Best Christmas gifts to buy this year
As we approach the festive season, I’ve rounded up my ideas for the best gifts to buy this Christmas 2022. For this year I have split the gift guide into two sections:
Many of the gift ideas also have a sustainability element, which is really important to me.
Where possible I have included links for those who want to shop online from my list.
Best homeware Christmas gifts
Typhoon Elements Dark Marble/Acacia Rectangle Board
If you love entertaining or dressing your table, this Typhoon rectangular board is just the ticket. The elegant board is crafted from marble and acacia wood for an eye-catching, sophisticated style. The serving board is ideal for serving appetizers, desserts, or charcuterie. The marble section of the board is naturally cool so is ideal for keeping cheese platters at the correct temperature.
Viners Assure Colour Code Knife Block & Board Set
This stunning set brings knife and food safety together into one space saving design. A colourful new addition to your kitchen, the Assure knives have been designed with a square tip, making them safer to use, and also feature colour coded tips that correlate to the appropriate chopping board. This is perfect for preventing cross-contamination with raw and cooked foods. Made from high quality stainless steel, the knives feature ergonomically designed, soft touch handles for ultimate comfort.
Typhoon Botanics Glass Storage
With a natural cork lid and stunning floral detail, this large 1.1 litre Botanics Glass Storage Jar will look beautiful sitting on any worktop. Made from borosilicate glass, not only is this jar strong and durable, the material is recyclable and will help to keep contents fresh.
Typhoon Botanics Glass Bottle
As part of the new Botanics range from Typhoon, this PURE Botanics Glass Bottle matches the stunning glass storage. The bottle is made from borosilicate glass, with a colourful floral decal. It comes with a leak-proof lid and offers a stylish, single-use plastic alternative, while on-the-go.
Waxwrap Cotton Food Bags
WaxWrap is a sustainable, re-useable beeswax wrap designed to keep food super fresh. This pack of handy wrap bags offers 3 different sizes so there is an option to suit all situations. From a fully loaded sandwich to a tortilla wrap, packed lunches and salad leaves can be stored and transported tidily and without losing freshness.
OXO 500ml Angled Measuring Jug
When it comes to making gravy or sauces, this jug from OXO ensures you can measure liquids accurately. An iconic tool, it will come in handy all year round. The patented angled surface allows you to see the measurement marks from above as you’re pouring, so there’s not need to fill, check and adjust.
Best food and drink Christmas gifts
Tom Savano Passionfruit Martini
Tom Savano is the ultimate in sophisticated, pre-mixed cocktails and this passionfruit Martini is divine. A smooth, sweet and decadent cocktail, combining vodka with passionfruit and vanilla.
£15 for 200m, £29 for 500ml
Seggiano Traditional Panforte
Sold by Steenbergs, this traditional sweet bread is used to celebrate festive holidays in Siena. A delightful combination of fruit peel, rich spices and toasted almonds, it is to be enjoyed as dessert, with coffee or paired with soft cheeses.
Steenbergs Organic Lemon Pepper Seasoning
Also from Steenbergs this organic lemon pepper is an all-purpose organic seasoning that is also salt-free. The tartness of the lemon enhances the natural flavours of food, while the black pepper creates a warm depth of flavour.
40g jar, £2.80
Baija Life Revive Green Tea
Made from a high grade Chinese tea found only in the Yellow Mountain tea region, this Huangshan Maofeng green tea re-energises your spirit and revitalises your senses. The ginger in this blend helps relieve stress, nausea, and lowers blood pressure to calm and soothe. The mango pieces add a natural fruity aroma and a light, slightly sweet flavour.
Cocoba Vegan Hot Chocolate Bombe set
Luxury and ethical chocolate specialists Cocoba have a vegan option of their Hot Chocolate Bombe Christmas Cracker. Their character set is particularly fun, as it includes a vegan milk chocolate Santa and Reindeer, plus a vegan white chocolate Snowman, They are all filled to the brim with micro marshmallows to make a creamy and delicious hot chocolate.
Montezuma’s Christmas Chocolate
Montezuma’s have a great offering this year of Christmas gifts, including a wide variety of Vegan Christmas chocolate. From cheeky snowmen to plant-based chocolate bars, vegans and non-vegans will love finding these in their stocking. For those who do eat dairy, the peanut butter snowballs are no exception to Montezuma’s excellence. These white chocolate bites with a peanut butter and milk chocolate truffle centre, they are delicious. The packaging is widely recyclable too which is a bonus.
From RRP £3
Best self care gifts
Dr A Cosmetics
Dr A Cosmetics sell a small but perfectly formed range of skincare, made from high quality ingredients. They are vegan and cruelty free, with a strong sustainability ethos. The 24K Gold Royalty Treatment facial oil is particularly luxurious, containing genuine 24K gold leaf.
Nearly New Cashmere Co Cashmere Neck Warmer
This is a lovely item from a fabulously sustainable brand. The Nearly New Cashmere Co rescue, repair and restore thousands of second-hand cashmere pieces each year. This not only helps the environment, it makes cashmere an affordable treat for so many more of us. The neck warmer is soft, cosy and kind on the wallet at just over twenty pounds.
Prices from £25
Gift Wild Swift Bird wash bag
Gift Wild are a delightful online emporium of thoughtfully created, eco-friendly gifts. Their wash bags use sustainably sourced and fair trade cotton material so it is kind to the planet. The swift pattern is my personal favourite, but there are other great designs to choose from too. 10% of the sale of the Swift Bird wash bag is donated to the RSPB, so your recipient can feel good about giving back to nature too.
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