Five Creative Kitchen Gifts

5 Tasty-and Tasteful-Kitchen GiftsNo matter the level of foodie passion—beginner cook or master home chef—everyone can appreciate a thoughtful gift that invigorates the senses and warms the heart. Here are some tasty, tasteful kitchen gift ideas to get you started:

Specialty chocolate.  a little sweetness to your gift list with chocolate. Choose something simple like a smooth, rich milk chocolate bar, or seek out an unexpected flavor combo like dark chocolate and chili peppers. You can find many varieties of fair trade chocolate bars at Wild Oats, often in pretty packaging, especially at this time of year. Wrap them in cheesecloth and twine for a perfect stocking stuffer. If you’re feeling more hands-on, you can make your own chocolate treats, like these delectable orange chocolate truffles, and package them up snugly in a candy box or cookie tin.

Gourmet coffee and tea. What better way to greet a snowy morning than with a warm, earthy mug of fair trade coffee or tea. Coffee, like other agricultural crops, is harvested at different times of the year and in different areas of the globe. For the freshest varieties at this time of year, look for South American coffees from Peru or Bolivia, or on the other side of the globe, from Papua, New Guinea. As for tea, at this time of year it’s easy to find festive, seasonal flavors like herbal cranberry spice or peppermint. Or you can look to cold-weather classics like Irish breakfast, Masala chai, Yunnan black, jasmine, or a traditional Earl Grey. If you’d like to add a little DYI to your gift-giving, shop our bulk aisle (organic spices section) and see what kind of teas we have in stock. Try making your own tea sampler using pretty jars and tea balls, decorated and secured with holiday ribbons.

Do-it-yourself mixes and treats. There are lots of DIY eats you can whip up in the kitchen! Making a mix that will last longer than a few days will help spread holiday cheer throughout the season.  Try making your own spices, salts, jam or fruit preserves, or yummy herb spreads. Consider packaging your creations in a handsome glass bottle that can be reused. Or, make a holiday treat like brittle this year and package it in a beautiful, unique cookie jar.

Local products gift basket. Thoughtful gift baskets can be as fun to arrange as they are to receive. See them as an opportunity to let your creativity shine. Check out Stronger Together’s guide to crafting the perfect personalized gift basket, with tips on creating gift baskets based on a theme. Or, let Wild Oats Market create a splendid holiday gift basket for you.

Co-op Gift Card

Co-op gift card. Consider including a gift card to Wild Oats Market as an accompaniment to any holiday greeting card or basket. Beyond providing fresh, local, and nutritious groceries, Wild Oats and other co-ops are home to an endless number of ideas for adventurous DIY creations. Does your loved one enjoy making innovative entrees, infusing their own oils, whipping up healthy smoothies; or are they looking to start? A gift card to Wild Oats can be their passport to culinary exploration.

A delicious, happy holiday season to you and yours!

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