5 Must-stock Gifts of 2016

How can fine food retailers make Christmas magical? John Bensalhia gets the skinny on last minute Christmas gift ideas

Lydia Hodge, Gog Magog shop manager said, "One of our favourites has to be The Big Cheese Making Kits. They contain everything needed to make Mozzarella and Ricotta, Halloumi or Scottish Crowdie from the comfort of your own kitchen!"

Lydia also notes, "Loved by a long list of top chefs, Big Green Eggs are at the top of most foodies' Christmas lists. So much more than just a BBQ, they are ideal for low and slow cooks, perfect for pizzas or even your Christmas dinner. The Mini-max tends to be the most popular size around this time of the year, perhaps because it's slightly easier to wrap!"

Another popular gift at Gog Magog, Lydia says, "They contain six packs of their fantastic popcorn, as well as hats and Christmas jokes, so they are great to take to parties!"

Caroline Miller, senior buyer at Ludlow Food Centre explains, "We find that traditional gifting items are always incredibly popular, so we sell an awful lot of hampers. Also, we sell lots of our own handmade preserves and pickle gift sets in the run up to December 25th."

Caroline at Ludlow Food Centre also notices that retro-style sweets are foodie favourites, stating, "Sweeties and chocolate continue to gets the thumbs up. We have retro packs of classic confectionery which are great little stocking fillers. These include candy canes, chocolate penguin lollipops and chocolate Santa figurines. The favourite is still the classic bag of chocolate gold coins."

Read the full feature in the latest issue of Speciality Food, which is available to download for free here.

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