15 Gourmet Stocking Stuffers for the Foodie in your Life

Move over toothbrushes and Lifesaver Storybook Boxes, it’s time for a new slew of edible delights to fill stockings with. Here’s a list of local, delicious stocking stuffers made in Vancouver, perfect for the food lover on your Christmas list.

1. Kitchening & Co. Macarons – made by Carly Wintschel herself. She’s a local gal who trained in Paris and mastered the art of Parisian macarons. Her desserts are just the right level of ‘sweet’ and flavours really pop.

Where to buy: click here for retail locations

2. Pink Spatula Lump of Coal Marshmallows – Tina Bacon’s latest seasonal flavour is ‘Lump of Coal’ – vanilla marshmallow mixed with chunks of Belgian chocolate and doused in black cocoa powder.

Where to buy: click here for retail locations

3. Bel Cafe Ginger Shortbread – Pastry Chef Wayne Kozinko mans the dessert menu at Hawskworth (a top Vancouver restaurants) and all pastries at its posh sister cafe, Bel. This seasonal cookie is ultra rich with a ridiculously smooth texture.

Where to buy: Bel Cafe, 801 W. Georgia St.

4. Beaucoup Bakery Dessert Bars – if you’re up to speed on your Vancouver bakery news, you’ve heard of this brand new, one-of-a-kind, French-inspired bakery. Jackie Ellis, owner and head pastry chef, uses only the very best ingredients – her desserts really are some of the best I’ve tried.

Where to buy: Beaucoup Bakery, 2150 Fir St.

5. Stollen Bread at Yew Restaurant – an incredibly rich, dense treat I look forward to every Christmas. You won’t be able to stop eating this.

Where to buy: Four Seasons Hotel, 791 W. Georgia St. (to be safe, order ahead)

6. Cocolico Sauces & Chocolate by Wendy Boys – judge this book by its cover. Not only is Wendy’s packaging the kind we ladies covet, her creations are to die for.

Where to buy: click here for retail locations

7. Domenica Fiore Extra Virgin Olive Oil – the kind of oil that is so flavourful, it can stand alone as a dressing. Its easy pour spout (to prevent over-pouring) is another great feature.

Where to buy: Urban Fares & Gourmet Warehouse

8. Roaring Twenties Wine – the fun team behind Vancouver Urban Winey has launched a wine label that matches their spirit. At only $14.99, this stocking stuffer is a steal.

Where to buy: Liquor stores in BC & Alberta

9. Thai House Curry Sauces – after taking a Thai cooking class at Urban Thai (a part of the Thai House family), I learned how focused the group is on authentic, natural ingredients. These sauces are a great option for in-home dining when you don’t feel like cooking another big meal.

Where to buy: click here for retail locations

10. Thomas Haas Chocolate Angel – this probably won’t fit into your stocking, but how about the mantle? Artists will appreciate the work that went into this hand-made chocolate sculpture – it’s dainty and perfect.

Where to buy: click here for retail locations

11. Cocoanymph Holiday Truffles – Chocolatier Rachel Sawatzky’s flavours always pack serious punch. Try ‘Rudolph’ (white chocolate with peppermint ganache) or ‘Dancer’ (milk chocolate egg nog ganache with rum and nutmeg).

Where to buy: click here for retail locations

12. Macaron Limoge Trinket Boxes – at $13, these are a perfect and entirely cute stocking stuffer or girlfriend gift. Carry it in your purse filled with mints, pills, earrings etc.

Where to buy: The Cross Design, 1198 Homer St.

13. Oregano-Infused Olive Oil – if you’re into package design, you’ll love this one. It’s as beautiful as the olive oil is pure.

Where to buy: Pizzeria Farina, 915 Main St.

14. Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale (aka Salted Caramel Beer) – no description needed, right ladies? Buy a case, disperse among your stockings and save one for Christmas dinner.

Where to buy: click here (and scroll down) for vendor info

15. To Die For Banana Bread – can you blame me for including it? For large orders, I can offer volume discounts. Email erin at itstodiefor dot ca with inquiries.

Where to buy: click here for retail locations

*FYI – Dirty Apron and Edible Canada’s Retail Store carry many of the above-listed items.

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