2021 Gift Guide – Hassle Free Gifts for Foodies on Your List: Ship It, Sip It, Sniff It, Stuff It – Food


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Do you know what real pain is? Purchase, packaging and shipping of gifts. It’s like three whole stages. Offload all that work onto someone else! The New Texas Food and Wine Alliance Texan sweets boxes (order munchmail.com/texas-treats) come in two sizes ($ 59, $ 99) and munchable corrals from small-batch producers across the state, such as Sourdough Project’s Sea Salt Crackers from Austin and Alsace sausage from Wimberley’s Visca Charcuteria … For the carnivores you love, send meat. And if this carnivore cares about Texas Ranger legends, consider sending some meat from Good stock (goodstocktx.com), Nolan Ryan’s butcher’s shop in Round Rock; choose individual cuts of Angus brisket, tenderloins, chuck, or get the best of each world in a sample pack … Love pork? Family property the Salumery (thesalumeria.com) raises their pigs on a 200 acre farm and ships their deli meats individually, in gift boxes or in monthly subscription boxes … For the host or hostess on your list, ship a box charcuterie board Casero (caseroaustin.com) featuring regional seasonal products. Add a few jars of homemade chicken liver pate, a recent Good Food Award finalist.

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A wine subscription is a great gift for the budding oenophile on your list. House wine (housewineaustin.com) features a Wine Geeks Club that complements their monthly wines with in-store discounts and virtual or in-person tastings, while the Urban Cellar Austin Vineyard sweetens their Wine Club membership with a free drink every time you visit them in South Austin. Glou Glou Girls (glouglougirls.com) delivers its monthly selections of all-natural wines in Travis County. Traveling further afield, the boxed-wine-but-sophisticated startup BOX (drinkboxt.com) offers one of nine red, white or rosé wine “profiles” to serve your own elegantly packaged house wine.

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Sniff it!

Holiday Goals: 1) Make your home smell good. 2) Keep the kids busy. The Thinkery Gingerbread Kits (thinkery.myshopify.com) check both boxes. Pre-baked by Lady Quackenbush’s Cakery, kits for all ages include house building and cookie decorating, all available for a scheduled pickup to ensure maximum freshness. Do you know someone who prefers to bake themselves? Based in Wimberley Maggie’s microphones (maggiesmicros.com) specializes in micro-batch extracts and sugars, such as Madagascar vanilla extracts flavored with Kentucky Bourbon rum and Caribbean Añejo. Do you know anyone who would rather eat dirt than try to cook themselves? They can make their way to that fresh smell with the Jute bag‘S “Baked Bread” Soy Candle (theburlapbag.com).

Stuff it!

Look, if it fits in a sock, it’s a Christmas stocking. So let’s be random! For the joke lover on your list, El Arroyo (elarroyo.com) harnesses their jokey signs for prints, holiday decorations, and even tri-ply toilet paper rolls. Design studio Typography set (letterpressplay.com) sells unique paper products (paper toys, recipe cards) with a vintage vibe. Parents, why not give the kids a hint and put some cute thank you cards in their socks? Their grandparents will thank you both for their kindness. Are you passionate about print media and hot drinks? Combine two loves in one with a cup of the the Chroniclethe online store of (austinchronicle.com/store). And well done to you!


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