A Guide to Ethical Christmas Gifts for Foodies
Gift shopping for a food-lover but aware of the impact of your presents? Look no further than these eco-friendly and fairly made ethical Christmas gifts for foodies.
Christmas would not be Christmas without chocolate. A bar of Divine Limited Edition Christmas Chocolate is a great stocking filler. Available in dark chocolate with cranberry and hazelnuts or milk chocolate with spiced cookies, this chocolate is 100% Fairtrade and delicious. Divine Chocolate is owned by the cocoa farmers, so your purchase directly invests in their communities.
If it’s chocolate truffles that you’re after, Booja-Booja are the answer. Dairy-, gluten- and soya free, these British-made truffles are certified organic and Vegan Society approved. They’re also multiple Great Taste award winners. For the chocoholic in your life, opt for The Artist’s Collection of either Fine De Champagne or Hazelnut Truffles. They are presented in a hand-painted gift box by talented artists in Kashmir, India, so you’re giving two gifts in one.
For cheese connoisseurs it’s important to invest in the right accompaniments. Putting together a hamper of treats is perfect for Christmas. Start with condiments from Rubies in the Rubble. Their chutneys and ketchups are made with fresh fruit and veg that would otherwise be wasted due to size or imperfections. Committed to making food for the future, they literally fight food waste with relish. They even have a Pear, Fig and Port special edition chutney especially for this most wonderful time of the year.
Grumpy Mule is the brand to head to for coffee. Organic, fairtrade and sourced sustainably, not to mention roasted with precision and care to get the best flavour from every bean, this is really good coffee. Their special edition Grumpy Yule Christmas coffee is sourced from co-operatives in Ethiopia, Peru and Sumatra and is available as whole beans or ground. It’s roasted a little darker to give the chocolate and dried fruit flavours of Christmas. As it says on the packet, this gift is better than socks.
If a Christmas tipple is more appropriate, then choose a premium, hand-crafted, British gin on a mission to bring clean, safe water to the world’s poorest communities. One Gin is made in Sussex using nine carefully sourced botanicals from around the world plus signature fresh sage, foraged from the grounds of the distillery. It’s a gold-award-winning spirit that comes in a stunning bottle and every sale is raising money for clean water projects. Need I say more?
For a gift that keeps on giving (for a lifetime in fact) offer up a sustainably sourced handmade chopping/serving board such as those from Hampson Woods. With a focus on provenance and patience, their production is small-batch and beautifully crafted. Carved from the London Plane tree, each of these boards is unique and a joy to use.
It would be a surprise if your foodie friend had not already heard of the Cook for Syria movement, but a present of the recipe book would be a great addition to their collection and may inspire them to get involved. The cookbook includes over 100 Syrian inspired dishes from the #CookForSYRIA campaign and all of the proceeds will be donated to Unicef UK’s Syria Emergency Fund. You could even include a note to say you’ll help them host a supper club in support of the fund.
This year has already seen a big push against the use of plastic bottles, with a deposit return scheme being considered by the government. So why not encourage more people to choose reusables with the gift of a stylish but functional Chilly’s bottle? Available in a variety of colours, patterns and sizes, the bottles will keep your drink cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours.