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 Bristol'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.
Get in the Bristmas spirit and support (and enjoy) local brews. In the run up to Christmas, Moor Beer Company are putting together a lovely ensemble for you: a Beer Lover's Gift Box with 8x 330ml cans of their favourite brewed beauties. You'll also get a very splendid Moor Beer Pint Glass - what a winner.
This year, throughout the lead up to Christmas you'll be able to nab a voucher for a tour at the fantastic Wiper & True Brewery in the New Year. Whether you're treating yourself or somebody else, the lucky recipient can expect a fun and informative tour, and a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the inner workings of Wiper & True – the perfect gift for your beer loving family and friends! The tour includes: a guided tour of the brewery facilities, the story of Wiper and True so far, a start-to-finish overview of the beer-making process, and an exclusive taste of Wiper and True's tank beer, only available within the brewery itself. Last, but certainly not least, you'll enjoy 2x 1/3 pint tasters of brewery exclusive beers. Banging!
The Wriggle Wine Club is your new favourite way to discover delicious vino from around the world. Each month, we'll be introducing you to perfectly quaffable wines from the Averys Cellars – these guys really know what makes a good tipple, so you can rest assured that each month you'll be enjoying something utterly divine. The best bit? By purchasing via the Wriggle Wine Club, you'll be getting an incredible exclusive discount on your case, making it an even sweeter deal. We've got a sneaky feeling that you'll be keeping this particular present for yourself (how else are you going to make it through the onslaught of relatives on Christmas day) – but we won't tell.
Christmas presents are sorted, courtesy of the good folk at Two Belly – and it's guaranteed to please everyone, from workmates to housemates to love mates. Or just keep it all to yourself, you've been such a good egg.With this Wriggle, you'll get two beers, a teku glass to drink it all in and a nice chunk of Montgomery's Cheddar – yes, you'll be finally living the life you deserve, you sophisticated flavour hound you.
With this lovely Wriggle, you can choose any 3 bangin' bags of single origin coffee from Wogan's top-quality selection. These come perfectly presented in a very smart gift box, and make the perfect present for the caffeinated comrade, colleague or cousin in your life. What's more, you can choose your grind, depending on how the chosen one likes their beans in the morning: whole bean, cafetière, filter (V60 or similar), filter machine, aeropress, chemex, stovetop (moka), and espresso!
Perfect for the beer lover in your life, West Country Craft will deliver a gift-packaged selection of 5 of the West Country's finest craft beers, including:
- 1 x Stroud - Ding Dong
- 1 x Wiper & True - Plum Pudding Porter
- 1 x Moor Beer - Old Freddy Walker
- 1 x Lost And Grounded - Apophenia
- 1 x Tiny Rebel - Sloe Gin &
- An unbranded chalice glass
This is the perfect gift for the cider lover in your life, whether that's your dad, your nan, or you. The lovely Wriggle contains 3x 500ml bottles of award-winning craft cider, presented in Bristol Cider Shop's famous 'I Love Cider' gift box. Wriggle your way over to Bristol Cider Shop at Wapping Wharf, and either pick from any of the pre-selected boxes, or personalise your gift box by choosing any 3 bottles from the very well-stocked shelves.
This is a fun and informal tour where the lucky beer loving recipient will discover the ins and outs of a working brewery – and also meet fellow beer enthusiasts from the city. The tour takes about thirty minutes, and afterwards you'll get to enjoy some properly tasty drinks - three 1/3 pints – fresh from the tank! Staying open til late, the taproom is the perfect place to chill and sip a few bevvies that aren't available anywhere else in the world. The Moor Beer Company are UK pioneers of unfined beers, meaning that all their beer has been vegan friendly for over a decade - impressive!
Moor Beer Tours with Beer Gift Sets | £30 - £40
Go the whole hog with a brewery tour and a beer gift set. You'll win double the brownie points!
Bristol Dry Gin is the product of many long years of development and taste testing, and is the first commercially available product from Bristol's micro-distillery at The Rummer in the heart of St Nicks. Beautifully balanced botanicals including Juniper, Citrus, and Angelica root give this gin a classic dry profile, and it loves to be mixed with tonic or vermouth.
Choose either three mini bottles of this beautiful gin (perfect for stocking fillers), or why not treat someone really special (that includes yourself – you're worth it, pal) to a big bottle?
Christmas is sorted for the beer lover in your life - or yourself! Bristol Beer Factory are offering you lucky Wrigglers a taste of independence, with a very lovely gift pack. Inside you'll find a bottle of their famous Milk Stout, alongside a bottle of Southville Hop and a bottle of Independence, their two best selling beers, as well as a branded pint glass and a carrier gift box.
Anybody who has lived in Bristol will recognise these delicious sauces, chutneys, jellies and jams – GingerBeard's have made themselves a rightful name as Bristol's best loved condiment. With this fabulous festive Wriggle, you'll choose any 3 of GingerBeard's delicious homemade preserves – the perfect Christmas hamper-filler! Whether you give one lucky loved one all three, or split this Wriggle up into individual stocking fillers, or even keep them all for your own Christmas cupboards, these jars of goodness are happiness guaranteed.
This Christmas, celebrate in style, or give the ultimate gift, with 2x bottles of Lefebvre Cuvée Réserve Brut Champagne. Matching the scores of Veuve Clicquot and Perrier Jouët at the Champagne Masters 2017 competition, we were incredibly lucky to get our hands on this superb drink. This champagne has an intense golden colour, lively exuberant bubbles and a nose with hints of toast and red fruits. On the palate, there is a broad spectrum of integrated flavours ranging from floral and spicy through citrus fruit and grapefruit finishing with truffles and almonds. So there we have it: the fanciest gift in town.
Underneath the bastion of Bristol booziness that is the Rummer Hotel lurks this immense micro-distillery: Bristol Dry Gin. Here, the lucky recipient of this voucher will be treated to a hands-on, fast-paced and boozy tasting of 5 well-known local gins, as well as a fun and informative talk about the different gins, their creation, and some general juniper-based wisdom. Give the ultimate gift this year: loads and loads of gin.