Christmas Gift Guide For Food and Drink Lovers | 2017

food and drink christmas gift guide

How crazy is it thinking about how close Christmas actually is?! It feels like this year has kind of crept up on us what with the ever-changing weather, although I do feel pretty prepared when it comes to presents and preparation, I’ve always been this way. I worked in retail for eight Christmas’ meaning that I had zero time in December for myself so my shopping had to be done pre- December, this is a tradition I have kept with.

Me and my family are huge food and drink lovers and everyone will get at least one related present, or for some, it will dominate their gifts.  Here are some of the best food and drink inspired gifts but try not to get too hungry looking through.

Christmas Chopping BoardJoseph Joseph Amp Worktop Saver – £15

Items like worktop savers and chopping boards aren’t usually fun, sexy items to get but this Joseph Joseph Amp Worktop Saver* from Red Candy is exactly that. I have a very similar one in my kitchen in the shape of a cassette as I am a huge music lover so I had to buy the amp version for my brother as he’s just moved into his own place.

I find worktop savers can be so useful as it stops your kitchen tops getting covered in scratches. The toughened glass and non-slip rubber feet mean that this is hygienic and stain resistant so perfect for chopping veggies on or putting your warm pans on after they’ve come out of the oven.

Xmas Cake

Bakerdays Star Wars Cake – From £14.99

Cake is always a good shout especially when it is Star Wars themed like this one from Bakerdays*. The great thing about these cakes are that they fit through the letterbox so if you’ve got that friend who lives a bit too far away or the family member you won’t see on the big day, you know you can send a Baker Days cake and they’ll receive it ready for Christmas.

The cake sits in the perfect sized tin which keeps it secured during transit but also fresh with a covering so it will keep. Most importantly though is the taste and despite eating it over a week after it landed on my doorstep it was still fresh, moist and really yummy. You can choose from a number of cakes such as Victoria sponge, chocolate chip, lemon drizzle and a gluten-free cake so no matter what your recipient loves there’s something for everyone. There’s so much choice and you can personalize the cakes by adding your own photos and messages, check out the full collection here.

Xmas Biscuiteers 1

Biscuiteers Iced Christmas Biscuit Tin – £30

I have been a lover of the Biscuiteers festive tins for a few years now and their 2017 collections are absolutely amazing. I had the Iced Christmas Biscuit Tin* and it was absolutely spot on with three layers of freshly baked, hand-iced treats ranging from a Christmas pudding and a present to a snowflake and a reindeer. Perfectly festive.

Biscuits for me are the perfect gift option as you don’t have to worry about it melting like with chocolate, and who doesn’t love a biscuit? Biscuiteers use only the finest ingredients to make their biscuits and this is reflected in their taste. They are hand set, baked and iced individually with so much love and attention before going into a special re-useable tin. The tins are something I love about the brand as they’re high quality and really secure for transit.

You even have the option of adding a personalized message onto the biscuit of this collection which will add a special touch. Check out the full range of Christmas biscuits here.

Xmas Wine Preserver

Wine Preserver Vacuum Seal – £9.99

If you know any wine lovers then this vacuum seal is a perfect Christmas present, although how many of us are left with wine in the bottle?! Using a traditional wine stop can cause air to enter the bottle and over time it can compromise the taste. But with the Vremi Wine Preserver and Vacuum Stopper * set you don’t get that. The set includes 4 wine stoppers and a pump to make sure that your bottle stays both airtight and leak proof. The stoppers remove oxygen from the wine bottle when they seal which locks in the flavour of your wine, so even a week later your wine will still taste as fresh as it did when you first opened it.

On the top of each stopper, there’s a date marker so you can keep an eye on when your wine should be drunk to make sure it’s still fresh, although for most of us I’m sure it wouldn’t last that long.

Xmas Chutneys

Chutneys – £1.90 each

I always love making my dad a little foodies box including some of his favourite foods and chutney’s are always a great addition as he loves pairing them with cheeses. These ones from the English Provender* are such good value at £1.90 each for a decent sized pot and the flavours all sound amazing. The three I have are Caramelised Red Onion designed to be paired with a strong hard cheese like mature Cheddar or Stilton, Sweet Tomato and Chilli designed to be paired with a smoked cheese or a hard cheese like Red Leicester, and finally, Plum & Bramley Apple designed to be paired with a soft cheese like Brie.

