• Holiday 2011 Gift Guide

    by  • December 5, 2011 • Local Food • 11 Comments

    Need a gift for a person who appreciates the provenance of presents? Here are eleven fun, unique ideas from central Ohio:

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    1) Little Alouette makes the most beautiful baby gifts, period. This holiday they offer personalized teethers, rocking horses, and a stunning nativity set.

    2) I picked up a Zeroz Wallet for myself this fall and I am totally in love with the ultra-simple, sleek, handmade-in-Columbus design. It seems unreasonable that someone could improve on something as basic as a wallet, but Zeroz has done it.

    3) A week ago, Tulane Road Pottery delivered an invitation to their holiday open house. We walked all of four blocks to the backyard studio and admired the earthy, architectural ceramic ware. A Tulane Road handmade plate, bowl, mug or piggy bank would make a handsome gift.

    4) Thurns Meat Samplers – This year Thurn’s Speciality Meats, 530 Greenlawn Ave., is offering gift packs for the holiday season, all under $20.00. Your choice of bacon, smoked sausage, jerky, or party sampler will include meats vacuum packed for easy transportation and packaged in a gift bag.

    5) Did you know that central Ohio is home to a nationally recognized handcrafted stoneware manufacturer? Hartstone Pottery in Zanesville creates freezer-microwave-dishwasher-oven-safe dishes from USA clay and adds lead-free hand-painted details. I use my tall mug for coffee or tea every day. Visit their location for factory tours and a complete store or shop online with 30% off through next Friday.

    6) If don’t receive a pair of foodie earrings from Sweet Stella Designs this xmas, I’m buying them for myself. Amy makes miniature confections out of polymer clay that look almost good enough to eat. Find a Sweet Stella dessert accoutrement at What the Rock?! and Wholly Craft, or the MAC Holiday Sale, see below.

    7) Igloo Letterpress and The Hills Market collaborated to make a touching, limited edition, Hand that Feeds You poster. Pick yours up at either location for just $25.

    8 ) For the sweets lover, grab a Sassafras Bakery Gift Package of handmade from-scratch cookies, brownies, or bars. AJ will be serving up her holiday menu through December 23 for pickup in Worthington or Gahanna or you can pick up individual treats at Bexley Coffee Shop, Market 65, or The Hills Market.

    9) Anyone who loves dining out in Columbus needs Nick Decker’s book, Breakfast with Nick. In it, he profiles breakfast joints and places that serve coffee and eats all day.

    10) Family and friends who appreciate fine drinks will certainly enjoy the best of central Ohio’s spirits. I suggest Watershed Gin, Brothers Drake Apple Pie Mead, or OYO Whiskey.

    11) For the person who has everything, try a gift certificate to North Market, Franklin Park Conservatory,or Columbus Food Adventures or a gift basket from Celebrate Local or Hills Market. If you are feeling charitable instead of material, try a donation to Local Matters, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, the Mid-Ohio Food Bank or Slow Food Columbus.

    What local gifts are you giving this year?

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    I live to eat and eat to live, planning every meal to include as much local and seasonal abundance as possible. I often wear purple and never refuse a drink.


    11 Responses to Holiday 2011 Gift Guide

    1. December 5, 2011 at 11:54 pm

      some great ideas! my mom loves that gin!

    2. amy
      December 6, 2011 at 12:26 am

      LOVE YOU- thanks so much! xoxo

    3. Tom Arkin
      December 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      Sugardaddy’s brownies and blondies are the best local gift to send nationwide. It’s what they do. Sugardaddy’s ships “oven to door in 24″ ensuring perfect arrival. This Columbus original is a favorite of Ellen and Bobby Flay!


      • December 6, 2011 at 11:15 pm

        Sugardaddy’s are great gifts!

    4. caz
      December 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      Sweet Thing Gourmet jams are always a hit and Bexley Coffee Shop’s coffee beans, too. Did you know they roast their own beans? Yum! Also, the Breakfast with Nick book and Jeni’s lovely ice cream cookbook are such great gifts. And agree with Tom Arkin– my husband gives Sugardaddy’s for client gifts. Very popular! :)

      • December 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm

        I forgot all our local coffee roasters – I would love some Bexley Coffee Shop beans under the treat. Thanks for the mention of Sweet Thing Gourmet jams too.

    5. December 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm

      My sister in law has a soapmaking buisiness. I buy and give her soap to my side of the family, it’s really good stuff.

      • December 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm

        Does your sister have a website? Feel free to link it here.

    6. December 6, 2011 at 11:26 pm

      She doesn’t have a website, but she does have a facebook page. She goes under the name of Fine As Frog’s Hair Creations and sells her soap at some farm markets near Bridgeport, Oh. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fine-as-Frogs-Hair-Creations/180724271987658

    7. December 6, 2011 at 11:42 pm

      Please don’t forget the newest central Ohio distillery spirit, Tessora Limone! We may be the new kid on the block, but we are already served or sold in over 250 locations in central Ohio, Cleveland, Cincinnati & Dayton. From a 200-year-old secret family recipe, it is also a semi-finalist for TechColumbus’ Innovation Awards as “Outstanding Product of the Year” under 250 employees! Look for our gift packs – its a showstopper!

      • December 7, 2011 at 12:02 am

        Oooh, I am a sucker for a good gift pack!

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