4 Local Gifts for the Food-Lover in Your Life This Holiday Season

This season, stay vocal and shop local. • Photo courtesy of Carissa’s The Bakery

Looking for the perfect gift for the foodie in your life? Lucky for you, Long Island’s East End is rich with artisanal products, many of which make excellent gifts for the food obsessed. These are the must-buy food gifts on the East End this holiday season.

A Growler of Driftwood

Yes, Montauk Brewing Company has acquired cult status in the past couple of years, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go back to the roots. In the Montauk outpost, you can purchase a growler of the deep brown Driftwood Ale, which is a must-have for any beer lover you happen to have in your life.

Read more: Montauk Brewing Company Releases its First-Ever Pilsner

In a Pickle

Carissa Waechter’s salty soured pickled rye is so popular that she now ships it. Made from locally grown rye, and amplified with salt, pickle brine, and caraway seeds, this bread is the ultimate foodie gift for those in the know. Online deliveries come in sets of two and are shipped on Thursdays, but you can also pick up single loaves at both of Waechter’s East Hampton locations.

Read more: Add Dinner to the List of Things Carissa’s Does Exceptionally Well

Keep it Old Fashioned

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Picking up some 🍫 #orientpoint

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In Orient, Jim Michta makes his beautiful candy canes by hand. There are plenty of sweet things to choose from at his store, The Candyman, including a roster of handmade chocolates and holiday barks, but the artisanal canes, which look like they come from an old holiday movie, are definitely at the top of the list.

Florals Are Always in Style

East Marion’s Lavender by the Bay is the place to go if you’re really into this delicate, aromatic perennial. In addition to the aromatherapy and beauty items that the store keeps in stock, they also sell a number of culinary ones, like a lavender fleur de sel, extract, and loose lavender for tea. Pick the items up in the store, or, alternately, order them online