In an effort to cut down on gifting “stuff” during the holidays, I am all about giving consumable gifts, ones that can be used up or experienced! Have someone on your list that’s health obsessed, a foodie, a grill master, or just plain hard to buy for? I’ve got you covered with some unique ideas!
For the health nut on your list! Drop a nutrient-packed Blender Bomb into a smoothie with fruit, veggies, and a liquid of choice to take a smoothie to the next level! Blender Bombs also make a great snack, like an energy bite. These are a perfect stocking stuffer! Mint + Cacao Chip and Cacao + Peanut Butter are my favorites!
Full Moon BBQ Gift Box
Send a taste of the south with Full Moon’s Ultimate BBQ Box! This gift box includes their award-winning BBQ Sauce, Alabama White Sauce, Southern Seasoning and Chow-Chow, a spicy and sweet relish! This combo pack is perfect for the person on your list who loves to grill. Another fantastic gift to send is a tin of Full Moon BBQ’s famous, delicious Half-Moon cookies which are made with southern pecans and chocolate chips, then fresh out of the oven, hand-dipped in melted milk chocolate! Each tin contains 20 cookies and would make anyone on your list happy!
I love gifting an experience, especially to a spouse or a family member to do together! A cooking class makes for a fun night out! Check out Sur La Table nationally to see their ever-changing class schedule or if you’re in Birmingham, check out the classes at the Grand Bohemian in Mountain Brook for lots of culinary class options! They even offer a wine blending class.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
Nothing spreads holiday cheer quite like ICE CREAM! Send the gift of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream right to the doorstep of your recipient! The ice cream arrives in an insulated box packed with dry ice keeping it perfectly frozen! It’s one of my personal favorite gifts to send as well as receive! Be sure to watch for Jeni’s Cyber Monday special as they usually have a great deal! I am so excited to have a Jeni’s scoop shop coming to Birmingham in 2020! Coffee with Cream and Sugar, Wildberry Lavender, and White Chocolate Peppermint are a few of my favorite Jeni’s Ice Cream flavors!
What’s Gaby Cooking Seasoning Set
@whatsgabycookin is an account I love following on Instagram for cooking inspiration. Gaby has developed her own line of seasonings for Williams Sonoma, and this set is a great gift for the person on your list that loves spending time in the kitchen! Gaby has a post on her website with recipes that incorporate the seasonings, making it fun and easy for the recipient to get inspired and use their new set!
Gift Box from Stone Hollow Farmstead
For the foodie or one that loves to entertain, gift a box of artisan products from Stone Hollow Farmstead. Stone Hollow is a farm located about 30 minutes east of Birmingham, AL. They create gourmet products made with all natural ingredients and locally grown produce. Some of their delicious products include jams and preserves, pickled vegetables, Bloody Mary mixes, chocolate and caramel sauces, goat cheese and so much more! Beautifully packaged, perfectly curated gift boxes are available on their website or you can build your own-the options are endless when designing a box!
Gift Card to Favorite Workout Studio
Does the person you’re buying for have a workout studio that they absolutely love? Treat them to their next few classes by purchasing a gift card or package to that studio! What a great way to kick off the New Year!
Winc: A Wine Subscription
Winc is a wine subscription box and a fun way to discover new, affordable wines that are great for any occasion, including a weeknight! Give this gift in the form of a gift card and your recipient can then personalize their wine delivery!
Trade: A Coffee Subscription
Trade is an exciting gift for the coffee lover! The recipient of this gift will take a short quiz to better understand their coffee preferences. “What is your experience level with coffee? Do you add anything to your coffee? What roast level do you typically enjoy? etc.” Trade then matches coffee based on the recipient’s taste/preference and sends it right to their door!
Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
A gift of olive oil and/or Balsamic vinegar from a specialty shop or restaurant makes a great gift to take to a party hostess or to a gift exchange! I love buying olive oil locally from
Bottega Café, one of my favorite restaurants in Birmingham! Many shops plus online retailers sell infused olive oils plus flavored Balsamic vinegars and these are always well received! Locally, I like to shop for olive oils and vinegars at The Happy Olive in Mountain Brook and online I purchase from 30A Olive Oil Company – they offer free shipping on orders over $100!
Casamigos Cocktail Gift Set
Just add tequila! This Casamigos + Williams Sonoma gift set includes two margarita salts and two cocktail mixers!
Candles are consumables because they burn! And who doesn’t love a great smelling candle? I like to repurpose my pretty candle containers to use as vases, especially Lafco Candles!
I’ve listed a few of my favorites below:
De Nîmes by Boy Smells – I found this candle at Iluminated Candle Bar in Birmingham, and I’m in love. If you’re local, you must go check out this fabulous shop, or you can shop their wonderful selection of candles online!
More ideas for gifting experiences!
The gift of travel: this can be as simple as planning a weekend getaway! Vouchers for hotel rooms, airline tickets or even gifting skymiles can help your recipient start planning a travel adventure!
Tickets to a sporting event, concert, or play would be a great way to give memories rather than things! A chance to see a favorite team, a favorite band, or a favorite production-what a thoughtful gift!
Always finding joy,