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Life & Style, Special Occasions

Ethical Christmas Gift Guide For Everyone On Your List

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Looking for gift inspiration? Try my ethical Christmas gift guide for ideas for everyone on your nice list.

Love it or loathe it, it’s that time of year again when we start thinking about festive gifts.  I’ve got some useful guides for ethical Christmas gift ideas for (hopefully) every type of person over the next few days, but as always, if you’re looking for something a bit different try my homemade Christmas gift ideas post or my non-Christmas gift ideas post.

For today’s guide, here are some ethical Christmas gift ideas for the ladies in your life.  I’ve stuck to budget-friendly ideas – all under £50 – and ideas mostly from small UK-based independent makers and shops.

For up-to-date ideas, do also check out my 2021 eco-friendly gift guide.

Ethical Christmas Gift Guide For Her

ethical christmas gifts

Ceramic Teaspoon (£4.50) via Etsy, for brightening up morning coffee.

Terrarium (£26) via Etsy.  How pretty are these?

Bird Spotting Print (£19) via Etsy.  Something to smile at all year round.

Personalised Embroidered Hoop (£20) via Etsy.  As the hoop is made to order do order early!

ethical christmas gift guide

Salt & Honey Hand Scrub (£13.50) via The Future Kept.  A special treat for hardworking hands.

The Modern Preserver (£23.25) via Bookshop.org.  It’s on my list!

Bullfinch Brooch (£15) via Etsy.  Cute is not the word!

Isle of Harris Gin (£35), direct from the distiller.  Delicious gin in an extra special bottle.

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Tolcarne Snood (£40) from Finisterre*, to keep warm and toasty on cold days.

Lambswool Birds Hat (£30) from Etsy, also for keeping warm and toasty.

Personalised Mittens Decoration (£12) from Etsy (there’s a smaller one also available for £6).

Weleda Skin Food (£9.95) from Ethical Superstore.  I use this super moisturising cream everywhere – from wind burnt cheeks to soothing dry hands, knees, and elbows, as a night cream, or for smearing over my kid’s cheeks on cold days.  It’s in constant use.  I have a full Skin Food review here if you need any more convincing!

Also coming up – ethical Christmas gift ideas for men and kids!  Stay tuned!

ps: here’s last year’s ethical Christmas gift guide if you’re looking for more ethical gift ideas.

Food & Drink, Winter

10 Vegetarian Christmas Dinner Ideas To Try

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Looking for vegetarian Christmas dinner ideas? Try these 10 delicious ideas for some festive inspiration.

Aah, vegetarian Christmas dinner ideas.  The thing that stumps me year after year.  After a decade of vegetarianism, Christmas dinner is still the one area that I struggle with knowing what to cook.  Turkey is so synonymous with Christmas that it is difficult to think of ‘traditional’ or ‘festive’ vegetarian dishes.

To help you, and to inspire me this year, I’ve put together ten vegetarian Christmas dinner ideas, that aren’t nut roasts.  I don’t know about you, but my heart always sinks when I see nut roast on a festive menu.  I’ve never come across a nut roast that I have actually liked.

Instead, I’ve concentrated on seasonal produce, like root vegetables, kale, cauliflower, and other vegetables in season in December.

Some of the Christmas dinner ideas might be a little left field. However, without a traditional vegetarian Christmas dinner, I say why not start a new Christmas dinner tradition?!

And yes, I know it’s early, but with four weeks to go. However, I thought some organised folks (more organised than me!) might want to start planning their Christmas dinner early!

10 Vegetarian Christmas Dinner Ideas

Kale, Chestnut and Mushroom Pie

Kale, chestnut and mushroom pie

This kale, chestnut, and mushroom pie from Delicious magazine looks so tasty and comforting. I feel like you can’t go wrong with pie – it’s guaranteed to be a real crowd-pleaser.

Mushroom Hazelnut Tart

Mushroom Hazelnut Tart

This mushroom hazelnut tart from The New York Times could make a great vegetarian Christmas dinner idea. This one can be made well in advance, to save stress on Christmas day.

Sweet Potato and Kale Pie for Vegetarian Christmas Dinner

Sweet Potato and Kale Pie

This sweet potato and kale pie from Healthy Magazine looks like a proper winter warmer. This can be served with extra green vegetables like steamed broccoli or green beans for added nourishment on Christmas day.

Spinach and Feta Quiche

vegetarian christmas dinner

If you are a fan of quiche then this spinach and feta quiche with sweet potato crust from Cooking Light looks really tasty. It also contains that vegetarian failsafe combination – spinach and feta. These two bedfellows go so well together, that you can’t really go wrong with this quiche come Christmas day!

Christmas Veg Laska

christmas dinner ideas for vegetarians

Curry might not be the most festive of choices, but I say keep an open mind. This Christmas veg laska, from Jamie Oliver, is something a bit different this festive season. It also makes great use of any leftover butternut squash, parsnips, or carrots, if you’ve prepared too many.

Butternut Squash and Stilton Filo Pie for Vegetarian Christmas Dinner

christmas dinner for vegetarians

If you are looking for something that is a bit of a showstopper, then this butternut squash and stilton filo pie recipe from Tesco is something to wow any Christmas dinner table. I would say it looks like it could be the recipe for us this year.  My cooking skills are limited at the best of times so I need to see if I can muster up the courage to work with filo!

Root Vegetable and Chickpea Crumble

vegetarian dinner party recipe

This root vegetable and chickpea crumble again from Delicious Magazine, looks so simple to put together, yet so tasty. Delicious Magazine says the earthy beetroot and parsnip flavours are set off perfectly by the chickpeas and hazelnuts. This could be a strong contender for us!

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic and Paprika

alternative christmas dinner

Again, for another show-stopping centrepiece then try this whole roasted cauliflower with garlic and paprika. It might certainly be one of the more left-field options for a vegetarian Christmas dinner, but it would certainly make a talking point! Serve with roast potatoes, and all the trimmings, for a delicious festive feast.

Herb and Garlic Root Vegetable Crumble

savoury vegetarian christmas dinner

Finally, this tasty-looking herb and garlic root vegetable crumble is vegan friendly and gluten-free too. Add some green vegetables on the side, maybe some roast potatoes, and you are all set.

What’s on your menu for Christmas dinner?  Are there any vegetarian (or vegan) meals that you cook every year?

If you’re busy getting ready for Christmas then you can also check out my guide to having an eco-friendly Christmas. It’s bursting with festive ideas that are kind to the planet! From choosing an eco-friendly Christmas tree, to help finding eco-friendly gifts and wrapping paper. From tips on plant-based Christmas dinner ideas to tips on reducing your festive food waste, it’s all in there.