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And when it comes to deciding what to get, well, who doesn’t love something to eat or drink? Liverpool’s got some fantastic food and drink producers and sellers, so if you’re looking for something a bit different, it’s definitely worth taking a look at what they’ve got to offer.
Here are 10 Liverpool Christmas gifts to treat food & drink fans …
Family-run Liverpool small-batch gin distillery Murphy’s Gin has created fabulous hampers which anyone would be happy to wake up to on Christmas morning. Each pack contains 1 x 50cl Murphy’s Gin of choice, 2 x 5cl Murphy’s Gin (other flavours), 1 x Murphy’s Gin Glass, 1 x Kick-Ass waxed cheese truckle from @kickasscheese, 1 x jar of chutney/marmalade from @katieskitchen20, 1 x sachet of garnish. Available for local delivery the week of December 21, orders by December 11. They also do mini packs of three different gins.
Anybody with kids knows it’s nearly Elf on the Shelf time, and The Buttercup Bakery has been busy creating fantastic Elf on the Shelf cupcakes ready for the naughty little chap’s arrival. You can order a box of four themed buttercream-topped vanilla cupcakes for £10 including delivery within Liverpool by Nov 30. They come wrapped in Christmas ribbon with a tag message from the Elf. They have chocolate orange Christmas gonks too!
LIDS has been amazing through lockdown, supporting local businesses and getting them out there, and now it’s created a hamper that doesn’t just support one, it supports seven brilliant independent suppliers. It makes the perfect gift for two or you could just keep it and spoil yourself. You can also add on any of LIDS other products to include – just let them know in the notes section and it’ll be done for you.
Because you can’t survive on gin and cake alone – no, you really can’t – great coffee has been seeing us through 2020 and with Crosby Coffee’s Christmas Gift Hamper you can set someone up for 2021 too. Coffee lovers will appreciate this gift hamper of 4 x 250g coffee pouches, including the new Christmas blend, plus a Crosby Coffee tote bag. Order through Crosby Coffee’s website or Happy Plants Christmas Drive Thru.
Ropes & Twines coffee shop and wine bar on Bold Street has a range of luxury hampers which would make a really special gift for wine, coffee and chocolate lovers. With options including handcrafted, decadent chocolate bonbons, speciality tea, artisan coffee and bottles of carefully selected wines from around the world, they’re priced from £38-£80, with free gift wrapping over £50. Ropes & Twines also has a personalised hamper service so you can mix and match and select someone’s favourites to go inside. Order online at here.
The fabulous Spanish food and drink at Lunya always leaves us spoilt for choice, and now you can spoilt someone else too by getting them a Lunya gift pack. There are five different ones to choose from plus a gin one, ranging in price from £25 (with wine, beer, truffles and lovely nibbly bits). They’re a great idea if you can’t have an office party this year and still want to get something nice for staff or just for a mate. Lunya’s also got a really good selection of hampers including paella ones which come in a pan. Head to the online Lunya store here.
If coffee’s not the drink for you, or whoever’s getting a gift this Christmas, then how about tea? Leaf is the go-to place for tea in Liverpool, and now you can give it to someone to enjoy at home. Leaf has created a Tea Taster Box which includes five two-cup tasters as an introduction to loose leaf tea. They’re priced £10-£12 and make a great grown-up stocking filler. Even more grown-up, Leaf has teamed up with Turncoat Gin to create chai tea infused gin so if you don’t like a brew, this is for you.
If you’re missing chat bombs and Himalayan cheese on toast, you can still get a little Mowgli fix because along with its regular foodie merch, it’s brought out its own Christmas cards and a Mowgli charity face mask this year. The cards were designed by a team member and a guest and feature the famous Mowgli monkey, and Nisha’s gorgeous dogs Bear, Goose and Dave. They’re a fiver per pack and proceeds go to NHS charities. The charity face mask with the monkey on also supports local NHS charities.
Launched this summer, Balearic House Drinks Company brings some of the flavours of the White Isle back home to Liverpool and its red and white sangria pouches were a big lockdown hit. There’s now a winter spice one too and any of them can be included in its new Christmas gift boxes. They include a Spanish Pate & Crackers one, and also a Spanish Snacks one – just think of all those beach bar snacks you love and they’re in there, ready to eat in front of the TV instead!
Order via Instagram @baleraric_house_drinks or Twitter @BalearicHouse
Belzan on Smithdown has come up with a range of hampers, picking and mixing some of its favourite food and drink deli highlights. They all beautifully presented so they’re a real treat for someone special (obviously that includes yourself!). There’s an Ultimate Christmas one, a Christmas one, a Deluxe Festive Brunch one and even one especially for Christmas Eve evening, so it’s pretty much the whole festive few days sorted.
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