Seeking inspiration for your racing picnic hamper? Or looking for a celebratory Christmas gift? We’ve whittled down the huge range out there to save you some time and let you get on with the celebrations!

NYETIMBER CLASSIC CUVÉE NV ENGLAND

Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and makes world class wines to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne. This drink is a beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent.

WE SAY: For those who like to buy British, this is a superb home-grown alternative to Champagne.

PRICE: £36.99 per bottle or £32.99 each as part of the Mix Six offer from Majestic Wine.

THE LITTLE BOX OF GIN-DULGENCE

This box contains one 20cl bottle each of Adnams Copper House Dry Gin (40% abv), Rising Sun Gin (42% abv) and First Rate Gin (45% abv). All handcrafted and copper stilled in the heart of Southwold.

WE SAY: A treat for gin fans, Adnams’ top tip is to buy two as you won’t want to give it away!

PRICE: £29.99 from Adnams Cellar & Kitchen.

CRATE OF BEER

Four hearty English Ales and four premium continental lagers are housed in a beautifully made, large burnt finish wooden crate which can be used for storage afterwards.

WE SAY: A smart alternative to wine as a gift for your party host or to accompany your winter racing picnic.

PRICE: £60 from Hampergifts.co.uk

SHERRY MIXED 6-BOTTLE CASE

Not sure which sherry to give your host? This case contains two bottles each of three Adnams Selection Sherries: Fino, Amontillado and Rich Cream. UK standard delivery is free on this case.

WE SAY: Don’t forget to leave a glass for Santa!

PRICE: £45 from Adnams Cellar & Kitchen.

FLORIC TEA SELECTION CADDY

A selection of English Breakfast, Darjeeling and Earl Grey teas is packaged in individual fabric pyramid bags and presented in a metal tea caddy tin (with hinged lid) printed with a gold floral design. The caddy tin is finished off with a dark blue satin ribbon and bow, which can be personalised.

WE SAY: Sounds like it’s time for a cuppa!

PRICE: £20 from House of Fraser.

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