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Behold the Salt Bae Ugly Christmas Sweater and Other Christmas Gifts for Foodies

Behold the ugliest ugly sweater
Behold the ugliest ugly sweater Photo by Laine Doss
Christmas is a week away, and odds are you're still scouring the internet at 3 a.m. for that perfect gift. But don't fret: These food-centric finds will wow everyone on your nice list. From hand-crafted chocolate ornaments to chef-inspired ugly sweaters, these local finds will suit the favorite foodie in your life.

1. Salt Bae ugly Christmas sweater. Want to win the brewery's ugly-sweater contest? You've got that bar tab in the bag when you show up in this $29.95 monstrosity. Yep, it's an embroidered image of Salt Bae — the guy who pissed off the entire Venezuelan exile community by boasting about hosting that country's president, Nicolás Maduro — doing his signature weird sprinkle thing on an unsuspecting gingerbread man. Century 21 at Sawgrass Mills, 12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise; c21stores.com.
click to enlarge COURTESY OF ALDI
Courtesy of Aldi
2. Aldi's cheese Advent calendars. Even though we're well into December, there's still time to enjoy an Advent calendar, especially one filled with imported cheeses. Dine on 24 mini-bites, including cheddar, Havarti, and Gouda, for $14. Pair it with one of Aldi's sensibly priced bottles of wine for the perfect foodie gift. Various locations; aldi.us.
click to enlarge A small keg of Christmas cheer - COURTESY OF EDUKOS
A small keg of Christmas cheer
Courtesy of Edukos
3. Christmas Ale at Edukos. Stop by Little Havana's Edukos for a mini-keg of Breckenridge Brewery's Christmas Ale ($30). The festive barrel serves about 16 pints of warm winter flavor with a full-bodied finish. Grab yours while quantities last. 1701 W. Flagler St., Suite 101, Miami; 786-452-0488; edukosmiami.com.
click to enlarge COURTESY OF GARCIA NEVETT
Courtesy of Garcia Nevett
4. Garcia Nevett Chocolatier de Miami's edible ornaments. Your holidays just got an upgrade with Garcia Nevett's chocolate ornaments. Each bulb is hand-crafted with luxurious Venezuelan cocoa and filled with three spongy toffee truffles. Create a festive table with a dozen of these stunning confections or give a box to your favorite chocolate lover ($16.99). 7312 Red Rd., Miami; 305-749-0506; garcianevett.com.
click to enlarge Sephora x MOIC Sugar Wafer face palette. - PHOTO BY LAINE DOSS
Sephora x MOIC Sugar Wafer face palette.
Photo by Laine Doss
5. Sephora x Museum of Ice Cream palette. The Instagram-worthy Museum of Ice Cream has ended its run in Miami Beach, but that doesn't mean the selfie addict in your life has stopped posting on social media. Make them picture-perfect by giving them the Sephora x Museum of Ice Cream Sugar Wafer face palette ($20), filled with six shades of contour, cheek color, and highlighter. Various locations; sephora.com.
click to enlarge COURTESY OF GRAZIANO'S MARKET
Courtesy of Graziano's Market
6. Graziano's gift baskets. Craft a delectable gift basket at Graziano's in Coral Gables. Choose from an assortment of European meats, artisanal pastas, wines, and the not-to-be-missed dulce de leche. Customize a basket filled with your foodie's favorite things or grab a premade arrangement from one of its Miami locations. Prices range from $25 to $200. 2301 Galiano St., Coral Gables; 305-460-0001; grazianosgroup.com.
click to enlarge Start the holidays off right at Miracle Bar. - PHOTO BY MELISSA HOM
Start the holidays off right at Miracle Bar.
Photo by Melissa Hom
7. Miracle in Miami merchandise. Take home a souvenir or share a piece of Miracle Miami with friends and family by snagging some adorable merchandise. The kitschy drinkware costs $14 apiece, including classic eggnog mugs and highball glasses decorated with Santa in his sleigh. Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; miraclepopup.com.
click to enlarge Sangria, margarita, and mimosa wine cocktails - COURTESY OF ELENA VIVAS
Sangria, margarita, and mimosa wine cocktails
Courtesy of Elena Vivas
8. Miami Cocktail Company. Stuff those stockings with bottles of Miami Cocktail Company's craft wine cocktails. The ready-to-serve libations come in a variety of locally inspired flavors, such as blood orange mimosa and sunset sangria. Starting at $15 per bottle, these organic and non-GMO gems are a great local addition to any bar cart. You can find them at most Total Wine and Whole Foods locations. 2750 NW Third Ave., Miami; miamicocktail.com.
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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
Contact: Laine Doss
Attorney by day, foodie by night, Elena Vivas is a regular food and beverage contributor for Miami New Times. She was also an expert columnist for Foodable TV and a food editor for tropicult.com.
Contact: Elena Vivas