Blue Sky Candy (£8)
Give this to any Breaking Bad fan and they’ll love you forever. It’s not quite Heisenberg quality, being peppermint-flavoured instead of 99 percent crystal meth – but it’ll get you in far less trouble with the authorities.
Hammer Gyuto knife (£190)
Described somewhat scarily as “the ultimate kitchen weapon”, this 210mm multi-purpose chef’s knife is a real work of art. Handmade in Japan by hammer-wielding third-generation artisans, it sports a rippled Damascus steel-esque look and, in spite of its light weight, will slice through almost any ingredient with ease.
SousVide Supreme water oven (£350)
If the Supreme looks familiar to you, it’s because we covered it in last year’s Christmas gift guide – but it’s just so brilliant that we had to bring it back. An oven that slow cooks food at low temperatures, it can transform even the cheapest cuts of meat into tender, melt-in-the-mouth and flavour-packed slabs of deliciousness. Food is placed inside a plastic bag that is then immersed in hot water.
The Smoking Gun (£60)
A smart way to infuse your food with a delicious smoked flavour, this battery-powered slice of genius can be loaded with different woods and takes a matter of minutes rather than the hours a regular smoker would require. Meat, fish, veggies, even brandy – dinnertime will never be the same.
Bugatti Volo toaster (£150)
This Bugatti toaster is… the Bugatti of toasters, offering jaw-dropping retro looks that’ll get mouths watering quicker than the aroma of the crumpets warming inside. Or something. It actually has nothing to do with the French luxury car manufacturer, instead being a product from an Italian company that has been making lovely-looking kitchen gear since 1930. So there.
Fagor Spoutnik microwave (£180)
Looking more like a cosmonaut’s helmet than a microwave (and named appropriately), the Spoutnik will appeal to anyone who values idiosyncrasy. The spherical shaped and domed lid means you can see the entirety of your dish as it’s nuked to culinary perfection.
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Condiment Gun (£15)
This revolver-style sidearm can be loaded with mustard or ketchup, injecting mealtimes with a wee bit more excitement. Just make sure you aim the thing at your sausages and not your spouse. It comes with two cartridge bottles.
Joseph Joseph TriScale (£30)
An ingenious, space-saving and elegant product, the TriScale unfolds from a device about the same size as a handheld tin opener, but still functions as an effective set of digital kitchen scales: an essential tool in any aspiring chef’s arsenal.
Want to cook up the perfect juicy steak? There’s an app for that – and it plays along with this smart food thermometer, a digital probe that keeps a close eye on the temperature of pretty much anything you can grill or fry. The iGrill links up with Android and iOS devices using long range Bluetooth (it’ll work independently too) and the app not only clues you in on the temperature but cooking times too.
Tortuga Rum Cake (from £20)
Despite being dubbed by Stuff's own Will Dunn “a substance beyond imagining or description”, we’ll try to describe Tortuga Rum Cake: it’s a cake, made in the Cayman Islands, glazed with five-year-old Tortuga Gold rum and topped with walnuts, then vacuum sealed and sent to your house. And it’s tasty.
Marmite Chocolate (£5)
This needs little explanation: it’s chocolate that’s been flavoured with everyone’s/some people’s favourite salty yeast extract. While the blend features a mere two percent Marmite, we suspect that’ll be enough to ruin a few people’s Christmas mornings.
Black + Blum Sandwich on Board (£20)
On first glance, this is merely a very attractive aluminium lunchbox, guaranteed to make your friend’s work colleagues aware that he or she is a person who values elegant, utilitarian design. But it gets better: a chopping board inside means the owner can slice up extra sandwich fillings just before eating. It’s an end to soggy sandwiches!