The Best Christmas Food And Drink Presents The Internet Has To Offer

Because sometimes your average bottle of red just doesn't cut it.

best food and drink gifts for christmas 2021

by Julia Harvey |

Help make the festivities that bit merrier for your loved ones (and you, of course) with a bottle of something delicious (wine, hot sauce, no judgement!) or, if you're feeling particularly benevolent, a box of chocolate truffles or a Christmas hamper. Yes, we're suggesting you give the gift of food and drink this Christmas. And with warnings of an alcohol shortage in the UK, there's no time like the present to start shopping for your edible gifts.

Whether their tipple of choice comes sparkling or on the rocks (hello, Christmas gin), and their sweet treat comes in the form of a salted caramel candle for one, or a hamper for the whole family, we've got all the best ideas for Christmas food presents for everyone - guaranteed to please all the drinkers and foodies in your life.

We’ve curated this list of the ultimate gifts to devour, including some great ideas for alcohol gifts for couples, the best alcohol gift sets, unusual alcohol gifts, and the best Christmas food gifts that you can have delivered. Basically, read on and prepare to be their favourite relative for at least another year…

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SHOP: The Best Christmas Gifts of Food and Alcohol 2021

Tanqueray, Sevilla Gin, £20
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A special bottle of Tanqueray makes for a very welcome present, particularly for any cocktail lovers you know. And to celebrate Christmas, the drinks brand has teamed up with Candice Brathwaite to discover her top tips for festive hosting. She suggests you set up a bar at home when entertaining and swap your traditional baubles for these Tanqueray miniatures, which are sure to get the party started.

Drinks By The Dram Whisky Baubles, £39.95, Master of Malt
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Whether you hang these off the tree or hand all six over in one go, these whisky baubles are a sure fire winner. Filled with six different, very impressive blends, they will satisfy even the most particular whisky buffs (hello Dad).

Selfridges, Cheese and Wine Hamper, £150
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Christmas food presents tend to focus around cheese and wine - and that's fine with us. Selfridges' deliciously decadent selection of oatcakes, chutney, soft and hard cheeses and a bottle of Chianti? The ideal way to round off the big day.

Sipsmith Gin, from £25
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It's no secret we are huge gin fans at Grazia, and would even go so far as considering ourselves connoisseurs. And when it comes to the spirit, we count Sipsmith among our favourites. This award-winning gin not only looks cute (we have a lot of time for that iconic swan), but is also deliciously crisp and with nine flavours to choose from, there is something to suit all tastes. We especially enjoy VJOP (Very Junipery Over Proof Gin), Sipspresso Coffee Gin, Strawberry Smash Gin and will definitely be indulging in a very Christmassy bottle of the delicious Sloe Gin.

Charbonnel et Walker x Blackwell Rum Truffles
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If you are looking for something a bit different this Christmas, then these heaven-sent truffles may just hold the answer to your prayers. Crafted in collaboration with Chris Blackwell, Founder of Island Records, you not only get the sweet, sweet rum mingling with dark chocolate, but also access to a Jamaican-inspired playlist, created by the man himself.

Edinburgh Gin Storybook - The Great Garnish
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For Great Gatsby-style cocktail vibes, this luxe set from Edinburgh Gin is just the ticket. Containing Rhubarb & Ginger and Gooseberry & Elderflower Gins, a garnish kit and four metal straws, this beautifully presented gift set contains all those extras you need to really nail that gin cocktail.

Charbonnel et Walker Mini Pink Marc de Champagne Truffle and Mini Moet Champagne Gift Set
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This gorgeous set from Charbonnel et Walker tastes as good on the inside as it looks on the outside. This is definitely going on our Christmas list.

Drinkworks, Home Bar
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Fancy bar-quality cocktails in the comfort of your own home this Christmas? Simply pop a pod in of your chosen cocktail and press 'start'. Within one minute, a perfectly mixed and chilled drink pours into your vessel of choice. This may be an indulgent gift, but it's one that will keep giving.

Sage, Bambino Espresso Machine, £329.95
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For coffee lovers, there's probably no better gift you could give. The Bambino makes barista-quality coffee and even has a power steam wand to produce microfoam, meaning anyone can practice their 'latte art'. This basically means that you'll never have to buy a cup of coffee every again – simply make fresh in the morning, decant into your disposable cup and be on your way. More sustainable and cost-effective; it's like all our Christmases have come at once.