The Caramelised Red Onion chutney is my favourite as it has a sweet tangy taste while still being savoury so I know my dad will love these in a cheese hamper or as little stocking fillers.

All three of these varieties can be picked up in most supermarkets including Tesco.

Xmas Bourbon

Four Roses Bourbon – £27

If there’s one thing my dad loves it’s a good bourbon and I’m always on the lookout for new brands for him to try so when I spotted the Four Roses Bourbon* I knew it was one to try. The American made bourbon is both rich and spicy yet sweet and fruity and there are some really subtle caramel hints throughout. I have to admit I’m not usually a bourbon drinker but when I gave this one a try I was surprised at how smooth it was compared to others I have tried.

The bottle comes in at 700ml which for £27 is a really good price for what you get, especially when it’s a lovely oval edged bottle which I know my dad will place proudly out on display. That’s if it lasts much past Christmas!

You can buy the bourbon from Marks and Spencer and I have to admit the store’s spirit collection is pretty special and you’re likely to find some more unusual offerings that you would in a supermarket.

Xmas Glasses

Root 7 Pair Of Geometric Glasses – £28

Now to go alongside a good spirit you need a nice tumbler and I’m always on the lookout for more unusual glasses so this pair of Root 7 Geometric Gold Glasses* are great. The first thing which came to mind when I saw these tumblers was how much they looked like the terrarium’s which I have dotted around my living room with cacti living in them, and it turns out this is where inspiration was drawn from. The angular shapes mean that they rest and sit really well but you can also balance them slightly on one on one of the flat edges.

Despite looking pretty delicate they have a good weighty sturdy feel to them without being too thick to comfortably drink from, and from a practical point of view, they are stackable so if you have a collection of them they don’t take up much space in the cupboard.

The tumblers also come in a black design if gold isn’t your thing and Root 7 also do a whole range of other products so mkae sure you check out the site.

Xmas Gin and Tonic Infusions

Gin and tonic infusion set – £17.50

One spirit which has gotten really popular in 2017 is gin so it’s great to see so many gin-based gifts out there this Christmas. One which caught my eye was the Gin and Tonic infusion set* from Sous Chef. Included in the gift tube are four selected ingredients; Rose Petals, Timut Pepper, Star Anise and Cardamom alongside a cocktail spoon with a masher and some tasting notes.

The set will then allow you to liven up a classic Gin and Tonic and garnish your drink to change the flavourings. When I went to the Bombay Sapphire distillery they used a lot of garnishes and it was amazing how much this changed the taste of the drink so it’s perfect to create some variations of your own. You can use a pinch of the ingredients to flavour your gin or add them to a jar or bottle and leave to steep for your own infused gin.

The guide included explains how to make the perfect Spanish ‘Gin Tonica’ and then the fun begins where you can try out what you love best.

Xmas Retro SweetsPersonalised Retro Sweets Set – £8.99

If you’re anything like me and my family we have a bit of a sweet tooth so this retro sweet collection* ticks all the boxes. For under £10 you get a lot of sweets including fried eggs, cola bottles, popping candy, drumsticks, refreshers, parma violets and love hearts among others. The jar is 1 litre in size so there’s a lot packed into the seemingly small jar.

Not only do you get a lot of sweets which will throw you back to your youth of penny sweets in the local shop you can personalize the jar with the recipient’s name. Sometimes I’m put off pre-made jars and hampers because they work out so much more expensive but this is such a good price for what you get especially as it’s customized.

Coffee

Coffee – From £4

My family – especially my Nan and Dad – are huge coffee drinkers and they really like quite strong coffee’s so this is always something I’m on the lookout for. Last year I tried the One Cup Filters from Rombouts but this time I opted for some of the Roast Ground Coffee* which for my dad is great as he can make it just that bit stronger by adding in extra granules. There are so many different options of coffee from the medium-bodied roast through to dark strong coffee, and they even do tea.

Despite being over 100 year’s old in principle Rombouts remains a family company which makes and ships coffee worldwide thanks to its quality. The brand itself is Fair Trade and each year they increase their commitment to the process.

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November 28, 2017
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26 Comments

  • Reply Samantha Donnelly - StressedMum

    What a great guide, I love the retro sweets I have a few people who would love these, and those chutneys sound amazing. You can get some great gifts for food and drink lovers now.

