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•Send your Christmas cards by email, buy cards made from recycled paper or create your own. 
• Consider giving a donation to charity
• Find inventive ways to wrap presents, you can use recycled paper, cloth, boxes, bags, ribbons, tea towels, beeswax wraps
• Support your local charity shops by buying your gifts from them.
• Give a restaurant gift voucher, subscription or membership.
• Treat your family and friends to a night out
• Give gifts of organic and/or locally produced food and drink.
• Give to your local food bank (find out what they need).
• Give your family and friends homemade jam, chutneys, jellies, cakes or truffles as presents.
• Serve organic and /or locally produced food and drink or at your Christmas parties
.• Avoid using disposable cups, plates and cutlery and products with an unnecessary amount of packaging
.• Give some time to your local community or to someone in need.
• Buy quality rather than quantity. 
• Buy a Caring Christmas Tree from a non-profit charity. Real trees are compostable, sustainable and environmentally friendly
.• Buy local!

A few local ideas ….

There’s so much to enjoy at Carberry Tower, from elegant afternoon teas to a luxury overnight stay. In the Campaign Room Bistro you can enjoy a cosy lunch date or a
coffee and cake catch up, or you could choose to linger a bit longer over a leisurely dinner, before retiring for drinks in one of our beautiful lounge areas. A Carberry gift voucher means you can share the joy with family or friends and would make the perfect Christmas gift this year! To purchase vouchers and for more information visit our website at www.carberrytower.com

Qwetch Reusable metal straws A stylish and inexpensive alternative to plastic and paper straws: the reusable, 
washable* Qwetch stainless steel straws are available in Rosevear Tea. No more endangering our fish in the oceans
(with plastic straws) and hurrah to straws that do not disintegrate before the end of the drink! ...* comes with its own brush

What are your favourite Christmas ingredients; cinnamon, cloves, mixed spice?  What about kindness, sharing, gifting? Yep, they are all in Grace Chocolate’s Christmas pudding truffles.  This social enterprise aims to support any woman who has been touched by the Scottish criminal justice system to make a difference in their lives.   Women learn to make delicious chocolates working around a table building communication and team working skills. They also stop and eat together - another opportunity to engage as everybody has an opinion about food! There were plenty of suggestions for the Christmas truffles; more cinnamon, make the ganache thicker, how about a bit of cranberry on top. The result is Christmas in chocolate truffles that taste even better, knowing 100% of profits are reinvested to support the women - www.gracechocolates.co.uk.For corporate and special orders phone Joyce on 07482670325.

Artisan Larder is the sister business to Ostara restaurant in Leith. They have created larder packs that comprise artisan 
products and which are a convenient solution for lazy weekends, holidays or weekends away. Stock your fridge quickly with Pekoe Tea and William & Johnson coffee, Puddledub bacon, Company Bakery sourdough bread, organic milk, smoked salmon, locally churned butter. www.artisanlarderscotland.co.uk 


The social enterprise Edinburgh Food Social launched their Spring Gin earlier this year. The gin uses wood sorrel, yarrow and gorse flower and serves well as a G&T flavoured with slices of apple and sprigs of fresh thyme or with Bon Accord Sparkling Grapefruit. Until Christmas, those buying the gin will receive a free e-recipe book which contains delicious, seasonal recipes from Steve Brown, Head of Food. Buy online at edinburghfoodsocial.org or at sister café Edinburgh Larder, Blackfriars Street, or at The Beer Cave, Dalry Road

The Food Chain Café at Dynamic Earth loves Christmas and is serving Gingerbread lattes, Nutcracker Hot Chocolates,Mint Chocolate milkshakes and Gingerbread Reindeers. The decorations are up and to spread some extra Christmas cheerthey have teamed up with the Natural Selection Gift Shop for green-themed and ethical gift ideas. They have something for all ages and price ranges, from babies to grandparents, stocking fillers and beyond. Check out the fun, attractive & stylish ways to help protect the environment and save our Planet for future generations. Introducing kids to these concepts doesn’t have to be difficult and what better way to start than with a gift from the Earth Matters wall, or the Christmas collection milk bottles & baubles. Both The Food Chain café and the Natural selection gift shop are open from 10am Wednesday – Sunday.  Natural selection gifts are also available to buy on eBay.


Based in Linlithgow, Sebastian Kobelt’s Artisan chocolate creations are everything you could wish for. Currently Scotland’s *’Chocolatier of the year’ seasonal flavours include douglas fir, cranberry chai and Christmas pudding to mention a few. Sebastian's truffle tree is perfect for sharing with family and friends on Christmas Day. If you're looking for a little stocking filler, you will find lots of ideas in the shop or online. All of Sebastian’s creations are handcrafted www.sebastiankobelt.com.*Scottish Food Awards

Edinburgh based A Case of Wine has assembled two cases of six wines especially for Bite Readers this Christmas. The cases 

(white or red, you can order both) comprise wines that are not widely available. Tasting notes are included. An exceptional price of £50 per case of six and free delivery in the Edinburgh area. To order email [email protected] 

Eat Walk Tours are offering Bite Readers £5 off of any of their walking tours in Edinburgh, Glasgow or St Andrews until 22 December 2019. All you have to do is go to their website and enter the code Bite19 when booking your tour. Great as a gift, or be a food tourist in your own country! Featured in The Telegraph and The Sydney Morning Herald amongst others. Top rated on Trip Advisor and five stars awarded from The Scottish Tourist Board.







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