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Vancouver Gift Guide: 5 Gifts for the Foodie

Posted on December 18, 2016

CityMash.com - With Christmas right around the corner, there’s no time to waste when it comes to knocking names off of your shopping list. Luckily, CityMash has you covered with the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. The best part? All of the gifts in our Vancouver Gift Guides are made right here in Vancouver! Nothing beats supporting a small business and shopping locally this holiday season.

Check out our top five Vancouver-made gifts for the foodie in your life. This is the guy or gal who always knows about the newest restaurant opening in the city, spends all their spare time in the kitchen, is in on every food trend and always has to take the perfect picture of their meal before they start to eat. This person lives for all things delicious! Make your foodie’s dreams come true with one of these awesome gifts this holiday.

East Van Jam

East Van Jam creates delicious and unique jams by creatively pairing flavours to create 18 different jams. Their secret? More love, less sugar. With less sugar, the jams are mainly composed of fruit. And each jar shows off a fun character and design, unique to the East Van neighbourhood. We’ve got our eye on the Cardamom Rose Apple Jelly or best-selling Raspberry Dandy.

Monkey Butter

Wanting to spice up natural peanut butter, Monkey Butter whips together small batches of specialty peanut butter in their East Van kitchen. Their unique and mouth-watering peanut butter flavours include dark chocolate cherry, maple bacon, salted caramel and white chocolate pretzel. Monkey Butter also offers a holiday pack, perfect for your foodie friend, with seasonal flavours like candy cane and gingerbread.

Main Street Brewing

So let’s say your foodie friend is also a bit of a beer snob. Treat them to the tastes of a local brewery this Christmas with a gift from Main Street Brewing. The options for gifts include newly released stainless steel growlers, a pack of their seasonal brews, tickets to tour the brewery or a gift card, if the beer enthusiast in your life would prefer to pick out their own brew.

East Van Roasters

Nothing says “keep warm this winter” better than some locally roasted coffee beans. Head to VanCity favourite, East Van Roasters, for a bag of the good stuff that’s always roasted fresh on site. They also offer a number of “bean to bar” single-source chocolate treats prepared in store. Sneak the Chocolate Sampler Box into your foodie’s stocking so they can bite into the delicious truffles on Christmas morning.

Vancouver Olive Oil Company

Nothing says “foodie” more than artisanal flavoured olive oil. Head over to the Vancouver Olive Oil Company tasting room to sample their more than 33 flavours of olive oil. Feeling savoury? Wild mushroom and sage olive oil is for you. Prefer something sweet? We suggest Cranberry Pear or Tahitian Vanilla.

Bonus: Vancouver Foodie Tours

Still not sure what to buy the foodie in your life? You can’t go wrong with a Vancouver Foodie Tour. With four regular tours and a special Christmas Classics Market Tour starting December 15, this is the perfect way to treat your foodie to a sampling of Vancouver’s finest. They might even discover a new hidden gem in the Vancouver food scene.

We’re getting hungry just reading this gift guide! What foodie gift are you hoping for this holiday?

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