It is that time of the year again. It’s December 1st, which means Christmas is right around the corner. Every year, around this time I put together a list featuring (mainly) local business and product gift recommendations for the holiday season. As 2016 comes to a close, you want to take the time to thank and celebrate the people who made your year truly remarkable. Whether it is by sending them a  nice card in the mail or doing something a little more nourishing like sending them food, show them how much you appreciate them.

Here is my list for this year; a majority are local so make sure you show them support. Cheers!


Vinology, an new local innovator in wine retailing, opened its doors this December and is ready to teach all about the wines of the world. This is a new venture for the owners of divino Italian Restaurant, an Italian trattoria known for its all-Italian wine list and events.They’ll be holding special events, group events, and happy hours. Would make a great gift for that wine lover in your life, just drop by Vinology in Rice Village and get them a gift card this holiday season.

La Madeleine Tomato Basil Soup Kit

Want to get a little creative? Create a thoughtful gift this cold season( the temp will drop any min.) by crafting your on gift bag, featuring 3 Tomato Basil Soup Jars from La Madeleine, a Soup bowl/spoon(purchase anywhere), and a La Madeleine gift card. 

World of Market Gift Sets

Got a foodie in your life who loves international cuisine? World Market is currently selling some really awesome kits, shot in store or online for thoughtful gift sets that will blow their mind.


Degustabox is a monthly surprise subscription box company from Europe that has recently expanded to the US. They send a box filled with 10-15 surprise food products for $19.99 per month. Boxes are delivered straight to you and there is no long-term commitment, so you can order/cancel anytime. This would be a perfect gift for a foodie in your life. Use code: NEIAC to get 50% off.

Chef for a Day @ Brennan’s or Le Mistral

Although this might empty your pockets, Brennan’s and Le Mistral’s “Chef for a Day” would be the perfect gift for the “wanna be chef” in your life. This lovely cooking experience will allow this foodie to become chef for a day, customizing and preparing a 5-6 course lunch or dinner. It doesn’t end there, the chef of the day is allowed to bring their close friends whom to share the special meal with…So it ends up being a gift for you too! More info here and here

Tacos of Texas

For the Taco loving foodie who only dreams of delicious authentic Tacos.  In The Tacos of Texas, the taco journalists Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece take us on a taco tour around Texas as they discover the traditions, recipes, stories, and personalities behind some of the best tacos in Texas.

Peruvian Dessert

For the foodie with a sweet tooth, introduce them to Peruvian desserts. Local Peruvian baker, Belen Bailey, recently opened her brick-and-mortar shop on Hillcroft this November. If you’re looking for exquisite handmade desserts, featuring the exotic tropical fruits from South America, this is the spot. Stop in or call them to get a box of treats for your foodie!

Mason Jar Gift Set

For the gardening and fresh produce loving foodie in your life, get this indoor mason jar kit from Back to the Roots. The gift set comes as pictured and includes 4 hand lettered prints and a homegrown recipe cookbook. Back to the Roots has provided me with a 10% off promo code for y’all: BRUNCHANDCONVERSATION10. You can purchase the gift set here.


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