14 Christmas Food & Drink Gift Ideas | Checkout Christmas 2014

CHRISTMAS | 14 Christmas food & drink gift ideas | CHECKOUT | WE LOVE FOOD IT'S ALL WE EAT

We pick our favourite festive buys. Click on the blue links to buy!

1) Alain Ducasse’s Paris based chocolate factory La Manufacture de Chocolat has created a stunning Build Your Own Chocolate Christmas Tree, available exclusivel at the London Bulgari Hotel. The tree is flat-packed ready to take away in either dark or milk chocolate. £65, lechocolat-alainducasse.com

2) It’s always a good idea to have a box of chocolates lying around the house as an emergency gift for someone you’ve forgotten, after all, who doesn’t like chocolate? Certainly no one worth knowing. Lily O’Brien‘s Christmas star Petit Indulgence Collection includes ten assorted choccies. £7, lilyobriens.ie

3) This Mulled Wine Pot with warmer is great as a gift or for cosy winter evenings when friends and relatives come over. £24.95, prezzybox.com

4) This makes us long for summer already – Hendrick’s Cucumber Hothouse includes cucumber seeds, a growing pot, a cucumber baller, two 5cl bottles of Hendrick’s and tonic and a cocktail book. £15, sainsburys.co.uk

5) The first cook book by the MEATliquor guys was never going to be your average cook book. The MEATliquor Chronicles is the weirdest one I’ve ever read (good weird). Packed full of recipes and drunken tales. £12.50, amazon.co.uk

6) DISARONNO Amaretto have wrapped their bottles in stylish Versace packaging with these limited editon Disaronno Wears Versace bottles. Part of the profits are being donated to the UN-sponsored charity Fashion 4 Development. £14.95, thewhiskyexchange.com

7) Know a Star Wars fan who likes to cook? Here’s their present sorted! The X-Wing Knife Block contains a bread knife, carving knife, cooks knife, utility knife and a paring knife. £59.95 prezzybox.com

8) Ooh, a nice cup of tea. The JING Uplift Tea Tray is available for one or two people to share. The set contain everything you need to make great tea at home, or work, if you don’t mind people judging you. £80.50, jingtea.com

9) Smith & Kinghorn stock Christmas hampers filled with top quality luxury products sourced in our fine country, Great Britain. Oh, and they’re buy-one-get-one free too! Bargain! £49.99, smithandkinghornhampers.co.uk

10) Love this all-spice flavoured Iced Christmas Mini Biscuit tin from the fab London-based company Biscuiteers. £30, biscuiteers.com

11) More and more people are making their own sloe gin to give away as gifts at Christmas (or in our case, drink mostly to ourselves). Finding the berries can be a chore, unless you have your very own Sloe Bush with fruiting calamondin that is. £45, plants4presents.co.uk

12) Bet you’d never think of ordering booze from Amazon? Take advantage of the Amazon Prime trial offer and stock up with beauties like this Chase Rhubarb Vodka. £35, amazon.co.uk

13) This Igloo Cake by French family bakery Paul makes a welcome light dessert – a dark and white chocolate mousse. We tested it in the office and everyone went crazy for it – particularly the ‘crunchy bits’ (hazelnut craquant). Serves 6-8 people. £19.95, paul-uk.com

14) The only time of year we buy nuts still in their shell, yet another mysterious Christmas tradition. Crack ’em in style with an Autumn Stag Nutcracker. £16.95, prezzybox.com