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Published November 20th 2021
From spiced rum to Kew Garden tea and unique food
After last year's Christmas restrictions, many people will be making up for what they missed out on last year and indulging in a special festive shopping experience.

Seggiano, pannetone, Christmas gifts
Christmas gifts and good like these Seggiano panettone


Here's a gift guide featuring food, drinks and unique presents to help with buying all your Christmas presents this year.


CHRISTMAS FOOD

Seggiano panettone in a range of flavours

This is a first-class, authentic panettone that comes in a variety of delicious flavours. They include the Amalfi Coast limoncello panettone using lemons from Sorrento or the incredibly moreish Chestnut version that uses candied chestnuts from Cuneo in this artisan sourdough panettone.

There's also chocolate flavour and classic that cost from £13.99 and all come beautifully wrapped.

Seggiano, panettone, Christmas gifts
The chestnut panettone looks and tastes wonderful


For something extra special try the Bonci Panbriacone panettone doused in sweet wine to create what translates as a 'drunk cake'.

Seggiano's Christmas collection is available direct from the Seggiano website for home delivery but last orders, in time for Christmas Day, need to be placed on December 17.


Chutneys and jams from Hawkshead Relish Company


Available individually or as a beautifully presented hamper, Cumbria-based Hawkshead Relish Company makes a delightful assortment of jams, relishes, chutneys and sweet sauces free from additives, nuts and gluten that are ideal for Christmas indulgence or gifts for foodies.

Hawkshead, hamper
A hamper of foodie delights from Hawkshead Relish Company


The hamper features Christmas marmalade, Christmas chutney, Boxing Day chutney, raspberry and vanilla jam, salted caramel sauce and New Year relish that looks and tastes great. The hamper costs £20.50 from. The Hawkshead website here.


Matthews Cotswold Flour

Bakers will love this bread flour from artisan miller Matthew Cotswold Flour. It is milled and packed in the heart of rural Cotswolds in Shipton under Wychwood with a range that includes Malted Cotswold Rye, Wychwood Oat Blend Flour and Cotswold Spelt and Rye.

There's the new Stoneground Mixed Box of five packs for £16.80 or the Ultimate Bread Bakers Box of 10 for £23 including the most popular flours of Cotswold Crunch Flour, Eight Grain Flour, Strong White Flour, Canadian Great White Flour, Stoneground Wholemeal Flour, White Spelt Flour, Dark Rye Flour, Italian 00 Flour, French T55 Flour and Pizza Flour. All are available from the website here.

Matthews cotswolds flour
Range of the Matthew Cotswolds Flour



Opies fruit and savoury delights


Opies makes enticing jars full of everything from cocktail lemon slices to gherkins, pickled onions and fruits, ideal for Christmas. That includes black cherries in kirsch, apricots in dark rum, pineapple in spiced rum and stem ginger.

Available in major supermarkets and artisan grocery stores, Opies offers free recipes on its Facebook page to match meals with its products. The latest is brie and cranberry parcels to go with its pickled walnuts, shown here.

Opies recipe for pickled walnuts
Opies parcels that go with pickled walnuts


As producers and purveyors of speciality sweet and savoury preserves, there's plenty on offer from over 140 years in the business. In fact, it's one of the oldest family-owned food businesses in the UK.

Prices are affordable too from just a couple of pounds.


Spice Kitchen's mulling spice kit

While the Spice Kitchen offers three and six-month subscriptions for a range of recipes and spices that come to your door, it also has this festive offering of small mulling kits.

Packed beautifully in hessian and sheer red bags, they contain all you need to mull wine, cider and apple juice during the season of goodwill. See the Spice Kitchen website for more information.


Lindt chocolate bears sharing bag

Another great stocking filler is this charming bag of Lindt teddy bear chocolate bonbons.

Made from double milk, they look and taste adorable and are just £3 in Asda.


DRINKS

Ahmad Tea with Kew Gardens

This new luxury tea collection from Ahmad Tea is in collaboration with Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

Ahmad tea, Kew gardens
The new range of Ahmad Tea in collaboration with famous Kew Gardens


Beyond the Leaf comes in pretty packaging with a nod to the famous palms at Kew Gardens and features four classic blends - Majestic Breakfast, Splendid Ceylon, Garden Afternoon and Elegant Earl Grey.

It is available to buy from uk.ahmadtea.com and shop.kew.org at £7.99 for a 100g loose leaf tea caddy or £11.99 for a 4 x 10 teabag selection caddy.


Divine winter warming spiced hot chocolate

This ethically Fairtrade product is perfect for winter with a kick of spice. The usual price is £5.75 from independent stores including Healthy Supplies and Natural Collection.

Divine also has chocolate bars like salted caramel and milk chocolate with orange crisp to add with it.


Lindt Hot Chocolate

This is Lindt's first drink in the UK that makes a creamy, velvety hot chocolate drink using Lindt chocolate.
It is available from Tesco, Amazon, Ocado and Lindt Chocolate Shops across the UK and online at www.lindt.co.uk/shop for £4 for a 300g tin.

Lindt hot chocolate
Lindt has launched its first drink in the UK



FESTIVE ALCOHOLIC DRINKS

Quick Brown Fox Coffee Liqueur

This handcrafted premium coffee liqueur from New Zealand is not only free from artificial flavours but also low in sugar.

It has a rich flavour from the specially selected hand-roasted coffee beans used to make this distinctive drink, ideal to be used in an Espresso Martini. It costs £25 from Majestic.

Quick brown fox liquor
Quick Brown Fox is a coffee flavoured alcoholic drink




Decorrum

The prize for the most innovative name surely goes to the new spiced rum drink Decorrum.

This spiced rum, which promotes itself as having 'tones of vanilla honey and forgiveness' comes in a beautifully sleek black, elegant bottle.

Heralding from Manchester and with honey flavours, it wanted to bring the spirit of the city's bees and with every bottle purchased, the buyer will adopt a Honey Western Worker Bee located in a sanctuary on top of the iconic Printworks building in Manchester City Centre.

Decorrum
Decorrum spiced rum has honey flavours


It costs £30 for a 70cl bottle from various drinks specialist stores or the Decorrum website here.


Vin Crowd botanical spritz

Handy and fun drinks that come in a can. This Spanish wine-based spritzer is from Manchester company Vin Crowd.

These refreshing grab-and-go wine spritzer drinks are low calorie and vegan.

Vin crowd
Vin Crowd is a pretty looking low calorie wine spritzer


Coming in two flavours, there is a crisp strawberry and raspberry based Pink Spritz and a purple can of Botanical Spritz made from raspberries, juniper and gin.The drinks are stocked in selected Co-op and at drinkwellUK.com costing £2.25 each.

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