Christmas Gift Guide- Food and Drink

If ever there is a time to indulge yourself, it’s Christmas time. Food and drink make the perfect gifts for your loved ones and of course don’t forget your selelf. Here is a little collection of delicious items to make your or someone you loves Christmas that bit more luxurious.

Lir Discovery Collection

Perfect for sharing with friends or family the Lir Discovery Collection oozes luxury and decadence. With 16 pieces, each chocolate is encased in a perfectly smooth Belgian chocolate exterior. This box has something to suit everyone, from Salted Caramel to exotic Persian Lime, guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. Pick up in your local Morrisons, Tesco or Co-op or from Lir direct, here.

Jam Shed

Well known and loved, this medium-sweet Shiraz is rich and opulent. With it’s sweet red berry flavours, balanced perfectly with subtle hints of vanilla and spice. Perfect on its own or with some cinnamon, cloves and orange thrown in for a delicious twist this Christmas. The perfect Christmas tipple for you or a loved one. Find yours at most major supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsburys and Ocado.

Tomatin Whisky

Founded in 1897, the Tomatin whisky distillery sits at an altitude of 313m just to the west of the village of the same name. With twelve active stills and an output of around 5 million litres per year, Tomatin is one of the largest distilleries in the Highlands. They offer a huge range of the highest quality Whisky. The perfect gift for the whisky lover in your life. Check Tomatin out here.

Popcorn Shed

Who doesn’t love popcorn? Popcorn Shed offer a huge range of delicious gourmet popcorn options. The incredible flavours and adorable packaging is certain to make someone smile this Christmas. With a Great selection of gifts on their Website, from savoury to sweet, Popcorn shed is a great gift and is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

Jeffrey’s Tonic Syrups

The perfect gift for any gin lover. Jeffrey’s Tonic Syrups come in a huge range of unique flavours from fresh and fruity to winter warmers. Made to pair beautifully with different blends and flavours of gin, these syrups are easy to mix to craft your own bespoke tonic water. Made with completely natural ingredients these syrups contain no artificial flavourings and are vegan friendly. Great for cocktails, spirits and non alcoholic drinks these are a great gift or addition to your festive shop.

The Summerton Whisky Club

Know a whisky lover? A subscription to Summerton Whisky Club may just be what you have been looking for. Summerton offer unique, top quality whisky delivered to your door, chosen by their team of experts, every bottle of whisky is gauranteed to please your loved one and offer an unusual gift idea that will keep on giving. You can select whether to have whisky delivered bi-monthly for 3 months, 6 months or 1 year. Treat someone you love to something totally unique and special this year.

Taste card

Know someone who loves dining out? Tastecard works with over 6000 partner restaurants to offer huge discounts on dining out. With the likes of family favourites such as Pizza Express, ZiZi and Frankie and Benny’s to choose from, as well as hundreds of restaurants local to you, this is a great gift for all. Save your loved one as much as 50% off meals out this year. Tastecard also offer discounts for local attractions and cinema trips. Order yours here.

Thorntons Chocolate Models

Perfect for the little ones this Chrsitmas, Thorntons have an adorable range of chocolate models which are a great foodie gift for children. Previously featured in my Children’s gift guide these are sure to be popular this Christmas. Head to Thorntons website to choose yours.

Don’t forget to treat yourself……..

All of that foodie Christmas shopping must have made you hungry? Why not treat yourself to one of these continental advent calendars from Thorntons to reward yourself this December.

*This post features gifted items however all words and opinions are my own.

Christmas Gift Guide- Something a bit different?

This year I have decided to ditch the usual his/hers gift guides and bring to you some ideas for fun, quirky and alternative gifts including stocking fillers and wrapping paper.

Frenzy 230mm Black Folding Commuter Scooter V2

This Frenzy commuter scooter is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to commute in style, commuting from both a place or work or study has never been easier, this wonder scooter folds down easily to a small size and even has a carry strap for easy transportation. The quality is fantastic, with it’s big wheels for speed and comfort this is sure to be a hit this Christmas. Head to Skates.co.uk to see their huge range of scooters, skates, boards and bikes to find the perfect gift.

Tesalate Super Absorbent Towel

Know someone getting some winter sun? Want to dry off from that Boxing day swim in style? Tesalate offer a totally unique and beautiful range of super absorbent and sand free towels, they are rapid drying, compact and come in their own bag. With their stylish and colourful designs these towels are a great and unusual Christmas gift idea that will be used again and again. Check out Tesalate’s huge range here.

Willow of London Personalised Phone Case

If you are looking for a personalised gift Willow of London is the place to go. From Phone cases to luggage they offer a vast range of stylish options. This latest design phone case is amazing, Willow of London are constantly bringing out incredible designs so keep your eye out. The quality is superb and the gorgeous sparkling leopard pattern is so on trend. Their phone cases are made to fit a huge range of phone models. Check out Willow of London here to find the perfect gift for someone special.

Maps International Scratch the World Map

Do you know someone who loves to travel? Maps International offer a huge range of stylish and fun wall maps. With their extensive collection, Maps International caters for both functional use while also looking fantastic in any home. The Scratch the world map ticks all the boxes for a great gift, simply grab a coin and start scratching off the destinations you have been, creating your very own personalised map.

