Posted by Tasha on December 17th, 2010 in Food, Gift Guide
Food: Since we all eat it, it’s practically guaranteed that if you give it as a gift this holiday season, it’ll be received with a smile and a twinkle in the eye.
But we’re not here to settle for polite grins and glistening eyeballs. Here at TDT, we shoot for at least a happy dance. A long, high-pitched “Squee!” is even better. We’ve also been known to accept hyperventilation.
Here are the gifts to give your favorite foodies this season to collect on the happy dances, squealing and black outs you so richly deserve.
Wait! Before you dive into the gift guide, remember that you can get any gifts listed here that are available in the Tulsa area delivered straight to your door by You Buy We Fly 918. Click here to get the special 10-percent delivery discount for TDT readers.
Oklahoma Wine Journal
Your Oklahoma wine-loving friends and family are tired of writing their tasting notes on their palms. Grab one of these wine journals for each of them and you won’t have to worry about the whole sweaty palm ink transfer thing.
Get it: OkieBoutique.com
Garden Deva Wine Rack
It’s a wine rack. It’s decor. It’s a Tulsa-made work of art. It’s a must-have.
Get it: Garden Deva Sculpture Company
The Pioneer Woman Cooks
We’re pretty proud of Ree Drummond, a.k.a. The Pioneer Woman, here in Oklahoma, and that was even before she introduced this cookbook full of approachable, delicious recipes and Ree’s trademark writing and photography. Make sure to secure a dinner invitation when you give this book – you will definitely want to reap what you’ve sown. (And yeah, that’s me and PW up there. You know, just hanging out – hanging out like we’re friends and stuff. Heh.)
Get it: Steve’s Sundry, thepioneerwoman.com
Chocolate from Chickasaw Nation owned and operated Bedré Fine Chocolates is good enough, but in the shape of the state of Oklahoma, it practically jumps into the stockings of your favorite people this holiday season. If you’re looking for something a little more, well, down to earth, check out Bedré’s cow patties.
Get it: OkieBoutique.com
Classic Candy from Ida Red Boutique
Ida Red has one of the largest offerings of nostalgic candy and sodas in the region. The foodie on your shopping list is sure to appreciate the obscure and delicious goodies you find there.
Get it: Ida Red Boutique
Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood
We took in this Georgia-born country songbird when she married our homegrown superstar Garth Brooks, and then she went and wrote two cookbooks about cooking in Oklahoma. And let me just tell you: The recipes in this cookbook are so good (how could any cookbook with a country star holding a glass of sweet tea on the cover be anything less than a downhome dream?), you can count on whomever receives this cookbook from you for Christmas to be at least 10 pounds heavier next year. Which, depending on whom you plan to give it to, could be really, really fun.
Price: About $30 each
Get it: Steve’s Sundry Books & Magazines
Not only do we have some of the best beer and wine anywhere right here in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but we also have some amazing coffee. Practically any Tulsan who knows about food would love a bag of Topeca Coffee. Don’t worry about picking the “best” variety – I’ve tried them all, and let me tell you, they’re all worthy of the slow sip. And then there’s this great home brew kit for the do-it-yourself foodie on your list.
Get it: Topeca Coffee, Dwelling Spaces, Coffeehouse on Cherry Street, Reasor’s
A box of gourmet chocolates goes over well with pretty much everyone who likes to stick food in his/her face. But imagine receiving a box of chocolates that could just as easily serve as jewels in the crown Queen Elizabeth wears to her really fancy shindigs – there you have what’s available at Glacier Confection. Plus, the costumer service is amazing. Say hi to Bill for me when you go in.
Get it: Glacier Confection
No matter how proficient of a cook you’re shopping for, s/he will always appreciate a cooking class. There are a variety of spots here in Tulsa to enroll, and there are even opportunities for the pint-sized chefs-to-be. These schools are also chock full of fun kitchen gadgets and ingredients that’d fit nicely into a stocking.
Get it: The Stock Pot, Savory Chef, Sage Culinary Studio (Brookside and South)
Kits for Beer and Wine Making
Don’t just give a gift this Christmas – give your friends and loved ones a hobby that’ll bring fun, science and plenty of dancing around with a lampshade on their heads for years to come.
Get it: High Gravity Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies
The Chuck Wagon Cookbook
So your intended giftee wants to learn to cook like a cowboy, huh? This book will do a lot to help. This book would go really well with a cast-iron skillet, which you can get at any of the cooking schools I mentioned above – just another idea from me to you.
Get it: OkieBoutique.com
Pretty much anything at LaDonna’s
My eyes light up and my mind races and my heart beats a little faster every time I step foot into LaDonna’s Fancy Foods on Cherry Street. Not only does she offer made-in-Oklahoma products, but she also stocks gourmet food items handmade by her and the LaDonna’s staff. The gift baskets make for memorable gifts, too.
Get it: LaDonna’s Fancy Foods
Gift Cards to Local Restaurants
Yes, I know I usually relegate giftcards to the s***list of things within your power to buy for another human being, but this time it’s different. Purchasing gift cards/certificates to your intended recipients’ favorite restaurants not only nourishes their food love, but it also supports our community and its local business owners. As long as you’re not buying any Applebee’s gift cards, no one gets hurt. Otherwise, I can’t make any promises.
Price: You choose!
Get it: Your intended recipient’s favorite Tulsa restaurant
So. What are you buying for your favorite foodie this holiday season? Don’t forget to check out the Gift Guide category here at TDT for even more Tulsa and Oklahoma gift ideas.