NIO, Share Box Of 6 Cocktails, £39
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Whether you decide to have a very merry night in by yourself (they are also available in a three-pack), or save these insanely delicious cocktails for Christmas, there is a wide range to suit all tastes. NIO (which stands for Needs Ice Only) cocktails also cleverly fit through the letterbox. And just look how cute they are – that colour-pop packaging is more than a little grid-worthy.

Mon Dessert, Noel Macaron Kit, £30
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For your friend who can't get enough of Great British Bake Off, this is the ultimate Xmas food gift. This lovely set will have them whipping up professional-looking macarons in no time at all – and with a Christmas theme. It comes with absolutely everything you need (except the fresh ingredients of eggs and cream) in a beautifully packaged tin.

Waitrose & Partners, No.1 Decadence Basket, £250
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Who doesn't love a hamper at Christmas? Waitrose's is filled with everything you could possibly need to enjoy the festive season, including several bottles of wine and fizz, delicious snacks, luxury chocolates, coffee, relishes and even a panettone.

Hendrick's Gin, Limited Edition Gift Set, £35
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For the gin-lover in your life, why not treat them to a wonderful gift set featuring Hendrick's? Not only will this make for the perfect gin & tonic on Christmas Day, it will look good under the tree, too – no wrapping required.

Edition 94, Hand-Blown Italian Wine Glass, £35
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If you're not already familiar with Edition 94, then prepare to fall head over heels for its stylish array of homewares. These glasses, in particular, will make for such a special gift and are available in several different shades to match any colour scheme.

Sage, Pizzaiolo Smart Oven, £729.95
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You will quite literally be the most popular person in your family if you give this for Christmas this year. It's the first at-home benchtop oven to hit 400°C and cook an authentic wood fired-style pizza in just two minutes. Most pizza ovens need to be set-up outside but this one works in your kitchen, so no need to brave freezing temperatures. Top tip: give this to the person you live with and never, ever have to spend money on a takeaway pizza again. It's more than worth the investment.

Shop Cuvu00e9e, Natural Wine Subscription, From £55
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What's better than sharing a bottle of wine with friends? A bottle of wine that doesn't run out, of course, which makes this the perfect present. Choose your number of bottles and give the gift of natural wine every month. The wines are chosen by experts and will arrive on the doorstep of your chosen recipient – all you need to do is give the address, pay and wait for a thank you letter.

Personalised Toblerone Bar, £14.99 at Selfridges
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If you know someone who never fails to buy the biggest bar of Toblerone they can find in the airport, why not treat them to their very own personalised chocolate? It will make it harder for others to help themselves when they see it in the fridge, that's for sure.

Not Another Bill, Personalised Cocktail Shaker, £20
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For the person you know who fancies themselves as a mixologist, indulge them with a personalised cocktail shaker. Available in two different sizes, this makes for a lovely, thoughtful present.

Fortnum & Mason, Personalised Champagne, £45
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Champagne is always a special present but thanks to Fortnum & Mason, it just got even better. If you buy a bottle of the delicious Blanc de Blancs, you can personalise the label with any message of your choice.

Lanson, Le Black Label Brut, £37 at Sainsbury's
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Whether you're looking for an indulgent Christmas gift or something special to take to endless relatives' houses over the festive period, this champagne is delicious and, handily, can be added to your weekly shop for minimum fuss.

Pret, Coffee Subscription, £20
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If you really want to make their year, treat them to a coffee subscription at Pret, which starts from just £20. You just choose how long you want it to last, customise your gift card and they'll receive it via email.

Hotel Chocolat, Everything Sleekster Luxe, £36.50
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For fans of chocolate truffles (and edible Christmas gifts) - this box has dark chocolate, carrot cake and gin varieties to name just three - you can't go wrong with Hotel Chocolat.

Whittard, The Hot Chocolate Favourites Gift Box, £36
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Whittard has a whole gift selection dedicated to hot chocolate. We love the look of this gift box, which contains its four most popular flavours: Luxury Hot Chocolate, Luxury White Hot Chocolate, Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate and 70% Cocoa Hot Chocolate.

And when you're finished, why don't you check our our personalised Christmas gift ideas, which are perfect for that tricky customer who already has everything, our Christmas gift guide for women and our ultimate guide to Christmas beauty gifts for the lotions and potions addict in your life.

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