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Foodies’ Holiday Gift Guide

This foodies’ holiday gift guide is going to make your gift-giving a whole lot easier this year. We have ideas to suit just about every taste. We also have ideas for just about every budget. Give it a look, and happy shopping!

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Foodie Holiday Gift Ideas

Cup of hot chocolate and cacao beans.

Bar au Chocolat: Manhattan Beach’s own artisan chocolate maker, Bar au Chocolat, makes a beautiful “sipping chocolate” (hot chocolate) package.

“Sipping hot chocolate is a little bit like receiving a kiss of the lips,” Bar au Chocolat tells us. That’s why the choices are “Bacio” (South American cacao, deep chocolate profile)($25); or “Beso” (Central American cacao, chile and cinnamon profile) ($25). Order here.


Carmelina tomatoes gift box.Carmelina e…San Marzano Gift Basket: You know we love Italian tomatoes. So here’s a true story: We gave everyone in our family these Italian San Marazno tomatoes last year. It’s what every cook needs in his or her kitchen.

This year, Carmelina e…San Marzano has a fancy gift pack ($135) that includes authentic tomatoes plus other goodies. (There’s a cookbook, t-shirt, pizza cutter, ladle, fancy ceramic bowl, and tomatoes, of course.) Order the gift basket here.


Dash mini gingerbread man and snowflake waffle makers.

Dash Mini Waffle Maker: We’ve had a great time making mini waffles this year. These little waffle makers ($19.99 each or $29.99 for two) are adorable and they are super-easy to work with. There’s no sticking, no scraping, just a nice clean evenly cooked waffle. And… we’re about to drop a new recipe for delicious gingerbread waffles. Here’s a chance to get your order in now so that you’ll be able to make gingerbread waffles for Christmas. Order mini holiday waffle makers here.


More Foodie Holiday Gift Ideas

HALL Family Wines: We had a chance to enjoy WALT Wines (part of the HALL Wines family) when we entered a cheeseboard contest earlier this year, and now we wouldn’t make our cheeseboards with any other wines.

HALL’s estate vineyards encompass more than 500 acres of classic Bordeaux varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. As winegrowers, the Halls have a strong respect for the environment and a commitment to cutting-edge vineyard technology to yield the highest quality grapes. They have beautiful gift sets ($100 and up) for HALL Wines, WALT Wines, and BACA Wines.


Melissa’s Produce Gift BasketsProduce and wine gift basket from Melissa's Produce.: When you’re in a pinch, there’s nothing that can beat a fresh fruit or vegetable gift basket. Melissa’s Produce does gift baskets ($42 and up) better than just about anyone.

From baby vegetables, to tropical fruit, to a produce and wine basket that “gives back,” Melissa’s has all of the bases covered. (If you are fascinated by pink pineapple, there’s also a fun pink pineapple basket that comes with rose wine. Order gift baskets here.


Olio Piro Olive Oil: We’ve written about Olio Piro before and it continues to be a classic. Olio Piro is a boutique olive oil producer in Tuscany that is making waves in the luxury olive oil market. It was awarded the highest distinction in the prestigious international extra virgin olive oil guide Flos Olei, the most respected authority in premium extra-virgin olive oils around the globe; and it won gold at the 2021 New York World Olive Oil Competition. The bottles ($18 and up) come in three sizes, and there are also gift packs with balsamic vinegar. Order Olio Piro here.


Even More Foodie Holiday Gift Ideas

Rancho Gordo bean sampler box

Rancho Gordo Beans: Rancho Gordo beans are consistently the best beans on the market and they are so easy to work with. (They take less time to soak and cook because they’re fresher than your standard store-bought beans.) This Desert Island Sampler ($38.95) is a real treat. It’s based on the six varieties of beans that owner Steve Sando would take with him if he were deserted on a desert island (Alubia Blanca, Buckeye, Classic Cranberry, Domingo Roja, Garbanzo, Midnight Black). You can’t go wrong. Order all gift boxes here.


Runamok Sparkle Syrup.

Runamok Sparkle Syrup: We met Runamok Maple at this year’s Fancy Food Show and we love their delicious and fragrant syrups. We’re partial to the Sparkle Syrup ($18.95), which is infused with edible pearlescent mica. Talk about making a magical breakfast! (Or a fun sparkly cocktail.) Anyway, Runamok is a family-owned, Vermont based company that started with a foundation of premium organic maple syrup and has expanded to an array of maple and honey-based products and cocktail mixers. Order Runamok Sparkle Syrup here.


Two Guns Espresso: This is another local favorite of ours but with international flair. Two Guns Espresso was founded by 2011 by “two Kiwi guys” who wanted to bring a taste of New Zealand’s coffee culture to Los Angeles. The result is delicious and addicting coffee for every taste.

A great gift box is their Double-Shot Box, which allows you to choose between two and four varieties in your choice of sizes. One classic option is four 12-ounce packages for $72. Order Two Guns Espresso Double-Shot Box here.


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