Finding a personal and well-priced present for everyone on your list can be a daunting and time-consuming endeavour. That’s why we’ve created our Sated Christmas Gift Guide 2021 – an article full of unique, unusual, personal, and show-stopping gifts to suit every taste, person, and budget! Filled with fail-safe Christmas options from hampers, homeware, and cookbooks to rare spirits, quirky drinks, and memorable keepsakes, you’re sure to find everything you need to make your loved ones’ Christmas wishes come true!
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ICONIC WHISKY TASTING SET
Rightfully described as the “whisky tasting set of a lifetime”, this stunning gifting box by The Whisky Exchange includes 20 incredible whiskies (30ml each), two specially designed whisky glasses, an illuminating and accessible tasting book, as well as unlocking access to informative videos where imbibers can taste along with experts. The pack was designed to be the perfect gift for both novices wishing to try some of the world’s best whiskies, and whisky stalwarts, giving them the chance to revisit old forgotten favourites and drams that have been on the bucket list for years! Sold at £160, it is a truly special and surprisingly well-priced gift (remembering that many bottles are over 14-years-old) that any lover of quality spirits would be over the moon to receive this Christmas!
For more information about the 20 Whiskies That Changed the World Tasting Set (£160), including the full contents, read our review here.
VIBRANT COLLECTIBLE TEAWARE
Brighten up someone’s Christmas with a mug from Wedgwood’s Wonderlust collection. Crafted from fine bone china with fine gold detailing, the design of each mug in the collection is inspired by the exceptional beauty of flora and fauna found whilst travelling through Europe and Asia. Mix and match from the 10 expressive patterns to create an eclectic set of new teatime favourites that will bring a smile to a happy household. Some of the standout designs include the vibrant Large Yellow Tonquin (£38), serene Emerald Forest (£38), and delicate Menagerie (£33), all of which are presented in the iconic blue Wedgwood gift box, for that extra special touch. Add the Set of 4 Wonderlust Plates (£125) to complete the afternoon tea collection!
Dishwasher safe and made to last, these beauties will be sure to add a pop of colour to a morning routine!
FESTIVE COCKTAILS DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR
Give the gift of cocktails this festive season with the impressive Cocktail Hamper (£125) from the incredible rum & cocktail bar, Dark Bear. Featuring 10 Christmas-inspired, ready-to-drink cocktails (think Mince Pie Mai Tais, Mulled Sloe Gin, and Figgy Pudding Negronis) alongside a cocktail chocolate box, gin & tonic marmalade, a mulling kit (for wine or cider), and a full-sized bottle of local Bridport Damson Gin, this is a prolific hamper that is sure to get the recipient into the holiday spirit!
What’s more, Dark Bear is offering Sated’s readers an exclusive 10% Discount on the Silver Bear Hamper throughout December: simply add the discount code XMASSATED at checkout to get the offer. With nationwide delivery, you’ll be able to send festive cheer to your loved ones all over the country! What are you waiting for?!
QUIRKY DESIGNER WATER CARAFES
Hydration has never before been more stylish and whimsical than with Nude glass’ Mr and Mrs Water Jugs (£70 each)! In classic Nude fashion, the jugs are created with function in mind to declutter a home. Handcrafted from mouth-blown crystalline glass by the inimitable Istanbul-based designers, each of these carafes hold a matching tumbler that doubles as a stopper to help keep the contents of the jug fresh. The tumblers are adorned with sleeping faces, adding a playful quality to the design, whilst alluding to the jugs’ proper place as being by the bedside for mid-night thirst-quenching. Elegant, simple, and available in two sizes (Mr or Mrs) and two colours (clear or green), the carafe & tumbler set makes for a charming gift (with the added reminder that hydration is important) for a loved one, with the Mr & Mrs pair a delightful set of matching presents for a couple.
COFFEE LIQUEUR FOR COCKTAILS & SIPPING
Coffee and tequila have never gone so well together! The long-awaited coffee liqueur from the multi-award-winning tequila brand, VIVIR, blows every competitor out of the water and is a titillating winter treat. Made with VIVIR’s 100% Weber Agave Tequila Blanco as its base, VIVIR Café VS (£34.95) is flavoured with Mexican coffee beans sourced locally to the distillery in Jalisco. Rounded sweetness comes from Piloncillo, a natural Mexican cane sugar that works in harmony with the rich coffee to produce a divine coffee liqueur with a subtle agave finish. The fact that it is a lot less sweet than other liqueurs makes it both the perfect ingredient for well-crafted Espresso Martinis, and a delightful sipper enjoyed over ice. It’s even great as a shot in your coffee, with a dollop of cream for extra indulgence.
