Gifts: Stocking Stuffers for the Food Lover

December 17 2013, 11:52 AM

The foodie on your list is oh-so-deserving of a culinary treat. Here, a selection of goodies your connoisseur—from the gourmet world traveler to the dedicated locavore—will love.

For the Locavore: Nothing says “Home for the Holidays” like a Coloradan gift box fromCured in Boulder, or an artisan gift box from Colorado Crafted (pictured) online. Check out their beautiful collections here and here. Or, create your own basket by shopping for local favorites such as Captain Spongefoot’s Cranberry-Chipotle Table SauceJJ Sweet’s chewy Cocomels (choose Java or Sea Salt), and preserved Western Slope peaches from MM Local Foods—all are available at Alfalfa’sWhole Foods Market, and the Peppercorn.

For the World Traveler: Fill your globetrotter’s stocking with sauce and seasoning kits from around the world. Find Indian sauces from Tiger Tiger, Old World seasonings fromMaggi, international simmering sauces from Saffron Road, and a taste of the islands fromHawaiian Pride Foods at World Market. Even better, keep it local and pick up Savory Spice Shop's 4- to 12-jar gift packs.

For the Outdoorsy Type: Head to REI for your food-loving adventure-seeker and pick up gear for the next campfire feast. Think no-burn, “hot lips” titanium mugs from Snow Peak,bamboo utensils, collapsible Platypus wine preservers, and Light My Fire mess kits that buckle together to travel in your backpack.

For the Do-It-Yourselfer: Find Snowflake Cookie Kits at World Market and Mozzarella Cheese Making Kits at Alfalfa’s—these gifts are a hit with kids and grown-ups alike.

For the Trendsetting Foodie: Keep your loved one current by tucking a jar of bacon jam from Denver’s Bakin’ Bakery into a stocking. For the budding mixologist, Morris Kitchen’s ginger syrup is a must, as are Cocktailpunk bitters. Find these gifts at Cured.

For the Chocoholic: Nothing beats the rich, not-too-sweet, decadent notes of Denver-based Ritual Chocolate (available at Eat & Drink). Buy Ritual in silver-dollar size disks or by the bar. 

For the Consummate Party Planner: The entertainer on your list will love everything you choose from 3rd & Vine (next door to Cured on Pearl Street in Boulder) from napkins and placemats inspired by antique silverware to thoughtful quotes for each dinner guest.

For the Benevolent Backpacker: Choose the gift that keeps on giving and order a Meal Kit For a Cause from the Colorado-based Backpacker’s Pantry where proceeds for the kits go to the Lost Mountain Project.