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Christmas is getting close and loved ones need lovely presents. This can be very difficult so we have put together lots of ideas for you below. From Hampers, cheeses, coffee, herbal tea and all kinds of courses to natural products like soap or even a homemade hamper of your own.
Here are a few Christmas present ideas from our Marketplace where 560 producers and retailers on our Local food map have added products. Simply click to see more or buy.
Christmas Food: What about giving traditional Christmas foods like a real free range, dry plucked, dry hung Turkey, goose, or a traditionally cured ham, artisan smoked salmon, or cheese, did you know we have more varieties than the French! Or cake, pudding, or luxury biscuits. You might spoil the surprise by having to warn the lucky recipient of what they are getting, in case they have already stocked up, but be extremely popular all the same.
Natural soaps without dodgy additives: These producers avoid chemicals and focus on using quality ingredients, including natural essential oils fresh and dried fruits, flowers & herbs. Soap made in small batches and cut by hand. Natural soaps are great for anyone, especially those with sensitive skin, eczema, and all kinds of allergies.
Chilli Products; There are lots of chilli addicts out there, or men trying to be macho? It is however high in vitamin C and a great way to add flavour to leftovers. Here are a selection of artisan chilli products, from sauces to jam, jelly, salsa, infused oils, vinegars, chocolate, powders, dried or fresh.
Hampers: Need a foodie present delivered to a friend, relative, or customer, or want to make sure there is some great food where you are going for Christmas? We have a great selection. From the tradition mixed hamper, to chocolate or meat, lots to choose from here.
Coffee or Tea: We have a huge range of coffees & teas from around the world. This is real coffee and tea from artisan producers not sweepings from the factory floor. And herbal teas for all kind’s of things; detox, de-stress, or re-energise. A brilliant present for a coffee or Tea snob’s stocking!
Courses: Whether you want to try something new or perfect your skill, we have lots of course providers for Cookery, (from capable to beginners ‘quick meals at University’) or, meat curing, sausage, jam, making.
Fruit & nut trees; Plant a tree with love, or to join the food industry in a few years, like apple juice, cider, figs, nectarines, nuts.
Beer, Wine & Cider; We have hundreds of artisan brewers, some english wine makers, including fruit wines, and real cider makers around the UK, using whole apples instead of concentrate, sugar and water.
All perfect for your Christmas celebrations. You can use our local food and drink map to find your local supplier or buy from those carefully selected for our MarketPlace for beer click here, or cider, here.
Honey & Bee Products: Beekeepers and makers of natural beeswax products, all over the Uk. If you know someone who’s been busy in the garden or on the farm, they might appreciate a tin special bee’s wax balm to protect and nourish skin exposed to the elements.
Kefir the real probiotic: Want to get healthy this Christmas and for the new year? Forget the silly probiotic drinks in the shops and try a powerful probiotic to make at home & increase immunity, and gut health. For more click here to see our blog
Olive Oil, & Local Rapeseed oils: As there is a shortage of Olive oil so buy from the artisan producers selling real virgin, single estate, oil, or use your local, high omega, cold pressed, virgin, rapeseed oil.
Cheese: Did you know we have more varieties than the French? We have lots of artisan cheese producers in our MarketPlace, many making cheese using milk from their own cows. Cheese is a great asset for the Christmas feast or popular present for a cheese lover. Here.
Chocolate: The way to most people’s heart. Go for something artisan and special to wow your loved one and friends. From Truffles to bars, drinking chocolate to brownies, we have a big selection of producers here.
Posh Pies: If you want to help take the pressure off the cook this Christmas or are worried your precious kids will not eat properly at University, or new flat, how about sending them off with some delicious ready meals. We have lots of producers to chose from so you may even find someone local.
Spices and curry making mixes: Supermarket prices for spices are very high for rather low grade, stale, spices in tiny jars. As a result there are a number of artisan suppliers who have sourced and blended some delicious products. We have some brilliant spice suppliers and easy to use curry mixes that will give you better curry than the local restaurant. A great way to use up the remains of the turkey! Or for real budding chefs get, or give, a regular Spice Pioneer Meal kit with easy to follow recipes.
Alpaca socks & wool; Get some lovely socks made from real, soft, Alpaca wool straight from the farm. Or for the growing number of knitters we have real wool from traditional, rare, breeds of sheep. Or for true luxury for when it gets cold, organic lamb skins direct from the farm and locally cured.
Preserves; Leave out the bland brands full of added sugar and preservatives and try some real artisan producers using real local ingredients, including; chutneys, mustard, jams, honey, curds, jelly, sauces and piccalilli
Artisan Pickled Eggs The perfect stocking filler for the lover of real pickled eggs. Made using free range eggs and carefully chosen spices and vinegars, or choose the posh version with bite size quail eggs. For the big family gathering of pickled egg lovers go for a bucket this Christmas.
Seaweed is full of iodine and healthy minerals. Get your fix from a range of salts, sprinkles and sauces used in all kinds of dishes
Hodmedods English Pulses
Winners of this year’s BBC Food Programme awards Hodmedods have some amazing products and are helping us use English beans that are usually exported. from English baked beans, to pea flour for bread makers, to the amazing roasted peas and beans that are better than crisps, cheaper and more nutritious.
Driving this holiday, want to detox, or avoid the hangover? We have some alcohol free, delicious, drinks from apple juice producers, to posh pop, to alcohol free gin and tonic to the superfood Aronia Berry juice
Can’t think of a present but want to give something special? Or get someone to try your favourite farm shop? Lots of vouchers here. If we don’t have a voucher for your favourite farm shop please call them.
Slow Food Membership
We have been involved with Slow Food for over 15 years and will be doing all sorts of projects with them this year. We highly recommend you check out your local convivium and join up or give a loved one membership here
Every thought about getting an icon on the BigBarn map and joining your local food industry? Or have a friend who is a great cook, grower, or expert who could run some courses? You can join up, or give BigBarn membership here
Or there are lots more in MarketPlace, and if looking for a discount you can browse other shops in the Discount code page and use code BB1 or for products on special offer of 20% off or more try our Deal of the Day page.