Buying Christmas presents for other people can be a minefield. Even for people you know really well, it’s not always easy to come up with something original.
And, let’s face it, no matter how carefully considered, many festive purchases are destined to sit in a cupboard unused and unwanted.
Not so with food and drink, which is unlikely to make it to the New Year.
And, even a small gift – like a wedge of cheese – if it comes from an artisan cheesemaker (and not the local garage), still feels like a treat.
Well, I couldn’t find any pink cheese but I did discover some gorgeous edibles (and drinkables) – perfect for pink-loving palettes.
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Hot and cold smoked trout from Hampshire, England. Hand sliced and and delivered straight to the door in chilled bags. Gift selections are also available.
Charlie’s Trout (from £5.75 )
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Pink rock salt
Mined from the foothills of the Himalayan Salt Range, this rock salt by Rivsalt comes with a miniature Japanese stainless steel grater in a natural white oak stand.
Harvey Nichols (£24.95)
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Fortnum’s rose petal jelly
Made with fresh rose petals grown in Oxfordshire, this versatile, aromatic preserve is equally delicious on scones, as it is with white meats.
Fortnum & Mason (£9.95)
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Rose petal drinking chocolate
The Chocolatier makes this fragrant hot drinking chocolate with real rose petals and flakes of chocolate. The perfect little luxury for cold winter days.
Harvey Nichols (£9.95)
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Fortnum’s rose biscuits
These delicious buttery biscuits from Fortnum & Mason are studded with almonds and scattered with French crystallised petals, for a very delicate rose flavour.
Fortnum & Mason £12.50
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Bouquet of Roses
You can have 6 or 12 of these little beauties, delivered with a personalised message to anywhere in the UK. Boutique bakery, Rachael’s Kitchen make all their cupcakes using only the very best ingredients. And, if you want to get creative, you can design your own with a personalised message or photo. (Gluten free available.)
Rachael’s Kitchen £20-32
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Handmade in Cornwall, these award-winning marshmallows from Cloud Nine are made in small batches with fresh strawberries, suffused with Champagne and drizzled with rich dark chocolate. Yum!
(Gift wrapping available.)
Cloud Nine Marshmallows £6.95
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Fortnum’s rose & violet creams
Signature chocolates made entirely by hand and subtly flavoured with natural flower oils. These are very English and very Fortnum’s.
Fortnum & Mason (from £5.50)
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Elephant sloe gin
Combining their award-winning London dry gin with handpicked fresh sloe berries, for a lightly sweet and fruity spirit. Elephant Gin uses rare African botanicals and artisanal production methods, and each bottle is custom-made with handwritten labels. 15% of profits go to support African elephant foundations. (Pictured here is the limited edition Maasai bead-jewelled bottle.)
The Whisky Exchange £33.25
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Rosé Champagne & truffles
This indulgent rosé Champagne & chocolates gift box includes Champagne specially selected by rosé experts Billecart-Salmon and delicious Marc de Champagne truffles.
Fortnum & Mason £80