Still struggling for last minute gift ideas? Check out some of my personal favorites below, and put your shopping worries aside. Warning: if you are related to me, you might want to stop reading this post until after Christmas.
- For the coffee lover in your life (aka My Dad), put together an assortment of fantastic caffeine-themed goodies. My picks would be a bag of Sightglass or Four Barrel Coffee, a gorgeous Bee House ceramic dripper & filters to match, plus a magazine like Meatpaper, or Culture, to peruse while enjoying their coffee break.
- Not a coffee fan? Try a tea themed gift with our delicate Red Blossom Teas. They come ready to gift in beautiful red canisters. Pair that with a Bee House teapot or Red Blossom tea cup, add a jar of Bi-Rite Sonoma Honey, and you’re good to go!
- I find that alcohol works well as a gift for almost anyone in my family- one of my current favorites is giving a bottle of Mitchter’s Bourbon, a bottle of Carpano Antica Vermouth, and a jar of decadent Luxardo cherries. These three ingredients will make anyone into a Manhattan lover.
- This year, my older brother will be receiving a pasta kit, which is perfect for sending long distance: a bag Rustichella Pasta (the Casareccia is hands-down the best dried pasta I’ve ever tried), a jar of capers, Pomi tomatoes, a generous hunk of Parmigiano-Reggiano, anchovies, a bulb of garlic, and a few little Baci balls to end the meal. I wrapped it all up inside a Bi-Rite cotton shopping tote, and I have to say I’ll certainly be assembling this gift again in the future. I would have also added a bottle of Olive Oil, perhaps the Katz Olio Nuovo, if I hadn’t been paying for shipping!
- My Grandmother always makes beans for New Years, saying they’re good luck, so she’ll be getting a copy of the wonderfully useful Rancho Gordo Heirloom Beans Cookbook. I’ve also picked out a few bags of dried beans to include in the package (I’m doing the Cannellinis and the Eye of the Goat beans), plus their unique Crimson Popping Corn. I’m sure she’s going to love it.
Good luck on your gift giving, and remember to ask us if you need recommendations or help!
Have a warm and healthy holiday,