Christmas is less than two weeks away so just in case, like me, you are heading out this weekend to start your Christmas shopping, I thought I’d help you out with a few ideas. Here are things the team at Sustaination have been talking about and hoping for:
For the bookworm in your life: Good Food for Everyone, Forever by Colin Tudge: Stirring up a ‘people’s takeover of the world’s food supply’, Tudge encourages us all to get involved in building a more resilient and sustainable food system.
For the adventurous type: Gourmet Wild Food Foraging Courses A step into the wild to discover what local and seasonal food really means. At the risk of sounding cliched, it’s a great chance to get back in touch with nature and an opportunity to discover new foods you can grow yourself or find on a Sunday afternoon stroll.
For the urban dweller: Some city dwelling folk find themselves missing the finer things country living has to offer. Urban Veg offer some brilliant courses in urban gardening, chicken rearing and bee keeping to help you get the best out of both world.
For the windowsill gardener: Most windowsill gardens are made up of herbs (or several dead stalks in my case). Why not make things more interesting with a ready-to-grow organic shiitake mushroom fruiting block from Wales based Maesyffin Mushrooms.
For meat lovers: If a meat box from Field and Flower were to arrive on my doorstep I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I would be (is that a subtle enough hint?). This Somerset based firm sources all their meat from local farms and wild game is from responsible seasonal shoots on local land. Go for a Christmas box if you’re doing the catering this Christmas or a seasonal meat box as a gift.
For children: Instead of buying a toy that will be forgotten about before New Years, why not gift a Nature Detectives CLUB membership. Run by the Woodland Trust, a welcome pack contains a giant poster, stickers, 52 weekly challenges and games which help children discover the wonders of nature.
For grown ups: A homebrew kit like this one is a great way to carry on enjoying a good ale despite the ever increasing alcohol taxes. If the recipient isn’t a beer drinker, an Elderflower Champagne starter kit is a good alternative and presents the opportunity to go foraging for elderflowers. Just remember to be a good friend offer to help with tasting sessions to make sure they’ve got it right before sharing with the rest of the party…
For the person who has everything: A magazine subscription is always a safe bet. I stumbled upon The Simple Things magazine in a (independent) newsagents recently and I love it. With headings divided into Eating, Growing, Making, Living and Escaping you get the idea that this magazine is full of ideas to enrich your life by making the most of the things surrounding you. It’s beautiful. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something more current events orientated, look no further than Delayed Gratification Quarterly from the Slow Journalism Company. Each issue digests three months of politics, culture, science and sport. I like its speed.
For the food enterprise owner: a subscription to Sustaination. Contact Ed or Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Merry Christmas shopping!!