Holiday Gift Ideas

We recently asked our staff to make a list of holiday gift suggestions. Here are a few items they think woud make great gifts for that special someone on your list.


From the Near West Side deli:

A dozen cookies from the deli

Bloomingfoods gift card for lunch

CAKE - lots of cake!

A whole log of pepperoni (one of the only things not required to be refrigerated)


From Kirkwood:

How about coffee stuff?

We have a manual coffee grinder (to fulfill your post-apocalyptic coffee needs) that would go great with a coffee press or single cup brew cone/travel mug set. For the non-coffee drinker we have hats, scarves, and gloves from Down to Earth and various holiday candles or incense.


From Jean in Marketing:

True Melange candles and a bottle of French red wine.


From the East Garden Center:

Eighteen different styles of bird feeders, starting at $3.19, and featuring American-made Droll Yankees products.

Birding accessories such as shepherd hooks, seed trays, bird baths and de-icers, bird houses and squirrel baffles.

Top quality tools for the discerning gardener.

Earth Box Garden Kits: self-watering planter boxes on wheels, perfect for early and late crops.

Earth Machine compost barrels which work even with snow on the ground.

Remember that bird seed and bulk garden seed are always in stock at very attractive prices.


From East Grocery - Local Products that make great gifts:

Traders Point Creamery - 32 oz for $5.99  Rich and delicious; sprinkle with fresh nutmeg

Piccoli Dolci Biscotti - 3.5 oz cookies for $3.49 and 8.8 oz packages for $7.99

Any of the Local Folks Foods products, especially their stone ground mustard and barbeque sauce.

Daddy Bob's brittles: Peanut, Coconut Peanut, Pecan- 8 oz bags, prices vary.

Standing Stone Ice Wines:  Vidal, Gewurtztraminer, Chardonnay  $19.99  Truly fantastic sweet dessert wine!


From Mary in Cheese:

The first cheese I'd like to suggest is Beecher's Flagship Cheddar

from Seattle Washington. Flagship is a handmade semi-hard cow’s milk

cheese aged 15 months with a robust, nutty flavor. It's a really

fabulous cheddar that has earned awards in both the 2007 and 2009

American cheese society competitions. Priced $17.49/#


The next cheeses I'd like to suggest are the the Le Roule cheese

spreads. They are smooth and creamy fresh cows' milk cheese spreads

from France which are layered with either dried cranberries or garlic

and herbs. My customers really enjoy these and have told me that both

flavors make a great addition to any meal. Priced $14.99/#


The last cheese I'd like to suggest is the Bloomingfoods Private stock

House Cheese specially made for us from Ludwig Farmstead on the IL/IN

boarder. It's a harder textured cheese made from raw cow's milk and

aged at least 14 months. I like to recommend this for customers

wanting a bright, sharper flavored cheese that's local and can be used

both for grating or eating just as is. Priced $14.99/#


From Julie at the Near West Side store

I just got some fantastic hand printed tee shirts by, David Ebbinghouse" Curse of the Black Scorpion"

I have lots of great items from "Kikkerland",  Music boxes,paper pencils, nite lights...

Then there is "Unemployed Philosophers Guild", coffee cups,watches, pill boxes....

Lots of kitchen gadgets, cookie sheets, pie dishes etc.

Lots of "Vessel" drinkware, including their new line of glass drinkware

I also brought in handmade glass bead jewerly (all Fair Trade) not to mentions all the wonderful coats and jackets from "Kathmandu Imports".

Lets not forget all the Decomposition books (made from 100% recycled paper), including cork covered journals. We also have amazing leather journals from Handmade Expressions (Fair Trade.)

And of course, for all our furry friends - a good assortment of pet nests.