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15 Holiday Gifts
for Every Culinary Personality

15 Holiday Gifts<br> for Every Culinary Personality

What do you give the person on your holiday list who has everything? Forget the coffee mug and don’t even think about another necktie. We have compiled a list of our favorite foodie gifts of 2015, and it has a little something for everyone: a premium Tennessee bourbon for the bourbon aficionado, a map that will be a guide to the best barbecue joints in the South for the adventurer, or a matcha whisk for the tea lover on your list.

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Belle Meade Bourbon from Nelson's Green Brier Distillery. Photo courtesy of Nelson Greenbrier

The bourbon lovers in my life will be gifted a bottle from Belle Meade. I met the owners this past year and people who are that nice deserve plenty of support…and their bourbon is delicious, so there’s that too.

-Maggie White, Editor in Chief


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Dude, Sweet Chocolate Custom Gift Bag. Photo by Manny Rodriguez

A Dude, Sweet Chocolate Custom Gifts from Dallas, Texas will give sweet relief to the chocoholic on your gift list. The bag can be customized with different options for the truffles, fudge and chocolate bar. Also included is a Tub of Love, a decadent dark chocolate hazelnut spread.


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The Ultimate Culinary Maps. Photo courtesy of EDIA Maps

There is this cute start up company that makes food maps called E.D.I.A. Maps that make great hostess presents or stocking stuffers. Right now they are only in North Carolina, but my thought is, an idea this good can’t stay small too long.

-Hayley Phillips, Assistant Editor


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Organic Tableware. Photo courtesy of Tabletop Style

I love the organic nature of the Steelite Craft series. They are durable, unique and it doesn’t hurt that some of the best chefs are also using them right now. Perfect gift for a super foodie.

-Christine England, Events Manager


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Small-Batch Gin. Photos by Andrew Cebulka

Hat Trick Botanical Gin is a small-batch gin distilled in Charleston, South Carolina. It is infused with fresh juniper berries, oranges, lemons and ginger to produce an exceptionally aromatic and well-balanced gin, perfect for the classic gin and tonic.

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A Culinary Stocking Stuffer. Photos by Callie Cranford

A collaboration between Kevin Gillespie and Beautiful Briny Sea, Gunpowder Sea Salt is perfect for setting out net to a holiday roast. People are puzzled by the name, but when the lid coms off, they catch on quickly.

-Maggie White, Editor in Chief


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Monogrammed Trays. Photo courtesy of Mark and Graham

These octagonal trays from Mark and Graham are a thoughtful gift for the ultimate hostess. They will serve as the perfect personal present as well as a cute serving tray.

-Cara Musciano, Director of Operations


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Matcha Bamboo Whisk and Matching Mug. Photo courtesy of the Full Leaf Tea Company

Give the gift of good health deliciously with a Matcha Bamboo Whisk. 100 fine bamboo prongs are the key to a frothy mug of matcha and the beautiful ceramic holder is designed to maintain the balance and shape of the delicate whisk.


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Ten-Inch Cast Iron Skillet. Photo courtesy of Smithey Ironware Company

Pre-order a premium 10-inch cast iron skillet that is handcrafted by Smithey Ironware Company in Charleston, South Carolina. Each skillet has a satin smooth non-stick surface, perfect for preparing hashbrowns, or baking biscuits on Christmas morning.


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A Gift for the Entire Year. Photo courtesy of Mantry

Take the guesswork out of gift giving with Mantry, a monthly shipment of six high-quality artisan food products. Each shipment is curated around a unique theme and includes recipes and editorial stories for each product.


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Le Creuset's Marmitout. Photo courtesy of Le Creuset

Two pans in one small package, the lid of Le Creuset’s Marmitout can be used separately to fry and sauté. A space saver in both your cabinets and the stovetop.

– Georganna Moeri, Graphic Designer


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A Nut Platter. Photo courtesy of South Georgia Pecan Company

South Georgia Pecan Company is located in the heart of Georgia pecan country and their pecans are delicious. The Spectacular Seven Tin is a gift I love to give because with seven different varieties included, there is something for everyone.

– Christina Oxford, Recipe Development and Online Content Manager


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Epicurean Scents. Photo by Meredith Brower

Rewined candles are handcrafted out of recycled wine bottles and filled with appealing aromas and spices, recreating the heady scent of your favorite varietals that compliment a home filled with the aromas of holiday cooking.


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Artisan Pecan Liqueur. Photo courtesy of Rivulet

I tried Rivulet, an Artisan Pecan Liqueur, at the Savannah Food & Wine Festival this past November.  They recommend sipping it straight but did tell me that pouring a tablespoon or two over vanilla ice cream was delicious – and it was! This is the perfect holiday sipper and bonus ingredient for desserts.

-Sara Donahue, Events Manager


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Copper Mugs to finish out a Spicy Ginger Beer Cocktail. Photo by Andrew Cebulka

Half of the fun of indulging in a Moscow Mule is sipping it out of an ice cold copper mug. These mugs will be great for holiday entertaining.

– Mary Pappas, Marketing & Social Media Manager


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