Behind the Apron with Mary: Local Foodie Gift Guide

By Mary McCune

Mary McCune
Mary McCune

Believe it or not, Christmas is less than 10 days away!  In an effort to make your gift shopping a little easier, I have created a small local gift guide for the foodies in your life.  Foodies can be tough to shop for as they likely already have a stocked kitchen.  If you want to give something a little more personal than a gift card to the Paragary’s or Empress Tavern, this guide is here to help (although there is no shame in the gift card game).  Remember to shop small, and no one is looking if you end up keeping any of these gifts for yourself!


For the Sweet Tooth:

Three words: Andy’s Candy Apothecary.  This is really a one-stop shop for any sweet-toothed friend and an easy way to fill up anyone’s stocking.  And don’t forget, Andy doesn’t just sell candy!  Head to the back of the store to find a menagerie of party supplies, children’s games, and even Rifle Paper Co. stationary (a great gift for a boss or coworker).


For the Wino:

There is no better place than Corti Brothers.  If you are looking for an affordable red, grab a bottle of Cannonau di Sardegna for a modest $16.  This Italian Grenache packs a powerful punch, and is said to have more antioxidants than any other wine.  If you want to splurge, grab the Corti Brothers “Exquisite Whiskey”.  This limited batch production is the grocers’ second batch and is well worth the $60.


For the Health Nut:

Hop over to one of my favorite juice bars, Liquidology.  With 2016 just around the corner and holiday parties coming to an end, a juice cleanse is the perfect way to jump start the new year.  Liquidology also has crafted delicious lines of juice cleanses starting at $60.  While you are in there, I recommend grabbing one for yourself.  Try the “coco bomb” as it tastes like a bottle of Cinnamon Toast Crunch!


For the Hostess with the Mostess:

Check out Scout Living.  This antique and design collective specializes in every that is mid-century modern, including tres chic barware.  If you want to splurge, check out their vinyl collection so your lucky friend can play some smooth sounds the next time you get invited over to have drinks.


Pictured:  Roly Poly Thorpe-Style glasses (set of 8, $84), Post Studio Serving Tray ($55)


For the Caffeine Addict:

Temple Coffee Roasters is the obvious choice.  Give your friend or neighbor their daily morning jolt with a pound of coffee and a #SacramentoProud mug.   A classic gift that is always appreciated and will be used daily.   Want to take it up a notch, swap out that mug for a Chemex ($43.50) and you have a buzzin’ gift.  Still confused about what a Chemex is?  Click here for a low-down.


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