Monday, 9 November 2015

Give as you live: Christmas Wish List for Foodies

Have you heard of the website Give as You Live?  With many of us set to begin our online shopping for Christmas presents, why not give twice this yuletide by signing up?

The shopping website with a heart has over 4,000 of the world’s biggest retailers gathered in one place and exclusive deals for registered users, Give as you Live lets you make your Christmas shopping smart and socially responsible. Every time you shop through Give as You Live, a percentage of the sale commission is paid to charity on your behalf – you can choose your favourite charity, or Give as you Live will donate it to their charity of the month. On average 2.5% of every purchase goes to charity. Whenever you buy, you’ll get an email the next day confirming how much you’ve donated.   Shopping never felt so good!

I've come up with a wish list of fabulous gifts, all of which can be found with retailers registered with Give as You Live.






This pick from Bodnant's store is not exactly typically welsh, but it's a fabulous store that I like to support, and given that I've just returned North Wales, my spiritual home, seemed very apt.  

Perfect for any gin lover, this hamper includes 2 bottles of Two Birds gin, along with two Fentimans mixers and a selection of gourmet sweeties.  I'd be delighted if Santa left this in my stocking.

Check out this store for loads of fabulous foodie treats and support a great British business.




I recently reviewed this kit and it's perfect for foodies, jam makers, chutney makers and anyone who experiences gluts of seasonal food such as allotmenteers, home growers and farmer's market addicts.  Long trusted in the US, Ball mason jars have just arrived in the UK and are being exclusively retailed by Lakeland.  The kit is simple to use, and contains all you need to start home canning.




Although I have a hand-held spiralizer rather than this model, it's revolutionised my cooking.  Using vegetables instead of pasta and noodles to create healthy, low-fat meals is simple.  Safe and easy to use, it has non-slip rubber feet and a special holding device to keep the vegetable or fruit securely in place while you turn the handle, ensuring fingers are kept well away from the blades as you create perfectly formed curls and twirls. Food prep has never been so much fun, so add some spiral-shaped magic to your cooking and conjure up all sorts of tasty, twisty dishes such as butternut squash noodles with fresh pesto or spiralled apple, fennel and smoked chicken salad.




For those who enjoy specialist teas, this flask has been designed for 'on the move' tea drinking. The flask is designed for flowering Chinese teas to show off their beauty when they unravel and are increasingly useful when driving, walking or being on the move and away from home. Although it is designed for the flowering tea bulbs, It can be used for any loose tea.



This store offers all kind of foodie delights, and has a great selection of specialist loose leaf, herbal and Chinese flowering teas.  Perfect for those friends who love to instagram their cuppa! This stunning fine tea gift set is a great way to sample flower teas. It contains:

Jasmine Green Tea Pearls 20g - Enough for 100 cups
Damask Rose Buds 10g - Enough for 50 cups
Orange Ruffle 3 Pieces - Enough to make 1.5 Litres of tea

Do check out the Give as You Live website and sign up before starting your Christmas shopping, and take a browse through their registered stores - it's a great way to discover some new and independent retailers. And follow the #MerryGivemas campaign to see what treats other bloggers have found for their wish lists.

What do you think to my choices?  Will any of them make it onto your Christmas list?

Disclosure: This post has been written in association with Tots 100. I have been compensated for my time and entered into a competition with other bloggers compiling wish lists.


15 comments:

  1. Oh, nice shout Liz, my mum wants a spiraliser for christmas and now I know where to get one ;)

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    1. Oh perfect then! I love my spiralizer.

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  2. Some amazing ideas here, I love the preserving set. I love the idea of raising money whilst shopping too.

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    1. It's a great initiative isn't it? Any excuse to go shopping!

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  3. ooh great ideas here that my mum would like. I love that you can help a charity at the same time.

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    1. It's good to know you're doing good isn't it?!

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  4. Some wonderful ideas and I love the charity element, that vegetable spiraliser looks a great way to make vegies really fun

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  5. Give as You Live sounds a fantastic idea. I will have to take a look and see if any of my favourite retailers are on there before I get into full-on Christmas shopping. The vegetable spiraliser looks great and I hadn't realised they were so reasonably priced!

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    1. There's over 4,000 retailers listed so I'm sure they will be x

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  6. Some great ideas there and I am really interested in these spiralizers that I keep seeing people use, so much healthier. Mich x

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    1. Ah yes, you should try! Revolutionary!

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  7. Is it sad that the thing that I really want from the list is the vegetable spiralizer ;-)

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  8. I REALLY want the spiraliser!! Fab choices!

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