Christmas gift ideas

It's that time of year again when Christmas products start popping up in shops and people get shocked into realising just how close the festive period is. It may be a little early to start buying gifts, but it is never too early to start thinking about what you can get people. I went to a Christmas event at Bake With Maria, where some companies showcased their products which proved to be great little gifts.
The evening was filled with great baked treats that you could learn to bake in their Christmas Baking Classes, which would not only make a fun activity for yourself, but a great early present for a loved one who is normally glued to the TV watching the Bake Off.
One of the companies was the London Jam Factory, who produce some rare but extremely tasty jams with unusual ingredient combinations. They pride themselves in being able to source a majority of their ingredients locally as well as having a much lower sugar content than traditional jams you find on the shelves of every supermarket. I particularly enjoyed the tart Raspberry and Geranium as well as the sweeter blackberry and thyme, but any jar would make a great stocking filler.

Lavolio is a beautiful artisan brand, created by an Italian food lover, Lavinia, who carefully sources and produces these amazing treats. The award-winning tins of sweets are different combinations of coated nuts or fruits providing interesting flavour and texture combinations. They are feminine, elegant and perfect for a stocking filler, or I even think they are perfectly suited to wedding favours.

Jo Heckett produces some beautiful ceramic pieces which make the ultimate christmas tree decoration. She makes personalised bespoke pieces which is perfect for gifts or again, wedding favours. Working from her studio in London, she creates them using a similar process to baking: 'rolling out the finest porcelain clay into slabs and then using a selection of cookie cutters and templates to cut out a variety of shapes. We then stamp them with a rich array of textures using vintage stamps and found objects, before firing them in our kiln. Finally we glaze everything in our signature soft glossy colours to create a lovely mix’n’match batch of goodies.’

What have you got on your Christmas gift list?


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