Asheville Businesses Makes Ideal Gifts for the Adventurous Eater
The holiday shopping struggle is real.
There is an unverified list of names in front of you and the days to Christmas are counting down. How does Santa Claus do all of this?
If you’re wondering what to get for the person who seems to have it all – and what won’t sit around collecting dust in the New Year – go for the unique items that may not be on the recipient’s radar.
Consider tasty treats and chic bar and kitchen accessories as Christmas stocking stuffers and gifts.
Get inspired by these 12 eclectic gifts, available at small businesses in Asheville.
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Edgy kitchen towels and tea towels
The holidays are full of sugar, now add a touch of spice. The Twisted Wares paper towel and cocktail napkin collections are naughty and enjoyable with uncensored phrases and fun illustrations. Phrases include “He sees you when you drink”, “Ringmaster of the S ** tshow” and “I Like Big Butts” (paired with an engraving of a pig). The towels are 100% cotton, machine washable and made with a sewn-in strap to secure them to a towel bar. This gift is ideal for loved ones with a twisted, unfiltered sense of humor. Available at Madam Clutterbuckets Neurodiverse Universe.
Vintage bar items
Have a very merry Christmas back and forth with vintage and reproduction bar items. Madam Clutterbuckets also offers a diverse line of coasters, shakers, flasks, glassware sets (new and vintage), bottle caps and decanters. Because who doesn’t need a chrome rocket shaker from the 1950s at home?
Pour some magic on a stack of buns on Christmas morning. Runamok Sparkle Syrup is pure maple sugar infused with edible sprinkles (pearly mica) that takes breakfast to a new level of whimsy. It is an ideal gift for children and adults with childish hearts. Available at Provisions.
Artisanal popcorn with poppy
After a heavy festive meal, a light and chewy treat may be just what the elves ordered. Asheville’s own popcorn business offers premium sweet, savory, and savory flavors of this light and chewy treat, also available for shipping. Flavors include Reindeer Crunch, Chocolate Peppermint, and for a taste of home, add the AVL Mix Popcorn to the basket. Also available at local and regional retailers including Appalachian Revival.
No baking experience is necessary for Soberdough Brew bread makers. The four-step process involves mixing a bag of mix and a can of beer and baking for 45 minutes. A wide variety of sweet and savory artisan breads with recommended beer styles are available. Consider gifting this Nashville-made product with Asheville beers. Provisions owner Heather Taylor recommends making an Apple Donut Bread with Bold Rock Cider.
Pairing a good Merlot with cheese can be easy, thanks to wine chips. Take deli to the next level without the intimidating factor with these gourmet snacks. The thick, crunchy chips are made with real cheese and rich, bold flavors including Asiago, Manchego, and Smoky Gouda. The elegant packaging and the wine-cheese pairing guide on the label add to its gift value. Fill it up in a stocking or gift it with a bottle of a loved one’s favorite wine bottle. Available at Provisions.
The Crude Bitters Company produces artisanal bitters in small batches that enhance drinks with multidimensional flavors, according to Zoe Lewis, Cultivated Cocktails bartender. The product made in North Carolina can be used with any type of alcohol, as well as non-alcoholic spritzers and sodas. Pick up a five-bottle sample pack from Cultivated Cocktails, which includes the “Rizzo” (made with rosemary, grapefruit and pepper) and the “Big Bear” (made with coffee and cocoa).
After rocking around the Christmas tree and watching the ball drop on New Years Eve, one can be worse for wear. Give the gift of a quick recovery with the Cultivated Cocktails Overdid It on the Rum Hangover Kit, which includes a restorative bath oil, brightening eye cream, toothbrush, toothpaste and face mask. sleep. (And that’s right to pair this gift with a bottle of Hazel 63 rum from the local distillery.)
Don’t throw just any chocolate in the bottom. Go for quality, taste and style. French Broad Chocolate and The Chocolate Fetish are two top notch local stores with small and large samples that can be presented to individual recipients or groups. Beyond traditional bites, try the assortment of French Broad Chocolate sipping chocolates that enhance a hot beverage. Have a little fun with The Chocolate Fetish chocolate molds transformed into festive shapes and figurines, from Santa Claus to colorful winter boots.
Locals and customers from out of town recognize Asheville as a destination for great food and drink. Challenge your favorite home cook to prepare some of the most popular dishes from AVL kitchen greats. Some cookbooks to slip under the tree are “Biscuit Head: New Southern Biscuits, Breakfasts, and Brunch” and “Book of Smoke by Buxton Hall Barbecue: Wood-Smoked Meat, Sides, and More”. See more titles on local cuisine here.
If you are still not sure about that perfect gift, give many perfect gifts in one package. The S&W Market has a small holiday gift basket with good deals. It includes a 20 oz Highland Brewing. Beer glass and $ 10 gift cards from all S&W Market vendors including The Hop and Buxton Chicken Palace for $ 75 ($ 85 value). Available at the Highland Brewing Bar on the Main Dining Level.
Check the Asheville Goods website for more holiday gift baskets loaded with locally made products on ashevillegoods.com.
They never go out of style. The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for small retail businesses and restaurants. Give a gift to your loved ones and your community by stocking up on gift cards this holiday. An ideal gift for everyone.
Tiana Kennell is the food reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA Today Network. Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter / Instagram @PrincessOfPage.