Best Food & Drink Gift Ideas for Christmas 2021
By Julia Paddon
Like Christmas itself, the best food and drink gifts arrive, delight and then disappear in the blink of an eye – or should that be in the click of a tongue?
Whatever, we’ve given ourselves the demanding task of trying out some of the best offers online right now, so you won’t make any foodie faux pas.
Enjoy the best food and drink this Christmas can offer…
Jingle Bells Christmas Hamper is the perfect gift to turn every day of the festive season into a special occasion; from sitting around the breakfast table and sharing a coffee with friends, to enjoying a bottle of red with beautifully boxed double chocolate chip biscuits.
£75 from hampers.com
Wild & Game
One of four different festive hampers available from wild game specialist Wild and Game, Christmas Hamper 3 will happily see four people through Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and beyond, offering everything from savoury spreads to sensational roasts. It’s available to order now for delivery between December 12 and December 23.
£214.99 from wildandgame.co.uk
The Silent Night Hamper comes beautifully presented in a red woven tray and offers an exquisite selection of festive treats. Enjoy award-winning British cheeses, savoury delights like Claire’s Handmade Red Onion Marmalade, sweet treats like Lily O’Brien’s Sticky Toffee Chocolates and more, alongside a superb bottle of Zonin 1821 Prosecco.
£47.20 from regencyhampers.com
Paddy & Scott’s Coffee & Tea Hamper
Working with tea gurus, Tea Pigs, Paddy & Scott’s has created a packed hamper filled with the best quality tea and most delicious coffee. The hamper includes Paddy & Scott’s best-selling Wakey Wakey ground coffee, Easy Days ground coffee and Chit Chat ground coffee, along with 50 x Teapigs English Breakfast Tea Temples and 15 x Teapigs Lemon & Ginger Tea Temples – plus, a selection of coffee brew bags.
£31.99 from paddyandscotts.shop
From The Spanish Icons hamper which includes iconic Spanish deli items such as Juan Pedro Domecq sliced chorizo, Manchego DOP curado and Membrillo to The Ibérica deluxe seafood hamper (£150), packed full of delicious products such as Calamares Gueyumar (squid in ink sauce), Boquerones (marinated white anchovies) and Pedro Ximenez balsamic vinegar, Ibérica’s hampers are sure to be at the top of every foodie’s Christmas lists. Each hamper includes wine to complete the gastronomic experience.
Available to purchase from ibericarestaurants.com
Bullards Spirits Hampers
Luxury British gin brand Bullards has a range of cocktail hampers for the festive season which pay homage to the quintessential British cocktail. You’ll get your choice of Bullards gin along with premium mixers, a Bullards glass and canvas tote bag plus some gin stones to keep your drinks cool. All you need to do is pour, mix and enjoy.
£75 from bullardsspirits.co.uk
One Sparkling, One Red, One White
The Sparkling Wine
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a celebratory glass of sparkling and Bourgogne has some fantastic bubbly to take advantage of. The sparkling wines from Bourgogne are labelled ‘Crémant de Bourgogne’ and can be both white and rosé. These wines are fresh, fun, and full of personality.
Crémant de Bourgogne Veuve Ambal, NV, £16.95 from greatwine.co.uk
The White Wine
For a taste of classic Bourgogne white wines Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine are a great introduction to what the region can offer. The flavour combinations of peach and apricots, as well as the aromatic aromas would ideally match the texture and taste of classic British cheeses such as a mature cheddar or stilton.
Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine, Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon, 2019, £22.95 from bbr.com
The Red Wine
Red wines from Bourgogne such as Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits are ideal matches for any hearty winter meat dishes, whether it’s a classic Beef Wellington, meat casserole or a simple steak with a rich peppercorn sauce.
Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, Au Vallon, Michel Gros, 2017, £27.50 from tanners-wines.co.uk
Caviar & Truffle is the latest innovation from Maison Petrossian, and stems from a desire to combine two flagship products. Caviar & Truffle pleasantly surprises in the mouth with a beautiful interplay of textures between the melting grains of caviar and the crunchy truffle chips. This caviar first displays notes of iodine, before revealing delicate vegetal aromas of truffle. Consisting of 95% caviar and 5% black truffle Tuber Melanosporum, this unique caviar is a perfect balance of mutually sublime flavours, in which neither flavour dominates.
£145 from petrossian.fr/uk_en
Premium nut brand Cambrook Foods is the most extraordinary nut you’ll ever taste. Available in top end hotels such as The Ritz, The Savoy and Claridge’s, you really don’t know how extraordinary they are until you get the pleasure of trying them. These are perfect for foodie-lovers and nut-lovers alike, in addition to being ideal stocking fillers, gifts for grandparents or dads, or even as part of a Christmas hamper! What’s more, with their plethora of Great Taste Awards, you’d be nuts not to give them a go!
Both gift sets are also available to buy from cambrookfoods.co.uk
St Lawrence Gold Honey
Gift your loved one some honey from St. Lawrence Gold’s this Christmas. The pure Canadian honey company, sourced from Canada’s Winnipeg, has launched two new flavours. Blueberry Blossom Honey has a subtle fruity kick, with a taste derived from bees pollinating blueberry fields, whilst The Prairie Wildflower is a forward-thinking, full-bodied honey with a distinctive taste perfect for cooking.
