Hello Fresh Christmas dinner boxes, from £21.49
All you need to cook for four to six people or eight to ten. But doesn’t Christmas dinner in a box sounds a bit Iceland? What if we were to tell you that, actually, you get an award-winning Copas free-range turkey, sausages and bacon from one of Smithfield market’s finest, Christmas pud and brandy butter from the Royal Warranted Wilkin & Sons and prawns from a fishmonger so good, they’ve got two Royal Warrants. All that, plus veg, a few extras, and the happy knowledge that you’ll miss the supermarket scrum. The perfect time-saver. £165 for a four to six people box, £235 for eight to ten people.
For a picky little sweetie
Chocolate Club, Paul A Young, £370 for 12 months
It’s hard to move for festive chocolate over-indulgence at the moment, so where the hell do you turn if you’re buying for a true chocoholic? You could do a lot worse than look to multi-award-winning chocolatier Paul A Young, whose innovative creations can be delivered every month. (UK and Europe only.)
For the coffee connoisseur
Accompany your chocolate with one of the finest coffees High50 has tasted. Midnight Blue has a limited-edition coffee which is hand-roasted in small batches and delivered fresh to your door. For the festive period, Midnight Blue will be putting 200 gift boxes on the market, featuring their brand-new roast. All editions are named after shipwrecks in the Caribbean and this Christmas, the roast is named Phoenix.
Read their story and order online here.
For the art lover
s[edition] digital art, from £5 to £50
Our friends at s[edition] continue to add new artists to their innovative online store, allowing our phones, tablets and computer screens to house original artworks by the likes of Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, the Chapman Brothers and Shepard Fairey, without having to part with millions.
For the oenophile
Fine wines chosen by a sommelier, My Vitibox, from £20 a month
Now that successful Gallic sommelier Alain Gousse has opened up his mail-order subscription service to us Brits, we’re forming a queue (orderly, of course). Not only does the former wine-taster at La Tour d’Argent pick a bottle or two of the world’s finest wine each month, he also throws in tasting notes, food-pairing suggestions, further information on the wines, and a generous 15 per cent off further purchases.
For your significant other
Christmas collection, Wild at Heart, from £60
Can flowers be upmarket? If they can, these are. Show someone you care with a bouquet from our favourite florist, Nikki Tibbles.
For the carnivore cook
If you know any ethical, carnivore cooks, they’ll love this: meat from happy animals. (The cows are fed on grass, graze all year round in clover-rich pasture and keep their calves with them until weaned.) So happy they’re practically doing a happy dance on their way into the box. Order a one-off from £55 to £135, or make it a regular four-weekly delivery. As well as beef, there’s wild game (when in season), roasting joints, steaks, fillets and much more – and you can find out how it all works here).
For a canoodling couple
Glamping in unusual hideaways, Canopy and Stars, £70-£95 a night for two
For the couple wanting to kindle a new romance or rekindle an old one, what better than cosying up in comfort on a back-to-nature, under-the-stars, laptop-free weekend. The only things on the lovebirds’ agenda will be drinking, eating, countryside walks and hunkering down under the duvet together. Options include treehouses, cabins, ecopods, and we’ve earmarked a cosy yurt with a hot tub in Devon. Until 20 December, there is an offer on gift cards: buy a £100 gift card and get a £25 card for yourself, or spend £150 and get £50.