Christmas gifts & stocking fillers
Avoid a not so merry meltdown and last minute present panic with our definitive Christmas gift guide. With top tips from our experts on what to buy for food lovers, wine enthusiasts, chocoholics, cheese connoisseurs and beauty buffs, getting it right this Christmas has never been easier. Don’t forget the finishing touches with our shabby chic wooden gifts crates. Complete with paper shred, gift tag and string, you can mix and match all your chosen favourites and build your very own gift hamper for the perfect personalised gift.
When it comes to cheese, Cheddar or Comté are reliable favourites and a good starting point says Waitrose Dairy Buyer, Carla Smith
‘Cheese makes a great gift for food lovers and is always well received, especially at this time of year, so why not try creating a hamper with a British or Continental theme? There is so much choice but Cheddar or Comté are reliable favourites and a good starting point. For the more adventurous, our Waitrose Berthaut's Epoisses is a gloriously pungent cheese. Produced in a small village in Burgundy, the rind is repeatedly washed in Marc de Bourgogne giving it a rich fruity tang. If you're looking for something different, our Godminster Organic Vintage Cheddar Hearts make a novel gift and look great in a hamper. To personalise your gift further why not give a cheese from the recipients local area. You could also include a jar of your favourite chutney, a box of artisan biscuits or a bottle of beer to complement the cheese.’
Buying a gift for a wine lover can seem daunting, but we’re here to help says Anne Jones, Waitrose category manager for beers wines and spirits
‘Choosing a classic Bordeaux or Burgundy can be fraught with difficulty. Instead, buy something a little different, such as a rich red from Bulgaria, Georgia or the Lebanon, where there's some top quality wine at great value. For whites, steer away from Chablis and Fumé and try Albariño, Gewürztraminer or Grüner Veltliner. Another great idea is English sparkling wine. You can't go wrong with something from the recipients local area, or our top tip is the Camel Valley fizz from Cornwall. To make the gift extra special, don't forget to add a personal message, or send a neck label, so that they remember the giver as well as the gift!’
Beauty editor Jo Fairley shares her tip…
‘Bath treats and bodycare are the "safest" beauty gifts. Skincare subliminally says "Your skin isn't quite what it could be..." (unless she's specifically asked for that anti-ageing cream!), but a bath oil or soak says: "Relax and take care of yourself".'
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Cookery School Gift certificates
A cookery course at the Waitrose Cookery School is a great gift for any foodie or for anyone who would like to learn. It’s about rolling up your sleeves, getting stuck in and enjoying the fruits (meats and vegetables) of your labour.
Our certificates are now available in a number of different values. They are valid for a year from the date of purchase, and can be put towards any course. Whichever course you choose, you’ll find flavours and fun by the ladle-load.