9 Utah food gifts for last-minute shoppers

From cheese and oysters to tea and cookie kits, here are some of the most delicious Utah gift ideas.

(Courtesy photos) Last-minute gifts for Christmas, clockwise from upper left: small-batch toffee at Cache Toffee, gifts from Olive in Trolley Square, the oyster kit at SLC Eatery, mac 'n' cheese gift box from Utah’s Rockhill Creamery, cookie decorating kit from Flourish Bakery and the tea party to-go from Honey Tea Hive.

Everyone knows the feeling when suddenly you realize that the holiday season is fully upon us and all the gifts are not yet checked off the shopping list.

Fear not; we’ve compiled a handy list of nine gift ideas for neighbors, coworkers, friends and family that are sure to satiate even the pickiest of palates.

Most suggestions are sourced from small local businesses founded in Utah and many are women-owned companies, meaning your purchase helps support business owners and families in our own community.

Several even have charitable components, so your thoughtful gift goes even further.

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Here’s to the tastiest gifts in Utah.

(Photo courtesy of Cache Toffee) Toffee is made in small batches with fresh butter and cream at Cache Toffee.

Dining bites

Restaurant lovers will delight in holiday kits from SLC Eatery that offer both tangible kitchen items you can wrap for gifting and a gift card. The scone kit for two to three people ($28) or for four to five ($35) features a walnut serving board (10 by 6 inches), 4 ounces of Smoked Cheddar Rillette and the Eatery’s “Everything Spice.”

Slurp six ($26) or 12 ($47) fresh mollusks with the oyster kit that includes a shucker, Togarashi cocktail sauce, rosè-Szechuan peppercorn mignonette and compound butter — for those who prefer baked oysters instead of raw. The recipient can order and pick up fresh oysters using the gift card that is included in the kit.

To place orders, call 801-355-7952 or visit slceatery.mobilebytes.com/menu. Pick up at 1017 S. Main St., Salt Lake City.

Toffee sampler

Cache Toffee’s buttery, crunchy offerings will make you drool.

Made in small batches with fresh butter and cream, their six-flavor sampler box ($57.50) makes gifting so easy. Use the individual boxes as stocking stuffers or neighbor gifts, or give the entire 1-pound collection to family and friends. The English-style toffee features local artisan Solstice Chocolate and includes Traditional, Traditional Dark, Tartan Turtle, Summit, Blondie and Tango flavors. Each batch is handmade using the recipe handed down to founder Lori Darr from her mother.

Order online at cachetoffee.com or find Cache Toffee flavors at all Whole Foods locations, Salt Lake City Harmons locations and The Store in Holladay and The Gateway in Salt Lake City.

Single-serve coffee

Have coffee and dog lovers on your holiday list? Hugo Coffee Roasters’ new single-serve brew bags make a festive gift for both. The bags come in packs of 10 ($17.99) in two flavors — medium roast Roll Over Breakfast Blend and dark roast Bonafido. Steep the biodegradable coffee bag in a mug of hot water for an easy cup of gourmet brew, and save dogs with every sip.

Hugo Coffee Roasters founder Claudia McMullin was previously the executive director of Nuzzles & Co., so her dedication to charitable pet organizations runs as deep as her love for her furry rescue pup Hugo. That’s why Hugo Coffee donates 10% of proceeds to animal rescue organizations.

Order online at hugo.coffee or at the coffee shop inside the Park City Visitor Center at 1794 Olympic Parkway in Park City.

Tea party for 8

Many groups have made high tea a holiday tradition. Now, Honey Teahive provides customers with an in-home experience with its tea party to-go box ($180). Boxes can be customized with three tea sandwiches, an English scone, one dessert and a choice of tea for eight guests.

“Honey Teahive aims to make memorable moments and it’s important for me to create experiences with food, especially to enhance a celebration,” owner Mika Lee explains. While the British tea experience is most popular, Lee is willing to explore other cultures and teas upon request through her themed tea party boxes. Tea lessons and catering services also are available.

