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christmas parents gift guide

Still struggling for unique Christmas gift ideas for mum and dad? Us too, but with just under a week until the big 2-5 (and a shedload of work days to get through before then), we reckon a few solid foodie gifts plus some posh twists on everyday essentials can’t send you too far wrong. Here’s our pick of the best gifts for parents, whether you’re spending it with them or sending your love from afar this year:


1. Mexican Fiesta Hamper, £80, Sous Chef

sous chef mesican hamperFor people whose parents strive to stick to authentic cooking, the Sous Chef hampers and gift packs are a dream – choose produce from Middle Eastern, South East Asian, Chinese and more.

2. Letterbox flowers, £20 (single bouquet), Bloom & Wild

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An ingenious invention – we’re hooked on this flower delivery system, whereby one or two bouquets of stunning blooms are packed into a box small enough to fit through the letterbox, to be taken out and arranged (with instructions) by the receiver – perfect if you won’t be seeing your parents in person before the 25th.

You can choose from three bouquet designs, and what’s more, we’ve got a special discount for you – simply type in the code FASHBITE15 to get 15% off flower gifts before Christmas (code expires 25th December). This means a single box of letterbox flowers for £17, or a gift bundle (different flowers once a month for three months) for £42.50.


3. Chef’s candle , £5, Imperial War Museum


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Speaking of chefs, fabulous though your parent’s concoctions are, the scent can be known to stick around on your new duster coat for weeks on end if you forget to take it out of the kitchen. Avoid such social dilemmas with this vintage-style chef’s candle to eliminate odour.


4. Trooping The Colour tea tray, £19.99,

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This beautiful design might even tempt Dad into bringing you a cuppa in bed while you’re home for the holidays…


5. Toblerone Fruit & Nut, £5, Debenhams

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We love this twist on the airport favourite and hope it’s here to stay.


6. Herringbone touch gloves, £24.95, Anthropologie


The classy design alone makes these gloves a must-have for mum – but she’ll be sold on them when she discovers she doesn’t have to take them off to text you back.


7. Il Massimo hamper, £75, Carluccio’s



The ideal joint present for mum and dad, this sumptuous red box is packed to the gills with Italian delicacies (and you don’t need to worry about wrapping it up as it already looks so pretty). Your parents can enjoy the ultimate night in (or two) with a bottle of Prosecco, pappardelle pasta, pesto, wild boar ragu, extra virgin olive oil, chocolates and plenty more.

Read our full review of the Il Massimo hamper.


8. London scented candle, £55, Selfridges

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Mum or dad a Londoner through and through? They’ll love the thought behind this stylish candle, channeling the scent of red brick, London parks and, err, ‘the salty smell of the Thames in Dagenham’. Better than it sounds, we can vouch.


9. Christmas truffle tree, £26, Hotel Chocolat

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Five alternating layers of 50% milk praline chocolate with crispy feuilletine and caramel, enhanced with a dash of sea salt. Milk, dark, and vanilla white chocolate baubles. Huge size. We’re sold…


10. Tactico football board game, £29.95, Prezzybox


Something to keep Dad entertained between turkey and nap time, we love this clever game because it’s over in 90 minutes.


Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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