It’s a sad fact that beneath all of the sparkle and glitter of the Christmas period, it can be an exceptionally wasteful time of year 😞
From the hundreds of miles of wrapping paper discarded after Christmas morning, to the thousands of throwaway stocking fillers wrapped in single-use plastic, the waste created during the season of goodwill is enough to make anyone wince.
But there is an easy way for food & drink lovers to skip the eco-guilt that comes with splurging on unnecessary tat, whilst also helping to support local food and drink producers and indie restauranteurs.
Buying gift vouchers from a local independent restaurant or producer is an easy way to give a Christmas gift that feels good but also does good, too.
And that’s because:
They’re inherently low-waste
Most indie restaurants use e-vouchers or paper gift certificates – very few have switched over to the more sophisticated plastic swipe cards favoured by the big chains. Pop a paper gift voucher for your favourite indie inside a home-made xmas card or even a plain envelope and you have a plastic-free present that can be recycled after use, too.
They give the receiver something to look forward to
Christmas day is always full of excitement – from the gifts, to the dinner, and the Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special (at least in Wales, anyway)! It’s this mince-pie fuelled high which makes the January slump even harder to bear; but getting a restaurant gift voucher for xmas means having something nice to look forward to, making January that little bit better.
They keep indie food businesses going during the hardest months
Those cold, dark, skint months at the beginning of the year really take their toll on the hospitality industry. Whilst Netflix subscriptions soar, restaurants sit half empty – no one’s spending money, everyone’s doing Dry January, and everyone’s on a ‘new year, new me’ diet. Having a little extra in the bank as a result of December’s gift voucher sales can help keep those independent businesses going for another year.
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Give the gift of NOOK this Christmas 🎄🎄🎄🎄 . . . Gift vouchers are now available to purchase for those special people in your lives!! . . . Perfect present to go along with a bottle of beautiful natural wine from our shelf?! . . . #nook #cardiff #natural #wines #nattywines #dinner #gift #special #present #christmas #spoilthem #eat #drink #bemerry #cardiff
Where to find indie food & drink gift vouchers this Christmas
A few weeks ago I put out a tweet asking local indie restaurants and cookery schools to get in touch via DM if they’d be offering gift vouchers for sale this year. Though not an exhaustive list, here are just a few examples to get you started:
- Heaney’s & Uisce, Pontcanna
- Nook, Canton
- Ffwrnes, Cardiff Market
- Asador 44, Cardiff City Centre (and in Jan they’ll will be running a 25% discount from Monday to Friday, so the vouchers have added value if redeemed then)!
- Bar 44, Cardiff, Cowbridge & Penarth
- Pettigrew Tearooms, Cardiff City Centre
- Cocorico Patisserie, Heath
- Wild Thing Cafe, Grangetown
- The Dough Thrower, Canton
- The Heathcock, Llandaff
- Bloc Cafe, Canton
- Lufkin Coffee, Pontcanna & Grangetown
Fancy something a bit more hands-on?
Cookery classes, tastings and foodie masterclasses also make for great xmas gifts, and plenty of local restaurants, chefs and producers have come up with their own curated experiences for the average Joe or Jane to enjoy. From bread making to cake decorating, to patisserie classes, gin distilling and brewing beer, the list is almost endless – and ‘experience gifts’ are proving popular with people who would rather make new memories with friends and family than collect yet more stuff.
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Imagine, craft and distil your own gin. Become the distiller as you choose your own botanicals from a wide selection of ingredients, ensuring your gin is truly unique and oozing personality. • Book this magnificent experience today at discoverdelicious.wales (link in bio). #gingin #ginmaking #personalgift #personalised #uniquegifts #gindistillery #discovery #christmasgifts #foodiegifts #ginlover
DiscoverDelicious.Wales is a website which curates and celebrates the best foodie experiences available throughout Wales. The experience gifts available on the website range from foraging days with the country’s leading experts, to guided food pairings in idyllic settings, and this year, it has seen a 2000% uplift in sales of ‘experience’ vouchers vs 2018 – something which founder Laura Pickup believes is driven by younger buyers looking to spend money on making memories, rather than buying more ‘stuff’.
For some interesting masterclasses, tutored tours and tastings, check out the following:
- Pizza making classes with Dusty Knuckle Pizza
- French desserts with Cocorico Patisserie
- Sourdough baking with Pettigrew Bakery
- Cake decorating with Let Them See Cake
- Doughnut making with Friends in Knead
- Meet the Producers with Curado Bar
- Nordic baking with One Mile Bakery
- Barista school with Little Man Coffee
- Cardiff food and walking tour with Loving Welsh Food
- Bute park foraging with Wildfood UK (read my review of this one by clicking here)
You can also browse a variety of foodie experiences available throughout Wales at DiscoverDelicious.Wales/experiences.
Know any awesome, indie Cardiff food & drink experiences I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me and I’ll add them to the list!