Festive Gift Guide 2020

This year the festive season will be a little different and so I wanted to share some of my favourite things that would make wonderful gifts to spread some cheer and delight your loved ones.

Food

Cheese from Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company

I highly recommend Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company’s range of Cheddar Cheeses (and Cheese Straws) for the Cheese lover in your life! My favourites are the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company’s Oak Smoked Cheddar and the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company’s Cave Matured Cheddar as I love its deep, rich, nutty and rounded flavour.

Sugarboo Sweet Stuff

Cakes and Brownies that are decadent and delicious made by Mother & Daughter team, Lyanda & Ella, who are based in the beautiful Cotswolds. I have tried their Brownies and my god are they delicious!

Find out more: https://www.sugarboosweetstuff.co.uk/

Jars of Goodness

My favourite Kenyan brand of Chutneys, Sauces, Jams and Curds is now available in the UK! Not only is the packaging gorgeous, each one tastes incredible. They would make amazing gifts for a foodie!

Buy them here: https://www.jarsofgoodness.co.ke/uk/our-shop/

Reese’s Peanut Butter Miniatures AdventIt wouldn’t be a festive guide without my favourite Chocolate featuring! Every year we get a Reese’s Advent Calendar and with the perfect mix of chocolate and peanut butter, Reese’s is anything but ordinary.  

Reese’s Peanut Butter Miniatures Advent is the perfect mix of chocolate and peanut butter. Made with 23 foil wrapped Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures in white, milk and dark chocolate flavours and two full size white Peanut Butter Cups behind window number 24, the Reese’s advent Calendar promises to give you a daily treat throughout December.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Miniatures Advent are available at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, and Morrison’s at £5 RRP 

Mystic Christmas Afternoon tea at Kona, Taj 

Why not treat your loved ones to the Mystic Christmas Afternoon Tea at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate for £55 per person. In a stunning surrounding you can indulge in festive themed sweet treats, Cranberry and plain scones and delicious savouries too!

To book visit: https://www.taj51buckinghamgate.co.uk/Fine-dining/Afternoon-tea/

Drinks

Bottle Bar Shop’s Cocktails

Can we firstly take a second to appreciate how cute these handmade bottled cocktails by Bottle Bar Shop are? Each one is infused, mixed, created, prepared and bottled at Bottle Bar and Shop in London’s Catford and delivered straight to your door. They are free of additives and utterly sublime!

I’d highly recommend putting an order in asap (most definitely for yourself as well as loved ones) to stock up. They have a wide range to choose from such as Negroni, Twisted Old Fashioned, Margarita, Espresso Martini, Lychee Martini, Bloody Mary, as well as Festive editions such as Cranberry Gin and Christmas in a Bottle.

See the full range and order here: https://bottlebarandshop.com/

NIO Cocktails

Take the fuss out of homemade cocktails with this letterbox-sized selection from NIO Cocktails.

Their uniquely-shaped cocktail packages make enjoying a drink easier than ever. Simply shake and pour! Handy to pack for road trips too, should you be doing more domestic travel.

There are lots of flavours to choose from, including classics such as a cosmopolitan or margarita. The build your own box function is handy if you know your friend’s favourite flavours, too.

They make the perfect letterbox gift.

Find out more: https://niococktails.co.uk/

 Love Delhi Gin 

The King of fruits is Mango, and Love Delhi Gin is brimming with this tropical flavour and a burst of pomegranate.

Love Delhi Gin reflects the essence of Indian cultures and flavours, tapping into a global and homegrown gin craft. Going beyond typical juniper flavours, Mango and Pomegranate become the perfect partners and are given depth from the spicy undertone. These Asian fruit flavours are the perfect canvas for cocktails or shine through with your favourite tonic or lemonade. Journey to Delhi with every sip! Perfectly paired with Indian food and also superb as a spirit of choice for the festive season, try this gorgeou 

Love Delhi Gin costs £36 and you can buy it here: https://lovedelhigin.com/product/love-delhi-gin/

Stir Me Tea

Photo credit: Stir Me Tea

Another Kenyan brand, Stir Me Tea is available in the UK too! Gorgeous packaging and inspired by nature and travel. I particularly love their Zafrani Chai.

Find out more and buy here: https://www.instagram.com/stirmetea/

Technology

A London-based start-up brand propelled by lockdown creativity, ‘Smart Screen’, has launched a revolutionary, antibacterial cleaning cloth designed to ensure phones and tablets remain box-fresh.

Photo credit: Smart Screen
Photo credit: Smart Screen

‘Smart Screen’ is a designer cleaning cloth and pouch tailored to neatly fit into any pocket, a heavier weight than most microfibre glass cleaning cloths making it easier to handle. This premium product has been specifically manufactured with the current heightened awareness of cleanliness in mind, with a silver ion antibacterial liquid treatment applied during the weave process. The ‘Smart Screen’ boasts a durability that ensures antibacterial properties lasts for up to 15 washes.

It’s made my devices look brand new again! Buy it here: https://www.smartscreen.store/

 Edifier X3 earbuds 

I absolutely love these, especially for working from home as they are wireless, noise cancelling and so comfortable!

The true wireless X3 earbuds feature the latest Bluetooth v5.0 and Qualcomm chipset, delivering a faster, more stable signal transmission for minimal interruptions while listening. They use a lower power consumption to hold 6 hours of playback time, with an extra 18 hours available using the neat charging case before requiring mains power.

Both earbuds are installed with a CVC v8.0 noise cancelling isolation microphone for clearer calls whilst on the move, and they have an IPX5 rating for sweat and water resistance. One step pairing and touch controls make the earbuds really user friendly.  

Find out more: https://www.edifier.com/us/en/headphones-earphones/tws5-true-wireless-earbud-headphones

Books

A Year of You – a Seasonal Guide to Boosting your Brilliance

With the way 2020 has been, I highly recommend buying this book either for yourself or a loved one!

It is jam-packed with beautiful illustrations and tiny ways to be kinder to yourself every week.

Some highlights:

  • Boost your brilliance in 2021 – inspiring positivity, creativity and calm
  • Bursting with self-care activities & tips – including mindful colouring, gratitude practices, self-kindness exercises, goal setting prompts and inspiring quotes
  • Guides readers through self-care for every season – declutter your mind for spring, unlock sunny thinking for summer, stimulate senses for autumn & kickstart cosy kindness for winter
  • Perfect stocking filler or Secret Santa present 

It is available on amazon for £9.99 and a proportion of all profits go to Shaw Mind, which provides mental health resources for anyone who needs them.

Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty

I honestly believe everyone should read this book. It is SO life changing!

Buy it on Amazon for yourself and as many of your loved ones as you can!

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About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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