'Tis The Seasoning

These Local Shops Have The Best Gifts for the Foodie in Your Life

We shopped around for the best food gifts in town, perfect for the aspiring chef in your life.

By Lauren Jackson December 7, 2022

Foodie gifts for Christmas.

Foodie gifts for Christmas.

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We're barreling toward the holiday season, and with that comes plenty of gifts. From wine to pasta, olive oil to candy, we have you covered with our guide to the best foodie gift shops in town.

Sarasota Honey Company.

Sarasota Honey Company.

Sarasota Honey Company

 2227 University Parkway, Sarasota, (941) 726-8755, sarasotahoney.com

Surprise your honey with, well, honey. With local bees making all things sweet, Sarasota Honey Company offers items like beeswax candles, bath products and, of course, edible honey products. We love the creamed whipped honey ($15) on a piece of toast with butter. It's the perfect way to start the day.

Mazzone Olive Oil

6300 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 927-6573, mazzoneoliveoil.com

Extra virgin olive oil from the heart of Ruvo di Puglia in Italy is an excellent choice for the aspiring chef in your life. A drizzle of the good stuff brings salads to life, finishes  pasta dishes and is excellent for dipping a piece of warm crusty bread. But at Mazzone they don't stop with just olive oil. Try an aged balsamic vinegar ($19) or white truffle oil ($10-$30) to stock the pantry.

Siesta Key Rum.

Siesta Key Rum.

Dive Wine & Spirits

2881 Clark Road, Sarasota, (941) 888-0382, diveliquors.com

Pick up a bottle of locally distilled rum from Siesta Key Rum at Dive Wine & Spirits. The toasted coconut rum makes for a killer piña colada that tastes like pure sunshine. If rum isn't your spirit of choice, peruse Dive's aisles for excellent selections in every category, especially tequila.

Sea Grape Wine Company

4333 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 260-9717, sgwineco.com

For all things wine, look no further than Sea Grape Wine Company. Its impressive selection of international and domestic wines will leave you wondering how to choose. Bonus: there's always someone to answer your questions and guide you in the right direction.

Candy at Dulcefina.

Candy at Dulcefina.


4221 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 444-1103, dulcefina.com

Candy abounds at Dulcefina. Marzipan, licorice, toffees and gummies are just a few examples of what you can find at this darling shop. A scoop of your favorite is the perfect stocking stuffer. Who doesn't love candy?

Peperonata Pasta

4141 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 870-2729, peperonatapasta.com

Few things are better than fresh-made pasta, but it's a pain to make at home. At Peperonata Pasta, the tough work is done for you. Vacuum-sealed bags of the fresh stuff are good for days, or pop them in the freezer for a weeknight treat later in the year.

Two Chefs on Hillview

1960 Hillview St., Sarasota, (941) 210-3535, twochefsonhillview.com

New to the food scene in 2022, Two Chefs on Hillview is a one-stop shop for gastronomic delights. We love the housemade charcuterie for the meat lovers in your life. Selections rotate daily, so visit more than once for a great selection of handmade gifts.

Geier's Sausage Kitchen

7447 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 923-3004, geiers-sausage.com

We love to peruse the shelves at Geier's for unique finds. While it's known for its butcher's counter, Geier's is also offers an excellent selection of European chocolate. You can find every flavor of Ritter Sport chocolate bars, loads of Swiss chocolate truffles and brandy-filled chocolates that are more potent than they seem.

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