- Shop independently. You’ll get something individual, and local individuals (the maker, the shopkeeper) will get the biggest benefit from your shopping. Shop in Bristol Pounds where you can.
- Bristol Pounds also make an excellent Christmas present – the ultimate gift token which can be redeemed in 100s of different shops across the city http://bristolpound.org/. Or put some money on a Your Street gift card http://www.yourstreetgiftcards.com/ – giving a present with much more choice than a gift token from a single department store.
- There are plenty of one-off and regular markets around the city, where you can buy something different, and some local produce at the same time:
- Give a gift of membership to an organisation, for a present which lasts throughout the year:
Garden Organic and its Heritage Seed Library
University of Bristol Botanic Garden
Avon Organic Group
Avon Wildlife Trust
- Give a magazine subscription:
- Give a course – anything from a 2-hour workshop to a 10-week education:
Low Impact Living Initiative
Windmill Hill City Farm
Co-exist Community Kitchen
Bristol Adult Education
Bristol Folk House
- Put together a hamper full of local goodies that you can only buy in Bristol – from local microbreweries, chutney makers, cheese-producers, chocolate-creators etc.
- Everybody has room to grow fruit, no matter how meagre their windowsill space. Strawberries can be grown successfully in windowsill planters or in hanging baskets. Blueberries are quite happy in a medium-sized pots. And dwarf apple trees do pretty well in large pots.
- And if you’ve got a windowsill, then you’ve got space to grow chillis or cut-and-come-again salad leaves, or some fresh herbs – why not put a growing kit together?
- Support local growers and nurseries:
- Save a heritage variety, by adopting a veg:
- Get cooking. The Kitchens shop on Whiteladies Road is an Aladdin’s cave of culinary equipment. Create your own preserves or infused oils & vinegars to give away at Christmas.
- Get brewing.
- Save the bees.
Bees are our great unpaid workers, pollinating our fruit & veg flowers. Pay-back the favour by giving insect homes & pollinator-friendly seeds.