Christmas Gift Guide For Food And Drink Lovers

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Tomorrow is officially November *eek* or for most of you reading this it’s probably already November which means Christmas is next month. How bloody crazy is that?! I don’t know about you but I hate having to do Christmas shopping in December as things are hectic, crowded and people get stressed. It’s something I’ve been doing since my days in retail as I’d work so much in December I didn’t have the time or energy to shop closer to Christmas. My family are massive food and drink lovers, but come on who isn’t?! So gifts in these realms are always perfect for Christmas, so sit back, try not to get hungry and check out some of my best picks for Christmas.

JamEdinburgh Preserve Jam*- £19.99

Find me a gift are a complete treasure trove of delight and there are so many gifts here (not just food and drink based) but one thing which caught my eye was this jam set. Every Christmas my auntie gets a collection of jam’s as they are something she loves but rarely buys herself but they never tend to last long as the pots are so tiny. That’s one of the things which drew me to this set as the actual pots of  jam are a very generous size, especially for the price. With flavours including Raspberry, Strawberry, and Blackcurrant one of the great things about these jams are that they’re relatively smooth. Yes, they have the texture of jam and aren’t runny but they’re not too lumpy which can be something which puts me off jams. Being Edinburgh preserves as well always reminds me of one of my favourite UK destinations.

Popcorn

Portlebay Popcorn* – From £9.30 for variety boxes

One of the things I love making are mini food hampers because then you can put together a selection of yummy foods and make a decent looking present and I don’t know about you but I love popcorn. Ever since being on Slimming World popcorn has always been a healthier alternative to crisps and Portlebay have you sorted for flavours with 10 varieties including your traditional Sweet and Salty and Salted but also some more experimental flavours such as Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup, Lemon Sherbert, and Cinnamon Swirl. Yes, you read right! The flavours are strong without being too overpowering and surprisingly I loved the Cinnamon Swirl popcorn even though I wasn’t expecting to. The whole range is gluten free, all bar the Bacon one is suitable for veggies, and half the range is suitable for vegans *hooray*. You can buy boxes of the popcorn to try them all and they’re perfect for popcorn lovers or as additions to hampers/ stockings.

Nakd Bar

Nakd Bar*- £13.99 for 18 bars (can also buy individually)

Another vegan-friendly treat – and one which is back by popular demand – is the Christmas Pud flavoured Nakd bar. Most of you have probably heard of Nakd bars as they’re all natural, vegan-friendly and totally delicious. The Christmas Pud bar is full of warm spices, winter fruits and the crunchy, nutty taste which you’d expect from a Christmas pud. The great thing about it is it’s even one of your five-a-day full of raw fruit, nuts and natural ingredients. Christmas doesn’t have to be all junk food and chocolate and the Nakd bars are perfect for more hamper filling or to chow down on while you’re stressing over wrapping your presents.

Prosecco

La Marca Prosecco*- £10

If there is one thing to get my family in a flutter it’s prosecco, it just adds a little something special to normal days. La Marca Prosecco is newly launched and would be perfect for any sparkling wine lover. The bottle is simple and offers a timeless sophistication which doesn’t make it overly feminine like a lot of wine packaging. This is the first prosecco actually to be launched by the E&J Gallo Winery so it’s pretty unique, coming from Italy’s lush Prosecco region. Normally I’m not a massive wine drinker but the thing I love about this is how light it tastes with aroma’s of fresh citrus and flowers, it’s really fresh and clean and not at all heavy like some sparkling wines can be. The bottle itself is only £10 as well so it isn’t too pricey to stock up for over the Christmas period. At £10 a bottle you can afford to stock up over the Christmas period.

Tipple Box

Tipple Box* – £24 for 1 month (cheaper if bought in longer packages)

Anyone who reads my blog will know how much I love a good subscription box, and even more so when those subscription boxes come with alcohol in them. Tipple Box are reasonably unique in the fact that they don’t just focus on one spirit so if you like to mix up your cocktails then this might well be the one for you. You can opt for a monthly box, cocktail boxes with all the ingredients to recreate a particular drink or spirit tasting sets. I received the October box which had all the ingredients to make two rum-based cocktails which was great because who doesn’t love a good rum?! The sets are so well thought out with really good sized samples, I had three bottles of Rum for my two cocktails, lucky me! You can buy the boxes online through the brands’ own website or John Lewis/ Notonthehighstreet but they’ll also be landing in Lakeland and Fenwicks stores in the lead up to Christmas.

