Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 12 gadgets, snacks and tools for food lovers

These presents are sure to bring seasonal – and well-seasoned – joy to foodies, aspiring chefs and culinary explorers
Best Christmas gifts ideas for food lovers

Best Christmas gifts ideas for food lovers

Food is a huge part of anyone's Christmas, but for those who consider themselves 'foodies' Yuletide is probably the highlight of the year.

You can make your culinary-minded (or simply eating-minded) friend's festive period even better by giving them one of these gifts.

The Chadwick Oven (£385)

Best Christmas gifts ideas for food lovers

Best Christmas gifts ideas for food lovers

If you know someone who makes their own pizza, this kitchen UFO is the gadget of their cheesy, crispy dreams. Proper, puffy pizza with a nice crispy base requires air temperatures 200 degrees higher than the maximum burn on a regular household oven. Thanks to some crafty engineering, the air inside the Chadwick Oven can reach 500°C after 10 minutes on the hob, meaning it’ll cook a pizza in about three minutes, and cook it properly.

Buy The Chadwick Oven here

Anova precision cooker (US$180)

Best Christmas gifts ideas for food lovers

Best Christmas gifts ideas for food lovers

Most gastro-geeks have heard of 'sous vide', the hot-water-bath technique used by Michelin-starred chefs to cook meats and veg perfectly every time; and most gastro-geeks have decided they don't have the money or the kitchen space for such chefnanigans.

The answer is the Anova, a hand-blender-sized device that turns any large pot into a water oven. Just seal your fillet in a food-grade bag with some herbs, leave it in the water and set the Anova to regulate its temperature - sous vide cooks are often something like 65°C for 8 hours. It's made easier by the Anova app, which tracks times and temperatures for you, and more brilliant by the one rule of sous vide cooking: whatever you make, it always needs crisping up with a blowtorch.

Buy the Anova precision cooker here

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Cucumbo (£10)

Best Christmas gifts ideas for food lovers

Best Christmas gifts ideas for food lovers

You know how your friend/other half/parent/child/uncle/postman is always complaining that she/he can’t spiral-cut a whole cucumber so that it forms one huge, paper-thin, unbroken strip? CUCUMBO!

Buy Cucumbo here

The Smoking Gun (£60)

Best Christmas gifts ideas for food lovers

Best Christmas gifts ideas for food lovers

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.

Buy The Smoking Gun here

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