Holiday gifts for foodies from 30+ food businesses in Tacoma & Pierce County
It’s always a good time to shop locally. Lucky us, we’ve got plenty of local food businesses producing fancy hand-decorated cookies, smoked landjaeger, boutique oyster packs, handmade ginger beer, hand-dipped truffles and pints of ice cream aplenty. Did I mention the hot cocoa bombs?
There’s so much to buy from local food businesses, I don’t even think I scratched the surface with this collection, but this is a good start. Here are 30+ Tacoma and Pierce County based food businesses with holiday gifts available for purchase right now. I’ll update this list throughout the holidays, so check back!
DECORATING KITS FOR KIDS
Bon Appetina’s, the Fife custom bakery, has edible cookie coloring kits for sale and they’re a lot easier than decorating with icing for little ones. The coloring kits come with blank cookies and markers filled with edible ink. The bakery also sells cake pops in fun seasonal flavors. Order by phone. Business info: 5013 Pacific Highway E., Suite 11, Fife; 253-922-5523; http://www.bonappetinas.com/
Celebrity Cake Studio has winter snowflake cupcake decorating kits on the Tacoma bakery’s website, plus other holiday and birthday-themed cupcake decorating kits. The cupcake kits come with everything you need to decorate 6 cupcakes and cost $24. Can be ordered on the Dome District bakery’s website. Also, stop by the shop for holiday-themed tea cakes, decorated cookies and more. Order here: https://celebritycakestudio.com/; Business info: 314 E 26th St, Tacoma; 253-627-4773; https://celebritycakestudio.com/
Delish Bakery in Steilacoom has festive cookie decorating kits. They come with a box of cookies, royal icing and sprinkle packets. They’re priced $20 each. The bakery also is making its own hot cocoa bombs, which make for excellent holiday gifts. Delish Bakery also carries my favorite brownies in Pierce County. Business info: 1603 Lafayette St., Steilacoom; 253-325-9822; https://delish-bakery.com/
Gallucci’s Catering, which operates out of the West of the Waterway Events Center on the Foss Waterway, is offering a cookie decorating kit with 10 cookies, sprinkles and three frosting colors for $20. Make arrangements for pickup. You can order online. The caterer is also currently selling holiday meal packs for pick-up, as well. Order here: https://gallucciscatering.square.site; More info here: https://www.facebook.com/Galluccis/posts/10158774242737510; Business info: https://www.galluccis.com/ or firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-826-1799
BAKED GOODS WITH EASY PICKUP
The Art of Crunch, a Tacoma bakery specializing in biscotti and cookie bars, is offering cookie packs with an assortment of biscotti, plus dessert bites boxes. The bakery sells direct to the public through its commercial kitchen at The Gourmet Niche in Tacoma’s Narrows neighborhood and also sells by private appointment. Watch for pop ups on the bakery’s social media. Don’t miss the cranberry biscotti or the limited edition chocolate peppermint biscotti. See more here: https://www.facebook.com/TheArtofCrunch/posts/3172144049558450; Business info: 7104 6th Ave, Tacoma; 253-720-6180; http://www.theartofcrunch.com/
Bite Me Cookies in Lakewood has been using Grubhub to deliver its cookie packs. Imagine the beauty of sending a cookie pack to a neighbor in need of some holiday cheer. Do it here. Business info: https://bitemeinc.cc/
Boulangerie, the French-Korean bakery inside Lakewood’s Paldo World Korean grocery store, sells festively packaged cookies in 20+ flavors and configurations. The display case also usually has cream puffs, mini fruit tarts, manju, plus macarons in at least a dozen flavors every day. Business info: 9701 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood; 253-682-3488
British Bites in downtown Puyallup bakes my favorite shortbread cookies in all of Pierce County, plus a display case filled with British desserts you won’t find anywhere else. You can assemble a Brit-friendly gift pack from the bakery’s attached grocery store. Business info: 720 E Main Ave, Puyallup; 253-200-2342; https://www.britishbites.net/
Cat & Rabbitt Cakeshop, the newly opened cake window in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood, has a pastry weapon: cinnamon rolls. Delicious, with a thick smear of icing, and guaranteed to delight your inner carbivore. Co-owners Julia Brown and Terryn Abbitt previously were the pastry queens of X Group Catering and affiliated Asado and E9 Brewing. Remember those big-as-your-head cinnamon rolls from the E9 brunch? These are one and the same. The bakery specializes in dreamy cakes-by-the-slice, but cinnamon rolls are available on a limited basis. Watch the bakery’s social media for info. Business info: 2811 6th Ave, Tacoma; https://www.thecatandrabbitt.com/; https://www.facebook.com/thecatandrabbitt/; https://www.instagram.com/catandrabbittcake
