Food & Drink

13th December 2020

Food and Drink Gift Guide | Independent Businesses

This Christmas, more than ever before, we need to support independent businesses, due to the traumatic year our dear friend COVID-19 has graced us with!

If Christmas shopping has slipped your mind this year and you’re now frantically searching the web for last minute presents then you have come to the right place. LGSM have got you covered with these amazing presents that are sure to brighten up anybody’s 2020.

The only thing is you’ve got to resist the temptation of consuming the present before the big day. Will power, people, will power!

Public service announcement: LGSM accept no responsibility for half eaten brownies this Christmas.

Something Sweet

Cutter & Squidge

Cutter & Squidge is a London based business ran by two sisters “who love to cook, bake and generally create a kitchen mess” with only 100% natural ingredients.

You’re spoilt for choice when browsing their website from Millionaire Shortbread Brownies (starting at £13.90 for 12) to a Chunky S’mores Cookie Box (from £9.90 for 4). There’s also a wide range of Christmas hampers, afternoon tea sets and cakes to spoil your loved ones with this year.

Treat a hot chocolate fanatic with the indulgent Hot Chocolate Spoon Set (£19.90). The set features a Dark Chocolate Marshmallow Spoon and a White Chocolate and Raspberry Spoon along with four other delicious flavours.

With tonnes of vegan options too such as the Vegan Raspberry Chocolate Cake Truffles (£15.20 for 12 or £30 for 24) this independent bakery is ticking all the boxes.

Plus, with 15% off your first order when you sign up online, it’s hard to resist these scrumptious sweet treats!

Wolf Creations UK

Everyone has a Harry Potter lover in their life. If they happen to enjoy sweet treats too then you have stumbled across the perfect present for them!

This independent seller is offering a magical treat with their Harry Potter Themed Sweet Boxes available on Etsy. Featuring the famous Every Flavour Beans and six other themed sweet bags, this gift is perfect for the aspiring wizards and witches out there.

The wooden boxes can be ordered either in medium (£22) or large (£27) and can be customised with the Hogwarts’ crest, Harry Potter house or with the recipients name in Harry Potter font.

Or for a cheaper alternative, you can get the sweets in a cardboard box and gift wrapped for £10.

Let’s be Sirius, this gift will make sure you Slytherin to your loved one’s good books.

Something Spicy

Pip’s Hot Sauce

This gift is sure to spice up anyone’s Christmas. Pip’s Hot Sauce is an independent business based in Birmingham. All the hot sauces are crafted in small batches to ensure maximum quality, flavour and spice!

If you’re buying for that indecisive person in your life, then this taster set of hot sauces is perfect (£15). A selection of five different award winning hot sauces in 50ml bottles including:

“Boca Grande (the tangy hot pineapple one), La Boca del Diablo (the classic smoky one), Feugo del Verde (the milder sweet one), La Barbacoa (the BBQ one with bite) and the Nagatropolis (the really really hot one).”

Furthermore, if you’re looking for a stocking filler for the chilli head in your life the Emergency Hot Sauce (£3.00) from Pip’s Hot Sauce is ideal.

Click here to bag these fun food presents.

Something for Everyone


BoroughBox sells all things food and drink, supplied by independent businesses. The aim of the company is to promote and support the best independent food and drink businesses that have to compete against big brand chains in the market.

You really are spoilt for choice when looking for presents from BoroughBox. Gifts range from the Cheese Taster Gift Box (£24.99), to the Gluten Free Beer and Snack Box (£19.99) and even a Belgian Chocolate Ice Cream Making Kit (£19.95). You’re bound to find the perfect present for everyone on your list this year!

Something to Drink

Luna Child Co

This independent Etsy shop specialises in handmade self care products and gifts.

The Ultimate Tea Lovers Selection Box (£12.00) with 40 hand selected herbal teas will make the tea obsessed person in your life very happy.

The box also comes with three luxury biscuits. To dunk, or not to dunk? That is the question.

Thanks to COVID-19 we won’t be able to see all of our loved ones this Christmas. Therefore, this gift which can fit through a letterbox is a great way to spread the Christmas cheer to your nearest and dearest!

To check out this fabulous tea gift and other great presents from Luna Child Co, such as the Reindeer Hot Chocolate (£1.50) click here.

Something a Little Stronger

Sandy Leaf Farm

Sandy Leaf Farm was formed when two food and drink enthusiasts turned their love for brewing beer and making cheese into kits. So, everyone (even complete beginners) can craft their favourite food and drink from home with these easy to follow kits.

There’s a whole range of kits on offer to suit many different tastes.

Give the gift of gin this Christmas with their Gin Making Kit (£7.99). The kit starred in ‘How to Spend It Well at Christmas with Phillip Schofield’ as a top pick in 2019. The kit includes instructions, juniper berries, botanical spice blend, filter papers, a pipette and paper bottle tags (gin and bottle are not included).

What’s better than drinking gin? Drinking gin that you infused yourself!

Available here.

Blue Monday Press

Blue Monday Press are an independent arts publisher based in Brighton.

The Hip Hop Cocktail Book (£12) is a funky gift for the rap lover in your life who also enjoys the finer things A.K.A cocktails!

The cocktail recipes in this book are inspired by rap music legends, featuring the likes of 2Pac, Snoop Dogg and P Diddy.

Each cocktail comes with a recommended song to listen to whilst the lucky recipient enjoys a cocktail or two!

For an original and funky present this Christmas click here.

A Final Comment

We hope this guide helps you shop for your loved ones whilst supporting independent businesses! A win win!

You may even be tempted to buy some of these great finds for yourself. If you can’t treat yourself at Christmas, when can you?

LGSM wish you a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year (anything will be an improvement on 2020)!

To find out the best food and drinks that Liverpool has to offer, and tasty recipes, check out some other articles!

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