CHRISTMAS is just around the corner.
This year hasn’t been easy, but a little bit of Christmas could be just the tonic we need to save it.
From gift ideas, to everything you need for the big day, these 10 top companies have everything you need to get ready for Christmas.
Toasting Christmas with a glass of something sparkling is a tradition as old as time, but it can be quite unhealthy.
Skinny Witch is a new, up-and-coming, family-run alcoholic beverage company, and their award-winning low sugar Prosecco is unbeatable.
Made in Italy, they use the best, most flavoursome grapes, removing any need for additional sugars.
The elegant proseccos maintain a light texture with deep flavours ensuring a tasty drink that rounds your palate perfectly, for a lighter, more enjoyable drink.
They have also won some incredibly competitive awards, including at the Drinks Business Sparkling Wines Masters, where their Skinny Witch Brut Prosecco won a bronze medal.
Drink it as it for a classy addition to a Christmas party, or add some fresh orange juice to make the perfect companion to a festive brunch.
You can find them on Instagram @DrinkSkinnyWitch.
Gin-gle all the way!
If you’ve got a gin lover in your life then Ribble Valley Craft Gins have your Christmas gifts covered.
Their miniatures start at just £5, or 5 for £20, and are the ultimate stocking filler, and you can even buy a personalised miniature gin bar filled with 25 amazing flavours.
Visitors to the award-winning gin bar in the heart of the Ribble Valley with over 250 gins, they were constantly asked by customers to invent new flavours – and that’s how the range was created!
And what a range it is! From flavours based on your favourite childhood sweets, like drumstick lollies and rhubarb and custard, to more grown up flavours like Rhubard and Rosehip, and Pomegranate and Cranberry there are choices for every palette and every mood.
Food is at the centre piece of every festive celebration. Larder invites you to share their passion for quality.
Larder has everything you need for the perfect festive table. From the very best dry plucked, 12 day hung, locally sourced, Kentish Turkey, to their hand selected, 32 day dry aged, heritage breed beef ribs, and not forgetting their line up of some of the finest British and continental wines, cheeses, charcuterie and much, much more.
One of London’s top and most trusted butchers, Larder is used by Michelin starred chefs and 100 advisor reviewed restaurants and is now bringing their incredible selection of the finest me, poultry and game to your home.
They’re taking orders right up until the 13 December and are offering an exclusive discount of 15 per cent off your first order over £50.
Nice to MEATER!
Getting that Turkey cooked perfectly is one of the main stresses for Christmas day – but MEATER are here to help.
Developed with state-of-the-art technology, combined with an insatiable passion for mouth-watering, perfectly cooked food, Apption Labs designed the MEATER – the world’s first truly wireless meat thermometer.
Designed for everyone from grill masters to weekend-warrior BBQ enthusiasts, home cooks and everyone in between, MEATER makes ‘over’ and ‘under’ cooked meats a thing of the past.
MEATER make the perfect gift for the meat-lover in your life, so why not treat yourself and your loved-ones to perfectly cooked meat this Christmas.
You can find them on Instagram @MEATERgram, and by searching MEATER on Facebook.
Who is your #JingleBelle
A glass of fizz is a festive staple, and after the year we’ve had we’ll be using ours to toast those people who have been there for us when it has mattered most.
With that in mind, Belle & Co are looking for a very special #JingleBelle in this year’s festive campaign.
If you would like to give a special thanks to anyone during the Christmas season, then make sure you head on over to @BelleAndCoBubbly on Instagram and take part in the big Belle & Co #JingleBelle competition, where there are sparkling prizes to be won.
Crisp and bursting with gorgeous pear and white flower aromas, the award-winning alcohol free bubbles makes the perfect sparkling seasonal drink. It’s also vegan-friendly, gluten free and low in calories – so everyone can get involved!
JAZZ it up
If you’re thinking of starting some new festive food traditions this year, then Jazz Apples are the ultimate ingredient!
Voted UK’s tastiest Apple for the 4th consecutive year and having won the award six times in the last eight years, they are the UK’s fastest growing apple variety (Source: Kantar).
Jazz is more than an apple, it’s a naturally refreshing taste sensation with a crisp texture and sweet-tangy flavour.
JAZZ this year teamed up with Team GB long jumper Jazmin Saywers and 2x Olympic Silver medallist, Commonwealth and European Champion Freestyle swimmer Jazz Carlin to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get active and involved in sport.
The Jazz Foundation which launched in 2017, was setup to provide support to individuals, groups and charities in endeavours that promote health & well-being. Anyone can apply simply by filling out an application form found on the website.
Nothing sets off a cheeseboard quite like a mature cheddar, and Lye Cross Farm is one of the best.
This family run business makes the UK’s Number 1 organic cheddar*, and it’s perfect for all of your festive needs.
Typically matured for 9-12 months, it’s part of an extended range of organic cheddars with flavours available from mild through to vintage.
Rich, creamy and full of flavour, with a firm but silky texture it’s sure set to tickle your tastebuds.
Whether you’re adding it to your Boxing Day sandwich, piling it on to crackers, or serving with charcuterie, it’s sure to be a great addition.
You’ll find it online at Ocado, Planet Organic and Abel & Cole, so be sure to add some to your next shop.
*Kantar 52WE 06 September 2020
Cocktails and canapes make every festive party pop, and Skull X also have you covered for cocktail ingredients.
Their luxury, award-winning vodka provides you with a perfectly smooth taste without the sharp afterburn.
Using purest ingredients, with water from natural aquifers and the finest 5-times-distilles white wheat, it’s fantastic alone, with a mixer, or as part of a cocktail.
Skull X Vodka has won some incredible competitive awards, including the Masters in the Smooth category for the Spirits business – so it truly is the smoothest vodka ever.
They also won the International Spirits Challenge silver award in 2020, as well as beating some branded favourites in a blind taste test.
Mexy and bright!
Turkey can get tiresome, so why not try something a little different this December.
If you’re looking for an alternative to turkey curry for Boxing Day, then Mexican food could be the answer – and MexGrocer have everything you need for an authentic feel.
Their mission is simple – the products you receive help support the people who put them into your hands. From the small-scale farmer getting a fair price for his corn, to the company that mill and package it, so you can assure you are making a sustainable choice when you purchase.
If you’re interested in cooking like a proper Mexican you can stock up on store cupboard essentials, like corn flour for tortillas, Tajin seasoning (great for margaritas!), refried pinto beans and habanero hot sauce.
Make a meal of it
Christmas cooking is stressful enough without having to think about your regular meals as well – and this is where meal kits come in.
GrEAT Food 2U were borne out of the last lockdown, as a response to a national cry for good quality, restaurant food at home. Their DIY kits provide you with restaurant quality food from the comfort of your own home
Launching around 1 every 2 days, the platform boasts a really broad range of restaurants including Franco Manca; TGIs; Bleecker Burger – voted the nation’s best burger; Rosa’s Thai Café; ED’s Easy Diner; The Real Greek; Burger & Lobster and Caravan, as well as incredible street & independent foods such as MEATliquor; Cyprus Kitchen; WingShack co.; Mother Clucker; FishWorks; and Gunpowder.
All their packaging is sustainable – in fact, the box insulation is made from recycled jeans, in partnership with John Cotton Co., so you can be sure you’re being kind to the environment.
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