At Chicago Food Planet, we think the best gifts are the ones that you can eat. So this holiday, why not surprise your family and friends with the gift of food? Specifically, Chicago food (which is the best kind, in our opinion).
So whether you’re almost with your holiday shopping or still need to get started, we rounded up the best foodie gifts that are loaded with Chicago flair to help you shop this holiday season.
(Warning: The content featured below is likely to cause salivation and hunger.)
Photo of Lou Malnati’s gift package from Tastes of Chicago
Tastes of Chicago offers nationwide delivery of all your quintessential Chicago favorites, including Lou Malnati’s pizzas (shown above), Vienna Beef hot dogs, Garrett’s popcorn, Portillo’s Italian beef, Eli’s cheesecakes, Carson’s ribs and more. With all the delicious options, you’re sure to find something for even the most discerning foodie — or yourself!
Photo of Chicago Flag Filter Mug from Intelligentsia Coffee
Intelligentsia Coffee, based in the West Loop, offers monthly coffee subscriptions. Select your favorite coffee, your preferred grind, and how frequently you’d like it shipped and voila! Fresh coffee direct from Chicago delivered straight to your door. They also offer some really lovely coffee gift boxes and Chicago-branded coffee swag (shown above). And if you really want to wow the coffee-lover in your life, sign them up for the Barista Training Class and they’ll be cranking out handcrafted drinks in no time.
Photo of Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée & 9 piece Exotic Truffles gift set from Vosges Haut Chocolat
Satisfy those with a sweet tooth with a gift from Chicago’s very own Vosges Haut Chocolat, who was ranked the #2 Chocolatier in the World by National Geographic. Vosges offers a decadent and beautiful selection of gifts, including exotic chocolate bars (try the Mo’s Dark Chocolate Bacon Bar, a blend of Hickory smoked bacon, Alderwood smoked salt and 62% dark chocolate), champagne and chocolate gift sets (shown above) and more. And for those who are gift wrapping impaired (like me), everything from Vosges comes dressed to impress (aka: beautifully packaged), making gift giving as easy as can be.
Photo of Chicago Favorites (large) gift box from Southport Grocery
Southport Grocery does all the legwork for you by packing their Chicago Favorites gift box with tons of goodies from various local artisans. The large box includes Gary Poppins popcorn, Terry’s Toffee, Metropolis Coffee Southport Grocery blend, Jo Snow syrup, a Spice House Chicago spice blend, Lillie’s Q barbeque sauce and Mama’s Nuts. It also includes house made items like a fruit and nut bar, vanilla vinaigrette, and bread pudding pancake mix.
And last but not least, we’ve extended our holiday offer of 10% off all tour tickets! Join us in Wicker Park/Bucktown, Chinatown or Gold Cost/Old Town where you’ll enjoy the best in Chicago food and culture. Visit our site for more details, and use the code FOODIEFUN to save 10%. Offer expires on Christmas Eve.
Have you received any great Chicago-esque foodie gifts that we should know about? Share them in the comment box below, or send us a tweet at @ChiFoodPlanet.