Binny’s Christmas Gift Guide

 

 Ho Ho Ho! It is the most magical time of the year and I am pleased to share my Christmas Gift Guide with you all. I have some suggestions for gifts for all sorts of hobbies as well as some stocking filler suggestions.

There’s a great selection of products for all sorts of different budgets.  I hope it’s helpful and gives you some ideas 🙂


Personalized Christmas Stockings

The Playful Indian

How cute are these Personalized Christmas Stockings from The Playful Indian? They look amazing and are extra special.

Available to purchase from:

http://www.theplayfulindian.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=111

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An alternative Christmas Gift – perfect for an art lover 

Art By Punam

This year, why not give something a little different as a Christmas gift or stocking filler? Have a custom painting created for a loved one. 

ArtbyPunam artist, Punam Sanghrajka is taking commissions for gifts or for yourself. She specialises in acrylic on canvas using colour & texture to brighten up any space. 

If you have a photo you love or even just a memory, she can work with you to create a bespoke piece of work in her bold, abstract style.

She can create images on canvas sizes ranging from as small as 15cm square to as large as 100x50cm. Turnaround is 2-4 weeks depending on size of work. 

Why not give a little colour to someone this Christmas?

Get a 10% discount if you quote ‘Binny’s kitchen’

You can see some of her work on Facebook/ArtbyPunam or Instagram/ArtbyPunam. Contact her directly on artbypunam@gmail.com

For the tea lover

Jing Tea Master

 

Ancient in spirit, but young at heart, the JING Tea Master draws on thousands of years of Chinese tea culture to bring the gong fu tea ceremony to life today. Savour the best of your tea over quick, multiple infusions.

This is a spectacular tea set and is available in different variations:

JING Tea Master 1 x Porcelain Tea Master only £36.00
JING Tea Master Set 1 x Porcelain Tea Master and 1 x Porcelain Cup £48.00
JING Tea Master Sharing Set  1 x Porcelain Tea Master and 2 x Small Tasting Cups £48.00
Complete JING Tea Master Set 1 x Porcelain Tea Master, 1 x Porcelain Cup and 1 Small Uplift Tray £70.00
Complete JING Tea Master Sharing Set 1 x Porcelain Tea Master, 2 x Small Tasting Cups and 1 x Small Uplift Tray £70.00

The tea sets are available to buy from:

https://jingtea.com/teaware/teapots/tea-master#

You can pair it with the whole rosebuds tea.

Small but perfectly formed, these intensely fragrant and beautiful rosebuds release an almost euphoric aroma and flavour. When made in a glass tea pot, even the sight of the infusion is enough to calm a tired mind.

These whole rosebuds are hand-picked in Iran and retail from £2.40. You can buy them from:

https://jingtea.com/tea/type/herbal/whole-rosebuds#

Holy Lama Spice Drops Tea Lover’s Kit

Do you love to experiment with your tea? Spice it up with Holy Lama’s Tea lover’s spice drops kit.

Spice Drops® are highly concentrated extracts of herbs and spices to enliven your food and drink. They retain all the natural goodness of the herbs and spices.

Can be used in cooking, baking, beverages. Use to enhance flavour and aroma of savoury and sweet dishes especially curries, gravies and sauces. More convenient than dry spices. You can flavour, tea, coffee, hot chocolate or even add the drops to hot water to enjoy a bag-less, caffeine-free tea.

1 drop for 200ml or more for a stronger flavour. For best results use in the final stages of preparation or just before serving. For drinks add the drop(s) in the container and pour the drink on top. Shake well before use.

