Tasty Gifting: Week 4
In the last installment of our mini foodie gifting guide, we are talking about last-minute inspiration. If you’re reading this right now, three days before Christmas, you probably need it! I know I have at least one more gift on my list that I plan to fulfill by buying some tasty local beers for a brew-loving relative. What about you? Here are a few ideas to get you through the home stretch.
Build a Beer Variety Pack
If you know somebody who loves to try tasty local brews (especially an out-of-towner who hasn’t tried Springfield’s microbrews before), you can put together a basket with bottles or growlers from your favorite local spots. Read our roundup of some local breweries to get some inspiration about where to go and what to choose.
Indulge Your Coffee-Loving Friend
The Coffee Ethic has promoting their non-drink goods for Christmas gifting, and we’re here for it. There are reusable mugs made from coffee bean husks, coffee bean grinders, beautiful supplies for making pour-over coffee at home, Stagg gooseneck kettles that are as stylish as they are useful, cold brew systems and a ton more. You can even get SGF flag mugs to show a little local love. One of those plus a pack of coffee beans would make a lovely gift for the caffeine-lover in your life.
Nab Some Hot Cocoa Bombs
Hot Cocoa Bombs are a hot ticket item this year! And we totally get it. They look beautiful enough to give as a gift, and the way those little spheres melt to become the perfect cup of cocoa when you add hot milk almost seems like magic. Grown-ups love them as much as kids do, and they are just the right size to bundle up as a stocking stuffer. Springfield Charcuterie has been making them this year but may be out of stock for the season (which should just be an excuse to order a charcuterie box instead). Fear not, though. You have a few other options. Both The Rolling Pin and Village Pottery Cafe are selling the pretty little sweeties for $5 each.
Go for the Gift Card
Another great (and crazy easy) way to finish shopping for everyone on your nice list while also supporting local restaurants is to stock up on gift cards. You can get them just about everywhere, customizing the gift to every recipient’s tastes. Some local spots are even offering gift card deals, offering extras with every purchase. So, fill those stockings and stuff those Christmas cards!