If you’re, like me, not very organised and are just starting your Christmas shopping. Or if you’re looking for some last minute gifts, I’ve pulled together some things I love to help inspire you. Below are some things to buy, but if you’d like to make something, here are some recipes to help.
Gifts to make
Chocolate peppermint bark
Tomato chilli jam
Chocolate covered pretzels and almonds
Gifts to buy
For little cooks
It is so important for children to learn to use knives safely but adult knives are hard for them to control. I bought this set of a knife, peeler and finger guard for my boys when they were about 4. They still use it every day and have become really confident choppers. The knives are properly sharp but are designed to be the right weight and shape for small hands so that they can use them safely. Get the set here.
For frazzled friends
Nikki Hill Apothecary makes amazing teas to tackle all sorts of issues faced by over-stretched women. Her background in natural medicine led her to create a range of teas that address hormonal imbalances, anxiety, sleep issues, PMS and a host of other things many of us struggle with. The teas are beautifully wrapped and taste amazing.
Use code YOUSAYTOMATO15 to get 15% off. Get them here
For anyone who is is a cooking rut or struggling to decide what to make
If you know someone who needs help deciding what to cook, to get out of a rut or become a confident cook, why not give them a year of not having to think what to make for dinner? You can get an annual subscription for my Dinners Without Drama meal planning service at a special reduced price during December. Get one here.
Vouchers for one of my supper clubs or classes
In 2020 I’ll be running supper clubs and teaching most of my Cheshire classes at At The Kitchen in Cheadle Hulme. You can buy a voucher from them to use for a class or supper club – just click here then scroll down to the bottom of the page to choose a voucher amount.
I’m obsessed with Alison Roman’s books. Both of her books – Dining In and Nothing Fancy – have become favourites in my kitchen. I also love Diana Henry’s books and Simple remains one of my most cooked from books.
Chocolate – Tony’s Chocolonely
I can think of nothing more lovely than receiving a bundle of these rainbow hued chocolate bars wrapped in a ribbon. They’re super chunky and come wrapped in paper and foil which makes opening a bar feel very Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Add into that the feel-good factor of buying chocolate that is 100% slave-free. They’re all lovely but my favourite flavours are – dark milk pretzel toffee 42%, milk caramel sea salt 32%, milk chocolate 32%.
Get them online here Or buy them at Waitrose and Sainsburys in the UK, Whole Foods in the US.
Gifts that love the planet
If you’re struggling to know what to buy someone and don’t want to spend money on something that will clutter their home without being used, then use your pennies to introduce them to something ethical. These are some of the things I’ve switched over to in the last couple of years that are great to use and save waste.
Who Gives A Crap subscription
Toilet paper for Christmas? Well it is one thing that everyone uses so this is a chance to introduce someone to a brilliant brand – Who Gives A Crap – that donates 50% of their profits to build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world. Shockingly, 40% of the global population don’t have access to a toilet so they’re working to change that.
We’ve been Who Gives A Crap subscribers since the start of the year and
(a) we’ve not run out of toilet paper once – a major win in a house full of boys
(b) the paper (we buy the premium bamboo one) is delivered wrapped without a spot of plastic in gorgeous patterned papers that look fab in a basket in the bathroom
(c) the toilet paper is made from recycled materials and sustainable bamboo which is super soft
(d) it is way cheaper than buying toilet paper at the supermarket.
Ditch plastic wrap and single use bags and use these wraps to cover bowls in the fridge, wrap bread, wrap sandwiches and packed lunches. I use these every day and buy them for everyone. Get them here.
Reusable cutlery and straw set
If you regularly take food to work or school or buy lunch out, this set of chopsticks, knife, fork, spoon and straw will easily fit in your bag or drawer and save a pile of disposable cutlery. Get them here