Are you looking to inspire someone to eat less meat this Holiday season? Or do you know a flexitarian, vegetarian or vegan you are not quite sure what to buy for?
From growing your own to magazines and foraging courses, here is a selection of Christmas gifts bound to suit all.
1. Rocket Gardens
Rocket Garden is a box brimming full of baby organic vegetable and herb plants packed in golden straw and delivered direct to your door. Each garden make a wonderful and practical eco gift for yourself or someone else. All you have to do is pop your baby plants into their new home to begin growing your own vegetables, herbs or fruit.
Rocket Gardens take out all the risk and hard work that comes with growing your own organic plants from seed. They look after the plants when they are young and vulnerable, only letting you have them when they are the perfect size, ready to be transplanted straight into your garden. Rocket Gardens saves you time, effort and eliminates the disappointment when seeds fail to germinate.
There is a wide choice of gardens to suit space, skills and time. They range from a Window Box Garden, Childrens Garden to a Constant Allotment Garden.
2. Edible Christmas Decorations
These edible Christmas wreaths, garlands and table decorations are fantastic: local, seasonal, sustainable and waste free.
Made in the UK, with UK grown herbs and chillies, those edible decorations not only add beautiful touches to the Festive Season but also make beautiful and unusual Christmas gifts.
All wreaths, garlands and table decorations are created using only English flowers, foliage and herbs sourced in Cornwall from the Tregothnan estate or local growers, ‘warmed only by the sun’ with closed attention paid to sustainability and flower miles.
3. Less Meat More Veg: The eco-friendly way to eat, with 150 inspiring recipes by Rachel de Thample
This is not a vegetarian cookbook but a cookbook to inspire to cook with less meat. Each recipe contains the recommended 50g protein as well as half of your 5 fruit and veg a day. Will help persuade even the most hardened carnivore that eating less meat is a good thing!
Lasting from one to four days, River Cottage courses hosted by the River Cottage team of experts and authors have an emphasis on local, seasonal produce with a nose-to-tail approach. Some of our favourite gift ideas include: Bread Making, Veg Cookery, Cheese Making, Chocolate Skills and Cookery, Fish Cookery Skills, Mushroom Foraging and Hedgerow Foraging.
5. Steenbergs Organic Spices Gift Box For Vegetarians
Steenbergs Organic Gift Box For Vegetarians contains: Steenbergs organic chana masala – a blend of spices ideally suited to pulses and vegetables; Steenbergs ras al hanut (non organic) this wonderfully fruity floral spice mix which has become increasingly popular in recent years contains everything from saffron to rose petals; organic oregano – for traditional Italian cooking; organic cayenne pepper – if you like your food spicy you can add cayenne to any dish; organic cumin powder – one of the most versatile spices, great on its own with cabbage or in almost any dish including salads; organic sweet paprika ; Steenbergs organic Madras curry powder ; and organic cinnamon powder from Sri Lankan smallholders.
Vegetarian Living will inspire flexitarians and vegetarians alike with its selection of recipes and features.
7. Cook Vegetarian Subscription
Available as a magazine or digital subscription, Cook Vegetarian is packed with vegetarian recipes, chefs’ advices, latest product news and more.
Vegetarian cooking can be daunting when you decide to start eating less meat. Whether you are a new or a seasoned vegetarian cook, a vegetarian cooking class is a fantastic way to discover and improve new skills. You can explore different cuisines, learn new techniques or find out about new ingredients. A vegetarian cooking class also makes a fabulous gift and can benefit anyone in their everyday life. Click here for our selection of cooking schools running vegetarian classes where you can unleash your potential.
9. Vegetarian or Vegan Hampers
Hampers are always popular gifts during the festive season. So why not try a vegetarian or vegan hamper this year? The one featured above is a Vegan Hamper from Goodness Direct full of vegan friendly treat ideas for a vegan Christmas. Guilt free pleasure!
10. Vegetarian Wild Food Weekend Course from Taste The Wild
This course looks more closely at using wild ingredients in a vegetarian diet and preserving wild foods and flavours in different ways (including making simple cheese using vegetable rennet or later in the year harvesting wild nuts to make into flour and bake with). You will forage, prepare, cook and eat from nature’s larder. The outdoor kitchen is stocked with ingredients to accompany the wild foods and there are wood fired cooking fires and a clay oven to help prepare great meals together.