If only there were more time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. If only there were more hours in a day. If only, if only, if only…. This time of year can be ever so stressful if we let it, but you know what they say, “If ifs and buts were candies and nuts we’d all have a merry Christmas.” Maybe some of those ifs and buts could be coffee and wine, and maybe we’ll get through this holiday time!
If my adapted adage has failed to inspire, I hope this gift guide will do the trick! I’ve partnered with Market Street Grocery to offer this Edible Gift Guide for the foodies and beverage connoisseurs on your list. Each eco-friendly, canvas tote packs an array of food & drink experiences, so you’ll give a gift that will keep on giving! If you’re local, you can order one of these gift options through the market. If you’re reading this from afar, use this as a guide to assembling your own gift bag. If you want to buy me something, know that I’d be happy to receive any of these.
The Coffee Lover’s Gift Bag
For the friend who scoffs when the word “Keurig” is uttered, this bag offers coffee to be sipped and savored, whether paired with caramel-like creamed honey for a morning picker upper or with artisan chocolates for an afternoon treat. The coffee snob is sure to appreciate the coveted bags of beans from Stumptown and La Colombe.
The Coffee Lover’s Gift Bag Includes: La Colombe Torrefaction Savoia Coffee, Stumptown Hair Bender Coffee, La Colombe Pure Black Cold Pressed Coffee, Chuao Chocolatier- Spicy Maya flavor, Chuao Chocolatier- Firecracker flavor, local Bedillion Honey Farm Cinnamon Creamed Honey and clementines.
The European Picnic Gift Bag
Remember when George Michael Bluth returns from studying abroad in Spain? He has a creepy mustache and thinks he’s a man. Studying abroad in Europe can really change a person! Thankfully, I did not return from my student travels with a mustache, but rather with a passion for picnics, fine wine, cheeses and long, slow lunches. If you know a friend who returned with a fine-tuned palate or a friend who dreams of living in Rome, this is the gift for him or her.
The European Picnic Gift Bag Includes: 1 bottle Collefrisio Montepulicano d’Abruzzo DOC Red Wine, Benedetto Cavalieri Organic Pennucce Whole Wheat Macaroni, 1 bottle Zoe Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Divina Greek Olive mix, Dalmatia Black Olive Spread, Carr’s Entertainment Cracker Collection, Taleggio Vero DOP Cheese and clementines.
The Beer Lover’s Gift Bag
The only way you’ll get me to watch professional sports is with an impressive food spread. This bag would entice even me to watch a game. Whether your beer lover is a football lover or just wants some quality snacks for Netflix binging, this gift offers a winning combination of classics and artisan updates!
The Beer Lover’s Gift Bag: 1 pint Chimay Grande Réserve Ale, 1 pint Chimay Première Ale, Original “Splits” Pretzels, Brooklyn Brine Whiskey Sour Pickles, Edmond Fallot Horseradish Dijon Mustard, Becky’s Blissful Bakery Salted Beer & Pretzel Caramels, Jubilee Hilltop Ranch Beef Jerky, and clementines.
The Wine Lover’s Gift Guide
For the friend or family member who doesn’t merely pick a pretty label when selecting his or her next bottle, this bag will make you look like a wine pro too! Paired with the makings of an impressive cheeseboard, your recipient will think of you fondly while enjoying this spread! If you’re lucky, he or she will even invite you to share.
The Wine Lover’s Gift Bag: A bottle of Collefrisio di Collefrisio Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC (red label) and a bottle Collefrisio di Collefrisio Bianco IGT Terre di Chieti (orange label) OR a bottle of Collefrisio Trebbbiano d’Abruzzo DOC and Collefrisio Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC Vignaquadra; Carr’s Whole Wheat Crackers, Drunken Goat cheese, Creminelli Sopressata sausages- Garlic & Wine Flavor and clementines.