Foodie Christmas gifts from Haringey's small local businesses

03 Dec 2021
Organic veg box gift subscription

This Christmas, why not keep it local and treat the foodies in your life to some locally sourced food and drink gifts from small businesses in Haringey? Apart from avoiding supply chain issues, it's a great way to support your local community while reducing Christmas gifting related waste.

Much has been said already about the impact of Christmas gift giving on the environment. The traditional emphasis on tangible goods that are often mass produced, imported and bought from big brands and large international corporations creates huge amounts of waste and does nothing to support your local community. Experiences, consumables, subscriptions and acts of service are increasingly becoming more popular as alternative gift ideas and we're all for it!

This year is the perfect opportunity to think locally. When you buy a gift from a small, local business, you’re giving your money to an entity based here and not in a tax haven, owned by normal people (not billionaires!) who are more likely to put the money back into the local community. Conscious gifting ensures your money goes to benefit not just your loved one, but also the environment, your neighbourhood and your neighbours.

Haringey has been blessed with a variety of local food-related businesses offering many unique, meaningful gift options at a range of prices. See below for our favourite options. And if you’re reading this post a tad too close to Christmas for comfort, remember: everything here makes the perfect last minute gift, too!



Organic veg gift subscription from Crop Drop


Yes, we do offer gift subscriptions! We might be biased, but we think getting a regular bag of delicious organic veg can be a life-changing experience. 

If you have someone in your life who’s looking to get into healthy cooking and eating, is thinking of going vegetarian or vegan (after all, Veganuary is just around the corner) or just wants to cook with the best available fresh ingredients, why not treat them with a weekly (or fortnightly) bag of locally sourced organic veg? Choose from any of our veg bags and any subscription length starting at one month. You can also add the optional fruit supplement if you’re feeling extra generous! Prices start at £8.40 a week for our small veg bag.

To purchase a gift subscription, sign up with your details and email letting us know that this is the gift subscription. Include the recipient’s name and email address (so we can send them our weekly newsletter), and how long you would like the subscription to be. We can provide a printable gift card with the details of the subscription that you can include in a Christmas card for your loved one.

Once the gift subscription period ends, we’ll contact the recipient to ask if they’d like to continue with the subscription.

Note: here at Crop Drop we serve only the Haringey borough of London. If you’d like to give a gift veg box subscription to someone outside of Haringey, you can look for similar veg box schemes here.


Pre-cooked meals and cooking workshops from Sycamore Smyth


For the people in your life who want healthy, homecooked meals but don’t want to do the cooking, small local business, Sycamore Smyth, offers healthy, delicious chef made ready meals made with seasonal ingredients. The ready meals can be picked up locally in Haringey or delivered in the Haringey area and beyond. These are perfect for anyone in your life who wants to eat healthily but may not have the time to cook every night of the week. There are options for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans and even a full Christmas menu – the ultimate gift for someone feeling stressed out about doing the cooking! Family sized dishes start at £30 with a bespoke freezer filling serviced priced at £130 per 24 portions.

For the aspiring cooks in your life, there’s also a cookery school with workshops teaching fresh pasta making and lactofermentation, starting at £99.



Cooking workshops with Chef Alan Rosenthal


Chef Alan Rosenthal has contributed many inspiring recipes to our growing recipe collection. He’s now teaching vegetarian one-pot cooking online and in person – a wonderful 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 and in person with covid safety precautions. 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 fridge full 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 for further information.”

Alan’s workshops cost £65 for an online workshop and £85 in person. His cookbook can also be bought from the site at £12.99.



Local cheese gifts in Haringey


Apart from selling some delicious cheeses freshly made in Tottenham, Wildes Cheese offers cheesemaking courses and gift cards. If the cheese lover in your life is more interested in eating cheese than making it, there are some lovely hampers and gift boxes also available to buy – a truly brie-lliant local offering!


Organic wine and beer gifts


Pick up some organic wine and craft beer as gifts or to serve over Christmas at Perkyn’s in West Green. This local café always has interesting options from small microbreweries and wineries in their shop area, so you can stock up. 
Perkyn's is at 10 Vicarage Parade, W Green Rd, London N15 3BL and is open conveniently late Thu- Sat for that last minute run.


Christmas hampers

One way to stock up on festive treats without scouring the shelves for hours is with a Christmas hamper. The Tottenham-based Cinnamon Leaf has a great selection of hampers to suit every foodie in your life, including options for vegan and gluten free diets. Their signature hamper is bursting with yummy products celebrating African and Caribbean heritage. Think rich rum cake and fiery scotch bonnet chilli jams. And if you prefer to put your own hamper together, why not swing by our collection points Middle Lane Market and The Deli At 80 for a seriously tasty range of artisan goods. 

Christmas Markets in Haringey


Connect with local businesses, buy local produce, food, drink and condiments (plus some non-food gifts) and enjoy some Christmas themed outdoor festivities at the latest crop of local markets. A great opportunity to pick up some local gifts or stock up for Christmas dinner. This month there are two markets at Tottenham Green, plus the traditional Myddleton Road winter festival market. Check our local event listings for more details.


For more ideas for non-food related Christmas gifts from small businesses in Haringey, check out our updated 2021 Haringey Christmas shopping guide.


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