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Perfect presents

THE
GOURMET
GIFT GUIDE

Perfect presents

THE
GOURMET
GIFT GUIDE

From handsome hampers to sweet treats and top tipples, whatever tickles their taste buds, we’ve got an array of tempting edible treats that the foodies in your life will love

 

We’re not going to sugar-coat it – these are the sweetest gifts for the sweet-toothed loved ones you’re buying for this Christmas. Our five-star-rated Collection Christmas gift box – packed with Marc de Champagne truffles, Belgian white chocolate, cranberry and orange florentines, salted caramel nuts and more – is the ultimate hamper of treats, while our exclusive Sipsmith lemon drizzle gin brings the butter-rich sweetness of everyone’s favourite cake to an evening tipple.

The Belgian chocolate and salted caramel present cake is a show-stopping gift in every sense – we recommend serving it up with our charming vintage-style cake slice and fork set. Alternatively, for pure chocoholics, upgrade your classic box of chocs to The Collections of Exceptional Characters, which is packed with unusual flavour combinations, from white chocolate and lemongrass to smoked honey.

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Budding bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts will thank you for our upmarket selection of drinks, kit and glasses. Those at home behind the bar will be able to give their cocktail making an edge with our create-your-own blueberry gin kit, mixed expertly with the stellar Hollywood bar tools and shaker.

They’ll also appreciate the unusual Plantation Gran Anejo premium golden rum – which gets its spicy, smoky character from being partially matured in old cognac casks – or Copperhead gin with its smart metallic bottle that will really stand out in the drinks cabinet. Bottoms up!

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Remind explorers of their travels with these treats from around the world. First stop: France, where you can indulge them with a refined combination of a luscious L’Or du Ciron Sauternes dessert wine alongside a rich creamy camembert that would look great served on our cheese plates. Next, hop over to Italy with our prosecco and panettone gift set – what could be more celebratory than fizz and the country’s iconic festive sweet loaf?

Further afield we find Akashi whisky – a lighter, easy-to-drink style that has notes of smoky vanilla and honey. The Japanese call it a ji-whisky, which means it’s made locally in small batches, so is sure to impress aficionados everywhere. Or perhaps they’re teetotal – if so, our single-origin green jasmine, Kenyan and Ceylon teas make for an exotic cuppa.

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Even the most discerning food and drink fans will be sated with this handpicked collection of refined gifts. Special doesn’t do justice to our vintage champagne, Tzar smoked salmon fillet and Oscietra caviar – this is next-level indulgence. Vintage bubbly needs premium glassware – our Bellagio flutes and saucers have been hand-decorated with real gold.

Equally lustrous but more edible is the Golden Jewels box of beautifully hand-finished chocolates that includes fleur du sel feuilletine, smoked sugar banana caramel and chilli, lime and mango flavours and more. If they like to get a little more hands on, the M&S Chef marble pestle and mortar and matching pinch pot are as good looking as they are practical – just add a stag cloche and tray for added dinner table flair.

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Photographer: Luke Kirwan / Illustrator: Bodil Jane / Editors: Emma Sleight and Ian Wright

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