|Solidarity has teamed-up with the Third Way think-tank and the campaigning group Great UK Products You Can Buy to promote UK-made gifts this Xmas.|
Each week in the run-up to Xmas we’ve been suggesting five companies to buy UK-made gifts from. It make sense for the environment and our home economy.
So here are our top 5 picks this week:
1. Christmas Cheese
“Who wants a choice of three or four cheeses when you could have five? I know – ‘we would say that’ – but cheese offers a fantastic huge variety that it really is nice to take advantage of it!
The Christmas Five works like this. We start with a core trio of Ford Farm Cheddar, Devon Blue, and Cricket St Thomas Camembert. To that we add the very distinctive rich Jersey milk flavours of Sharpham Rustic … and then there’s a choice of fifth cheese: you can either have a super-soft Rosary goats’ cheese (in the version with herbs) or a fruity washed-rind Helford White. Either way, it all adds up to five beautifully different cheeses for your Christmas table.”
2. Christmas Wine
The British Wine Cellar is a family business, founded by husband and wife team Natasha & Gary to offer a wide variety of high-quality wines from England & Wales
3. Christmas Beer
We’re certainly not short of fine beers made in the UK. They are stocked at all major supermarkets (Mine’s a Joker or Punk IPA!). You can also order online from Beerhawk above amongst many choices.
4. Christmas Spirits
I will be stocking my home bar from Brityard this year. “BritYard is the UK’s first online-only, luxury department store exclusively stocking independent British brands. Founded to change the shopping habits of UK consumers and to redefine what it means to ‘buy British’ by celebrating a diverse collection of independent British brands.” A great way to find all kinds of UK-made products.
5. Clothing gifts for Xmas
There’s a great selection of clothing at Teddy Edward for both men and women. Check out their Made In Britain range (pictured). They are clear in their pro-British philosophy:
“Here at Teddy Edward, we have a simple ethos. Our brand is based entirely on provenance, meaning that we design, source, and manufacture all our luxury clothing and accessories right here in Great Britain. No exceptions. From initial concept to the final product, Teddy Edward values the importance of maintaining age-old British skills, as well as contributing to the ethical and environmental benefits that come with being British-made clothing.“
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