I don’t usually do things like gift guides on this blog – but then I also don’t usually do lockdown guides or love letters to food. So maybe we can just add this to the list of ways that 2020 has changed the nature of Eat with Ellen, probably forever.
Given how much I talk about, think about, look at, and eat food, it’s perhaps predictable that I think food and drink make great Christmas presents. But this year, it’s about more than that. Some of the food and drink businesses selling lovely Christmas ideas will be relying on any extra sales for survival.
It’s been an uphill struggle for many of them and won’t be getting easier any time soon, so supporting them by buying a few of your Christmas gifts from them could make all the difference. It goes without saying that most restaurants will also do gift vouchers too, which is the perfect way to treat someone to a meal in the New Year.
As ever, this list of Christmas food and drink ideas from producers and makers across Coventry and Warwickshire isn’t exhaustive, but it might give you a bit of inspiration. Enjoy!
The Panettone Store by Cafe Cannoli
Cafe Cannoli gifted me some beeyoootiful cannoli during lockdown number one, and I know I’m not the only one to have fallen in love with their treats. I’ve watched them go from strength to strength this year, despite the obstacles in their way and that includes opening ‘The Panettone Store’.
Yes, you did read that right – an online store dedicated entirely to panettone, and therefore the perfect place to buy some beautifully-tasting, perfectly packaged gifts. You could also gift someone some cannoli providing you’re careful with your ordering dates, and they also do cannoli kits too. Check out the Panettone Store website here.
Baking Kits from Proof Bakery, Coventry
If you want to do something good whilst also treating someone, you need to check out Proof Bakery. The artisan bakery started by Chernise Neo trains and employs refugees, allowing them to use their bread-making skills and then selling that bread.
Proof have some lovely Christmas gift ideas. They’re delivering sourdough baking kits anywhere in the UK, including their tried-and-tested sourdough starter, as well as the tools and recipes they use to make delicious, beautiful loaves.
They also do a range of home delivery boxes, from bread to sweet treats including baklava buns, cinnamon buns, a slice of lemon, almond and coconut basbousa cake, and their house brownie with a tahini swirl and sea salt. You could also maybe gift someone a bakery class to use for the future. Visit their website here.
All the sweet stuff from Sweet Retreat, Rugby
Sweet Retreat in Rugby is a lovely little independent who have kept everyone’s sweet tooth needs catered for during lockdown.
They sell more than 300 varieties of sweets, chocolate and award-winning fudge and are doing some lovely boxes of chocs that would make great Christmas presents. They also do hampers and all sorts of special things for special occasions. Check out their website here.
Panettone from Warwick Street Kitchen
Warwick Street Kitchen are doing their own homemade panettone, all boxed and bowed up to make the perfect gift. Their recipe is three days from dough to box, with all the passion and care you’d expect from these guys. Check out their website here.
Hampers of delights from Lola Provisions
I haven’t actually ever made it to Lola Provisions in Leamington but it looks right up my street. Natural wine, coffee, pastries, sourdough, they have it all. And you too can have it all this Christmas thanks to some lovely looking hampers that they’ve put together.
There are a whole range, from the ‘lola box’ to the ‘impress the in-laws’ box or the chance to get them to make a bespoke box for you. Go and check out their website.
Hampers from The Butchers Social
The Butchers Social has now left Henley but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped doing what they do. They’re working on new premises but in the meantime they are here with all your Christmas needs, including some lovely looking hampers full of cheese, wine, port, charcuterie and everything else anyone would fancy, as well as gifts like wine, tote bags and vouchers.
You can also order their food to enjoy at home – including over Christmas. Visit their web shop here.
Brownies from Hashtag Nom
Okay, they’re technically in neighbouring Worcestershire, but they’re delicious so I can’t help myself and since you can get them wherever you are I’ve decided I’m justified in including them.
These guys have a whole lot of lovely stuff in their shop that will work as Christmas gifts, from postal boxes nationwide and for hand delivery within 10 miles of Bromsgrove right up until Christmas. If you sign up to their mailing list at www.hashtag-nom.co.uk you get a coupon code emailed to you for 15% off your first order.
They’ve also added both dipped and undipped cookies as well as large tarts (though they’re hand delivery only). You can also get jars of their 3-star Great Taste Award-winning Droitwich Salted Caramel in 200ml or 720ml sizes. Go check them out here!
