For the last two years, I’ve shared a Festive Food and Drink Gift Guide here on the blog, and I didn’t want to pass on doing one this year, as it’s become somewhat of a tradition each Christmas for the blog.
Festive Food and Drink Gift Guide 2021
I love sharing beauty gifts with you, but it’s always fun to mix things up now and then, and today I have a selection of food and drink gift ideas for all different price points, so keep on reading to see what I have to show you this year.
Kicking off this year’s festive food and drink gift guide, I have two products from one of my favourite chocolate brand, and that’s Lindt. I just love Lindt chocolate, and they’ve launched two brand new products, which would be great gifts for any Lindt fan.
Lindt also recently launched a chocolate spread, and let me tell you, it’s heaven in a jar, but there’s also the brand new Lindt Lindor Double Chocolate Truffles, and the new Lindt Hot Chocolate. The Lindt Lindor Double Chocolate Truffles are available in all Lindt Chocolate Shops and Lindt.co.uk.
If you love the original Lindt Lindor Truffles, you’ll be wowed by the new Double Chocolate flavour. Instead of the original Lindor being both milk chocolate on the outside, and the inside, the new Double Chocolate flavour has a milk chocolate shell, and the centre is a melting dark chocolate filling. Lindt already do a dark chocolate version of their Lindor, but combining the milk chocolate with the dark chocolate is a winning combination.
I always think hot chocolate makes a great Christmas present idea for almost anyone, who doesn’t enjoy hot chocolate over Christmas? Well, the Lindt Hot Chocolate is seriously good, and it can even be used with cold milk as well as hot milk, to make a silky Lindt milkshake. It’s just as delicious as it sounds, and £4 for 300g isn’t bad at all for a luxurious hot chocolate.
My next gift suggestion within my Festive Food and Drink Gift Guide 2021 is one for the cocktail fans, and it comes from Devon Cove; an artisan distillery based in Devon. The Devon Cove Vodka has even won awards, and they offer a range of Devon Cove Cocktail Kits, each of which feature absolutely everything you need to make up to four servings of the cocktail – even the garnishes for the glasses.
This is the Devon Cove Espresso Martini Cocktail Kit, which is £31.90, and includes everything you need to create four Espresso Martinis. Maybe cocktail kits give you tiny miniatures to create two cocktails, but this is actually a super generous kit, as you’ll be able to make four cocktails, and maybe even more, depending on how strong you like your cocktails.
Included within this Espresso Martini Cocktail Kit, is a step-by-step card talking you through the instructions on making the cocktail, meaning you don’t need to know anything about cocktail making to enjoy this kit, as Devon Cove have you covered with their menu card. To create the cocktail, you get a 20cl bottle of the luxuriously smooth Devon Potato Vodka, two x 5cl Cove Coffee Liqueur bottles, two x Salcombe Brew Freshly Ground Coffee bags and lastly, a little paper bag of Salcombe Brew Coffee Beans to use as garnish in your cocktails.
Devon Cove have thought of everything with this kit, and the 20cl generous bottle of vodka will actually have some left over after the four cocktails, so for £31.90 it’s an amazing gift idea, especially for a couple, as they can enjoy the cocktails together.
If you have a doughnut fan to buy for, did you know that Krispy Kreme are on Just Eat? You can choose from lots of different boxes of their delicious doughnuts, including their choose your own box, where you can select twelve of their doughnuts of your choice. Krispy Kreme have just launched their Christmas menu, which includes the So Good Pud, Tree Yo’self, Doughman and Sprinkle Bells.
The So Good Pud is filled with gingerbread and caramel for festive flavour, dipped in chocolatey icing and decorated with a sugar holly leaf. The Tree Yo’self is filled with caramelised biscuit kreme filling, and is sprinkled with celebratory sweet decorations.
Doughman is filled with a frosty white choc kreme and decorated with dark chocolate, white & red icing, and lastly, Sprinkle Bells is their signature ring hand dipped in chocolate icing and festive sprinkles. However, you can select whichever twelve you like, and if you don’t know what flavours of doughnuts to choose as a gift, Krispy Kreme also offer gift cards too, so they can choose their own!
I have a couple of wine recommendations in my Festive Food and Drink Gift Guide this year, and the first is the PepperBox Shiraz, which is available to purchase at Tesco, so it’s something you can pick up during your weekly food shop. I always think red wines are good gifts for Christmas, as they complement most meats and foods, and this particular wine is just £10, making it affordable too.
The PepperBox Shiraz is Australian, and is described as being a rich and intriguing Shiraz, which is packed with fruit character and the PepperBox trademark peppery aromas. Those aromas make the PepperBox Shiraz is said to be the perfect partner if you’re having a chargrilled, seared, roasted or slow-cooked meal – regardless of whether you’re eating meat or a vegetarian meal this Christmas.
If you like to know about the tasting notes of wines, the PepperBox Shiraz has flavours of blackcurrant and cherry with a spicy aroma and a silky smooth finish. Displaying notes of ripe fruit and soft, round tannins, with a naturally intense flavour, making it a great choice as a gift, or for the table over the festive period.
If whisky is more your thing, my next suggestion maybe more up your street, and it’s the Haig Club Clubman Single Grain Scotch Whisky 700ml, and this is the original Haig Club Clubman blend, but there’s also the Haig Club Mediterranean Orange available too, which is a nice twist on a conventional whisky.
