This year, don't tread down the darkly uninspiring, painfully bland, oh-so-well-worn path of socks for dad, heart-stoppingly smelly hand cream for mum, a Lynx Africa deodorant set for your brother, and some borderline ugly jewellery for your sister. Sod that. This Christmas, choose a properly amazing present for the food and booze lover in your life, with our handy gift guide. 

We've teamed up with the crème de la crème of Birmingham's gin distillers, coffee roasters, wine merchants and more to give you some proper present inspiration. There's something here for everyone – so ditch the high street, support a local, independent maker and producer, and give something that the lucky recipient will actually be pleased to receive. 

Got a coffee lover in your life? We've got the perfect Christmas gift for them, thanks to the amazing guys at Yorks Cafe. These guys roast all their coffee beans in-house, and you can buy a full bag of their speciality coffee to bring home! With this Wriggle, you'll be setting your mitts on a bag of Ethiopian beans, expertly roasted by the Yorks team. This particular variety of coffee was selected from wild plants found in the Metu-Bishari forest in western Ethiopia, and is a floral & citrusy coffee, with notes of peach and back tea. Proper tasty!

With this Wriggle, you'll be adding a touch of France to your Christmas. Miss Macaroon are specialists in all things macaroons (you'd have never guessed, right?) and boy, they're the real deal. Choose if you want a box of 6 or 12 of these delicacies, and if you want the classic or seasonal range. 

Is it really Christmas without champagne? Loki Wine have hand-picked the perfect bottle of champagne to accompany your end-of-year celebrations, we'd say "use it as a gift for your loved ones" but actually... You can also keep it for your own dinner parties! 

Nab this Wriggle and you'll set your hands on a beautiful bottle of Charles Heidsieck Brut Champagne - it's the most award-winning non-vintage champagne, and absolutely delicious. It's rich, concentrated and has the dreamiest of fizziness - it's just the perfect wintery champagne!

We've asked the guys at Loki Wine what would be a great gift for the wine lovers in our lives, and they came up with this fab idea: a San Marzano Christmas Trio with three beautiful bottles of Italian wine in a lovely wooden box - basically ready to be gifted.

This brilliant trio is made of three bottles from San Marzano's Il Pumo range, namely:

  • Il Pumo ​Sauvignon Malvasia Salento I.G.P (white)
  • Il Pumo Primitivo Salento I.G.P (red)
  • Il Pumo Negroamaro Salento I.G.P. (red)

Loki Wine have selected one of their favourite bottles out of their extensive collection for you to have a taste of this beautiful Christmas wine. The Bardos Reserva Ribero del Duro is perfect to complement the festivities - it's red, rich and absolutely delightful.This Wriggle will get you one bottle of Bardos Reserva Ribero del Duro to add to your already (or soon-to-be) gorgeous hamper. As the Loki Wine folks describe it, "oak and spice bring in the festive feel to this wine", and we couldn't agree more!

Got a Gin lover in your life? We've got the perfect present for them! Wriggle over to Round House @ The Distillery and nab yourself a bottle of their dreamy gin. It's hand-crafted in the very heart of Birmingham, you can't go any more local than this!The Round House Gin is a unique citrus gin with herbal notes and spicy undertones, all produced in small batches and using top-quality ingredients. It's a must-try, really, and will make the perfect addition to your ultimate Birmingham Christmas hamper.

Wriggle your way over to one of the top notch delis in Birmingham, Anderson & Hill, and treat yourself to a stunning hamper full of delicious gourmet cheeses, chutneys, crackers and biscuits. All you need to do is book your Wriggle and head over to the deli, where the knowledgable team at Anderson & Hill will help you pick out the cheeses for your hamper. There's a choice of hamper sizes available, too, so whatever size of party, event or luxurious film night at home you're going for – we've got you covered. Just pick the correct sized Wriggle, and enjoy!

Looking for the perfect present for the beer lover(s) in your life? The Bulls Head have got your back lil' Wriggler, don't you even worry.

There are three awesome options to choose from:

  1. 5 Litre Mini Keg
  2. 12x 440ml Craft Cans
  3. 12x 500ml Bottles of Davenports Original Bitter

Treat a loved one to something special this Christmas with Wriggle credit – perfect to make sure your nearest and dearest eat well at the best independent spots in Bristol, Brighton, Bath, Birmingham or Cardiff. Once it's purchased, we'll be in touch to send over the e-card. Merry Christmas!

Published -1st December 2019