The festive season is the time to really splurge on food & drink with no regrets. The time that we always make time for spending with friends and family when we’re not able to throughout the rest of the year.
In this guide there are ideas for gifts, things to have in when guests call, and for treating yourself!
Booja Booja truffles
£9.99, available from Holland & Barrett
Truffles at Christmas are a certainty for me and this premium award-winning selection from Booja Booja certainly hits the spot. Packaged in a beautiful box, the 16 dairy, gluten & soya free, vegan, organic truffles include five flavours; hazelnut crunch, almond salted caramel, rhubarb & vanilla fool, stem ginger, and around midnight espresso.
The Other Bar chocolate
£2.99 per bar, available from The Other Bar
Who doesn’t like finding chocolate in their stocking? The Other Bar comes in two flavours – milk or dark chocolate -and can be purchased as singular bars or a pack of four containing two dark and two milk. (Even packs of 84 bars!). As well as bringing a smile to the recipients face, each bar also helps a cocoa farmer towards buying a cocoa tree and supporting his family with a fair wage.
Summerton Whisky Club subscription
From £50, available from Summerton Club
The bottle received will be a full size bottle as featured in this guide.
A Summerton Club subscription provides its members with a full sized bottle of a premium bottle of whisky from around the world. None of the whiskies from the club can be found on supermarket shelves, and they’re all unique, rare and unusual. You can choose how often you’d like to receive the box, so it doesn’t need to be a monthly thing either.
South African wine
From £8.99, available from South Africa House of Wine
If whisky isn’t the gift you’re looking for, how about wine? Specifically, South African wine. South Africa House of Wine are retailers of wine exclusively from South Africa. They have an extensive range to choose from, from a wide variety of producers. Any amount of bottles can be purchased, but purchasing six or more gives you the best possible price across the range. Perfect for stocking up for unexpected visitors, or gifts for wine connoisseurs!
£40 (70cl), available from M&S in store or Master of Malt
If not whisky or wine, then perhaps gin? This Mermaid gin is produced on the Isle of Wight and blended with ten ethically sourced botanicals from around the island. These include zing organic lemon zest, peppery notes from grains of paradise, and a hint of sea from rock samphire. As well as tasting delicious, it’s presented in a stunning eco-friendly bottle.
Jeffrey’s tonic syrups
£7 per bottle (200ml), available from Ocado or Jeffrey’s Tonic
These tonic syrups make a great gift to go along with a bottle of the recipient’s favourite spirit, though they can also be added to plain tonic water for non-drinkers. They come in four different flavours – not so plain (Cinchona bark and Sicilian lemon juice), original recipe (cassia, clove & allspice), lime, galangal & orange, and yarrow, rosehip & elderflower. You can also buy a gift box containing 50ml samples of all four flavours.
Belvoir festive drinks
From £3.50 per bottle (50cl/75cl), available from most major supermarkets
Belvoir have once again released their range of five festive drinks which are perfect for the run up to Christmas. The flavours include honey, lemon & ginger cordial, mulled winter cordial, festive fruit punch, mulled winter punch, and spiced ginger punch. They can all be heated to drink for that warming feeling you crave during winter, and are perfect for guests who are driving. Or add a splash of alcohol to jazz them up a bit more!
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