Avenue’s Holiday Gift Guide 2023: Food and Drink Gifts

Local spirits, tasty stocking stuffers, kitchen appliances — here are 15 gift ideas for the foodie in your life.

Give the gift of choice with Market Bucks from the Calgary Farmers’ Market so your giftees can select from more than 75 Alberta-based vendors selling everything from apparel, jewellery and skincare to decor, pet products, liquor and food products of all kinds. Market bucks are good at both the south and west locations, and can be purchased at Customer Information or by calling 403-240-9113. $5-$20 denominations.

CFM South, 510 77 Ave. S.E.; CFM West, 25 Greenbriar Dr. N.W., calgaryfarmersmarket.ca

 

Milligrams Instant Coffee

Photo by April Wilcocks

An excellent stocking stuffer for the coffee aficionado in your life, Monogram’s boxes of Milligrams instant coffee feature four packets of coffee (there are two different flavours in each) that can be made in seconds, just by adding hot water. $14.

Monogram, multiple Calgary locations, monogramcoffee.com

 

Cochu Caramelized Sponge Toffee

Photo by Cochu Chocolatier

Cochu’s sponge toffee, dipped in up to four different couverture chocolates, makes for a delicious stocking stuffer. This sweet treat just melts in your mouth with its deep rich toffee flavour and divine creamy chocolate coatings. $15.

Cochu, 429 8 Ave. S.E., cochu.ca

 

The World In Your Kitchen 2024 Calendar

Photo courtesy of Madame Premier

Proudly feminist retailer Madame Premier stocks this 2024 calendar featuring colourful artwork by Vancouver illustrator and muralist Paige Jung. Each month reveals a new vegan or vegan-adaptable recipe hailing from different parts of the world to try. $25.

Madame Premier, 1012 9 Ave. S.E., madamepremier.com

 

Rupert’s Whisky Cream

Photo courtesy of Eau Claire Distillery

What happens when you take Eau Claire Distillery’s award-winning whisky and add real cream and spices? You get Rupert’s Whisky Cream, the Turner Valley distillery’s new cream liqueur with tantalizing notes of whisky, vanilla, toffee, melted ice cream and cinnamon. $34.95.

Available at participating Alberta retailers and Eau Claire Distillery, 113 Sunset Boulevard S.W., Turner Valley, eauclairedistillery.ca

 

Jaya Chai Liqueur

Photo by Mat Simpson

Field Notes, which won a 2022 Made in Alberta Award for its Don’t Call Me Sweet Pea Garden Amaro, recently launched a new product featuring ingredients like Canadian grain spirit, Alberta beet sugar, Assam tea, cardamom and clove. Made with a secret family recipe, Jaya Chai Liqueur can be sipped on its own or used in drinks like coffee cocktails. $36 to 40.

Available at multiple Calgary retailers including Vine Arts, 101, 932 17 Ave. S.W., 403-454-1106, tastejaya.com

 

Prairie Cookbook

Photo courtesy of Dan Clapson

Spicy pickled beets, rye whisky soufflé pancakes, Saskatchewan bison stew — these are just a few of the prairie-inspired dishes you can learn to make with this cookbook by local authors Dan Clapson and Twyla Campbell. The book’s gorgeous photography, creative meal ideas and prairie ingredients are sure to inspire a cooking spree. $37.50.

Available at multiple Calgary retailers including Shelf Life Books, 100, 1302 4 St. S.W., 403-265-1033, shelflifebooks.ca

 

Hello Someday Syrah 2020

Photo courtesy of Hello Someday

Give the gift of great wine with a bottle of this award-winning, full-bodied Syrah aged in French oak from Calgary company Hello Someday. This Syrah captures floral, black plum and tobacco notes and pairs well with grilled meats and bold cheeses (or, it can be cellared to enjoy at a later date). $38-$41.

Available at multiple Calgary retailers and restaurants, hellosomedaywine.com

 

Icecreamzzilla Pint Cooler

Photo courtesy of Icecreamzzilla Team

Say goodbye to the sad, sticky scene of melted ice cream on a hot summer’s day (or any day for that matter) with this ingenious pint cooler that will keep your frozen treats ice cold. The Icecreamzzilla is a 16-ounce stainless steel, insulated and vacuum-sealed pint cooler that keeps ice cream pints frozen for up to four hours (and up to eight hours when inside an ice cooler). $38.99.

icecreamzzilla.com

 

Banff Cocktail Trail Trio

Photo by Gareth Paget

Take your taste buds to the mountains with this kit that helps you make creative cocktails from Banff restaurants using your own handcrafted tea syrups. The kit comes with three cocktail recipes and tins of Alpine Peppermint, Scarlet Berry and Wild Rose Buds tea from Jolene’s Tea House. $49.95

Jolene’s Tea House, 211A Bear St., Banff, 403-985-5500, jolenesteahouse.com

 

Mason Cash Bowl

Photo courtesy of Stone House Decor

Made in England, these beautiful Mason Cash bowls come in a range of sizes (from eight inches to 11.5 inches) and can be used for mixing batter, food prep and more. The bowls are currently available at Stone House Decor in red, with green and cream options coming soon. $56.99 to $92.99.

Stone House Decor, 216, 10816 Macleod Tr. S.E., stonehousedecor.com

 

Nomad Apron

Photo by Gustav Nel

Medium Rare makes chef apparel that’s worn by both restaurant chefs and home cooks alike. This tan canvas apron will offer sturdy and stylish protection for the chef in your life. $84.95.

mediumrarechef.com

 

Le Creuset 1L French Press

Photo by Le Creuset

For serious home cooks, you can’t go wrong with something from the suite of kitchenware items by Le Creuset. This enamel-coated stoneware French press steeps coffee grounds or tea leaves to perfection. And since it’s dishwasher safe with a nearly non-stick interior, it’s a breeze to clean. $100.

Britannia Kitchen & Home, 816 49 Ave. S.W., 403-243-4444, britanniahome.ca

 

KitchenAid Go Cordless Hand Mixer

Photo courtesy of KitchenAid

Part of KitchenAid’s new cordless appliance collection, this hand mixer will make mixing and whipping ingredients a snap for any baker. The fact that it has seven speeds, stainless steel accessories that are dishwasher safe and can stand on its own make it even more convenient. $159.99.

Canadian Tire, multiple Calgary locations, canadiantire.cakitchenaid.ca

 

Hopper M12 Backpack Soft Cooler

Photo courtesy of Yeti

Heading out on an adventure? Simply sling this stylish soft cooler (available in navy, charcoal or black) onto your back to keep your drinks and ice cold. The new cooler has enough room for 20 cans and has a kangaroo pocket where you can keep other essentials like keys or a phone. $380.

Available online at Atmosphere, multiple Calgary locations, atmosphere.cayeti.ca

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