Christmas is less than a week away, and many of us are going our last-minute shopping this week to get ready.
Last-minute shopping is the only kind of shopping I do, and I've been keeping a list of the foodie gifts that you can still buy or order in time to give next week.
1. L'Oven frozen croissants: Austin baker Abby Love, who teaches baking classes under the L'Oven banner, is now selling 4-packs of frozen croissants and chocolate croissants. You can order them online for pick up Thursday through Sunday at Confituras Little Kitchen in South Austin.
2. Rosso & Flynn ham: Last week, I baked the hammiest ham I've ever tasted, thanks to a delivery from Rosso & Flynn, that online butcher shop that's based in Austin. The ham costs $75, but if you order it by Thursday, they'll deliver it on Sunday and you'll be the hero of your Christmas dinner. (Want more tips on roasting said ham or other centerpiece meats? Check our our lead story in today's food section.)
3. One of this year's top cookbooks: Samin Nosrat's "Salt Fat Acid Heat" is easily the top foodie-approved cookbook this year, but we can't forget that Joanna Gaines published her first cookbook, "Magnolia Table," earlier this year, too. Paula Disbrowe's "Any Day Grilling" and Paula Forbes' "Austin Cookbook" should also be on your shelf if you don't already have them.
4. Clearly Canadian: This staple of the 1980s and 1990s is back, perhaps in part because of our national obsession with La Croix, Topo Chico and other sparkling waters. Cost Plus World Market is one of the only retailers that carries this sweet, clear sparkling water, which comes in several flavors, including peach, blackberry, raspberry and wild cherry. In today's Asutin360 livestream at noon, I'm gathering some newsroom friends and we'll be trying these four flavors to see if they taste like we remember them. One of these iconic bottles would be a huge hit the stocking of your favorite millennial.
5. Homemade hot cocoa mix: This recipe comes from Cook's Illustrated — Mix together 3 cups nonfat dry milk, 2 cups confectioners' sugar, 1 1/2 cups Dutch-processed cocoa powder, 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips and 1/4 teaspoon salt. In batches, pulse the ingredients together until the chocolate is finely ground. Scoop into small mason jars, screw on the lid and tie a ribbon around the ring.
6. Con' Olio olive oil: My favorite olive oils always come from Con' Olio, the locally owned olive oil shop that has a handful of locations around Austin. Pick up a gift pack and you'll make someone who loves to cook very happy.
7. Eric Paz' paella mix: Eric Paz, who owns the Bee Cave Spanish foods shop La Bodega Gourmet, sells a paella mix in his store that is the easiest way to make a paella at home. You can also buy aiolli, marcona almonds and other Spanish foods while you're there. You can also buy the mix at Spec's and Central Market.
8. Faraday's Kitchen Store gift card: Faraday's Kitchen Store in Bee Cave is the largest local kitchen store, and it is filled with gadgets, accessories and appliances you won't find at Bed Bath and Beyond. Plus, the staff is super sweet and can help you troubleshoot any culinary problems you might have.
9. Srsly Chocolate succulent pack: Srsly Chocolate is one of Austin's best-loved chocolate companies, and this holiday season, they are selling a chocolate gift pack, where the chocolates are wrapped in 3D paper sculptures that look like succulents. They look too nice to eat. Almost. You can order them online for pick these up at the Lakeline or Mueller farmers' market this weekend, where you will surely find dozens of other local food gifts worth buying for the people you love.
10. Hardcore Carnivore charcoal rub: Jess Pryles' signature meat rub looks unlike anything you've seen in the spice section of your local grocery store. Thanks to activated charcoal, the rub is pitch black, but it's packed with other seasonings, too, and it makes the very best steaks I've ever had. You can buy it at Salt & Time, Buec-ee's and other local stores.
Bonus idea: Organic Valley eggnog: That eggnog we tried on a livestream last week was seriously so good.