Whether you're looking to spoil yourself or a rotten loved one this Christmas, we've worked hard to find the best food and drinks that are sure to put a smile on everyone's face.
Here at LLM - Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, we're not very keen on doing anything halfway, so be prepared for some truly luxurious and indulgent baskets and treats to make sure Christmas 2020 passes the rest of the day. year in the dust. It won't be hard after the year we've had, but we don't really need an excuse. If you're looking to elevate your holiday season to a truly breathtaking one, read on to discover some of the best foodie baskets, basket fillers, and gifts you can get your hands on.
With all the hard work done for you, baskets are a great way to show someone you love how much you care and miss them, and you can treat yourself too, of course.
Iberico's iconic, luxury deli and deluxe Spanish baskets
The Iberica restaurant group wants to bring their range of traditional Spanish goodies to your door and who could argue when their baskets look this good? Perfect for those little Christmas gatherings or the perfect gift for the person in your life who never tires of Spanish food, their treat baskets range from iconic to luxury. The iconic version offers a selection of premium products including manchego cheese, sliced chorizo, sherry vinegar, red wine (Heraclio Alfaro Crianza), olive oil, cookies and more again, while you can expect to double the amount of items in the deluxe version.
Price: £ 50, £ 90, £ 150
Or buy: ibericarestaurants.com
Il Massimo by Carluccio
If you could put all your favorite Italian specialties in one box we would bet it would look like this. Prosecco Fraciacorta Brut 25, Carluccio's famous chocolate stelline, filled with a rich and creamy hazelnut filling, melt-in-the-mouth cookies and candied clementine segments coated in chocolate. It all ended with that Italian Christmas staple, the panettone.
Price: £ 90
Or buy: carluccios.com
Bolney's Christmas Eve Basket
Bolney designed this special basket to give you the goodies you need to enjoy Christmas Eve in style - by the fire, with your loved ones. You will find everything you need for Christmas Eve, one of the most magical nights of the year, right here in a handy basket. There are sweet and savory appetizers to keep everyone happy; Gingerbread cookies, cocoa dusted almonds and cheese sands too.
There are also rich, fruity chopped pies, best enjoyed with a glass of Bolney's Pinot Noir, included in the basket, or those in a more festive mood can shatter the cuvée Rosé. Settle in for Christmas this year with your Christmas Eve basket, just make sure you leave enough room for Christmas Day!
What's in the wicker: Cuvée Rosé 75cl, Pinot Noir 75cl, chopped pies, fine gingerbread cookies, almonds sprinkled with Charbonnel and Walker cocoa, fennel and chilli pepper.
Price: £ 110
Or buy: bolneywineestate.com
Christmas basket for wine and cheese lovers Bolney
What better way to organize the perfect festive celebration than with this heavenly basket, handpicked for an unforgettable Christmas? Lift its lid and you'll find Bolney's stunning Blanc de Blanc and Pinot Noir to cool you down for the party ahead. A trio of cheeses: English Cheddar, Tunworth (English version of Camembert), and Stilton in a Pot, all pair perfectly with the wines and snacks in the basket, and they have included spelled crackers and toast for the cheese. , as well as theirs. brand new Bolney Bacchus chutney.
Dessert is also covered - a luxury half-pound Christmas pudding, cocoa-dusted almonds, and thin mint to finish. And since no Christmas party is complete without it, why not end your evening with a rich 10 year old Porto Tawny, for a merry Christmas?
Price: £ 195
Or buy: bolneywineestate.com
Christmas basket Delicario Savory
Filled with a range of delicious savory treats, this is just one of many baskets from the recently launched Delicario - the online delicatessen that carefully selects items from small, sustainable producers of authentic regional European specialties. This basket contains a range of delicacies to make your Christmas a spectacle, including pasta stuffed with truffles, stew, sea salt, organic smoked salmon, truffle cream, panettone, champagne (Champagne Brut Prestige Premier Cru, Damien-Buffet) and a magnificent red wine (Amarone Della Valpolicella DOCG 2017, Pagus Bisano).
