Our holiday gift list for foragers of special things

Christmas feels like it’s coming late this chilly December, landing at the end of 4 weekends. This is lucky for us all, as foragers of special things, because it means more time to find treasures that the people on our list will delight in. I asked our buyers to suggest a few items in their department that they think would be perfect in a stocking or under the tree; here’s my countdown of the highlights:

10. 18 Reasons classes: The most meaningful gift you can give to someone you care about is the gift of learning: about gardening in their SF backyard, about healthy food habits in their home kitchen, or about the delicious economy of Italian home cooking:  Good Living: Cooking and Nutrition Workshops ($150/$180 for three classes); L’Ingegno in Cucina – The Ingenious Cook ($150/$180 for three classes); or Urban Gardening School ($350-450 12 classes)

9. Bi-Rite Beanie: We created our new burgundy beanies to keep our staff warm this winter, and ordered extras to keep our guests warm too! ($9.99)

8. Robert Lambert Fruit Cakes: Robert bases his recipe on the ones his English grandmother made at the family farm in northern Wisconsin 50 years ago, and uses fruit he candies himself and nuts from small Cali farms to make what Raph says is “the best fruit cake you’ll ever taste” ($34.99)

7. Neococoa Salted Caramel Truffles: Caramel made in small batches and folded into milk chocolate, topped with Hawaiian black lava sea salt ($12.99)

6. Kusmi Tea Essentials:  The perfect way to discover the best sellers from this Russia-originated, Paris-raised tea company ($19.99)

5. Adrien Camut Calvados: Made from apples picked on the Camut Family property in Pays d’Auge, the finest growing region for Calvados ($69.99)

4. Poco Dolce Cranberry Pumpkin Tiles: The latest offering from our guests’ favorite confectioner ($16.99)

3. Atelier Kawashima French Macaroons: These decadent French macaroons are the perfect stocking stuffer (just stuff carefully, they’re a bit delicate!) ($5.99)

2. Douglas Gayeton’s Lexicon of Sustainability 2012 Calendar: 12 of Douglas’s thought-provoking images that relate to today’s food sustainability conversation to get through the months ahead ($18.00)

1. Eat Good Food : The ultimate guide to grocery shopping, Sam’s book is what all of our staff is gifting to friends and family this season. Buy 3 and get the 4th free through the New Year! ($32.50)

Know someone eager to kick start 2012 with healthy habits? Give them the gift of knowledge and sign them up for one of our new hands-on cooking or gardening courses.

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