If you have a lover of food in your life, then it is probably fair to say that you have, at some point, run into a jam or two when it comes to finding a perfect gift. Especially for a birthday, but most certainly this time of year. I know it happens to me. Quite a bit actually. If they love to cook, they probably own any gadget they really care to have already. It’s not easy to be creative and stick to a particular budget. But is absolutely possible.
Gift cards to their favorite restaurants are the easy route. They are popular and convenient. Most restaurants love them. But let’s be honest, if you are trying to wow someone, a gift card to a restaurant carries about as much wow as an airport gift. I need to say I am not dismissing the option, because they are perfect for co-workers and friends. But would I buy my significant other a gift certificate to a restaurant? Probably not. All of that said, here are some other options that might get you an “atta boy” or “atta girl” on Christmas morning.
Leopold’s Ice Cream can be mail ordered and shipped anywhere in America. I have had pints sent to family members who have visited Savannah and absolutely loved the ice cream. It has become not only a treat, but a tradition for one segment of my family to receive a cooler full of ice cream fresh from Savannah on Christmas Eve. You can find more at leopoldsicecream.com They usually run a holiday special that includes free ice cream.
Adam Turoni’s classic chocolate collection: no one does chocolate in Savannah like Adam. His collection of truffles are unique, beautiful and most importantly stunningly delicious. He’s offering a Spiked Eggnog Truffle, Pistachio Christmas Tree, The Melted Snowman and more. Chocolat by Adam will also ship anywhere you need some of the goodies sent. Find them at chocolatat.com
Savannah Bee Company’s Hot Honey line is perfect for that someone who likes it hot. We all know about Savannah Bee and their wonderful selection of delicious honey, but the Hot Honey is new this year and it is delicious. The first time I tried it I immediately pictured it on a pepperoni pizza. Yeah, it’s that good. You can find it at any of their locations or online.
Hunter Cattle Company and Ottawa Farms: Our friends at Hunter Cattle Company in Brooklet offer any of their products online, but you can also find creative gift sets for someone this year. Coastal Georgia’s favorite grass fed beef is very much available for sale on-line ORRR, you can get someone you love a gift card to Hunter Cattle and let them shop for the goods themselves. Find them at Huntercattle.com Meanwhile, the farmhouse store at Bloomingdale’s Ottawa Farms offers a great selection of locally made gifts and edible gifts. I haven’t tried it yet, but I am told the pickled okra at Ottawa Farms is top shelf. Find more about them at ottawafarms.com
Locally Made Savannah is new to our shopping scene in Savannah. It’s a local shop on Broughton Street that features nothing but locally produced goods. Yes, a lot of it is edible. You can find some of the products we’ve already mentioned from Hunter Cattle Company as well, but there is much much more. Local cofffees (we have several in Savannah), candies of course and more. If you haven’t popped into their shop on West Broughton, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. In many ways you could end up with a one stop shop of local food gifts and goodies.
Food or Drink Classes at a cooking school or the Prohibition Museum on Congress Street:
Every year I try to remind everyone that Chef Darin Sehnert is doing a great job with his cooking school and kitchen supply store on Abercorn Street near Victory Drive. If you don’t know about him, you should. He offers cooking classes year round. A perfect opportunity to buy one or more for that special someone. You can find more at chefdarin.com.
On the beverage side, Congress Street Up-the bar located at the Prohibition Museum at Congress and Jefferson Streets offers regular cocktail for $35. You will learn, hands on, how to make some of your favorite drinks like the pros do...and then you get to drink it and like it yourself. Not a bad deal and a perfect gift for someone you know who will be visiting Savannah in 2023. Find more about them at americanprohibitionmuseum.com