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Fosterthefoodie’s Holiday Gift Guide: 11 Local Gifts for the Food Lovers on your List!

From wine & pizza to sweets & treats, Fosterthefoodie has curated tasteful options to fit every budget!

The holiday season is just around the corner, and now more than ever, it’s important to shop local and support your favorite small businesses. With these 11 locally made goods, ranging from cider and cannolis to charcuterie and cookies, there’s something for everyone on your list. Trust me; in no time, you’ll have to find a gift for the foodies in your life, and you’ll realize that some of the best presents can come in small (business) packages!


Any candy lover will appreciate a gift basket from Sweet717! Create something special by mixing and matching some of Sweet717’s bestselling treats like the Festive Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Peppermint Dark Chocolate Nonpareils, Peppermint Fluffs, or my favorite – the Handcrafted Peppermint Bark Bars! Whether you’re grabbing a mix of festive treats or a box of their classic fudge, you’ll definitely find something to satisfy a sweet tooth!


Cornerstone Coffeehouse

Buying a gift for a coffee lover in your life? This year, give them something to make them feel close to chipper every morning: a gift basket from Cornerstone Coffeehouse! Nowadays, we have more time than ever to get serious about fresh grinds with the endless hours at home to drink it. So, give that special person in your life who cannot function without their coffee a new roast paired with bakery treats and a mug. Because an hour spent uncaffeinated is an hour wasted!


The Shoppe on Chocolate

We all have a person in our lives that loves to entertain, goes the extra mile for parties and really does it up for any occasion! You know the one: the hostess with the mostest. So, treat that entertainer to something they can help entertain you with this year – like a gift basket from The Shoppe on Chocolate. Gift them with a versatile tray that be can be used to serve drinks or hold food, pair it with some mulling spices to add a nice seasonal flavor to wine or cider and throw in some cheese markers for the finishing touch!


Tröegs Independent Brewing

For the biggest cheese lover on your Christmas list, a cheese sampler is a great way to treat them to their best present yet. This Beer Cheese Sampler from Caputo Brothers Creamery contains cheeses created with beers from Tröegs Independent Brewing – Mad Elf Beer Cheese, Troegentaor Beer Cheese, Perpetual IPA Beer Cheese and Cracked Elf. You can even add on some pepperoni from Salumeria Biellese to help create the perfect cheeseboard for an extra $10! It’s perfect for the beer lover or foodie in your life!

Wyndridge Farm

Raise a glass to celebrate the season with some amazing craft beverages from Wyndridge Farm! Hook up your boozy best pal or your classy coworker with some delicious hard ciders or some seasonal craft beers from Winding Path Brewing Co! Complete the gift with some Wyndrige Farm merchandise like koozies, glasses or clothing! This craft-beer gift will be everything you need to have a truly hoppy Christmas (sorry, I had to!).



What’s more impressive than a perfectly crafted charcuterie board? One that is made just for you! The Laurcuterie To-Go Box is perfect for any small gathering, whether you’re attending as a guest or hosting! The box includes a variety of meats, cheeses, produce, dip/spreads, nuts, pickled assortment, dried fruit and crackers, but can be customized just to your liking. This holiday season keep things simple and gift your charcuterie-loving friend one of these ready-to-go boxes!


Knead HBG

Is there anything more amazing than a sizzling pie fresh out of the oven? Look no further than Knead HBG! They now offer DIY Pizza Kits – complete with Pizza Dough, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese! For only $5, you can take the delicious goodness of a Knead Pizza to the comfort of your own home. It’s easy to make, cheap to buy, and even better to share with friends! It’s the perfect gift for every pizza lover on your list!


3700 Market Café

Celebrate the season by sharing one-of-a-kind bakery gifts everyone will love. Fill a gift basket with the best treats 3700 Market Café has to offer: mouth-watering brownies, cookies and decadent desserts galore! Comfort food is the fastest way to the heart, and during these unprecedented times, we could all use some holiday spirit! No matter what the holidays look like, 3700 Market Café will make sure there is something delicious to add to your gift list!



Incorporating delicacies from Italy, Greece, Morocco and Spain, a Mediterranean gift basket is a healthy introduction to some of the unique flavors from this popular sun-drenched region. Grazery offers a selection of hand-picked Mediterranean pantry items that would be the perfect gift this holiday season! From olive oil, to forest honey and pistachio halva, you’ll find something for everyone’s taste buds! And – Grazery is now offering pre-made gift baskets to make it even easier to shop!


JB Kelly Seafood

Who’s ready for a seafood extravaganza? This may not be the year to take a trip to warmer weather, but why not bring a little bit of vacation into your kitchen with a seafood dinner for two from JB Kelly Seafood! Pick through dozens of offerings and treat your loved one with a meal they won’t forget – and enjoy it from the comfort and convenience of your own home!



Caputo Brothers Creamery

If you’re lucky, you have someone in your life who loves to bake. One super delicious and interactive gift is this DIY Cannoli Kit from Caputo Brothers Creamery! The kit comes with a 1lb. pastry bag of their housemade cannoli filling, made with their fresh ricotta, lightly sweetened, along with 12 mini cannoli shells. Think of it as a gift for them (and a gift for you)!



Stay tuned throughout the month on Fosterthefoodie for more info on each local business! And – if you make a purchase, make sure to say you found your present on Fosterthefoodie’s Holiday Gift Guide!


Fosterthefoodie is a food and drink blogger promoting the best dishes and drinks in Central PA for under $15. In less than two years, Fosterthefoodie has developed over 80 local partnerships and gained over 4,100 followers to become a top influencer in the Harrisburg region. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook!

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