To order tea boxes, visit honeyteahive.com or call 801-998-2057.

Sustainable produce

Imperfect Foods recently began delivering its grocery subscription boxes — filled with slightly misshapen produce — to the Salt Lake City area. This winter, the company introduced its “gift of sustainability” by saving more than 8 pounds of food from going to waste with the Imperfect Foods holiday gift box ($24.99). Just because some food doesn’t look perfect doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste delicious.

The holiday box includes blemished almonds, sunburnt dried mango, peppermint and dark chocolate-covered pretzel pieces, almond butter toffee pieces, Snacky Snack Mixy Mix (honey mustard pretzel pieces, honey roasted peanuts, seasoned sesame sticks, corn chips and corn sticks) and a savory, salty seasoning.

As if reducing food waste and delicious snacks weren’t enough, Imperfect Foods will also donate $10,000 to Feeding America this holiday season. Order at giftbox.imperfectfoods.com.

Oil and vinegar

For food lovers and home chefs, We Olive offers olive oil and balsamic vinegar gift sets to meet various needs. The “neighbor gift set” features two bottles of olive oil or balsamic vinegar with a coordinating recipe card in two sizes, either a 2-ounce bottle set ($9.95) or 5-ounce bottle set ($19.95).

Larger, pick-your-own flavor two-bottle sets are ready to give with a gift box and bow. Choose from certified and cold-pressed olive oil and balsamic vinegars in two sizes: 8-ounce bottles ($32) and 12-ounce bottles ($46).

A five-bottle sampler comes with a 2-ounce bottle of each Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Fresh Garlic Olive Oil, Organic Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, Aged Balsamic Vinegar and Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar for $25.

Purchase at the Trolley Square store at 602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City.

Vanilla honey

A jar of Blue Cattle Truck’s Mexican vanilla bean honey ($19.95) makes the perfect work or host gift or stocking stuffer for the chefs in the family. Spread it on toast and croissants or dip a spoonful in hot coffee or tea. Raw Utah honey is blended with Mexican vanilla beans for a creamy treat. Blue Cattle Truck has been importing Mexican vanilla exclusively from the Canosa family in Veracruz, Mexico, and bottling and packaging a variety of vanilla products in Utah County for more than two decades.

Order online at mexicanvanilla.com or get it at Spoons ‘N Spice, 2274 S. 1300 East #G9, Salt Lake City; The Store in Holladay and at The Gateway; or Orson Gygi, 3500 S. 300 West, South Salt Lake.

Utah cheese

Everyone’s got a cheese lover on their list, and Rockhill Creamery handcrafts its products in small batches on its historic farm in Richmond using raw milk. Each wheel of cheese is aged in an underground aging room.

The Mac & Cheese Special gift box ($34) is inspired by the Mountain Macaroni served at Deer Valley Resort and comes with a recipe. The box includes 2 pounds of raw milk cheese — approximately 21 to 23 ounces of nutty and buttery Wasatch Mountain and 9 to 11 ounces of Snow Canyon Edam, for deep flavor.

The Cheese Care Basket ($70) includes a selection of five cheeses in 7- to 10-ounce packages. Selections include young cheeses ideal for melting and reserve cheeses ideal for grating, and all are delicious for inclusion on a cheese plate.

Gift boxes are available from rockhillcheese.com. Individual cheeses also are available at Liberty Heights Fresh, 1290 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City; or Harmons Salt Lake City locations.

Cookie decorating

Give the gift of creativity with Flourish Bakery’s cookie decorating kit ($34.95). Each kit comes with one dozen sour cream sugar cookies already baked, cooled and ready to decorate. Use the four tubes of royal icing and three colors of sprinkles to make angel trees, win the ugly sweater contest, hang vintage Christmas ornaments or frolic with Santa, Rudolph, Frosty or some woodland gnomes.

Every purchase also helps those recovering from substance abuse as they learn professional baking through the yearlong training program.

Order at flourishslc.org or visit the store at 752 W. Center St. in Midvale.

Correction: This story now includes correct information about Rockhill Cheese availability.