Guess what time it is?! It’s time for the Gap Creek Gourmet Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway! No, you all aren’t going home with everything on the list. I’m not Oprah, y’all. But, there ARE some amazing ideas for everyone on this year’s gift guide, so I hope you aren’t one of those over-achievers who have already finished their shopping.
*IF YOU ARE A CLOSE FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER ON THE RECEIVING END OF MY GIFT GIVING, YOU MIGHT WANT TO STOP READING NOW… This concludes my warning.
Stay tuned to Gap Creek Gourmet’s Facebook page for details on the upcoming annual giveaway! Tell all of your friends to “like” us, too! I’m giving away some awesome stuff as my big holiday hug to all of my GCG fans and readers.
Let’s see what’s in Santa’s big red bag, shall we?
New Gotta-Have Products:
I present the Yeti Rambler Colster and the Yeti Gift Set (for both guys and gals). Sometimes we just don’t give science the credit it deserves. What if they told us in school that you can actually go to college to learn to design products guaranteed to keep your beer cold all day long. God bless America and God bless Yeti, cause there are going to be some happy men on my list this year!
The wine lover on your list is going to love the Corkcicle Wine Thermos! Its built to keep your wine cool on the beach all day long.
UGG Blanket. From the makers of those ugly (but uber comfy) UGG boots we all love to wear, comes a blanket we now can’t live without. The Duffield Throw is the perfect addition to that spot on the couch beside a cracklin’ fire. And it comes in purple! (Squeal!)
Erin Condren ANYTHING! If you know me personally, you know I won’t shut up about my Erin Condren planner. The company just signed Staples as a supplier and their online offerings are growing all the time. You must check out the personalized Wine Tote (also can be used for big water bottles) , personalized classic photo tray (I want one of these for my desk), and personalized notebooks for people on your list, like me, who are habitual list makers and write EVERYTHING down. Sometimes twice.
Six & Twenty Distillery has released two new products just in time for Christmas. Located just 10 minutes outside of downtown Greenville, the Distillery makes hand crafted, premium spirits from locally grown grains. New for the holiday season, an “Barrel-Age Your Own Whiskey” kit, and Six & Twenty Carolina Cream, which is great for sipping on the cold winter nights. Stop by the distillery to grab yours today, along with t-shirts, hats, stickers and more.
Modern Forestry Candles are amazing for people who don’t like the heavy perfume smell from most candles you buy in the store. These are subtle and soft. The hand-poured soy candles are made with essential oils, cotton wicks, and 100% American-grown soy. Scents include Pipe on the Porch, French Toast, Shot in the Dark (coffee scent), Smoke, and Apple Maple Bourbon. How is that for some manly scents? There’s also Lavender, Caramel Popcorn, Cinnamon Chai, and Christmas Orange.Check out their Etsy Shop for more scent offerings and for customized lid details!
The (much anticipated) Soby’s Cookbook, Second Edition. You will soon be able to find the Second Edition of our favorite Greenville restaurant’s famed cookbook at Soby’s and M. Judson Bookstore in downtown Greenville. No web orders yet. I can’t wait to see the new recipes! I’ll announce release dates on the Facebook page.
From Peter Meehan and the editors of Lucky Peach, the cerebral food mag we all drool over, comes a cookbook of 101 easy Asian recipes. Lucky Peach Presents 101 Asian Recipes is a great read for everyone from chefs to home cooks. I’ve got something to tickle your belly: Lucky Peach is helping me give away a cookbook AND a subscription to Lucky Peach. Stay tuned for giveaway details.
Toast: The Cookbook. Here’s a toast to a brilliant new cookbook that breaks bread from the chains of breakfast boredom. Author Raquel Pelzer is an award-winning food writer, cookbook collaborator, former editor of Cook’s Illustrated and senior food editor and test kitchen director for Tasting Table, and has written recipes for Saveur, Wall Street Journal, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and Edible Manhattan. She is also a cookbook columnist for Epicurious. This is her first solo project! I can’t wait to try my hand at gluten free versions of her recipes. Big hug to Udi’s for making gluten free bread worth eating.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime: Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-Minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper! I just bought this cookbook for my future sister-in-law for her birthday… after I drooled over every single page. You can’t beat a Ree Drummond cookbook. The photos are beautiful, the step-by-step recipes are easy, and they are meant to feed a mass of people! Loaded with ideas for Sunday lunch, dinner with friends, or any giant family dinner.
