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Less than £10

Chili seasoning

Photo: Kathryn Ann Rose/The Observer

Excellent sauces for slanted seasonings. £6.50 – £8, poonslondon.com

Mushroom playing cards

Mushroom playing cards

Fun with fungi. £5.99, shop.plantlife.org.uk

Spanner cookie cutter

Spanner cookie cutter

Essential baker’s toolkit. £3, re-foundobjects.com

eco dishtowels

eco dishtowels

Nice clothes for a clean kitchen. £6.95, Balticmill.com

Arta soy sauce dish with sheba dog

Arta soy sauce dish with sheba dog

Add the soybeans to reveal the Shaybah surprise. Buy it: £5.48, japancentre.com

Canned rock seafood

Canned rock seafood

Delicious tins, sourced mostly from British waters. £4.95 – £5.95, therockfish.co.uk

Maki roll

Maki roll

Add a little shiny sushi to the tree. £5.99, souschef.co.uk

Heston from Waitrose Hot Chocolate Pennies

Heston from Waitrose Hot Chocolate Pennies

Sparkling coins that turn into fancy cocoa. £6 for 4waitrose.com

White Box Cocktail Boxes

White Box Cocktail Boxes

One serving martini or negroni for Christmas stockings. £5 each, shopcuvee.com

Sunflower seeds from Ukraine

Sunflower seeds from Ukraine

Sow some summer cheer and support an organic Ukrainian produce. From £1, plus delivery, Organicseeds.top

Lyon gianduioso tube spread

Lyon gianduioso tube spread

Indulgence with chocolate and hazelnut to go. £6.50, souschef.co.uk

Striped dinner candles

Striped dinner candles

Get a soft glow with bold streaks. £5 each, shop.courtauld.ac.uk

Garden Patch Mixed Grass Paper

Garden Patch Mixed Grass Paper

Grow a kitchen garden the easy way. £6.50 for 5shop.tate.org.uk

Wooden fish

Wooden fish

Mackerel to hang on your tree – or in your kitchen. Buy it: £8, shop.balticmill.com

HeyInstant melting chocolate milk boy

O'boy Instant Chocolate Milk

A favorite in Scandinavia for over 60 years, they make great hot (or cold) chocolate. £5.99, souschef.co.uk

chefs Secret ingredients

Chefs Secret Ingredients

Take inspiration from the OFM series My Secret Ingredient and hand a handful of our favorite chef essentials—maybe Ravinder Pugal’s tajine spice blend, Asma Khan’s nutmeg, Ainsley Harriott allspice, Yotam Ottolenghi’s black garlic, and Andrew Wong’s fermented bean pods. Tajin, £2.99, souschef.co.uk; Laoganma beancurd in chili oil; £2.49, zing-asia.co.uk

Ottolenghi salt caramel and chocolate brittle

Ottolenghi salt caramel and chocolate brittle

OFM’s favorite sweet and savory snack. £7.90, ottolenghi.co.uk

Pastes Rempapa Spice Co

Pastes Rempapa Spice Co

A head start on savory meals – Piranaani Turmeric and Lemongrass; Tamarind spiced with Balinese green lime sambal. £5.50 – £6.90, rempapa.com

David Shrigley mug

David Shrigley mug

A reassuring cup with the British artist. £9.95, balticmill.com

Aluminum fish mold

Aluminum fish mold

Salmon mousse anyone? Vintage chic for retro dinner parties. £2.50, re-foundobjects.com

Badge of St. John the Pig

Badge of St. John the Pig

The porky badge of honor. £4.99, stjohnrestaurant.com

Latitude chocolate bars

Latitude chocolate bars

Chocolate made with a good conscience in Uganda. £4.95, cocoarunners.com

orange socks

orange socks

Dress up in Christmas costumes. £9.95, ohhdeer.com

Under £50

Cristalino Butterfly Cannon tequila

Butterfly Cristalino Tequila Cannon

Mix in some festive fringe; Proceeds help support butterfly conservation. £28.95, masterofmalt.com

