Earlier this week, I posted a link to fellow blogger Morgan Lee’s Holiday Gift Guide on her blog Columbus Living, where she suggested some awesome local products for your still-to-buy-for friends and family. I got some great feedback in response, and hope many of you have found something for the folks on your list. But a lot of you asked about gifts for the “foodies” in your life. You know, those special folks who love to not only shop local, but EAT & COOK local too.
So without further delay, here’s my 2014 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Foodies in your life!!
1. Local Culinary Tours from Columbus Food Adventures
The opportunity to experience local eats in this uniquely designed atmosphere will always top my list of awesome gift ideas. CFA offers guided tours through several of Cbus’ popular neighborhoods, and also features tours focusing on things like ethnic eats, desserts, coffee, and even a breakfast tour!! Booking a trip or buying a gift certificate to a CFA tour is the ultimate foodie gift!!
2. Local Brewery Tours from Columbus Brew Adventures
CFA’s sister company, Columbus Brew Adventures, offers equally entertaining and informative tours for fans of local breweries and distilleries. They also offer an exceptional Pizza & Pints tour that I can personally recommend. A guided tour or a gift certificate from CBA will certainly thrill the craft beer fan in your family!
3. Coffee by the Month
Stauf’s Coffee Roasters offers a unique and special gift that will last the whole year through…their Coffee by the Month Club. It’s an extra special way to sample many of their delicious coffees, selected by their roasters for each and every month. In addition, bags of coffee and holiday gift sets from local favorites like Roaming Goat, One Line Coffee, Thunderkiss, Cafe Brioso and others are usually available for purchase at each respective shop, and at local grocers like The Hills Market, Weiland’s Market, and Lucky’s Market.
4. Open A Coffee Shop
No, I’m not suggesting for you to open a shop for someone, but if you have someone in your life that has always dreamed of opening and running their own coffee shop, Crimson Cup Coffee founder Greg Ubert has written “Seven Steps to Success in the Specialty Coffee Industry”. It’s everything you need to know to run a profitable coffee house or cafe. It could be just the gift that your aspiring small business owner needs to motivate them to success!
5. Buy them a seat at a cooking class or culinary event
The Commissary is a certified, commercial kitchen and culinary event center designed for anyone and everyone who works in food at any stage. They host cooking classes, tastings, local start-ups, and is seriously just an awesome community tool for “foodies”. The Commissary regularly schedules events with local chefs, where the public can purchase tickets and sample their foods, and learn more about the Columbus food scene in the process.
Everybody loves chocolates!! Luckily, Columbus has some of the finest, top-quality chocolate makers in the country right here. Check out the delicious gift boxes and holiday selections at Le Chocoholique or Winans Fine Chocolates & Coffees.
7. Beer Dinners & Educational Tasting Sessions
101 Beer Kitchen in Dublin (and their soon-to-open 2nd location in Gahanna!) offers their exciting, monthly Beer Dinner Series, a unique 5-course dinner which is paired perfectly with 6 different beers from local breweries and brewers, well-known regional breweries and top-level national brands. In addition, they also offer Educational Tasting Sessions throughout the year.
8. CaJohn’s Flavor & Fire
One of my all-time favorite vendors at the North Market is CaJohn’s. With over 180 all-natural items that will ignite your taste buds with the fire of local flavor, they’re the perfect choice for the spicy and adventurous food lover on your list. They specialize in sauces, spices, salsa and gift boxes of all varieties.
9. Jeni’s Holiday Delivery
We all know and love Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. But did you know that they offer a Holiday gift service with holiday delivery? The process is simple – just log on to their website, select a mix of your favorite flavors (or the recipients favorites), or shop by collection, and they’ll take care of the rest!
10. Aprons from Kitchen + Threads
Chef Silas Caeton, formerly of Veritas Tavern in Delaware, recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign where he created a line of aprons that are durable, fit well, and are stylish at the same time. Kitchen + Threads is now taking orders on their website for their popular smocks, and even has a section for custom designs as well. I’m thinking of buying one of these for myself this holiday season, and I’m thinking the foodie in your life who loves to cook or bake would love to have one too!