Good Gifting Guide: 5 Foodie Gift Ideas

Have you found that the simple joy of sharing food and drinks with friends and family has become a hundred times more meaningful in recent times? Treating friends to delicious food and drinks is certainly one of life's great pleasures, and there's nothing better than receiving a hamper bursting with treats that have been picked especially for you.

If you're planning to send someone a really special gift, why not create a hand-picked Picnic Party Hamper filled with your choice of salty snacks, sweet treats, drinks and picnic accessories? You can also make a positive impact to the planet by choosing to send food and drink that has been sustainability produced by small (mainly British) businesses, selected for ethical credentials as much as gourmet reputations... and thoroughly taste-tested at BoxTree HQ.

If you're keen, here are five tips for creating your very own Picnic Party Hamper:

Picnic blanket for two
If you're planning to meet a friend for a cheeky picnic in the park, why not mark the occasion by sending a carefully compiled box of drinks and nibbles that you can share together? You can even include a starry throw, big enough for you to both sit down in socially-distanced comfort!

For snacks I recommend a packet of Olly's Olives and/or some tasty pickled gherkins from Serious Pig. Crisps from The British Crisp Co and for something sweet, chocolate covered pretzels, also from Olly's, are perfect.

Drinks depend on the time of your picnic, but for a sophisticated soft drink, a couple of cans of seltzer from Something and Nothing are perfect, whereas for early evening picnics, treat them to a can of craft cider from Dunkertons.

Family summer fun
Create the gift of a family fun day out by filling a box with bubbles, juggling balls, bunting and ALL the sweet treats. We stock all manner of sweet treats from air-popped popcorn by Joe & Seph's to traditional  sweets by Laura's Confectionery and for a grown-up touch, you could include Nordic wine gums from Wally & Whizz. A couple of bars of utterly delicious Hip or Love Cocoa chocolate provide the finishing touch.

Celebrate the good times
New job? Anniversary? Tomorrow is Friday...? There's always something worth celebrating! Send the ultimate "Congratulations!" gift with a celebratory hamper containing everything they need to toast the good times.

Obviously bubbles are required, and a mini bottle of Laurent-Perrier Brut champagne will do the trick. Alternatively, you could keep it British and send a can of Cotswold Hills sparkling wine, but either way you'll need some nibbles to go with your bubbles. Take your pick from Serious Pig sea salted almonds, British Crisp Co potato crisps and cult favourite, Perello olives with chilli.

Beers around the BBQ
As barbecues are dusted down and sparked up all over the country, a fab gift idea Kings (and Queens!) of the Grill is a box filled with mouthwatering BBQ rubs and salts from Cotswold based family business, Ross & Ross. Coming in a range of flavours including veggie rub, smoky chipotle chilli and smoked garlic and charcoal salt these are a foodie's dream. Beers are a must and a can of Battledown Tipster Session IPA makes the perfect accompaniment.

Date night
With recent home working and schooling making lives busier than ever, you may have felt there's been little time for romance. As life returns to normal, reconnect with your other half by planning a special evening together, starting with the arrival of a sweet gift box containing something sophisticated to drink and romantic chocolatey snacks. Add a mini bottle of red, a mini bottle of white and some melt-in-the-mouth organic chocolate from sustainable gourmet chocolatier, Love Cocoa for an evening of much-needed one-to-one time.