With things how they are, it’s a godsend to find gorgeous treats that get sent direct to the recipient rather than more Amazon boxes coming in, for you to wrap and send out. We have really tried to support small businesses during lockdown rather than the other option of helping Mr Bezo’s pockets get deeper.
Neal’s Yard Dairy has a wonderful selection of foodie gifts. There is nothing better than receiving a gift that you can crack open and share. It’s a real treat to have extra food in the house that you haven’t had to arrange and a selection of cheeses is a great present for uncles and aunts, brother-in-laws and when you are stuck for a joint gift.
There is something for everyone at Cuttter & Squidge. From pretty boxes of gingerbread men to an Afternoon Tea Hamper to this mouth watering Chocolate Lover’s Christmas Hamper (£40). You do need to check that they can deliver to your recipient with a quick postcode check but I’ve tried several around the country and it worked for me.
Full disclosure here, as I write this I have just treated myself to a box of Scented Narcissi Paper Whites (£28 for 50 stems) and booked delivery for just before Christmas BUT they are an amazing gift for someone special. Hurry and order as they are hugely popular and their scent is just delicious (and you will be have an incredibly grateful recipient for this wonderful present.)
For the coffee lover in your family, why not gift a subscription to Hasbean. For £30 your recipient will receive a 250g bag of speciality coffee once a month for a total of 4 months. You can choose whole bean or ground and a tasting video is released on Youtube to coincide with the delivery.
I wish I knew more about roses! I dutifully dead head but there is just so much I’d love to know about them as I trawl through David Austin’s catalogue. Bare root roses make an excellent gift and the stunning Desdemona has a strong Old Rose fragrance and is repeat flowering but you are spoilt for choice once you start browsing. From £18.50.
A gingerbread house kit (Biscuiteers £35) is something the whole family can enjoy making and is perfect for keeping little people busy in the aftermath of all the excitement when things tend to get back to normal just a little bit too quickly and the cabin fever sets in – although I guess maybe it won’t this year seeing as we are all so well practised!