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Time for your Christmas Stuffing


Last December we spent approximately £36 billion a week on food in the run up to Christmas. With the meal on Christmas day being the centre of many families holiday season, what we eat on December 25th is as important as any of the other traditions. For many, Christmas dinner is a time to splash out, so if you are looking for the ultimate luxury this year why not try some of these ideas?

Fortnum and Mason’s have been a British institution since the Eighteenth Century, and are world famous for their range of hampers which, to some, epitomise luxury cuisine. This year their Christmas Greetings hamper, the cheapest at £45, includes products like a mini Christmas cake, spiced biscuits, and raspberry preserve, all accompanied by Champagne. If you want to spend a little more, for £150 the Classic Christmas collection features chocolate mints, cognac butter and exclusive Jubilee products or the Vintner Hamper offers a selection of twelve carefully selected wines. For something extra special this year the Fortnum and Mason’s Imperial Hamper is £5000 and includes the finest extravagant ingredients from Scottish smoked salmon to white truffle oil. The Imperial Hamper contains the absolute best in Christmas luxury food covering every detail even down to the last course which is the Queen Elizabeth Christmas Pudding with macadamia nuts, port, double cream and a crown of glace fruits, finished off with gold leaf.

If your still hungry, what about a trip into the children’s Fairy Tale Hansel and Gretel? Luxury American department store Neiman Marcus has created a life size children’s Gingerbread House. At over 6 foot tall and 5 feet wide, the Gingerbread house is decorated with cookies and sweets and costs £9,500.

Finally to wash the Luxury feast down, London’s own Movida nightclub is offering a £35,000 a glass cocktail. The drink, aptly named Flawless consists of Louis XIII Bitters, half a bottle of champagne, Angostura bitters and finished off with a sprinkling of 24 carat gold leaf. For the final crowning glory of the cocktail comes with an 11 carat Gold white diamond ring.