Haven't Started Christmas Shopping? 21 Last-Minute Gift Ideas
If you haven't begun searching for presents for your friends and loved ones yet, we're not going to judge you exactly, but man, you better get on it this weekend. Luckily, you have us to help. All December SFoodie has been coming up with ideas for local, food-related presents and hostess gifts that the culinarily obsessed in your life will love, and we've rounded them all up for you in one tidy post. Have a great holiday!
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- Sign your beloved up for Boccalone's Salumi Society and they'll get meat delivered to their door every month.
- Blue Bottle's small lot coffee series is really spectacular -- we tried the Ethiopian Nekisse which is a bit pricey at $15 for a third of a pound, but it makes a great holiday morning treat or hostess gift.
- The "Get Topped" box from Humphry Slocombe comes with two $5 gift certificates, a copy of the cookbook, and a bunch of ice cream toppings like vanilla and peppermint marshmallows, bourbon caramel sauce, and bacon peanut brittle.
- Build your favorite cookie fiend a custom macaron sampler in Hayes Valley.
- San Francisco's 479° Popcorn -- made with heirloom popcorn, natch -- has a special holiday flavor made with dark chocolate and peppermint oil-infused caramel.
- Order a gift box that combines really great Bellwether Carmody cheese with really great pears from Frog Hollow farm.
- Give chocolate! Recchiuti's moonlight skates are infused with the magic of the holidays, and Dandelion's single-origin bars are beautifully wrapped and made in their new Mission factory.
- Cooks always appreciate a good olive oil -- get a California-produced variety from We Olive.
- Know a hardcore carnivore? Pair a few choice 4505 steaks with the butcher's new cookbook.
- Hipsters will dig Turntable Kitchen merch including tea towels with headphones and a whisk and gift bundles that contain records, a T-shirt, and recipes.
- Appease apartment dwellers with potted herbs, citrus trees, or seeds for next year's garden at the Flora Grubb sale.
- Head to Umami Mart for items aimed at aspiring mixologists -- the shop has Japanese strainers, mixing glasses, carafes, jiggers, bitters bottles, and more specific tools for making stylish drinks.
- Commuters will love the locally made S'well bottle, which has separate hot and cold compartments and claims to keep hot drinks hot for 12 hours and cool drinks (including wine) for 24 hours.
- Locavores will be all about a local food wheel so they always know what's in season.
- Get cute overload at Gamma Go, a shop that sells things like unicorn bottle openers and pot leaf pot holders.
- Framed vintage menus from classic S.F. spots are always an attractive item to hang in the kitchen.
- Cooking classes from the new SF Cooking School are a solid bet -- we love the idea of an upcoming pizza class.
- Help someone explore the city's food scene Edible Excursions walking tours of neighborhoods like the Mission.
- Who said print is dead? Gift subscriptions artsy food magazines like Gastronomica and Lucky Peach are only a mouse click away.
- Etsy has all sorts of esoteric prezzies, like these paper and wood earrings depicting the Hang Ah Tea Room, San Francisco's oldest Chinese restaurant.
- Driving to see the fam? Make your road trip better with some great snacks.