Christmas is the perfect time for foody indulgence, but as well as delicious treats, how about some kitchenware or thoughtful healthy options as well?
Prices correct at time of writing.
Christmas is all about spending quality time with loved ones, so The Family Christmas Hamper, full to the brim with festive treats for the whole family, is perfect for any large gathering this Winter season!
Children of all ages will adore the assortments of chocolate and popcorn on offer, whilst the Croft Port and Freixenet prosecco are sure to be popular amongst the adults.
No fighting please.
From Hampers.com for £145 – many other hampers for all budgets also available.
If you know a gin fan, DrinkSupermarket.com has a range of gift packs that feature a bottle of gin plus a matching glass or goblet.
- Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin 70cl Gift Pack, £26.99
- Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin 70cl Gift Pack, £26.99
- Whitley Neill Raspberry Gin 70cl Gift Pack, £26.99
- Bloom Gin 70cl Gift Pack, was £29.99, now £25.99
There are also plenty of other spirit-based gift packs including whisky, rum, vodka and tequila. Alternatively you can create your own gift box from a choice of miniatures. See DrinkSupermarket.com for more gift packs and ideas.
We feature this almost every year simply because it is a winner! A notably light Christmas pudding, of traditional ingredients, made to a trusted recipe with Adnams Broadside Strong Original. You can microwave, steam or boil this Christmas pud.
Price £12.99 from Adnams.
For dark chocolate lovers and connoisseurs this ‘best of the best’ dark chocolate bundle mini hamper contains seven of the best dark chocolate bars from the world’s finest chocolate makers.
Discover the amazing flavour profiles from different makers, origins and fine blends. The hand-picked selection is presented in a sophisticated mini hamper box, hand-finished with ribbon and ready for gift giving.
If you prefer milk chocolate there is an equivalent mini hamper too.
Price £41.20 (list price, £44.77) from the Chocolate Trading Co.
Christmas is all about indulgence. So don’t let that stop at the food. This case of luxury wines is brimming with class. Put your feet up. Sit back. And drink something excellent.
The case includes:
- Domaine des Patureaux Pouilly Fume 2019 x3
- Edouard Delaunay ‘Septembre’ Chardonnay 2018, Burgundy x3
- Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2018, Marlborough x3
- Château la Vaisinerie 2014, Puisseguin Saint-Émilion x3
Available from Majestic Wines, £160.99.
KITCHENWARE FOR FOODIES
Serve up Christmas goodies on fabulously festive plates and in gorgeously cheerful jugs and mugs.
The queen of decorated dinnerware, Emma Bridgewater, has created several new Christmas designs for 2020 including Hawthorn Berries, Winter Deer, Hohoho, Christmas Joy and new variations in her Toast & Marmalade collection.
Prices from £12.95, available from Emma Bridgewater.
Make canapés, use up turkey leftovers or create traditional samosas with this SMART Samosa Maker from IWOOT (I Want One Of Those). Featuring a non-stick baking plate, the unit makes up to 24 pieces at a time and can produce crispy and delicious baked snacks without the need for deep frying.
Simply use any pastry of your choice and fill with your sweet or savoury filling: try adding spicy vegetables, pastry, meat and chicken, cheese and fruit… your healthy samosas will be very popular at parties or family get togethers!
Available from IWOOT for £36.99 (RRP: £39.99).
These beautiful high quality Silver Mounted Crystal Decanters bring modern styling to the table. Use them for wine, spirits or even as a water decanter, for dinner parties with family and friends.
With Handcrafted solid silver collar, and Dartington crystal decanter the bottles are handmade in England using traditional techniques.
Available in three different shapes/sizes each comes with a stopper and is fully hallmarked at the London Assay Office. For a special gift you can have the silver collar engraved with a name, date or short message.
Prices start from £250, from Hersey & Son.
If working from home is your new normal, a new coffee machine might be on the cards! With its new design, CitiZ by Krups in festive red is an award-winning compact design to fit in to any kitchen without taking up too much space.
The user-friendly features include two programmable buttons with automatic flow-stop for Espresso and Lungo coffee preparations as well as a removable drip tray for taller glass recipes.
The 19 bar high performance pump offers barista-style coffee every time, while the fast heat-up system reaches the ideal temperature in just 25 seconds so there’s no hanging about when serving coffee after Christmas dinner!
Price £159 from La Redoute.
Anticipating a Boxing Day hangover or preparing your ‘healthy living’ New Year’s Resolutions?
Zerowater reduces 99.6% of all total dissolved solids in your drinking water. It delivers the purest tasting water in minutes. Zerowater removes 97% of lead, 96% of mercury, 95% of chlorine and even 97% of asbestos, which is often displaced from old and ageing water pipes.
Zerowater gets better results due to a 5-stage filter to ensure your tap water is pure. The Zerowater 12-Cup Filter with a free TDS Reader (Total Dissolved Solids) costs £39.99 from Zerowater.co.uk
Team up with a Lifeventure Flip Top Bottle from Millets for the ideal alternative to single use bottled water. Now £11.70 (was £13).
Or for table water pour from one of the fun glass jugs by Ichendorf Milano – featuring a small (glass!) creature in the bottom. Choose from a Turtle, Fish, Duck or Squirrel, £50 each from the V&A Museum’s online gift shop.
For something different, how about gifting a subscription to Juice Club, a monthly programme with a mix and match choice from a wide range of juices to suit individual needs?
Today’s world doesn’t always make it easy to be healthy, so Britt’s Superfoods offers a convenient solution. They produce and instantly freeze the 100% pure, fresh SuperFood Juices and ship them straight to your door. You can then add the frozen shots to your preferred juice or freshly juiced smoothies, or take them on their own.
While studying for a PhD in molecular biology and nature conservation, founder Dr Britt Cordi discovered the incredible health and wellness benefits of freshly pressed wheatgrass juice and in 2009 launched her first product. It remains a customer favourite and is now joined by a family of SuperFood juices, each with their own incredible nutritional health benefits.
If you are looking to treat someone who follows a special diet, there’s no need to miss out on Christmas foodie fun. Virginia Hayward Hampers offers a range of speciality diet hampers, including diabetic, gluten free and vegan.
Pictured here, the Gorgeously Gluten & Wheat Free Hamper (£34.99) contains an array of scrumptious treats such as gingerbread, peanuts, chocolate and an indulgent cake, all of which will get your recipient’s taste buds tingling!
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