Corina Bakery has its annual offering of gluten-free sugarplums in stock right now. The chewy, sugar crusted orbs are my favorite gluten-free dessert in Tacoma. The Triangle District bakery also has prettily packaged gingerbread tiles for holiday gifting. Decorated cookies and many more holiday items rotate through the case continuously. Also, pies, vegan desserts, custom cakes, and more. Business info: 602 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma; 253-627-5070; https://corinabakery.com/tacoma/
Farm 12 in the Puyallup Valley has set up a winter wonderland at its events center and is seating for al fresco dining. Check it out (bring a coat and blanket, the events center doors are flung open for air circulation) and on your way in or out, do not pass up picking out a sweet gift at the pastry case. Pastry chef Hannah Russell rotates a daily selection that includes almond-crusted croissants, sticky buns, cookies and elaborate layered cakes. Business info: 3303 #B, 8th Ave SE, Puyallup; 253-697-9486; https://www.farm12.org/
German Pastry Shop, the Lakewood bakery that specializes in cake-by-the-slice, typically has an offering of holiday German cookies next to the register, but they have been known to sell out, so check before you drive there. They also have eclairs, strudel, cookie bars and other take-out desserts. Business info: 6108 Mt Tacoma Drive SW, Lakewood; 253-588-5777
Girl Loves Cake has the area’s best assortment of fanciful macaron flavors. Pastry chef Erin Powell’s current holiday rotation includes gingerbread, eggnog, chai, bourbon caramel apple cider, creme brulee and cranberry white chocolate. Powell operates out of her commercial bakery in Lakewood and offers pickups, plus she sells at pop-up events. Business info: email@example.com; https://www.facebook.com/girllovescakedesserts
Hello, Cupcake has seasonal flavors of peppermint bark and gingerbread cupcakes available now for pickup at the downtown Tacoma store. Business info: 1740 Pacific Ave, Tacoma; 253-383-7772; https://www.hello-cupcake.com/
Honey’s Healthy Hive sells sweet treats in liquid form. Purchase raw honey from the University Place business, or other non-edible gifts. Blended honeys make for great gifting. Get it whipped with a choice of cacao, cinnamon, turmeric, vanilla and pumpkin spice. Order on the website here. Business info: https://www.honeyshealthyhive.com/; 253-304-9841.
Marvel Bay Cafe is a favorite lunch spot because of the cafe’s quick take-out deli with ready-to-eat hot foods, but the bakery display is always filled with pastry treasures. Be sure to get the Nutella filled baklava if it’s available. If you see the almond croissant, buy the entire stock. Next door is a fully stocked European grocery store. Don’t miss the aisle filled with booze-filled chocolates. Business info: 301 133rd St. S., Tacoma; 253-267-5159; https://marvelbaycafe.com/
Old Times Bakery, tucked into a neighborhood between McKinley and Lincoln, has so many pretty delights perfect for gifting. There are Christmas cookie boxes and puffy, tall loaves of Italian dessert bread, panettone. The Uruguayan bakery rotates South American desserts, such as alfajores, through the pastry case, too. For lunch, there’s pizza-by-the-slice, piroshki and more at this neighborhood treasure. Business info: 3514 Pacific Ave, Tacoma; 253-625-5898; facebook.com/oldtimesbakery
Pasteles Finos del Angel in South Tacoma is my favorite Mexican bakery in the area. In addition to typical pan dulce found at a Mexican bakery, it also carries a multitude of European pastries, such as tiramisu and lovely glazed fruit tarts. There’s a sub specialty that has grown at this wonderful bakery – vegan baked goods. An entire section is devoted to vegan cookies right now. Business info: 5102 S. Washington St., Tacoma; 253-448-2649; https://www.pastelesfinosdelangel.com/
Spilled Butter Desserts has hand pies (think: Pop Tarts, but homemade) that would be so lovely packaged in a box with a bow. The tarts are decorated in whatever pretty icing and sprinkles strikes the fancy of baker-owner Brianne Day. Her whoopie pies also make for pretty holiday gifting. Pickup is by appointment at the bakery’s Oakland neighborhood kitchen, but also watch for pop-up announcements on the bakery’s social media. Business info: https://www.spilledbutterdesserts.com/; 253-414-5432; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rolling Pin Bakery specializes in all kinds of dietary restrictions. The goods are gluten-free, but owner-baker Amanda Rivera also offers keto-friendly and dairy-free desserts. Rivera’s latest concoction is hot cocoa bombs using dairy-free ingredients that are also keto-diet friendly. Pickup is by arrangement. Check out the weekly menu for availability. Business info: https://www.facebook.com/therollingpinbakesglutenfree/; 253-353-2681; https://www.therollingpinbakes.com/
