6 gourmet gifts for all the food-lovers you know

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      The festive season can be hectic, and it’s not always easy finding the right gift for family and friends.

      When in doubt, default to food offerings, because nothing can go wrong with a happy belly.

      From gourmet gift baskets featuring locally made treats to handmade holiday cookie tins to elevated snack boxes, here are six foodie-inspired holiday offerings to satisfy every type of palate.


      Commissary Connect

      Commissary Goodies

      Shared-kitchen network Commissary Connect is once again offering its holiday gift boxes ($55 plus tax), which feature handcrafted products made by local chefs. Two versions are available: the original box and the 100-percent plant-based one. Those lucky enough to receive this as a gift will find products from vendors like Tayybeh, Cookies of Course, Kanadell, Planted Meals, Flourgirl Baking, Georels Bone Broth, and more. Munch on flavoured popcorn, Japanese-style spreads, vegan products, and sugar cookies. A charitable component to this gift makes it stand out from others: all proceeds from each box will be donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Need we say more?

      Find it Commissary Connect's website.


      Edible Canada

      Canadian Maple

      Our country’s maple syrup may be a hot commodity for tourists, but it’s often overlooked for another sweet natural product: honey. However, Edible Canada’s Everything Maple gift basket ($100) will squash any ideas that maple syrup isn’t awesome in its own right. The hamper includes products like maple marshmallows, a maple-smoked salt-and-rosemary chocolate bar, maple spread, maple-smoked salmon jerky, and more. We’re sure that whoever receives this sweet basket will never take maple syrup for granted again.

      Find it on Edible Canada's website.


      Beaucoup Bakery

      Holiday Cookies

      Those who followed the Christmas tradition of leaving cookies out for Santa will understand how much self-control it took to walk away from the plate of baked treats. If you know someone obsessed with holiday-themed cookies, check out the ones from Beaucoup Bakery. The local hot spot is once again offering festive cookie tins ($35 for a tin of 16 or $17.95 for 8) filled with flavours like hojicha-toffee-and–walnut snowballs (butter cookies rolled in a Japanese roasted green tea icing sugar), Baci di Dama (roasted-hazelnut cookies sandwiched with Valrhona dark chocolate), and yuzu fennel wreaths (Viennese sable dipped in yuzu inspiration chocolate and sprinkled with fennel pollen). 

      Find it at Beaucoup Bakery (2150 Fir Street).


      Caffè La Tana

      Taste of Italy

      Commercial Drive’s Caffè La Tana is celebrating the holiday season with carefully curated gift boxes and baskets filled with fine Italian foods. Be prepared to drool over tasty provisions like cured meats, imported cheeses, condiments and confections, olive oil and house-made vinegars, and fresh-made pasta. Customization is available for various prices, and they come wrapped in a festive red ribbon.

      Find them at Caffè La Tana (635 Commercial Drive) or at its holiday pop-up at Nordstrom Pacific Centre (799 Robson Street).



      Christmas Chocolates

      It’s safe to say that chocolates are an important part of the holiday season. Vancouver’s own Purdys Chocolatier has been making confections since 1907, so they know how it works. The seasonal collection includes the Joy gift box ($25), which features drawers filled with foil-wrapped chocolates, its famous milk-chocolate hedgehogs, and other chocolate bars. Other stocking stuffers—like eggnog truffles ($12), gingerbread chocolates ($12), Happy Holidays chocolate bars ($5.50), and a snowman lolly ($2.50)—are also available to satisfy sweet tooths.

      Find them at Purdys (various locations) or on its website.


      The Dirty Apron

      Artisan Snacks

      Some people like fridges full of groceries, and some can't live without a bar cart stocked with libations. But there are also those who would prefer a pantry filled with snacks, and the Dirty Apron’s Snacker gift box ($69) might be the perfect holiday treat for them. Local and global foods are packed into this trove of goodies, including chocolate bars, English candies, truffle chips, strawberry daiquiri gummies, virgin coconut oil, and more. Whoever receives this gift will likely spend the next few days at home binging Netflix on their couch.

      Find it at the Dirty Apron (540 Beatty Street) or on its website.

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