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The Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide for Food Lovers in Southeast Michigan

There’s still time to get everyone on your list something great

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It’s easy to put off certain holiday gift purchases until the very last second, but with the complications of shipping and shopping during the pandemic, the odds are stacked against procrastinators. Fortunately, there are still a lot of great gifts out there for folks who need to snag something great for a friend or family member on short notice.

All of these items are related to eating, drinking, and restaurants, and most of them are available for online ordering. The vast majority must be picked up curbside, while a few like virtual events require no face-to-face interaction whatsoever. Those risking it with shipping should read the fine print and select the option that will ensure the item arrives at its destination on time. For more gift ideas visit Eater Shopping.


Food


Gift Sets

A box filled with a split of sparkling rose, a bag of Astro Coffee, and a rose-colored ceramic mug.

Folk Gift Boxes

  • $25

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Folk has a diverse selection of gift boxes available for pickup ranging from a “rose box” with with all things pink to a “last-minute box” (very on-theme) filled with items like vermouth, fancy mustard, McClure’s pickles, and coffee. Prices start at $25 and up to $150 depending on the box.

An illustration of a black tote bag with a bottle filled with cake and wine that reads Rose’s Fine Food and Wine.
| Maxine McCrann

Christmas Extravaganza Bag

  • $150

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Illustrator Maxine McCrann designed this tote, which comes stuffed with items from Rose’s Fine Food ranging from marinated artichokes to chocolate bars to chestnuts. It’s the perfect catchall gift for the holidays. Have it delivered somewhere in Detroit or the metro area on Wednesday, December 23, or arrange to pick up at the shop.

A photo of a bottle of mead next to a glass bottle of Coke and a jar of Maraschino cherries.

Schramm’s Mead Box

  • $48

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Schramm’s in Ferndale is selling a variety of gift sets feature mead pairings like the “ultimate cherry Coke” or a “Detroit ginger cocktail kit.” Shipping, local delivery, and pickup options are available with kit prices starting around $48.


Stocking Stuffers

A little bottle of alcohol drink of Underberg on a white background.
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Underberg

  • $2

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Underberg, a German digestif, comes in a tiny bottle that’s perfect for slipping into an adult’s stocking. Batch Brewing Company currently carries Underberg for $2 a bottle. Pick it up curbside and maybe throw in some cans of local beer or a bottle of cider while you’re at it.

plum crumble pie

Virtual Baking Class

  • $25

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Ideal for that person who likes to bake or just really wants to learn how to bake, Sister Pie in West Village is offering tickets to virtual classes for 2021 with themes like “sweet and savory scones” or “seasonal pie.” Dress up the gift a bit with some non-virtual baking tools like a bench scraper or a French tapered rolling pin, available for curbside pickup.

A lamb tagine with pita chips at Saffron De Twah.

Virtual Cooking Class

  • $25

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Chef Omar Anani of Saffron De Twah is now offering virtual cooking classes through the Table 22 platform as well as meal subscriptions. The cost of a class is $25 and folks can pre-purchase the ingredients for $45 (enough to feed four people).

Truffles with colorful stripes on an orange background.

Fancy Chocolate Truffles

  • $12

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Fill a stocking with a four-pack of chocolate truffles made by pastry chef Ben Robison of Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktail. The Oakland offers curbside pickup and delivery within a limited radius and also features holiday items in its shop from the Miracle cocktail pop-up.


Drinks


Swag

Jollof Shirt

  • $25

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Fans of jollof and Yum Village can rep both with this Eat Jollof Rice shirt. It comes available in men’s and women’s sizes and in black and white. There’s even a hoodie. Maybe throw in some spices from the restaurant, too.


Bowls, Barware, and Books

A copy of Imbibe! by David Wondrich.

Cocktail Books

  • $18

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Castalia’s full collection of gastronomy and cocktail books are available for in-store pickup. The list of options includes manuals like The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and historical accounts of cocktail culture like David Wondrich’s Imbibe!

 A pink mug with a tiki figure on it.

Handmade Cocktail Mug

  • $150

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Popular tropical cocktail bar Lost River is selling a variety of mugs for drinking at home including these locally made ones from Hamtramck Ceramck. These are collectable and there’s a limited supply of these mugs for sale.

A tropical santa mug.

Holiday Cocktail Swag

  • $35

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Both the Skip and the Oakland are serving carryout and delivery versions of the popular Cocktail Kingdom holiday pop-up juggernaut in 2020. Both bars offer festive drinks to-go and have mugs and glassware available for pickup, delivery, and shipping.

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