The ideal Christmas gifts.

Like future partners, they are hard to find, but you often know the right ones when you see them.

Unlike future partners there is a specific date by which you need to find Christmas gifts and, yes, it comes around every single year.

With a week to go this year for those of you who have not had time on your side, are short on ideas but long on fretting at the lack of them or just have such a long list of people to buy for it doesn’t matter how early you start, we thought we would put together a guide to help.

Our gift guide is filled with things we love.

There are cookware and tableware items from our LEONxJohn Lewis collection, our 8 cookbooks that are full of naturally good recipes and are certain to arrive fast. We have also included books from our friends like Gizzi Erskine, Jasmine Hemsley and Kay Plunkett-Hogge.

You could also give the gift of LEON with our six cards, that can be bought for £10 up to £50 and will get you any of our food, any time or our cookbooks and some of our LEONxJohn Lewis items can be bought with it too. So, ideal for the person you can’t make up your mind about, or indeed knows their own mind so fully they will want to choose exactly what they get.

We have some less obvious gifts too, like classes at our wellbeing studio above LEON Eastcastle. We opened this space for our team, almost a year ago and it is a haven of calm near to the bustle of Oxford Circus. We are offering the chance to join a breathing & stretching, wing tsun or sound therapy class, or for a more special experience the opportunity to enjoy a one to one version of these classes with our wellbeing director.

Or to show that new year resolve, you can buy a series of four classes.

And as with our commitment to make it easier for everyone to eat well, we want to make it easier for everyone to live well, so we think the pricing for these is surprisingly good value.

As the new elixir of life, there are few people who don’t enjoy coffee, so we have a series of gifts for the coffee lover.

This ranges from coffee makers, to coffee from our favourite small-scale organic roasters Mike and Diane in Brighton and, as a reminder, a LEON gift card can be used for coffee all day, every day.

Then there are children. They make Christmas so special and yet, make the preparations for Christmas that little bit more demanding. We have put a few of our favourite things for little people together. There are cookbooks in a smaller size and things that will make school lunchtime or adventuring lunchtimes that bit more appealing.

Lastly there is that belief that giving is better than receiving, well this can now be supercharged when your giving helps give back more. Our coffee has given a lot to world land trust, helping save over 185 acres of rainforest in fact, but you can take it further by donating and we chose to support Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day this year and you can support it further by donating.

For over a year our used coffee grounds, with all their valuable oil, have been collected by Bio-bean to be converted to biofuel. This year these entrepreneurs have started selling their fuel logs which make for a unique and, literally, warming gift.

All these items are listed at www.leonrestaurants.co.uk/giftguide and we have filters to help you find the very best thing to buy.

Good luck gift hunting.