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.
Edinburgh 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.
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*- £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.
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* – £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 & 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 Sainsbury’s or Ocado at just £3 per 100g bar, so perfect for stockings, hampers or as a treat for yourself.
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