With Black Friday around the corner, we are edging towards the time of year when gift-giving hits its peak. For those that refuse to give a gift card and instead prefer to give something personalized, there is no shortage of gift options out there for the 2016 holiday season. Here are six high-end yet affordable gift suggestions for the foodie in your life:
1) FAWEN Soups
FAWEN makes soups that are vegan, organic, and gluten-free. The soups — currently offered in three flavors: Beet & Cabbage, Broccoli & Cauliflower, and Sweet Potato & Red Lentil — are ready-to-drink, perfect for both a mid-day snack and a mid-exercise consumption. The couple behind the brand, Fabio Fossati and Amanda Bowen, are New York-based.
Every year, pumpkin-flavored items seem to be hitting shelves earlier and earlier. The Pumpkin Beer Making Kit from the Brooklyn Brew Shop contains everything that one would need to brew their own craft-quality pumpkin beer. In turn, one can have pumpkin almost any time of year. As an added, beer-making can be a wonderful, rewarding process. For those looking more ahead to Christmas, the Brooklyn Brew Shop also produces a Peppermint Porter mixing kit.
The Hamptons are generally associated with the summer, but the Hamptons Salt Company provides year-round excellence with its salts and spices. Infused flavors to its products include Black Truffle, Garlic, Ghost Pepper, Smoked Hickory, Rosemary, Garlic, Smoked Mesquite and Espresso. Founder Peter Pierce splits time between Manhattan and Southampton Village.
Don’t let the name of the brand fool you: Snake River Farms produces some of the most tender, quality-oriented meats that you will ever encounter. Chefs like Thomas Keller, Wolfgang Puck, Gabriel Rucker and Michael Mina are fans, hence why Snake River Farms’ beef can be found at Per Se, Bouchon, Delmonico’s, Aureole and Charlie Palmer Steak.
Snake River Farms offers gift collections of all price points — Hugh Acheson’s Curated Steak Box consists of two 8 oz. American Wagyu filet mignon, two 6 oz. American Wagyu ribeye filet, one Lodge skillet, one Mercer saucing spoon, one Bragard kitchen towel, and Jacobsen’s Flake Finishing Salt and Hugh Acheson’s Steak Cooking Guide — and I am ready for my next set.
Just in time for holiday gifting, Fleishers Craft Butchery has introduced a brand-new jerky subscription program. This is not the typical beef jerky that you will find at a big store, rather these are flavors like Pastrami, Maple Pepper and Triple Chili. The beef is 100% grass-fed, free of gluten and unnecessary additives. Fleishers also sells Roasting Kits and Jerky Crafting Kits, in case that you yourself want to try making some jerky.
After you have experienced the soup, beer, salt and meat mentioned above, you are probably craving something on the sweeter side. Mrs. Fields is a legendary cookie company founded nearly 40 years ago. The brand offers a variety of holiday-themed towers, tins and baskets, featuring not only chocolate chip cookies, but also brownies, popcorn, pretzels and bark. Countless options are available, and on Cyber Monday, online shoppers can save 25% at www.mrsfields.com when using the coupon code “FIELDS25.”