Give the gift of Utah this holiday season

Its the biggest shopping time of the year and Im excited Im able to stay home and enjoy the more festive and relaxing moments of Christmastime.

gift boxes from TriFecTa

Heather King

Why am I able to avoid the holiday madness of the malls? Because Im giving the gift of local food this year. Thats right, everything I need to complete my gift lists can be found in grocery stores and specialty shops any day of the week and can keep anyonefrom kids to adultshappy. And a number of these companies will also mail special gift sets around the country.

Butcher's Bunches: Tasty gourmet jams and preserves in flavor combinations you wouldnt think of on your own but also wont forget.

Snowy Mountain Sheep Creamery: European artisan cheeses handcrafted in Eden, Utah that will delight and amaze those who enjoy them.

Creminelli Fine Meats: Theyve designed a number of gift sets that can be ordered online and shipped or you can mix and match your favorite selections.

Beehive Cheese: Their newest cheese, Teahive is regularly gracing my table accompanied by croissants and fig spread. Through December 2, 2011 Beehive is offering free ground shipping.

Slide Ridge Honey: From honey to lip balm to the amazing honey wine vinegar, these products are fun and delicious all year long.

Tulie Bakery: Amazing gingerbread tiles and any other baked good under the sun!

Western Nut: Fresh roasted nuts, homemade fudge and delightful peanut brittle are just a few of the products that can be ordered as corporate gifts or individually for festive snacking.

Norbest Turkey: Ive heard of companies giving each of their employees a ham or turkey for the holidays. Why not give local turkeys?

Chocolate and Candy

Amano Chocolatesaward-winning chocolate bars and chocolate trufflesTaffy Townthey make great holiday designs in their taffyChocolothandcrafted chocolates, toffee and popcorn

Beer and Liquor

Support our local brewers and distillers while giving the gift of high spirits!

While you can certainly craft baskets and boxes on your own, if you are pressed for time, my dear friends at TriFecTa can also help you in this area. In fact, they are providing special locals-only boxes to many of my companys clients this season. We worked together to custom craft gifts that fit our clients and our budget.

Whatever your holiday gift giving requiresI hope you think locally by supporting small local businesses and producers.