Happy Holidays! (and last minute gift ideas)

22 Dec

It’s that time of year again! Candles are being lit, school is letting out, cards and well wishes are exchanged. Between last minute grocery store runs to remembering to bring the cranberry sauce to your sister’s house for the big dinner, there’s probably still some holiday shopping left to do! From kids, to parents, co-workers, and even the mailman, the list is always a long one. If you still have some shopping to do, think about some of these fun ideas for the special ones in your life.

Cheese!

Because you’ll hear it enough during the holiday time, mine as well eat some.  We love that Murray’s offers a huge online gift catalog and a variety of gift boxes, ranging from $25 to $175.  For those of us a bit more experienced with our cheeses (like our campers!), there is a build-your-own option for gifts as well.

 A bamboo cutting board

Because you can never really have enough cutting boards.  The beautiful color is perfect for serving cheese and crackers or other appetizers, as well.  Check out some of the different options at Totally Bamboo.  We loved the Hawaiian collection (see image left)!

A personalized embroidered cooking apron 

We liked all of the different options from William Sonoma. From sports logos to holiday-themes, to those with a feminine touch, there are plenty of choices.  This one is fun for the kids, too!

A subscription to great food, delivered!

Really, though. Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSA) allow you to buy local produce, meats, and even coffee directly from farmers. This website allows you to plug in a zip code, and check out the offers in your areas.  A two-month subscription can range anywhere from $30-500, depending on the type and amount of food.  Many places, such as Rustic Roots Delivery on Long Island, offer gift baskets as well.  Not only are you giving the gift of great food, but supporting local farmers and the environment as well.  A win- win!

Chocolate

We’re all about healthy food, but let’s admit it.  If there’s anytime to splurge, it’s the holidays. Luckily Mast Brothers, located in Brooklyn (another Butter Beans Camp favorite!), makes it easy.  They use organically farmed cacao beans for their craft chocolates.  Our favorite? The Brooklyn Blend bar, made with red wine and plum. Check out their website for more information.

All of us at Butter Beans, wish you and yours a wonderful end of 2011 and holiday season!

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