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 Brighton'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 special someone in your life who likes it hot? We've got the perfect Christmas treat for them: Brighton Chilli Shop hot sauces. They're locally made, come in so many flavours you'll have trouble deciding, and are so delicious you'll become addicted (we've been there, it's the good kind of addiction, though).

To all the tea lovers out there (and let's be honest, there's quite a bunch around here) we've got a cracking treat for you. The amazing guys at Bird & Blend have plenty of gift ideas for you or your loved ones - you're guaranteed a high quali-tea Christmas this year!

Still dreaming of these BeFries sauces? We've been there! They've decided to save our souls by putting all of their dreamy creations in jars to take home - don't mind if we do!Nab this Wriggle and you'll be grabbing a jar (or three) of BeFries house sauce. 

You know what would make a great addition to your Brighton hamper? Some sweet honey from the great Green Valleys! Kris (founder and brave harvester) makes all of it with the help of his lovely team, and boy, what a treat! It's healthy, local and oh-so-tasty you won't get enough of it, so might as well treat your friends to a jar, too.

Wriggler, we've got the perfect Christmas gift for the Harry Potter lover in your life! Wriggle over to Oliver's Brighton on Trafalgar Street and you'll be setting your mitts on bottles of proper Butterbeer, just like in the movies.Oliver's Brighton are selling sets of Flying Cauldron Butterscotch beer, which is basically the real deal. It's non-alcoholic, by the way, so you can also get it for your little niece who's just entered the Harry Potter fandom! 

Make your loved ones happy with some Bison Beer goodies - you can't ever go wrong with that! There's three awesome hamper goodies available from Bison's North Street or Hove site this year.

Choose between:

  1. Half-a-Yard Cannon of Seaside APA or Mixed Craft Beers, £15
  2. Beer Tasting Voucher, £25
  3. Bison Beer Gift Voucher, from £10

This one is for the wine & fizz lover in your life! Ten Green Bottles have hand-picked some bottles that they think will make that special someone very happy. You'll get to add any of these bottles in your hamper, just pick the one you want when booking your Wriggle:

  • Half Bottle of Monbazillac 'Jour du Fruit' 2015, Ancienne Cure, Bergerac, France - Sweet white wine, perfect for desserts
  • Bottle of Picpoul de Pinet 2017, Chateau de la Mirande, Languedoc, France - White
  • Bottle of Rioja Reserva 2014, Vina Amate, Rioja, Spain - Red
  • Bottle of Prosecco DOC Frizzante, 47 Anno Domini, Veneto, ItalyCheers to that!

If you're anything like us, here at Wriggle, you absolutely LOVE Smorl's houmous. Its smooth texture, and bursting flavours... there's just nothing quite like it! Lucky for you, with this Wriggle you'll get to bag any of their houmous goodness to add to your fab Christmas hamper. Pick your flavour and pick up in-store when you can!

If you're anything like us, here at Wriggle, you absolutely LOVE Smorl's houmous. Its smooth texture, and bursting flavours... there's just nothing quite like it! Lucky for you, with this Wriggle you'll get to bag any of their houmous goodness to add to your fab Christmas hamper. Pick your flavour and pick up in-store when you can!

Set your hands on some delicious locally-brewed beers this Christmas! In this jolly season, Loud Shirt Brewing Co have put together gift boxes filled with their boozy goodies - they'll make the perfect present for your beer-loving mates (or for yourself, that's also an option).

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 -2nd December 2019