If finding the right gift drives you nuts, try a tasty hamper from Roger’s Hot Nuts in Wicklow, as an original and very welcome alternative to the festive sugar rush.

Providing nuts to the nation since 1993, for the holiday season Roger’s Hot Nuts has the option of two gift boxes that are ideal for a party, a savoury Secret Santa, a foodie present, corporate gift, or just for household nibbling.

The ‘Big Christmas One’ has a large 1kg bag of hot nuts, ten bags of peanuts, six Instabars, some chocolate treats and a Christmas card that can be personalised.  It sells online at €26.

A smaller version, appropriately ‘The Small Christmas One’, can be personally selected to include 24 items, and costs €20.  The gift boxes are decorated and wrapped in cellophane, so don’t need additional festive wrapping.

Roger’s Hot Nuts range includes Pellito Peanuts, Instabars and Cachi Hot Nuts, which are crispy-coated spicy nuts that sell in large 1kg bags.

Pellito Peanuts come in 50g bags in tasty flavours including Balsamic Vinegar, Dry Roast, Salted, Oregano, and Hot n Spicy.   The vinegar and hot’n’spicy flavours are most popular.

Instabars are nutty feasts in six moreish flavours; Dark Chocolate Almond, Raisin Hazelnut, Sunflower Blueberry, Pistachio Cranberry, and Cranberry Almond.  All of the bars are both gluten and dairy-free.

Orders are delivered within three days in Ireland by An Post and can be made online at https://rogershotnuts.com/.

The family business is run by mum and daughter team, Helen Dwane and Emma Wolohan, in Newtown-mount-Kennedy, with the decision to sell direct to consumers online being made in the past year, on account of the diminished regular pub trade.