Wednesday, 21 December 2011

City Girl's Christmas Gift Guide: Food & Drink

Hi everyone! I'm so sorry for my recent absence. I haven't been too well over the last week, and with a rapidly growing 'bump' and Christmas fast approaching, I've been one exhausted girl! You may have finished all your shopping (hoorah!), or you may have found that despite your impressive organisation, there still remain a few pesky presents on the list. Edible gifts can fill the gaps nicely and provide a crowd-pleasing choice for stocking fillers, or even a main gift. The true domestic gods and goddesses in your life will love all the accessories that can be gifted alongside. Here's my selection of edible gifts for Christmas. Enjoy!

  • Not long ago, I chose my top 'Top 10 Things to do in London' for Time Out, one of which was the Konditor & Cook cake shop at the Curzon Soho. For edible Christmas treats that taste as good as they look, Konditor & Cook have some seriously tempting offerings, including their 'Cranberries and Chocolate' Boston Brownies. Delicious! Order by 10am on Thursday 22nd December, to guarantee Christmas delivery. 
'Cranberries and Chocolate' Boston Brownies by Konditor & Cook,  £14.95 for 10.

  • Jermyn Street is one of those magical London addresses that exudes history. Any visit must include a stop at the Queen's cheesemonger, Paxton & Whitfield. Dating back to 1742, Paxton & Whitfield's reputation means that the tiny shop is almost always full, but once you have sampled the cheese and the staff's impressive expertise, you'll be jostling to get inside. You can also buy traditional ales to enjoy with your favourite cheese. How about a Christmas stilton? Or this Alpine Fondue Set?
Alpine Fondue Set by Paxton & Whitfield, £80.

  • Jamie Oliver's Recipease food and kitchen shops are fantastic places to browse for gifts, whether for amateur cooks or those more accomplished. Homely gifts and simple yet tasty fare will aid those less-than domestic goddesses (like myself) in making their kitchen an inviting place to be. My top picks? Jamie's terracotta nested bowls. Or maybe some wine glasses and a carafe?
'Matti Terracotta Nested Bowls' by Jamie Oliver, £26.

  • Having lived in LA, I am a huge fan of California's bountiful bakeries, cupcake shops and 'cookie and ice cream sandwich' shops (my favourite!). If I was longing for something sweet, it was only one block or two until I was greeted by tantalising treats. At the Beverly Hills Bakery in Knightsbridge, the sugary taste of California is within reach. This Beverly Hills Christmas Bakery basket would make someone very happy indeed!
A Beverly Hills Christmas Bakery basket, £29 for 32 mini pieces.

  • Whether you prefer muffins or mince pies, the Christmas cupboards are bound to be stocked with copious edible goodies. Once your guests arrive, why not present them in the most enticing way? This 3 Tier Vintage Doily Cake Stand from Oliver Bonas would also make a gorgeous gift!
3 Tier Vintage Doily Cake Stand by Oliver Bonas, £29.50.

Will you be treating anyone to edible gifts this Christmas? What Christmas shopping is still on your list? Good luck!


  1. These foods look so delicious. I heard London is amazing at Christmas - enjoy!

  2. That cake stand is adorable! Have finished all the Christmas shopping except for one bottle of Chanel Bleu still to be purchased but I could be very tempted into buying the cake stand pour moi ;)
    Much Love
    Roisin Elizabeth


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