Ahhh food, the gift that gives us life. Whether it’s a welcome midday relief from annoyances of the office or the memory of a family holiday tradition, there are few things as precious as food. Chances are good that you know what your loved ones daydream about eating, and unlike a lot of the gifts your grandma might usually give you, it’s pretty easy to ensure that a food gift isn’t going to waste. Here are just a few of the countless array of food-related things you could buy someone this holiday season, so check in about your cousin’s allergies and then dig in.
- Deep Roots membership, 600 N. Eugene St., deeprootsmarket.coop
Socks, ties, trinkets and novelty items are nice, but you know what a lot of people actually want? A discount on groceries. Buy someone you love a membership at Deep Roots Market, the locally owned cooperative grocery store in Greensboro, for $100 or four installments of $25. The ownership share in the co-op covers an entire household, for life.
- Hops + Nuts, hopsandnuts.com
Bourbon-beer pretzels. Need I say more? These affordable morsels, like the Lager N Lime peanuts or the Blonde Brittle, are a solid choice for anyone who loves beer but also a safe bet for that someone you don’t know so well, like your nephew who’s in college now and is too cool to talk to anyone these days.
- Dinner date
Greensboro-based culinary clubs Ethnosh and Dinner with a Side of Culture are both hosting their next events on Nov. 30 at Quisqueya Dominican restaurant and Café Europa respectively. Maybe you have to work on Christmas, and your family is celebrating early enough that this makes sense as a seasonal gesture, but chances are you’re better off writing a handmade voucher vowing to take your Christmas Miracle to a future event.
- Joyce Farms, 4787 Kinnamon Rd., joyce-farms.com
They say the way to the heart is through the stomach, and if you’ve got a carnivorous foodie in your life, Joyce Farms has you covered. With options from apple-raisin chicken sausages for $9.50 to a whole ribeye or beef tenderloin for $180, you’re bound to find something that will make their eyes light up like that pine tree in your living room.
- Twin City Hive, 301 Brookstown Ave., twincityhive.com (W-S)
This coffeeshop dedicated several shelves to local and regional gifts, including chocolate and cards. Whether you’re looking for coffee or candles, Twin City Hive is bound to have some of the stocking stuffers you need.
- Cooking classes
Chances are high that there’s someone in your life who’s been saying they want to become a better cook, maybe for years. Sign them up for a “Boot Camp” cooking class at the Stocked Pot (381 Jonestown Road, W-S or thestockedpot.com). In Greensboro, give someone the gift of one or three cooking lessons from Print Works Bistro (702 Green Valley Road, GSO or printworksbistro.com).
- A CSA share
You’re gonna need deep pockets for this one. But just in case you’re a local high roller, you could buy someone a seasonal membership in a Community-Supported Agriculture, or CSA, program. A season with Sungold Farm in Winston-Salem costs $500 and at Wild Persimmon Farm in Greensboro, it’s six Ben Franklins (though you could also purchase a half season for $300). And hey, if you’ve got that kind of cash to drop, we’d like to talk to you about advertising….