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Holiday Gift Guide: 11 Local Gifts for the Foodie 

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Regional olive oil, trendy tableware, celebrity cookbooks, handmade treats for pets and people, and CIA boot camps (not that CIA), check out San Antonio’s most tasteful treats. — Jessica Elizarrarras
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Microplane, $14.95, Ace Restaurant Supply — Home cooks need this tool. Perfect for zesting lemons, grating hard cheese or adding a bit of nutmeg into a cocktail–this multi-use tool is a must-have.
Stocking w treat packs, $20, Pawsitively Sweet Bakery — If Spot has a stocking (and if he doesn’t, what kind of owner are you?), it’d better be filled with these treats. These locally made goodies ditch the preservatives, cornmeal, sugar and fillers for healthful cinnamon-laced apple chews and banana, oat and peanut butter dog treats.
John Besh, $40, Twig Bookshop — What can you say about John Besh? He’s a dreamy national celebrity, but most importantly, he can whip up a great cookbook. His third features 140 anecdotal recipes from his culinary journey, which includes hunting trips through Germany’s Black Forest and cooking stints in Saint-Remy-de-Provence in France.
Holiday Pie, $6-$24 depending on size, Bakery Lorraine — Buy your way into the heart of just about anyone with taste buds with pies such as a fruity cranberry apple pie or classic pecan pie. The fillings are great, but the buttery crusts will score you serious points.
Cheeseboard, knives, mouse nameplates, $125, $18 per knife, $12 per mouse, Ten Thousand Villages — Score points with the charcuterie slut in your life with this Camaroon-made board. Sweeten the deal with the “Big Cheese” knife and mouse-shaped name card holders. Pieces are all sold separately.
Salud De Paloma Olive Oil, $14, Melissa Guerra at Pearl — Tim McDiarmid served a Texas citrus salad during the latest Special Project Social Dinner in October. Light and salty, the salad was tied together with just a drizzle of this Austin-based olive oil.
Scotty Dog salt shakers, $10, Leighelena at Pearl — Cylindrical salt shakers are boring. Jazz up a friend’s dining table with these cute pups.
European Ballotine Boxes of 25 chocolates, $35, Delice Chocolatier — Choco-lovers will get a kick out of these luscious and hand-made bits of heaven available in more than 25 varieties including milk, dark and white chocolate and filled dreamy creams of strawberry, hazelnut, coffee and more
Whataburger Gift Cards, $5-$100, H-E-B, Whataburger.com — Know anyone with a serious Whataburger problem? I thought as much. H-E-B is carrying these easy to pick up Whataburger gift cards, which have been one of the more requested gift cards for the grocery chain.
Kitchen Vagabond by David Gilbert, $19, Twig Bookshop — Perfect for any foodie that wants to go inside the mind of Tuk Tuk Tap Room’s chef David Gilbert, this book gives the reader background on where Gilbert’s passion for Asian cookery originates.
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Microplane, $14.95, Ace Restaurant Supply — Home cooks need this tool. Perfect for zesting lemons, grating hard cheese or adding a bit of nutmeg into a cocktail–this multi-use tool is a must-have.

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