For me, the Christmas period starts after Bonfire Night. Before that date, any mention of festivities is forbidden. It's just too soon. But after Bonfire Night there's nothing else to look forward to, and the twinkling lights are a welcome relief against the biting cold and encroaching dark of these winter months. Which means that I have started my Christmas shopping. Or rather, I have thought about starting my Christmas shopping. Lists have been made, plans hatched and budgets prepared. I have, however, bought my Christmas party dress. Priorities people, priorities.
If you want to be slightly more prepared than I am, I've put together a little gift guide for the foodies in your life. These are all affordable gifts that are guaranteed to put a smile on any keen cook's face come Christmas Day. A couple are on my own Christmas list; I've got my eye on that Brilliant Bread book and who wouldn't want a Corkcicle?! However, if you really want to splash out - a KitchenAid is never going to go down badly ;)
What are you hoping for under the tree this year?