Christmas is coming, and you're probably still stressing about what to get your friends and family. Sure, you can buy them a box of socks on Amazon, but why not up your gift game with something unique?
These food-centric finds will wow everyone on your nice list. From hand-crafted chocolates to chef-made sea salt scrubs, these gifts are sure to please every foodie you know.
Beauty and the Board. This Miami company delivers gorgeous grazing boards to your home. Choose from cheese, vegetable, charcuterie, or cookie varieties — or design your own. There are many to choose from, but the best pick is the Miami board, which includes a selection of cheeses, charcuterie, rosemary crackers, dried and fresh fruits, green olives, and dips. Prices range from $34 for a picnic box that serves two to four people to $185 for a grazing board that can feed a party of up to two dozen. Order at beautyandtheboard.com.
CBD Kit From Charlotte's Web. Holidays are fun, but they can also be stressful. Give the gift of relaxation to your favorite person. The Put Yourself First Aid Kit includes a package of CBD gummies, 17 mg of mint-chocolate-flavored Charlotte's Web CBD oil, and a deck of holiday tip cards printed with affirmations. The box (retail value $128) costs $99 at charlottesweb.com.
Cao Chocolates. You can never go wrong with a box of premium chocolates. This year, Cao Chocolates is making bonbons filled with house-made coquito and rum. Order an entire box of the coquito flavor, or mix them with others. Bonbons are sold in boxes of six ($12), 12 ($24), 24 ($45), or 36 ($62), so there's a gift for every price point. Be sure to pick up some ponche crema, a Venezuelan version of eggnog, made with rum. Call in advance to reserve yours. 9800 SW 77th Ave., Miami; 305-879-0281; caochocolates.com.
Cup of José Gift Set. Here's the ultimate Wynwood mashup in gift form: Cup of José, Wynwood Brewing Company's rich espresso porter made with Panther Coffee beans. A six-pack costs $11.99. Buy two six-packs at the brewery and receive a free Cup of Jose hat. 565 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-982-8732; wynwoodbrewing.com.
Green Fig and Lionfish. Miami's venerable chef Allen Susser's new book, Green Fig and Lionfish: Sustainable Caribbean Cooking ($33 on Amazon, $10.99 for Kindle download), lists several recipes that call for lionfish, the invasive species that's taking over South Florida's reefs. The book is filled with recipes for lionfish, including ceviche, stew, and tacos. It's the perfect gift for your favorite eco-friendly home cook. greenfigandlionfish.com.
Kaptain Kush Shirt. Wear Miami's superhero, Kaptain Kush, proudly on shirts ($20) and hats ($20) bearing his likeness. Find a treasure trove of other items too, such as logo mason jars, growlers, tanks, and lighters, at kushhospitality.com.
Publix Gifts. Miami is obsessed with Publix, and the Lakeland-based supermarket chain is taking advantage of that adoration with a complete line of gifts. These items are perfect for your uncle who swears Publix subs are magical. Find stocking stuffers such as branded socks, fanny packs, and coffee mugs on the shopping site 363.com. Or pick up a limited-edition Publix ornament — which strangely resembles Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc. — at your local store ($4.99).
Santa Mugs. Who wouldn't want this cheery "Santa Pants" mug to hold their coffee (or whiskey)? Miracle Bar at Gramps Wynwood sells Santa Pants ($10.99) and other festive drinkware. Simply drop in and ask your bartender. Grab a drink while you're there for the ultimate stress-free holiday shopping. 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com.
Sunny Side Up Sea Salt Scrub. Chef Janine Booth's sea salt scrubs, made with items she uses daily in the kitchen, are supernourishing for the skin. Choose from three varieties, each inspired by and sold at the restaurants she co-owns with husband Jeff McInnis. At Mi'Talia Kitchen and Bar (5958 S. Dixie Hwy., South Miami), find a Meyer lemon and olive oil sea salt scrub. At Stiltsville Fish Bar (1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach), pick up a key lime and coconut oil sea salt scrub. And Root & Bone (5958 S. Dixie Hwy., South Miami) sells a sun tea sea salt scrub with hints of lemon, orange, peppermint, and tea. Each costs $14. Booth will soon launch a lifestyle line called Sunny Side Up, but for now, pick up a few jars at any of her eateries.
Syrian Spice Set. You don't have to be a home cook to appreciate this three-spice set by Zaytouna Foods. Each jar is filled with fragrant spices that give life to every dish, from fresh seafood to leftovers. The set includes sumac, a spice with a tangy lemony flavor; za'atar, a delicious Middle Eastern herb and spice blend that combines thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds; and seven spice, a mix of finely ground spices used to season meats, fish, and soups. Order at zaytounafoods.com.
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