Christmas Guide 2018 - Food & Drink Gifts

It's that time of year again, I can't believe it came around so quickly! I have been busy since the end of August searching and gathering all the best items you need to have this Christmas. Rather than have an endless guide I have split it into sections again, as this worked well last year. This guide is for food and drinks based gifts.
Celia Lager is 100% organic and brewed using just three ingredients, CELIA Organic is a premium craft Czech lager ideal for even the most discerning lager drinker.  Moravian malt sourced from the Bohemian region, 100% locally sourced organic Saaz hops and sand-filtered water from the Žatec foothills combine to create a delicious, refreshing lager with a delicate bitterness and a hint of citrus, which also has the added benefit of being gluten-free.
Opies’ extensive range of preserved fruits with alcohol turns simple sweets into magnificent creations in minutes. They’re a great go-to for a quick dessert when served with ice cream or crème Fraiche but creative cooks can use them in so many ways. To showcase their true versatility Opies have created a series of simple and delicious recipes which will help transform ordinary to outstanding. The collection of recipes uses their range of Blackberries with Gin, Black Cherries with Kirsch and Peaches with Courvoisier. Each of the fruits is carefully hand bottled into stunning globe jars, preserved in a light syrup and gently infused with a liqueur that perfectly complements the soft fruits. They are also ideal for small gifts, stocking fillers or as part of a home-styled hamper. They provide a luxurious, affordable solution and have a wide-appeal so they’ll be as suitable for a Secret Santa pick as for a present for the next door neighbours. The limited edition fruits with alcohol range are only available in store from October through to December. Find them in Waitrose in the desserts aisle and in Tesco’s canned fruit aisle or buy online from Ocado priced at £6.99.
For spicy food fanatics, hot sauce is a cupboard staple - but taking it a step beyond the kick of more traditional hot sauces, Encona has created the champion of them all – The Carolina ReaperFor those bored of sampling Komodo Dragon or Piri Piri chillies - this Limited-Edition sauce is home to the world’s hottest chilli and it isn’t for the faint-hearted. The astonishingly hot and fruity sauce contains the Carolina Reaper chilli blended with tomatoes, garlic, cumin and orange to give a well-rounded flavour that is guaranteed to tickle your taste buds and challenge your adventurous streak. Available from Tesco and Iceland priced at £1.49
The Spice Pioneer is a monthly subscription spice kit which enables customers to make authentic and amazing dishes from around the world, such as Paella, Fragrant Thai Curries or Jerk Chicken, and makes a perfect present for the foodie in your life. The kits are developed by the Seasoned Pioneers - famous for their world-class herbs, spices and chillies so you can be sure that the Spice Pioneer spice meal kits are all completely authentic and deliver a really great meal experiencehe Spice Pioneer meal kits are ideal for those who love to cook and try new flavours and cuisines, each kit is priced at £27 for 3 boxes.
Bahlsen offer a range of biscuits for the entire family! The Zoo imagination biscuits are the perfect stocking filler for little ones and priced at only £1. They are even gluten and lactose-free, so ideal for anyone with allergies. New Choco Moments from Bahlsen is a delicious combination of a crunchy biscuit and smooth chocolate studded with little peppermint flavoured sugar pearls or hazelnut brittle. An indulgent treat for the busy parent to enjoy with a hot cuppa next to an open fire, they are priced at £1.99.
Indigo Nutrition chocolate making kits are organic, 100% pure cacao ingredients, vegan, gluten-free, delicious & nutritious. The Indigo Nutrition Organic Chocolate Starter Kit makes delicious pure dark chocolate and is priced at £12.99. This chocolate making starter kit includes everything you need to make gluten-free, vegan, low GI, pure dark chocolate bars. Including organic cacao powder, organic cacao butter, organic raw agave nectar and easy to follow recipe & instructions. 
You can't go wrong with a bit of Haribo in your stocking at Christmas, my gang expect to see it! The perfect alternative to a chocolate selection box is the fab Haribo selection box, containing 5 bags of your fav Haribo! The tangfastics cracker is perfect for Mr D, they are his fav of all time. You can get the mini crackers in starmix if you're not a fan of the tangfastics.
Chambord transforms ordinary drinks into vibrant creations with fun, fruity flavours and colour, perfect for making your own occasion. Chambord 20cl is available from all major supermarkets priced at just £8, which is a fab price for the lovely box it comes in. Top tip from me pop 1 cap full of Chambord into a glass of Prosecco, I first discovered this taste sensation on my sister in laws hen do! It's amazing, another favourite is pop some in your favourite gin, there are lots of cocktail recipes on the website above.
These are the perfect additions to the Christmas spread this year from Nairns. The Chunky biscuit breaks are great for an evening cuppa at the end of Christmas day and they are only 64 calories per cake, high in fibre and also have 35% less sugar than the average gluten free biscuit! The oatcakes are perfect for adding cheese to or making some posh canapes with fillings of your choice for the Boxing day buffet!
Aduna Super-Teas have been specially crafted using the highest quality active botanical ingredients – including generous doses of African Superfoods - giving each tea a unique feel good benefit to bring out your natural vitality. Made with whole pieces of fruit, herbs, leaves, flowers and spices, Aduna Super-Teas are available in five exciting new flavours, each with its own unique character, benefit, taste profile and aroma. Aduna’s speciality organic blends are served in tea pyramids enabling superior brewing power and flavour. The blends are visible through a window allowing consumers to see the quality, texture and colour of the ingredients.  The infusions have been created to be equally as delicious served hot or iced, making them ideal all year round. Priced at £4.99 for 15 bags.
Onuga is a delicious and cost-effective alternative to caviar, made entirely from natural ingredients – smoked herring plus a little added salt, honey, lemon juice and seaweed. So, it’s not the real thing but at 3% of the price of Sevruga, it won’t burn a hole in your pocket either. What’s more, it is so versatile and easy to use. Onuga retails at about £4 per 50g jar and is available in Sainsbury’s stores and selected delis.
Explore a range of Christmas hampers available from Yumbles, this hamper retails at £31.50. It is a celebration of Northumberland, and it begins with a map of cheese: an Elsdon wedge, a creamy and young goat's cheese, a Redesdale wedge, a tangy and refreshing sheep's milk cheese, and a Cheviot wedge, Northumberland Cheese's most mature cheese, with a tingling saltiness. These are paired with a Beetroot and Ginger chutney by Northumbrian Preserves, an earthy chutney, with a zingy finishing note. Also included is Northumbrian Preserves Plum and Cinnamon jam, for a contrasting sweet preserve. Sounds delish and I can't wait to share it with my family at Christmas.
If you are going to gift Prosecco, why not gift it personalised from Find Me a Gift. You can add a name, date and personal message on the label, making it the perfect gift. There is also no need to worry about wrapping as it comes beautifully boxed and wrapped in gold paper. Have it sent direct and know Christmas is sorted, you can order now and get guaranteed delivery before Christmas.
Have you spotted anything that you want in the above guide? Are you sorted for Christmas or a last minute kinda person? We are all but a few larger gifts sorted and excited for Christmas.
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