Today there is a huge emphasis on supporting local farmers and shopping locally. Utilize your co-op and fill up on locally grown goodies. Purchasing goods grown, harvested or produced close to home boosts your local economy as well as ensures that the products are fresh and have not impacted the environment via extensive transportation. As the saying goes, think globally and act locally.
Even better make something of your own. In days of old people gave plates of cookies, baked goods and other homemade treats as part of a Christmas gift. When you make food items yourself you have control over the quality of ingredients. Use fresh locally grown organic products and make a homemade gift from the heart. Some common Christmas food gifts items include sugar cookies, gingerbread, banana bread and party snack mixes. Switch it up a little and make a custom granola blend.
This year reusable shopping bags are all the rage. Stores across the nation are selling bags with their logo. Fill one with cheeses, nuts or local brew from a favorite local food hot spot or brewery. A great bag of local specialty coffee, bottle of wine or growler is always in vogue no matter the season.
For the DIY foodies consider putting together a gift that will return the favor through the bleak winter months, an herb garden gift. Even the most garden inept will be interested in a basket of fresh herbs. Give your foodie friends a gift that will continue to produce throughout the year. Basil, rosemary and thyme can easily be grown in a kitchen windowsill. A convenient location for most cooks. Prepare a do-it-yourself basket with herb plants, growing instructions and harvesting shears.
When it comes to being environmentally responsible there is no better way to make an impact than switching out traditional household cleaning products for eco friendly ones. Try making a gift out of dependable eco friendly cleaning products for the foodie who may not have time to test drive alternative household products for themselves.
There are several companies proclaiming eco benefits but many have very little environmental initiative. Go for tried and proven brands such as Seventh Generation that are generally accessible at most health food or chain stores as well as environmentally beneficial. A gift basket filled with non-toxic, earth-friendly cleaners will reduce exposure to harmful household chemicals. And fewer chemicals mean fewer toxins introduced into the watershed as well as cleaner indoor air quality.