Paté en crotte print

Paté en crotte print

The Art of Charcuterie by Laura Marling. Buy it: £45, meatfishcheese.com

London Borough of Jam T-shirt

London Borough of Jam T-shirt

Wear your favorite diaper. Buy it: £22, londonboroughofjam.com

Licorice from Bülow’s winter collection

Licorice from Bülow's winter collection

Licorice bonbons in festive flavors, including golden raspberry, crunchy frozen mint, and classic salted caramel. £19, lakridsbybulow.co.uk

Plant trees and eat cheese collection

Plant trees and eat cheese collection

Delicious and Convenient – Three Classic British Cheeses and Farm by Trees for Cities come with every box. £45, paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk

Made in Oldstead Sweet Hamper

Made in Oldstead Sweet Hamper

Christmas baked goods with wild flavors from OFM Awards 2022 Best Restaurant home delivery sister company, Roots. With kernel marzipan Christmas cake, veggie mince pies, Christmas cookies, chicory fudge and lovage, sour cherry nougat, Woodruff-soaked eggplant syrup and Woodruff bourbon hot chocolate. Buy it: £45, madeinoldstead.co.uk

Verde’s Lasagna and Dessert Set

Verde's Lasagna and Dessert Set

DIY lasagna, when turkey fatigue sets in. Buy it: £30, linastores.co.uk

An A-Z collection of Pasta Cookbook and Ingredients

An A-Z collection of Pasta Cookbook and Ingredients

Send someone on a pasta discovery journey. £42.99, souschef.co.uk

Cole wine

Cole wine

The house wine at London’s famous Mexican restaurant Kol is a delicious collaboration between Slovakia’s Slobodne family, Chef Santiago Lastra and Modal Wines. £34 each (1 liter bottle), kolrestaurant.store

Damson Jelly Academy Medium Cooking Pack

Damson Jelly Academy Medium Cooking Pack

Give the gift of knowledge – learn to cook fish, meat and pasta to perfection at Ravneet Gill’s online cooking school. For each course sold to beginners, Damson Jelly Academy donates one to the school, to improve access to nutritional education. £49.99, damsonjelliacademy.thinkific.com

Marshmallow tea cake

Marshmallow tea cake

Move over, Tunnocks — for Christmas, at least. These seasonal flavors are Christmas Pudding, Black Forest Gateau, Strawberry Trifle and profiteroles. Buy it: £16, themarshmallowist.com

Doreen Rum Cake

Doreen Rum Cake

Dark, rich and rum-heavy, this deeply flavored 1-pound loaf cake has usurped traditional Christmas pudding to be our favorite holiday dessert. £23 (vegan option available), doreensjamaicanhomemaderumcakes.co.uk

Pump Street Eccles Bakery

Pump Street Eccles Bakery

OFM Awards 2022 Product of the Year Classic Bread – Just add Lancashire cheese. Buy it: £15, pumpstreetchocol.com

Scented candles from Lilly Vanille Bakery

Scented candles from Lilly Vanille Bakery

Ditch the Christmas seasoning and opt for a baked good scent like plum and blueberry or English pear and vanilla. £29 each, lilyvanilli.com

Bao Hightide key ring lonely man

Bao x Hightide lonely man key ring

For fluffy cake lovers. Buy it: £12, baolondon.com

Beeswax baking bag

Beeswax bread bag

Keep sourdough fresh. Buy it: £26, laborandwait.co.uk

Chai from Mira

Chai from Mira

An intoxicating blend of seven spices and coconut sugar. £16.50 – £27.50, chaibymira.com

Eaten Alive Reserve Extra Special XO Citrus Champagne

Eaten Alive Reserve Extra Special XO Citrus Champagne

Hot Sauce for the Holiday Season – Aji lime peppers are fermented and then mixed with champagne vinegar. £15.99, eatenalive.co.uk

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