We’ve all got those friends or family members who adore cooking, baking or kitting out their kitchen, but they can often be hard to buy for. When it seems like they’ve got everything for their foodie needs, heading to any old department store won’t help you find something they’ll be excited to receive. That’s where Tiger comes in, a Danish store that sells funky gifts, imaginative homeware and handy essentials. Since the opening of the new store in Grand Central I’ve not been able to pass through the shopping centre without a quick (or not so quick!) mooch through their quirky and affordable kitchen range – it really is the kind of shop that you can’t leave without having bought something! So when I was asked if I’d like to feature Tiger on my blog, I knew exactly what I’d write about – read on for an alternative gift guide for your foodie friends!
Stocking Fillers £1-£2
If you’ve never visited a Tiger store before the first thing you’ll notice is how ridiculously cheap everything is! So many items on the shelves are a mere 1-2 quid, meaning you can pick up some of your Christmas shopping with the spare change in your purse. My favourite products were these adorable china origami swan salt and pepper pots, which are an absolute steal at £2 for the pair. Tiger is also great for those little useful gifts that they didn’t know they needed, such as these cute apple bag seals. The glass spice pots also come in lots of different colours and are so much more fun than shop bought jars. For 50p each you could easily get enough for even the largest spice and herb collection!
Secret Santa £3-£5
Most products in Tiger are under a fiver, but we’re not talking basic kitchenware. Have you ever seen anything as cool as pencil crayon chopsticks?! The answer is no, no you have not. You can pick up some great baking bits and bobs, like a cookie press or cake letter stamps, as well as kitchen accessories like this cute sugar bowl. Tiger also has a food section, full of reasonably priced foodie treats. The packaging for the food is often creative and fun – I chose some Danish butter cookies which not only taste gorgeous but also come in a great tin!
Under the Tree £5+
I hope you are now all singing that to the tune of ‘Under the sea’ from the Little Mermaid… A great thing about Tiger is not only do they sell quirky or novelty kitchenalia, they are also a good bet if you are looking for practical gifts for a reasonable price. You’d have to pay around £15 in John Lewis for a cocktail shaker alone but in Tiger a complete cocktail making set is yours for a tenner! With the wine set, again only £10, you would never guess it was such a bargain as each component has a quality feel to it.
Maybe you’re friends with a food blogger (hint hint), or maybe you’ve pulled out the name of the office foodie in secret santa – whatever your budget you’re bound to find something a bit different in Tiger. With a stripped back, Scandinavian vibe and always playing some great tunes, Tiger is also a joy to shop in, so make sure it’s one of your stops when Christmas shopping in Birmingham this year.
*The products featured in this post were complimentary. I chose them myself and also chose the topic of this article. As I was already a big fan of Tiger, this post only reinforces my honest opinion.