A Salty Christmas Shopping Guide

It’s the season of gift giving – what better time to support those that make our lives tasty all year round? Salty’s put together a handy list of gift ideas for everyone on your list that loves the good things in life. Some of our suggestions were inspired by those we’ve featured in past issues of Salty, while others are for products/businesses we have come to love and hope to feature in the future!

For the java lover, why not pick up a pound or two of coffee beans at Receiver Coffee Co. or Samuel’s Coffee House? Pair with a French Press and you’re as good as gold.

What about that wannabe wine connoisseur? Introduce them to the sweet tastes of Island Honey Wine. Pick up a bottle or three from their selection, and add in tickets for a winery tour in the spring when the bees are buzzing. And, of course, for those that prefer a good spirit, Deep Roots Distillery’s selection of locally-inspired liqueurs won’t disappoint!

Island inspired spirits. //Photo Credit: Laura Weatherbie

Stuck for stocking stuffer ideas? Honibe’s gummy vitamins will win over kids and adults alike.

The Honibe Honey Drop.//Submitted Photo

Don’t forget the vegans in your life! My Plum, My Duck, which serves up a vegan-focused menu, offers gift certificates that are sure to please. Should you be in need of a hostess gift, why not pick up some Fresh Start Fauxmage – the perfect cheese alternative for vegans and those that have to avoid dairy.

Fauxmage board featuring a selection of Molnar's creations.

Fauxmage board. //Photo Credit: Richard Schroeter/Salty

Know someone who’s super busy, but appreciates good food? Give them back some time with a gift certificate from Creative Kitchen, so they can enjoy a few chef-prepared meals at home, or stock them up with some handpies from The Handpie Co. – the best thing they’ll ever cook from frozen!

Upclose view of handpies

Handpie heaven. //Photo Credit: Richard Schroeter/Salty

Nearly everyone has a sweet tooth, especially at Christmas. Pick up some Maritime Marzipan at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market Artisan Markets (Dec 3, 10 and 17) or place a special order for delightful macarons from K. Macarons & Pastries!

Starfish-inspired marzipan//Photo Credit: Jessica L. Fritz

Macarons-a tasty treat.//Photo credit: Kendra Kozek








For the home chef, a high-quality knife from The Cook’s Edge or an inspired kitchen accessory from The Kitchen Store will ensure you’re on the invite list for their next dinner party!

Sweet carries a large selection of knives suitable for every type of kitchen preparation. //Photo Credit: Laura Weatherbie/Salty

Got a gardener on your list? Pick up some heritage seeds from The Taco Farmers or get a micro-green kit from The Micro Farmers – perfect for those starting out and those without any space for an outdoor garden!

Close-up of micro-greens sprouting

Micro-green sprouting kits at the Summerside Farmers’ Market. Photo Credit: Laura Weatherbie/Salty

For the health-focused folks, a gift certificate for probiotic-rich kombucha from Heart Beet Organics is sure to be loved. Alternatively, help them stock their pantry with locally-grown oats and canola oil from Heatherdale Wholesome Goods.

Local canola oil. //Photo credit: Shannon Courtney/Salty

Hosting a holiday party? Surprise your guests with some unique flavours, such as Seoul Food’s locally-made kimchi, goat’s cheese from Oldfield’s Dairy or thick sheep’s yogurt from Isle Saint-Jean Ferme. Win over the fussiest of party-goers with Riverview Country Market’s red pepper jelly, paired with Cow’s aged cheddar, or ADL’s award winning Dairy Isle cheese.

Photo Credit: Laura Weatherbie/Salty

And, of course, Salty is just one source of food-inspired ideas for your Christmas shopping. The folks at Riverview Country Market, Kent St. Market, Farmed Market and Craft Butchery, and other locally-owned and operated shops and farmers’ markets across the Island will undoubtedly be able to help you craft the perfect party menu or pick out the ideal gift, making it easy to buy local this holiday season!

About Shannon Courtney

Shannon is the co-founder of Salty and was its editor-in-chief for the publication's inaugural year. When she’s not writing about food, Shannon's either cooking, eating, talking, or thinking about it. Her food adventures have included milking a Jersey cow in Australia, almost overdosing on maple syrup in Prince Edward County, and studying local food systems in Vermont as part of her Master’s thesis research. Shannon is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and strongly believes you CAN make friends with salad.

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