St Lawrence Gold Honeys (The Blueberry Blossom and The Prairie Wildflower) 330g £5.99, on sale at Waitrose stores and online at ocado.com
Pick & Mix Crisp Hamper
For something a bit different, Fairfields Farm Pick & Mix Gift Box is a great choice. Select your favourite flavours in two size options, either 24 x 40g packs, or 8 x 150g. All the crisps are hand cooked and made from home grown potatoes and there are lots of vegan flavours too. Flavours include Cheese and Onion, Bacon and Tomato, Roast Rib of Beef, Sea Salt and Aspall Cyder Vinegar and Adnams Ghost Ship Ale, plus more.
£22 from fairfieldsfarmcrisps.co.uk
Wine & Gin
Sea Change Christmas Day Pack
The Sea Change Christmas Day pack has been hand-picked to cover all the best bits of the festive period – whether that’s the Christmas Day Pack to provide the most exquisite choices on the big day to accompany Christmas dinner. It includes a bottle of their fruity, soft Prosecco, zesty Sauvignon Blanc and rich Malbec wines. Perfect for cosy evenings, canapes, and of course the all important Turkey, Sea Change is suited to everyone’s taste!
£35 from seachangewine.com
Wild Thing Gift Box
With a bottle of two flavourful Wild Thing wines, you have the perfect gift for a friend or loved one–it even comes in a wooden gift box! Dry, fresh, and uplifting, this lively wine has a beautiful balance between refreshing acidity and sweet fruit flavours. It’s a smooth wine that’s easy to drink as a standalone or serve with your favourite meals.
£26 from vintageroots.co.uk
Drinks wise, Snowdonia Distillery’s award winning Foragers gin is perfect. The slow distilling process gives the locally sourced botanicals longer to release flavours and the subtle notes to be captured. Perfect in cocktails or on its own for truly unique flavour.
£43 from foragers.co.uk
Impress this Christmas by opting for Masons of Yorkshire’s unique Orange and Lime Leaf gin. Leading with unmistakable orange citrus and complemented by exotic kaffir lime leaf, this is a gloriously refreshing gin and the perfect expression to add a touch of festive finesse to any serve this Christmas season.
£30 from masonsofyorkshire.com
The limited edition Mulled Christmas Gin from Burleighs Gin is an eccentric creation distilled with nutmeg, ginger, cloves and citrus.Soaked in red wine prior to distillation, the botanicals combine to deliver a delicious fruity gin with warming spice and vibrant flavour. Enjoy in festive style: garnish with a wedge of fresh orange, cinnamon stick and pair with premium tonic.
£40 from burleighsgin.com
Mixed Lindor Tree
If you want luxury, then a Mixed Lindor Tree from Sweet Tree by Browns is just what you need! Made from a crispy Belgian chocolate crunch, this tree is stuck all over with milk, white, dark, and hazelnut truffles, and is planted in a glass “vase” (and future tealight holder) filled up with Maltesers.
£44.99 from sweettreebybrowns.co.uk
Cadbury Chocolate House
A deliciously fun gift to make your own Christmas Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate cottage. A great novelty house shaped gift box which includes all the chocolate components to construct your chocolate cottage. Self assembly kit includes Dairy Milk Bars, Dairy Milk Winter Bar, NEW Dairy Milk with Gingerbread bar, flake and white buttons. Instructions on how to make the kit and template are on the box. Please note you will need your own icing to complete the design featured on the gift box.
£14 from cadburygiftsdirect.co.uk
The HARIBO Hamper delivers a tasty selection from the Happy World of HARIBO. This sweet gift has something for everyone with Giant Strawbs, Balla Strawberry, Jelly Babies, Squidglets and Goldbears all in one handy hamper.
£4.99 from major retailers
G&B Organic Chocolate
Prepare your taste buds for our chocolate lovers organic chocolate hamper. Great value for £10 the ribboned gift box contains a collection of Green & Black’s best selling organic chocolate bars. Green & Black’s classic dark, milk and white chocolate bars make the perfect chocolate gift for birthdays and all occasions.
£10 frpm greenandblacks.co.uk
Created to tackle the nationwide coffee wastage in a similar way to the “wonky veg” business model, the Odd Coffee Company rescues surplus coffee pods and tonnes of freshly roasted bean and ground coffee. Customers can choose from:
- 100 Nespresso compatible coffee pods – £24.99. Or subscribe and save option is £23.74 saving customers 5%, with delivery options every 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks
- Coffee beans in 500g or 1KG bags – £8.99 or £15.99. Or subscribe and save option is £8.09 (500g) or £14.39 (1KG), with delivery options of every 2, 4, 6 or 8 weeks
- Ground coffee in 500g or 1KG bags – £8.99 or £15.99. Or subscribe and save option is £8.09 (500g) or £14.39 (1KG), with delivery options of every 2, 4, 6 or 8 weeks
Despite having minor imperfections that don’t impact the quality or taste, the coffee is often rejected due to strict cosmetic and quantity requirements set by supermarkets and retail trade. The Odd Coffee Company works with the premium coffee roasters to obtain the coffee, then repackage it in fully recyclable packaging for customers to enjoy sustainably sourced, quality roasted beans or pods at a fraction of their usual price.
Freak & Unique is a curiosity collection of some of the world’s most bizarre and extraordinary coffees. Flavours include Stawberry Laces & Bubblegum, Butterscotch, Pear & Vanilla and Black Tea, Pink Grapefruit & Blackvcurrant. The coffee is available to purchase ‘paired’ with a limited edition framed artwork.
Subscriptions start from £7.75 per month from hundredhousecoffee.com