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Holiday Gift Guide: The Foodie

by Rona Berg

Our Holiday Gift Guide is a carefully curated selection that will not only delight the recipient, but you, too, can feel good knowing that you are supporting brands that are thoughtful and conscious of the impact they make on the planet. 

Tequila To Go 

The Bamboo Tequila Tasting Set includes six ceramic cups, a knife to slice the requisite lime and a bamboo cutting board. Just add salt and tequila for tastings that travel! greatusefulstuff.com

Yes to Cocktails

The Yes Cocktail Co. artisanal cocktail mixers come in pretty glass bottles, and are made from locally sourced natural ingredients. With flavors like Blood Orange
+ Chili Pepper or Ginger Citrus, you’ll want to sign up for a monthly membership! $60 for three months; yescocktailco.com

Baking Essentials 

The perfect gift for a baker, the Simply Organic Baking Essentials Organic Spice Kit features USDA-certified organic Vietnamese cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin spice and cinnamon sticks—the perfect combo for whipping up warming winter treats. $25; frontiercoop.com

OO Oh! 

For the olive oil purist, someone who is fussy about a quality olive oil, Gaea Extra Virgin Olive Oil is not only USDA-certified organic, it’s delicious, too!

$14; amazon.com

Kitchen Garden 

The Perfect Kitchen Candles, by Le Feu de l’Eau, are made with soy wax, cotton wicks

and essential oils.

Delicious scents include Cardamom, Lemon Rosemary and African Basil, which is beloved by bees. 

$60; lefeudeleau.com

Tea for Two

Lushly patterned Victoriana tea
towels, in rich shades of indigo,
purple and blue, are made with 100 percent GOTS-certified organic cotton, which means they are as soft and sustainable as they are stunning! $22 for two; ploverorganic.com

Rewrap, Reuse

Z Wraps start with cotton, which is waxed with organic beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin to create a coating that sticks around a bowl—the perfect way to seal in leftovers and keep them fresh, instead of using aluminum foil or plastic bags! Reusable, hand-washable, and perfect for extending the life of herbs, veggies and any other food. From $7; myzwraps.com

Best Bars

La Maison du Chocolat Chef Nicolas Cloiseau has recently launched Unhinged Chocolate, a collection of six incredibly delicious chocolate bars with hazelnut, passionfruit, puffed rice, almonds, pistachio and more, inspired by travel to chocolate plantations around the globe. $14; lamaisonduchocolat.us


Runamok Maple is featuring a range of gift boxes this holiday season, and we love the Vermonter’s Collection: 60ml bottles of Whiskey Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup, Cardamom-Infused Maple Syrup, Cinnamon + Vanilla Infused Maple Syrup and Elderberry Infused Maple Syrup, in a handsome box. Delicious on pancakes—or as a flavor accent in a cocktail! $30;


In her new book, Elisabeth Bronfen, professor of American Studies at the University of Zurich, and Global Distinguished Professor at NYU, serves up  a beautiful culinary memoir/cookbook. Bronfen, an astute cultural critic and gifted cook, shares precious food memories and reflects on the irresistible pleasures of cooking and sharing food. $35; rutgersuniversitypress.com

Gifts That Give:

Ground Up 

This gift set is from Ground UP Nut Butters, a nonprofit that provides job training to women overcoming adversity in the Portland, Oregon area. Each jar is handmade, peanut-free, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free. grounduppdx.com

What the Heck? 

The companion cookbook to Dr. Mark Hyman’s New York Times bestseller, What the Heck Should I Eat?, the new What the Heck Should I Cook? features 100-plus tasty (and, of course, healthy) recipes for all palates—vegan, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free—prescribed by the good doctor and director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. $32; littlebrownspark.com

The Bees Knees 

Caledonia Spirits’ Barr Hill Gift Pack features a 375 ml bottle of Tom Cat Gin, barrel-aged four to six months, with notes of oak and spice and a finish of juniper and raw honey; a 375 ml of Barr Hill Gin; and a 1 lb jar of the raw honey the distillery uses in its spirits. Based in Vermont, the distillery donates a portion of proceeds every year to an organization that works to protect bees and other pollinators. $50; totalwine.com

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