Holiday Giving Guide: Think Outside the (Gift) Box This Year

The holiday season is officially upon us, along with the flurry of winter giving. At times it can feel overwhelming, but try not to stress: there are plenty of opportunities to give thoughtful, unique gifts that can't necessarily be wrapped up in a package!  We've outlined a few options to make the giving season a little simpler:

Memberships, Subscriptions or Donations

Food Journalism Subscription

Food journalism is critically important, especially now in light of our political climate. By gifting a loved one a subscription you enable them to keep up to date with issues that interest them most, while also supporting independent and nonprofit journalism! Outlets such as Civil Eats, Mother Jones and The New Food Economy are excellent places to start.

Rescued Produce Delivery Kits

The holidays are a great time to support organizations on the front lines of the food waste fight. Did you know that some food is tossed purely for aesthetic reasons? It might be perfectly fine for consumption, but if its appearance isn't up to snuff for grocery shelves, it heads to the trash. Consider gifting a subscription to a rescued produce delivery box from Imperfect Produce or Hungry Harvest. You'll help in the fight against food waste, one delicious produce box at a time!

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Membership

There's no better way to get amped for cooking with spring produce than a spring CSA membership! Support farmers in the community while also gifting something that the recipient is sure to use three times a day! Find a CSA near you!

Seeds from Seed Savers Exchange

Seed Savers Exchange is a nonprofit that is dedicated to collecting, growing and sharing heirloom seeds and plants. By purchasing seeds from the Exchange, you will quite literally be giving the gift that keeps on giving. Save endangered seeds, and help a loved one finally start that garden they've been talking about!

Experiential Gifts

The best part about experiential gifts? They can be enjoyed by both the gift giver and recipient together! One of the best parts of the holiday season is that it makes way for togetherness, offering a few days of respite from our busy schedules or geographical distance. Experiential gifts extend the holiday feeling, setting aside time on the calendar for a special event when the schedules have filled again. There are plenty of food-related gift options in this category:

  • Cooking classes
  • Baking courses
  • Wine tastings
  • A gift certificate to a local, sustainable restaurant

Fair Trade and Local Products

Of course, turning to retail options for those on your holiday list is sometimes inevitable. While we all try our best to avoid commercialism in excess, we can still indulge in some gift giving by being mindful of where we spend our dollars. Consider supporting local artisans this year; it's a great way to give back to your community and support the livelihood of small businesses and artists! Check your local farmers' market, food co-op or other sustainably minded store for gift ideas. Our favorites? Fancy olive or nut oils, cheeses, jams and hot sauces. Happy Holidays!