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The large kit (pictured) costs £20 and contains the following:
Cardamom Extract – Winner of 2 Gold Stars at the Great Taste Awards 2015
Ginger Extract
Cinnamon Extract – Winner of 2 Gold Stars at the Great Taste Awards 2015
Peppermint Extract
Tea Masala-(Chai)
Lemongrass Extract – Winner of 2 Gold Stars at the Great Taste Awards 2015

Available to buy from http://www.holylama.co.uk/spice-drops/

We Are Tea

We are Tea has teas available as reusable loose leaf tea caddies or pyramid whole-leaf tea bags. Their biodegradable corn starch tea bags offer all the space whole-leaves need to infuse properly and release its complex characteristics – thus, the convenience of a tea bag with all the taste of real whole leaf tea.

The teas are sourced from all around the world and they have a range of 40 different teas.

To purchase a tea caddy or box, or to find out more, visit:

http://www.wearetea.com/

A Hamper full of fabulous products for a foodie

This has honestly got to be the best hamper ever for the foodie in your life. It is packed full of amazing treats and foodie gifts. At an amazing price of £89 it is fantastic value as each item bought together individually would cost you £106.

The contents are as follows:

  • Easy Indian Cookbook by Manju Malhi (£12.99)
  • Spice Prince Mild Chevda (£1.99)
  • Holy Lama Spice Drops Lemongrass Extract (£3.50)
  • Holy Lama Spice Drops Cinnamon Extract (£3.50)
  • Duke of Delhi Dark Chocolate Delhi Mix Bar (£4)
  • Dips Lemon Chutney (£5.50)
  • That Hungry Chef Mojo Risin Green Chilli Relish (£3.50)
  • Cheeky Food Co Smelly Garlic Pickle (£4.50)
  • Cheeky Food Co Pecky Peanut Sprinkle (£2.25)
  • Spice Kitchen Indian Spice Tin with Silk Cover (£25.95)
  • Spice Kitchen Mulled Wine & Cider Spices (£4.99)
  • Hammered Copper Karai Serving Dish (£14.99)
  • 14 inch Luxury Wicker Hamper (£20)

 

For those with a sweet tooth

 

Duke of Delhi Chocolates

Amazing flavours and a very unusual chocolate bar. Perfect for someone who loves chocolate and likes something unique.

Delhi mix bars are available in:

Milk Chocolate Cardamom & Vanilla

Dark Chocolate

Milk Chocolate & Indian Cinnamon

Milk Chocolate & Orange

Dark Chocolate & Lime

Dark Chocolate & Toasted Coconut

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Available to buy from:

http://www.dukeofdelhi.com/

Duke of Delhi –  Delhi Mix

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The Delhi mix is inspired by the Indian street snack “Chevdo”, sold in special places such as New Delhi train station, where the incoming Rajdhani express train sees hundreds of commuters run off to buy this tasty snack before their train leaves without them. The range uses only authentic Indian ingredients & flavours, infused with a zing of the British spirit. Chocolate in a Bombay Mix? Honeycomb? Orange and Nut?

Available to buy from:

http://www.dukeofdelhi.com/

Christmas Winter Specials by ChinsKitchen

Baileys and Chai Spiced cake

Blend of homemade chai spice in a milky tea sponge laced in creamy and sultry Baileys frosting.

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Spiced Whisky and chocolate orange cake

Scottish Whisky infused with and earthy blend of spices in a rich chocolate and orange cake bringing a personal touch of Christmas to your table.

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Spiced Almond and Cranberry Shortbread (Nankhatai)

A nutty combination of roasted almonds, sweet and tangy cranberries in a melt in the mouth Indian spiced shortbread.

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  • Christmas Flavours available from 1st December 2015 until 1st January 2016.
  • Alcohol cakes available in 8 inch only to serve 10-14 £45.00
  •  Almond and Cranberry Nankhatai:  100g £3.75 (available for posting please enquire), 1kg- £35.00

Chinskitchen usual range of Indian Inspired Cakes are also available to order. For the full list of flavours and prices please visit www.chinskitchen.co.uk.

