It’s been claimed that shopping for Christmas Gifts is the most stressful occasion for most adults, ahead of Birthdays and Weddings. Yes, finding the perfect gift ends up causing unnecessary anxiety, probably because the average person in the UK apparently spends over £550 each, making us the biggest spenders in Europe!
If that’s not terrifying enough maybe consider the fact that your gift may well end being returned anyway. It makes you wonder why you bother. Well, fear not, we’re here to make some suggestions for gifts that’ll not only bring a heartwarming smile to faces but will be sure to go down well with even the hardest to buy for. Here’s some food & drink inspired gift guide loveliness.
Limited Edition Coffee by Midnight Blue £80.00 (250g)
This outstanding coffee blend using the renowned Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is the perfect Christmas pick me up and makes for a lovely gift. Hand roasted in small batches, this limited edition concoction provides a smooth and subtle flavour with a delightful aroma, and is probably the best coffee money can buy. Each batch comes in a beautiful box, with a unique numbered and signed roaster certificate, story booklet and personalised postcard.
Jack Ratt Lugger Rum by Lyme Bay Winery £38.50
This spiced rum from English producer Lyme Bay is named after notorious local smuggler Jack Ratt, who brought his fishing boats – named luggers – into the area laden with contraband. Sourced in the Caribbean then aged in bourbon-charred oak barrels in Devon, the Lugger Rum is then finished by spicing it with nutmeg, orange peel, cloves, and vanilla. The ideal festive tasting drop for those who fancy something a bit different.
Chocolate by Vivani £2.00
This superior organic chocolate made from sustainably certified cocoa is a real indulgent treat, that’s equally light and delicate, while intensely flavoured. There’s a huge range if Vivani from the purest darkest cocoa to fruit flavoured lighter blends and everything in between.
The Garden Chef by Phaidon £29.95
A collection of fascinating stories and a ton of recipes from 40 of the world’s leading chefs and their flourishing kitchen gardens. Whether you’ve got a small rooftop smack bang in the middle of the city or alternatively a plot on an allotment, there’s loads of advice and suggestions on how to make the most of the season and the herbs, spices or plants you grow. Full of stunning images and ideas this book will be a go-to for those chasing the good life.
Champagne by Bruno Paillard £40.00
A blend of grapes taken from 30 different villages and aged for 3 years has resulted in this sumptuous and intensely rich champagne that lingers on the palate. Popping the cork of this flagship wine from the family-run, boutique Champagne House is a great way to start the big day and a wonderful present for the sparkly member of the family.
Fusion Metallic Mug by John Lewis & Partners £7.00
The only thing as important as your morning caffeine fix is the mug you drink it out of. Everyone has their own preference and this porcelain piece from John Lewis is a stylish little number, that’s solid and makes a lovely little pressie.
Chocolate by Seed & Bean £2.69
Organic confectionary using small scale suppliers and handmade in England, that’s the story where Seed & Bean are concerned. There’s a huge choice of innovative and unique flavours from Sicilian Hazelnut and Lavender, to Cornish Sea Salt and Spiced Ginger.
Signature Dishes that Matter by Phaidon £35.00
Here’s the perfect gift for the budding Gordon Ramsey in your life. Put together by top experts this rather lovely book reveals the closely held secrets behind the world’s most iconic recipes, from 19th-century fine dining and popular classics to today’s most innovative kitchens. From the Hawaiian Pizza to the famous Spotted Dick from Sweetings in London, 240 delicious dishes are covered here, in what’s both a landmark cookbook and a fascinating cultural history of dining out. Bon appetit!
Drinks Specific Whisky Set by Riedel £135.00
This cristal glass whisky set from Riedel oozes class. You could imagine sitting in front of a roaring fire and pouring a single malt from the distinguished decanter into one of these unique tumbler glasses. Sure to take anyone’s favourite spirit to the next level, this is the perfect gift for any whisky-lover.
Photography by Simon J Evans
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