2012 Holiday Gift Guide
Food gift ideas from sofi Award Winnersuser rating
It’s gift-giving season and what better way to make someone happy than with some of the best food on the market. To get you started, we’ve asked the 2012 sofi™ Award Winners and Finalists to recommend their best gift items. From a trio of Nueske’s artisanal bacon to Chocolat Moderne’s Chocolat Chic Truffle Assortment, here are close to 50 products that may make you more popular than Santa.
Ajiri Tea Company Kenyan Black Tea
MSRP: $9/box of 16 teabags
BUY ONLINE: shop.ajiritea.com
This is a gift that keeps on giving. Tea lovers on your list will love the delicious award-winning black tea grown on small farms in western Kenya as much as the fact that each purchase increases employment for Kenyan women. Ajiri, which means "to employ" in Swahili, employs 63 women to make each label by hand and all profits are used to pay school fees for orphans in western Kenya. The company sponsored 19 students in 2012.
Arnabal International DIY GourmetKitchens oils|vinegars Granola Kit
BUY ONLINE: arnabal.com
The creative cooks on your list will love this DIY Granola Kit, which provides all the necessities to mix a batch of award-winning homemade granola. What makes it extra special is the inclusion of GourmetKitchens oils|vinegars Blood Orange Oil, zesty dried fruits and natural oats. Each kit makes 12 servings.
Askinosie Bean-to-Bark™ Peppermint Bark
BUY ONLINE: askinosie.com
It’s a match made in heaven—layered single-origin dark and white artisan chocolate topped with crushed bits of natural peppermint. And when it’s made by award-winning chocolatier Askinosie Chocolate, you know it will become a favorite gift. Handcrafted in small-bathes, it’s packaged in Askinosie’s beautiful balsa boxes.
Back to the Roots Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden
BUY ONLINE: backtotheroots.com
An ideal gift for kids or adults who love to cultivate their own food, Back to the Roots Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden let’s you grow fresh, delicious oyster mushrooms in just 10 days on recycled coffee grounds. Each kit grows about two to three harvests, using up to 1.5 pounds of coffee grounds.
Belloq No. 44, Bellocq Christmas
MSRP: $17 - $95
BUY ONLINE: bellocq.com
Fill the house with the smells of Christmas with Belloq’s No. 44 Christmas blend, a signature holiday tea blend that includes fragrant warm spices, rich vanilla and rose petals paired with one of the finest black teas--organic Darjeeling 2nd Flush.
Betsy’s Cheese Straws Classic Cheddar Cheese Straws Festive Holiday Tins
MSRP: $13 - $15
BUY ONLINE: betsyscheesestraws.com
Addictive cheddar cheese straws are sure to please. Betsy’s offers a variety of gifts, from single tins to stacks of three. The holiday-adorned red plaid tin, filled with 8 oz. of Betsy’s Classic Cheddar Cheese Straws, is an ideal way to show your appreciation this season.
Big Picture Farm Farmstead Goat Milk Caramels in Wood Box
BUY ONLINE: bigpicturefarm.com
Goat’s milk caramel is all the rage. And once you taste it, you’ll understand why these creamy, delicious caramels are winning awards. Send a beautiful gift of 40 original caramels housed in a beautiful wooden box custom made by the Vermont Wooden Box Company. As for flavors, you can choose original (sea-salt and a hint of pure bourbon vanilla) or chai—or opt for half of each.
Blue Crab Bay Co. Kitchen Catch
BUY ONLINE: baybeyond.net
These hand-painted pieces of pottery will become staples in the kitchen. Featuring a 6-in. trivet and an 8.5-in. spoon rest, this set of Blue Crab Stoneware was designed by nationally known folk artist José Dovis. Beautiful inside and out, it comes gift-boxed with a decorative shell and the story behind the stoneware line.
Callie's Biscuits Cocktail Pecans
BUY ONLINE: calliesbiscuits.com
With the holidays many celebrations, Callie's Cocktail Pecans are an entertaining essential as well as a perfect hostess gift. Callie’s sources these roasted pecans from Georgia's Schermer Pecan Company, a 65-year-old family-run business, and coats each with just the right mix of salt and spice.
Chaparral Gardens Winter Ambrosia Vinegar
BUY ONLINE: chaparralgardens.com
Referred to as “apple pie in a bottle,” this holiday blend of pears, apples, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves makes a unique hostess gift. Created with fresh handpicked apples and pears grown on Chaparral’s organic farm, Winter Ambrosia delicious on leftover Thanksgiving turkey or as a tasty dressing for spinach salad. It also works well as a pork marinade for a Christmas roast.