For the last few years my friend Tara has written a Top 10 Christmas Kindness Gift Ideas post which I just love. I thought I’d copy her idea a bit and write my Top 8 foodie Christmas kindness gift ideas post – hope you don’t mind me pinching your idea Tara!
Tara has included a few foodie ideas in her post so be sure you check it out. However my favourite item on her list are the bum shorts – yes, really!
I’m also really hoping some of YOU have a few more ideas, because I’d love to get to 10 without actually pinching Tara’s food ideas.
1. Make a Pozible or a Kickstarter donation in someone else’s name. While many of these aren’t charity as such, they exist to support someone’s big idea – it’s a pretty cool feeling to help someone’s dream come true. There are loads of food related campaigns – check some of them out here.
2. Buy a Food Connect gift hamper filled with locally made (to Brisbane) artisan foods such as cheeses, oils, nuts, honey, tea, coffee and more. Hampers start from $25.
3. The fabulous OzHarvest cookbook. I was given this for Christmas last year and I absolutely love it! It features food saving recipes from many of Australia’s top cooks and chefs, including Maggie Beer, Neil Perry, Christine Manfield, Monday Morning Cooking Club, Julie Goodwin and many more.
OzHarvest is a non-denominational charity that rescues excess food which would otherwise be thrown out. It is then distributed to charities supporting the vulnerable in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Newcastle. Australia wide OzHarvest delivers 480,000 meals per month with a fleet of 21 vans (11 in Sydney). This equates to 160 tonnes each month.
The book costs $60 and is available online or from many bookstores.
4. The Harvest at Home Gourmet Bread Making Kit – Also distributed by OzHarvest, this bread making kit also comes with a Herbies Spice Mix, an environmentally friendly bamboo bread board, a spoon, OzHarvest tea towel, measuring cups and a baking tin. Cost: $60 plus delivery
5. Make a Kiva loan in the name of your loved one. For only $25 – that you get back with interest once the load is paid in full – you can help someone in a developing country become profitably self-employed and financially stable. There are many, many food options available – my first load was to help an Iraqi father of three buy a large dough mixer for his bakery. My current loan is to a Kyrgyzstani mother of four for her to purchase two heads of cattle so she can increase the size of her herds, and save money for her younger children’s education.
6. The Story of Food is a collection of personal memories of food, written by the diverse cross-section of people associated with the Romero Centre – including Australians and people who migrated to Australia. Each story is accompanied by a mouthwatering recipe. Recipes include kangaroo bulgogi (Korean-Australian), tamales (Colombia), Mauritian noodles, a Burmese fresh salad, apple crumble, and tiger toast – something many Australian kids will have grown up eating. All funds raised from the sale of this book go to the Romero Centre – books are $15 each and can be purchased online.
See below to find out how you can win a copy of this gorgeous little book.
7. Buy a gift to help a child in need through ChildFund Australia. My favourite is to give the gift of two chickens ($23) so they can get fresh eggs to eat, but I also love the idea of giving a goat ($55) for fresh milk and to make cheese, fruit tree seedlings ($28) or a water sanitation kit ($23). There are loads of ideas on the site, many with a food theme.
8. Give a few meals to someone in need – whether it’s a need borne of financial hardship, stress from the holiday season, grief or having had a baby. I’ve been the giver and receiver of many such gifts, and both have brought joy. You don’t need to wait for Christmas either – my favourite gift for a new mum is a week’s worth of freezable meals I’ve just cooked.
To WIN a copy of The Story of Food – write a comment below saying what your favourite family recipe is. Competition closes 5pm Friday 20 December (Brisbane Time). Whichever one makes my mouth water the most will win!
I’ll email winners after the closing and you will have 48 hours to claim your prize, otherwise there will be a redraw.
This competition is open to Australian and international readers – good luck!