Little gifts are a wonderful way to show the people around you that you care about them without requiring you to go on a spending spree. If you are looking for a cute little gift for the foodie in your life, look no further.

 

Sabonete

How cool and cute is this – a sardine-shaped soap on a rope from where else but… Portugal. The sea salt and lemon fragrance is really fresh and clean, and designed to wash away those fishy, onion, and other smells from your hands (we’d use it in the shower, it smells so good!). $20 at Knifewear and Kent of Inglewood, Calgary and Edmonton.

 

Glitter for cocktails

Getting bored of the same old, same old? Spirdust, is a food- and drink-friendly additive for drinks. It won’t affect the taste of your drink, but adds that little pinch of interest. In a bevy of colours, and in glitter and liquid form, it can even be added to juices or syrups to up your cocktail game. Each little container will “bedazzle” up to around 50 drinks, so a little goes a long way. $9-10 in liquor stores.

 

Brazen Jerky

Using only free range, organic and/or grass-fed Canadian Prairie beef, Calgary’s Brazen Jerky is hand-cut and soaked in their own really tasty marinades. Choose from Cowboy BBQ with espresso and cayenne, Thai Lime with fresh kaffir lime leaves and jalapeno, or Ginger Beef – they’re soft and chewy, and delicious! $6 at The Italian Centre Shop, Bite Grocer and Eatery, and to order at brazenjerky.com.

 

BarCountry Cocktails

Buying for an adventurer? Two local Alberta bartenders have done away with the hassle of carrying heavy liquids to create dehydrated cocktail mixers. Choose from five natural, gluten-free, and vegan pocket cocktails and just add water and your favourite liquor. $9.99 at MEC, Cabela’s, Amazon, and barcountrycocktails.com (you can even order for them for free here!).

 

Hippie Snacks Crisps

More very moreish nibbles from Burnaby’s Hippie Snacks – Avocado Crisps (our favourite Guacamole, and Sea Salt flavours), and Cauliflower Crisps (Original and Classic Ranch flavours). Baked crispy, you won’t be able to stop once you start on these! $5-$6 70 g bag from Blush Lane, Sunterra, Amaranth, Bite, Planet Organic, and Earth’s General Store.

 

Pot Scrubbers

Finally, a pot scrubber that does away with even the most stubborn stuck-on foods. Bright and cheerful, and environmentally friendly, these scrubbies have a soft foam centre, and don’t scratch pots, dishes or ceramic stovetops. Dishwasher safe too. $3 at shop.atco.com/products and ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen locations.

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