Price: £ 210
Or buy: delicario.com
Luxury Christmas basket by Maison Samadi
If you generally enjoy wandering the streets of London in search of these wonderful gifts among the many local artisan shops that adorn the city, but Covid has had other plans for you, then you'll be happy to know that you are now able to do so. this in the comfort of your home. Cosaporto is a premium style concierge service aimed at bringing you a range of retailers this season.
For the ultimate gift this holiday season, Maison Samadi, Knightsbridge's iconic chocolatier, has gone all out with their luxury basket, loaded with the finest chocolates made by their artisans. Discover gianduja truffles, dates dipped in chocolate, candies and brown ice cream, among a host of other delicacies. The basket arrives adorned with preserved flowers offering a real crush for that special someone.
Price: £ 279.50
Or buy: cosaporto.it
Il Grandioso by Carluccio
Say hello to the ultimate Christmas present, the Il Grandioso basket from Carluccio. The beautiful wicker basket contains the best of Italian artisan products. Discover the products of the best Italian suppliers who have been perfecting their recipes for generations. From the favorite traditional panettone, a staple on every Italian party table, to Fichi al Rhum, tender figs marinated in rum, as well as a bottle of Prosecco, extra virgin olive oil and dessert wine. Vin Santo. This one is perfect for pre-Christmas dinners.
Price: £ 300
Or buy: carluccios.com
Deluxe Burren Smokehouse Basket
The Ireland-based Burren Smokehouse has a selection of baskets that come in different sizes and contain a range of different items, but if you're looking to really push the boat, the Deluxe Basket should be in your basket.
Doing nothing by halves, this basket includes no less than 18 items including a 75cl bottle of Moët et Chandon champagne, 500g each of the three types of organic Irish smoked Burren salmon, Galway crystal champagne flutes, Irish whiskey and tumblers, goat cheese, beet chutney, fudge, spices and more.
Price: 495 € (392 £)
Or buy: burrensmokehouse.com
Basket content or individual gifts
Whether you want to create your own personalized basket or are looking for food and drink related gifts, we've got you covered, too.
Paxton and Whitfield Truffle Cheese Collection
A collection of Paxton's best-selling truffle cheeses; paired with white truffle honey and charcoal crackers, it's the perfect home treat or Christmas present for a truffle fan. This collection of decadent truffle cheeses will serve four to six people and includes the bestselling Brillat Savarin with Truffles (200g) and Moliterno with Truffles (250g) accompanied by the perfectly matched truffle honey (60g) and a bag of crackers. charcoal (80g)).
Brillat Savarin aux Truffes is a triple cream cow's milk cheese from Burgundy, which has the luxurious addition of Côte d'Or summer truffles, while the Truffle Moliterno is a beautiful Sardinian sheep milk cheese that is infused with black truffle paste after maturing for 60 days. Drizzle with honey and serve over crispy and salted crackers.
Price: £ 45
Or buy: paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk
A gift box of gin miniatures
Gin lovers will rejoice in a gift box of miniatures and what better way to introduce them to a new brand than by providing them with a selection of samples? Four 5cl bottles of One Gin are included here, including the classic, bold and distinctively flavorful sage offering as well as fresh orchard sage and apple drink. One Gin is also an ethical brand - part of the One Foundation - with every bottle of gin sold going to fund drinking water projects around the world.
Price: £ 20
Or buy: thespiritofone.com
Classic Badiani Panettone
Could it be Christmas without embracing the traditional Italian sweet bread that is panettone? We don't think so, and this classic panettone from the famous Pomposi family just doesn't compare to your average. With the finest honey, Australian raisins and candied Washington oranges, you can enjoy a moment of pure Christmas joy with the whole family.
Price: £ 35
Or buy: cosaporto.it
The Edinburgh Beer Factory Selection Box
Paolozzi Lager is a full-bodied, unpasteurized 5.2% abv lager brewed with 100% barley malt and has been voted the UK's best Helles / Münchner lager for three years in a row at the World Beer Awards. “Illumination and the Eye” by Eduardo Paolozzi appears on the label of the beer bottle.
With this gift box you will have the full Edinburgh beer factory experience. You will have the opportunity to try all the products from the main line, including the multi-award winning Paolozzi Lager, Futurism Modern Brown and Moonstrips Smoky Wheat.
Price: £ 35
Or buy: edinburghbeerfactory.co.uk
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