As we busied ourselves with planning holiday parties, the Christmas dinner menu, and decorating, December somehow jumped to midmonth. (Wait, how?!) If you’ve been putting off shopping for Christmas gifts, it’s time to get serious. You have exactly just over two weeks to find something special. Fortunately, the Local Palate Marketplace has gift sets, specialty jams and jellies, sweet confections, small-batch tonics, and gourmet seasoning blends to delight your food-and-drink-loving friends and family members. If you’re in need of a last-minute Christmas gift, the artisan goodies from these Southern makers will make it look like you’ve been planning these gifts for months.
Last-Minute Christmas Gifts from the Local Palate Marketplace
For the Coffee Lover
For your industrious friend who lives by their morning coffee ritual, help them upgrade their home espresso bar to cafe-level status with the Daysie Trio collection of coffee syrups. Warming flavors like salted caramel, Madagascar vanilla, and coconut almond will fill their morning cuppa with tropical flavors that help ward off the winter chill. The syrups also double as cocktail simple syrups, so they can become a go-to ingredient for day-to-night drinks.
For the Breakfast Enthusiast
Anyone who believes that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” will love the collection of assorted jams from Regina’s Farm Kitchen. Straight from Georgia come four gourmet flavors, including strawberry-blueberry-jalapeño, blueberry-lemon, peach-vanilla bean, and peach-habanero. They add instant elevation to a piece of toast, english muffin, or bagel, making breakfast not only the most important meal of the day but also the most enjoyable.
For the Pitmaster
Across the South, we’re grateful for temperate climes that make grilling a year-round activity. Arm your favorite grilling enthusiast with a bundle of barbecue sauces and rubs that take them on a flavorful tour of the South’s regional styles of barbecue. Florida-based vendor Gentry’s BBQ has the BBQ Sauce Gift Set and BBQ Rub Gift Set to cover meat preparations from hot wings to Tennessee-style sauce to seafood seasonings.
For the Holiday Host
Got a long list of holiday engagements? Delight the hosts with specialty seasonings that make hors d’oeuvres prep a breeze. The owners of the aptly named Hostess Provisions pulled their backgrounds in catering and entertaining to create signature seasoning blends. Go for the Seasoning Trio, which has pimento cheese seasoning, tomato sandwich seasoning, and pickled shrimp seasoning. Not only does this ensure quality snacks for future gatherings, but it also turns meal prep into easy work so that the host can actually enjoy the party, too.
For the Home Bartender
Everyone has a friend who's a cocktail enthusiast—help them develop their bar cart with the Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Jack Pack. This stylish gift set is equipped with elevated versions of the bartender’s bare necessities: the Charleston company’s famed tonic syrup, aromatic bitters, grenadine, and a premium jigger.