Sportsman Recovery Kit

Whether hubby is an avid weight lifter or dad loves a round of golf, this Sportsman Recovery kit from Atlantic Folk is the perfect manly pampering gift. Included in the smart tin case are a relaxing bath oil, a muscle rub and stretching elastic. The bath oil and muscle rub are made with invigorating and refreshing blends of essential oils and smell divine. You can also have the tin personalised to make this a great and unusual gift for your athletic loved one.

Just the Tonic

Sick of buying that gin lover the same old bottle of gin every Christmas? Why not surprise them with this great book. Just the Tonic offers an informative and fascinating look into the colourful history of tonic and it’s changing role over the years. The book also includes cocktail recipes inspired by historical events, and is beautifully illustrated throughout. Team this with some quirky tonic water for a fabulous gift. Get yours here.

Boobs Phone Case by Crudelydrawn

Designed by the wonderful creator of Crudelydrawn Antony Armstrong, this boobs phone case has certainly met the “something a bit different”breif. Made from top quality plastic and offered to suit a huge range of phones this case is a fun and feel good gift. Head to the Crudely drawn website for a huge range of quirky and fun gifts this Christmas.

Kensie Satin Pillowcases

These Kensie pillowcases are a great and unusual gift to a loved one. Not only are they a beautiful and luxurious gift, Satin pillowcases are a must for preventing creases and fine lines from forming and keeping hair neat and damage free. Fully machine washable in in a lovely gift box pick these up at your local T.kmaxx.

Stocking fillers

  • Taylor Benfield Floral & Ginger Travel CandleThese gorgeous little candles may be small but wow do they pack a punch! The floral scent is uplifting and the ginger compliments it perfectly for a truly unique scent. The stylish packaging makes these the perfect stocking filler.
  • Pecksniffs Leather and Oak Moss Candle– When I saw this in tk maxx I had to pick one up for my husband. The fragrance is rich and dark and I know my husband will love it. The man candle or ‘mandle’ if you will, is forecast to be a huge hit this Christmas. Nothing un-manly about a candle lit bath!
  • M&S festive bath bombs– These lovely little bath bombs not only look adorable but they smell great too. Perfect stocking filler size and a bargain at only £3 each.
  • M&S Gents Cracker– This mini shower gel cracker is an adorable addition to any stocking.
  • T-zone Glitter Peel off Mask– Perfect for party season. This T- zone glitter mask draws out impurities to help keep skin clear. Enriched with skin loving Strawflower and firming Centella Asiatica Extract. Add some glitz to someone’s pamper routine this Christmas.

Unusual gift wrap.

Vamp up your Christmas wrapping this year with these unusual wrapping paper options.

  • Leopard print gift wrap– This quirky gift wrap still feels seasonal with it’s luxy gold tones. Head to M&S to get yours. All gift wraps are 3 for 2 making them great value.
  • Marianne North Gift Wrap Book-Twelve beautiful paintings from the iconic collection of Marianne North- These botanical style prints are sure to liven up your Christmas wrapping for a totally unique look. Printed on the finest quality paper, each sheet tears out easily, leaving you with a clean edge for hassle free gift-wrapping- Genius and stylish. Get yours here.
  • 12 Days of Christmas gift wrap– Unicorns and flamingos meet Father Christmas what’s not to love! This is a great alternative gift wrap for the kids. Find yours at Sainsbury’s.

*Post contains gifted items however all words and opinions are my own.

Christmas Gift Guide- Home Interiors

My two favourite things collide! In this gift guide I have sourced some gorgeous gifts guaranteed to please any home interior lover and/or make your home look beautifully festive this Christmas.

Ragged Rose Table Runner and Placemats

The perfect addition to any festive table this Ragged Rose Christmas Silver Grey runner is stunning. With beautiful tassel detailing, scattered star pattern and gorgeous colour, this will look elegant draped over any table this winter. These matching placemats are a great size and complete the look. All made from 100% cotton, this timeless set will be used again and again.

Taylor Benfield Cadles

Taylor Benfield have really pulled it out of the bag with their Spiced Noir fragrance. This stylish candle, in it’s beautifully presented packaging is sure to put a smile on any candle lovers face this Christmas. I love the spicy and warming notes. Also available in a smaller size, perfect for stockings, see Taylor Benfield’s range here.

Konstsmide 1441 LED Moose String Light Set

These adorable LED Moose lights from Internet Gardener are a quirky and stylish alternative to traditional Christmas lights. The adorable little creatures have a beautiful warm glow to them and will look great in any home. Perfect in windows or around a fireplace, this string light set promises a bit of fun that can be used year on year.

Philips Steam&Go Plus handheld garment steamer

Give the gift of time this Christmas. The Steam&Go handheld garment steamer uses continuous steam to keep clothes fresh and reduces the need for washing or dry cleaning. Removes odour and 99.9% of bacteria as well as keeping garments looking pristine. Ideal for travelling, removing creases from clothes, bed linen and table wear, this nifty little steamer with it’s stylish design is bound to be a hit this Christmas.

Cofee Lovers Mug

This gorgeous mug by Sheffield Home is the perfect gift for your coffee obsessed loved one. With its stylish matte black and pale pink design, great size and luxury feel. Head to Homesense to see their huge range of cups and mugs.

To read a great roundup of Christmas Gift guides Family Budgeting have put together a fabulous gift guide post which features myself.