The holiday season is upon us, and with that comes undoubtedly unpractical gifts. This year, discard the standard gift card and instead tantalize your co-workers’ taste buds (or anyone else’s, for that matter) with delicious gifts from one of these local purveyors.

Sweets

Craftmade Toffee
Toffee is a holiday crowd pleaser, and Steve Kippels’ toffee takes the cake—the guy has been making toffee for more than 50 years. Craftmade Toffee delivers on the expected taste, without all the work of actually making it. Perfect for: anyone with a sweet tooth, especially someone willing to share. $12 for a half-pound; double that for full pound. craftmadetoffee.com

Poorboy Caramels
Long have (insert sweet gift item here)-of-the-month-clubs been the butt of many gift-giving jokes, but Poorboy’s Caramel of the Month isn’t messing around. Each month, the recipient gets a quarter-pound of the monthly selection including turtle pecan, espresso-infused, and Fleur de Sel. Perfect for: your co-worker a few rows down who always has a supply of treats on her desk for her colleagues. $80 for a six-month subscription. poorboycandy.com




Libations

Indeed Brewing
This Northeast Minneapolis brewery is producing the latest local favorite—Midnight Ryder, a super-dark and hoppy stout with hints of chocolate, caramel, and dark-roasted coffee. Pick up a sixer for a profound host/hostess gift. Perfect for: impressing at your holiday party. $9.99 for a six-pack. indeedbrewing.com

Dogwood Coffee
Strike a chord with your most coffee-snobbish co-worker with a locally roasted, single-origin sampler from Minneapolis-based Dogwood. Perfect for: your marketing guy who spends more time in line at Starbucks than he does at his desk. Starting at $37, available at Dogwood’s coffee bar in Calhoun Square




Savory

Surdyk’s
When you’re not sure what to give, why not give a little bit of everything? Each gift basket is packed with specially selected wines and cheeses and accompanied by a selection of nuts, biscuits, crackers, and artisan chocolates. If craft beer and cigars are more your speed, they’ll do that too. Perfect for: impressing your boss, impressing your clients, impressing yourself. Made-to-order basket pricing begins at $125. surdyks.com

Faribault Cheese
Cheese connoisseurs will rejoice at a gift from the Caves of Faribault, the home of America’s first cave-aged blue cheese. Alongside the AmaBlu, they offer an AmaBlu gorgonzola (which won first place at this year’s state fair), St. Mary’s grass-fed gouda and St. Pete’s Select Blue. Perfect for: any gourmet in your workplace or life. Work with the folks at Faribault Cheese to craft your own gift basket. Faribaultdairy.com

Minnesota Nice Gifts That Do Good

From the ultimate in do-gooding, Minneapolis-based CityKid Java* is rolling out the sweetest of gift boxes for the holiday season. In honor of its 10th anniversary, the philanthropic coffee company has teamed with several local purveyors for a collection of “Gifts the Keep On Giving” gift boxes. citykidjava.com

Minnesota Nice ($50)

  • Lake Street Blend coffee
  • 4 Raspberry Bird cake pops
  • 6 Cookie Cart cookies**
  • B.T. McElrath chocolate
  • Patisserie 46 caramels
  • Tina Magee coffee cozy

Chocolate Lovers ($30)

  • Double Dutch hot cocoa
  • French Roast and CityKid Java Blend portion packs
  • 2 Raspberry Bird cake pops
  • 4 Cookie Cart cookies
  • B.T. McElrath chocolate
  • Patisserie 46 caramels

Gifts With a Cause ($15)

  • Lake Street Blend coffee
  • 4 Cookie Cart cookies

*CityKid Java donates 100 percent of its profits to programs benefiting at-risk youth in partnership with Urban Ventures Minneapolis. urbanventures.org

**Cookie Cart is a nonprofit bakery that teaches teens work, life, and leadership skills. cookiecart.org


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