As we move ever closer to Christmas, I am continuing with my gift guides. This one is full of ideas for couples, featuring gifts that can be shared and enjoyed together, including a couple of alcoholic treats, some chocolates, and other gifts that are beautiful or practical.
Mermaid Salt Vodka From The Isle of White Distillery
Alcohol is a gift idea that works for couples as it is something that can be shared and enjoyed together. Mermaid Salt Vodka, from the Isle of Wight Distillery, is infused with locally sourced sea salt that enhances its smoothness and flavour – described as being ‘like the subtle kiss of a mermaid’. With salt’s ability to enhance other flavours, the vodka had already gained a cult following amongst Isle of Wight bartenders for use in cocktails. But now, it’s finally available on the mainland and is presented in a stunning, eco-friendly, bottle with sculpted scales, like those of the mythical maritime creature itself. (You may remember the Mermaid Pink Gin, which you can view here.)
If you know a couple who fancy themselves as mixologists, this is a great vodka to use as a base for their vodka cocktails and martini’s. Add in that it is also vegan and gluten-free, and you have a stunning treat in a beautiful bottle.
Available from Masters of Malt, click here to view.
Ridolfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015 | Decanter Silver Medal From Independent Wine
Ridolfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015 | Decanter Silver Medal ,which is available from Independent Wine, is made from 100% Sangiovese, which is harvested by hand at the end of September / early October. The DOCG wine laws demand that Brunello di Montalcino is aged for at least two years in oak, and four months in bottle. But this premium wine from Ridolfi exceeds the minimum: it was aged for three years in oak followed by twelve months in the bottle. Ridolfi is very careful not to overpower the delicate aromas of Sangiovese with the taste of oak. For this wine, large barrels of Slavonian oak were used. This introduces a subtle and almost invisible flavour which serves to highlight the natural elegant aromas of the Sangiovese grape.
This is a one of Italy’s best red wines, a real treat for the taste buds, and a gift that is pure quality, perfect for wine connoisseurs. Independent Wine offers a free gift wrap service which means that this is a gift that is wrapped and can be delivered to the very lucky recipients.
Photographic Gifts From Vistaprint
A photographic gift, whether it be a canvas, a print or something more unusual, is a great gift idea to give to a couple. Vistaprint’s range of photographic gifts are both affordable and are delivered quickly.
I love the idea of a photographic image rendered onto a cushion – for a couple this could be an image from their wedding, or a first picture of their child – this is such a gorgeous and personal gift idea that really works when you want to give something a little more thoughtful. A canvas is also good, and as it comes in a range of different sizes it can be a gift that could be delivered through a letterbox if it is being sent across the miles.
A personalised Candle from Kindred Fires
Kindred Fires is a beautiful, newly launched luxury personalised candle brand; the sister company of wedding stationery retailer norma&dorothy. They have an incredible range of candles that make the perfect Christmas gift, these are beautifully scented and can be personalised in any number of ways, from names to adding address details.
You can personalise your candle as you wish, creating, as Kindred Fires put it a wonderful gift that can send Christmas Cheer through the post. Check out their full range here.
World Pepper Selection From Sous Chef
Sous Chef offer gift ideas that are just perfect for foodies. The World Pepper Selection is a great example of this, a set of four unusual peppers just waiting to be grind and used in your cooking. The four peppers are:-
- Sarawak White Pepper 70g
- Kampot Black Pepper 50g
- Voatsiperifery Pepper 15g
- Java Long Pepper 30g
The peppers come in a stylish tube, and also with tasting notes that suggest the sorts of dishes they would work with. If you know a pair of keen foodies, this gift could be the one.
Nursem Day And Night Gift Set
Nursem is a skincare brand founded by a paediatric intensive care nurse who found that her hands were constantly suffering due to all the hand washing required in her job. Their products are gentle enough to be used throughout the day, but also offer care and protection for the skin.
The Nursem Day and Night Gift Set includes the Caring Hand Cream (75ml), Caring Skin Fix (50ml) and Nursem Promise Nomination in a Nursem Gift Bag. Designed to be used both throughout the day and overnight, this treatment offers a 24 hour skincare regime to help soothe, condition and protect your skin. Apply the hand cream throughout the day to relieve soreness and retain moisture, and the skin fix on target dry spots overnight to regenerate any areas of irritation.
With with every product purchased, Nursem gives a month’s worth of hand cream to a nurse or midwife, so this is a gift that is truly doing good.
Whatever the question, chocolate is always the answer, and Guylian is an even better answer. Guylian, who create beautiful Belgian chocs, has a selection of magical Christmas treats and gifts in store and online for chocolate lovers to enjoy with their nearest and dearest.
The Guylian temptations take the traditional pralines and then add in biscuit, caramel and truffles to add an extra layer of deliciousness. These are brilliant as a small gift, maybe as a token of appreciation for a couple who have helped you throughout the year.
For online exclusive Guylian products, visit www.guylian.com