This holiday season, say it with a snack
It’s hard to believe that the holidays are nearly upon us. And yet, here we are. Another busy holiday season means one thing and one thing only: it’s time to get cracking on gifts for the favorite foodies in your life. Fortunately, the North Fork offers an abundance of bespoke food-related gifts that are perfect for seasonal shopping. Whether you’re looking for a tasty treat to gift to a friend or a kitchen item that your family member can keep around for the long haul, these stores have the right gift for you. Read on for some of our top picks for the gift-giving season.
It’s hard to recommend just a single thing from this Greenport gift shop, which showcases everything from chocolate to decorative table items. Currently, the shop has on offer a mango cheese and charcuterie board that will stun friends and family. Directly on the board is a map, offering advice for composing the loveliest spread you can imagine (spaces include hard cheese, soft cheese, crackers, sliced fruits, cured meat, nuts, jam, olives, and honey). For the person you love who also loves to entertain, this gift is a home run.
Vines & Branches
When it comes to olive oil, there is only one king, and it’s Vines & Branches, in Greenport. In addition to a full line of high-quality olive oils, the store also boasts infused and flavored oils, accented with things like lemon, harissa, blood orange, Persian lime, and herbes d’Provence. The store opened in 2012 and has since offered North Forkers the best oils and vinegars around.
Agora Greek Market
This Mattituck secret delivers authentic Greek food and gift items, from their home-baked, phyllo-based pastries to their overwhelming selection of dairy, to their cured olives and stuffed grape leaves. You can create your own international gift basket for the foodie in your life with help from the store’s shelved items (think imported crackers, chips, and more). A step inside is like taking a vacation, with feet still planted firmly on North Fork ground.
Ivy League Flowers & Gifts
Looking to hand off the reins on a gift basket to someone with tried-and-true expertise? In Southold, this expert florist can arrange food gift baskets for anyone in your life, from the fudge-lover to the fruit-enthusiast to the cheese-obsessed. The store’s Ultimate Gourmet Basket includes sausages, cheeses, chocolates, cookies, jams, crackers, and more. Upgrade to premium for an extra $100 and get the crème de la crème gift basket experience.
Tea and Tchotchkes
For the tea connoisseur, there is no better store on the North Fork than Tea and Tchotchkes, a gift shop that offers the full tea-drinking experience. Of the many loose-leaf teas this store offers for sale are the caramelized pear loose-leaf; the dark chocolate peppermint loose-leaf; the gunpowder green loose-leaf; the ginger ginseng loose-leaf; and the warming crimson berry loose-leaf. The store also sells a selection of tea bags. Stop into the store for a customized tea experience for the sipper in your life who will truly appreciate these artisanal teas.