12/20/2012 03:00:00 PM

Fabulous Food Gifts for Last-Minute Shoppers

Bricco panettone
Still short on your Christmas shopping? You can never go wrong with a food gift and, of course, you just haven't had time to whip up your own treats. No sweat. We’ve got plenty of ideas for you to make good. Who needs Christmas cookies when you got biscuits?

It’s been all over the presses, and Forbes called them the best biscuits in the world, Top Chef Tiffani Faison’s Sweet Cheeks Q biscuits. Now you can bring these babies to your next party or show them off at the dinner table Christmas day or, heck, wrap them for the stocking. A single biscuit is $3; an order of four biscuits is $10 or you can buy them by the dozen - honey butter included (call to place your order 617-266-1300). Plus you can pick up a gift card to Sweet Cheeks for $50 and get a $10 gift card in thanks.

Nothing like good Italian panettone for the holidays. And look, Bricco in the North End has already gone to the trouble of baking it for you. The tall loaves are nicely packaged and sold for just $8 at the Bricco Panitteria behind the restaurant (241 Hanover St.; 617-248-6800).

For those with an exotic taste pick up a scrumptious jar of all-natural Almond Coconut Butter made by chef Tony DiRienzo of Abby Park in Milton. The butter, made under DiRienzo’s Cypress brand, are available at the Fruit Center Marketplace in Milton and Hingham, where you’ll find all sorts of specialty food goodies, too ($6.49/jar; 10 Bassett St., Milton; 617-696-5274).

Central Bottle Wine + Provisions in Central Square, Cambridge, has a wonderful variety of gift baskets from which to choose. The December Basket includes Pasta Setaro Chitarra, Central Bottle’s Olio Taibi organic Sicilian extra virgin olive oil, a wedge of Cravero Parmigiano Reggiano, Olympic Provisions Saucisson Sec Salumi, Atlas Farm organic tomatoes preserved at Central Bottle, a two-pack of housemade Central Bottle jam (Sugar Pumpkin, and Quince Chutney and Concord Grape, and Italian Plum Jam), made with produce from local farms, and Sorelle Nurzia Torrone from L’Aquilla, Abruzzo, Italy. Oh, and we’re certain they can help you slip in a nice bottle of Italian red, extra, of course (December basket is $99; can be made up the day of with a few hours notice; 617-225-0040).


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