This year we have chosen enough "gift picks" to create 2 Gift Pick Lists! Below is our November list for all you "early bird" shopper. In December we will have all new gift picks for our "last minute" shopper. Being chosen as a Food411 pick is not easy — our standards are extremely high and we are selecting from hundreds of submissions so the competition is fierce!
We hope these picks will make your holidays a bit easier — remember when the holidays are over it is the memories that you create with your family and friends that matter. Don't let stress rule the season: breath, have gratitude and ENJOY this special time with those that matter to you. A warm & wonderful holiday season to all our readers.
Belle Chevre –
Goat Cheese that's modern & fun? Its true, this creamery in Alabama has created hand crafted goat cheese with a twist of flavors. We tried 3 flavors of their breakfast cheeses – Coffee, Honey & Fig. These will raise the bar for your morning bagel/toast. Their Chevre de Provence (Goat cheese medallions in olive oil w/herbs) is an instant appetizer. They offer several creative and very good looking gift sets. Pick one for the cheese lover on your list. $25+
Cupcakestop – A perfect holiday assortment from NYC's favorite mobile cupcake shop! Shipped nationwide in perfect condition, fresh baked with wonderful frostings. Sweet Potato Pie, Apple Pie A La Mode, carrot cake & banana. Nicely packaged, a fun holiday gift. 1 dozen $55 includes shipping.
Love this – so simple to use. No electricity or batteries. Allows you to customize the amount of fizz! Eliminates lugging / storing / eliminating of plastic bottles. A unique gift that is truly useful! $80 Soda maker/1 Carbonators/2 bottles (BPA free)
Chocri - Design your own chocolate bars! - Select type of chocolate, then choose from over 100 add ins! You can also put a custom name on the bar. Organic, Fair trade chocolate from Belgium. Give a gift certificate so your recipient can enjoy the fun experience of creating their own bars! Clever & unique gift $15+
My Grandma's of New England – Moist, all natural fresh baked coffee cakes in a variety of flavors ( low fat versions also). We sampled the pumpkin spice and original walnut – Excellent. $21 + Send one as a holiday or hostess gift.
Laney Honey - Varietal honey (by floral source) 12 flavors from the Laney Family. Mild honeys are best for Salad dressings, strong honeys are suited best for BBQ & Stir-fry. They offer terrific gift sets $17+ - great gift for any cook or "foodie".
Sunchowder's Emporia- Fresh Fruit Jams made with hand ground spices & sugar no pectin, corn syrup or any additives. We sampled a few flavors - just loved the bright fruit flavors/ interesting flavor combinations. The jam jars are adorned with a paper topper reminiscent of the fabric used in your "grandma's" jam. Gift sets in wooden crates $16+
Lisa's Cookie Shop – A perfect holiday gift for the old fashion cookie lover. All your favorites baked fresh as ordered and shipped gift packaged in an old fashion brown bag with ribbon. Our top pick – shortbread! $7.50/package.
Olio2go – For the gourmet on your list, a classy little gift: Livio Pesle Wine Jelly. The best balsamico in Modena provide the vinegar for this exquisite jelly. Crafted on a small farm in Italy, they combine balsamic vinegar, wine, some sugar and a little pectin to make this magical jelly. Perfect accoutrement to parmesan cheese, meats. $14.50