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Rare Goods, Quality Ingredients, & Cookbooks: A Gift Guide for the Holidays

By Sophie Brochu
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Categories:Holidays 2021

Whether you’re treating yourself or shopping for loved ones, we tracked down premium culinary-inspired gifts, from hand-cultivated sea salt procured from the Atlantic Ocean, to 100% all-natural grass-fed beef jerky. These products are for those who enjoy rare finds and unique ingredients. And the best part? Most of these gifts ship nationwide. Treat someone special on your list to something delicious this year.

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Award-Winning Vinegars

The team at Lindera Farms starts with locally and sustainably-sourced agricultural products of pristine quality, many of which they forage theirselves and ferment into vinegars, hot sauces, syrups, and salts. All of their products are made seasonally and in small batches. Right now, you can find two beautiful sets of vinegars, The Home Cook and The Cool Kids, the latter of which includes award-winning magnolia and black locust vinegars.

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100% Grass-fed Beef Jerky

Prevail Jerky is a family-owned allergy-free beef jerky company based in Chicago. Co-founders Glen and Ashley Kohn believe clean eating shouldn’t mean ditching flavor. They set out to find healthy, yet delicious snacks. Unsatisfied, they decided to make their own. This jerky is cured with coconut sugar and salts, then smoked with cherry wood. There are no allergens and no additives. Order an 8-pack of assorted flavors including lemongrass, original, spicy, and umami.

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The Bindery: A Collection of Recipes

Chef Linda Hampsten Fox gets her inspiration from culinary artisans and food makers from all around the world. At her Denver restaurant, The Bindery, she offers an eclectic menu that is both unique and familiar. When it came to creating a cookbook, Hampsten Fox drew from memories of her mother and daughter. She says the 75+ original recipes, categorized by season, are “approachable to everyone.” You’ll find Philly cheesesteak tacos, carrot ravioli, and caramelized apple pie. “This book is for the people, and fun, and also I think a lot of the recipes are easy for entertaining and different occasions.”

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All-Natural CBD Honey

Red Belly Honey is the world’s first whole-plant, full-spectrum hemp honey-infused by honeybees. Founded by Joline Rivera, this specialty honey is environmentally-friendly and full of antioxidants. Rivera says, “The CBD/hemp in our honey helps me calm down at night, helps my brain stop racing, and helps me get very deep relaxing eight straight uninterrupted hours of sleep.” Order an 8-oz jar of honey with you choice of tea and a mug.

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Holiday Gift Basket

PQM has everything you need this holiday season. Choose between a Gourmet Holiday Meat Box or a Holiday Gift Basket. Both include carefully curated, specialty items and cookbooks for the foodies in your family. Available for pickup and delivery in Chicago.

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Caviar Gift Boxes

Did you know the legendary chef Thomas Keller has a caviar company? He teamed up with Shaoching Bishop, the former CEO of Sterling Caviar and Tsar Nicoulai Caviar to launch Regiis Ova. Together, they’re on a mission to support sustainable farming while providing the highest quality caviar. Bishop travels to each sturgeon farm to inspect the raising and processing techniques, while cultivating unique relationships with the farmers. Choose from a luxurious array of caviar gift box sets that include a caviar tin opener and mother of pearl spoon.

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100% Pure Amagansett Sea Salt

Amagansett Sea Salt Co. sources salt in small batches. It’s made from Atlantic Ocean seawater, solar-evaporated by the sun and wind, and hand-cultivated outdoors in open-air salt pans on the tip of Long Island. No wonder it’s used by many of the highest-ranked and regarded chefs and restaurants around the world. For the no-nonsense cook in your life, order a 1-lb pouch of finishing sea salt, packaged in an attractive glass jar with a bamboo spoon.