Wanna Cupcake in Puyallup has fun and fancy, plus a solid selection of gluten-free, cupcakes with sturdy packaging I appreciate. Find scones, cookies and more in the pastry case. Business info: 2102 E. Main Ave., Puyallup 253-256-5566; https://www.wannacupcake.com/
Woodland Sunrise is looking for a new location for its baked goods. In the meantime, the bakery is offering delivery local to Gig Harbor and also selling elsewhere. Ordering is now open for decorated sugar cookies, cocoa bombs and cookie packs with alfajores. Don’t miss the caramel-filled gnomes that would make for a special holiday gift. Business info: woodlandsunrisenw.com or email@example.com
HOT COCOA BOMBS
Want to buy locally made hot cocoa bombs? Check out this story
LOCAL CANDY MAKERS
Brown & Haley Factory stores in Tacoma and Fife have the usual Roca offerings for which Brown & Haley has become internationally famous. Be on the lookout for seasonal offerings and specialty flavors, such as sea salt caramel Roca, dark chocolate Roca and seasonally decorated tins. Business info: brown-haley.com; Tacoma store: 110 E. 26th St., Tacoma; 253-620-3067; Fife store: 3500 20th St. E., Fife; 253-620-3030
Emily’s Chocolates in Fife remains one of my favorite chocolate browsing spots. There’s always something delightful in the company’s factory retail store, whether it’s chocolate-covered fortune cookies, chocolate-covered almonds or a new flavor of trail mix. I’ve been loving the treats that look great for the low-carb eater on your list, such as the Sriracha hot chili almonds. This is the go-to store in the region for chocolate-covered nuts. Business info: 4401 Industry Drive E., Fife; 253-235-4866, emilyschocolates.com
Johnson Candy Company in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood has been providing Tacoma families with handmade chocolate truffles and confections for going on four generations. Find hand-dipped caramels, seafoam candy, dark chocolate covered candied orange peel and other chocolate confections. Looking to buy vegan chocolate? The company has nut clusters that are free of animal products. And check out the chocolate company’s brand new website! Business info: 924 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma; 253-272-8504; https://www.johnsoncandyco.com/
The Old Cannery in Sumner might look like a furniture store at first glance, but head all the way to the back of the store for a great little find: a fudge counter. Find everything from peanut butter to berry swirl fudge, available for purchase by the pound. Business info: 13608 Valley Ave E., Sumner; 253-863-0422, oldcanneryfurniture.com
Old Town Delights sells a wide range of caramel confections, including handmade caramels and pecan caramel clusters, plus also chocolate barks and chocolate truffles. Find a variety of gift baskets at multiple price points on the company’s website. Business info: https://www.oldtowndelights.com/
Tease Candy in Tacoma’s Stadium neighborhood is the area’s only bean-to-bar chocolate maker. Upscale creations focus on high-end flourishes, such as hand painted finishes on truffles. Also find handmade caramels, vegan truffles made with oat milk and more. Packaging is next-level sophisticated here, so go there knowing you’ll leave with something gift worthy without worrying about wrapping it. Business info: 610 N. First St., Tacoma; 253-327-1860, teasechocolates.com
ICE CREAM LOVERS
Bliss Small Batch Creamery in University Place is offering a holiday pack that’s sure to please that ice cream lover on your list. Get a Bliss branded ice cream carrier with a coupon redeemable for three pints of ice cream. Or, load up on pints for an immediate porch gift drop-off. Seasonal flavors include eggnog gingersnap, peppermint crush and candied maple walnut. Did you know the ice cream company is opening a location in the Proctor neighborhood? Read more here. Business info: 3556 Market Place W., University Place, 253-327-1922, icecreambliss.com
Ice Cream Social closed its Sixth Avenue store to prepare for its expansion to the Hilltop and the Proctor neighborhoods (read about that here in this story), but you can still pick up pints at the Point Ruston location. December seasonal flavors include candy cane, chocolate orange, gingerbread and peppermint hot cocoa. Business info: 5107 Main St. Ruston; 253-507-5448; icecreamsocialtacoma.com
