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Last Minute Gifts For Your Foodie Friend

By Minna A in Food on Dec 24, 2010 5:15PM

Whole Foods Market Gift Box via Eat More, Drink More
Some of us have been blessed with Norman Rockwell-esque families, when holiday meals have days and days of preparation carefully presented on Christmas Day alongside thoughtfully planned gifts for each dinner attendee. However, for many of us, we are the furthest from this picturesque family, and often face the panicked search for a last minute gift.

For the foodie friends in your life, hop on over to one of the stores listed below which are open today, on Christmas Eve, and have staff on hand to help you pick out food gift items and pairings or unique bottles to impress your foodie friends.

  1. Binny’s Beverage Depot located on 213 W. Grand, 1531 E. 53rd St., 3000 N. Clark and 1720 N. Marcey; Open Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. 6 p.m. -
    • This holiday season, Binnys is suggesting foodies try out their Whiskey Hotline, where seasoned whiskey, cognac, bourbon and tequila connoisseurs can provide a helpful suggestions for different aged spirits and unigue flights of specialty spirits. Gift ideas range from vodka packaged in fire extinguishers to Dan Aykroyd’s vodka creation that comes packaged with skull shaped shot glasses.
  2. Trader Joe’s located on 1840 N. Clybourn, 3745 N. Lincoln and 44 E. Ontario; Open Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. -
    • Everyone loves the guy who brings the beer to the holiday party. Pick up a pack of Trader Joe’s 2010 Vintage Ale which hints at festive flavors and aromas of cocoa, ginger and dark spices. A wining combination of flavors for any seasonal and festive gathering.
  3. Whole Foods Market located on 3300 N. Ashland, 1550 N. Kingsbury, 30 W. Huron, 3640 N. Halsted and 1101 S. Canal; Open Christmas Eve from 7a.m. - 7 p.m. -
    • Wine and dine your food friend with a wine and dish pairing from Whole Foods. Whole Foods wine specialist are on hand Christmas Eve to help you pick out a last minute bottle and even suggest a dish, with ingredients to be found in the store. Sending a gift far away? Whole Foods offers online shoppers gift boxes filled with tasty and organic options from chocolates and coffee to pastas and sauces, with overnight shipping available for just $10 a box.

A happy holidays wish, and a good luck as well, on all that last minute holiday shopping!