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Rare Teas & Pantry Packs

Rodrick Markus traveled the world for twenty years in search of the finest ingredients. You could say he has a knack for procuring the rarest and most delicious products, and also supplies them to some of the best restaurants in Chicago and beyond. Rare Tea Cellar Inc. focuses on loose leaf teas and other gourmet items seldom found in the US. Dried French honeyed figs? Check. Barrel-aged hot chocolate pu-er? Check. Black winter Perigord truffle maple syrup? Rare Tea Cellar has it. Choose from a Chef’s Secret Pantry Pack, The Teas You Need, or The Flavors That Pack a Punch.

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Elevated Dry Spices, Sea Salt, & Pantry Items

In 2001, chef Philip Abbott left the professional kitchen and procured what he thought was missing from every chef’s pantry: elevated dry spices. For twenty years, he’s been creating the finest blends using the highest quality herbs, spices, and specialty ingredients from around the world. Terra Spice Company has built a solid reputation with professional chefs, restaurants, and now, home cooks. Available gift sets include the Autumn Box, which is filled with vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, mulling spice, and more.

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Curated Tea Sets

Ashley Lim is a certified tea sommelier devoted to sharing rare, handcrafted, aged teas with rich aroma and complexity. Her company, Mansa, sources naturally organic tea from the finest terroir around the world, from the mountains of Xishuangbanna, Yunnan to the coast of the Fujian Province. Made with traditional artisanal methods, each batch has unique flavors. Choose from the Aged Tea + Honey Pairing Set, an Aged Tea + Gaiwan Teaware Set, or the Raw Pu-erh Vertical Tasting Set.

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil

With so many different kinds of olive oil on the market, it’s hard to know what’s best. The founders of PRMRY are professional olive oil sommeliers, who set out to produce California extra virgin oils that take the guess work out of the equation. They source olives from a single estate in Northern California’s Capay Valley, a region between Napa Valley and Sacramento. The olives are grown using organic methods, picked in early November, and then swiftly taken for milling and filtration. Order the PRMRY SF Set with two unique oils (packaged in eco-friendly bottles) and a dish towel.

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Curated Gift Baskets

Chicago’s Goddess and The Grocer has you covered with various curated and themed gift baskets, available for pickup or delivery from their Bucktown location. Options include “Friends Night In” or “Cold Beer + The Remote Control” which comes with housemade bar-style snacks and local brews.

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Assorted Holiday Dessert Boxes

This charming all-day café and bakery is offering assorted pastry boxes this holiday season. One box includes sugar cookies, gingerbread & peppermint cake balls, peppermint bark, English toffee, and a bag of whiskey pecans. Order for pickup or delivery in Austin.

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Champagne Holiday Gift Set

Taste your way through a range of expertly-curated champagnes from the comfort of home. This limited-edition gift set includes four bottles: non-vintage brut, blanc de blanc brut, vintage brut, and rosé brut. Ready for pickup or shipping the second week of December.

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Pasta Shop Holiday Kit

Those in San Francisco can pick up a “Cook the Book” holiday kit with a signed copy of Flour + Water, antipasti olives, marcona almonds, caponata, tortellini en brodo fixings, olive oil for drizzling, and for dessert, cookie dough and a chocolate budino. Add a bottle of wine and anything from the pasta pantry to your order.

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Holiday Wine Shop

This holiday season, we’re bringing the winery to you. With the launch of the Tock Holiday Wine Shop, you can find unique wines, curated sets, and exclusive offerings from top producers. Explore the terroir of Oregon courtesy of Lemelson Vineyards, taste your way through Whitehall Lane Winery’s Christmas recommendations, snag the Ashes & Diamonds holiday kit, try Sanford Winery’s Stunners of Sta. Rita Hills, or experience fan favorites directly from Chimney Rock Winery.

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Tock Gift Card

Share your love of great food and wine by giving a Tock gift card. From takeout to tasting menus, this digital gift card is an easy way to share joy. The best part? It can be used to purchase anything on this list. Note: Gift cards can only be purchased in $USD and redeemed exclusively on exploretock.com at US businesses.

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