As a huge foodie and food blogger, it feels fitting that my very first independent MK Christmas gift guide is all about foodie gifts and experiences. These kinds of gifts are my favourite kind to give (and receive!), and I think there are some amazing gifts and experiences on offer from the local food scene in Milton Keynes this year. It’s almost a little tricky to pick one to gift! In this Christmas gift guide, you will find something to suit every kind of foodie in your life from coffee lovers to BBQ fiends, wannabe chefs to home cooks. Bon appetite!
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!
Foodie Gifts & Experiences from Milton Keynes Businesses
- Carlo’s Coffee Kitchen
- Cindy’s Kitchen
- Flying Fish Tea Co.
- The Fruity Farmer
- MK Cookery School
- Now Now South African Food Co.
- Paris House
- Saf’s Kitchen
- The Shack MK
Milk & Beans
Formerly Carlo’s Coffee Kitchen, Milk & Beans source speciality grade coffee from around the world and roast their best beans right here in MK. Their coffee gift subscription service is perfect for the coffee addict in your life – with the cheeky bonus that your gift will see them through the Christmas period into the new year and beyond (keeping you in their good books!) Choose from weekly, fortnightly or monthly subscriptions that run for three months, six months or a whole year.
Subscriptions start from just £17.30. Or if you know someone who just needs a little caffeine to kickstart their festive cheer then a bag of Carlo’s coffee would also make for a great stocking filler or DIY hamper addition. Purchase via milkandbeans.coffee
Make sure you also check out the beautiful coffee cups that local artist, Andrew Macdermott, has created in collaboration with Carlo and make a great accompaniment to this gift. All handmade, all slightly unique they feel lovely to hold and look great with your local roasted coffee in…
Cindy’s Kitchen UK is the home of authentic Indonesian food based in Winslow, Buckingham. Cindy has been serving traditional Indonesian and Asian recipes with a modern twist since 2016. She only uses the freshest, natural ingredients, and is constantly working on creating more gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan meals.
Treat someone to some tasty Indonesian and Asian food with a gift voucher! I can vouch for how amazing Cindy’s food is!
Gift vouchers are in denominations of £25 and £50, and are valid for 24 months from the purchase date.
Buy via cindyskitchenuk.co.uk,
Flying Fish Tea Co
Flying Fish Foods is a local brand that specialises in hand-selected premium whole leaf teas with a flavoursome twist on traditional flavours. They’ve got a zesty take on an earl grey and the classic full-bodied English breakfast style brew, as well as green tea, caffeine-free herbal tea and a Chinese gunpowder green/lapsang souchong black tea blend for someone who likes something a bit alternative. All of their blends come in super cute and quirky vintage-style packaging with a nautical theme (because tea!) and would look perfect wrapped up as a gift set under the tree!
Available in boxes of 15 compostable tea temples at £4.95 through the Flying Fish website.
Frosts is much more than your average garden centre, and an absolute “must-do” for anyone looking for something special at Christmas! Their four award-winning centres offer a superb shopping destination, inspirational plant nurseries, great events calendar and beautiful restaurants – and now they’ve ‘branched out’ with their new Gourmet Gardener Gifting range perfect for food and gardening lovers. Combining a lovingly potted plant with a complementary edible treat, your chosen crate will keep green fingers busy and sophisticated palates happy. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re shopping for a wine enthusiast, a gin lover or someone with a sweet tooth (plus the Gourmet Gardener packaging is all 100% recyclable, compostable and biodegradable).
Give a unique gift that they can grow at home this Christmas – available now to buy on the Frosts website and ship nationwide.
The Fruity Farmer
For something a little bit different, treat your loved ones to a bottle of goodness from The Fruit Farmer! Their fiery, small-batch chilli-infused rapeseed oil is made using oilseed rape grown on their farm at Stoke Goldington and costs just £7 for a 500ml bottle. It tastes great and works brilliantly in stir-fries, marinades, drizzled over salads, sizzled on steaks or served on the side of pizzas or potato wedges – ideal for adding a bit of punch when they’re craving something other than “leftover” sandwiches!
Order directly via social media. The Fruity Farmer also attends Woburn Sands Community Market and Olney Farmer’s Market. You’ll also find products at Stoke Goldington Christmas Trees which is open from Saturday 20th November.
