Tuesday, December 3, 2013

10 Gift-Giving Ideas for the Holidays: Consumables

jug of maple syrup

When looking for gifts that won’t become clutter for the receiver, consumables are always worth considering. They aren’t a panacea, and no one gift works for everyone — but they just might work for some folks on your list. I recently wrote about a number of consumable gifts over on Unclutterer, but here are some additional ideas — from stocking stuffers to more substantial gifts.

Food Items

Good maple syrup seems festive to me, and Best Made sells a Big Jug of organic maple syrup, shown above.

handcrafted barrel-matured maple syrup

Another maple syrup option would be the Tonic 01: Tuthilltown Bourbon Barrel Matured Maple Syrup sold by Mikuni Wild Harvest.

3 bottles of mayonnaise: bacon, white truffle and black garlic

Want just a little something? How about one of the mayonnaise options from Empire Mayonnaise, which is “made exclusively with non-gmo oils and NY local, cage-free, pasture-raised eggs. Every jar is made by hand, from infusion to shipping.” You can get classic mayo, or something more exotic: bacon mayo, lime pickle mayo, black garlic mayo, rosemary mayo, and more. [via BuzzFeed]

jar of marmalade

Or, if you know a jam lover and want to splurge: All of Chez Pims jams and marmalades are sold out, but you can join the jam lover's club and get 12, 16 or 24 jars per year. As Pim Techamuanvivit explains: “This jam lovers club is not your usual of-the-month clubs. I don’t send you whatever jam I can’t sell retail to you. When you join, I ask you careful questions about your preference and distaste of fruits, berries, herbs, and spices. I customize each seasonal selection for you personally, based on your expressed preference. You also get the first pick of my limited edition jams and marmalades.”

Other Consumables

lip balm in a sphere shape

Lip balm is a useful item, and Eos has lip balms in a sphere shape, rather than just the usual stick. There are eight flavors, although some are sold out right now. [via The Atlantic]

make your own lip balm kit

Another lip balm option is the "make your own lip balm" kit, sold by Uncommon Goods.

garden in a bag - sunflower

I’ve mentioned seed bombs and other seed items before, but another plant-related item to consider is the Garden in a Bag collection from Potting Shed Creations, also sold by Branch. There are lots of choices, including flowers, herb, tomatoes and catnip. For something a bit larger, you can get a Garden in a Pail. [via Inhabitat]

blackwing pencils

Mark at Boing Boing says the Blackwing 602 pencil from Palomino is “simply the best pencil in the world.”

young boy with monster-themed temporary tattoos

The temporary tattoos from Tattly would make a fun gift. You can buy them individually, or in sets — or you can get a six-month subscription. And there are many reasons to like Tattly’s tattoos. They’re “designed by professional artists who get a cut of every sale.” They’re also “safe & non-toxic, printed with vegetable-based ink.” [via Cool Mom Picks]

attractive bandages with stars and chevrons

Finally, bandages don't have to be boring — or decorated with Disney characters. You can choose from a wide assortment of latex-free washi adhesive strips at Pretty Strips. [via Apartment Therapy]

Related Posts:
Christmas and Other Holidays: Consumable Gifts
Christmas and Other Holidays: Consumable Gifts, Part 2
Christmas / Holiday Gift Ideas: Consumables
Christmas / Holiday Gift Ideas: Consumables, Part 2
Gift-Giving Ideas: Consumables Are More Than Chocolates and Wine

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