Anyone who knows me will tell you that when it comes to Christmas, I am all over it. I’m that annoying person who will remind you, every single day, just how many weeks it is ’til Christmas, counting down the days with an app on my phone, getting increasingly excited like the big kid I am. But my favourite part about Christmas, and the part that I really struggle to keep a lid on each year, is choosing the perfect gifts for those I love.
Recently ao.com got in touch to ask me if I would like to take part in a Christmas gifting campaign to choose a present for a blogging friend, and of course my answer was yes!!
I was paired with my friend Victoria of Starlight and Stories and, given her love of baking, I knew exactly what she would like! The Kenwood MultiPro Food Processor would mean she could cook up all kinds of delicious treats, just in time for Christmas, and she has shared her own review of this over on her blog.
When it came to receiving my gift I was super excited, even more so when it was delivered and I realised that Victoria had kindly considered both Gaz and I in her gift and it suited the two of us perfectly.
With four children it’s safe to say that we are always tired and, although I only drink de-caffeinated coffee, Gaz goes through a lot of caffeine each day! For that reason the De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM2600 Bean to Cup Coffee Machine was the perfect gift choice!
I love that we can now create barista-style coffee at home with our very own coffee machine and with three programmes to choose from we are able to satisfy all of our tastes. These include a long coffee programme to make delicious Americanos and taller drinks at the touch of a button, and Gaz’s favourite, a double espresso to wake him up each morning!
The clever integrated burr grinder uses less heat when it’s preparing the beans so that your coffee retains it’s delicious aromatic flavour. We have been trialling a variety of Strangers coffee beans and working our way through them until we find our favourite. I had no idea that there were so many different beans out there and all equally delicious!
The De’Longhi Magnifica also has a really welcome cup warmer to keep your crockery at the ideal temperature and, my personal favourite, an auto clean function to keep it working at its best.
Gaz and I are both over the moon with our new coffee machine and although he leaves for work long before I am up with the children, there is nothing nicer than coming downstairs to the smell of freshly ground coffee!
I would definitely recommend this for all coffee lovers this Christmas and, even better, there are significant reductions in the ao.com black friday sale.
Oh and by the way, forty seven days and counting…..