Be sure to grab a bottle for yourself as well as your friends so that you don’t feel left out!
COLLECTIBLE DESIGNER CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
A timeless gift to be lovingly treasured, passed down, and adorn Christmas trees for years to come. New for 2021, Wedgwood’s celebrated Wild Strawberry pattern (which made its first appearance in 1964) has made it onto this delightful pair of baubles.
Secured by white satin hanging ribbons embellished with the message “A Magical Wedgwood Christmas”, and finished with gold detailing that shimmers next to twinkling Christmas lights, these beautiful ornaments will add a unique accent to a tree. Made from fine bone china for superior strength and lovingly packaged in a beautiful Wedgwood box, the Wedgwood Wild Strawberry Christmas Baubles (£70) are true keepsakes that can be enjoyed by all.
HEARTFELT MESSAGES & DELICIOUS DRINKS
It’s the personal touches that show we really care. Whether on the hunt for a festive treat for your favourite colleague, a helpful neighbour, that old friend, or a cherished loved one, The Whisky Exchange’s personalised spirits have you covered!
For gin fanatics, choose the classic London Dry Gin (£39.95) with its bright and fresh palate blending seven expertly-balanced botanicals. Or for whisky fans, pick from a limited edition selection of seven Scotch whiskies, ranging from the brand new Highland Special Reserve Single Malt (£54.95) to the exceptionally rare, sherry-focused 45-year-old Blended Malt Scotch (£450). Once you’ve decided on the liquid, select which label you would like to adorn the bottle and add your own personal message, commemorative date, and dedication. The gift will then be delivered to your chosen recipient in a handsome presentation tube, with the choice of an additional message or card – a heartwarming and delicious gift to be cherished and shared at the Christmas table.
AMAZING HAMPERS FOR EVERY TASTE & BUDGET
Looking for a variety of hampers to send out to friends, colleagues, and loved ones this Christmas? Hampers.com has a winning array of gifts to suit every palate, budget, and occasion. From the Best of British Hamper (£129) packed with top local produce, and the traditional Luxury Port & Cheese Hamper (£49), to the wonderfully personal Espresso Martini Hamper (£52), Vegan Sharing Hamper with Prosecco (£65), and Treat the Team Festive Selection (£100), there’s something for everyone this festive season at Hampers.com.
Filled with handpicked favourites from a range of local UK suppliers, the wicker hampers and luxury boxes are lovingly packed in rural Oxfordshire, before being sent out free of charge to all postcodes in the UK, as well as Highlands & Islands and Northern Ireland (so there’s no excuse to leave anyone off of your Christmas list).
THE ULTIMATE GIFT FOR COLLECTORS OF PREMIUM SPIRITS
We all have a friend who we’re nervous about buying a bottle for. They have such an impressive home bar and knowledge of what they’re drinking that it feels impossible to surprise them with something special. Until now!
Corte Vetusto Ancestral Mezcal (£250) is quite frankly the gift for any lover of premium, world-class spirits. Made from 100% Sierra Negra agave (a rare varietal that takes 25 years to reach full maturity), this mezcal is painstakingly and sustainably produced using ancient techniques in Oaxaca, Mexico (find out more here).
The rarity of the sub-species and slow, labour-intensive production process means that only 80 bottles of Corte Vetusto Ancestral Mezcal exist, making it one of the rarest new bottlings available in the UK! What’s more, it is utterly breathtaking with a luxurious, creamy texture, and notes of tropical fruit, green pepper, sandalwood, gentle smoke, cool minerality, pastry dough, and so so much more. It is a snapshot of terroir and time that will never again be reproduced, and is the ultimate present for a lover of life’s finer things.
MALAYSIAN COOKBOOK PACKED WITH WARMING RECIPES
Give the gift of sweet, spice, and everything nice this festive season, with the ultimate Malaysian cookbook for any lover of Asian cuisine. Sambal Shiok (£25) is an authentic representation of the hodgepodge melting pot of culinary delights that is Malaysian fare. With over 90 accessible recipes handed down from chef Mandy Yin’s mother, as well as those developed for her award-winning restaurant (the best Laksa spot in London), Sambal Shiok is the perfect present for someone wishing to up their game in Asian feasting!
Featuring street food and hawker centre favourites, alongside home-style cooking, sweet and savoury snacks, store-cupboard advice, and travel tips, this book is a soulful tribute to Malaysian cuisine that anyone can follow. Some of the many favourites contained within these colourful pages include crispy Malaysian Fried Chicken, sour and spicy Assam Fish Curry, tingling Sambal Mapo Tofu, the moreish Coconut Pudding with Salted Banana Caramel, and of course, the Signature Curry Laksa.
