Last minute Christmas gifts – Bristol Foodie’s guide to panic buying

The world is divided into three sorts of people. The super-organisers who finish their Christmas shopping before December has even begun, the festive shoppers who tend to start in the first week of December and are finished by 20th, and the panic buyers who find themselves manically rushing around in the two days before Christmas.

If you fall in to the latter category – fear not! Below are some ideas for last-minute Christmas present shopping in Bristol.


For those who like a tipple

For an amazing bottle of wine for Christmas Day itself, I heartily recommend a visit to The Clifton Cellars and to pick the brains of the staff there. For those looking for something a bit unusual they also offer Rubis Chocolate Wine – it sounds bizarre, but its very tasty and a good Christmas corker.  Clifton Cellar’s also stocks 6 o’clock Gin, a marvellous drink made just outside of Bristol in Thornbury!

If you fancy something a bit stronger, I’d recommend Harvey Nichols in Quakers Friars for their selection of spirits

You’ll also find local beers and ciders across several of Bristol’s Delicatessens – The branches of the Better Food Company, and Chandos Delis will all be able to help you out here.


For those who like to cook

What about a cookbook? I personally LOVE cookbooks as presents. Blackwells on Park Street has a good selection as does Foyles in Quakers Friars. For books with a particularly strong Bristol vibe I recommend The Gloucester Road WI Cookbook and The Ethicurean. Pieminister’s A Pie for All Seasons was my favourite Christmas present last year and can be purchased from pieminister stores as well as larger retailers.

You still have time to put together a quick Christmas hamper if you wanted to go all out too. What about some posh pasta, olive oil and parmesan from a local deli like Arch House in Clifton for that Italian enthusiast. Alternatively you could visit one of the Chinese supermarkets and pick up a range of spices and curry powders (this is always a huge success with Dads and boyfriends who enjoy cooking curries). Wai Yee Hong near Ikea is fantastic. Wah Yan Hong on Denmark Street is also great for anyone looking for something more central.


For those who want to learn

What about a cookery lesson? Source is offering Butchery courses which take place in February and March 2014 and the Devilled Egg Kitchen Academy have gift vouchers for their bespoke cookery lessons which you can buy online!


For those who like to bake

Some of us are bakers, some of us aren’t. For those who are, it seems you can never have enough baking paraphernalia. I recommend Kitchens on Whiteladies Road for various bits and bobs which could help with bread making, baking and the like. Failing that, if you get brave (and desperate) your best bet is to trek to Cribbs Causeway and pop into Lakeland for some really great kitchenware.  The Folk House also have their chocolate brownie gift sets for sale – yum yum!


For those who like to eat out

A restaurant voucher or a simple “I O U a meal out” homemade voucher can often do the trick. (there have been several occasions when I’ve forlornly looked around at the plethora of soap’s and smellies I’ve been given and wished for a dining experience instead!) The Lido, Cassamia, Flinty Red, Primrose Cafe, The Cowshed, Harvey Nichols and The Rummer are all recommended as somewhere a little bit special of you wanted to opt for this.


For those who like to eat in

Of course, not everyone is into cooking, for some of us, it’s the eating that counts. A selection of cheeses and chutnies  go down well, as do biscuits, chocolates and cakes, teas, coffees, the lot.

This is where Bristol’s delicatessens and local food producers will really come into their own. There are too many good ones to mention them all but some links to my favourites are below.


Now stop reading and start shopping… you don’t have long left you know!

2 thoughts on “Last minute Christmas gifts – Bristol Foodie’s guide to panic buying

  1. Jakki Reply

    Merry Christmas!

    Just wanted to say thank you. I really enjoy reading your blogs. My taste buds have been very grateful for all your recommendations! Especially the Rummer and June’s Kitchen for sunday lunches.

    Keep up the diligent work!


    • Gemma Reply

      Thanks Jakki, glad that you enjoyed!
      Happy New Year to you – all the best for 2014

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