‘Tis the season for entertaining — and being entertained. When friends and family are gracious enough to welcome you into their homes, be sure to show your thanks. We always recommend bringing a token of your appreciation in the form of something edible. From high-end olive oils to locally made cookies, these gifts are ones hostesses would be thrilled to add to their pantries. Stock up so you’re prepared!
Frankies olive oil
By partnering with a producer in Sicily, Brooklyn-based Frankies produces extra virgin olive oil. The oil is cold-pressed and extremely versatile. Foodies rave about this stuff, and we are sure it’s something any hostess would be thrilled to receive. Grab a can of the olive oil at White’s Mercantile for $40. And with almost an entire room dedicated to gifts for the hostess, you are sure to find more than just olive oil!
Celebrate all-things-pickle with these items at Southeraire Market. Kickin Cukes ($10) and Fried Green Tomatoes fried pickle batter ($10) make the perfect combo for a gift. Encourage your Southern friends to fry their own, and introduce out-of-towners to this delicious snack. They even have mix for a special dipping sauce ($3.99) that you can include!
Anna de Codorníu Brut
There is always something to toast to during the holiday season! This year, encourage your gracious hosts to raise a glass of Anna de Codorníu Brut. This cava is blended with Chardonnay, which makes it fresh and unique. And at $11.99 a bottle, it is as affordable as it is delicious. Pick up a bottle at Green Hills Corkdorks.
Christie Cookie Co. has a handful of options for holiday gift giving. The Crowd Pleaser is the biggest gift in the bunch, with 36 gourmet cookies, 12 brownies and a bag of Colombian coffee. This trio is available for $123.84. If you are looking to spend less, consider a tin of 12 cookies for $27.99 or a tin of 12 brownies for $52.99.
Spinach artichoke dip
No one does dips, casseroles, soups and sides quite like The Corner Market. Grab a tub of spinach artichoke dip, and bring this local favorite to any party. The hostess will be thrilled to have an additional appetizer freshly made (by someone else). If you are looking to create an entire party platter, bring The Corner Market’s pimento cheese and chicken salad, as well. A 16-ounce tub of the spinach artichoke dip will run you $8.99.
Herbes de Provence
For the culinary-inclined and Francophiles in your life, gift a bag of Herbes de Provence. The mixture of dried herbs goes great with fish, chicken, beer and pork and promises to bring out bold flavors in any dish. You can only hope to be invited back into their home when they plan to use the herbs in their cooking! Snag a bag for $14.99 at Little Gourmand.
The Sweet Tooth Basket
You can never have too many sweets, right? Give a hostess with a sweet tooth this basket from Green Door Gourmet. With Rogers Homemade honey caramels, Olive & Sinclair Cherry Bombs pickled cherry cordials and chocolate bar, Two Thompsons Gourmet prohibition popcorn, Willa’s shortbread, Lil’ Goos unwrapped Goo Goo Clusters and Momma Nik’s whiskey caramel sauce, this basket promises a sugar rush — and a taste of what local makers have to offer! The basket is available at Green Door Gourmet for $45.
If you are considering a non-perishable gift instead, bring one of these coffee table books as a gift for the hostess! She’ll be equally as thrilled!
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