FOR MEAT AND SEAFOOD LOVERS
Blue Max Sausage is known for its house-made smoked sausages, but whenever I walk into the Summit butcher shop, I have a quandary: the house-smoked pepperoni sticks, landjaeger or teriyaki beef jerky? My solution is to buy all. In bulk. And then I package them up and give out as holiday meat packs. Blue Max is a great smokehouse, but also a butcher featuring a broad selection of hard-to-find cuts of meat and marinated meats ready for immediate cooking. It’s a beefy treasure. Business info: https://www.bluemaxmeats.com/; Puyallup store: 9502 Canyon Rd E, Puyallup; 253-535-6110; Buckley store: Buckley Store: 29304 WA-410, Buckley; 360-829-6520
Neptune Seafood long has serviced restaurants, but since the pandemic began, the wholesale company has shifted to selling direct to consumers. The Dome District seafood company does home deliveries, too. Want to send three dozen boutique oysters to a friend? They’ve got you covered. Watch for holiday packs to go live on the website soon. Business info: 1121 E. 26th St., Tacoma; 253-327-1255; http://www.neptuneseafood.us/order-online.html
Northern Fish has two locations to pick up smoked seafood and other fancy offerings from the sea. If the alder smoked salmon candy is available, stock up. Business info: https://www.northernfish.com/; 56th Street store: 3911 S. 56th St., Tacoma; 253-475-3858; Old Town store: 2201 Ruston Way, Tacoma; 253-272-4104
FOR THE HOME COCKTAIL/MOCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST
The Mule Tavern’s non alcoholic ginger beer is the best thing that will happen to anybody’s at-home Moscow mule game. Pick up jugs at the bar in South Tacoma for $12, but they’re also available in other containers. There’s also lime brine, tonic and more mixers. Business info: 5227 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma; 253-212-3112; https://www.themuletavern.com/general-store
Reverend Al’s Bona Fide Potents has shrubs, tonics and elixirs to improve your home mocktails and cocktails. The Tacoma-based company has a three bottle gift pack available with free shipping for purchases over $60 on the company’s website. Business info: https://www.bonafidepotents.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Simple Goodness Sisters has been around for a number of years with their Happy Camper mobile cocktail-mocktail company, but recently expanded to Wilkeson with a store stocked with mocktail and cocktail syrups. Spruce up your drinks with rhubarb vanilla bean, marionberry mint, huckleberry spruce tip or blueberry lavender syrups. Pick up the syrups at the store or order online. Business info: 533 Church St., Wilkeson; email@example.com; http://simplegoodnesssisters.com/
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MORE COCKTAILS: Check my website this week for a story on holiday cocktails-to-go from local cocktail dens and restaurants.
GIFTS FROM LOCAL DISTILLERS
Heritage Distilling in Gig Harbor is all about the holiday gift packs. There are bloody mary, mimosa, craft Manhattan or lavender lemon drop kits on the company’s website. The winter 10 mini box is a bargain-packed sampling of small tastes of Heritage spirits. If in doubt, remember this: you can’t go wrong gifting your favorite cocktail enthusiast a bottle of BSB Bourbon. Business info: 3118 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor; 253-514-8120; https://heritagedistilling.com/
Old Soldier Distillery in Tacoma has a butterscotch whiskey that makes a perfect stocking stuffer for your booze-loving spouse. Also available is the raisin-aged bourbon. The all-natural ingredients are just an added bonus for the Tacoma whiskey maker who distills its whiskey from corn. Open Fridays and Saturdays or by appointment. Business info: 309 Puyallup Avenue Unit B1 Tacoma; 253-223-4306; http://www.oldsoldierdistillery.com/
Nightside Distillery in Edgewood has the perfect booze gift for bourbon lovers who like creamy dessert drinks. Check out their Bourbon Cream Liqueur. They’ve also got a killer apple pie moonshine that’s a perfect accompaniment to a holiday dinner. Check out the Bourbon Cream here: https://www.facebook.com/NightsideDistillery/posts/3390509917737768; Business info: 2908 Meridian Ave E #116, Edgewood; 253-377-1379; https://nightsidedistillery.com/
MORE COCKTAILS: Check my website this week for a story on holiday cocktails-to-go from local cocktail dens and restaurants.
LOOKING FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER TAKE-OUT? I’VE GOT YOU COVERED
Here’s my list of where to pick up take-out for Christmas dinner.