Need Last-Minute Gifts? Here's What Local Foodies Would Give

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We all have dedicated foodies in our life — whether they're the diehards who are first in line for a new restaurant, or simply curious cooks who like to get creative in the kitchen. Lucky for us, culinary gifts are plentiful, and they inflict minimal pain on your wallet. From savory hot cocoa to quirky breakfast baskets, we’ve got a handful of guaranteed-to-please local options for all the gourmands in your life — and all under a hundred bucks. There's even an option in the mix that you can score for a fiver!
Blow a chocoholic’s mind with Co Co. Sala’s famous Gingerbread Hot Co Co. Pop — a sinful hunk of cinnamon, ginger, and molasses-spiked chocolate on a stick, which melts into drink form in a mug of steaming milk. At $4 a pop (!), this may be the most wallet-friendly gourmet treat in all of Washington.
Where: Buy online and at Co Co. Sala, 929 F Street NW; 202-347-4265.
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The way to a man’s heart might be through his stomach, but we're guessing ladies might love Churchkey's seasonal craft brews, too. The booze mecca is selling one-of-a-kind seasonal beers, handpicked by Greg Engert of Arlington's Planet Wine. Some of the cheers-worthy creations include English strong ale with spices and Belgian dark ale with cherries. Prices are $25 for one 6-pack or $40 for two, or $40 for a three-pack of craft holiday ales.
Where: Churchkey, 1137 14th Street NW; 202-567-2576.
Is there anything more comforting on a freezing winter's day than a hearty bowl of soup? Thanks to delivery service Soupergirl, you can send a bowl — or several — to your loved ones, without ever leaving home. Online gift certificates are available for an easily digestible $25, or if you want to go big, a $95 Soupscription will get your recipient two quarts of unique soups each week for four weeks. We think measuring the days until spring with bowls of delish soup is kind of genius.
Where: Buy online and at Soupergirl, 314 Carroll Street NW; 202-609-7177.
Cheesetique, Arlington’s dangerously addictive cheese hub, offers gift cards in any denomination as well as a bounty of themed gift baskets. The Little Stinker comes with — you guessed it — one delightfully stinky cheese, plus crackers, salami, and hard cider. The Bubbly Breakfast arrives packed with Prosecco, orange juice, chocolate pancake mix, homemade granola, and local honey and coffee.
Where: Buy online and at Cheesetique, 2411 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria; 703-706-5300.
Photo: Courtesy of Co Co. Sala
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