Although the holidays are a time for home parties and family food traditions, you may also want to give a gift with a food theme in mind. You can order many of our picks online, or find goodies at a local Long Island shop. Be assured that those on the receiving end will relish the thought.
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Compiled by Newsday food staff.
Pinky Up tea infuser tumbler
Die-hard tea drinkers can be finicky about their on-the-go vessels. At Clipper Ship Tea Company, a tea oasis which relocated to Huntington from Northport this summer, owner Melissa Wawrzonek has their back. The Pinky Up tea infuser tumbler is a 16-ounce, double-walled glass tumbler topped with a stainless-steel tea infuser, an elegant (and rose-gold) solution for steeping oolong or genmaicha as you're heading out the door. Price: $29. More info: Clipper Ship Tea Company, 297 Main St., Huntington, 631-651-2764
Have a bubbly holiday with the SodaStream Fizzi sparkling water maker. The cordless, slimline device is $79.99, plus $29.99 for the carbonating cylinder. Flavor the water with lemon or lime fruit drops, $3.99; or cola drops, $5.99. More info: sodastream.com
Fourth & Heart Chocti Chocolate Ghee Spread
Chocti combines cacao, figs and Madagascar vanilla with ghee for a chocolatey, smearable treat. Spread it on cupcakes or inside crepes, serve it with strawberries or biscuits, or spoon it straight from the jar. An added bonus: Chocti is laced with iron, fiber and omega fatty acids. Made by Fourth & Heart in original, coffee guarana or passionfruit flavors. It's sold in ornate, 12-ounce jars at Whole Foods, Fairway and select Stop & Shop supermarkets on Long Island. Price: $13.99. More info: fourthandheart.com
Dressings from L&W Market
The creative culinary team at Almond, a Newsday Top 100 restaurant in Bridgehampton, has opened L&W Market, a specialty food market next to the bistro, and is selling such bottled sauces as Fermented Carrot Dressing, $11.99, and Smoked Ranch Dressing, $12. Each can be used as a marinade or a dressing on salad or other vegetable dishes. More info: L&W Market, 2493 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton, 631-537-1123, landwmarket.com
Babylon Cheese Cellar fruit and cheese plate
Cheese plate designer Tiffany Pomarico at Babylon Cheese Cellar will create a fanciful cheese and fruit plate that serves 10 to 12 ($75), or 15 to 20 ($100). The colorful design includes four cheeses;grapes, figs, dates, apricots, nuts and other goodies. Salumerie is extra. And it's $10 more if you want an eco-friendly, reusable square wood board. Order at least a day in advance. More info: Babylon Cheese Cellar, 51 Deer Park Ave., 631-983-8804, babyloncheesecellar.com
Bralivio bucket o’ olives
If there's a big-footed Italophile on your list, stuff his or her stocking with this bucket o' olives from Sicily. The Castelvetrano variety is prized for its mild fruitiness and bright green (for an olive) color. This 1-pound bucket from Bralivio is only $6.50. More info: Salumi Market, 5600 Merrick Rd., Massapequa, 516-620-0057, salumibarli.com
Dantza red piquillo peppers
Spain is famous for its preserved foods, and there's no more vaunted canned product than piquillo peppers, the distinctive pointy red peppers from the Navarra region. Tender and sweet with a hint of piquancy, they are the perfect shape and size for filling with soft cheese or canned Spanish tuna. A 1-pound can of Dantza peppers is $13. More info: NoaMar Markets, 238 Deer Park Ave., Babylon, 631-482-1667, noamarmarkets.com
Vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil from Spain
Vinegar is only as good as the wine (or cider or, in the case of malt vinegar, ale) its made from. Bodegas Paez Morilla, in Spain's sherry-producing region, was one of the pioneers of commercial sherry-vinegar production, using high-quality sherry. The 12-year-old sherry vinegar, round, mellow and subtly sweet, is $14.55 (for 750 ml). Pair the vinegar with an extra-virgin olive oil from Masia el Altet, in Spain's Alcoy mountains in the province of Alicante. The oil uses a blend of Picual, Arbequina and Alfafarenca olives, in addition to local varieties that grow nowhere else. It's fresh and floral, perfect for salads or anointing fish. A 500-ml bottle is $25. More info: NoaMar Markets, 238 Deer Park Ave., Babylon, 631-482-1667, noamarmarkets.com