Twelve Days of Christmas

(Or at least the twelve gift ideas I came up with)

On the first day of Christmas…well, you know how the song goes. But we don’t have twelve days of Christmas anymore, only one. So I figured I’d talk about twelve gift ideas that you can purchase from your very own local emporium, also known as The La Honda Country Market! Shop Local, Keep the money in town. Buy at least a few of your holiday treats and prezzies from the good folks who keep us happy throughout the year.

1. Gift Certificates. They have some bee-yoo-tiful gift certificates. And they are available in any amount. Buy some for your friends and neighbors. School Teachers. Firefighters. I hear Karen and Jack at the Post Office are awfully fond of these things! ☺

2. Make Your Own Gift Baskets. They have all the supplies as well as the baskets, bows and that straw-type stuff you put everything on top of. You can really make a unique, high-quality present. Forget Harry and David. Try Glenn and Suzanne’s idea of a gift. Fruit/Nut/Chocolate. Cheese/Fruit. Coffee/Chocolate. Fun Candy Treats. Italian (pasta/sauce,wine/biscotti). A book and some coffee. The basket is only limited by your imagination.

3. Desserts. Oh-ho-ho…Don’t get me started on the incredible edibles they have at the Market. Cheesecake. Brownies. Gluten-free cookies. Duartes pies. Man, them are good eats. And great gifts.

4. Old Fashioned Candy. You know, the ones in those big barrels by the fireplace whose names are hilarious. Squirrel Nut Zippers. Wax Bottles. Mary Janes. Stick ‘em in stockings or throw them in a gift basket to personalize it.

5. Books by Local Authors. You might have heard about Lit Nite at Sullivans and if you haven’t it is definitely a double entendre. But we have some great local authors and you might want to support them by purchasing one of their tomes for yourself or as a gift. Also great in gift baskets.

6. Holiday Treats. There are so many cool items the Market Santas have brought in for the holidays. Where else could you find Gingerbread Reindeer Noses, Santa Kookies, Vanilla Light Bulbs, Christmas Raspberries. Not to mention Gummi Christmas Trees and Snowmen, Peppermint and White Chocolate Almond Barks, and Mini Ribbon Mix. You should eat a bunch yourself. Then buy more for your family and friends. Nom.

7. Dreamcatchers, rock boxes, gorgeous photos and other local crafts. The dreamcatchers are handmade and a steal of a deal. Buy one for your favorite dreamer. The tiny metal boxes with 60’s artwork on the front have so many uses. And the local photos by Dana Pitchon are simply stunning. Lots more artsy craftsy stuff as well. Plus cards, Christmas cards, etc.

8. Beer and Wine. There is definitely something for everyone in the beer and wine fridge at LHCM. The varieties are staggering. And they make great hostess gifts. I could do a twelve days of Christmas rant just on the beer varieties alone. But I’ll resist the urge…

9. Stocking Stuffers. Ahh the lonely medicinal aisle. You’ve probably forgotten it exists. Except when you need the odd diaper or bandaid. Well, now you can stock up on your stocking stuffers with lip balm, creams, handmade soaps, bath salts, loofah sponges, nail clippers and a whole lot more.

10. Coffee and or Tea? The coffee at the Market is divine. Connoisseur, the Redwood City roastery who did all the coffee for the old Prankster cafe, also supplies the Market. You can get beans or ground. And check out the varieties of Twinings, P&G Celestial Seasonings, and other cool teas. Get some.

11. Holiday roast, turkey or ham. As with Thanksgiving, the fun folks at the Market will order your holiday meal centerpiece-de-resistance and have it ready for you to pick up. No more schlepping it from a faraway grocery store and messing up the presents you have it packed next to. And while you’re at the Market picking up your feast, see items 1-10!

12. Con wood. Well, it’s not exactly a type of tree. It’s the firewood bundles the Market gets from our own unofficial town mayor, Con Law. So roast some chestnuts, grab a cup of cocoa and get ready for the big man in the red suit to enter the house through your chimney. He doesn’t mind the flames. Truly.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

Laurie McLean

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About countrymarketcooking

I am blogging about my experiment in sustainable community through cooking in the tiny mountain town of La Honda, California. Each week I'll be buying ingredients for a family-of-four-dinner at our fabulous local La Honda Country Market (which we are so lucky to have). Then I'll blog about it and share my recipes for that meal. Mangia!
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