Holiday Gift Guide for Gluttons, Drinkers & Yogis
Holiday Gift Guide – Tis the second most wonderful time of the year for me, because Halloween is just so much more fun and sexy! Now we focus on most people’s favorite things… PRESENTS. Forget finding the perfect holiday gift, even finding one people appreciate has become tough in our spoiled generation. Luckily, we are here to make that sacrifice for you and get gifts to try out and report back on. So we have created another Holiday Gift Guide, (check out last years too) with a fantastic array of diverse, eclectic, boozy, healthy and of course scrumptious options. If your family and friends still are not happy find new ones or just get them drunk and they will love it. Enjoy our New Holiday Gift Guide:
For the Gluttons
Cheese kind of makes things better especially when you add truffle honey to it, seriously truffle honey will change your life. Founded in 1940 by Murray Greenberg, Murray’s is proud to be a Greenwich Village-based business and part of the neighborhood’s rich food history. It’s a pretty safe bet to say that we’re cheese obsessed: our goal is to find the most delicious cheese across the globe, and then feed it to you! He and our lucky team travel regularly both in Europe and across the US in search of the new and great artisan cheeses being produced from California to Vermont and from Athens to Wales. And everywhere in between. We tried the cave aged gift basket and loved it.
If you add this insanely delicious Italian Truffle Honey from Amazon you will have your best Holiday ever!
Want to feel a lil better when you cook? How about adopting an adorable olive tree that sends you oil! Nudo Adopt hooks it up starting at $79 is a fantastic gift for food and travel enthusiasts. At it’s core Nudo Adopt is a subscription olive oil service in which you go online and “adopt” an olive tree from one of seven Italian groves and receive shipments of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. The adoption not only comes with the delicious extra virgin olive oil and discounts in the online store but also helps to preserve traditional farming practices in the beautiful Italian countryside, ensuring that destructive factory farming stays away.
Kosher Gift Basket
It is truly Chrismaka this year with both holidays falling on the same day! Sometimes it is hard to find a Channukah gift for those Orthodox Jews, there is a lot they can’t eat besides bacon. Well I found an awesome gift basket for them. The Kosher Hanukkah Gift Basket, $69.99 from Gourmet Gift Baskets. They have created this beautiful gift of delicious foods that are all 100% kosher. Comprised of gourmet treats of dreamily rich chocolates, sour candies, and savory snacks, this impressive basket is perfect to make Hanukkah 2016 a very memorable holiday.
No Jewish friends? No problem! They have hundreds of choices including: 25 different cheesecake flavors, almost 100 different popcorn flavors, beer buckets, wine suitcases, towers, upscale baskets, and more.
SOBEWFF for The Ultimate Foodies
If you or your friends are real deal foodies then a trip to Miami in February for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival is mandatory. Widely recognized as one of America’s favorite epicurean celebrations, the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF 2017) returns on February 22 – 26, 2017. Benefiting the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University, tickets are on sale! The line-up for the 16th annual Festival includes an array of unique dinner experiences, signature tastings, late-night parties, seminars, the return of the Taste Fort Lauderdale Series, and more. I shall of course be there and it is beyond marvelous.
For the Lazy Chefs
Holiday season is in full swing which means you’re probably busy planning a parties or hosting out-of-town guests. As such, thought it would be timely to share an all-in-one gadget that will make party menu prep a breeze: the T-fal Ingenio 5-Second Chopper! This chopper is equipped with two independent blades that make chopping, dicing and pureeing easy and mess-free.
Let’s Get Saucy
Sauce just makes everything better. If you are a true sauce aficionado then you should read this about some of my fave sauces. If you are looking for a cute and deelish holiday set then check out 4 Rivers Smokehouse‘s 4R Signature Sauce It Up! Box ($17.99). Each pack includes one 4R Signature BBQ Sauce, Hot BBQ Sauce, and Mustard Sauce.
For Healthy Folk
For Posh Yogis
Yoga Design Lab launches it’s newest collection of eye-popping yoga mats and luxury yoga accessories just in time for holiday shoppers who are looking for that fashionable yogi gift. The innovative yoga brand has been shaking up the industry with yoga mats described by Harper’s Bazaar and Refinery29 as ‘stunning works of art’. Designed in Bali by Canadian surfer/yogi Chad Turner, who sold all his stuff and moved there to launch the idea in 2014. The young brand produces visually stunning, fashion-¬forward and eco–friendly yoga products designed to inspire.
