TOP 10 LAST MINUTE GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Truff Hot Sauce
We first discovered Truff when they launched in 2017. While the pretty bottle caught our eye, the ingredient list is what made it a holiday gifting staple. Their original sauce ties together a selective blend of premium red chili peppers infused with black truffle oil from Piedmont, Italy, and organic agave nectar from Jalisco, Mexico, adding a pinch of cumin to round out what can best be described as an explosion of taste. Also available in a coriander-infused White Truffle and their jalapeño-rich blend Hotter Sauce, this stuff is good on everything.
Sierra Club’s Adopt a Wild Animal
As part of their “Gifts that Give Back” initiative, the Sierra Club is offering several out-of-the-box gifts for all the nature and animal lovers on your list this season. Our favorite is their “Adopt a Wild Animal” program, which allows a symbolic adoption of your favorite animal with proceeds going to continue conservation and protection efforts for the animal and their habitat. The proud adopter will receive a cute stuffed version of their adoptee, along with an adoption certificate, booklet and stickers. The Sierra Club also offers adventure travel gift certificates, activist memberships, and an online store filled with all the gear and gifts you’ll ever need.
Spread the Love Gift Set
There’s something especially fun about receiving artisan food gifts. Often an indulgence we enjoy but don’t think to get for ourselves, gifts of great food are instant stand-out hit at any holiday party. Spread the Love Foods’ gift set is our favorite kind of foodie present, replete with nut butters and jams that are organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan and 100 percent clean. Whether a gift for your party hostess, the family’s resident foodie or just anyone you know with a love for tasty treats, Spread the Love’s offerings are sure to hit the spot.
Wienerschnitzel’s Can of Chili
Hear us out — this gift is awesome. First off, who knew they sold their chili in cans? Secondly, this stuff is delicious. We are all about food-inspired gifts this year, and this is a perfect quirky addition to our list. This famous savory sauce known for topping off the perfect hot dog goes for a budget-friendly $5 per 15-oz. can.
Lord Jones Ultimate Gumdrop Gift Box
The holidays are a stressful time, which is why we are thankful for CBD. Lord Jones, a celebrity-recognized purveyor of CBD-infused products, is offering a limited-edition gift box complete with eight boxes of classical and seasonal CBD gumdrops this holiday season. With 72 gummies overall, flavors include mango chili, sugar plum, wild strawberry, black currant and more. Only available through December 31, this is the perfect last-minute present for adults on your list. Not only will they receive a variety of flavors to try, but the set itself includes close to $100 in savings.
Santa Monica Brew Works Bourbon Barrel-Aged Beers
Santa Monica Brew Works‘ holiday slogan is: “It’s the most wonderful time for a beer” and honestly, we couldn’t agree more. As the first and only independent craft brewery in Santa Monica, SMBW has released two new beers just in time for the holidays: Buffalo Ninja Imperial Stout and Gravity Coaster Barley Wine. Bourbon barrel-aged, these beers are available in bottles, boasting an ABV content in the double-digits and are recommended for enthusiasts who enjoy full-flavor and slow-sipping. Described as their boldest release yet, this is the perfect last-minute gift for any beer lover.
With a high ABV comes a wicked hangover, which is why we are also recommending the gift of this fun cookbook, Hangover Helper. An illustrated collection of 50 international hangover cures, author Lauren Shockey offers tips and tricks on how to utilize your skills in the kitchen to cure even the worst of hangovers. From a full English breakfast to a Mexican michelada and a South Korean beansprout soup (kongnamul gukbap), Shockey’s recipes explore beloved cultural cures for an indulgent night of imbibing. Given that New Year’s Day is also known as National Hangover Day, this gift couldn’t come at a better time: amazon.com/Hangover-Helper-Delicious-Cures-Around/dp/1784882593/ref=zg_bsnr_17745806011_18?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=GSNQ8J9FCZ2Q6WK6BKKE.
Let’s face it: Cutting boards can get gross. A hotbed for bacteria growth, these kitchen staples can be difficult and time-consuming to properly clean after every meal, which is why Fabs Lab’s Cutting Boards are the perfect gift for those who cook. A natural antibacterial curing board, Fab Slabs are aesthetically pleasing cutting boards and platters that are produced and designed in Australia. Made from Camphor Laurel trees, the wood is naturally and permanently antibacterial — making clean up a breeze. Each board is individually handcrafted and eco-friendly, with the ability to be personalized for the holidays.
What’s better than chocolate? Cannabis-infused chocolate. Fine chocolate maker Défoncé has added new offerings to its popular line of products, just in time for the gifting season. Available in full-size chocolate bars, single-serving squares and low-dose bites, these chocolates are a step above your typical cannabis edibles. Perfect for indulging discretely and with sophistication, their wide range of flavors with varying potencies make them the perfect treats. By combining fine Belgian chocolate with premium California cannabis extract, Défoncé has stepped up the edibles game. Our favorites are the matcha tea white chocolate squares, gluten-free and with 5 mg of THC.
Vinovore Wolfpack Monthly Membership
The ultimate gift for the philanthropic wine lover on your list, every December purchase of Vinovore‘s monthly Wolfpack subscription will be donated in part to Dressember, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting human trafficking. Wolfpack subscription boxes are filled with unique, hand-picked wines that can be picked up in-store or delivered right to your door every three, six or 12 months. Membership also includes tasting notes and pairing recommendations, as well as access to special tastings and events. Each month’s wines are chosen by Vinovore owner and resident sommelier, Coly Den Haan, with two to four wines per shipment.
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