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This tart flavour is tipped to be everywhere next year – add it to your pantry now

Matcha. Açai. Biscoff. If these words mean nothing to you, then you've somehow managed to avoid some of the biggest food trends that have dominated menus, social media and supermarket trolleys over the past couple of years. What's set to steal the comestible crown next year? According to Whole Foods Market's annual top 10 predictions, hibiscus – a plant you're more likely to associate with balmy holidays than breakfast, lunch and dinner – is set to star in 2022. Originally native to tropical islands such as Hawaii, Mauritius, Fiji and Madagascar, its complex flavour is floral and sour with just a hint of bitterness, lending itself to both sweet and savoury. 

While it has long featured in Mexico's cuisine and is popular in tea blends in the UK, there are plenty of other ways you can get involved. London Borough of Jam has given its raspberry preserve a hibiscus twist (£5) – perfect for upping the ante on your morning sourdough – or add interest to your party season tipple with Merchant's Heart's hibiscus tonic (£1.10 for 200ml) or Something & Nothing's hibiscus and rose seltzer (£1.35 for 330ml) – alternatively, go for the London brand's rosé, hibiscus and rose spritz (£2.47 for 330ml). Mallorca's pink-hued Flor de Sal d'Es Trenc Hibiscus (£12.80) also works brilliantly as a sweet and sour rim for margaritas, or sprinkled on just about anything, à la Salt Bae. And if you're feeling creative in the kitchen, dried hibiscus flowers can be purchased online (£6.95) to add a certain je ne sais quoi to festive cranberry sauce or used in the place of berries or citrus to give your baking a 2022 spin. Hibiscus drizzle cake, anyone? 

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Whether you're buying for Christmas or have another reason to show love to someone in your life, these books are guaranteed to get a "*gasp* I've been meaning to read this!" reaction…
Michaela Coel / £9.99
From the brilliant mind of the creator and star of 'I May Destroy You' comes a passionate declaration against fitting in
Charlie Mackesy / £16.99
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
This is a book to treasure for a lifetime and it belongs on every bookshelf
Yotam Ottolenghi, Noor Murad & OTK / £25
Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love
Recipes made for less stress, less fuss and more with what you already have
Nikita Gill / £12.99
Great Goddesses
See old legends through a new lense with Nikita Gill's beautiful, feminist poetic exploration of female mythical characters
The Alchemist / £16.99
The Alchemist Cocktail Book: Master the Dark Arts of Mixology
Experimental cocktail recipes to shake things up
Glennon Doyle / £12.99
Get Untamed: Journal
Based on the international bestseller, 'Untamed', this journal is a guide to trusting your inner voice

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Elevate your front door with a statement wreath this Christmas

We all remember what happened last year – just weeks after coming out of a month-long national lockdown, 2020 was topped off with the crushing disappointment of not being able to celebrate Christmas with extended family and friends. Which is why we're determined to go all out this year – our beauty advent calendar is waiting to be opened, tickets for Skate at Somerset House have been booked and now that Bonfire Night is done and dusted, it's time to declare Christmas 2021 officially open with an Instagrammable wreath.

For crafty types who want to make their own, Bloom & Wild's DIY Christmas Wreath kit (£55) comes with fresh foliage and dried festive adornments including poppy seed heads, pine cones and dried oranges to help you make an impressive festive centrepiece. Prefer something less traditional? Gisela Graham's peacock feather wreath (£60) would make any maximalist proud, while My Felting Heart's chunky wool wreath (£70) taps into the season's trend for joy-inducing felt decorations. For something slightly more low-key, Nkuku's handcrafted brass leaf wreath (£42.50) still adds a unique touch while Habitat's artificial wreath (£20) features faux eucalyptus, pampas grass, green foliage and a touch of glitter. Lastly, Edinburgh Gin has teamed up with acclaimed florist Wild At Heart to create a drinkable wreath (£140). As well as being a showstopping decoration, it cleverly incorporates ingredients such as bay leaves and dried clementine which can be foraged from the wreath to add to your festive G&T made with the 700ml bottle of frankincense and myrrh Christmas gin that accompanies it. 'Tis the season after all…

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