Food and drink is often the safest option to give at Christmas – everyone needs to eat after all, and no one can resist a beautifully wrapped box of chocolates. If you have a food fanatic in your life, there is even more you could give – whether from a major supermarket, or somewhere more artisanal.
Unknown Deep Limited Edition Rum, £36.75, The Kraken
Delicious dark rum housed in a special black and gold bottle that will add a stylish edge to any bar. For each bottle sold, The Kraken will donate £1 to marine conservation charity, Project Aware: Dive Against Debris.
Chocolate Biscuit Cake Christmas Wreaths, £35, Chococo
Buy one for yourself and one as a gift – once you’ve tasted this yummy tiffin cake stuffed full of tart dried cherries, raisins and rich tea biscuits, you’ll be thankful you did. A vegan version is also available.
Gin Hothouse Miniature Gift Set, £17, Hendricks
Grow your own cucumber garnish with this sweet set, which comes with two mini bottles of Hendricks Gin, double sided cucumber bar spoon, a mini plant pot, a packet of cucumber seeds, a packet of potting soil and a 20 page gin cocktail recipe book.
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Festive Espresso Martini Kit, £65, Mr Blacks
Containing coffee liquer, coffee concentrate, three Monin syrups, a cocktail shaker and a jigger, this kit has everything needed to make 14 cocktails in three flavours (hazelnut espresso martini, gingerbread espresso martini, and caramel espresso martini). One for the cocktail lovers.
The Luxury Collection Hamper, £59.99, Aldi
Containing treats from chocolate, jam and cake to wine and coffee, all housed in a pretty wicker basket.
Pasta Subscription, from £51, Pasta Evangelists
Fresh, artisanal pasta each month – almost as good as being in Italy! Subscriptions start from three months.
Dorset Extra Large Charcuterie Box, £80, The Real Cure
A real treat for meat lovers, this box contains Oak Smoked Gloucester Old Spot Bacon, Wild Venison Burgers, Dorset Chorizo Picante, Smoked Dorset Nduja, and Hartgrove Coppa Ham, Sliced Dry Cured Ham, Free Range Gloucester Old Spot Sausages, Diced Wild Venison.
The Christmas Morning Hamper, £180, Daylesford Organic
The most decadent way to kick start festivities, this white wicker hamper contains a host of organic goodies such as smoked salmon and granola.
Brie à la Truffe Wheel, £280, Fortnum and Mason
Featuring a rich layer of crème fraiche, mascarpone, truffle paste and shavings of fresh black truffles, this is more than just your standard cheese.
Aurora Vodka, £160, Crystal Head Vodka at Selfridges
1750ml of pure vodka made from Canadian water and English wheat, this iridescent bottle – created in celebration of the Aurora Borealis – will adorn your kitchen shelf long after the drink is gone.
Champagne Duo & Riedel Glasses Gift Pack, £135, Moët & Chandon at Harvey Nichols
It’s Christmas – only Champagne will do. This gift set contains a bottle of Grand Vintage Champagne 2012 and a bottle of Rosé Impérial Champagne NV, plus two Riedel Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Champagne Flutes.
For the kitchen
Monty Pasta Bowl, £28, Catnap
Elevate your pasta dinner with this adorable cat themed fine bone china bowl, designed in London by British designer Suzie Patrick and manufactured in Staffordshire.
Sicily is my Love Dolce & Gabbana toaster, £499.95, Smeg at John Lewis
Yes, it’s a toaster – but if it is going to sit on the kitchen counter, make it a showstopper.
The Challenger Bread Pan, £239, The Sourdough School
A cast iron bread pan designed for use in domestic ovens to allow the home baker to bake the best loaf. The perfect gift for those who took up making bread during lockdown.
Avondale Glass Straws in Amber, £12 for set of four, Soho Home
Environmentally conscious and chic. Comes with a cleaning brush.
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