Holiday foodie gifts at every price point
When you want to spend under $25:
1. Pies from the Smokehouse Market
Don’t feel shy to bring a pie. The pies made at the Smokehouse Market are magnificent. Delicate, flaky pastry dough filled with luscious fruit is a beautiful gesture to help someone celebrate the holidays. We have always been fans of their deep-dish apple pie, but their other flavors, including blackberry, peach, cherry and pecan, are all winners.
$20. Smokehouse Market, 16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, 636.532.3314, smokehousemarket.com
2. Civil Alchemy x Kakao Chocolate
This collaboration resulted in seven chocolate bars with unique flavors like rose (semi-sweet chocolate), lavender (dark chocolate) and Kaldi’s Coffee (extra dark chocolate). They’re made without preservatives or artificial colors and flavors, so the chocolate truly shines. Bonus: There’s no need to wrap these, since the packaging is lovely as-is.
$10. Civil Alchemy, 8154 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314.801.7577, civilalchemy.com
3. Indo dishware by Al Westcott
Gift a little restaurant flair. These stoneware bowls and plates were designed for Nick Bognar’s Indo. They come in white or green finishes and are roughly 6 inches wide, making them perfect for olives, dips or other appetizers.
$18 to $24. Union Studio, 1605 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, 314.771.5398, stlunionstudio.com
4. Morel candles
Set the mood for a dinner party with these small, morel-shaped candles. Drop them in a clear, glass votive and scatter around the table for a quirky, cute addition to a tablescape.
$6. Union Studio, 1605 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, 314.771.5398, stlunionstudio.com
5. Clementine Mojito Bubble Scoop
Shaped like delectable scoops of ice cream, these bath treats scent the water with fresh and bright citrusy notes. They’re the ideal gift for someone who needs a moment of peace and luxury.
$6. Maven, 7328 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314.600.0939, mavenstl.com
When you want to spend $25-50:
1. Cocktail gummies
These alcoholic gummies are a fun surprise. Each box has a combination of five different cocktail flavors like whiskey sour, gin and tonic, Manhattan or Paloma. They contain 5% alcohol and are made with dried fruit and cocktail ingredients like tequila and bitters.
$15 to $28. Urban Matter, 3179 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314.769.9349, urbanmatterstl.com
2. Jimmy Liu Mugs
These whimsical mugs by local ceramicist Jimmy Liu are unlike any other. His bird series features three-dimensional birds that serve as the mugs’ handles and look like scenes out of a Disney movie.
$45. Craft Alliance, 5080 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314.725.1177, craftalliance.org
3. Colli Etruschi extra-virgin olive oil
This olive oil is versatile. It offers a grassy flavor and slightly spicy finish, with a gorgeous, greenish hue. It’s best used in salad dressing, to finish dishes or simply for dipping fresh bread.
$34. Extra Virgin, An Olive Ovation, 8829 Ladue Road, Clayton, 314.727.6464, extravirginoo.com
4. Abalone plate
This eye-catching stoneware dish is a perfect way to serve charcuterie or some cookies. We love its natural form and muted tone.
$48. Holliday, 4600 Olive St., St. Louis, 314.454.5858, shopholliday.com
5. Series Six T-shirts
A portion of the profits from these T-shirts goes back to the restaurant, so you can support your local favorites while repping one of your go-to spots, including Crown Candy Kitchen, Donut Drive-In and Gus’ Pretzels.
$28. Series Six Co., 26 The Boulevard, Richmond Heights, 314.769.9048, seriessixcompany.com
When you want to spend $50-100:
1. Big O Painkiller cocktail kit
Planter’s House co-owner Ted Kilgore puts a local twist on the Painkiller cocktail by using Big O Ginger Liqueur. This kit includes everything you need to make Kilgore’s reinvented classic at home.
$85. Intoxicology, 4321 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.833.3088, intoxicologystl.com
2. Tabletop Fire Pit
Filled with obsidian-like fire glass, this tabletop fire pit by local maker Cementage provides plenty of ambiance when a candle simply won’t do. Plus it’s food safe, so go ahead and break out the marshmallows.
$78. Urban Matter, 3179 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314.769.9349, urbanmatterstl.com
3. Tablet or recipe book stand
Made from sustainably sourced wood, hand-carved and highly functional, this is a useful gift for cooks who love to have their recipes nearby while they work in the kitchen. Not only are these stands striking, but purchasing one also helps provide employment, educational opportunities and medical care to artisans in India.
$48 to $68. Zee Bee Market, 3211 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314.932.1000; 7270 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314.370.4111, zeebeemarket.com
4. AO&Co. Bottled Cocktails
If mixing up cocktails at home sounds like a tall order, opt for these bottled versions instead. With options ranging from a Corpse Reviver No. 2 to a Negroni to a Vesper, this gift is as easy as open, pour and sip.
$60. AO&Co. Market & Café, 1641 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, 314.899.0991, Facebook: AO&Co. Market & Café
5. Forno Gentile Traditional Panettone
Panettone is a seasonal Italian cake that makes a lovely gift. This one is flecked with raisins and candied orange and lemon peel. For the first couple of days after opening, eat it fresh. After that, turn it into French toast or bread pudding, or eat it toasted and topped with vanilla ice cream.
$55. Ditalia, ditalia.com
When you want to spend over $100:
1. 33 Wine Bar Wine Club
With more than 500 wines from all over the world, including small-scale producers with limited distribution, this monthly subscription provides a curated selection of bottles for the oenophile in your life. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
$396 to $1,188 per year. 33 Wine Shop & Bar, 1913 Park Ave., St. Louis, 314.231.9463, 33wine.com
2. Gold Paisley Tablecloth
Made by dipping intricately carved wooden blocks into ink and stamping the fabric by hand, each of these cotton tablecloths is truly unique.
$136 to $154. Holliday, 4600 Olive St., St. Louis, 314.454.5858, shopholliday.com
3. Tour of Italy gift basket
Stuffed with everything from artichokes in olive oil and casarecce pasta to Volpi salame and amaretti cookies, this gift basket has everything you need to feel like you’ve been whisked away to the Amalfi Coast.
$170. Ditalia, ditalia.com
4. Doug E. Design cutting boards
Local woodworker Doug Edmondson makes cutting boards that would look charming on any countertop. Featuring a variety of colors and intricate patterns and made from sustainable lumber, these boards are both beautiful and functional.
$220 to $350. Bertarelli Co., 1927 Marconi Ave., St. Louis, 314.664.4005, bertarellico.com
5. Cheese Club Membership
For $10 a month, you can give joy to someone in the form of cheese. The experts at Parker’s Table will select three cheeses that are cut fresh and packaged when members are ready to come by and pick them up. Gifts for memberships must be paid in advance for a minimum of three months.
$120 per year. Parker’s Table, 7118 Oakland Ave., Richmond Heights, 314.645.2050, parkerstable.com
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