Food and drink are fast becoming the most popular gifts at every time of the year – but Christmas feels worthy of something a little bit special. A little bit more thoughtful.

This gift guide comes with ideas for gin-lovers, chocoholics and coffee fiends. For sweet-toothed family and festive snackers. Whether you’re preparing a hamper, stuffing a stocking, or entertaining friends over the festive period, we’ve got just the treats for you!

Try our ethical epicurean inspiration this year and feast your eyes on our festive foodie picks.


Organic – Recyclable

Gin is surely going through a huge renaissance right now but what if you already have all the gins? Well the good people at The Teaspoon Club are here to help with this genius idea.

The box is packed full of ethically sourced, high-quality spices to flavour your gin with. Prime for experimenting, you can also consult the botanical gin guide for inspiration and advice on flavour profiles. Spices are mainly sourced from Soil Association Organic Certified producers. Bottoms up!


Natural –  Vegan – Premium Ingredients

What a perfect Matcha! These squishy and fluffy half dozen doughnuts are covered in hand-made matcha white chocolate.

The cooks at Nummy only use the best quality natural and healthier alternative ingredients in their sweet treats. No palm fat, no vegetable fat, no refined sugar, no refined flour. Your sweet-toothed giftee will be drooling and reaching for more.

£19, from Nummy


Give Back –  Social Enterprise – Living Wage Employer

Enough said really. This gift is pure chocolate heaven with cookies, pure chocolate, melts and truffles.

This incredible hamper is filled to the brim with the most delicious chocolates around. Best of all, they’re made with a purpose. By choosing the chocolate heaven gift hamper as your gift, you are helping to support social enterprises and promote packaging that’s good for people and the planet.


B-Corp – Circular Packaging – Local Employer

Every month, give the gift of a monthly dose of freshly roasted speciality coffee. 

From Brazil to Kenya and Indonesia to Nicaragua, they will go on a magical mystery tour of different countries of origin, processing methods and flavour profiles. 

Our friends at Origin Coffee confess that the love of coffee fuels everything they do. Why not share some of this love with your nearest and dearest.


Fairtrade – Social Enterprise – Smallholder Farmers

A much trendier alternative to the ‘giant box of KP Christmas nuts’ are these frankly delicious – and good for the planet – peanuts and cashews from Liberation.

Sourced from the wild foothills of India to the luscious fields of Nicaragua, these nuts come with care and conscience. The social enterprise is majority owned by smallholder farmers which is a massive deal and gives them autonomy over initiatives that affect them and their communities. Not nuts at all.

from £1.75, from Liberation


Protect The Rainforest – Biodegradable – Safeguard Heirloom Cacao

Nothing is better than a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Apart from a steaming cup of ceremonial grade cacao – chocolate on chocolate on chocolate!

Descended from an heirloom bean sourced directly from a single origin and harvested by indigenous communities, ceremonial grade cacao it is untampered and pure.


Vegan – Plant Based – Fun For The Family

This all in baking kit is the perfect gift for all to share. With vegan credentials and easy to follow instructions, the good people at Mix & Rise could not be onto more of a winner.

You get all the dry ingredients, only needing to add syrup, oil and plant milk before you are away and baking. No soggy bottoms expected.

£22.50, from Mix & Rise

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