The original bestselling Haig Club Clubman is described as being a modern take on a single grain Scotch whisky, and it’s actually developed in partnership with global icon David Beckham, which could make it a good gift for a football or David Beckham fan. This whisky is produced at the Camberonbridge Distillery, and the whisky is matured exclusively in ex-bourbon American oak casks, which leaves the whisky with a “more translucent gold colour”, and a softer, gentler finish with notes of coconut and vanilla.
You can enjoy Haig Club Clubman neat, but the brand recommended using it mixed, whether it’s the tartness of a tonic water, the sweet caramel notes of cola, or used in your favourite whisky based cocktails. For a high-quality, raved about whisky, Haig Club Clubman Single Grain Scotch Whisky is impressively affordable at £24.99 for 70cl, and it’s 40% vol too.
Next, I have a stocking filler gift idea for Guinness fans, and it’s the Guinness Chocolates which are just £9.99. The chocolates are packaged within a metal can, to look like a can of Guinness, which is cute. Inside the metal can, you get 125g of dark chocolate truffles made by Lir Chocolates, which is a brand that manufactures a lot of branded alcohol chocolate, like Baileys. These chocolates have a creamy ganache centre, which has been flavoured with Guinness beer, set in rich dark chocolate to complement the notes within the Guinness.
I have a super luxurious and special gift suggestion for my Festive Food and Drink Gift Guide 2021 next, and it’s the Ember Temperature Control Travel Mug. If you have someone to buy for, which seemingly has everything, thus making them difficult to buy for, a smart travel mug would be an amazing gift idea.
Home coffee machines have come a very long way, and to save money on coffee shop take out drinks, the Ember Temperature Control Travel Mug would allow you to make a luxury coffee at home, and be able to take it out and about with you, due to the high-tech design, the travel mug allows you to set an exact drinking temperature and keeps it there for up to 3 hours, so your coffee is never too hot, or too cold.
It’s such a super sleek mug, with a matte black design with a soft-touch finish, and a very secure lid to keep your drink safe within the mug. On the front of the mug, there’s a new touch display, allowing you to increase or decrease the temperature by pressing the + or – symbols. It’s very simple to use, so even those that aren’t the best with technology will find it easy to use.
Within the mug, the internal battery will keep your chosen drinking temperature for three hours, but you can keep the temperature all day, if you slot the mug on to the charging coaster (which comes in the box). It features an auto-sleep function, where it intelligently senses when to turn on and off.
So, the big question is what temperatures can you range from with the Ember Temperature Control Travel Mug? Well, you can select a temperature between 120°F – 145°F (50°C – 62.5 °C), and you can select the temperature on the cup itself, or via the handy Ember phone app. You can use the Ember app to set your travel mug’s temperature, customise presets for your favourite drinks, receive notifications when your desired temperature is reached, as well as being able to personalise your mug.
Lids can make or break a travel mug, and the Ember Temperature Control Travel Mug has a leakproof, push-to open lid to prevent any spillages whilst on-the-go, offering a 360º drinking experience, that makes it convenient to sip from any side, and it is engineered for easy cleaning. It’s the ultimate gift idea for any hot drink fan, and it’s something they could enjoy all year round.
Another wine pick next, and it’s two wines from Collectivino. Collectivino are all about high-quality sustainable and ethical wine from independent artisanal vineyards. They have a wide range of different wines on their website, and the two wine bottles I have are the Waipara West Sauvignon Blanc 2019 £13.95, and the Camino Terra Remota £25. In addition to offering individual bottles, they have gift packs too, so you don’t have to worry about choosing which wine varieties are best, as Collectivino have done the hard work for us.
The Waipara West Sauvignon Blanc is from New Zealand, and is said to have aromas of passion fruit, pink grapefruit and citrus rind supported by layers of lime blossom, elderflower and lemongrass. The palate shows ripe stone fruits with citrus, creamy complexity from the lees contact in barrel – leading to bright and vibrant acidity which provides a pure, fresh finish.
Whereas the Camino Terra Remota is from Terra Remota, in Girona, Catalonia. This wine features Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes blending to create a wine that balances acidity and freshness, and it also is said to age well if you leave it untouched once purchased. This wine features tasting notes of fresh red fruits such as cherry, raspberry, spicy and slightly vanilla notes. By choosing wines from Collectivino, you’re getting niche and interesting wines, making them perfect gifts for wine connoisseurs that will appreciate the individuality of each wine.
Something cute and fun next, which would work well for children, or just anyone that loves Cadbury chocolate. We always see amazing beauty crackers, but if you want something chocolate themed for the table this Christmas, the Cadbury Freddo & Friends Crackers are just £5, and contain four individual crackers. Each of which contain Cadbury chocolate like a Freddo or Curly Whirly, and a toy.
My last pick in my Festive Food and Drink Gift Guide is a repeat feature, and it’s the Five Farms Single Batch Irish Cream Liqueur, which I first featured back in last Christmas’ food and drink gift guide, and my last bottle was gifted, but this is one I’ve purchased for my other half this Christmas, as it’s his absolute favourite. I’ve bought it multiple times since I first tried it, and it’s the best Irish Cream Liqueur you’ll ever try – bold statement, but it’s true. It’s like liquid silk, and has a subtle sweet caramel aftertaste. If you haven’t yet tried it, you simply have to, as it’s incredible.
I really hope you enjoyed this Festive Food and Drinks Gift Guide, and it’s given you some gift inspiration this Christmas.
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