Christmas Gifts for Foodies (plus a giveaway)

Welcome to my second post on Christmas gifts for Foodies (first post on gadgets is here). Although, if you are a foodie, you might want to add some of today’s suggestions to your Christmas wish list, as well! By the way–these would all also make awesome Hostess gifts.

At the end of this post, I’ll be giving away a couple of bottles of wine courtesy of The Girls–a very special kind of wine. Read to the end to find out why and to learn how to enter!

Before I start, I just want to say that a big trend I’m noticing this year is giving experiential gifts instead of “stuff.” I really want to encourage you to think about this–give your fave foodie the gift of a cooking class, for example, or a rare and interesting ingredient they can experiment with in their kitchen. Give them a gift card to their favourite (or a new place they’ve been wanting to try) restaurant. Give them a wine tasting or a food tour. Sign them up for a monthly subscription, like cheese-of-the-month, or a snack service, or The Missing Ingredient. 

Now! On to my list of Christmas gifts for foodies. Many of these, you will note, are personal, and experiential.

Mozzarella Cheese Making Kit. What foodie isn’t interested in mucking about in the kitchen? Why not give them a kit so they can make their own cheese? About $30, available online or at Got Craft? this weekend.

Personalized Cookbooks, Aprons or Mugs: wanna display your gorgeous #foodporn photos to your friends? Or share some of your favourite recipes in a professional-looking cookbook for friends? London Drugs Photolabs offer lots of customizable options to gift.

Vancouver Brewery Tour: Got a beer-lover in your life? Buy them the ultimate local craft beer experience. They’ll get picked up and whisked around the city to a variety of local craft breweries, where they can take tours, meet fellow hop-heads, and, of course, drink beer.

Long Table Bourbon Barreled Gin: speaking of locally-brewed booze, following on the heels of the craft beer craze is a craft spirit craze happening right now in our fair city. One of my absolute faves? The Bourbon-Barreled Gin from Long Table Distillery.

Amola Sea Salts: These are my favourite thing right now. Available though Edible Canada, these are wonderful for adding a last-minute hit of flavour. I love the truffle, but I’ve tried quite a few, and they all rock.

Mink Mermaid’s Choice Chocolate Bar. Oh, you know. No big deal. Just the best chocolate bar in the world. If salted caramel is not your thing, try something else–everything here is amazeballs.

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Bacon socks: Yeah, baby!! (I already bought a pair of these for a certain person’s stocking. Shhh!!) From Well Seasoned.

IMG_5664 Sourgum: this is something we don’t cook or bake with much in this part of the world. This maple syrupy/molassesy hybrid hails from down south. Pick some up to experiment with. From Well Seasoned.

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Pink Spatula Peppermint Macamallows: this awesome mashup of a macaron and a marshmallow is delicious, and helps support a good cause. From Well Seasoned.

And speaking of supporting a good cause…

the girls wine

Wine: simply put, everyone loves getting a bottle of wine. When I give wine as a gift, I like to go as local as possible, usually something from the Okanagan. My go-to gifting wine this season has been The Girls. I love this wine. It’s affordable (under $20), it’s delicious, it’s from the Okanagan, and 100% of all the profits of the wine go to Breast Cancer Research. It’s like a gift that gives twice.Plus–c’mon. How adorable is that label? I am giving away two bottles of The Girls 2012 Voluptuous Red. Grown in Oliver,The Girls 2012 Voluptuous Red is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, barrel aged for 18 months in French oak.

To Win TWO bottles of The Girls 2012 Voluptuous Red, comment below, and let me know what you would do with your two bottles. Maybe you’ll keep one for yourself, and give one away? Or maybe you’ll use them at a party? Or cook a recipe with them? I want to know!

You can get a second entry to the contest by tweeting:

Contest runs until midnight, December 14, after which I will draw a random winner from all entries. Good luck, and Happy Gifting!!

 

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25 comments

  1. Oree Gianacopoulos says:

    Excellent gift ideas! I love experiential gifts. As a Vancouverite, I watch as friends move to smaller and smaller homes which means less room for “stuff”. Gifts like theater, carol ship, restaurant, or pedicure top my list and you don’t need to get rid of something else in order to fit them in your home. And, bonus, they are GREEN! Didn’t know about the beer tour thing. Awesome tip! As for the wine, I have a group of gal pals I see every year at Xmas for some giggles. We’ve known each other since we were 6 years old. They would get a kick out of the label too! 🙂

  2. Radhika Khan says:

    Girls night!!!

  3. Michelle Muldoon says:

    Perfect for a girls night wine and cheese.

  4. Connie W says:

    I am visiting my sister after Christmas, we hang out in our pajamas and cackle. I would take both bottles to her house.

  5. Harriet Fancott says:

    Drink them immediately … with friends of course … Ahem ..

  6. Maria Crossan says:

    I would share the 2 bottles with all my friends in my neighbourhood, and tell them all about your store, and talk about how I they came to my house.

  7. Anne says:

    Hmmm…they’re too nice to cook with in my opinion. I think I’d save them and use them as an excuse to have some friends over and catch up!

  8. Joyce says:

    2 bottles of The Girls wine – hmmm definitely calls for a girls night in…maybe PJ party?

  9. Definitely they would be coming to Maple Ridge with me to give to my mother, who deserves it. 🙂

  10. Gayle Gyles says:

    Thank you for these wonderful ideas! As I have not started Christmas shopping yet I know what I will be buying! I missed your first list so hope to find it somewhere. Again thanks!

  11. Lee Ann says:

    I have 2 special friends who have battled breast cancer & we celebrate every year that passes of them being free & clear from cancer. Your lovely prize would be cracked open together and poured with reverence and love. Thanks for the awesome foodie gift ideas, too!

  12. maria says:

    I would use them when i have some friends over, watch Real Housewives, drink wine!

  13. Shawn Siak says:

    I would share with my friends and family, they ALL red wine especially local.

  14. Jennifer E says:

    Christmas is about giving…so I’ll share! They’d be perfect for our traditional Christmas Eve ladies night wine and dine

  15. Amanda says:

    I would have a girls night – long overdue with wine, chocolate and good gossip. Great contest!!

  16. Linda says:

    I would enjoy the wine with friends at a dinner party.

  17. Nimrit says:

    I would definitely use it for one of my famous get togethers. Would be a great way to introduce friends to the Girls brand and the unique idea that it represents!

    (Great ideas for foodies btw Rebecca! Loved them all!)

  18. candice says:

    would drink them with my husband while stuffing stockings and wrapping gifts !

  19. Kari says:

    Obviously I’d save them to drink with you 😉

  20. Monica Moberg says:

    I would drink the wine at Christmas with my daughter and Mom.
    Thanks, Monicaa

  21. Carol Pike says:

    I thought the contest was on until midnight of the 14th? (I would share with 2 red wine drinking sisters, and 1 white wine) Thanks for the tips!

  22. Sean says:

    I’d save them for when our newest family member arrives in the new year to toast her/his arrival and when my favourite girl is able to enjoy something like this again. 🙂

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