Gift Guide: Gift boxes, baskets, and bags from Vancouver caterers and food companies

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      If you still haven't crossed off everyone's name on your gift list, or need to send some gratitude to a certain someone, here are a few last-minute gift ideas for food-based gift baskets, boxes, and bags that may be just what you're looking for.

      Acorn Holiday Gift Bag
      The Acorn Market

      The vegetable-forward The Acorn Market is offering the Acorn Holiday Gift Bag. The vegan version ($60) includes a vegan and organic pancake mix, wild harvest syrup, organic pickled beets, house dijon mustard, local crackers, organic market jam, and a 100-percent cotton Acorn face mask, and a limited-edition Acorn enamel pin—all in an Acorn limited-edition tote bag. The cheese version ($75) has all of that plus Mt Lehman Aged Buffalo Cheddar and Mt Lehman Goat Chevre, and the bags can also be paired with red or white wine.

      Chef’s Holiday Curations Box
      Edge Catering

      East Van–based Edge Catering is offering its Chef’s Holiday Curations Box ($70), which includes housemade giardiniera pickles, herb-infused oil, pineapple fennel chutney, cranberry orange marmalade, housemade granola, BBQ turkey dry rub, housemade Edge crisps, chocolate bark, cherry almond biscotti, and more.  

      Grazing Box
      The Lazy Gourmet

      The Lazy Gourmet has an array of five baskets and boxes. There’s the Grazing Box ($60 for six people or $120 for 12 people) with four artisan cheeses, vegan cheese, sundried tomato aioli, squash and feta dip, rosemary caramel popcorn, and more. The Savoury Gift Basket ($75 for small or $125 for large) has homemade herbed focaccia, homemade chips and garlic dip, and rustic tapenade but adds in sweets, including thyme dark chocolate dipped shortbread cookies, chocolate-covered almonds, and more. There's also a box full-on with sweets and a hot chocolate package. If you can’t decide which one of these to get, there’s always the A Little Bit of Everything Box ($245), which is exactly that—a little bit from each of these baskets all in one.

      Legends Haul

      Metro Vancouver grocery delivery service Legends Haul has been offering an array of gift boxes with items are sourced from local businesses such as Livia Bakery, Chambar, Nightingale, DL Chicken Shack, Beetbox, Beta5 Chocolates, Kula Kitchen, Urban Tadka, Maenam, Mumgry Nut Butters, The Pie Shoppe, Cafe Medina, and Legends Haul’s own Essentials line. However, they've proven to be such a hit that most have already sold out. There are some new offerings—including the Sweet/Salty Gift Box ($45), the Ultimate Spread Gift Box ($90), and the Love Yourself Gift Box ($110)—but one had already sold out (the Night in Italy Gift Box) so get a move on if you want to get one of these.  

      Railtown Catering's holiday gift basket
      Railtown Catering

      Railtown Catering has gourmet gifts assembled in a holiday gift basket ($100) with Christmas spice blend, olive oil crostini, rosemary and lemon crackers, Okanagan apple jam, traditional mulling spice, gingerbread cookies, and more (with Frind Estates Red Wine or Spearhead Pinot Gris for an additional $25). But if you're looking for something else, customized baskets are also an option.

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