5 amazing drink gift ideas for Christmas
From hot chocolate to spicy rum, five ideas to pop under the Christmas tree this year.
Yes, it is that time of the year. You've been here before, we all have. Here's the situation: you've only got a couple of days to go before Christmas dinner with family, preceded by Christmas lunch with your fiancee's family, preceded by Christmas Eve dinner with friends, and you still haven't bought anything for the occasion.
I made that mistake before, so what I thought I'd do is compile a list of things I would like to receive if I were hosting a Christmas party. As they say, "Do unto others..."
Beer can Christmas sleeves
This is the exactly the sort of go-to gift idea when you've only got two days left to sort things out before Christmas dinner and you need Amazon Prime superpowers because you don't want to show up empty-handed.
This is a set of 12 different types of can sleeves, with Christmas-themed puns, images and colours. Nothing says Christmas like a festive beer.
Organic English tea tray
When all is said and done, nothing beats a cup of tea by the fire on a cold winter evening. Picturesque, I know, and it gets even more picturesque when you associate drinking hot tea with Christmas.
This is a great idea as far as Christmas gifts go, an ideal option if all else fails or if you don't actually want to think about it too hard. English Tea Shop has an interesting offer for a tray of 96 bags with 12 different flavours, from classic stuff like Breakfast and Black tea, to exotic options like Spicy Pumpkin and Peppermint Melon.
Prosecco & Chocolates Gift Box
This will always look good, whether you're hosting a Christmas party or you're just participating as a guest. It is a gift box (by Hay Hampers), including a bottle of DOP Prosecco from Treviso, in Northern Italy, and two different types of chocolates. You've got Belgian caramel chocolate and Italian chocolate pralines.
A good balance between bitter and sweet, with dry Prosecco, sweet pralines and even sweeter caramel clusters.
Kraken Black Spiced Rum
This is the Rolls-Royce of rum and guaranteed to make an excellent first impression because A, it looks pretty cool and B, it actually helps support a good cause. It is a bottle of 70-cl bottle of Kraken spiced rum, imported from the Caribbean and made with secret spices.
This limited edition ceramic bottle is helping to raise awareness about coral reef health. For each bottle sold, £1 is going to be donated to an eco-charity called 'Surfers Against Sewage'.
Milk Hot chocolate gift set
Combining hot chocolate with Christmas always works. Well, maybe it doesn't if you live in Miami or Rio but here, in little ol' Europe, Christmas weather is usually cold and snowy, so staying indoor with a cup of hot chocolate is still a popular option.
This gift set is beautifully packaged and includes chocolate made with Belgian chocolate flakes, a large hot chocolate mug and marshmallows.