The holidays are a time for giving and receiving, for shopping and decorating, but most all, they are a time for food! And so as we put together our gift guides for the season, we couldn’t forget our chefs and foodies. From local Chicago shops, to charitable food, to some of our favorite national brands, here are our top picks for the food-obsessed gal or guy in your life…
For the Java lover: TOMS Thankful Blend
Put a boost in your morning with a tasty drink for a great cause! Write what you’re thankful for on the bag, and you’ll also be providing clean water for a week to someone in need
For the at-home show-off chef: Sur la Table Croquade Classic Vanilla Waffle Dough
Because who doesn’t love a little Belgian sweetness in the morning?
For those with Midwest pride (like us!): Pastoral’s “Best of the Midwest” signature cheese box
A Chicago classic that can be customized (with wine!) and shipped nationwide for a taste of the Windy City
For the wino: Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato
A little sweetness to go with your holiday cookies, plus for each cork returned to the winery this month, a donation will be made to Meals On Wheels Association of America. For details, check here.
For those who eat dessert first: Siena Tavern’s gelato-to-go
This month’s flavor is peppermint, but there’s really no wrong choice when you pick up a pint to go
For the cocktail classic: Van Gogh Blue vodka
Because no holiday party is complete without an ultra-smooth cocktail (we also love the pomegranate flavor)
For the newlywed foodie: Monogrammed William Sonoma tool set
Help them show off their new last name with this sleek personalized set
For the chocolate devotee: The Big Bar from All Chocolate Kitchen
9 inches of the world’s finest both dark and milk chocolate. Need we say more?
For the cutie foodie: Lily & Val Mugs
Because every morning could use a side of caffeinated sass, courtesy of Blue Door Farm Stand
For keeping it sharp: Cuisinart Advantage knife set
It’s colorful, effective and the perfect kitchen addition
For those still learning: Fabio Viviani’s Italian Kitchen cookbook
Even the best chefs should always be learning, and that gnocchi recipe seriously is to die for!
For the artsy cook: Drywell Art Chicago Prints
These benefit the Chicago Food Depository if you buy from Blue Door Farm Stand and are totally cute to boot!