The best food and drink gifts for Christmas, including unique stocking fillers, rare spirits and cutting-edge kitchen gadgets.
We’ve picked out the best food and drink gift ideas to impress the foodie in your life this Christmas.
Curiouser & Curiouser: Chapter Two, £8 (75cl)
What do you get when an English winemaker turns their hand to beer making? An exquisite tipple as it turns out. These limited edition beers have been created with a winemaker’s twist. It’s a dry and fruity pale ale with notes of elderflower and grapefruit.
Conker Cold Brew, £30 (70cl)
A real treat for coffee lovers, this craft coffee liquor is free of nasties like additives, flavourings and thickeners, letting the beans do the talking instead. It’s delicious as is or can be used to create a wonderful espresso martini. You can buy a bottle at Harvey Nic’s, Borough Wines or online.
Rare Le Secret Goldsmith Champagne, £1,150
The prestigious Rare Champagne brand and jewellery dynasty Mellerio have teamed up to release a fizz that really makes a statement. Rare Le Secret is a sublime Cuvee limited to only 1,000 engraved and numbered magnums. They’re available exclusively in Harrods.
Limited Edition Camden Beer 2018, £7.99 (500ml)
This rich and citrusy beer makes a welcoming alternative to the usual festive tipples and pairs well with cheese boards. It’s inspired by a classic German Pilsner and the ‘Old Fashioned’ cocktail, and brewed with Mandarina Bavaria hops before being aged in bourbon barrels.
Limited Edition CÎROC X Moschino Vodka, £40
This luxury spirit brand has teamed up with Moschino on a new bottle design, recently unveiled at Milan Fashion Week. Thanks to a partnership with GetItINKD – you can now customize the bottle with a name or message, making it the perfect pressie for foodies and fashionistas.
Manchester Gin Jeroboam, £375 (4.5l)
This award-winning gin is ideal for sharing or gifting having just launched in an XL size holding the equivalent of nine bottles. Partners Seb and Jen originally thought up the spirit – which is created in small batches – in their living room. It’s infused with foraged botanicals synonymous to the north of England.
JING Tea Origins Explorer, £20
This exquisite gift includes five loose-leaf teas from Asia’s famous tea regions. Each one has been hand-picked and individually packaged at the plantation and will take the tea addict in your life on a flavour adventure.
And to ensure that everyone is ready to continue with the festivities after imbibing some of the lovely beverages listed above…
The Soundasleep Bluetooth Speaker Pillow
A good night’s sleep is vital to our physical health and emotional well-being and after a night of festive indulgence, the chances of this happening are significantly slimmer. This is why the Soundasleep pillow was created.
Unlike a traditional pillow, the Soundasleep utilises the latest Bluetooth speaker and sound monitoring technology to ensure you get a good nights sleep. The pillow pairs with a free app via which can be downloaded from Google Play and the AppStore. The app enables you to listen to music, audiobooks and podcasts. It also manages your snoring, analyses your sleep and has a smart alarm to wake you.
So how does it stop you snoring?
The built-in snore management allows you to keep track of your snoring and control it. It does this through a decibel level controlled alarm that stirs you with a sound of your choice, just enough to stop you snoring. With one of these hi-tech pillows, you can indulge to your heart’s content!
The Soundasleep pillow costs £50 and is available via www.soundasleeppillow.co.uk
Pierre Marcolini’s Christmas Collection
Highlights from world-famous chocolatier Pierre Marcolini’s festive collection include a €1,000 made-to-order dark chocolate and praline Christmas tree, and oh-so-decadent ganaches filled with rare rums and whiskies. Pierre’s renowned and sophisticated goodies are made using the finest ingredients. They’re available to buy at Marylebone Boutique, Selfridges and Harrods.
The Ultimate Festive Hamper, from £350
This savoury hamper is bursting with premium goodies sourced from around the globe. Each item has been hand selected by Fine Food Specialist’s founder (and former chef) and includes delights like smoked duck breast from the south of France, British Cropwell Bishop potted stilton, AAA Grade Foie Gras and Valencia chocolate almonds.
SEGGIANO Chestnut Panettone, £16.60
This gorgeous ribbon-tied panettone is almost too nice to give away. Some serious TLC has gone into its making – an impressive 40 hours to be precise and the finest ingredients. It’s time well spent, producing a buttery, moreish loaf with a hearty serving of chestnuts.