Tuesday 14 November 2017

Food & Drink Christmas Gift Guide - 2017 #1*

It's time for my second Christmas gift guide of the week and this time it's all about FOOD! I love putting together my food and drink gift guides each year but this year is really exciting as their are some amazing brands that have got involved and I can't wait to tell you about them all. There were so many things I wanted to include in this post, so I've had to split it into two so come back tomorrow for another foodie gift guide. These are perfect for the people in your life who love cooking, baking and like me, just generally eating and drinking all the good stuff, so I hope it helps you find a few ideas!

English Tea Company* 

 Now we're well into Autumn and the cold weather has properly started, a hot cup of tea is heavenly isn't it? I've been getting through cups of the stuff over the last few weeks, normal English Breakfast tea that is perfect with a few biscuits (or if you're like me a packet) and I'm now even into green tea and flavoured teas, I just can't stop drinking them all at the moment! If you know someone who isn't without a cup of tea then the English Tea Company have got you covered. Since 2010 they have been sourcing the best tea from the best farms in the world, ensuring they have something for everyone. If you know they drink a variety of teas then maybe something like the Christmas Tea Collection would be a good idea? This contains 72 tea bags in a selection of flavours so perfect for someone who goes through a few cups a day. Or if someone you know is really into the festive season, the Gingerbread Man Christmas Tea is perfect! Brilliant for those of us who love the gingerbread flavour but aren't into the lattes available at this time of year! Lastly, and probably my favourite is the Christmas Pyramid Prisms which contain flavours that are sure to get you in the Christmas mood, including Candy Cane and Irish Holiday.

Creative Nature Baking Mixes* 

 If someone you know loves baking then mixes like this brownie one from Creative Nature could be perfect to add to a little hamper! Some people might think things like this are a bit of a random gift but if someone got me a few baking mixes, I know I'd be happy! What I love about this one in particular is that it's so easy to use and makes the most delicious brownies. Creative Nature do a range of products that are just as indulgent and tasty as others you might find, but healthier! Aswell as brownie mixes they also sell muffin mixes (YES PLEASE) and they even do healthy snack bars, superfood powders and breakfast toppings. They are definitely worth having a look into if you know someone who either loves baking and would like to give these a go or if they're currently trying to eat a bit healthier or lose weight.

Westminster Abbey Afternoon Tea* 

 If you live in London or you've got a day there planned soon, then I really recommend you try out the Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey! Starting on the 27th November and running until the 31st of December, it's the perfect treat for you and family member or friend, and a good excuse to take a break from Christmas shopping. The Cellarium Cafe & Terrace will be serving the festive themed menu which includes Norfolk turkey coronation sandwiches, Iced Christmas cake, Cranberry and sultana scones and more, everyday between 12pm and 4pm. Prices are £21.50 per person or £25 per person if you would like a glass of prosecco. Be sure to book in to avoid disappointment via westminsterabbey@benugo.com.

Cockburns Special Reserve Port* 

 It wouldn't be a food and drink gift guide without a little bit of alcohol and the product I wanted to mention in this one is the Cockburns Special Reserve Port. This huge bottle is a perfect gift for someone who loves a tipple on Christmas Day or in the evening and it's such a good thing to have in over the festive season. This has been the drink of choice for so many families over the years since it was originally introduced in 1969 and it's been hailed as one of the most iconic ports of all time! Matured in oak casks, giving it a full bodied dry finish, it also features notes of Strawberry and Plum, and is just a classic for enjoying on its own. If you're struggling for gifts for maybe someone like your dad, then this is definitely one to consider. Available from Waitrose, Tesco & Morrisons and 75cl bottles are £12.

All The Haribo* 

Who doesn't love Haribo? They are the go to sweet brand for me and I pretty much always have a pack or two in our flat! Every year Haribo bring out a range of Christmas products and this year is no exception. If you're looking for gifts for a younger sibling or family member, then Haribo have got it sorted for you, choose from either their Selection Box, Sweet Medley, Maoam Stripes Cracker and so much more. Gifts like this are really reasonably priced and include a selection of different sweets so really something for everyone. My personal favourite at the moment is the Giant Trees which are basically the Giant Strawbs you can get throughout the rest of the year. I always like to have sweets in around Christmas time so even if you don't have anyone to pick these up for, they are definitely worth having in to snack on over the festive period! Available at most supermarkets.
So that's my first gift foodie gift guide of the year! I've been looking forward to putting these together for so long so I hope it's given you a little bit of inspiration. You can't really go wrong with food and drink gifts I don't think, and I have lots more to share with you so make sure you come back tomorrow for another post full of wonderful tasty gifts.

*Products featured were sent for the purpose of this post. I only work with brands relevant to me and my blog

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