2018 Holiday Gift Guide: MIAbites Top Picks
“Season’s Eatings!” It’s Cyber Monday and there are LOTS of online deals to get your holiday shopping started…or finished. Check out these items suggested by our MIAbites contributors that are sure to please any food lover in your circle (or maybe drop a hint to someone else).
Amber Love Bond - @amber__love
It’s the holidays and everyone should have a handle on their home bar situation. Get your favorite hostess with the mostess a new shiny set of home bar tools from William Sonoma. They are great quality and include everything you need to make cocktails for yourself and all your guests! If you’re feeling extra generous grab a bottle of their favorite booze to get them really started!
I also love the Dana's Bakery macarons (gluten free and kosher). They even do a subscription box.
Alex Beck - @BitesbyBeck
I like gifts for the holidays like magazine subscriptions or monthly gift box deliveries because the recipient continues to receive something even after the holidays are over! Also, they're easy to purchase even last minute, and you don't need to brave the holiday rush at the stores. Here are a few that are great:
For men who like to cook: Mantry--monthly artisanal gift box specifically curated for the male cook/gourmand.
• For cocktail lovers: Imbibe Magazine subscription.
• For the coffee aficionado: Drift Away coffee subscription
• Other Magazines include: Gastronomica, Lucky Peach, Sugar & Rice
Christina Ramos - @footballfoodie
Nothing says “Buon Natale” like enjoying a festive dinner in a yurt. La Centrale’s winter village popup yurt is the perfect gift for any foodie looking for an enchanted holiday experience. For just $95 per person, guests will enjoy Italian fonduta, savory cheeses and Italian meats, breads and crudité with classic panettone and chocolate fonduta. Winter cocktails such as chai bourbon, mulled rose and spice cider are also included in the menu. Did we mention it’s served in a yurt? Make reservations for this holiday dining experience now thru January 5.
Looking to get the perfect gift for the hostess and/or host with the most? Look no further than Mark & Graham for custom monogrammed gift items. From lucite cocktail trays and custom dinner linens to cutting boards and cocktail glasses, they have you covered with perfect gifts for everyone on your list!
I recently tried Nothing Bundt Cake and immediately realized what all of the fuss is about! Stop by a Nothing Bundt Cakes to pick up one of their holiday cakes for your next holiday outing, and you’re guaranteed to be the life of the party!
Who doesn’t like receiving champagne for the holidays, especially a great bottle to celebrate the New Year with? A stylish Perrier Jouet gift set is always a classy gift to give to those who matter most. Cheers!
Food and Drink Socks from the Sock Drawer will keep you “warm and tasty”
As the gifting season quickly approaches, I'm excited to share this year's Holiday Collection from MOUTH -- the ultimate online store for small-batch American-made artisanal foods and expertly curated gifts bundles.
HOLIDAY MORNING KIT
A standout for Christmas morning, New Year's Day, or snow days at home: hot cocoa for the kids, Bloody Marys for the parents, granola and pancakes for everyone!($100)
Eight treats! One for each
night, so you can shed sweet light, on
grown-ups and children, alike. ($92)
Always love the site Uncommon Goods for quirky gift ideas. A few I like this year include Personalized Whiskey Barrel making kits, Avocado cover, and Tortilla maker. https://www.uncommongoods.com/
If you need to ship to family and friends, my favorite gift ideas include Food items from Goldbely (or now, GoldBelly) like a Carnegie Deli set with pastrami and cheesecake or select a subscription for 3, 6, or 12 months of their Best of Goldbelly or a monthly BBQ subscription, a Bacon Subscription or a Cake Subscription. CyperMonday code allows for 25% off many items. Use GOLDBELLYME.
And for the cook who wants to also do good, and help end food waste, “Waste Not” by the James Beard Foundation provides useful ideas for recycling and recipes from top chefs using ingredients you might normally throw out.
ROCONTRIP Silicone Collapsible Coffee Cup
It’s a collapsible coffee cup. Has been amazingly useful, cute, and I get compliments on it everywhere I go!
Steve Guillen - @StevenWrites
I've been watching this chef cook for a while now. He recently came out with his first cookbook, Matty Matheson: A Cookbook. He does a great job at giving simple dishes with intimate stories attached to them, something i know i'd love for the holidays! Find it on Amazon.
**And don’t forget gift cards to favorite restaurants or consider making a donation in a friend or family members name to a local food bank. Local non-profits to support include, Food Rescue US-Miami, Miami Rescue Mission, Lotus House, Slow Food, No Kid Hungry and Common Threads.
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and joyful Holiday season!