We’ve all been there. Thinking we have everyone crossed off our lists and then it hits us. Aunt Meredeth is going to be at Grandma’s house for Christmas and we haven’t gotten her a gift! Que Horror!!!!!! One more trip to the mall or Target isn’t happening right now, so what are some places you can shop to get last minute gifts for your foodie Aunt Meredeth??
This is probably my favorite foodie spot in the Triangle. Although it isn’t in Apex I love the drive through the countryside to Chapel Hill almost as much as I love shopping at A Southern Season. We make a trip here every Christmas season to buy foodie gifts for almost everyone in our family. We send the girls off to the enormous candy section and they are entertained for a good hour so Jim and I can shop. Not local to the Triangle area? No worries…you can order online (although at this point obviously not for Christmas.) They have some great gift baskets that can be shipped which I have done before – love it!
A Southern Season has everything a foodie could possibly want for Christmas from a huge selection of Le Creuset to cute little tea towels and cookie cutters. Their bakery is delightful and they have an amazing selection of coffees and teas. Seriously, if it is a food item they have it.
A Southern Season also has a store in Raleigh (and Charleston) but I think the Chapel Hill Store is the biggest. Even if you aren’t a foodie you still need to check it out if you live in this area!
Located in Waverly Place in Cary, Whisk is another great place to shop for the foodie in your life. While they don’t have as many of the food items like chocolates and coffees, they have all of the gadgets and small appliances you could ever want. They also have some really fun items like a gurgling fish pot (it makes gurgling noises when you pour it) and a Raclette Set (kind of like fondue but its all about melty cheese and veggies….) Go over and buy the kids a GiGi’s cupcake and let them sit outside so you can shop in Whisk for a while. They also have classes so you could buy your foodie a gift card for a class – or heck, buy one for yourself!
Right next door to Whisk is Vom Fass which sells top quality Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars (among other things like spices and gourmet foods.) One of the great things about Vom Fass is that you can sample their oils and vinegars so you know what you are getting. Their website also says they sell wine and spirits but I don’t recall seeing those in the Cary store (I think I would have noticed!)
If your Aunt is a craft beer connoisseur head over to the Beer Dispensary in downtown Apex. We always stop here to put together a six pack of craft beers for Jim’s grandfather. They have a great selection and very helpful staff that will suggest different brews so you can have a nice assortment. They also have a tasting bar which can be great fun. Nothing like shopping after having a few drinks, right:-)??
Another great spot for someone who loves wine or craft beer is the Triangle Wine Company. Don’t let the name fool you, they have just as much of a beer selection as wine! This is another spot that offers tastings (and events) and they are right near Whisk and Vom Fass in Waverly Place. After the kids have had a cupcake while you shopped at Whisk you can get them some Gelato from Whole Foods so you can shop here for a bit!
Last, but not necessarily least option – the grocery store!!
If you can’t make it to any of these spots and you are really a last minute shopper you can always find food gift items at your local grocery store. Buy a gift card and a bottle of wine or some good coffee and tea or a pretty flower arrangement. Many stores have Starbucks so you can buy one of their cute coffee mugs or a Starbucks Gift Card (and who doesn’t want a Starbucks Gift Card????)
So hopefully you have all of your shopping done and won’t need to rush out at the list minute. If you do, I sure hope this little list will help a bit! If you didn’t get to check these spots out before Christmas make sure to stop in after the holidays because hey – we don’t just eat good food at Christmas, right?