With a little planning and a couple of cocktails the holidays can go down smoother than a pint of spiked egg nog. Gut Check's assembled a series of guides to help find the perfect present for the food lover in your life while maintaining sanity and investing in your community... and, okay, maybe picking up a thing or two for yourself along the way.
So you're shopping for the food nerd that has everything? Adding a little something new to a room changes its whole feng shui for the better. They're not in the mood to cook? They will be once you hand them a beautiful, handmade cutting board or light the wood wick on a new farmers' market scented candle. How about an exotic extract or beautiful bowl for inspiration? Spruce up the kitchen that houses those cookbooks and Pampered Chef baking stones with some accessories that anyone could use.
- Extra Virgin (143 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-727-6464) carries dozens of olive oils, vinegars and specialty food items as well as several gift baskets. (prices vary)
- Vom Fass (7314 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-932-5262) makes and sells fruit vinegars, oils, liqueurs, wines and rare spirits straight from the cask. They also sell prepackaged gift baskets filled with their products. Visit the store or shop online. (prices vary)
-Herbaria (2016 Marconi Avenue; 314-601-3904) makes several soaps that come in food scents, such as Almond Spice, Lavender Oatmeal, Licorice and Pink Grapefruit. ($5.95)
- Maven (7268 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-645-1155) sells handmade candles, soaps, bath salts and cosmetics, many of which come in delicious scents like Farmers' Market Strawberry, Mint Sugar Cookie, Green Pepper Plant and Smoked Coconut. (Prices vary)
There are so many craft artisans in the Lou that we're bound to miss a few. Send us your suggestions for local foodie gifts or leave them in the comments.