Whether you’ve got a food lover on your list or find yourself in need of a hostess gift, local restaurants have all manner of goodies so you won’t show up empty handed. Chefs are bottling, bagging, canning and jarring luxurious treats like cookies, teas and specialty sauces so you can give the gift of good eats – all you have to do is slap a bow on it.
Head to Bar Volpe's on-site pastificio (that's a pasta shop if your Italian is a little rusty) to pick up fresh, house-made pasta, sauces and ricotta for the Italian-food lover in your life. Not only are they offering up a slew of pantry essentials, but you can also pick up a bottle of wine from the one and only Karen Akunowicz (of Top Chef and James Beard Award-winning fame). It's sure to pair perfectly with anything from the pastificio, but it's also pretty fab just on its own.
Don't leave this one under the tree - it might require refrigeration but, more importantly, some cookie lover might come and take it if it's out in plain sight. Capo's tubs of cookie dough, available in flavors like funfetti and chocolate chip, are the perfect indulgent treat for anyone with a sweet tooth. They make ten cookies, if they make it into the oven.
Order online or stop by any Flour location to pick up a holiday box of goodies, including flourless brownie bites, brown butter pecan blondie bites, cookies and cream peppermint bark, and more. Joanne Chang and her team have even put together a DIY snowman cookie kit if you're in the mood for some holiday crafting. Peruse their ready-to-gift housemade eats, as well as cookbooks, logo-ed apparel to go under the tree.
You can ship your favorite dishes from Fox & the Knife to folks near and far. Karen Akunowicz' South Boston spot is packing up pasta kits and gift baskets complete with house made pasta & sauces and her signature stuffed focaccia with add-ons like marinated olives and Parmigiano Reggiano. The kits come in different sizes with a variety of pastas and sauces, so take your pick and place an order.
You can shop the best of FRANK in Beverly at their adjacent, on-site market, featuring the chef's top picks, local ingredients and a curated selection of wine and beer. Pop in to peruse all the options (select items are eligible for shipping), or pop over to the website to fill your cart with fresh and dried herbs, sauces and pickles, beverages and an array of kitchenware that'll be sure to impress any food-lover on your list.
The bakers at Hi-Rise have been busy making all sorts of giftable goodies. If you've got someone with a sweet tooth on your shopping list, swing by for pre-packaged treats. Choose from a wide variety of cookies, cakes, pies, tarts and granola. Selection may vary based on chef's whim and baking bandwidth, but you really can't go wrong.
These lovely candles from Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar (a collaboration with their friends at The Cue and Reilly Laine Co.) may smell good enough to eat but it's not recommended. This years scent is Southie Snow Day: a combination of white birch and winter cozy vibes. The 14 oz. soy candle is sure to spread holiday cheer all through the house.
Consider Mamaleh's your one-stop-shop for all things Hanukkah. Celebrate the festival of lights with gelt, sufganiyot, cookies and at-home latke mix from their Cambridge location. Their shop is also full of tchotchkes both culinary and cute, from totes and onesies to pickle salt and everything seasoning to sesame crunch, you can bring a taste of Mamaleh's home for the holiday.
Scoop up a jar of award-winning chef Douglass Williams' garlic macinato for a home cook who's looking to add a little extra zing to their pasta, pizza, meats and more. It may not get them recognition as one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs, but the tangy preserved garlic is super easy to use and packed full of antioxidants. You might just want to get them more than one.
From savory granola to mapo tofu and ramen kits to matcha chocolate cookies, PAGU's market has the perfect Japanese-inspired gifts. With a selection of PAGU specialities and recommended pantry staples, re-create some of their menu items at home.
Brighten the day (the week, the season or maybe even the whole year) of the barbeque lover in your life with sauces, rubs, merch and more from the folks at The Smoke Shop. Now through December 31st buy a bundle of sauces, or an individual sauce and get one free. They also have BBQ peanuts and signed cookbooks available.
Bring the flavors of the Middle East home for your favorite food lover this holiday season. The team at Sofra Bakery & Cafe has preserves, teas and prepared foods from a select group of purveyors as well as their own housemade cookies, spice mixes, and nuts available for pick-up! It all makes for easy-as-pie gifting, and is a great chance to try some new Greek, Turkish and Lebanese flavors in the new year.