecakes is based in Milton Keynes and run by the lovely Emma, who creates luxury no-bake cheesecakes in a wonderful array of shapes, sizes and flavours! For Christmas this year she’s got a great range of Christmas cups – vanilla or Lotus Biscoff flavour cheesecake cups topped with lots of festive favourites and super cute characters, boxed and tied with a festive ribbon. Pick up a box of four (£12), six (£18) or twelve (£36) or if you can’t decide on flavour (or want them both!) then get a mixed box of twelve for £40. These little treats would be great for Christmas Eve box treats, given as a gift on the big day or as a great alternative dessert option if you don’t fancy the Christmas pud.
Cooks Kitchen MK
Take the mess and stress out of homemade this Christmas! Cooks Kitchen MK do personalised, themed or corporate branded birthday cakes, cupcakes and cookies throughout the year doing all the work so that you don’t have to lift a spatula. For Christmas this year their range includes some really fun edible Christmas DIY (decorate-it-yourself) activities! Try their gingerbread house kit, Christmas tree decorations or popular paint-your-own cookies. If you’re looking for something a bit more bespoke you can also get in contact for personalised ideas. Or if you’re not feeling creative at all this Christmas you can pick up a selection of hand-iced gifts ready to pop under the tree – or enjoy yourself, no judgement here!
Take a look through their seasonal collection on the Cooks Kitchen MK website.
The Chocolate Mill
If there’s one man who knows the score when it comes to handmade chocolates it’s Steve from The Chocolate Mill MK! He’s been crafting the finest Belgian chocolate truffles in his kitchen for over five years, and every year the selection gets better and better… and every year they taste even more divine! Steve uses fresh ingredients and creates gorgeous classic flavour combos like salted caramel, honeycomb and Eton mess as well as festive favourites like Christmas pudding or mulled wine. His Christmas gift selections are the perfect present for anyone with a sweet tooth and come in twelve, sixteen, twenty four or thirty six piece boxes starting from just £11, or you can choose your own selection or pick a premade box with prices ranging from £6 to £29.
Visit the website for more info and to place an order.
Fat Mallow Co.
Fat Mallow Co. creates some of the most Instagrammable treats in MK at the moment, and the great thing is they taste delicious too! Sweet yet light and fluffy, these gourmet marshmallows are the perfect stocking filler or pick-me-up to fuel the rest of your Christmas shopping. Available as a classic marshmallow square, dipped bar or fun festive hot chocolate topper these are sure to put a smile on your face and some goodness in your belly. There’s also some gorgeous chunky chocolate snowflakes filled with their signature vanilla marshmallow and smooth peanut butter – perfect treats for little hands to grab on to and enjoy as a Christmas treat.
Prices start at £1.35. Shop the Fat Mallow Co. on Etsy.
It is NEVER too cold for ice cream, and Giovanni’s Gelato is bringing his new novelty gelato tubs out just in time for the festive season. Available in 6-flavour (500ml) or 12-flavour (1 litre) selections, their Pasqualina Taster Gift Boxes can bring the tastes of summer into your home with handmade luxurious gelato and sorbetto. You can choose your own flavours from some of their most-loved recipes, and have them carefully packed into gift boxes that will keep the gelato frozen for up to one hour.
The small taster box is £15 and the full taster box is £25, and both can be purchase in-store at CMK Gelateria or bought online on Giovanni’s Gelato website for pick-up or delivery.
The Willen Ice Cream Co.
If you’ve been to farmers markets around MK it’s likely you’ll have spotted The Willen Ice Cream Co. out and about. This year they celebrated winning a Great Taste Star award for their ‘Simple Dairy’ ice cream. The deliciously creamy dairy ice cream would make a great addition to the pudding on any festive menu, go beautifully with a nice shot of locally ground espresso in an affogato or enjoyed by itself! I also think a monthly ice cream subscription would be a welcome Christmas gift too – three tubs of ice cream delivered every month AND you get to try new flavours first!
Head to their online ice cream shop to place an order today.
Nothing says Christmas like some traditional baked goods, and at Welsh Bakes that’s exactly what Amanda serves up. Her amazing Welsh cakes bring a taste of proper Welsh baking to Milton Keynes, but with some delicious alternative flavours like lemon, orange and chocolate your mouth will be watering before you’ve even opened the pack (there’s even chilli and cheese for those with more savoury preferences!) Or if – like my Dad – you love a good loaf, her Bara Brith is also absolutely delicious. Perfect to enjoy with a cup of tea as an alternative to mince pies, or fantastic as a little hamper addition for any food lover.
I hope this Christmas gift guide helps you find some edible gifts and stocking fillers. I’d love to know which businesses you buy from this year – make sure you let them know who sent you.
Happy shopping! Which edible gifts will you be indulging in this year?
BROWSE my other Christmas gift guides:
- Independent Milton Keynes Christmas Gift Guide: Foodie Gifts & Experiences
- Independent Milton Keynes Christmas Gift Guide: Boozy Christmas Gifts & Festive Tipples
- Independent Milton Keynes Christmas Gift Guide: Creative Gifts & Experiences
- Independent Milton Keynes Christmas Gift Guide: Eco-Friendly Gifts
- Independent Milton Keynes Christmas Gift Guide: Wellbeing & Mindful Gift Ideas