Gift selections can ease present problems

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Eat, drink and be merry . . . with the big Christmas rush upon us, shopping for wine or spirits can be the best recipe for spreading some festive cheer.

Ideal for art lovers, champagne Pommery’s limited edition POP range is printed with fantasy works of art, and the mini-sized bottles are designed to sip with a straw. POP Art Collector set, £52 for three 20cl bottles from www.justerinis.com Tall, dark and handsome, Ayala Brut Nature champagne has had a makeover for Christmas with a ‘new look’ black label and gift box. Completely dry (no sugar added), this decadent champagne is the perfect foil for smoked salmon or oysters. Ayala Brut Nature, £25, from Selfridges nationwide.

Champagne lovers who know their bubbles will appreciate the 55 different crus that go into making this top-notch champagne, and Laurent Perrier’s snazzy snowflake gift box is an extra bonus. Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Giftbox, £25.99, from Waitrose.

Halfwine.com has cornered the market with its gift packs of 37.5cl bottles, or two to three glasses of wine. Ideal for adventurous wine lovers, single friends, or couples with different tastes, its quality wines aren’t usually available in half bottles in supermarkets. Taste Your Way Around The World selection of 22 wines, 37.5cl bottles, £199.50, from www.halfwine.com The Wine Society, National Wine Merchant of the Year for 2011, has done all the hard work for you by creating the perfect Christmas 15-bottle case to complement a traditional festive menu. The Wine Society Christmas Survival Kit, £125 (contains one sparkling, four whites, six reds, two spirits and two fortified), from www.thewinesociety.com Beefeater’s London Dry Gin festive gift box has been designed with cocktail lovers in mind. The packaging features a unique QR code which links to an exclusive online Gin and Tales seasonal recipe, for more information, visit www.ginandtales.com. Beefeater London Dry Gin, £17.99 for a 70cl bottle, from Selfridges and Harvey Nichols nationwide. With the help of homeware label House of Hackney, Bombay Sapphire now comes inside an exotic velvet pouch bag. Bombay Sapphire Limited Edition Keepsake by House of Hackney, £34.99 for a 70cl bottle, from www.selfridges.com The iconic Absolut vodka bottle has been embellished with a band of midnight-blue silk cloth, and it is a must on Dad’s back bar for a Boxing Day Bloody Mary. Absolut Mode Edition, £24.79, 1ltr bottle, from major supermarkets nationwide.

Tuned into the cocktail circuit, Smirnoff’s stylish white and red neoprene sleeve keeps the vodka ice cold. Smirnoff Limited Edition pack, £14.79, 70cl, from Tesco. For a cheeky taste of the Caribbean, Sailor Jerry’s ‘Good Gifts for Bad people’, is £18.49, 70cl, from all good off-licences.

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