Tastemakers 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

With the holidays coming up real quick, it’s time to start tackling that gift list. Finding the perfect present can be a bit of an undertaking, especially with all the end-of-the-year craziness. But don’t fret, your Tastemaker friends are here with some great ideas for all the foodies on your list. Whether you’re shopping for a New England locavore or that friend who always needs to check out the newest hot spot, keep these options in mind for some really impressive gifts.

Three local Tastemakers — @beantownbitez, @thenomadicfitz, @bottomlyssbites — share their perfect holiday gifts for the foodies in their lives (so you can get them for the foodies in your life), with everything from drool-worthy cookies to specialized gift baskets. Check out all of the options below and surprise your loved ones with a tasty treat this year.

Editor’s note: Curious what other influencers are eating (and drinking) around town? Check out the Meet the Tastemakers series to hear the stories of those contributing to the conversation on Boston’s food scene.

@beantownbitez: Kyle Robertson

Cookies from Big Fat Cookie. I stumbled across Big Fat Cookie on Instagram a couple of years ago and have been obsessed ever since.  The cookies are huge and they always have great specials for the holidays. I have sent them to family members several times and they are always a big hit! Who wouldn’t want a big fat cookie?

Big Fat Cookie offers a huge variety of flavors that include classics like Triple Chocolate and Oatmeal Raisin as well as super indulgent options stuffed with Oreos, decked out in sprinkles, and dipped in fudge. All of the 4-pack, 8-pack, and dozens are available for nationwide shipping.

@thenomadicfitz: Jennifer Fitzpatrick

A gluten-free gift basket from William James Gifts. Gift baskets are a common holiday staple, but if you have celiac disease or eat gluten-free for medical reasons, they can be hard to find! Thankfully, specialty gift shops like William James Gifts in Quincy specialize in gluten-free products & sourcing from local businesses. The owner has celiac disease and everything in the shop is gluten-free. You can create your own or buy one already made, and have a perfect holiday basket that’s inclusive and still tastes delicious. Gluten-free businesses always need our support! A gift card to a gluten-free bakery, like Twist in Burlington/Mills, or Jennifer Lee’s Allergen Free Bakery are all wonderful ways to spread holiday cheer to those with dietary restrictions in your life while also helping to keep these places going.

@bottomlyssbites: Alyssa Palladino

Cookie Box from The Half Cookie. The Half Cookie makes the most unique flavors for every season! Not only are they always massive, but they are always insanely good. Not to mention, the owner is the best! Would highly recommend this gift for a loved one (or to treat yourself like I do).

The Half Cookie treats are made locally, right in Somerville. Choose from a variety of core offerings and monthly specials like Caramel Espresso, Cookie Butter S’mores, Salted Twix, and the OG. Orders can be shipped nationwide or picked up locally at in Revere.

Meet The Tastemakers is a monthly column that shares the stories of those contributing to the conversation on Boston’s food scene.

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