A Birmingham gift guide for the foodie in your life

Yummy holiday gift ideas. Photo via Continental Bakery’s Facebook

Birmingham’s a gem when it comes to good eats. It’s like a foodie’s paradise. When it’s time to grab a gift for that person who dances every time their plate arrives, here’s a local gift guide to get you started.


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1. Olive Oil + Vinegar Sampler from The Happy Olive

Mini sampler of oils and vinegars. Photo via The Happy Olive

Olive oil is a staple in any kitchen. You can use it to saute, bake, dip—you name it. This set comes with six mini oils and aged balsamic vinegar combinations. No matter your favorite foodie’s diet, this sampler of olive oils and vinegar will hit the spot.

2. Belle Chevre

This one is dedicated to all the cheese lovers. Photo via Belle Chevre’s Facebook

Located in Elkmont, Alabama, Belle Chevre has been making fine goat’s milk cheeses for over 30 years. Their ultimate gift box is packed with everything you need to make your own cheese board from the comfort of your own kitchen. Inside you’ll find a slate board, wooden cheese knives, olives, cinnamon jalapeno jelly, a goat cheese log, fig cream cheese and a box of crisps to top it all off.

3. Red, White and Rose’ from Red or White

You had me at merlot. Photo via Red or White’s Facebook

Grab the perfect bottles for your partner in wine from Red or White in Forest Park. If you don’t know where to start, they’ll help you figure out the right pick. While you’re there, you might as well grab a bottle for yourself too.

4. Baked goodies from Continental Bakery

Brownie boxes, cookie boxes, panettone and yule logs, oh my! We all know that Continental Bakery’s selection can do no wrong and their holiday menu has something for every foodie. Visit their store to select your festive baked goods bundle. Go ahead and grab one for yourself while you’re there.

5. Entertaining Essentials from Alabama Goods

All your entertaining essentials in one ideal gift. Photo via Alabama Goods

Alabama Goods did all the work for you when it comes to a foodie’s gift. Their curated gift box are for those who love to entertain with fine snacks and appetizers. Here are the local items that it includes:

  • Cocktail Feed snack mix
  • Sweet Ruby Cheddar Cheese Straws
  • 5ive Oaks Pepper Jelly
  • American Butcher salami
  • Smokehouse crackers
  • Goat Milk Caramels
  • Bronnie’s light + crunchy peanut brittle

6. Hot Sauce Gift Pack from Alabama Sunshine

Farm to table hot sauces make fire stocking stuffers. Photo via Alabama Sunshine Hot Sauce’s Facebook

We live in the South so there’s got to be at least one foodie on your list that loves some extra spice. Alabama Sunshine sells farm-to-table hot sauces, jams, jellies and salsas. Their “Eight Warm Gestures Gift Pack” lets you taste eight of their most popular hot sauces and make great stocking stuffers.

7. Ethically sourced, small batch chocolate from Match Chocolate

Match Chocolate is a small batch bean-to-bar chocolate maker in Birmingham. They take cocoa beans to the next level by highlighting natural flavors found around the world. Their “Match Packs” come with two single origin chocolate bars to show how much a difference the taste of a place can make. For example, Bisiesto is similar to fudge, while Pangoa has deeper notes of dried fruit and black tea.

8. Coffee Beans + Chemex from Filter Coffee Parlor

Give the gift of caffeine. Photo via Filter-Coffee Parlor’s Facebook

Know someone who solely runs on coffee? Skip the cliche coffee mug and give the brew-tiful gift of the perfect pick-me-up. If you’re not familiar with the art of coffee making (yes, it’s an art), the Chemex is an aesthetically-pleasing pour over that makes a smooth cup of joe.

  • Price: $15.99-$18.50 per bag of roasted beans + $42 for Chemex
  • Location: 1927 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
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9. Cheeky oven mitten from Charm on 2nd

Charm on 2nd is full of unique gift ideas that you won’t find anywhere else. As you can see, they’ve taken a kitchen necessity and made it into a conversation starter. Some of their options have strong language, but it’s the 21st century and I’m sure the foodie can relate to at least one of the mitten’s designs.

10. Cafe Serving Tray from Civil Stoneware

Beautiful cookware is a foodie’s love language. Photo via Civil Stoneware

Civil Stoneware makes beautiful, functional pieces with ceramic materials right here in Birmingham. Their pieces bring visual artistry to your home with timeless designs made from natural materials. Help elevate your foodie’s next dinner party with these beautiful local pieces.

11. Chip and dip dish from Earthborn Pottery

Chip and dip platter. Photo via Earthborn Pottery

Earthborn Pottery makes hand-made pieces from southern red clay. Every get together calls for some chips and dip so why not make it look nice? YOu can even elevate the display even more by making a small charcuterie board…well, bowl in this case.

12. Frank Stitt’s Southern Table: Recipes and Gracious Traditions from Highlands Bar and Grill” from Little Professor

Cooking tips from one of Birmingham’s favorite chef. Photo via Little Professor

When it comes to the foodie on your gift list, you can never go wrong with a cookbook, especially when it’s written by world-renowned chef Frank Stitt. Bring some of the tastiest meals to the comfort of your own kitchen. You may even surprise yourself and make a dish that tastes like it’s straight from Highland Bar and Grill.

13. Mini Snack Pack Bundle from Naughty But Nice Kettle Corn

Which flavor is your favorite? Photo via Naughty But Nice Kettle Corn Co.’s Facebook

Have someone who loves to snack on your list? Give them a gift that’s poppin’ this holiday season by choosing from one of Naughty But Nice’s pack bundles. Choose up to three different kettle corn flavors, including cheddar, french toast, salted caramel crunch, green apple pie and more.

14. Birmingham Originals Instagift

Birmingham, Eugene's Hot Chicken
Support our local restaurants this holiday season. Photo via Eugene’s Hot Chicken’s Facebook

You know that feeling when you’re paying for your meal and you remember that you have a gift card? Give that gift of excitement with an Instagift to some of Birmingham’s best restaurants. You can choose different restaurant combos from local food trucks, Avondale spots, Downtown merchants and more. You may even see your foodie’s favorite restaurant on their long list of gift card options.

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Chaise Sanders
Chaise is a brunch-loving Content Producer and helps manage the Bham Now Instagram account.
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