MK Cookery School
If the foodie you’re buying for has all the enthusiasm but needs a bit of guidance, then a gift voucher for the MK Cookery School is the ideal way for them to learn a new skill or develop an existing one. Their fun and informal courses give budding cooks of all abilities the chance to get hands-on and learn recipes step-by-step from experienced chef instructors. With classes ranging from Japanese to Greek, Indian to British and more, each course includes all the ingredients needed to create their own culinary masterpiece. Gift vouchers can also be used for more specialist cooking courses, like fish filleting, bread baking or knife skills. Treat your friend or family member to an experience they’ll never forget this year!
Gift vouchers start at £50 and go up to £150 for an immersive, full-day course. Purchase the gift vouchers via MK Cookery School’s website.
Perfect for the adventurous home cook! The MySpike makes cooking shawarma, doner, gyros and much more as easy as 1 – 2 – 3 – ready to use in the oven, in a smoke pit or on a BBQ, all your giftee has to do is marinade, load and cook! Great for making starters, mains or sharing plates, the MySpike can be used for serving (saving them time on washing up!) as well as cooking delicious dishes from the inside out. We have a MySpike, and it’s a great addition to our kitchen!
Gifts are available to buy now from the MySpike website, including a starter kit for £39.99 or the full MySpike gift bundle (complete with spice kits) for £107.99.
Now Now South African Food Co.
Now Now South African is a regular name on the local street food scene, but did you know you can also buy their signature whole spice and ground spice mixes in make-at-home curry kits? Well, now you do! And these fun, flavourful spice kits will help curry connoisseurs recreate the Now Now South African Food Co. award-winning dishes at home! There are three different kits to choose from, with each kit serving 3-4 people – perfect for filling stockings or hampers! – or for a more substantial gift go for a complete set of all three.
Individual kits cost £3.95 or get the Bundle of Three for £10.95, all available now on the Now Now South African Food Co. website.
Your favourite foodie is guaranteed to love this gift! With a gift certificate for Paris House, they will be treated to delicious dining and some of the finest seasonal produce available courtesy of Phil Fanning and his team, in the most beautiful surroundings of the Woburn Estate. With a unique tasting menu, impressive wine list and a fabulous selection of Champagne it’s the treat we all deserve at the end of another long year!
Gift certificates start at £50, and can be redeemed against any dining experiences, courses or events at Paris House. Purchase vouchers from the Paris House website.
Read more: Returning to Paris House, Woburn
It’s no secret – we love Saf’s Kitchen, and whoever you’re buying for will too! Saf’s Kitchen is a staple of the MK food scene, and with a virtual cooking class voucher, your loved one can learn to cook incredible Punjabi food at home – and anywhere in the world! – with the team behind this award-winning local street food! Couples, families or those going solo can take part in the fun and relaxed online classes, and learn how to cook amazing curries, samosas, pakoras and more. With beginners, intermediate, Punjabi samosa and Bombay biriyani classes there is plenty to try out. Ingredients, produce and a “Masala Dhaba” filled with spices is included in the cost of the course, and for the beginners and samosa class, they’ll even throw in the kit needed to cook up a storm too. The best bit? They’ll be cooking all the delicious food in the comfort of their own home – meaning they won’t have to share with anyone (but maybe you can grab a doggy bag for being such a good gift buyer?)
Prices start from £110 per person. Enquire via Facebook or text Saf on 07790 382944.
The Shack MK
Dan and Rob opened The Shack MK in Bletchley earlier this year, supplying everything you need to master the BBQ craft. Despite this being their first Christmas they’ve got some great gifts lined up for any wannabe pitmaster! The eco-friendly cardboard ProQ Eco Smoker Box Cold Smoking Cabinet is a great way for any budding enthusiast to start their cold smoking adventure, containing almost everything needed to start smoking your own cheese, fish, butter and more for just £34.99. Or take a look at their ProQ Cold Smoking Starter set for £49.99 – a great gift box for foodies, and the perfect kit to learn how to cold smoke anything from cheese to fish & bacon (and it includes their patented ProQ Cold Smoke Generator, a helpful book on curing and cold smoking and two types of wood dust to experiment with).
Purchase starter kits and more on The Shack MK website.
I hope this Christmas gift guide helps you shop for the foodie in your life. I’d love to know which businesses you buy from this year – make sure you let them know who sent you.
Happy shopping! Which foodie gifts are you purchasing from this year?
BROWSE my other Christmas gift guides:
- Independent Milton Keynes Christmas Gift Guide: Edible Gifts & Stocking Fillers
- 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