    November 28, 2017 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Nikki

    Great choice of gifts! The baker days cakes are fab especially as they offer options for people who follow a gluten free diet! 🙂

    November 28, 2017 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Joanne

    Great gift ideas

    November 28, 2017 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Joanna

    I would love to receive the gin and tonic infusion set as a Christmas gift I might actually buy it for myself, as I love G&T. I always have a bottle of good gin in my house and treat myself with a glass from time to time.

    November 28, 2017 at 6:51 pm
  • Reply Candice Nikeia

    Root 7 Pair Of Geometric Glasses are so perfect for the holidays and They would look great on my friend’s bar cart! I would love to get those for her!

    November 28, 2017 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply hannah

    I love candy so i want to get that personalized retro sweets set

    November 28, 2017 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply Melanie

    Love the glasses and the retro sweets make for a fab stocking filler x

    November 29, 2017 at 7:40 am
  • Reply Jen

    So lovely to see such great gift ideas. I’m almost starting to feel Christmassy. (not even started shopping yet). The Bourbon sounds fab, and I think would rather suit the very funky geometric glasses.

    November 29, 2017 at 10:41 am
  • Reply adriana

    These are such great gift ideas, love those glasses, they are so pretty!

    November 29, 2017 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply Anosa

    Loving those geometric glasses, they are gorgeous! Them iced cookies also catch my eye, so pretty; they are like something out of a christmas film, mine never turn out as lovely as those.

    November 29, 2017 at 5:04 pm
  • Reply Pati

    Fantastic gift guide -chopping board is my ultimate favourite and burbon

    November 29, 2017 at 5:31 pm
  • Reply Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons

    Love the Biscuiteers tin and the retro sweets – and the Star Wars cake is awesome! (Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?!) The Gin infusions sounds intriguing too, I have lots of gin lovers in my life!

    November 29, 2017 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply Emily Leary

    The Bakerdays Star Wars Cake would be a perfect present for me and my husband – I love baked goods and he loves Star Wars 😀

    November 29, 2017 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply Lyndsey O'Halloran

    I love Bakerdays cakes. Their icing is amazing.

    November 29, 2017 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Suzy McCullough

    My sweet tooth is loving the cake in a tin and gorgeous christmas biscuits. So I think I’d get these for my other half and then encourage him to go on a diet lol

    November 29, 2017 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    These are really great gift ideas! My mother in law is a food lover and I’ve been trying to think of gift ideas so you’ve definitely helped me! Thank you!

    November 29, 2017 at 10:38 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    I could totally do with that worktop saver and I know that personalised sweets set would totally go down a treat with my other half!

    November 29, 2017 at 11:01 pm
  • Reply Super Busy Mum

    What a lovely Foodie gift guide – and how delicious do those biscuiteer biscuits look!

    November 30, 2017 at 9:08 am
  • Reply Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    Christmas is approaching scarily quick! I’m am quite prepared this year. Great gift ideas, the chutneys would be a lovely addition to a hamper 🙂

    November 30, 2017 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Cath - BattleMum

    This is a fab gift guide. There’s definitely something in it for the older members of the family. My hubby would love the Star Wars cake and I wouldn’t say no to the retro sweets!

    November 30, 2017 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply Jenni

    Foodie gift guides are my favourite! The G&T set for me, please 🙂

    December 1, 2017 at 7:38 am
  • Reply Katie

    I’d be thrilled to receive any or all of these gifts. What a great selection. Got my eye on that G&T infusion set.

    Katie xoxo

    December 1, 2017 at 8:06 am
  • Reply melissa major

    What a brilliant food and drink gift guide! I love the gin and tonic infusion set, I hope to get it for christmas

    December 1, 2017 at 10:22 am
  • Reply Amy

    Those personalised retro sweets are such a great idea! I would love to get some for my granddad, he would love them.

    December 2, 2017 at 10:58 am
  • Reply Fritha

    The biscuiteers stuff is so so good isn’t it! I’m thinking of getting one of their sets for the kids x

    December 3, 2017 at 6:57 am
  • Reply Yaya

    There are so many foodies in my life that I’m always on the look out for the best bits – these are great ideas! x

    December 3, 2017 at 8:48 pm
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