The food and drink gifts to make this Christmas the tastiest one ever

We’ve swapped out our regular, Something for the Weekend column for Margaret Hussey’s round-up of wonderful Christmas treats. From gorgeous gifts for others or perfect treats for yourself, Margaret has compiled some of the most delicious foodie presents on offer this season, to make this the tastiest Christmas ever.

‘Makeaway’

For any wannabe Marcus Wareings in the family, You Be Chef will help you cook up a storm at home. Created by Michelin Star chef Robert Thompson, his take on the ‘Makeaway’ meal kit trend features weekly-changing menus, which can be ordered up to four weeks in advance. Everything you need to create your weekly menu at home will arrive in a sustainable You Be Chef box, with 95% of packaging compostable by the end of 2021. The kit can be purchased for under £50 per person. Visit YouBeChef.com

Christmas Spirit

Back by popular demand Black Cow’s Christmas Spirit is Christmas in a bottle. It has been created using the ingredients of Christmas pudding (winter fruits and spices, currents, raisins, figs, orange zest, lemon zest, cinnamon and vanilla), and then is macerated in smooth Black Cow vodka, the world’s first pure milk vodka. £25, blackcow.co.uk

Happy Hampers

Created by top nutritionists Daisy York and Darcy Lawler, this Meet Aegle ultimate hamper is perfect for those wanting to kickstart or continue a healthy new year. It’s packed with goodness and includes truffle and artichoke pesto, organic raw buckwheat honey and balsamic vinegar. The other hampers are chocolate indulgence, mother and baby, and winter warmer. £100, meetaegle.com

Chocoholics

Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini never fails to disappoint with his festive offerings. This signature Malline Découverte box has 33 of his most famous offerings, including Cuban grand cru, Earl Grey tea and milk chocolate Pavé de Tours. £35, eu.marcolini.com

A Little Taste of Italy

New to Carluccio’s this season is this very affordable hamper. It’s got everything you need for the perfect Italian supper. There’s authentic Italian pasta, new Carluccio’s infused oils and sauces, including a versatile tomato and basil base. £36, carluccios.com

Cocktail O’Clock

Liberation’s delicious new Espresso Martini bottle is made with craft distillery vodka, Rainforest Alliance single estate coffee, hazelnut liqueur, Madagascan vanilla and cane sugar. And now it is even posher as it comes as a gift set, complete with cocktail shaker and classic martini glass. £37.50, liberationcocktails.com

Tea Time

For the designated driver or tea lover, this very pretty gift set has two refined blends. It includes ‘Flower Moon’ a blue tea infused with flower petals and creamy almond notes, as well as ‘Earl Grey French Blue’, a silky and elegant black tea with blue flowers. £49, mariagefreres.com

Mixology Mastered

Get your party started in style with the Cocktail Cruiser from Liberation Cocktails. The four-wheeled mixology machine can come straight to your door. Serving up everything from Aperol spritz, to mojitos and martinis, it has a bartender, glassware and garnishes. Prices from £120 for half an hour and 16 cocktails, liberationcocktails.com 

Essentials, Sorted

Worried you will run out of stuff over the Christmas period? The very clever people at Bother have, er, saved you the bother. Their essentials, booze, baking and Boxing Day bundles have everything you need to keep your cupboards stocked, from gravy granules to Prosecco, ketchup to Quality Street. They also deliver loo roll, washing powder and toiletries. Bundles from £29.99, webother.co.uk

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