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Thanksgiving was late this year, Hanukkah started this past Sunday, and Christmas is just a couple more weeks away.
No matter who is on your shopping list…which seems to grow longer and longer with each passing year, these items suggested by ourMIAbites contributors are sure to please. We have compiled a list of favorite items both from local purveyors and if you prefer avoiding the crowds and shopping online.
Brandon Chase- @thebowtiebarrister
I think with all the hoopla of barrel-aged cocktails, gifting a 1L (or larger) Custom Oak Barrel would be awesome. That way people can tinker with their own barrel-aged recipes at home.
The New York Times has a Personalized Oak Whiskey Barrel that ranges from $89.95 for 2 liters to $119.95 for 5 liters. Order at www.nytstore.com
Also, with the craft beer explosion in Florida, most breweries permit you to go to their brewery and fill up your own growler. Wynwood Brewing Company offers a Growler Hour daily from 12-1pm, and Funky Buddhacurrently has no less than ten growlers for Tuesday fills in both 32 and 64 oz sizes. A lot of online stores are now creating the 32 oz. containers for the beer advocate and they are pretty neat (and green!).
Melissa Ginsberg- @TheFoodieTeach
I like gifts for the holidays like magazine subscriptions or monthly gift box deliveries because the recipient continues to receive something even after the holidays are over! Also they’re easy to purchase and you don’t need to brave the holiday rush at the stores. Here are a few that are great:
• For men who like to cook: Mantry–monthly artisanal gift box specifically curated for the male cook/gourmand. www.mantry.com
• For cocktail lovers: Imbibe Magazine subscription. www.imbibemagazine.com
• For the coffee aficionado: Drift Away coffee subscription—www.driftaway.coffee
• Other Magazines include: Gastronomica, Lucky Peach, Sugar & Rice
Mandy Baca – @mandybaca
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Bypass the big box stores and shop all your foodie gifts at Flavorish Market. Haven’t been? Well, you’re missing out. It’s a delightful little store in the burgeoning MiMo District loaded with wine, craft beer, tea, cured meats, cheeses, and the like. www. flavorishmarket.com
Also make a stop to Aragon 101 in Coral Gables for lots of food related gift items and cooking classes.
Wok Star ( aka Eleanor Hoh ) is also offering her popular hands on Asian cooking classes at cool venues like ALNO kitchen showroom in Design District and ZONIN 1821 penthouse. Use XMAS as code for MIAbites 30% off discount just thru 12/20 thru this link http://eleanorhoh.com/class-gift-certificates/
A little whimsical
Add some whimsy to your everyday wear, even if you’re the only one that knows you’re wearing it. From Macaroon printed ankle socks to ice cream cone and donut stud earrings, NYLON Shop is your go-to for all the kitschy, yet irresistible stocking stuffers. http://shop.nylon.com/products/macaroon-socks.
Etsy can be a time warp. 3 hours later, and you don’t know what the heck happened. We’ll save you some time. Check out The Vintage Cookbook Maven. The online store has a fantastic collection of vintage cookbooks for everybody on your list. https://www.etsy.com/shop/cookbookmaven
Sweets are always sweet
If you don’t have the creative bug or just pressed for time, opt for The Mason Cookie Jar Company. Choose from either a glass jar or plastic pouch, ingredients will come artfully layered so the recipient can make their own cookies. The best part of this is that your gift won’t be stale by the time it arrives. Choose from their menu of cookie mixes or create your own. http://masonjarcookiecompany.com/
Care for some tea?
Lemon City Teas is a local tea company making their way about town. You can currently find their teas at Oak Tavern, Andiamo, and Uvaggio. Varieties include Oolong Old Fashioned (90% oxidized competition grade oolong tea), Granada Green (organic green tea, pomegranate essence, organic raspberries and rosenips), and San-Té-Ria (premium whole leaf nilgiri tea blended with yunnan golden buds). http://www.lemoncitytea.com/
Craving artisan chocolates or need a hostess gift?
Cacao Art Miami offers locally made artisanal chocolates made on site from the finest Venezuelan cocoa. You can order online wonderfully packaged gift boxes or visit their shop at 7165 SW 47th st.
Deanna Dominguez- MIAbites Contributor
Sometimes shopping online for the foodie in your life is easier that braving the traffic and crowds. Racked.com just posted a link to www.mouth.com Tasty Gifts for Everyone on Your List. Pre-packaged kits are designed to be the favorite gift. Top choices include Bacon Me Crazy, Marc Murphy Chef Kit, The Holiday Chef and The Spiked Tailgate.
Jen Massolo- @liquidprojects
Gift basket items: Put together your own gift basket by visiting a local Williams Sonoma, or ordering items online at www.williamssonoma.com
Always good smoked paprika, sauces, oils, rubs and kitchen tools like olive wooden spoons, fish spatulas small and large, flat cheese slicers and spreading knives.
Some artisan spirits to look for this season are: St. George Spiced Pear liqueur and Palm Ridge Whiskey from Florida or Miami Club Rum.
Allison Riley- @YallTasteThis
The best gift for a foodie is ALWAYS a donation to a local food bank. Local non-profits to support include, Feeding South Florida, Food Pantries, No Kid Hungry and Common Threads Most people who can afford to be “foodies” are more than capable of buying their own gadgets and gizmos, but if you must include a small gift for someone to unwrap with that donation card, I recommend local South Florida gifts, such as preserves and hot sauces from Robert is Here, a growler from The Funky Buddha, or a key lime rum cake from The Rum Cake Factory.
Ellen Bowen- Managing Director MIAbites
Turn heads while working off those holiday pounds or just show how HOT you like your coffee with Sriracha Hot sauce items from Amazon.com. Choose from water bottles, t-shirts, leggings, socks and coffee cups.
Other items on Amazon include Mimi Sheraton’s “1000 Foods to Eat before you Die” , and many top cookbooks and other foodie items.
Stay Calm and Eat Bacon
Bacon gifts that sizzle with humor…Iphone cases, t shirts, ties, aprons, clocks, luggage tags, wrapping paper…and on and on! 169 pages online at Zazzle.com of Bacon Gifts!
I also liked the Bacon Flip Flops from CafePress.com and a must for walking on those hot beaches!. Or grab a Bacon Scented Candle from Yankee Candlefor a smelly $27.99.
Uncommongoods.com has also always been my “go to” catalog for fun but functional, good quality gift items and this year my faves include Foodie Dice, a set of wooden dice that challenge even the most creative cook by offering over 186, 000 combinations of proteins, spices, cooking methods and bonus ingredients, aBox of Chocolate Soaps AND for the kid in you (or for kids in your life ) the Mr. Food Face Plate which allows you to customize the face using your food. Reminds me of that Wooly Willy magnetic face toy invented in 1955!
DinnerLab, the New Orleans based popup dinner party now in multiple cities, is offering a Gift Card program for events or membership. They host frequent events in Miami, but also all over the country if you want to gift a foodie in another city! Gift Link is here.
Everett Rashotsky- @ErGagit
My wife, Londa, makes beautiful beaded jewelry pieces that are inspired by food. With names like Fresh Mint, Cinnamon Dots and Coconut Crème Bruleethey are colorful and a perfect gift for the foodie in your life. Each is individually hand made with a variety of vintage 50 year old glass beads and are priced from $105- 120. http://foodiebracelets.com/
And of course, gift cards to favorite restaurants are always great gifts…or stocking stuffers, especially if you get to go with the recipient!
Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!
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