A very merry alternative Christmas

Christmas is a time to treat yourself food-wise, but what if certain goodies are off limits? Don’t worry, we’ve found an array of free-from fancies to ensure nobody misses out…

For the traditionalist… who can’t eat gluten
So, you love mince pies but can’t go near gluten? Fret not, these festive favourites are within reach courtesy of Foods of Athenry. The brand’s award-winning Very Fruity Starry Mince Pies (£4.50 for pack of four) not only look wonderful, they’re certified gluten-free. The crumbly pastry is delicious, and tucked inside you’ll find 82% fruit and nut. They’re low in fat and suitable for vegans too. 

For the tipple seeker… who is also vegan
Vegans have been waiting a long time for this one! The creamy, dreamy Baileys brand has finally released Baileys Almande onto the market, and it doesn’t disappoint. This diary-free alcoholic beverage swirls sweet almond oil and pure almond essence with real vanilla – just add ice for a truly indulgent experience. 19.99 for 750ml.

For the forever child… who doesn’t eat diary
Whether you’re eight or 80, everyone adores a selection box. We love Moo Free’s Hammy’s Selection Box – it’s super-cute and absolutely dairy-free. Priced at £4.79, the chocolate treats are truly delicious and all ingredients (a mix of cocoa, sugar and rice) are natural, organic and ethically-sourced. Oh, and there’s no gluten in the goodies either!

For the little one… who is allergic to nuts
Christmas is not Christmas without an advent calendar, and we’d hate to hear of little ones missing out because of a nut allergy. This Paw Patrol calendar from Kinnerton is fantastic – looking and tasting great, and complete with the Kinnerton ‘nut safe’ guarantee. It is free from artificial flavours and, get on this, the final five windows contain ‘chunkier chocolate’ – love it! Suitable for veggies too.