Friday, December 4, 2020

2020 Local Foodie Gift Guide

It's that time of year when we're all shopping for loved ones (and maaayyybbee something sneaks into the cart for ourselves, like the Animal Print Mug ($38) from Rose Parlor and Wild Ideas Reporters Notebook ($9) from Lake Erie Design Co. that I snagged for myself on Small Business Saturday), so here's my 2020 Gift Guide focusing on locally made items fit for any "foodie" in your life. 

Anyone would enjoy a warm beverage (like my bourbon-spiked apple cider below) in the Cleveland Skyline Multi-colored Mug from The Cleveland Traveler. Check out her online store for other CLE-themed items like a tote and art prints. She's also generously offering all of you 15% off using the promo code BITEBUFF15 at checkout!

Give the gift of wearable food with these Sushi Cutie Kawaii Earrings (and so much more) from Letterpress Jess

Prepping and serving food can be gorgeous too with these Nesting Formation Bowls (set of 3) from Lauren HB Studio.

Looking for an experiential gift for the home baker? Consider a Virtual Cooking Class (price varies) from Annie's Signature Sweets.

Shopping secondhand is always a good idea, and you can score items like this Ceramic Pie Plate from Helm Collective. It's my favorite vintage retail shop in Cleveland, and you should follow her on Instagram for a peek at the goods and easy online shopping in her stories or on her website. 

What home cook doesn't love to try new recipes? Purchase a Cookbook from Visible Voice Books or another local bookstore. Double up on the local love by purchasing one authored by our city's best chefs, such as Koji Alchemy: Rediscovering the Magic of Mold-Based Fermentation by Jeremy Umansky & Rich Shih.

Anyone in your life would like a Silicone "Kookin" Trivet from MODGY to protect their table or counter. 

Looking for a winter project for that foodie in your life? Grow Your Own Microgreen Kit from Erie Shore Seed and Spore for fun with the whole family. 

A bundle like the Roast 101 Seasoning Gift Set (several others to choose from too) from Urban Herbs will always be put to good use in any kitchen.

To decorate that foodie's home, gift them the Pack of Places postcards (20 included) or an 8.5"x11" single print from local illustrator Amber Esner. They can cluster a few framed prints in their home and use others to mail as postcards to loved ones they can't see during the pandemic. Almost all of the prints included are iconic Cleveland restaurants! 

We've always been fans of the famous produce, and you can give the gift of an Introductory Farm Experience Box from Farmer Jones Farm at The Chef's Garden. It includes: Introductory Vegetable Box, 5-ounce box of cut honeycomb from bees tended on our grounds, along with Tomato, Carrot Cake, and Pepper Marmalade—each containing ingredients that are regeneratively farmed by their team. Plus, items that feature their edible flowers include Flowerhouse Lamiaceae Green Tea and Flowerhouse Soap. This unique gift box also contains buckwheat flour, squeeze bottle, tea infuser, and wooden spoon or honey dipper.  

Give the gift that keeps on giving with a small-batch, locally made Granola of the Month Club for 3 Months from City Hippie GranolaA different flavored granola for every month of the year from this small-batch local granola company, shipped to your loved one. Flavors include Almond Mango, Apple Pie, Banana Bread, Coconut Lime Pineapple, Double Chocolate Coconut, Jail House Rock, Lemon Blueberry, Orange Cranberry, Parmesan Rosemary, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodle and Sweet and Salty Trail Mix. Really love someone? Upgrade it to 6 Months ($70) or 12 Months ($140).

A beautiful handcrafted leather Knife Roll from J.Lees Knives that holds up to eight 8” knives will make any home cook feel like a professional chef. Also check out his one-of-a-kind knives. 

I hope you find this guide helpful. As always, a gift card to one of our local restaurants is a perfect stocking stuffer, gift for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life, or as a treat for you to enjoy later. They need us more than ever right now. Please consider shopping with our small businesses this holiday season. 

Disclosure: I was provided with a sample mug from Cleveland Traveler in exchange for inclusion in this post. All opinions stated are 100% my own.