Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? I’ll be honest, I’m still at the stage where I’m playing around with lots of gift ideas for each recipient on my list, and getting distracted by lovely things that I’d quite like to find in my own stocking.
I do know that Christmas will be here before we know it though, and with Black Friday taking place this week it’s time to get serious with the shopping. I’m easing myself in gently with the gifts that I find easiest to buy: the ones for the foodies on my list.
Now I love foodie gifts and gadgets, so spending an afternoon creating the perfect foodie Christmas wish list hasn’t exactly felt like hard work. I’ve also discovered a new way to shop online that allows you to support a charity or cause of your choice at no extra cost: Easyfundraising.
Easyfundraising is a social enterprise website that donates a percentage of your online shopping to a charity or cause of your choice. Every time you shop with a participating retailer, that retailer makes a percentage donation at no extra cost to you. It’s really easy to use – you simply sign up, choose which cause you’d like to donate to, and start shopping.
There are thousands of causes to choose from, including national charities, youth associations, care organisations, local school programmes and local sport and leisure clubs. Over £14 million has been raised so far, which is pretty amazing isn’t it?
With my Christmas shopping about to start in earnest, I’ve signed up to Easyfundraising and chosen my local cause. I’m supporting my local Woman’s Aid service, which provides emergency accommodation and support to women and children in crisis. It took me just a couple of minutes to get myself set up, and now my online gift shopping is helping to provide this fantastic charity with vital funds.
If you’re shopping for a foodie this season, take a look at my selection of gift ideas – they’re all available from retailers that are registered with Easyfundraising, so you can raise money for your chosen charity at the same time as ticking off your gift list.
Push Chopper, £20, House of Fraser
This little gadget does the job of a knife and chopping board in much less time. You just pop your food inside, lock the lid and press down on the handle to make the rotating blade go to work. It’s brilliant for chopping things like onions; no more tears and lingering onion smells on hands.
Puritan Dipping Bowls, £20, John Lewis
I love the cool colours and simple design of these bowls. As well as being perfect for dipping they’d make great snack bowls – or even ultra-posh ingredients bowls for foodies who like their prep to look beautiful too.
Fresh Cut Herb Keeper, £14.99, Lakeland
Fresh herbs make such a difference to cooking, but they’re notoriously difficult to store at their best. This storage container is designed to go in the fridge, and has ventilation holes plus a water reservoir in the base to helps herbs stay fresh for up to ten days longer.
LSA Cake Stand & Dome, £70, John Lewis
If you’re buying for a baking fan, this gorgeous glass cake stand with dome will really let them show off their showstoppers. It’s perfect for keeping cakes fresher once they’ve been cut too.
Wooden Chop & Serve Board, £8, Next
This lovely natural wood board will go straight from kitchen to table and multi-task for bread, sharing platters and cheeses. I like the practical hanging hook too.
Joseph Joseph Rocker Garlic Crusher, £13, Debenhams
I’m always on the lookout for simple kitchen tools that use clever design to improve function, and this rocking garlic crusher does just that. The combination of rocking motion and downward pressure makes light work of garlic cloves, and you can scrape the pieces off really easily. It looks great too.
Flip Over Waffle Maker, £19.99, Argos
This is the kind of gadget that you’d love to have in your kitchen, but can never justify buying yourself. I like the slimline design of this waffle maker, and the fact that you can flip it during cooking to ensure an even bake.
Linea Cheese Board with Knives, £36, House of Fraser
Cheese boards don’t have to be old-fashioned. This smooth wooden set is chunky and tactile, with a clever magnetic holder that keeps the knives out of the way so you can make the most of the board space.
Elliott Black & White Small Round Cookware, £12, Habitat
Multi-function kitchenware is great for saving cupboard space and washing up, and this oven-to-table dish ticks both boxes while also looking good. It’s big enough for an individual meal or a side dish, and is part of a co-ordinating range of tableware.
16-Pod Carousel Spice Rack, £49.99, Lakeland
Now this is spice storage brought right up to date. The spinning base holds 16 pods, each with an optional sprinkler top built into the lid. It’s really compact too, making it perfect for a small kitchen.
What do you think of my selection – will any of my picks be making their way onto your shopping list?
If you’re starting your Christmas shopping in earnest over Black Friday weekend, do consider a ‘Give Back Friday’ approach, by shopping through Easyfundraising when you make your online purchases. It costs you nothing, and allows your chosen cause to benefit from the increased spending that goes hand-in-hand with this time of year. What’s not to love?
If Black Friday isn’t your thing, you can also use Easyfundraising on less traditional online shopping, including holiday bookings, insurance and savings accounts. There are over 3,000 shops and sites registered, including lots of big high street names, so you really can make a difference without changing any of your usual shopping habits.
For more details on Easyfundraising and to sign up, head over to www.easyfundraising.org.uk. What bargains will you be snapping up while giving back this weekend?