Please place your Christmas orders by 15th December. Last minute orders will only be accepted upon availability. To place your orders please contact 07852143734 or email: chintal@chinskitchen.co.uk
 Rose Petal Confiture

  The perfect addition to sparkling wine, or cocktails, frozen as cubes for a Gin & Tonic or added to your cheese, venison or desserts. This would be fabulous in a pudding! 
 Alternatively it makes a lovely Xmas stocking gift. It is so beautifully packaged and is the perfect present for a foodie or a keen cook.

They are available for the following prices depending on how quickly you want it delivered.

£4.95 + £2.00 P&P second class

£4.95 + £3.00 P&P First Class 

For orders & further information contact The Mango Girls @The_Mango_Girls email: info@thorneproduce.co.uk

Telephone:  01580 212261

 Savoury Treats

 Arabica Food & Spice

Arabica Food & Spice is an authentic purveyor of Middle Eastern spices, ingredients and sweets now sold nationwide in Marks & Spencer, Harvey Nichols, Fenwicks, Selfridges & Co, Fortnum & Mason and Harrods, as well as within many boutique retailers across the UK and abroad.

These make a fantastic savoury gift or stocking filler and are available to buy from:

http://www.arabicafoodandspice.com/

  


Dips Lemon Chutney

This delicious Preserved lemon Chutney from Dips is another fantastic gift idea for Diwali.

Perfect with poppadums, on a cheese board, or with bread the options are unlimited.

It takes us up to 3 months just to preserve the lemons in their secret blend of herbs and spices that adds a wonderful depth of flavour that you just won’t find anywhere else. The lemon peel in also part of the chutney you to chew on for an intense burst of flavour.

There is a lovely story behind the lemon chutney. The recipe is actually from the family’s grand mother which she created when she first moved to the UK. It has been one the family has grown up with ever since and one that you can also try for yourself. You can buy a jar for £5.50 from:

http://www.dipsltd.com

Cheeky Chutneys

I have a soft spot for Cheeky Chutneys and 2 minutes in Swati’s bubbly presence is enough to make any one’s day better.

Cheeky started as a full time mum’s post 8pm kitchen table enterprise.

When the kids were in bed and some order had been regained, that was Swati’s time in the kitchen with her cheeky little jars. For one year she sampled at markets, fairs and local festivals in West London.  The response was great and so was her own learning of using the products in everyday food across cuisines and occasions. After a year Swati felt that the time was right, to take that leap of faith and scale her home enterprise.

Here are some fabulous gift hampers available for Christmas.

The gift bags with the 3 assorted jars retail at  £14 and the organza bags with the pouches retail at £7. For more information and to buy any of the gift hampers visit:

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Spice Drops

Choosing the perfect gift can be a daunting task whether it is your Mother-in-Law who loves to bake or a son who is at university and wants tasty food on a budget or a friend who fancies themselves as a mixologist. You will find the perfect Spice Drops® Kit to suit all manner of tastes and abilities. They are the perfect stocking fillers. Baker’s kit, Curry Lover’s kit, Tea Lover’s kit, Cocktail kit and yes, a Christmas Kit too!

Ranging from £10- £25. For more information visit:

Available to buy from http://www.holylama.co.uk/spice-drops/

 

For the curry lover

Spice Kitchen Indian Spice Tin with Silk Cover (£25.95)

This is my favourite spice tin of choice and really recommend it purely for the amazing fresh spices and amazing cover it comes with, which is handmade.

