I can say it is officially crunch time. As we walk to the car around the puddles, there are little tiny ridges of crunchy white snowy ice. School is having it’s all-school sing and pot-luck. In a couple days the children will be home for the holidays whatever they may be in your home. Some people have already started there travels and it sends off a domino effect of families hopping in trains, airplanes, cars, and bicycles traveling to a party somewhere. Others are pulling their blankets up around them and staying put.
If you’re not a naturally gifted shopper or you’ve had a busy year then perhaps you’re not quite where you’d like to be on the shopping and/or making gift front. Perhaps you forgot about your favourite librarian, the man who serves you coffee every day, the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker. So here is a quick list of last minute gifts.
Get a gift certificate to a favourite restaurant. Some suggestions might be: Rialto, Chez Henri, Oleanna, the Blue Room, Ole, Craigie on Main, Upstairs on the Square, Small Plates, T. W. Food, EVOO, the Elephant Walk among many others. If you want some guidance you can check out chowhound, ask someone at your favourite foodie market or store. You may be able to get some great deals on restaurant gift certificates at restaurant.com. You don’t have to go to the restaurant, as mentioned in this thread on Chowhound, you can often call the restaurant and have the certificate mailed to you or to the recipient.
You can also get gift certificates to boutique foodie stores such as Formaggio Kitchen, Savenor’s, even local little stores. Just make sure that it’s not a drag for the recipient to go to said store and that they actually would use the certificate otherwise it is not much of a gift.
If you’re feeling creative, you can put together a gift basket. I purchased some baskets from China Fair this week and my daughter’s classmates all contributed something special to put in it store bought, home-made, hand-sewn and hand-written. I think this would be a perfect gift from any group. If you don’t feel like making your own, Wilson’s farm makes some great food baskets, as do Winston Flowers, and Pemberton Farms
Finally, for the chocolate lovers you can’t beat the offerings at local chocolaterie L.A. Burdick.
For more info: Restaurant.com, Formaggio Kitchen
Petsi Pies, Wilson’s Farm , Winston Flowers, Savenor’s Market, Bakers’ Best, Flour Bakery, Vicki Lee’s,
Verill Farm, Pemberton Farms, Cardullo’s , L.A. Burdick Chocolate