The ultimate presents for chocoholics, home cooks, and more

Impress your foodie friends and loved ones with these in-the-know gifts this holiday season. We picked out presents for every type of food and drink-obsessed individual, from the home cook who has it all to the beer buff in your life. Presenting, the DiningOut Holiday Gift Guide …

The Budding Mixologist

Strongwater Bitters

Strongwater Bitters
Only a year old, Strongwater offers a series of shrubs (botanical-infused bitters like Ginger Pear) and herbal bitters. They can be used in cocktails, in sparkling water, or as a health tonic to support vital organs and help with over-indulgence and poor digestion. The Sample Box features one ounce samples of all their shrubs and bitters as well as cocktail recipes for each. Cost: $50.

The Coffee Enthusiast

Ricoardos Coffee Liqueur

Richardo’s Decaf Coffee Liqueur
For those who adore coffee cocktails, but don’t want to get a caffeine rush with a nighttime sipper, Richardo’s Decaf Coffee Liqueur is the solution. Made just outside Denver in Lyons, Richardo’s is a delicious, award-winning, 40-proof liqueur handcrafted in small batches at Spirit Hound Distillers. It can be served over ice or used in cocktails, brewing, baking, and confections. Check out some recipes using Richardo’s here! Cost: $30.

Amante coffee

Amante Coffee
Assemble a custom coffee gift box at Amante {1612 17th Street, Denver} by handpicking the products your recipient will love best. With options like NederCheddar toffee popcorn, Tungsten Toffee, cappuccino sets, and Amante Coffee travel mugs, you really can’t go wrong! Cost: varies depending on which items you choose.

The Wino 

Settembre Cellars Holiday Pack {1501 Lee Hill Road, Boulder; 303.532.1892}
For the wine drinker in your life: Check out Settembre Cellar’s Holiday Pack—which features the Boulder winery’s 2011 Chardonnay, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Settembre Cellar’s also offers gift cards, which can be redeemed at Settembre’s charming tasting room in north Boulder. Cost: $100 per pack.

Bottles of Colorado Wine 
We all know Colorado is tops when it comes to local beer, but what about local wine? Help the oenophile in your life explore the best in local wine with bottles that scooped up awards at the Colorado Governor’s Wine Cup. Some of our favorites are the Creekside Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (dry and light with spicy, citrusy notes), the Bookcliff Vineyards Cabernet Franc (meaty and full-bodied with tastes of stewed fruit), and the Canyon Wind Cellars Petit Verdot (warm, sweet, and viscous—great for dessert). Cost: varies.

The Chocoholic

Robin Chocolates

Robin Chocolates
The colorful little masterpieces that Robin ­­­­creates at Robin Chocolates {600 South Airport Road, Longmont; 720.204.8003} taste every bit as good as they look. Robin carefully sources chocolate from Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Venezuela and uses traditional, artisanal techniques to hand-make each of her delightful molded chocolates. You can pick up in-store or order online. Cost: Gift boxes of four to 24 pieces cost $10-$49.75

The Frequent Diner

Dining Passbook Cover

Dining Out Denver Passbook
With over 60 two-for-one deals at Denver’s hottest restaurants, the Dining Out Denver Passbook is a no-brainer for that friend or loved one obsessed with going out to eat. Since the annual book of deals is five months into its lifespan, the price has dropped to only $29, making it the perfect stocking stuffer. Look for deals at Los Chingones, Zengo, Lola, and many other trendy spots around town. Cost: $29 with promo code MIX2015

EatDenver Dining Deck
EatDenver, a non-profit association of local restaurants, offers those who love to dine out a chance to try 52 different restaurants in 2016 and save $560 in the process. The EatDenver Dining Deck is a complete deck of cards with each card representing a different local restaurant and offering $10 off the purchase of $25 or more. Cost: $55

The Whiskey-Loving Sweet Tooth


Heilliemae’s “Whiskey Love Bomb”
Ellen Hellimae is known for her small-batch intense caramels with a twist. The “Whiskey Love Bomb” caramels are dark and smoky, made with Louisiana open-kettle cane syrup, Kentucky bourbon barrel-smoked sea salt, and Colorado whiskey. A gift bag of individually wrapped caramels gives the recipient something to savor all winter long alongside a nice pour of bourbon. Cost: $10-$40

The Kid at Heart

PB Love yumbox

PB Love YumBox
The PB Love Company produces small-batch, stone-ground, Colorado-sourced natural peanut butters and nut butters. Just for the holidays, they have put together their all-local “YumBox,” which contains three of their artisanal nut butters, jam from Puff’s Preserves, 34° crackers, and tasting spoons. Cost: $50

The Italian Pasta Lover


Pappardelle’s Italia Gift Box
Papardelle’s has been rolling and shaping pasta dough in Denver since 1984. They offer over 150 varieites of gourmet pasta, ravioli, gnocchi, sauces, and pestos. In warmer months, they can be found at farmers’ markets. Any lover of Italian food will be thrilled with their Italia Gift Box, which includes Basil Garlic Fettuccine, Modena barrel-aged vinegar, and Rainbow Orzo–a blend of plain semolina, sweet red pepper, and spinach). Cost: $40

The Hot and Spicy Palate 

Merfs Condiments

Merf’s Condiments
Kelly Schexnaildre has been working on her collection of hot sauces and mustards for almost two years. She can be found hawking her wares at the South Pearl Street market from May through November. Made right here in Denver and using local and organic ingredients, her line includes five hot sauces–Peaches and Scream, Hand Grenade Sriracha, Jamberry Sriracha, Electric Lime Hot Sauce, and Hot Pants Chile Garlic Sauce–and four organic mustards–Pineapple, Curry-Honey, Yellow, and Beer. You can find them in local gourmet markets or online here. Cost: $5-$14

The Beer Buff

FATED Exclusive Access Membership 
On the heels of their big announcement confirming their expansion into a larger brewing facility, FATE Brewing {1600 38th Street, Boulder; 303.449.3283} is also introducing a new exclusive access membership program for loyal fans and craft beer aficionados. The 2016 membership includes exclusive benefits like 15-percent off merchandise and packaged beer sold at FATE, four 750mL bottles of exclusive members-only specialty release beers, invites to members-only beer pre-releases, and a handful of other benefits that are perfect for that beer-lover in your life. Cost: $375 for 2016 membership

Drink Tanks

Drink Tanks
If the beer lover in your life is obsessed with taking home souvenir growlers of their favorite pours from new breweries, a DrinkTank is the ultimate holiday gift. This reusable growler features insulated, vacuum-sealed stainless steel that will keep the beer within fresh for as long as an unopened can. It’s durable enough to bring on a camping trip and you can even fly with it in checked luggage if you just have to bring back that porter from Portland. Cost: $69-$114

The Home Cook

Savory Spice Shop Spice Club 
Spice up your holiday gifts this year with a membership to Savory Spice Shop’s popular Spice Club. A six-month plan will run you $49 and ensures deliveries of an assortment of fresh ground spices and handcrafted seasonings. A 12-month Spice Explorer plan ($79) and a 12-month Spice Lover plan ($109) are also available. All three plans include monthly deliveries of an array of spices and seasonings along with recipes and special discounts at the Savory Spice Shop. Cost: $49-$109

Sur la Table Cooking Class or Gift Card 
If your circle of friends and family is filled with cooks and foodies, Sur la Table with locations in Denver and Boulder is the place to get your holiday shopping done. Not only do they offer a variety of popular weekly cooking classes year-round, but also offer cookware, bakeware, dining ware, decor, and a slew of other products for the kitchen and the dining table. Cost: Varies

By DiningOut Staff