What on earth do you buy a food blogger for Christmas?! They’re always being sent free stuff, so what’s left to get?! Well from books and courses on how to up your blogging game, to perking up that home office with some stylish stationery we’ve got plenty of ideas for you!
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Buying food books for bloggers is always a risk so check what they’ve got already before you buy – chances are they’ll have been sent a stack of the latest titles already this year. BUT that’s not to say a new book isn’t welcome as food bloggers tend to be obsessive collectors of them! Here’s a round-up of some classics that are super handy and also some fresh titles they may still be waiting to get their hands on:
Will Write For Food
by Writing Coach, Editor and Blogger Dianne Jacob
The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Memoir, Recipes, and More
£10.99 on Amazon (aff)
From Plate to Pixel
by Helene Dujardin
The lowdown on food photography and styling for any newbies or bloggers wanting to up their game
£39.07 on Amazon (aff)
The Flavour Thesaurus
by Niki Segnit
Absolutely brilliant for recipe developement as it lays out what flavours go well with each other, so it’s fabulous inpsiration for coming up with new ideas.
£12.73 on Amazon (aff)
The Christmas Chronicles
by Nigel Slater
A lush seasonal book for curling up on the sofa in front of the log burner with a glass of Sloe Gin…
£10.99 on Amazon (aff)
by Yottam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh
You can’t go wrong with a bit of Yottam – his bakes are AMAZING and whoever you buy this for will no doubt be delighted to try making them at home!
£13 on Amazon (aff)
What better way to get 2018 kicked off, than to get signed up for a course to sharpen up your food blogging skills?! From food styling and photography, to writing and recipe editing, there’s a course to suit everyone’s abilities and budgets and often you can do them in the comfort of your own home. Here’s a few top notch places to check out:
Lots of my blogging friends enthuse about how great these courses are. Makelight is a learning community that helps creatives build a following or a business around what they love to do.
There’s a suite of courses to help get your branding in order, learning to take beautiful photographs of your work, to think about your visual storytelling, to grow your Instagram and making sure your website is set up well. You can join individual courses for a one-off fee, or join our membership subscription community.
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I’ve done a lot of Leiths courses, and while they’re London based and pricey they’re super comprehensive and ultra professional. They offer everything from food writing, photography, styling and more.
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What better way to do a course than in the comfort of your own home, in your own time. These courses are offered in a series of online on-demand videos and offer really great practical food photography and styling advice.
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There’s nothing quite like getting gorgeous things for your desk to perk your working life up a bit. I’m pretty addicted to stationery, as I think most writers are, so you can’t go far wrong with a selection from the following. Plus you don’t need to spend a fortune, which is perfect if you’re on a bit of a budget.
- Weekly Times Desk Planner – £13.50 – The Fox and Star
- Rose Gold A6 Day to Page 2018 Diary – £5 – Sainsbury’s
- ‘Great Ideas, Cunning Plans’ A5 Yellow Happy Jackson Notebook with Fastener by Wild and Wolf – £6.95 – Amazon (aff)
- Personalised Copper ‘Make Stuff Happen’ Notebook by Martha Brook – £25 – Not On The High Street
- Iconic Sticky Book – £5.50 The Fox and Star
- Set of Elegant Rose Gold Ballpoint Pens – £5.50 – Etsy (aff)
- Motivational pencils set – £3.50 – Etsy (aff)
- Pretty box files designed by Molly Mahon, and individually handmade by Harris & Jones – £28 – Not on the High Street
- Recycled Gold Floral A4 Stacking In Tray – £16.95 – Not on the High Street
Kitchen Gear & Creature Comforts
Jamie Oliver Personalised Denim Apron – Super Chef
Food bloggers are always being given promotional aprons by brands, so how about something a bit more personal that makes the blogger into their own brand?!
Getting Personal (aff)
Custom Size Chalkboard with Rope
Chalk Boards are fantastic for planning all those kitchen projects and keeping on top of the weekly meal plan.
The Ultimate Slippers
Soft Blankets and Throws
Aspen Mink Plush Throw
Food Styling Accessories
Food bloggers are always on the look-out for interesting plates and quirky cutlery to make their food photography shine, so why not get them a couple of bits for Christmas?
- Vintage Cutlery + Kitchenalia – browse around car boot sales and markets – you’ll find loads of stuff dirt cheap!
- Ribbons & Twine – dotcom giftshop always have a lush selection
- Napkins – department stores are great places to pick these up
- Plates/Bowls – Anhropologie is a real treat for interesting crockery
- Seasonal bargains Tiger is fabulous for fun and quirky bits and pieces
- Storage – they’ll be needing somewhere to put all these props so how about some storage baskets from Not On The High Street
The ultimate gift for a blogger is to give them a whole new-look website! We can work within a range of budgets, from a simple blog installation and set-up, to a complete custom design and development of complex websites. Come and see us at Callia Web!