6 stocking-stuffer gift ideas for food lovers

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      We all have one (or a few) food lovers in our lives, and it can be a difficult task trying to find the perfect holiday present to satisfy their taste buds or culinary tendencies. But there’s no need for an extravagant gift basket or heavily loaded restaurant gift card—it’s the thought that counts, right?

      Here are six stocking stuffers for the food-obsessed individuals you know.


      Purdys Chocolates

      Purdys Christmas Chocolates

      Besides the fact that your friends or family will think highly of you for showering them with Christmas confections, sweets from Purdys Chocolatier are also easy items to pick up (especially for the last-minute holiday shoppers). This local chocolate shop has many goodies in store this season, including mini salted caramels in a cute snowflake-covered cylindrical container ($12.50 for 200 grams) and the Christmas Express—tiny milk-chocolate trains paired with classic foil-wrapped chocolates ($13.50 for 150 grams). If you know someone with a bigger stocking, go for the new Snow Day Stories Book Tin—a whimsical book-shaped box filled with some of Purdys’ best-selling chocolates, such as hedgehogs and truffles ($22).

      Find them at Purdys (various locations) or online.


      Silk Road Tea

      Wellness Tea Sampler

      Tea can be the ideal remedy for people aiming to recover from the heavy foods and alcoholic beverages that are usually consumed during the holiday season. Silk Road Tea’s Kit Wellness tea sampler ($22.95) comes with four mini tins of premium and organic teas, which are great for detoxing postfestivities. Each tin can serve eight to 10 cups of tea, and you can choose from an assortment of flavours from the shop—go for a seasonal blend such as the candy-cane herbal tea, the rejuvenating mulberry tea, or the classic London fog black tea. The tins come in a floral, reusable, handmade paper pouch, which can easily fit into stockings.

      Find it at Silk Road Tea (2066 West 4th Avenue) or online.


      Leila Kwok

      Holiday Macarons

      If you want to surprise someone with a tasty treat under the tree (or hanging on the mantle, in this case), we suggest picking up some holiday macarons ($2.50 each) from Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe. Chef Thierry Busset has created some delicious seasonally inspired flavours, including cranberry (made with cranberry reduction in the buttercream and a whole roasted cranberry in its centre), gingerbread (with a ginger-spiced shell and orange-mascarpone buttercream), and stollen (a spiced shell with rum buttercream and a rum-raisin-and-candied-orange marzipan centre). It all comes together in a colourful macaron box—just put a bow on it and you’re set.

      Find them at Thierry Chocolates (1059 Alberni Street).


      Leila Kwok

      Koji Salt

      For those who are wondering why salt would ever make for a great gift, you’ve never tried this kind of salt. Dosanko’s house-made Japanese seasoning ($10 per jar) combines koji (a type of fungus grown on white rice), salt, sugar, and citric acid. It is full of umami (savoury taste)—flavourful but not overwhelming—and serves as the perfect seasoning for all types of culinary creations. Use it in soups, sauces, salads, cooked veggies, seafood, chicken wings, fries, and more. Besides being low in sodium, it also has probiotics and enzymes that are said to be beneficial to your health. It’s packaged in a mini Mason jar for convenient gifting.

      Find it at Dosanko Restaurant (566 Powell Street).



      President's Choice

      Acacia Wood and Copper Utensils

      What’s better than gifting edible goods to foodies? Surprising them with cooking utensils so they can make magic happen in their own kitchens. President’s Choice Holiday Home Collection has come out with copper utensils such as a spatula and a wooden spoon made with acacia wood ($7 each), adding a stylish touch to otherwise ordinary-looking cooking tools. Acacia wood is naturally durable, and its oils will give it water resistance. We don’t know about you, but we would be very excited to start using these if we found them in our Christmas stocking.

      Find them at the Real Canadian Superstore (various locations).


      Ming Wo

      Hand-Held Spiralizer

      You can never go wrong with presenting someone with a kitchen gadget, especially if it’s a handy cooking tool that can create healthy food alternatives. Oxo’s good grips hand-held spiralizer ($15.98) can accommodate a variety of veggies to create everything from zucchini pasta to beet garnish to sweet potato curly fries (yum). The open-blade design works with long and round vegetables, and its soft and non-slip grip allows for a steady hold. There’s nothing wrong with a hearty plate of pasta, but this device can help jazz up dinner with something that’s fun and not-fussy. Foodies and the like will be impressed with this gift—it’s unique and useful.

      Find it at Ming Wo (various locations) or online.

      Looking for more gift ideas? Check out the Georgia Straight's 2017 holiday gift guide here.