INSTAGRAMMABLE DINNERWARE FOR EVERY OCCASION
Christmas is all about two things for us: bringing people together, and eating way too much with those people. This handsome dinner set collaboration between chef Gordon Ramsay and British heritage ceramic company, Royal Doulton, is sure to add class and wow-factor to any table this Christmas (and every day after).
The 16-piece set of blue glazed stoneware (£135) features a distinctive texture, inspired by the patterned metal beakers that are a key element of the décor in the chef’s Maze Grill restaurants. With a hand-crafted rustic feel, this set of four 27cm plates, four 23cm plates, four 16cm bowls, and four mugs provides all that is needed for everyday dining moments with family and friends. Packaged in a signature presentation box, the set makes a wonderful gift for new homemakers and those wanting to introduce a splash of colour into their home entertaining. Lovers of a more traditional palette can also enjoy this set in Soft White (£180).
PREMIUM AGED BARBADOS RUM
A winter warmer with a pioneering past. This incredible rum takes its name from the story of Prohibition era rum runner, Bill McCoy, whose unadulterated products were known to be superior to all others, resulting in them being known as “The Real McCoy” (find out more here). Today’s The Real McCoy honours Bill’s commitment to honest dealings and high quality offerings in all the brand produces. Made at the world-famous Foursquare Distillery, there is no sugar or flavouring added to these beautifully crafted Barbados rums. Instead, the power of tropical wood ageing and true artistry of blending are showcased.
The Real McCoy 12-year-old (£53.95) is premium rum that has been aged in heavily charred ex-Bourbon barrels in the tropical climate of the Caribbean. The result is a classic Bajan rum that would convert any Bourbon lover. Rich and oaky with bright bursts of sweet orange and zest lemon, followed by prickles of black pepper, baking spices, Christmas Cake, dark chocolate, peanut brittle, and a touch of smoke, this is an exquisite tot – as well as being supremely affordable for a 12-year-old spirit!
RECIPES TO SUIT EVERY MOOD, WEATHER, & CRAVING
The recipe book for the indecisive cook. Dedicated to “anyone who is currently thinking about their next meal, but can’t decide in which direction to turn”, Ed Smith’s genius new cookbook is an intuitive and easy-to-follow set of over 100 recipes divided into six flavour profiles, to satisfy our cravings, whatever the weather, mood or appetite. With an all too relatable premise, Ed concludes that the solution to the never-ending challenge of “What am I going to eat next?” is in fact found in another question: “What flavours am I craving right now?”
Whether something from ‘Fresh and Fragrant’ such as Slow-cooked minted courgettes with white beans and fresh cheese, Instant-ish Geki Kara Ramen from ‘Chilli and Heat’, or ‘Cheesy and Creamy’ Comté-baked onions with air-dried beef, Crave (£21.99) has something to suit every need and want. Ed’s grasp and considered delivery of dishes from all across the globe is laudable, as is the wonderfully unpretentious and natural manner in which simple, wholesome, comfort food is placed next to slightly more technically challenging fare.
CRAFTED FOR CELEBRATION
What’s the festive season without a splash of bubbly?! Whether Champagne, Prosecco, a cocktail, or non-alcoholic sparkling wine, there’s something about sipping fizz from a perfectly weighted, elegantly shaped glass that makes an occasion feel special.
Royal Doulton’s pair of Calla Champagne Flutes (£55) has been precisely crafted to enhance the drinking experience. Made from the finest lead crystal and etched with a classic cut stripe design, these glasses add a touch of sparkle to any gathering. This is a treasured set to be gifted to couples or a loved one, who will create lasting memories with them over the years to come.
ETHICAL INDULGENCE PACKED FULL OF FLAVOUR
Give an indulgent treat with ethical credentials this Christmas. Conscious Chocolate is an independent UK company creating raw, vegan chocolate for all. Handmade from the finest, ethically sourced, raw ingredients and free from dairy, soya, refined sugar, and gluten, these organic bars prove that you can be health conscious whilst eating chocolate, without compromising on taste! What’s more, all packaging is plastic-free and fully recyclable, the company’s factory is powered by 100% renewable energy, and the team plants a tree with every purchase.
The Care Pack Hamper (£35) comprises six Conscious Chocolate Bars (Four Nuts, Orange & Tangerine, Peppermint, Sour Cherry, The Dark Side 75%, and The Dark Side 85%), as well as four snack packs and two sharing pouches from Conscious’ brother company, Raw Chocolate Company. Presented in a handsome wicker hamper, this is a great gift for a lover of high quality chocolate, be they lactose or gluten intolerant, vegan, or a raging omnivore!