The Spice Tin contains:

  • Cardamom (10 pieces)
  • Cloves (10 pieces)
  • Cinnamon Sticks (5 pieces)
  • Kashmiri Chilli Powder (20g)
  • Cumin Seeds (20g)
  • Ground Coriander (20g)
  • Spice Kitchen Garam Masala (20g) ** Great Taste Award Winner 2015 **
  • Mustard Seeds (20g)
  • Turmeric Powder (20g)
  • Home Grown Curry leaves (2g)

 
Available from http://www.spicekitchenuk.com/products/indianspicetinwithcover

Holy Lama Curry Lover’s Spice Drops Kit

Small Kit includes:

This pack includes the following fantastic spice extracts:
Tikka Masala
Garam Masala
Cumin Seed Extract

Large kit includes:
Tikka Masala
Garam Masala
Cumin Seed Extract
Turmeric Extract
Coriander Seed Extract
Saffron Extract – 1 Gold star at the Great Taste Awards

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Small kit £10

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Large Kit £22

Available from http://www.holylamaspicedrops.com/product/curry-lovers-spice-drops-kit/

Hari Ghotra’s Curry Kits

Hari Ghotra’s Curry Kits are a fantastic way to make a hearty meal and she provides easy to follow instructions on each one. These are available as gift packs or as solo packs.

To find 0ut more or to watch some of Hari’s videos/read her recipes visit:

http://shopify.harighotra.co.uk/

For the keen baker

Holy Lama’s Bakers Spice Drops Kit

Love baking and want those lovely spices at your finger tips? Well look no further here’s a spice drops baker’s kit just for you.
Large kit includes:
Vanilla Extract
Cinnamon Extract – 2 Gold stars at the Great Taste Awards
Cardamom Extract – 2 Gold stars at the Great Taste Awards
Ginger Extract
Nutmeg Extract
Rose Extract – 1 Gold star at the Great Taste Awards

Make a delicious cardamom sponge cake with rose cream, or bake gingerbread biscuits without the hassle. Spice Drops enable you to get a nice even mix in baking without any fuss. You can also use them in making home made truffles or Diwali sweets.

Available for £20 from http://www.holylamaspicedrops.com/product/bakers-spice-drops-kit/

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For the keen cook

Oh Come All Ye Tasteful by Ian Flitcroft is packed with funny advice and recipes for a millionaire style Christmas banquet on a Lidl budget.

It would make a fantastic gift for someone who loves the Christmas season, food, collecting recipe books and is even a perfect stocking filler.

It is also a fantastic book to have for yourself as it is full of handy tips for that all important Christmas meal.

You can purchase it from book stores or http://www.amazon.co.uk/Come-All-Tasteful-Millionaires-Christmas/dp/1910266329

 

 For those on the go

Finally a bottle that looks good, keeps soup hot and drinks cold. Say hello to the Chilly!

The Chilly’s Bottle is a revolutionary reusable bottle that can keep your water ice cold for up to 24 hours.

Specifically designed for an active urban lifestyle, with the perfect balance of distinctive style and unrivalled performance.

Available in lots of different colours and you can buy it from:

http://www.formahouse.co.uk/brand/chilly-s/products

For the Cocktail lover

Know someone who loves cocktails and mocktails? Quickly made with our easily soluble spice drops ..

Mojito, boody mary, mulled wine, ginger beer … in a few drops!

In the large kit you get these tantalising individual spice extracts:

  • Mint extract
  • Cinnamon extract – 2 gold star winner at great taste awards
  • Ginger extract
  • Cardamom extract – 2 gold stars winner at great taste awards
  • Rose extract – 1 gold star winner at great taste awards
  • Pepper extract

In the small kit you get:

  • Mint extract
  • Cinnamon extract – 2 gold stars winner at great taste awards
  • Ginger extract

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Accessories For The Home

 

The Playful Indian Mugs

A wonderful range of mugs from £8 with lots of different fun designs.

Available from:
http://www.theplayfulindian.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=98_108

 

 

For more Christmas inspiration check out Sandhya’s Kitchen’s Christmas Gift Guide http://sandhyahariharan.co.uk/2015/12/02/christmas-gift-guide-for-foodies/

2 Comments

  1. December 2, 2015 / 11:22 pm

    One fun list Binny’s .. Spice Drop’s have got a wide spread.. need to check it out.

    • December 2, 2015 / 11:23 pm

      Yes u must!!!

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