It’s the most wonderful time of year, you guys! It’s the END of 2020, we are wishing on a star for a great holiday season and a safe new year. I know the holiday get-togethers won’t be the same as years past, but we are going to make them as festive as possible.
I love writing about food, and what’s more, I love shopping kitchen and foodie gifts for all my family and friends. So, without further ado, here is Christine’s Top Foodie Gifts in Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware counties. These are just a few of the many great retail and food shoppes in our area. In this holiday season, now more than ever, we need to shop and support local craftspeople.
There’s no shortage of fabulous places to eat, drink, and be merry. Put a bow on it, and you have a great gift for someone you love. Prepare to give and receive the love! Shop the King of Prussia Mall, too, with an amazing array of gifts and cookware for the chef on your list. They are doing curbside pickup for most of your gifts.*
Got a discerning relative that must be gifted with only the finest?
The Great American Popcorn Works (in Telford, 215-721-0414 or 1-855-542-CORN (2676) is the king of tinned treats. I’m seeing a bigger trend with companies sending food gifts to their clients and also their employees and co-workers because company parties aren’t being held this year. And really, there’s only so many ZOOM calls you can have saying Happy Holidays. Send a co-worker a tin of popcorn or pop-at-home corn and you’ll be the smartest co-worker on your team.
Ethel’s Artisan Vinegars (610-864-8507, in Royersford) infuses vinegar creations with citrus, thyme, raspberry, mint and other delicious herbs and spices.
Perfect to cook with or to spice up your cooking.
Need some nostalgia in your life? The Edwards-Freeman Nut Company (441 East Hector Street in Conshohocken, 610-828-7440) has a huge array of nuts, specialty gifts, chocolates, nut butters, and glazed fruit and gummy candy.
Sweet Ashley’s Chocolates (70 Buckwalter Road in Limerick Square, Royersford, 610-948-1058) offers a huge array of chocolate gifts, including their Schuylkill Mud confection, Candy Cane Truffles, sea salt caramels and so much more.
Not into food as much as cool foodie-looking items? Check out Penelope & Anastasia handmade and vintage finds. Items like vintage home and serve ware, retro tablecloths, one-of-a kind pitchers and bowls.
This Glenside home and gift shoppe, Sweet Magnolia, (117 S Easton Road, 215-576-5583) supports local craftspeople and has yummy foodie gifts like spiced pancake mix, pancake syrup, and breakfast gift boxes, perfect for a crisp winter’s morning breakfast.
Looking for items for your socially distant festive feasts?
A Culture Factory (located at 333 Morgan Street in Phoenixville) has local foods for holiday cooking and enjoying, like local farm-fresh cheeses, meats, teas, and sauces, as well as Baba’s Brew kombucha, locally made onsite and full of healthy probiotics and great flavors. Grab a brew at home kombucha kit for the ‘bucha lover on your list.
Steel City Coffeehouse & Brewery (203 Bridge Street in Phoenixville) has items to go for breakfast as well as excellent hors d’oeuvres in their Winter Market, like locally made honey, crackers, cheeses, and vegan and gluten-free bakery items.
Nothing says love like the House of Jerky (10 S. Main Street in Phoenixville, 610-420-0776) gifts made from expertly seasoned pork, turkey brisket and beef jerky, as well as specialty sauces. They even offer vegan jerky. Unique and delicious!
Looking for a foodie gift for someone with a very particular palate? Gift them Jar Goods pasta sauce.
Created in Chester County, this family affair has restaurant-quality sauces for all your Italian favorites, as well as creating Vegan and Gluten-Free version, like their Vegan Vodka Tomato Sauce.
Swarmbustin’ Honey (190 Thouron Road in West Grove) is a family-run apiary, offering an assortment of products ‘straight from the hive,’ including honey and fresh bee pollen!
Leslie Clearwater, Proprietor and Artist at Ten Air Studios in Phoenixville infuses her hand-made jewelry with heart and soul, and when I saw this tiny spoon, my heart took a sudden leap!
How cute is this gift for someone who loves to cook? How about brunch? Her Let’s Do Brunch necklace brings on visions of eggs benedict.
Lancaster County Farmers Market in Wayne and Phoenixville Farmers’ Market has a huge amount of foodie gifts, too.
Gifts in Delaware County
Cross these delightful gifts off your list for everyone!
A Taste of Britain (503 W Lancaster Ave at Eagle Village Shops in Wayne) Gifts, teas, British sweets, gifts baskets, scones and high tea to go, you’ll be set for the holidays.
This is a great place to try something new or gift something great for the tea-lover in your life, like the Tea of the Month Club.
Local Home + Gifts (15 E. State Street in Media, 610-566-5661) offers cheeky serve ware and barware for the eclectic and sarcastic entertainer. You’ll find all you need for a festive evening.
For someone that loves tea, why not gift them with tea items with a magical edge? Amy Blackthorn, the creator of Blackthorn’s Botanicals, offers a variety of black, white, green, and Oolong teas, to match along with candles for your best intentions while enjoying this glorious tea blends.
Don’t miss the Media Farmers Market, with a host of fun local foodie gifts during their winter season.
Local to the area:
Irene Levy Baker’s book 100 Things To Do In Philadelphia, much of which includes the best places in Philly as well as the Montco, Chesco, and Delco burbs, to dine. Read more here!
Under the Sea Pottery out of Doylestown, hand-thrown and hand-glazed sea and beach-themed pottery, excellent mugs, dishes, and serve ware, all perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee or entertaining
Happy shopping dear readers, and may you have a wonderfully festive season!
*Please check with each retail store regarding food and beverage availability, shipping guidelines/times, current takeout/pickup hours, mask requirements, social distancing, and other COVID-19 protocols. Please respect the establishments that you visit.
Christine Tarlecki is Editor of Montco Today and a food and lifestyle writer seeking out the best bites in the area and writing about them. She also pens an award-winning food & lifestyle blog at engchik.blogspot.com and teaches small business social media marketing classes. Enjoy her podcast at https://anchor.fm/engchikeatsbychristinet. Christine can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and under @engchik on all social media. #LocalLove
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