We can’t resist beginning our holiday shopping already. We know, we know. What’s wrong with us holiday-over-commercialization pushers—can’t we wait until at least after Thanksgiving? Nope. Shopping for food people is so fun, we see no need for delay. It’s like shopping for ourselves. And when we browse online, there’s no hassle. Etsy is one of our favorite go-to online shops because when we buy there, we’re supporting independent artists and creative entrepreneurs, often working from home. And the gifts are either vintage items or hand-crafted—pretty unique all around.
No matter what kind of food aficionado you’re shopping for, there’s an edible idea that will charm. And we mean all kinds of people.
For the Sci-Fi Fan
Let the force be with you (couldn’t help it) as you shop for the perfect gift to suit that hard-to-shop-for guy/gal in your life. If someone you love is a Millennium Falcon-DarthVader-R2D2-Han Solo fan (and into chocolate), they’ll love this idea. In your order come one truffle Millennium Falcon, one Han Solo in Carbonite truffle bar, one solid-chocolate Darth Vader, one solid-chocolate Stormtrooper, one solid-chocolate Boba Fett, one solid-chocolate Mandalorian symbol, and and solid-chocolate R2D2. Each chocolate comes individually wrapped and professionally heat sealed.See It
For the Grill Master (in Her/His Mind, at Least)
For the meat lover in your life, try some rubs inspired by the best of American barbecue traditions. Get five grilling and barbecue spice rubs, each inspired by a different state. In this set you will receive five best-selling rubs in 2-ounce tins, wrapped in wine-colored tissue paper and housed in a tin tie kraft bag.See It
For the Holistic Health Human
Why bother with a boring metal spoon when these flavorful and healthy stirring spoons can mix it up in your tea, coffee, or even hot chocolate? They’ll slowly dissolve and give your drink a great blend of beneficial 100-percent pure therapeutic-grade (and dietary approved) essential oils while slightly sweetening it at the same time.They will be made fresh upon ordering. This order comes comes with all six flavored spoons: Protective Blend, Metabolic Blend, Cinnamon, Lemon, Peppermint, and Wild Orange.See It
For the Fancy Francophile
These are quite the delicacy, a great gift for anyone who appreciates the finer things in life. Once you bite into the delicate crispy macaron shell, you reach a chewy and airy almond meringue, tasting a delicate milk chocolate ganache flavored with organic lavender and a gel of blueberries in the middle of the filling. The result is a lovely combination of milk chocolate, lavender, and the refreshing fruity taste of the blueberries. There is no buttercream in these macarons. It’s a chocolate filling, made of imported French chocolate for a more luxurious and lighter taste. Gluten free. Each cookie is between 1.5 to 1.7 inches in diameter.See It
For the Liquor/Brunch Lover
For the friend who loves her pancakes (or using maple syrup instead of sugar in baking), give her something much more special than the regular Aunt Jemima. This grade A medium Pennsylvania maple syrup is aged for three months in a 54-gallon bourbon barrel from A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Taste the distinctive essence of Bourbon along with notes of vanilla and oak. But use and enjoy it as you would with any maple syrup. It’s just got a little bit of an adult twist on a culinary staple. Comes in an 8-ounce, clear flip-top bottle.See It
For the Tea-Totaller
This lovely tea sampler includes 10 varieties packed in test tubes, all nestled inside a wooden cigar box, with a heart shaped tea infuser tucked in too. You get approximately six teaspoons of each flavor: Lavender Earl Grey; Berry Hibiscus; Cinnamon Ginger Vanilla Chai; Chocolate Chai; Jasmine Green Tea; Ginger Peach (a blended black tea); Mango Rose; Chamomile Mint; Peppermint Floral (with rose hips, passion flower, and rose petal); and Invigorating Herbal (a mix of fennel seeds, flax seeds, fenugreek seeds, licorice root, and peppermint leaf). An all-herbal caffeine-free set is also available from this seller.See It
Looking for a gingerbread house that you and your kids will actually want to eat before and after decorating? It’s this one, made by a licensed and insured Miami bakery using the best ingredients like cream butter, vanilla extract, and paste. They bake and decorate one to two days before shipping your order so the cookie components taste fresh and great. The includes: eight delicious gingerbread pieces (4 walls, 2 roof, 1 door, and two ginger people); a sturdy white base to place the gingerbread house on 6-8 different types of candies; white and colored icing packages; a small bag of eyes for the ginger people, colorful dragees, and “snow.”See It
For the Movie Buff
Feed your friend’s crunchy snack cravings and up your popcorn game with a collection of four hand-mixed salt-spice blends; you can choose from a plethora of flavors, including Buffalo Wings, Buttery Garlic, Chocolate Caramel, Dill Pickle, Iced Gingerbread, Salt & Vinegar, Spicy Cajun, Sugar Cookie, Sweet Maui Onion, Thai Sriracha, and White Cheddar Jalapeño (or choose a pre-selected set). Each 4-ounce glass jar has a sifter cap for easy application. Some ingredients are organic, some conventional, but they source as many ingredients as they can from small farmers, as well as some of the best suppliers overseas, from Hawaiian sea salts to European dark cocoa powder.See It
For the Sugar Addict
These rosé-infused marshmallows are topped with edible rose-gold glitter for extra festive cheer and the glammest cup of cocoa you’ll ever have. Made from a rosé with notes of cherry and raspberries, these pretty pink sweets are totally delightful—but you can also choose lots of other great flavors (sans glitter) if you prefer, like Butterbeer, Peppermint, Salted Caramel, Cookies and Cream, Bourbon, and even seasonally-available Jingle Juice. Those flavors start at $9.95 for 12. All of XO Marshmallow’s pillowy-soft handmade confections use kosher gelatin and pure cane sugar, never any high fructose corn syrup.See It
For the Heat Thrill Seeker
For the spicy-hot fan in your family, get a three-pack of Brooklyn-made and bottled hot sauce: Original (with a blend of three Mexican chilis); JC Jalapeño Onion (mild and smooth enough to enhance your poultry or seafood dish without overpowering the delicate flavors); and Chipotle (a blend of Japanese chilis and chipotle peppers for a deep smoky flavor with just a bit of spice, great for burger-topping and fry-dipping).See It
This article was originally published on November 3, 2016. It has been updated in 2018 with new products, links, and photos.
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