Bumper Christmas Gift Guide 2021
It’s that time of year again! While I still (as ever!) need to figure out what I’m buying for my own loved ones, I’ve spent some time putting together a couple of gift guides to help you all with your Christmas shopping! I’ve got some ideas for you under £10, perfect for stocking fillers and secret santa, under £25, good for family and friend gifts, and a selection under £50, ideal for your nearest and dearest.
A little bit of housekeeping: while usually I mark all affiliate links with #ad or (ad), things would get a little messy in a shopping post if I did that for every. single. link., so I’ve marked up all the affiliate links in this post with a ‘*’ – they won’t effect you at all, they’ll just give me a little money back if you buy something!
Gifts Under £10
Set of 2 French Lavender Tumblers | Bottle Negroni Cocktail* | Jack Black Intense Therapy Hand Cream* | Little’s Christmas Spirit Coffee* | Tiki Cocktail Mug* | Stripy Pisco Sours Sweets* | The Wave Decorative Matches | Kitchen Measuring Beaker | White Truffle Butter | Bakers Blade | Minalima Harry Potter The Marauder’s Map Tea Towel
There are a couple of things in this post I love in my own kitchen: I’ve been a long time fan of these beautiful French glass tumblers which brighten things up a bit on my desk and when I set the table for friends, my best friend Sherin gave me this amazing Harry Potter tea towel for my birthday a few years ago and it is actually one of the best for drying up I own, regardless of the fun design, and I have a little lab-style measuring beaker in plastic I actually find indispensable so I’m tempted to upgrade to this beautiful glass one.
One of J’s picks has made it onto my list this year because with all that harsh hand sanitiser, we still all need a good hand cream and while there are some great choices out there for us ladies, pickings are still a little thin for the men. However, he was blown away by this Jack Black hand cream* which apparently is pretty magical. Also, he marked the Little’s coffee I got him to try the other month as rather good, so I thought I’d include their festive blend* in here this year too!
Gifts Under £25
Grow You Own Oyster Mushrooms* | Neon Garden Fork & Trowel Set* | Hotel Chocolat Velvetised Chocolate Cream* | Pommery Royale Mustard with Cognac | Thompson & Morgan Kitchen Window Herb Kit* | Whitley Neill Quince Gin* | Japanese Soy Sauce Crystals | Penguin Paper Clips* | Microplane Cut Resistant Glove* | Le Creuset Hedwig Pie Bird | Microplane Zester*
A few more items in this selection I’m totally obsessed with: both booze selections. Whitley Neill gifted me a bottle of their perfumed, aromatic and rather exotic quince gin* years ago, back before they became a cult brand in almost every pub, and it still remains one of my all time favourite gins and perfect for gifting. Also, after my Mum gave me a sample earlier in the year I’ve become obsessed with Hotel Chocolat’s decadent chocolate cream* which is basically chocolate flavoured Bailey’s, but which is actually delicious, unlike actual chocolate Bailey’s.
Also in the kitchen we’ve got a microplane zester*, which may seem like an odd gift at first, but once you give it to someone you will change how they process garlic, fresh ginger and citrus fruit in the kitchen and they will love you forever for it: I now own two after my assistant Octavia introduced me to it on my cookbook shoot a few Decembers back. Also in the past year we’ve become a fan of Pommery’s Mustards and this one with cognac sounds delightful, and obviously I have an alert on for the moment the Hedwig Pie Bird becomes available from le Creuset’s brand new Harry Potter collaboration!
Gifts Under £50
Glass Pink Gin Pig* | Emma Bridgewater Lemon Drinks Tray* | Tortilla Press | NordicWare Classic Fluted Loaf Pan* | Slip Hair Scrunchies* | Terracotta Compost Caddy | Laylo Tempranillo Wine Box | Gusbourne English Sparkling Rose Wine* | Ottolenghi Flavour Cookbook Starter Kit
Once again, shall we start with my personal recommendations from this bunch, rather than the things I just think look cool? Starting again on the booze front Laylo, purveyors of beautiful boxed wines were kind enough to gift me their new Tempranillo box which both looked fantastic on the kitchen counter, but was so delicious that we went ahead and ordered three more of their boxed wines to try – a great gift for friends and family members. On the bubbles front, how could I not also suggest you gift a wonderful bottle of Gusbourne’s super special pink English sparkling wine vintage*, grown literally just up the road from me?
Elsewhere in the kitchen, Ottolenghi’s brilliant cookbook from last year Flavour* is one of the cookbooks I was given for Christmas last year that I’ve been enjoying the most, and I think Sous Chef’s set giving you the book and essential and hard to find ingredients you’ll need to get started is a lovely idea. And, as my old metal one went a bit rusty, this terracotta kitchen caddy is actually at the top of my wish list in a lovely blue to match my kitchen, because just look at it!