It’s that time of year! Time for friends, family, food and gifts. But ohhhhhhhh the gifts. The constant pressure to pick out the PERFECT items for your loved ones can be taxing. With Christmas Day just around the corner, we’re here to help make sure you’re good to go for the big day! Here’s a list of 8 last-minute gift ideas for your fellow food loving humans…
- For Your Favorite Cookie Monster
Vintage Home Goods entrepreneur, Audrey Patsiga, turned cookie goddess, sells her infamous cookies through her Etsy Shop, and daily at Twig & Willow. Just note that each cookie weighs 5oz! That’s the size of 4-5 regular cookies, in one. That way you don’t have to feel guilty, since you’re having “just one cookie .” Flavors include: Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Walnut Crunch, Chocolate Espresso, Peppermint Mocha, Peanut Butter Reeses, White Chocolate Macadamia, and Matcha Coco Nib. Get a box of 2-Dozen cookies for just $60!
- For Your Favorite Spice Addict
We’ve all got that ONE friend. The one that adds hot sauce to every dish before even trying it. The one that always orders their Thai food at the maximum spice level. The one that brings their own Tapatio with them wherever they go. Well we’ve got just the thing for them. Burnin’ Beak’s Habanero Marmalade is the perfect compliment to any spice lover’s cheese board, bacon, or ice cream. Don’t think habaneros are hot enough? Take a chance on their new Golden Goast Pepper Jelly. We dare you. You can find their jars at Made by Millworks. While you’re there, be sure to pick up a bottle of Cimino’s Pepper Sauce and Namprik Sauce to make a little hot sauce variety pack.
- For Your Favorite Chocoholic
Think all chocolate is created equal? Think again. Romeo Chocolates officially opened their doors on Pine Avenue, and we can’t get enough of their specialty truffles, bon bons, sipping chocolates and single origin chocolate bars. Owner, Romeo Garcia (yes, that’s his name), takes extreme care in sourcing his chocolate, to ensure his consumers receive the best of the best. Stop in to the shop to pick out a custom gift box, or to design a gift basket. In the wise words on Romeo, “you deserve chocolate.”
- For Your Favorite World Traveler
You didn’t think we’d write a post about food gifts without mentioning our food tours, did you?? We didn’t think so. Culinary tourism has proven to be one of the fastest growing travel trends, with no signs of slowing down any time soon. Whether you’re looking for a unique gift for your food-loving children, parents or friends, you can’t go wrong with a food tour. Experience 7 restaurants in 3 hours. No lines. No cash. No hassle. Instant gift certificates are currently available at 20% OFF, until Christmas Day! Just use promo code: HOHOHO at checkout. That way you can save now, and your loved ones can book when it’s convenient for them. Email delivery makes everything hassle-free.
- For Your Favorite Health Coach
‘Tis the season for temptation. Cookies, cakes, candy, holiday parties, booze, eggnog…you name it. But there’s always that one person at the party that’s “eating clean.” Have no fear! We’ve even got them covered. Weather they’re paleo, gluten free, dairy fee, sugar free, or Whole 30….local meal delivery service, Sevenly Foods, has it taken care of. Get 10% OFF your first order. Trust us….practical gifts go a LONG WAY.
- For Your Favorite Caffeine Fiend
Coffee. It’s everywhere. Drip, espresso, cold brew, cappuccinos, lattes, pour overs. Everyone has their favorite. At this point, Long Beach should be renamed the coffee capital of California. So how about you treat your favorite coffee lover to a local roaster subscription. Take a chance on Recreational Coffee (downtown’s original perfect cup of espresso), Rose Park Roasters (community favorite with free bicycle delivery in LB), Lord Windsor (the laid back O.G. LB Roaster) or Black Ring Coffee (coffee nerds with a passion for LB food, art, music and pop-culture). With no shortage of options, you can be sure that the subscription matches the subscriber.
- For Your Favorite Ice-Cream Lover
The Long Beach Creamery always, and will always, win the “Best Ice Cream in Long Beach” award. Hands down. Since wrapping pints of ice cream can be a logistical nightmare, we don’t really recommend it. We do, however, recommend picking up several pint chips for $11.75 each. Good for one pint of ice cream at any time, it’s definitely the more logical move. While you’re there, be sure to sample the Cashew Fennel Chip. You’re welcome.
- For Your Favorite Beer Geek
Long Beach has no shortage of great beer. But the original Beachwood Brewery, remains to serve some of the best beer in the nation. With over 20 of their own brews on tap, you’ll have no problem sampling your way down the list to find the perfect growler to fill for your favorite beer nerd. If sours and lambics are more their thing…make your way around the corner to The Blendery. With names like “Careful With That Passionfruit, Eugene,” and “Dia De Los Mangos,” you’ll be sure to impress your friends and get a bit of a laugh out of it. If you’re not so inclined to make your way downtown, check out: Ten Mile Brewing (Signal Hill), Dutch’s Brewhouse (Bixby Knolls) and the Long Beach Beer Lab (Wrigley).