For Your Dirty Friends
Soaptopia is an LA-based small business of body products that are made with plant-based ingredients, essential oils and wild-crafted raw shea butter from Senegal, Africa. All Soaptopia products are Leaping Bunny-certified and PETA-certified—both of which ensure that the eco-friendly brand’s skincare, bath and body products are free of animal testing. Soaptopia is a favorite amongst some of the biggest names in Hollywood, such as Julia Roberts, Emily Blunt and Penelope Cruz.
MistleTwo for You – Make mine a double! A dynamic duo of holiday bliss. Two HUGE all natural artisan bars. Perfect for the hostess with the most-est, an esteemed co-worker or stuffing a stocking. HOLIDAY PRICE: $13, includes free shipping*
Holiday Hiatus –Escape the seasonal madness with a soothing spa retreat. Soak achy muscles and slather and refresh skin. Rubber Ducky won’t judge as you recount your adventures. HOLIDAY PRICE: $54.50, free shipping included*
For the Drinkers
For the Winos
Holiday gatherings will be here before we know it and a great bottle of wine is always a welcomed gift by your host or hostess. Here are some delicious options that will fit into any holiday budget:
Wine Under $15
The Seeker: Cabernet Sauvignon 2015v (SRP $13.99) is a delicious choice from the New World and a great gift for the “traveler” in your life. Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this Chilean Central Valley wine is stealthy, with silky texture, creamy tannins and aromatics of black fruit and vanilla. It is beautifully structured with touches of chocolate and toffee from the 50% French, 50% American oak aging. Enjoy it with stew, braised meats or hearty vegetables over a lively conversation about the year’s adventures.
Wine Under $20
Maison Louis Jadot: Bourgogne Chardonnay 2015v (SRP: 17.99) is an Old World classic, fit for everyone’s holiday table. Produced by one of the most trusted and revered wine houses in Burgundy, Maison Louis Jadot, it is the purest expression of the Chardonnay grape varietal. This white burgundy has fresh floral aromas, elegance and rich fruit. Savor Jadot’s Chardonnay with goat cheese hors d’oeuvres, vegetable terrines, or walnut-stuffed turkey.
Wine Under $30
Masi Agricola: Brolo Campofiorin Oro Rosso del Veronese 2011v ($29.99) would a pleasant surprise for any gift receiver. From the Veneto region of Italy, the Brolo Campofiorin is produced by world-renowned winery, Masi Agricola, known for blending innovative and historic methods to enhances the wines’ personality and retains a recognizable Venetian style. This wine shows rich, fragrant, ripe aromas of plums, with cherry compote, cinnamon and clove notes. Its soft, full-bodied flavors blend weight and elegance with bright acidity, juicy fruit, and well-rounded tannins. This complex wine is flexible in pairing with traditional hearty holiday meals such as pasta with rich sauces (meat- or mushroom-based), grilled or roasted red meats, game and cheese.
Straight from the hands of eleventh-generation distiller, Juan Domingo Beckmann, Maestro Dobel is redefining the category once again by creating the world’s first ever smoked silver tequila called “Humito.” Spanish for the word “little smoke”, Humito replicates artisanal methods from over 200 years ago, using mesquite wood to embue an extraordinary aroma and taste hearkening back to the original 17th century spirit.
For the Passive Aggressive Drinker
No Holiday Gift Guide is complete without a gag gift. Going home and not too excited about it? Let your fam know with a new special edition holiday wine called Family Time is Hard by SWISH Beverages founded by “The Fat Jew” and creators of “White Girl Problems” is a revitalizing Pino Grigio designed to make life a litte more tolerable around the holidays. Pinot Grigio is the most popular white wine for the holiday season pairing perfectly with fish, grilled shrimp, pasta, salads, passive aggression, “catching up,” and family time in general. Family Time Is Hard is a bright medium-bodied Pinot Grigio with citrus, pear, melon and mineral flavors with light to medium acidity that retails for $19.99.
Hope you have enjoyed this holiday gift guide!
Check out our other Non Holiday Gift Guide(s) Here.