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The Holiday Gift Guide for Los Angeles Food Lovers

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What to buy for the restaurant obsessive on your list.

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Is finding that perfect present for the food enthusiast who has everything putting a damper on your holiday cheer? Here's Eater LA's curated list of local gifts to make your days merry and bright.

the_faretrade.0.jpgThe FareTrade
This monthly subscription service by LA natives Max Block and Jake Ahles is the gift that just keeps on giving. We love that every box of artisanal products is curated by chefs like Brooke Williamson and David Lefevre, and comes with corresponding restaurant cards and video tutorials to help create a personal experience between food lovers and small-batch purveyors.PRICE: $65/monthWHERE TO PURCHASE: The FareTrade

loft_and_bear.0.jpgLoft & Bear Artisanal Vodka
Who knew LA has its own award-winning vodka distillery right in the heart of Downtown. Founded in 2013 in an Arts District loft, Loft & Bear is handcrafted and distilled four times four an ultra premium vodka with rich mouthfeel and subtle vanilla notes. Loft & Bear is exclusively sold in LA and can be found in a variety of restaurants across the city.PRICE: $34.99WHERE TO PURCHASE: Loft & Bear Artisanal Vodka

compartes.0.jpgCompartes Love Nuts
The LA-based chocolatier is known for its premium roasted nuts that are hand-caramelized with Tahitian vanilla beans, coated in organic single-origin chocolate and sea salt, and finished in cocoa powder. Each variety of nut comes with its own colorful packaging that can be given individually as a stocking stuffer or as a tower for a visually striking gift. If that doesn't scream love we don't know what does.PRICE: $14.99 each, or $70 for a tower of fiveWHERE TO PURCHASE: Compartes

stir_market.0.jpgStir Market DIY Gift Baskets
Food halls are hot right now in LA, and with founders like Jet Tila, Mimi Mok, and Christopher Barnett, Stir Market is bound to have a well-curated selection of giftable delicacies. Stir's gift baskets are entirely customizable, and guests are invited to mix and match from products like QUIN caramels, Compartes chocolate, Jacobsen salt, Bortolomiol wine, SQIRL jam, and signature spices and sauces that can be wrapped by the Stir Market team.PRICE: Varies by productWHERE TO PURCHASE: Stir Market

joans_on_third.0.jpgJoan's on Third Gift CratesThird Street godmother Joan's on Third keeps the holidays festive and fancy with their holiday gift crates. The Celebration Collection comes with champagne and housemade goodies like cupcakes, nuts, potato chips, and pita triangles, or shoppers can purchase the wooden crates for $42 and fill it with their favorites from the Joan's marketplace.PRICE: $250WHERE TO PURCHASE: Joan's on Third

eater_hedley_hr.0.jpgHedley & Bennett ApronsHedley & Bennett has been making quite a colorful splash in the kitchens of some of LA's most recognized restaurants. With premium fabrics, a broad spectrum of splashy colors and patterns, and a focus on functionality, these aprons and chef coats are a serious way to up your kitchen fashion game.PRICE: $88WHERE TO PURCHASE: Hedley & Bennett

huckleberry.0.jpgHuckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes From Our Kitchen
Zoe Nathan (Huckleberry, Milo & Olive, Rustic Kitchen) shares recipes from her and husband Josh Loeb's popular Santa Monica bakery and café in one of the hottest cookbook releases of the year. With a deliciously hypnotizing cover, baking enthusiasts and brunch lovers will rejoice in Nathan's sweet and savory recipes.PRICE: $35WHERE TO PURCHASE: Huckleberry Cafe

valerie_confections.0.jpgValerie Confections SandwichesCollaborations are hot in Los Angeles, and when you take one of LA's coolest design firms and pair them up with one of the most popular local chocolatiers, you're bound to end up with something that is just CrazySexyCool. Enter the "Sandwiches." Inspired by the ingredients and packaging of Japan, the Sandwiches are two almond and toasted brown rice cookies filled with matcha white chocolate and dipped in darkened milk chocolate.PRICE: $25WHERE TO PURCHASE: Valerie Confections

poketo.0.jpgPoketo Hello Kitty MugHello Kitty fever struck LA hard with Kitty Con, with restaurants across the city paying homage to everyone's favorite feline. However, the collaborations didn't stop with restaurants, and the Downtown lifestyle brand's Hello Kitty x Poketo collection features the Hello Kitty mug that continuously sold out at the convention. Snag it online, and expect to receive hysterical screams of joy.PRICE: $18WHERE TO PURCHASE: Poketo

eagle_rock.0.jpgEagle Rock Brewery JubileeA holiday party just isn't complete without a spiced, malty seasonal beer. The beer gods gifted LA with Eagle Rock Brewery and their holiday ale, Jubilee. Brewed with gingerbread spices and molasses with a relatively high alcohol by volume, there is no better gift to complete a decadent holiday meal.PRICE: $8WHERE TO PURCHASE: Eagle Rock Brewery

michael_voltaggio_shoes.0.jpgMichael Voltaggio's OTZ MadlibMV ShoesYup, Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio is now in the shoe game. Designed to be worn on and off the clock (but mainly on the clock), the shoes, designed in partnership with Malibu shoe company OTZ, are outfitted with an anti-slip rubber sole and are a welcome alternative to Mario Batali's line of orange Crocs.PRICE: $165WHERE TO PURCHASE: Zappos

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