There's one in every bunch. That friend, relative, or coworker who's utterly impossible to buy for. Fortunately, everyone's gotta eat (or drink) and maybe even cook if you're lucky. That's where the Eater gift guide comes in. Here discover all things food and drink-related that come with a big Eater stamp of approval. We've personally curated and tested all of these items to make sure their quality is top notch. Even better: everything here is available online or for purchase in the Metro area, so you can get all your essential holiday shopping done without even leaving your couch.
Eli Tea developes a new version of this limited-edition loose tea every fall incorporating local, organic ingredients. The 2015 features a mild sweet mint picked at MUFI's Detroit gardens alongside black tea, cardamom, and sunflower petals. Price: $20 for a 2.8-ounce tin.
West Village bake shop Sister Pie offers a club membership that lets you pick-up a whole pie every month from the bakery's revolving selection. Not ready for a big investment? A few of shop's cookies also make for a great gift. Price:$80 for a 3-month membership.
Unless you're vegetarian or kosher, bacon is rarely a hard sell. That's where Zingerman's Bacon of the Month Club comes in with meat, pig magnets, recipes, and more pork lovers are likely to be in, well, hog heaven. Check out other clubs here. Price: Between $99 and $400.
Katoi chef Brad Greenhill teamed up with Ann Arbor's The Brinery for a vinegary twist on an uber popular condiment. While it may resemble rooster sauce in color, the sweet-spicy pepper vinegar brings its own unique character to the genre. Price: $10 for an 8-ounce bottle.
Two James' peppery Rye Dog white whiskey is unaged and made with 100 percent Michigan rye. Pair a bottle with one of the company's whiskey aging kits offered in the Corktown tasting room for a fun experiment in spirit-making. Price: $50 for a 750 milliliter bottle.
Detroit City Distillery's Railroad Gin is worthy addition to the home bar. This traditional London-style spirit has a sweetness with botanical notes of juniper, citrus, cardamom, and spice. Price: $35 for a 750 milliliter bottle in the distillery or online for $38.99.
At Townhouse and beyond, downtown waitstaff are sporting some sharp looking aprons these days thanks to Detroit Denim Co. Each apron is meticulously made using raw selvedge fabric produced in North Carolina and comes with pockets and a leather neck strap. Price: $110.
A favorite among some of Detroit's newest restaurants, Reclaim Detroit's sturdy, handcrafted butchers blocks feature wood salvaged from abandoned homes. The company also recently started producing charcuterie boards too. Price: $109 for the butcher's block, $39 for the charcuterie board.
Still not seeing a good fit? Visit the 2014 gift guide for seven more excellent options or the national guide for a virtual smorgasbord of items from across the Eater universe.