Chocolate

Chocolate & Love*£3 per 100g bar

With Chocolate & Love comes another vegan-friendly treat, but you’d never know it. Husband and wife chocolate lovers Richard and Birgitte created the company and use only the highest quality, organic and fairtrade ingredients to make seven different flavours. The range includes Creamy Dark, Rich Dark, Coffee, Mint, Orange, Panama and Sea Salt and Caramel. I know a lot of people think that dairy free chocolate must taste different but I promise you it doesn’t, Chocolate & Love has more cocoa and less sugar than most other chocolate out there with no extra additives, so you can feel slightly less guilty as you munch through an entire bar. When I tried the Rich Dark unlike other dark chocolate’s I’ve had it wasn’t too rich which was good, and let’s just say my dad devoured the Coffee one in one sitting (I didn’t even get time to tell him it was dairy-free before). You can buy the range from Sainbury’s or Ocado at just £3 per 100g bar, so perfect for stockings, hampers or as a treat for yourself.

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October 31, 2016
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  • Melanie Edjourian

    The tipple box sounds great I haven’t heard of them before but I do like my cocktails 😉

  • LaaLaa

    What an amazing selection. I’m so fussy with vegan bars as they mostly contain raisins and dates :( – the tipple box looks good xo

  • Cassandra Mayers

    Some great ideas here – I always get food treats for my dad for Christmas so I will have to consider some of these :)

  • Jo Wiggins

    You’ve got me sold on the jam and popcorn. I have jam everyday and love trying new flavours of popcorn x

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I’ll have the prosecco please, that would be amazing and a bag of popcorn too x

  • The tipple box sounds like my dream subscription box, I think I’ll have to treat myself 😉

  • I love this gift guide! The Tipple Box sounds amazing, and the organic chocolate! Yummy!

  • Kathryn

    Food is my favourite kind of gift! The xmas pud bars sound yummy xx

  • jigsawparenting

    I love the preserve gift idea, [perfect for older aunts and uncles so may just have to use this idea myself for them a great list and some great gift ideas

  • What some fantastic gifts, I love the sound of that popcorn I might have to treat myself if no one else does. x

  • This is really handy, thanks for sharing. I suppose I’ll have to get buying soon!

  • Ayesha Farhad

    I love the list! Its a break from all the other material gift guides! I know a few people who would love foodie gifts! Definitely going to refer to this!

  • Lots of tasty goodies here. That chocolate sounds lovely.

  • Great picks here – I always struggle with what to get my foodie friends – thanks for sharing x

  • fashion-mommy

    The prosecco is a must for me, my lovely niece gets me fizz every year.

  • What a fab Christmas gift guide! I really like the preserve gift set, I love Jam

  • Christine Dodd

    Can’t go wrong with prosecco and chocolate at Christmas – anyone would be happy to receive one or the other.

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    I’ve got those Nakd bars and I’m so excited to try them!

  • Anthea

    That tipple box looks like a fab gift to get someone and it has my favourite tipple in it … rum!

  • Oh my goodness, I need to find those nakd bars, stat!

  • Because I’m having to lay off the alcohol I’ll have to just take the scrummy looking chocolate 😉

  • if i bought these for people, they would not receive them haha

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    Awesome choices, everything looks yummy and just so delicious! H x

  • Newcastle Family Life

    Great selection of goodies, love the sound of the Tipple box x

  • Rachel George

    Some tasty gifts here! I love consumable gifts myself as there is never anything that I really want to own.

  • Jayne

    What a fab selection. I love the look of the tipple box!
    Getting really excited for Chistmas now, I’m worse than the kids hehe 😉 x

  • Tracy Morgan

    What great ideas! As you say, everyone loves food and drink, so you can’t go far wrong. And whoever thought up the idea of alcoholic boxes is a genius! haha

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