Festive gift guide for 2019

It’s that time again! Every year we offer a few of our favourite ideas for food-related festive gifts, with a focus on local, ethical and sustainable choices of course.

Plastic-free presents:

christmas crackersHave yourself a plastic-free Christmas… our where to buy plastic-free guide will point you in the right direction for places to buy ethically-sourced BYO goodies from reusable water bottles to carrier bags, coffee cups, lunchboxes, straws and cutlery. There’s also information on local campaigns to get involved with including regular beach cleans – a popular present idea for planet-loving kids is a litter grabber.

We love the idea of the Christmas hampers from Alchemic Kitchen, a new project that repurposes fruit and veg that could have gone to waste, and provides skills and training in the process.

Ditch glittery wrapping paper and cards (which can’t be recycled) in favour of recycled or reusable ones, and if you can’t do without crackers then use one of the make-your-own-cracker-kits available and pop some tasty homemade prizes inside, or invest in these spicy crackers from Seven Sisters Spices Larder.

In the kitchen:

If you’re looking for a more experience-type present for kids, rather than more ‘stuff’, we’d recommend the Foodini Gift Kits to bring festive cheer and delicious smells to your house over Christmas! Each kit comes with all the dry ingredients pre-measured in biodegradable bags, illustrated recipe card and bonus goodies such as cookie cutters, sprinkles or gift boxes. They also offer subscription-based recipe card kits which includes one savoury and one sweet recipe per month.

starter-spice-kitSpice up your Christmas present list with a range of quality spices packed in a traditional masala dabba stainless steel tin, the Kari Club has Authentic Spice Kits and Starter Kits available.

Give the gift of cooking and baking classes: gift vouchers for classes at the Community Kitchen, or purchase a place on a specific class.

If you know someone who’d love to learn more about bread baking in particular, our friends at Stoneham Bakery in Hove and the Open Bakery in Kemptown run fabulous classes too.

In the garden:

The Landworkers Alliance have this fabulous calendar by artist Rosanna Morris.

Why not plant a Sussex apple tree in your garden or allotment? Our friends at Brighton Permaculture Trust offer a range of courses in caring for your fruit trees too.

In the community:

Lots of community projects in Sussex seem to be crowdfunding at the moment. Why not make a donation in the name of someone you love, or buy a crowdfund reward as a present? Community pub, the Bevy, are crowdfunding to bring their tasty community meals to people who are housebound or isolated. The Real Junk Food Project Brighton are raising funds to open a high profile, pay-what-you-feel cafe site in the North Laine. Community Kitchen regular, Lerato Umah-Shaylor, is crowdfunding to create a new community cookery school in Eastbourne.  The Tree Council are asking for help to plant over 30,000 trees around the South Downs (and you can volunteer to help plant them).

Vic with Cooking with Caroline bookRound the fire:

If you’re thinking of giving a book for someone to read by the fire this winter, we love Wilding by Isabella Tree for any keen gardeners or wildlife lovers. Or for the cook in your life we are looking forward to the imminent release of local author Gem’s Self Care Cookbook and we’ve loved Jack Monroe’s Tin Can Cook for students or anyone looking to save on their food budget. For those who love a good novel, the author of Cooking with Caroline is very kindly donating her profits from the book this year to the Food Partnership.

Local Christmas markets:

Meet local makers and food producers at a range of events over the coming weeks.

Giving to others:

If you want to find out about what and how to donate to projects that support people experiencing food poverty at Christmas read our blog.


Happy holidays from all of us at the Food Partnership!

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