Holiday Host Gift Inspiration

If you’re not slaving in the kitchen making the Turkey Day feast, you’ll likely want to show your appreciation for the folks who are. Here are some host gift suggestions to let the chef know how thankful you are. And yes, you should still help out with the dishes afterward.

Chipmonkey Wine

Wine selections curated by a certified sommelier with deeply true-to-life themes like, “Sorry, Dating Sucks,” “Sorry? Congrats? Your Teenager is Driving,” and “Congrats on Quitting Your Job” are the gifts you never knew you needed. And yes, they do have a “Thanks for Hosting a Great Party/Inviting Us,” along with other traditional events. Select one to six bottles, a custom photo card option, and wine accessories, with free shipping on orders more than $100.

Chukar Cherries

Chukar Cherries are a Northwest favorite — you can’t go wrong with quality chocolate-covered local cherries. The brand has a lot of other sweet treats, gift baskets, and other products. Buy in person at Pike Place Market in Seattle, or head to the website.

Oil & Vinegar Whiskey Vinegar

There’s a wide array of sweet food gifts, but what about savory? Specialty shop Oil & Vinegar just released its Whiskey Vinegar, sweet and sour flavor is enhanced by a Scottish Blended Isle Malt. It’s ideal for marinades, with the acidity helping to tenderize meats or seafood while infusing it with flavor. For hearty winter salads, the flavor of the vinegar holds up nicely to the texture and flavor of many ingredients. Available in their store as well as online.

Everything is Better with Salt 

Give the host the gift of flavor with gourmet salt from SaltWorks in Woodinville. Perfect for the holidays is its Snowflake Salt in a beautiful glass jar. 

Harvey’s Butter Rum Batter

That yellow and black container of sweet goodness called Harvey’s Butter Rum Batter is good mixed in hot water; coffee; and, of course, for adults, with a splash or two of rum. The local Bremerton brand also makes a line of Butter Rum Batter Popcorn and other goodies and gift sets. Find products at grocery stores or

Fran’s Chocolates

On Main Street in Old Bellevue is the sweetest candy store — Fran’s Chocolates. A box of treats is always a welcome hostess gift. We love the salted caramels; chocolate-covered fruits; and, of course, the very creamy peanut butter cups.

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