Local Food & Drink Gift Ideas
Local artisan foods, packed with flavor and a dash of love, are the perfect stocking stuffer or hostess gift. Even better, a gift basket laden with sweets, treats and sauces is sure to put a smile on any pouting face — maybe even add more of a twinkle to Santa’s eye.
Bourbon sea salt Caramels
Inspired by her German roots, Tammy Fahey gently cooks these in small batches for a velvety texture and layers of flavor. They are then wrapped in parchment for a classy look, or arrive in a sophisticated box.
$9 (They are also sold by Neiman Marcus for a tad more.) susscarumel.com Photo by Jenn Bakos
Laurel Hill Jams & Jellies
Simplify with a gift pack of wine jellies with choices ranging from sangria or malbec to celebratory champagne. Packed in a pine crate handmade by Toadstool Design of New Boston.
Taylor-Brown Wild Blueberry Co.
A not-too-sweet concoction loaded with beautiful blueberries from their own farm.
Polly’s Pancake Parlor
Taste of Maple Basket
Perfect for the maple fanatic. Featuring local syrup, Polly’s own maple spread and maple granulated sugar, and your choice of one of their award-winning pancake mixes made from fresh-ground grains. Find many basket and gift wrapping options.
The Chocolatier Exeter
Get there early for this classic treat.
$23.95 lb., the-chocolatier.com
Van Otis Chocolates
Sweet Taste of NH Basket
They have just about everything to celebrate this state of sweetness.
Monthly Bar Subscriptions
It’s $36 a month for three of their favorite bars with free shipping. Bean-to-bar is an experience to treasure on a regular basis.
Nothing like dark beer to light up the dim days of winter. Keep Santa’s cheeks rosy with these local stouts and porters. He does love the tall boys. Find them at the breweries or in local beer shops.
Moat Mountain Brewing Company
North Conway, moatmountain.com
Town Pound Classic Smooth Dark Ale
Concord Craft Brewing Co.
Coffee Cake Porter
Draken Robust Porter
Kelsen Brewing Company
Flap Jack Maple Brown Ale
Henniker Brewing Company
Fat Alberta (Brewed with peanuts and cocoa nibs)
Bubbles & Spirits
Eau De Musc
This unexpected new American whiskey is infused with castoreum from the castor sacs of beavers. Before you shriek, it is an old-world flavoring technique with a raspberry taste, and acts to fortify the whiskey flavors. Nicely bottled in a 200 ml vintage-style perfume bottle, it’s perfect for the most adventurous name on your gift list.
Ancient Fire Mead & Cider
Mead with a light touch and a bit of fizz may make a mead drinker out of you (or Santa). Check out their tasting room for mead on draft.
Hermit Woods Winery & Deli
2018 Sparking Heirloom Crabapple
Their award-wining crabapple wine is made even better with a delicate effervescence. It’s medium dry with a long and tangy finish, perfect for starting a celebration. Serve well-chilled.
Port City Pretzels
Tasty Ranch Dill
These are very addictive, but others may favor the cinnamon sugar or zesty hot versions.
Shade of Blue Cheese
This farmstead raw-milk cheese is a favorite of local chefs and can be found at several winter farmers markets. Blue fans will love its tang and depth.
Hickory Smoked Pepperoni
Just slice and enjoy, or top your
homemade pizza with the good stuff. This mom-and-pop operation also hickory-smokes a variety of cheeses.
This company is known for its innovative approach to microwaving popcorn at home, but now they’re selling it ready-popped. Just pair with one of their creative seasonings and let the Netflix bingeing begin.
Spicy Mike’s Curry Ketchup
If ketchup seems boring to you, just sample what Spicy Mike has been cooking up. Flavor profiles are creative and add varying degrees of heat to kiss your lips and match your burger style. Newest is a spicy curry for an international twist to top your fries.
Steve’s Original Sauces
S.O.S. Kentucky Bourbon
Add this to your pulled pork sandwich. $10
Central New Hampshire
Fresno Hot Sauce
Uniquely sweet and spicy (thanks to a combo of peppers and apple cider), this adobo-style sauce will make a bold addition to your favorite foods.
Naked Hot Sauces
Crabapple Thai Chili
The peppers are sourced locally when possible. Reaper Madness tops the Scoville scale … that’s hot! Others are available with varying intensity, like this sweet crabapple with Thai flavors. Their Awesome Sauce certainly gets a vote for best name.
(Find them at the Made In New England Expo, Dec. 7 and 8. festivalnet.com.)
Give the gift of a ready-to-prepare food kit delivered weekly. A variety of plans are available, with prices ranging from $28 to $158 a week. Gift certificates sold online.
Maybe the best gelato this side of the Atlantic can now be made by you, at home. Yes, fresh is best, and this is the perfect gift for an ice cream lover with an ice cream maker.
Local Source Shopping
Hannah Grimes Marketplace
42 Main St., Keene
They build custom food-themed gift baskets filled with an array of Upper Valley products from their shop.
Common Man Country Store
59 Main St., Ashland
Common Man products include fudge, chocolates, jarred pickled vegetables, Bloody Mary mix and more. (Tip: Markets at Common Man Roadside stops off I-93 northbound and
southbound in Hooksett and now Plymouth offer a great selection of New Hampshire-made food products for shoppers on the run.)
100 Mile Market
35 Pleasant St., Claremont
123 Dover Point Rd., Dover
Squam Lake MarketPlace
863 Route 3, Holderness
Zeb’s General Store
2675 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway
Robie’s Country Store
9 Riverside St., Hooksett
Johnson Golden Harvest
412 W. River Rd., Hooksett
Marketplace New England
7 N. Main St., Concord
Manchester Craft Market
Mall of New Hampshire, Manchester
Angela’s Pasta and Cheese Shop
815 Chestnut St., Manchester
Holiday Shopping Events
Made In New England Expo, Manchester
December 7 and 8, DoubleTree Hilton
Eagle Square, Concord
Great Holiday Shopping Extravaganza
December 13 and 14, Hampshire Hills Athletic Club
Milford, free admission