Can you believe it’s almost Christmas already? The holiday season has slowly sneaked up on us and then sprung a surprise attack. Like some kind of ninja Santa thing. For those still ferreting out gift ideas (i.e. panicking), fear not. We’ve compiled list of five gift items under $30 that’s sure to please any discerning palette on your gift list.
1. Noble Maple Syrup
Handcrafted Maple Syrup should find its way on the tabletops of any breakfast aficionados. Noble Tonic 01: Tuthilltown bourbon Barrel Matured Maple Syrup is as fine as any. Or try Noble Tonic 02: with a kick of Tahitian Vanilla. Brought to you by the fine folks at Mikuni Wild Harvest and available at local retailers like Harvest, Homewerx, and Whole Foods.
2. Pizza Farina Infused Olive Oil
Unsatisfied with the typical dried chili flakes on your Pizza? How about stale, dried, parmesan dust? Apparently, so were the folks at Pizza Farina. And so they decided to put together their own blend of chili and oregano infused olive oil. Available in store at their Main street pizza shop.
If you have a caffeine fiend on your shopping list, skip the saucy mermaid and pick up some locally roasted beans instead. 49th Parallel produces some amazing blends. We like their Epic Espresso: deep, dark chocolately tones that brew rich and smooth. Highly recommended in a moka pot. Available at 49th parallel coffee shops, Whole Foods or Donald’s Market.
Local confection artists extraordinaire, Beta 5, produce some of the finest chocolates around. Their box of peppermint patties are a perfect seasonal treat that are sure to reignite some nostalgic memories. Be sure to check out their full selection of holiday season goodies.
5. Field Notes Drink Local Edition
Know of a craft brew aficionado? One who religiously jots down tasting notes from their last flight of beers at that favourite local brew pub just so they can share their findings with friends, loved ones and strangers? The Field Notes “Drink Local” edition is the perfect drinking companion for beer hunters everywhere. Available at Paper-Ya or direct from Field Notes.
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