When you ask many people what they like about Christmas, plenty of them will say the food and foodie gifts are always a popular choice when it comes to presents under the tree each year. Here’s my selection of the best food and drink gifts to give someone you love this festive season.
This Gnaw Hot Choc Shots gift set (£5.99) is a great gift this winter for those who love a good old mug of hot chocolate. With a variety of flavours to choose from, they can enjoy a tasty hot chocolate in style.
These tea selections from O-Teas will certainly go down a treat. The festive flavours will bring joy to anyone’s day and who can refuse a little bit of zesty tropical goodness in the morning with the tropical flavours? They taste absolutely delicious and are perfect for any tea connoisseurs in your life.
If someone in your life has a really sweet tooth, why not consider Mr Stanley’s? They have a fantastic range of gifts available to suit any tastebuds. The Caramel & Sea Salt fudge (£5.99) is perfect for fudge lovers and the Milk Chocolate and Salted Caramel Chocolate Matches (£6.99) are super tasty. You can even grab some Popping Candy Chocolate Matches (£6.99), some Caramel & Sea Salt Toffees (£5.99), some Crystallised Stem Ginger (£6.99) if someone in your life particularly likes the stuff and even a Bauble with Chocolate Coins (£4.99) for your child to hang on the tree.
All their products are super tasty and very affordable – and I would totally recommend them.
If someone you love likes a festive tipple, how about some wine or liquor?
The Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2014 (£12) is a full bodied Chardonnay with aromas of white pear, fig and toasty hazelnut. Perfect for pairing with turkey.
The Kings Favour Sauvignon Blanc (£13.99) is the perfect aperitif, no food required. If you do want a nibble, try alongside crushed fish cakes with lime and chilli mayonnaise. It has a lime zest and citrus blossom fragrance with more exotic elements of pink grapefruit.
The De Bortoli Show Liqueur Muscat (£14) is perhaps for the more acquired taste but is something the men in my life absolutely adored. Oak barrel aged 8 years, this fortified wine has a bouquet of raisin, fig with spicy notes. Muscat caramel, toffee and vanilla oaky flavours develop on tasting. It will also keep for several more years in the bottle.
If red wine is more your thing, then this Masi Campofiorin Rosso Del Veronese IGT 2012 is a bright ruby red with delicate purple edges. It has hints of cherries on the nose, with cloves and vanilla particularly as part of the spiciness. It has a long, lingering finish. This was a major hit.
Perhaps someone in your life prefers whisky. A great gift would be a whisky from AnCnoc, such as the 12 year old vintage, RRP £34 for full size and available at Master of Malt. We always buy my father in law some whisky so it always makes a great gift – and sometimes the more vintage, the better!
Every year I look forward to the Christmas products from Cadbury and of course – every year I am not disappointed. There is always such a great selection of products for both the run up to Christmas and to give as gifts too and as always, they taste absolutely delicious. Cadbury are such an important British institution and I would be a little upset if I didn’t receive at least one thing from them in my stocking each year, wouldn’t you?
Love marshmallows? Then perhaps something from the Baru range will be a great gift? These Strawberry & Cacao marshmallows (£3.25) are super tasty and a handy stocking filler.
If you are looking for something that little bit different, how about these offerings from ScandiKitchen? Reindeer Salami doesn’t sound like your usual gift but if you’re looking for something unique, perhaps it would make a cool present. Or perhaps some Blossa Glogg, some Scandinavian alcohol, would tickle your fancy more?
We all love a tin of biscuits over the festive season and once again, McVitie’s are offering some fantastic products. The NEW McVitie’s Victoria Collection (RRP £6) is a tasty gift in such lovely packaging and the NEW McVitie’s Snow Globe Tin (RRP £10) has such a beautiful scene with tasty treats inside. I can see both of these being very popular gifts this Christmas.
I’ve mentioned my love for Raisthorpe Manor’s products before and this Sloe Port is definitely a fantastic gift to pick up this Yuletide. Priced at £16.45 for 35cl, it is a Great Taste Gold winner and something I can see being a very popular gift this year. After all, everyone loves a tipple of something over the festive season, don’t they?
My final gift idea would be some of these fantastic travel inspired chocolates from Cocoa Hernando. With super cute packaging, amazing and intense flavours at an affordable price, someone would sure love to find these in their stocking this year.
What food or drink items would you most like to receive this year?