Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Food & Drink Christmas Gift Guide - 2018*

It's time for my final Christmas gift guide! I've been planning these posts for months and months so I'm a little sad they're all over with for the year now. If you haven't already seen, over the last few days I've posted a Women's Gift Guide and a Men's Gift Guide so make sure you give those a read for some extra ideas, but today it's all about food and drink! 
Food and Drink collage - Lifeplan Honey, Popaball, PG Tips, Elizabeth Shaw, Jelly Belly
Botonique Blush* - Most people are partial to a glass of bubbly over the festive period but as I don't tend to drink alcohol too often, I was thrilled to find Botonique Blush, a sparkling non-alcoholic drink to share with you. With a resemblance to the original Botonique Crisp Dry White, this has an overlay of strawberry, rose and bramble so provides us with a fruity alternative, perfect to enjoy on Christmas day. Whilst I do love a glass of classic prosecco every now and again, it can be hard to find non-alcoholic alternatives that do actually taste good and are affordable and that's what makes Botonique stand out. Botonique Blush has been expertly crafted by experienced wine merchant, Hilary Marsh who wanted to adhere to the growing demand for a great tasting alcohol free beverage and it's received such a positive response. If you know someone who deserves a treat but isn't a huge fan of alcohol, then this is definitely worth considering. The bottle itself is absolutely beautiful and it could even make a great addition to a hamper if you're putting one together. You can currently get 2 bottles for £15 on the Botonique website.
Botonique Blush Wine
Elizabeth Shaw Chocolates* - Ahh who doesn't love unwrapping chocolate at Christmas? Elizabeth Shaw are a fab choice this year, they do gifts so well and always at such affordable prices. The chocolates that always catch my eye when I'm shopping (and therefore have been bought several times) are the Mint Flutes. We do love mint chocolate in our home so each year we always get a box or two of these for the festive period. Rich dark chocolate with a soft mint fondant centre, heaven! If you want to think a little outside the box for someone this year then their Famous Names Signature Collection is a great choice. They are a bit of an acquired taste but if they love their spirits and liqueurs, they're sure to enjoy these. Decadent dark chocolate filled with spirits like Harveys, Teachers and Irish Cream just to name a few. Both of these aswell as a range of other delicious chocolate gifts are available in most supermarkets.
Elizabeth Shaw Mint Flutes and Whisky chocolates
Elizabeth Shaw Mint Flutes and Whisky chocolates
PG tips Personalised Gift Set* - You can't beat a cup of tea. No matter what the issue, a cup of tea and a few biscuits (okay, a packet) always chills me out and helps me relax. PG tips are the go to brand in our house, they make the best tea and we go through cups and cups each week at the moment. PG tips have recently released a Breakfast In Bed Gift Set for £11.99 and it's an ideal choice for any tea lovers you may know. This gift set includes a personalised mug with initials, a box of 40 PG tips pyramid tea bags and an egg cup. It's the perfect combination for those cosy mornings in bed at the weekend. I've said many times before how much I love buying personalised gifts for others so if you do too, this is something unique and thoughtful which I'm sure any tea lovers would be happy to unwrap.
PG Tips, cup of tea, biscuits
Jelly Belly Sparkling Jelly Beans* - For anyone you know with a sweet tooth, you have to consider the new Sparkling Wine flavoured Jelly Beans from Jelly Belly. Jelly Belly always have such an incredible range of flavours when it comes to sweets anyway but wine? Yes please! These are a perfect non-alcoholic treat ideal for Christmas, parties and even wedding favours! I can assure you these taste exactly like a glass of champagne with a light and fruity flavour and they look beautiful with their pale gold colour and jewel-like finish. These Sparkling Wine Jelly Beans have all the flavour of the real thing but in cute, petite packaging. They've been designed to look like traditional champagne bottles with gold embellishments and I just think they're a perfect little stocking filler. You can currently buy a 3 pack of these for £12 from the Jelly Belly website.
Jelly Belly Sparkling Wine Jelly Beans
Lifeplan Honey* - We go through honey so quickly in our house! George absolutely loves it so we seem to forever be buying more. The Lifeplan Rainforest Honey is ideal if you're putting together any foodie hampers or if you know someone who is a big breakfast fan, this is great for adding to porridge, cereal or even tea in replacement of sugar. This Active Rainforest Honey, derived from Chile, is a natural active honey that whilst may taste delicious, also has many uses for maintaining good health. For beauty lovers, you could use it as part of a natural face mask, add a drop or two into your bath for uber-soft skin or you can even spread directly onto skin to alleviate conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It's incredibly diverse so could make a lovely stocking filler for many people. It's currently priced at £4.99.
Lifeplan Rainforest Honey
Carluccios* - When I think of Carluccio's I often think to their restaurants, their amazing pasta and that divine bread basket but they actually do a range of wonderful Christmas gifts. Biscuits and chocolates galore, they are definitely one to consider for something a little luxurious this Christmas. A box like the Gianduiotti Selezione Torinese £14.95 which is full of milk, dark and white hazelnut chocolates is brilliant if you want to treat someone to something a little different this year. And for those who love a biscuit with their cup of tea, their Pasticceria Piemontese £9.99 has everything you could possibly want. They even have stocking fillers! Baubles full of chocolate Santa's are a great addition to hampers and won't break the bank. If you really want to spoil someone this year, look no further than Carluccio's for those special gifts sure to put a smile on anybody's face.
Carluccio's chocolates, biscuits and stocking fillers
Carluccio's chocolates and biscuits
Popaball* - Whilst there's nothing wrong a classic glass of bubbly on Christmas day, something to jazz it up a little is Popaball! The particular pack I was sent from Popaball are the new pineapple bubbles but they have such a range of flavours, there really is something for everyone to enjoy. These bubbles can be added to cocktails, pitchers and cordial so are great for many occasions. Sip or bite on the bubbles and they'll provide an intense burst of flavour each time. It's such a strange sensation at first but once you get used to it, it really does add to your drink and it's just such a fun way of spicing up a normal glass of fizz. The pineapple bubbles are currently £3.49 but they have lots more to choose from on their website including rose gold shimmer, bubbles for gin, passionfruit, vodka bubbles and more. A unique little gift this Christmas!
Popaball pineapple bubbles
Popabll Pineapple bubbles
Peters Yard* - The final brand I wanted to talk about is Peter's Yard, another great option for festive hampers or to just stash away for a boxing day feast. Peter's Yard make delicious crispbreads that can be enjoyed for a number of occasions and they're all free from anything artificial and are naturally low in fat. This makes them great for the health conscious who still want to eat reasonably well over Christmas, as you really don't feel you're missing out on anything. There are a range of products available but some of my favourites are the Mixed Selection Box £6.95 which is great for a dinner party, the Pink & Black Peppercorn Crispbreads £2.95 for cheeseboards and the Sea Salt Sourdough Bites £2.95 which are good for dipping! You can find out more and see the other ranges available on the Peter's Yard website.
Peter's Yard Crispbreads flatlay
Peter's Yard Crispbreads
So that's it for my 2018 Christmas gift guides! I hope each one has been useful if you've been struggling for ideas this year, I've tried to roundup the very best that's out there. 

Are you all sorted for Christmas yet?

*Products marked with a * are PR samples

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