The founder of Daylesford Organic on giving this Christmas

“Giving is undoubtedly one of the best things about the Christmas festivities. Watching my grandchildren’s faces light up as they unwrap their presents is such a joy and always makes the day feel very special.

This year I sense that we are shifting towards a different way of giving; more of us are becoming aware of the impact of our choices – of where our gifts come from, how they are made and the amount we buy. And I am hopeful that we might start to appreciate how a different approach – a more conscious approach – to giving can help to lighten the load on the earth, while keeping celebrations abundant and happy.”

 

for children

“In my experience children are more likely to play with toys for longer when they are not overwhelmed by choice. I love to encourage children’s creativity, so I hope that our handmade felt owl wings and mask costume, fabric party crown and Countryside Craft Children’s Hamper will inspire imaginative play.”

Festive food & drink

“Sharing good food and drink always brings smiles and we have lots of decadent festive fare packaged in ways that don’t leave a heavy footprint. I love our range of pre-mixed cocktails. They’re fun and delicious and perfect for this time of year, so there will be plenty of those going to my friends and loved ones. I will also be gifting our new mincemeat shortbread – the biscuits are inspired by our family recipe and the collectible clip-top tin can be reused in all sorts of ways. The winter fruit tea caddy would make a lovely accompaniment and can be refilled with loose tea from our Zero Waste Pantry at the farm.”

 

for the home

“I am always drawn to pieces that are designed to last if we care for them properly. Our new organic sheepskinS come from sheep raised on our farm and are tanned locally in Dorset. They add beautiful texture and warmth to rooms.

Our handmade festive decorations are adorable and will bring joy for years. Crafted in Nepal, India and the Philippines, the skills learned to produce them help to provide means of financial independence and a sustainable livelihood for communities, often in remote areas.”

 

the gift of experiences

“One of the ways we can all help to reduce packaging, wrapping and lower excess consumption this Christmas is to gift a new skill or an experience. Booking someone a wellness spa treatment, giving them tickets to a show or a sporting event you know they will enjoy, or taking them out for a delicious meal are all wonderful ways to show you care. Some of the most successful gifts I have given involve learning new crafts – the sense of fulfilment that comes from a new skill is unique. Have a look at the Daylesford website for inspiration, from floristry and gardening workshops to courses at our Cookery School. And for people who are difficult to buy for, gift vouchers are always great option.”

give back to nature

“Finally, our hampers are always a popular gift and we have range of choice so there’s something for every taste. Once the contents are emptied, the wicker basket can be repurposed in plenty of creative ways. From this Christmas, for every Daylesford Organic hamper sold, we will plant a sapling of a native species – British broadleaf oak, hazel, beech, holly or Scots pine – in a dedicated area of Wootton, our organic farm in Staffordshire. As they grow, the trees will help to clean the air, provide habitats for wildlife and encourage our countryside’s biodiversity, meaning we can all give a little more by giving back to nature.”