Finding the right gift can be challenging to say the least, but the Local Palate can help resolve your holiday gift buying woes. We’ve partnered with some of the South’s top restaurants, brands, producers and artisans to share gift ideas for everyone on your list. There are options for everyone from the home chef to the sweets lover and many others in between. Eat, drink, and be merry this season with the Local Palate.
For the sweet tooth
Each bite-sized sorghum cookie is crisp, chewy, and filled with the caramelized flavors of Kentucky’s Bourbon Country. These one-hundred-cookie packs make a great gift to share at the office or with friends and family this holiday season.
Send some holiday cheer in a new seasonal keepsake tin. The winter wonderland box includes five individually wrapped Original Goo Goo Clusters.
The flavor profile of a yule log, baked into a 9-inch round and ready to serve fourteen to twenty guests. Seven layers of yellow cake are delicately filled with caramel buttercream, then iced with chocolate ganache buttercream. Chocolate holly leaves lend a festive finishing touch this holiday favorite.
For the snack lovers
Hubs exclusively sources extra-large Virginia peanuts to ensure the highest quality in every tin. This gift duo set combines Hubs’ signature salted peanuts with the sweet cocoa-coated variety, perfect for any holiday soiree. Plus, it ships anywhere in the continental US.
Pickled Pink Foods is a small batch, artisan food manufacturer using clean, fresh ingredients for Southern pickled products. This set includes garlic dill pickles, pickled peaches, sweet pickles, and honey cinnamon beets for the tastiest gift you’ll ever send.
Offering a variety of premium pecans, the Seventh Heaven assortment tin is the perfect gift for your clients, colleagues, friends, or loved ones. This best-selling pecan sampler includes double-dipped chocolate, honey crisp, and praline pecans.
For the wine enthusiast
The dark ruby cabernet sauvignon starts with black cherry, violet, and herbal aromas, followed by lush cherry flavors and a soft finish—pair it with your favorite holiday dishes like smoked meats, barbecue, and braised lamb. Curl up by the fire with a glass and a good book, or share with friends at your next dinner party.
For the home cook
Offering a modern perspective on iconic Southern flavors with an emphasis on fresh ingredients, The Saltwater Table contains 125 approachable recipes. From flakey buttermilk biscuits with ginger-spiked jam to sweet Atlantic shrimp poached in beer, readers can recreate a taste of the coastal South in their own kitchen.
In the Hidden Countship’s new Italian Olive Wood Collection, you’ll find cutting boards and knives handcrafted in Tuscany from solid olive wood—known for its durability and beautiful color.
Along with hot honey—wildflower honey with habanero—this artisanal brand makes four hot sauces. Original combines vinegar with mild fresno peppers; fiery Carolina Reapers star in Carolina; Verde pairs serranos with cilantro and fennel; and Habanero highlights the eponymous pepper.
This newcomer to NuWave’s Brio air fryer lineup features the largest capacity yet at 14 quarts. The integrated temperature probe ensures meals are cooked to perfection. It includes two cooking racks, a nonstick basket, and rotisserie spit for versatile cooking options.
Founding chef of four restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bruce Moffett is known for fusing his New England upbringing and Southern culinary traditions. In his first cookbook, he shows home cooks how to do the same.
Pitmaster John Lewis’ signature barbecue sauce starts with his favorite ingredient: roasted hatch green chiles. The sweet and lightly spicy New Mexican peppers are an ode to Lewis’ Southwestern upbringing. It’s available in 12-ounce bottles along with Lewis’ sweet red Original sauce and vinegary Tangy sauce. While you’re shopping, add a frozen, whole smoked brisket to your cart for a holiday barbecue feast.
As much a work of art as a cooking tool, this 12-inch carbon steel farmhouse skillet is inspired by American blacksmith designs from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Smithey hand-forges a limited number in partnership with renowned Charleston, South Carolina, blacksmith Robert Thomas Iron Design. With performance that rivals cast iron at a lighter weight, these skillets are designed to elevate the everyday cooking experience.
Give the flavor of the mountains: Three 1-ounce jars of J.Q. Dickinson’s solar-evaporated salt in plain, ramp, and applewood smoked flavors. The set comes in a printed cardboard box, or you can take it to the next level with a limited-edition, laser-engraved box.
For the special someone
Keep your beloved companions close to your heart with a custom heirloom piece from Dog & Horse Fine Art: a miniature oil painting by Beth de Loiselle set into a pendant handcrafted by Susan Smith Burnett.
This Viski crystal glassware is perfect for serving up bubbles at your holiday party, and the faceted gold-plated bases make them a great accent on your home bar year round.
This carefully curated subscription box is brimming with foods, crafts, and home goods from Appalachia’s chefs and artisans. Each box contains six to seven items that bring the mountains to you, plus recipes and information about each of the featured makers. The company offers single boxes as well as monthly and seasonal subscriptions.
Give a gift this holiday season that will create an impact. The Bright Box, the giftbox with purpose, is a limited-edition, artisanal box that includes five items that will brighten up anyone’s day. The purchase of this box directly supports Darkness to Light’s work to protect children from child sexual abuse.