Haringey Christmas Shopping Guide 2020: Shop Locally For Eco friendly and Sustainable Christmas gifts

A promising trend in recent years is to move away from the traditional consumerism of Christmas and avoid fast fashion, plastic, and material objects in general. Instead, gifting guides recommend meaningful Christmas gifts - food, consumables, experiences, subscriptions, and other things that may not always be tangible, but might actually be far more useful to the recepient. 

As we enter this year’s season of giving, we invite you to reflect on how best to use your money to give conscious Christmas gifts that will bring joy to both the recepient and your local community. 2020 has been a difficult year for most of us, and small, creative businesses in particular are struggling.  Many would normally rely on local markets for trade during this time of year and so stand to lose out ieven more if people choose to do their Christmas shopping online with big businesses (looking at you, Amazon!).

We’re lucky enough to be living in Haringey, a borough full of talented, creative people who make and sell wonderful things.  Let’s use our money wisely and support small businesses, local businesses and black-owned businesses by buying original, sustainable Christmas presents. As with food, shopping locally is better for the environment and helps keep our friendly local businesses afloat in these challenging times.

With this in mind, we’ve included a variety of local offerings below, from Christmas hampers to online classes, homewares, skin care products, handmade gifts and much more. Please feel free to let us know about any other local businesses you think should be listed.


Educational Gifts


The London School of Furniture Making offers in person classes, courses and taster sessions in woodworking, cabinet making and furniture making which will resume after lockdown. They are based near Tottenham Hale. There are gift cards available in their gift shop, plus a very handy splinter-removal kit.

Apart from selling some delicious cheeses freshly made in Tottenham, Wildes Cheese offer cheesemaking courses and gift cards. If your chosen recipient is more interested in eating cheese than making it, there are some lovely hampers and gift boxes also available to buy.

Chef Alan Rosenthal has contributed many inspiring recipes to our growing recipe collection. He’s now teaching one pot-pot cooking online – the perfect gift for anyone wanting to learn some useful new kitchen skills. Here’s what he has to say about his classes:

“After running my one pot classes at Leith’s School of Food and Wine for 10 years, I’ve now taken them online during the pandemic. One-pot cooking cuts down on washing up, is great for freezer filling and entertaining, delivers some fantastic flavours and is usually stress free to boot! I will guide you through 3 recipes during the class with up to 4 other participants and you’ll be left with a fridgeful of meals for the following few days.

In addition to my one pot class, I’m also running tailor made classes for anyone wanting to upskill in the kitchen during the pandemic.  Whatever it is that you’d like to do better, I’d be happy to discuss a bespoke class to help you on your way!

Please contact me at alan@alanrosenthal.co.uk for further information.”


Edible Gifts


Tottenham Green Market will be on a couple of times before Christmas, with plenty of yummy gift ideas on offer: chocolate, condiments, beer, wine and more. In the meantime, you can order from some of the traders directly, usually with free local delivery. Full details on what’s on offer and how to order can be found here.

If you’re shopping for coffee lovers, Craving Coffee offer some excellent whole and ground coffee beans to take away (plus free expert advice), alongside some cool reusable cups.

For beer lovers, Tottenham’s Redemption and Beavertown breweries offer a fine choice of drinks, cases and gift boxes. There are also gift cards available.

Prestige Patisserie has some glorious Christmas gift boxes.

The Micro Cheesemonger, set up by local chef, Sarah Moore, in Lockdown 1.0, to rescue mighty fine British chesses that were destined for restaurants that closed, and get them onto people's tables at home. She has some delicious hampers and Christmas cheeses and can deliver locally.


Eco Christmas Gifts 


Hornsey’s zero waste store, Harmless, is currently open for click and collect orders. Apart from getting refills of your favourite eco products, you can also buy vegan chocolate, lovely personal care products (balms, solid shampoos, etc.) and reusable cups, bottles and other things that would otherwise be made of plastic. It’s also a good place to buy tasty vegan cheese.

Green Soul Grace offer bright, beautiful reusable products and good value starter sets. It’s featured in this post by Made in Tottenham, celebrating many other local black-owned creative businesses as well.

Cork Trend is a shop selling practical, sustainable gifts both online and on a barge currently moored at Tottenham Marshes.


Tangible Christmas Gifts


Hornsey-based Clarity Candles offer stylish vegan and cruelty free scented candles.

Wild Bulb Project make tiny terrariums inside recycled lightbulbs.

You can find jewellery, cards, homewares and more from local art collective and social enterprise, Studio 306, in the Big Issue store and a few local shops listed on their website.

The North London Makers’ Market is set to return in December. Follow them on Instagram or subscribe to their newsletter to find out when.

Gifted Local is a hub for original gifts made in North London. There’s an extensive Christmas section full of everything from cards to decorations and gifts to suit pretty much all budget.

The stylish, unique pieces by Katiico Jewellery are made locally by Kate Bruce combining her Ghanaian heritage and her love for contemporary fashion.

Nini Organics are much loved here at Crop Drop for their highly effective and indulgent vegan, organic skin care range. They are conveniently located in Wood Green’s Blue House Yard where you can find other local gift ideas.

The All good Bookshop co-op is also at Blue House Yard and sells new and second-hand books. You can also buy shared in the co-op for a lifetime discount on books and events.

You can find more local, independent bookstores to shop with in person or online on the bookshop.org site, a new initiative providing an ethical alternative to Amazon.

Sista Shea Butter offers luxurious, all-natural whipped shea butter for hair and skin care.

HumBird Medicine offers essential oil roller perfumes, balms and other small batch goodies.

The weekly plant sale at Wolves Lane is still happening on Saturdays. More information on the website. There was also a plant (and more) pop-up shop at the Beehive pub before lockdown started, so might be worth checking when it’s over to see what’s on.



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