Libertine Burger DIY kits
Libertine Burger have launched their own DIY burger kits – the perfect way to treat someone to a Libertine even if they’re not in our area as they do nationwide delivery too. The kits are pretty affordable and definitely a gift with a difference. You just have to get your timing right when you order but I’m sure they’ll help you out. Visit their website here to order.
Chilli chutneys from Prices Spices
If there’s a chilli lover in your life, I have the perfect gift for you. Prices Spices was the subject of my latest blog post on the people behind the food scene in Warwickshire, and lucky for you, Mike does options for gifting through his website.
Build your own triple jar gift boxes or triple sauce boxes, or assemble your own hamper, choosing from all sorts of fiery treats including chutneys, pickles, spice mixes and chocolate. Find the website here.
Hampers from CVC Kitchen
Cafe Vin Cinq in Rugby may have been closed due to lockdown then the joys of Tier 3 but it hasn’t stopped them in their tracks. Their catering arm CVC Kitchen has started doing great hampers that would work really well as Christmas gifts. There’s a sparkling version, a picnic version, and you can get bespoke ones made too. Check their website out here.
Treats from Gloria & Lil’s
The lovely Gloria & Lil’s have a whole load of Christmas treats on offer, from Yule Logs to mince pies, Christmas pudding cakes, a Christmas Eve box, a Christmas Sweet Treat Box and a savoury treat box that sounds delightful. Perfect for treats for other people, or for yourself. Get on their website to check it all out.
Chocolates from Gourmet Food Kitchen, Coventry
More chocolate fun, as well as turning out amazing food when he’s allowed to, Tony at Gourmet Food Kitchen makes lovely chocolates under the banner of Choc’N’Roll which are perfect for a Christmas gift. Check out the website here.
Also, while you’re here, I know Tony’s doing Christmas puddings, piccalilli and cured salmon so get in touch with him if you’re after Christmas provisions.
Wine hampers from Gallaghers of Rugby
Gallaghers of Rugby is one of my fave local businesses (because wine) and as well as their online shop packed with every single bottle you could possibly need for the festive season, they’re doing some lovely gift sets and hampers. They also do gins, spirits, decanters, and all sorts. Check out their website here, or take a look at their social media.
Wine gifts from Welcombe Hills vineyard
Welcombe Hills vineyard near Stratford have got some great gifts, including a triple pack gift set of their Shakespeare-inspired wines, or an Adopt a Vine scheme.
The gift box is £57.97 and can be shipped to the lucky person you’re sending it to. The Adopt a Vine is £50 and includes: two places on a vineyard tour and tasting; a certificate of adoption; your name plaque on the vine; regular updates and photographs on the growing season; an invitation to harvest and a complimentary bottle of the wine produced from the vine. If you buy this for someone they can post you or the lucky person a gift box with all the info they need to claim the gift. Visit their website here.
Christmas Cocktail Box from The Little Cocktail Bar
Is there any better gift than the gift of cocktails? This could be an early Christmas gift, a Christmas gift if you time it right or just a treat for yourself. I’ve tried The Little Cocktail Bar’s cocktail and they’re lovely. They’re doing a special Christmas box as well as a winter Prosecco box that’s available weekly until the New Year. Find their website here.
Wine selections from BRC Collective
BRC Collective is a brand new business supplying wines, spirits and champagne from across the world. Paul Rowe and Lucy Scrivens, from Hatton Park near Warwick, set up the business in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic but are going great guns and their wine selections could make a great Christmas gift.
As well as more than 250 wines in stock from vineyards and wineries across the world, they also work with some local ale and spirit producers
including Windmill Hill, in Cubbington, and Warwickshire Beer Company and Newbold Spirit in Leamington. Check out their website here.
Virtual Masterclasses with Paul Foster
I’ve told you previously about Paul Foster’s newly-launched virtual masterclasses from his Salt Cookery School. The subscription service is super affordable and can all be done at your own pace and from your own home – so why not treat someone else to it.
I have it on good authority that they’re working on adding a gifting option so you can treat the aspiring chef in your life to a subscription for Christmas. Find out more info here.
Personalised vouchers from Sophie Hyam
Lovely local chef Sophie Hyam is doing personalised gift vouchers for cooking lessons or food experiences. The perfect chance to get something booked in. Sophie is also doing all sorts of festive treats, from afternoon teas to other meal options. Check out her website here.