Best Gifts for Foodies

Do you want to be known as the best gift-giver in the group? Purchase something from this list and your popularity will soar!

This year’s Best Gifts List focuses on small businesses. Businesses where you will find unique, one-of-a-kind, practical and appreciated gifts for all the food lovers on your list.

Foodies delight in artisan, hand-crafted delicacies. The items below are just a small sample of appropriate gifts.

Grapeseed Oils from ApresVin – ApresVin is a small company in Washington’s wine country. They capture the antioxidant-rich varietal oils from wine pomace. In addition they make several infused oils, all of which are delicious. I personally am fond of the Moroccan Chardonnay Oil.

Pasta Mama’s Pasta – Pasta Mama’s makes fresh dried pastas from a locally grown grain, Shepherd’s wheat. The unique pasta has a fresh pasta toothiness in a convenient dried form. They offer several flavors like black pepper and beet, in many shapes. Their Large Gift Box with pasta and sauces will be especially appreciated.

Is there a grill master on your list? Order Penzey’s Grill and Broil 8 Jar Spice mix. All spices are not created equal and Penzey’s sells the highest quality spices out there.

Raye’s Mustard is the last stone ground mustard mill in the U.S. I grew up eating Raye’s Mustards and make sure to purchase several jars each time I return home. All of their mustards are excellent, but foodies will be particularly pleased with their Pretzel Dipping Triple Pack.

Some dried fruits are tasteless, but Meduri’s dried fruits are succulent and piquant. The Three-Sampler Set includes juicy dried peaches, apricots, and Mandarin orange slices.

Zingerman’s of Ann Arbor, Michigan offers a veritable wish book for foodies. Some items of particular interest include: Chocolate and Fig Panettone, Basque Mountain Sheep’s Milk Cheese, old-fashioned Roadhouse Bread, and Coconut Jam.

There are so many really good American wines these days, but organic wines are still rather rare. Power’s Winery has been making excellent organic wines for decades. Their 2013 Pure Red Blend is a welcome gift, especially for wine lovers who have a bad reaction to the sulfites found in non-organic wines.

Tupelo is known as the best flavored honey, and I am not apt to disagree. Honey lovers everywhere will enjoy honey from Savannah Bee Company.

by Renee Pottle

Renee Pottle, a freelance writer and Home Economist, is fanatic about all things food. She blogs about canning and food preservation at Find her professional food writing info at

November 27, 2015

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