From the finest French confectionary to edible Christmas jumpers and free-flowing brunch vouchers, spoil your favourite foodie with Sophie Ritchie’s pick of the best last minute gourmet gifts
1 Choc on Choc Christmas Jumpers
Live out your Bridget Jones’ Boxing Day dream with this adorable (and edible) Christmas jumper set from Choc on Choc, an award-winning independent chocolatier based just outside of Bath. Style has never been so snackable.
£15.95, order via harveynichols.com
2 MexGrocer’s Mexican Christmas Hamper
MexGrocer, the UK’s largest online shop for Fairtrade, authentic Mexican produce and groceries has the perfect gift for fans of Mexican cuisine. With three impressive hampers to choose from, we recommend ordering the classic Mexican Christmas Hamper, with 12 unique products to discover. From El Yucateco Chipotle Sauce to San Marcos Refried Beans, there’s everything needed for a foodie fiesta.
All three hampers offers different sizes and prices, and provides the best of Mexico this Christmas! Celebrate this festive season with some of the most iconic tastes and flavours Mexico has to offer.
Priced from £35, order via mexgrocer.co.uk
3 LoveRaw Vegan Holly Jolly Christmas box
Looking for vegan stocking fillers? LoveRaw’s jam-packed Holly Jolly Christmas box makes an excellent alternative for the dairy-free crowd. With vegan chocolate bars, creamy butter cups and melt-in-the-mouth wafers, you’re bound to put a smile on someone’s face with this tasty gift.
£14.99, order via eatloveraw.com
4 Cotswolds Dry Gin Essence
Looking for something more unique? This innovative product is excellent for a gin fanatic. Cotswolds Dry Gin Essence is a full strength gin (ABV 46%) designed to reduce the amount of alcohol required in a G&T and in gin-based cocktails, whilst at the same time retaining intensity of flavour.
Made using ten times the botanical concentration of their award-winning Cotswolds Dry Gin, Cotswolds Gin Essence is so rich in botanical character that just 5ml is needed for a full flavour G&T. Hic.
£14.95 for 100ml bottle, purchase via cotswoldsdistillery.com.
5 Laurent Perrier’s Cuvée Rosé Brut Champagne 75cl
There’s nothing better than getting the bubbles in, and Laurent Perrier’s blushing Cuvée Rosé Brut Champagne is always a given. Distinguished by its unique aroma of freshly-picked berries and exceptional freshness, this bottle of fizz captures the authentic taste of France and is a welcome addition to any glass flute.
£51.99 order via selfridges.com
6 Ladurée’s Gourmandise macarons box of 24
If they can’t go to Paris, bring Paris to them. This is princess-worthy confectionary, with French pâtissier Ladurée’s delicate creations attracting the Parisian high society since 1862. Delve into 24 of them in this giftbox, biting into little circles of almond meringue baked to light, airy perfection and piped with a scrummy filling. Caramel, chocolate, pistachio, raspberry, rose and vanilla flavours all await to be devoured in this gorgeous selection.
£55, order via selfridges.com
7 Roka Brunch with Free Flowing Wine Restaurant Voucher
This Christmas, give the gift of brunch – or better yet, a free-flowing boozy brunch. Available to redeem at roka aldwych or canary wharf, this special menu includes nine sharing plates for the first course, a main course per person, a dessert platter for the table and a bellini on arrival followed by free flowing wine with your meal.
Heavenly dishes comprise of sashimi, gyoza, glazed baby back ribs, salmon fillet teriyaki and grilled skewers from the robata. Simply write your message to personalise your gift, and they’ll do the rest!
Valid 48 hours after purchase, for 12 months. £133.80 for two people, purchase via rokarestaurant.com
8 Charbonnel et Walker Pink Himalayan Salted Caramel Truffles, 120g
One for the sweet tooth addicts. Lightly dusted pink truffles with a milk chocolate, caramel and pink Himalayan salt centre – you’re bound to impress if a foodie unwraps a box of these.
£15.00, order via johnlewis.com
10 Speyside Whisky Collection
Spoil a whisky lover with this unique collection. A range of highly-sought after premium whiskies, the Secret Speyside Collection whiskies range from 18 to 30 years old, and come from four of Speyside’s most elusive distilleries. It is made up of three, individually numbered rare single malts from each of the Glen Keith, Longmorn and Braes of Glenlivet distilleries, together with three peated and three unpeated expressions from Caperdonich.
The carefully curated collection ranges in price from £88-875 per bottle, each with its own rich and unique history for discerning Scotch fans to discover. Having previously been available at Duty Free only, for the first time ever, the full collection is now able to purchase at select stockists within the UK. Snap ’em up before it’s too late – the whiskies offer a rare opportunity to compare peated and unpeated expressions from the same distillery, and once gone, there will never be another.
Prices range from £88-875. Purchase via UK retailers with principle stockists including Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange.
11 The Ottolenghi FLAVOUR Cookbook
Yotam Ottolenghi, the best-selling author of Plenty teams up with Ottolenghi Test Kitchen’s Ixta Belfrage to reveal how flavour is created and amplified through 100+ super-delicious, plant-based recipes.
In this groundbreaking cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage offer a next-level approach to vegetables that breaks down the fundamentals of cooking into three key elements: process, pairing, and produce. Chock-full of low-effort, high-impact dishes that pack a punch and standout meals for the relaxed cook, Ottolenghi Flavor is a gift that’ll keep on giving.
Order via amazon.co.uk
12 Chococo’s Dorset Sea Salt Caramels Milk Chocolate Bauble (£12.00/150g)
Hang this creation from the Christmas tree, but beware, it won’t be around for long. This bauble is handcrafted from 45% Venezuela origin milk chocolate and hand-decorated in natural colours and edible shimmers for a vibrant finish. Nestled inside are four award-winning Dorset Sea Salt Caramel chocolate gems to finish off the sweet indulgence.
£12.00/150g, purchase via chococo.co.uk or in-store.