Do you know what today is? It is 100 days until Christmas! I am not sure where the year went, but it feels like it sped by.
Whichever holiday you celebrate is coming up and that means everyone is on the hunt for gifts for loved ones, friends, and family.
I have looked far and wide to find some fun, unique and amazing gifts for chocolate lovers. As a maker I also make some great products that you can check out on my shopas well.
My goal is to highlight 10 holiday gift ideas each week for the next 10 weeks that your chocolate loving friends will enjoy. I’ll showcase chocolate, gifts, paper goods, subscriptions, shops, books, and other fun things I know the chocoholics in your life will love. I don’t receive any benefits if you click on the links, I am just happy to share my knowledge.
So, let’s jump right in!
Chocolate! What chocolate lover doesn’t want to receive a chocolate bar? I suggest a bar from Sirene Chocolate. Sirene Chocolate is a bean to bar chocolate company in Victoria, BC that crafts beautiful chocolate. Many of their bars come in their standout yellow wrapper decorated with ocean life from the west coast of Canada, their bright and beautiful packaging is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. If you are looking for something warming for the winter look for their red packaging and grab the winter warmer bar, it has a great mix of spices and is perfect for cold winter days. Looking for something totally unique? Then I’d suggest their Coastal Rainforest bar, taking inspiration from their beautiful Vancouver Island location they’ve combined kelp, mushrooms, and berries to create this fun bar.
2. Bonbons from Jacek Chocolate
Jacek Chocolate makes some amazing chocolate. They have a beautiful and thoughtful line of bonbons and create lovely special edition collections. Located in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, they are just outside of Edmonton. They have some ‘mind-blowing gift ideas’ in their online shop, including a Chocolate Tasting Kit which is a great gift for folks who are newer to chocolate. Personally, if I had to choose only one thing, I would likely settle on a box of 12 bonbons, likely a create your own box so I could choose all my favourite flavours.
3. Cacao Pod Jewellery
Looking for something that lasts longer than a bar of chocolate? I make a beautiful solid sterling silver cacao pod necklace. This cacao pod was first carved from a piece of wax using the lost wax casting process and is textured and contoured and looks like a mini pod. The sterling silver gives it a lovely shine and it’s the perfect weight. I’ve used chocolate as my muse to create a full line of jewellery using my many years of goldsmith training and experience to bring chocolate and jewellery together. This piece is one of my personal favourites and I can be found wearing it with jeans and a t-shirt or with a fancy dress.
4. Chocolate made in Chile
I’d suggest Obolo for all chocolate lovers, and while I have not tried all their bars, I did really enjoy their 53% Atacama Rica Rica bar. Obolo Chocolate is Chile’s first bean to bar chocolate maker. Their Dolce de Leche bar also comes with good reviews from other chocolate tasters I know. You can find their bars at several chocolate shops in Canada.
5. A Molinillo
Hot chocolate, it’s a beautiful thing, and if you have been following me for any amount of time you know it is how I start each day. Traditionally a molinillo was used to make the froth of a hot chocolate and Hummingbird Chocolate sells a regular sized one and a mini one. To see how to use it you can check out this video.
6. A chocolate pouch to keep chocolate in
Never sure of what to do with those chocolate bars you have lying about? This chocolate stash pouch is ideal for holding (or hiding) your chocolate bars. It’s a generous size and can fit most bars and even a small notebook. Made with custom fabrics, chocolate designs from flowers to pods, it slides easily into a purse or backpack making it easy to find those chocolate bars when you need them. There are several designs to choose from but this one is one of my favourites.
7. Clothing that celebrates peace and chocolate
Show your love of chocolate by wearing it on your sleeve, or chest. Here is a fun shirt from Peace by Chocolate in Nova Scotia that celebrates chocolate, and peace! Here is a photo of me wearing it under a cacao tree when visiting Maui a few years ago.
8. A chocolate subscription box from Bar & Cocoa
Any friend of mine would be happy to receive a chocolate subscription box. Bar & Cocoa in Denver, Colorado, USA has a great subscription box that you can easily gift to someone else, for 3, 6 or 12 months. Receiving chocolate in the mail each month sounds amazing!
9. A Book ~ Bean to Bar Chocolate
If reading is also your chocolate pal’s passion, then I would suggest Megan Giller’s book Bean to Bar Chocolate. It is a great book for learning about bean to bar chocolate. It has excellent photos, recipes, and some fun pairing guides. A fabulous book for folks new to bean to bar chocolate this book is a great starting point.
10. Chocolate celebrating seasonal flavours
Looking for something a bit different? Centre and Main Chocolate in Warkworth, Ontario often has interesting and unique flavours of bar using locally sourced ingredients. Check their site to see what bars are in stock and you may be surprised by what is in them, plus they looks beautiful and some brightly (naturally) coloured bars are available.
Stay tuned as I bring you ten more ideas of gifts for chocolate lovers each week for the next ten weeks. Being a huge fan of chocolate, and eating a little bit of it each day for many years now, I have found all the great chocolate gift ideas and I can’t wait to share them with you.
Do you have a favourite chocolate item that you gift to friends? I’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment below!