Foodie Gifts Are Sure to Please

There’s still plenty of time to fill in your gift list for people who enjoy inspired food and drink items. Here are some go-to choices at a wide variety of price points. We have provided company web sites (click on the name) for your convenience as the products can be easily ordered online. 

Sweet Soul BoutiqueThatiana Rangel, founder and owner of Soul Sweet Boutique, has expanded her Newark-based business to include nationwide ordering just in time for holiday celebrations and gift giving. The charming café/bakery has decadent Gourmet Cakes in a Jar, Cheesecake in a Jar, truffles, honey cakes, and cookies that have a place on everyone’s holiday table. Soul Sweet pays homage to Rangel’s grandmother, who shared love and tradition via cooking for her family. The Boutique offers traditional Brazilian treats that include chocolate sprinkle, ninho, brigadeiros, and cocadas. Gift scrumptious this year. Soul Sweet Boutique’s gift boxes make luxurious presents for family and friends. They also say “thank you for your business” without even saying a word.

BartesianWith the Bartesian machine, cocktail creation is easy and excellent. The premium on-demand cocktail maker allows you to prepare individual drinks at the simple touch of a button. Simply use your favorite whiskey, vodka, rum, gin or tequila in the reservoirs of the machine. Insert your desired cocktail capsule into the Bartesian, select the drink’s strength, and press mix. The system creates a cocktail in seconds. You can serve a vast variety of drinks without having to purchase all the ingredients. Bartesian’s recyclable capsules contain real juice concentrates, bitters and extracts, and are dated for freshness. The capsules have been created by master mixologists who know exactly what people enjoy at cocktail bars. Indulge in classics such as Whiskey Sours and Margaritas or holiday selections like Clausmopolitan or Spiced Coffee. With so many people staying in this holiday season, Bartesian will be well used and great for future gatherings.         

PasteneDo you know a cook who would like to make an Italian feast?  Get them authentic food products from Pastene, a brand you should know about. They have gift baskets to make giving especially easy. Pastene is North America’s oldest importer of premium Italian packaged goods. The company has variety of pasta cuts, tomato sauces, grated cheeses, roasted peppers, kitchen ready tomatoes, marinated artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, peppers, condiments, beans, pasta sauces, fish products, oil, vinegar.  Pastene also offers curated gift boxes.

Wissotzky Tea – This tea company has been family owned since 1849.  Artisan teas are beautifully packaged, ready for gifting, and just need a bow.  Choose from flavors like Salted Caramel Chai, Spiced Nana Mint Chai, Ginger and Tumeric Spiced Chai, and herbal teas that include Nana Mint. Be sure to check out their Tea Chest gift boxes.

Tervis DrinkwareThe company’s fine variety of top quality drinkware is just what you are searching for. Items are ideal for holiday gifting and everyday use. The company’s many selections have attractive prints for sports, entertainment, and pop culture buffs. They also offer delightful options for shoppers to customize drinkware with special photos, sayings, and logos. Tervis’ appealing, durable assortment of products includes Stainless Steel Tumblers, Water Bottles, Slim Bottles, Mugs, and Accessories. You’ll definitely find something from Tervis’ collections for everyone on your list.

MochidokiThe New York-based mochi ice cream company has a flagship shop in the SoHo neighborhood of NYC. They are well-known for their imaginative, Japanese-inspired desserts. The brand’s artful Mochi Creations are mochi ice cream with pastry-inspired toppings for sophisticated dessert-lovers. Mochidoki can be easily gifted. Their e-commerce site features gifts like the 24-piece Signature Collection that includes 12 best selling flavors such as Matcha, Black Sesame, Coconut, Thai Tea, Raspberry Crunch, Salted Caramel, and more. Mochidoki provides free shipping, expertly packed to remain frozen until midnight on the day it’s delivered. The brand ships across the country to specific regions. 

Bushwick KitchenBorn in Brooklyn, Bushwick Kitchen has new gift kits, just in time for your holiday shopping. The signature kits include the Bees Knees Honey Trio, Weak Knees Maple Trio, Trees Knees Spicy Trio, Weak Knees Sriracha Trio, and Trees Knees Maple Gift Set with Cinnamon. Each kit contains three 10.5 ounce bottles and a logo kitchen towel all in an attractive box. You can even have them delivered to people by ordering directly from the Bushwick Kitchen website. The company is known for their bespoke line of honeys, maple syrups and srirachas that provide a unique flare to kitchen staples by infusing them with hand-picked, flavor-packed ingredients like gochujang chili paste. Be sure to check out the full line of Bushwick Kitchen products that include their limited edition Bourbon Maple Syrup.

Hilliards Chocolates – Based in Massachusetts, this fourth generation chocolatier was established in 1924. The business is currently run by the granddaughter of the founders along with her daughters who are carrying on the company’s fine chocolate making legacy. They honor Hilliards Chocolates original recipes while also staying on trend. Satisfy the people who have a sweet tooth in your life with items like Homemade Bark, Turtles, Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Fudge and Almond Toffee Crunch.  There are also holiday assortments with Peppermint Bark and Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes. Check out their gift sets and baskets. 

The Spice LabThis woman-owned, family run business takes great pride in being one of the world’s premier suppliers of sea salts and seasoning blends. Based in Pompano Beach, Florida, they offer an extensive, extraordinary line of award winning products that includes seasonings and rubs, premium spices, peppercorns, natural sugars, loose teas, Himalayan Salt shot glasses, regional brands, custom blends, private label along with a wide array of corporate gifts. Once you purchase items from The Spice Lab this gift- giving season, you will become one of their many loyal customers.

Finex Cast Iron CookwareWhen you want to prepare the most delicious foods, you need items from FINEX Cast Iron Cookware Co. to make it happen. The company is based in Portland Oregon and their entire line is made in the U.S.A. The team behind FINEX is a small group of craftspeople, cooks, and designers who are dedicated to crafting cookware that will stand the test of time. Their work is inspired by the hardworking history of American cast iron, a history that has been prized for centuries. They believe that cooking should be genuine, and an experience to be shared. It’s great to know that your FINEX cookware is guaranteed to be “Good Forever.” The company will replace any of their products if they ever fail.

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Marina Kennedy began her writing career when her four children were grown and she returned to college to study in the humanities. She is delighted to be a contributor for Woman Around Town. The majority of her articles focus on the culinary scene, theatre, and travel. Marina and her husband Chuck enjoy the rich cultural experiences of the New York metro area and beyond. She hopes that readers like reading her articles as much as she enjoys writing them.