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5 Edible (and Local!) Hostess Gifts We Love


La Petite Occasion Caramels

Skip the tins of peppermint bark and gift cellophane bags of handmade caramels instead. Affordably priced, there’s no reason not to try a few varieties like classic vanilla, Montauk butter and sea salt, bacon-bourbon-maple, and cider caramels made with apple cider from Harvest Moon Orchards and warm spices.

$8.25 for 4oz/$16 for 8oz; www.lapetiteoccasion.com

El Salvador Grand Reserve

Nothing says “Thanks for last night” quite like something special your hosts can enjoy in the morning. This splurge-worthy, hand-selected coffee from world-renown farmer Aida Batlle is way better than a thank you note.

$49.50 for 12oz; Coffee Labs Roasters, Tarrytown; www.coffeelabs.com

Frost Monster Stout

While there’s nothing wrong with a nice bottle of wine, craft beer enthusiasts are sure to prefer stout to Syrah. Aged in oak barrels, this winter release imperial stout from Captain Lawrence packs a big punch with roasted, bitter notes and 12% ABV.

$14 for a 4-bottle pack; Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., Elmsford; www.captainlawrencebrewing.com 

Hot Sauce Trio

For that friend who thinks everything is better if it’s spicy, we’d recommend this three-bottle gift set from bartaco, featuring the trendy taco joint’s roja, jalapeño, and habanero hot sauces.

$20; bartaco, Port Chester; www.bartaco.com


Crown Maple Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup

Holidays call for something a little (well, a lot) better than Aunt Jemima. This easy-to-find bourbon-scented Hudson Valley maple syrup is fabulous drizzled over pancakes or ice cream, added to salad dressings, or even lacquered on bacon.

$19.95 for 375ml; Crown Maple; www.crownmaple.com