15 tricks and tips for the ultimate Christmas

 It’s Christmas! Time to get festive and have some fun. So, here are a few brilliantly Christmassy hints and tips, advice and time savers to make sure you have the merriest festive season possible.

Discover the smell of Christmas

Surround yourself in cosy scents. Simply simmer thick cuts of citrus and sprigs of rosemary or cinnamon sticks and cloves in a pan of water and make your home smell wonderful.

What a brilliant idea!

  • Cheap and easy last-minute decorations

    Place tangled fairy lights or spare baubles in vases or jars and hey presto! you’ve got the ultimate Christmas décor. Amazing.
  • Jobs for the kids

    Get all the little ones involved by asking them to make all of the place settings by drawing funny pictures of everyone at the table.

The gift of Christmas cheers

It’s the perfect emergency gift. And with all those Christmas parties and extended family, it’s worth having a few extra bottles of something special at the ready just in case. Order a whole range of vintage cognacs, award-winning single malts and vintage ports online and get them delivered straight to your door. Make sure you have a few bottle bags handy too.

You’ve got Christmas covered

  • It's a wrap!

    Run out of Christmas paper? Don’t panic – simply get creative with some newspapers and magazines and tie with a lovely red ribbon.
  • Don’t forget the batteries

    Avoid sad faces on Christmas day and bulk buy the batteries so all their toys are in full working order.

Cold starters

Choose a starter that doesn’t need an oven, like our Iberico Charcuterie meats on a bed of rocket or smoked salmon and prawns with a cocktail sauce.

How to survive the big day

  • Ultimate gravy

    Cook overnight in a slow cooker. Too thin? Mix a teaspoon of cornflour in a little cold water and bring back to the boil. Needs more flavour? Add some more seasoning and a splash of Worcestershire sauce.
  • Easy prep

    Avoid the Christmas Day stress and make your stuffing, cranberry and bread sauce the day before. You could even parboil your potatoes, carrots and parsnips and freeze, ready for roasting.
  • The perfect hostess

    Warm your plates in a bucket of hot water or run them through a fast dishwasher cycle just before eating.
  • And finally...

    After all that hard work, you’re allowed to let someone else to do the washing up. And relax!