Everybody’s got a few foodie friends within their circle. They know the difference between the oil you’d use to cook eggs and the oil you’d use in salad dressing (yes there’s a difference!). They know what’s in-season, and which flavour pairings work best with hard-to-pronounce wines. They’re your own personal restaurant reviewer, and have dined at places with things like ‘coconut bubbles’ and ‘horseradish snow’ in the menu. Needless to say, these people know their stuff, and get excited about artisanal products and up-and-coming food trends.

Narrowing down what to get for your foodie friends this holiday is not as difficult as you might think. Here at Spud, we’re constantly meeting and working with new vendors, all with a specially crafted product and a serious passion that is reflected through the quality of their goods. If you’re stuck, here’s some inspiration to help guide you towards the products your friends have been hankering for!

Local honey

Raw honey that hasn’t been heated or pasteurized contains natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants, and other important nutrients. Local honey can also help reduce the symptoms of pollen allergies. Beyond these pros, there is the added bonus of supporting your local beekeepers who are doing incredible work to sustain the fading bee population. Your foodie friend will probably serve you some of this honey the next time you come over while telling you about their upcoming urban beekeeping course.

Try these:

Old Fashioned – Buckwheat Honey

Beanstalk Honey Tumeric Tea 

Hot Sauce

There is something undeniably fun about trying hot sauces. You never know what you are going to get!  Your foodie friend can look forward to dabbing their favourite wings or topping off their pizza with these local hot sauces.  A hot sauce is a warm touch.

Try these:

Leegion Eats Eula Hot Sauce Habanero 

Leegion Eats Eula Hot Sauce Jalapeno 


Artisanal oils

You may not be entirely sure which occasion calls for sunflower oil, and which calls for grapeseed, but you can bet your foodie friend knows. Higher grade oils, like extra-virgin olive oil, should actually not be used for high-heat cooking. Instead, they should be saved for finishing soups, crostini, pestos, and vinaigrettes. You can find a full breakdown on which oils to use where right here.

Try these:

Domenica Fiore – Olio Reserva 

Domenica Fiore – Olie Monaco 

Aged Balsamic Vinegar

This extraordinarily rich and thick aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena starts from a selection of the most precious grapes, cooked over a low flame, and left to age in antique barrels. It offers a pleasantly sweet aftertaste. Riccardo Giusti is recommended as a thick sauce for all foods, but is ideal for barbequed meats, poultry, fish, and game. It also adds an interesting twist to desserts and appetizers.

Try these:

Giuseppe Giusti Balsamic Gold 6 Year


Everyone needs a little energy boost during the busy holiday season. Level up your gift-giving game with these Superfood Coffee Mixes. They can be used in tea, Steamed mylk (latte or hot chocolate), ice coffee, oatmeal, smoothies, baking, melting & drizzling over dessert, Keto fat bombs or Shamelessly eating it straight from the jar!

Try these:

Level Up Superfood Coffee Mix Chili Mocha 

Level Up Superfood Coffee Mix Dirty Chai 

When you’re shopping at Spud, finding the foodie products becomes pretty easy. If you’re really stuck, why not get them a Spud gift certificate or gift basket? Whether your foodie friend prioritizes local, organic, sustainable or ethically produced, or all of the above – we’ve got you covered.

Local Goodie Gift Guide

Are you a foodie who would want something that’s not on this list? Let us know in the comments!

SPUD has been delivering local and organic groceries in Vancouver and the lower mainland for the past 20 years, and now services Vancouver Island, Calgary, and Edmonton as well!

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