Ok, you’re really cutting it fine now. BUT, never fear, the trusty subscription box is there to come to your rescue.
Plus, it’s the gift that keeps giving, so even though it’s last-minute, it’ll probably impress even more 🙂
The Savoury One: Cure & Simple
Bacon. Through. The. Post. Guys! It doesn’t get much better.
Not only is this proper Suffolk bacon, delivered to your door, but it’s done with a heap of integrity, reared the right way. I can’t explain it better than the video below…
You can either buy original cured packs, those flavoured with bespoke mixes like thai spices, pancetta with thyme & sage, bourbon and old english, or a mixture of all. Select how many packs you want to buy (4 for Â£23.80, 6 for Â£35.70 as a guide), pick the ‘Merry Crispness’ gift card – and when you give the gift, your loved one can select whether they want the delivery weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.
The Sweet One:Â Hobbs House Bakery
Hobbs House Bakery was established in the Cotswolds in the 1920â€™s as aÂ family business, and now has five generations of baking experience, from legendary sourdough to amazing burger buns & sweet treats.
With an awards list as long as your arm, you can now get your mitts on their brownies from the comfort of your own home. The bakery’s brownie club subscription is Â£52.50 for a four month subscription, where you get aÂ different tray of mouthwatering brownies each month. These are no ordinary flavours though, we’re talkingÂ chocolate orange, peanut butter (show above) and honeycomb delights.
If you’re more of a cake fan, they also run a cake club, which is Â£80 for six months – and you get a tray of brownies or cakes each month. Enough to serve six amply.
(honorary mention for Nugget & Mallow’s marshmallow subscription here, which I *love* and really wanted to include – but they’re not taking new registrations until January 1st)
The Gourmet One: Flavourly
I started my subscription to Flavourly back in August, and haven’t been disappointed with a single delivery. It arrivesÂ once a month, full of products from overÂ 500 of the best artisan producers in the UK – all of which are small-batch independents.
At Â£17/month plus P&P (which drops to Â£16 when you sign up for a three month subscription, Â£15 for a six Month and just Â£14 for a year), you get sent a box PACKED full of 12 amazing snacks or ingredients.
The sign up process allows you personalise your selection, choosing whether youâ€™re vegetarian, if you prefer to cook from scratch or keep it simple, savoury or sweet, which snacks you prefer, your preference of drinks, spice levels and more. Youâ€™re then offered up a â€˜Better for Snackersâ€™ box or a â€˜Better for Cooksâ€™.
The Unusual One:Â Pomora
Pomora is a new premium olive oil subscription service with a difference, which makes an ideal Christmas gift for food lovers.
AdoptÂ an olive tree on behalf of your friendÂ or loved one this Christmas and youâ€™ll be giving them quarterlyÂ deliveries ofÂ some ofÂ the finest Italian olive oilÂ theyâ€™ll ever taste, while also supporting hardworking, highly-skilled oliveÂ growers and offering them in insight into the craft of olive oil production.
Shipment one brings youÂ Olio Nuovo, the youngest,Â freshest oliveÂ oil that’s bottled directly after harvest. Shipment two brings three flavoured oils (lemon, chilli and rosemary), number three brings extra virgin olive oil, and the last of the year gives you seasonal flavours;Â basil, garlic and white truffle.
Adopt a tree for Â£29 a quarter (minimum ofÂ 2), or ‘foster’ for Â£39 for one shipment.
The Drinks One: Shaken Cocktails
Shaken creates cocktail boxes containing all the ingredients and recipes you need to make fantastic drinks at home.
I’m a particular fan of theirÂ Explorers’ ClubÂ â€” which is a different box delivered to your door every monthÂ and is the perfectÂ way to discover drinks you never knew you loved.
Each month you get all the ingredients you need for four bar-strength cocktails and a nightcap, eachÂ focusing on a different spirit; from gin, whisky and rum to the more unusual, with two cocktail recipes each month to boot.
You can buy aÂ digital gift certificate within 24 hours of payment, which is Â£144 for six months (which works out at about Â£5 a drink)