An Actual book. To buy people. To Read.
Food Whore. I was totally obsessed with this book by the end of the first chapter. I carried it around with me for a week even after I finished reading, occasionally flipping through and taking in a page or a sentence here or there. It was like a love letter straight to my foodie brain. First time author, Jessica Tom, sucks us into the fast paced, super stressful world of food in NYC. (Oh, did I live vicariously!) Imagine Devil Wears Prada for the food world. Quickly: the main character, Tia Monroe, is fresh out of school and looking for an internship that can take her places. She gets lured into experiencing food for a legendary New York Times restaurant critic who has lost his most valued sense of taste. She exchanges her integrity for all the food and fashion her heart desires. Now how could that go wrong? I (nervously) interviewed Tom about her project and she hinted that there were already talks about sending this one to TV or the big screen. Here’s hoping!
Games and Toys.
For that 12 year old in your brain that still laughs when someone says “butt,” I present Exploding Kittens. (If your tender heart has immense love for actual kittens, the graphics on these cards might be mildly disturbing.) It’s a fun party game that will keep your teens-adults entertained for hours. There is also an “adult version” for those “no kids allowed” parties.
I can’t wait to play Superfight with our friends. If you like Cards Against Humanity, pop culture, comic books, Walking Dead (any of the above), you are going to want this game for your next party or friend gathering. Players draw one character card and two traits. Players argue each other to death, basically. Which player’s character would win in an actual battle? Here’s a video in case you are confused. I’m not very good at describing games… or reading directions… PS: The company responsible for Walking Dead and Invincible is now producing Superfight! (Folks, I’m giving one of these away!)
Let’s talk Legos for a minute. I’m obsessed. I’m sorry, but Legos weren’t this cool when I was little. You can now build famous structures like the Empire State Building and White House, and deck your house out with holiday sets for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter… that’s a full year (plus some) of building fun! (For adults. The kids are out of luck. We’re taking over their Legos. Wait until THEY step on a brick while going to the bathroom at 3 am.)
Brick Stix. These little reuseable, removeable and restickable decals are made for decking out bricks like LEGO® and MEGA BLOKS®. Building a house? Add windows, textures and even put food on the table in your creation! Building a city? There is signage, barricade stickers, and even foliage. How about graffiti, furry friends, clothes for the closet… I’m gonna need intervention.
For those raging carnivores on your list, there’s The Carnivore Club. The Carnivore Club is the world’s first cured meat of the month club featuring a curated box filled with 4-6 handcrafted cured meats made by artisans from around the world. Each month’s box is themed around one producer specializing in a particular style of cured meats like French Charcuterie, Italian Salumi, Spanish Chorizo, South African Biltong or Artisan Jerky. The club supports artisans that purchase ethically treated animals, employ humane slaughtering practices, use locally sourced ingredients and have a passion for making exceptional products. There are single gift shipments and full memberships available starting at $55.
La Rue Chocolate. Greenville’s fine chocolatier sells her gorgeous chocolates at local farmers markets and events, or you can pick up a box or two at The Community Tap. I bought a box and before I knew it, had devoured all six pieces on my way home. They are so decadent! Contact her directly for special orders and shipping options.
Carolina Girl Cooks Tea Cookies. My husband LOVES shortbread cookies. Jennifer Glover makes yummy flavors like Lavender, Orange Cardamom, or Chocolate Chip Rosemary Sea Salt for the holidays! Not a baker? These would make wonderful gifts for neighbors, family friends, corporate or housewarming gifts. She sells bags of crushed cookies too, that are perfect for your holiday cheesecakes and pie crusts. Contact her via the Carolina Girl Cooks Facebook page for holiday selections and crushed cookies. Lavender and Orange Cardamom tins can be ordered via the website.
