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Konditor and cook mince pies

Family run firm producing a plethora of Christmas treats: terrific mince pies, boozy Whisky bombs, stollen, kipferl and lebkuken, and a chocolate Baileys cake. More traditional fruit cakes available, as well as gingerbread with rum cream frosting.

Mince Pies from £10 for a gift box of 6. For details visit konditorandcook.com

Seggiano figs

A rich source of Seasonal Italian  traditional regional products from  artisan producers inc  classic and chocolate mini panettone soaked in vin santo, chestnut panettone containing artisan candied chestnut pieces, dottato figs dipped in white chocolate plus baked fig balls and buckwheat digestive biscuits

Figs dipped in white chocolate, £8.88 plus VAT/120g from seggiano.com

Clonakilty black pudding

Made using a traditional 19th century recipe in West Cork, Clonakilty black pudding is dark, rich and spicy. Delicious with scallops, crumbled into pasta sauces or over fish. Clonakilty also produce white pudding (made with oatmeal), traditional Irish Ispíní sausages and rashers of dry cured bacon.

Clonakilty black pudding, £2.10/200g from Sainsbury’s,  Ocado or visit clonakiltyblackpudding.ie


Five of the best Christmas food boxes

Field and Flower

The award-winning meat-box delivery service has a new range of Christmas hampers and bespoke meat boxes this year, inc:  The Christmas Trimmings Box, The Gift of Wild Game Box, The Cheese and Chutney Hamper, or The Christmas Day Box (free range turkey, cured unsmoked gammon, honey roast ham joint, smoked back bacon, free range pigs in blankets, Scottish smoked salmon, streaky smoked bacon, free range pork and chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce, English cheeses, Christmas chutney and a rustic olive wood board)

Field & Flower hampers and meat boxes from £32.46 for a Christmas trimmings box, visit fieldandflower.co.uk

River Cafe gift boxes

Limited edition gift boxes celebrating 30 years of the eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant in Hammersmith, West London. Italian ingredients plus a bottle of  River Cafe EV olive oil, Sicilian marmalade, linguine, anchovy fillets, dried porcini mushrooms, a Bialetti coffee-maker and a signed copy of their new book. Available in two sizes

River Cafe gift box, from £220, from rivercafe.co.uk

Chococo Christmas Cascade

Tiered stack of Chococo’s three Christmas selection boxes containing 50 fresh chocs (Inc marzipan, pistachio, fig & port, kaumquat, mulled wine and mince pie…)

Chococo Christmas cascade, £42.50 from chococo.co.uk 

Trill Farm

This year’s Trill Farm Winter Hamper is a great mix of food (winter herb tea, hedgerow mixer, chocolate covered plums, wooden cheeseboard, tomato seeds) and nourishing treatments (winter soap, body oil made from trill farm herbs and beeswax candles)

Trill farm winter hamper £160 from trillfarm.co.uk

Corrigans Christmas hampers

Two sizes: Gourmet (Corrigan’s pork pie, Irish cheese, Irish soda bread, homemade gooseberry garden jam, shortbread biscuits and a Christmas pudding from Virginia Park Lodge, the  Corrigan Estate in County Cavan. Plus a bottle of Reserva Ondarre Bodegas Rioja and a tin of sweet sensation Corrigan’s Gold Tea) or Luxury which comes with its own butler

Corrigan’s Christmas hampers, corrigansmayfair.co.uk