We’ve officially gotten past Thanksgiving, which means it’s time to start thinking about holiday gift giving. Below are 10 local options that are sure to satisfy the food and drink connoisseur in your life.
Merch from Your Favorite Shop
There are so many great spots to choose from … Diamond Bear Brewing Company, Flyway, South on Main, Loblolly … you name the place, and I bet they offer some type of merchandise to purchase. Heck, you can even mix and match. How about a coffee mug from South on Main, a shirt from District Fare, and a beanie from Lost Forty? Buying merch from local establishments is also a great way to support places throughout the year, as you’re pretty much a walking advertisement.
The Gift of Chocolate
We’re fortunate to have some good chocolatiers in town, including Izard Chocolate and Cocoa Belle Chocolates, and both places have their own shops. Go check them out and put a collection of their offerings together to make a perfect holiday gift basket.
REDblock Cutting Board
These cutting boards, made by local artisan Randy Davidson, are absolutely beautiful. Heck, I even purchased one for my parents a few years back. They can be found at Eggshells in the Heights. Heads up … Eggshells is great at gift wrapping as well, so let them take care of it.
Gift Certificate to Eggshells Kitchen Co.
Gift certificates, in general, aren’t the most personal of gifts, but one from Eggshells is a great way to satisfy even the pickiest of foodies in your life. Eggshells is filled with an assortment really cool items, many of which are made by local artisans like the aforementioned Randy Davidson.
Farm Girl Meats
I’ve never signed up for one any of Katie Short’s farm shares, meat shares, or egg shares, but it’s only a matter of time before I do so. Go check out the website and see which option fits best for the foodie in your life. The products at Farm Girl are second to none, and if you want to make a single purchase without committing to something so big, Katie is usually at the Hillcrest Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.
Speaking of farm shares, go check out the Rattle’s Garden website and contact Tara to see if you can register early for next year’s summer share. It makes for a perfect gift and is a fantastic way to help support local farming. I can certainly vouch for this particular farm share, as I’ve been signed up for the past couple years. The pick-up process is super easy as well. I usually grab mine each week right from the booth at the Hillcrest Farmers Market.
Farmer’s Market Gift Basket
I promise to only mention the Hillcrest Farmers Market one more time. Saturday mornings are ideal for strolling down Kavanaugh and purchasing several local items from some of the market vendors. Jams, breads, honey, etc…it’s a wonderful way to put together a gift basket filled will all local products.
I love coffee. Judging by all of the coffee shops opening up around town, you do as well. Guess what? Almost all of them, including shops like Guillermo’s, Mylo Coffee Co., and Boulevard Bread, offer coffee in bulk. Get a couple pounds of beans for that special someone in your life.
You knew booze had to show up on this list. I love walking around places like Colonial Wine & Spirits or O’Looney’s and just picking out a nice bottle of wine or a good bourbon for a friend. The staff at both spots is always so helpful and it’s just a nice way to spend 30 minutes during a hectic holiday season. If you want to stay local with your purchase, check out the selection from Rock Town Distillery.
Wine and Beer Dinners
Keeping with the booze theme, now is a great time to watch your favorite restaurant’s social media for announcements on beer and/or wine dinners. Several places like Table 28, One Eleven, and SO offer dinners throughout the year, and a seat or two at these dinners makes for a perfect holiday gift for the food lover in your life.