Fried Chicken Caramel and a Giant Fried Chicken Caramel and Chocolate Bar from Cool Haus. What can I say about that other than both are in my shopping cart as I type and as soon as I finish this guide, I’m paying and pressing send.
Skoshbox. Have teen in your life obsessed with Japanese culture? Mine teen sure is! Give them this awesome subscription box and they’ll have a taste of Japan delivered to their mailbox once a month!
I am in love with tea. It started with my first sip of Peach Tea Latte at Tealoha in Greenville, then the discovery that I could make tea lattes at home with the help of my handy dandy Nespresso Milk Frother from last year’s gift guide. Then after an innocent swing through Teavana at the mall to sample their offerings? Well, THAT hooked me for sure. I am completely in love with White Chocolate Peppermint Tea from Teavana and Celestial Seasonings Gingerbread Tea. Add a teaspoon of honey to the cup and a splash of warm milk for a bit of heaven at home.
Charleston based Cannonborough Beverage Co. is now shipping their fruit fresh artisan sodas. This is exciting news for people who are totally addicted and only able to get their fill on tap at some local breweries and on trips to Charleston! Current offerings online are Grapefruit Elderflower, Ginger Beer and Honey Basil. (They’d make great mixers for your holiday party!) $25 plus shipping.
Food Socks. With designs featuring bacon, beer, tacos, candy, coffee and more, you’ll find a pair for everyone on your list.
Secret New York and Secret Paris coloring books. When you can’t actually travel, you can at least meditate on it, right?
Crayons. Who doesn’t love a box of BRAND NEW crayons? Kick it old school with this MEGA pack with a desk caddy to keep you (or your friends… or kids…) doodling for hours.
Stewart and Claire Old Fashioned Lip Balm I love a good lip balm! Co-founders Kristin Donnelly (a former editor at Food & Wine) and her husband Phil Cooper focus on making high quality products with great ingredients and subtle scents just for grown-ups.
I have lusted over the Caramel Apples from Kilwin’s for years and recently broke down and bought a pecan chocolate drizzled caramel apple to share with my family during our Tree Day. My friends, we have a new Livengood family tradition! Everyone deserves to get one of these in their stocking. And if you’re nice, maybe they’ll share. (You can pick up your caramel apples from the store at Noma Square in downtown Greenville or order online to have them shipped.) Guess what? Someone’s gonna win a Caramel Apple from Kilwin’s during the Gap Creek Gourmet Holiday Giveaway!
Have you been good this year? This is the big stuff!
I LOVE my Le Creuset kettle. The company has just released their new gift set, a Le Creuset French Press Coffee Set complete with kettle, press, and two mugs! I’m not only adding it to the gift guide, I’m giving away a Cherry Red Le Creuset French Press Coffee Set, plus two boxes of my favorite Gingerbread tea and a pack of Carolina Girl Cooks cookies, as a part of this year’s giveaway! (The crowd can stand and cheer now.)
Winner of Garden and Gun Magazine’s 2014 Overall Made in the South Award, the Bulls Bay Oryo Oyster Cooker (retail $1295) is for the serious oyster connoisseur on your list. Bulls Bay Oryo has made it their mission to preserve the wood fire method of cooking oysters in the SC Low Country for generations. Hand crafted in Mcclellanville, SC, Bulls Bay OYRO is the only wood-fired oyster cooker on the market. The wood fire oyster cooker is durable, portable, and includes a cooking table, fire box and cooking pan.
Don’t forget to order your oysters! The Rappahannock Oyster Company has been harvesting oysters in Chesapeake since 1899. You can order online and have them shipped right to your door in time for your next oyster roast (even if you haven’t been good enough for Santa to deliver the Oryo Cooker…)
I hope I’ve helped you mark some people off of your list! Let me know if you like this year’s Holiday Gift Guide. I love feedback!
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Happy Holidays from Gap Creek Gourmet.