Last Minute Gift Ideas

last minute gift ideas

As the names on your gift list shortens, and you’re left with a few you just don’t know what to get, it is time to stop at Vine & Table. I mean, everybody has to eat and drink, so how can you really go wrong? Wrap up everyone on your hard-to-buy-for list at Vine & Table with this thought in mind: share what you love!

Need further inspiration? Here are my favorites:

Best Cheese Shop IndianapolisCheeses: I’d start with a bamboo cutting board, or one of the porcelain cheese plates and add a small cheese selection. The team at Vine & Table can help wrap this up together so it looks great. The plate makes a great gifts that the recipient can keep and cherish, long after they’ve eaten the cheese. My favorites are St. Andre, a French triple-crème cheese that is rich and decadent; Aged Gouda with a sweet saltiness that I love; and the classic Manchego goat’s milk cheese from Spain. I personally am not a big fan of blue, so usually instead of gifting something I don’t love, I instead reach for something like Marcona almonds or crisp flatbreads. For that special someone, I add a bottle of wine. Since I love Spanish reds, that’s what I would give, but give what you love.

Ghyslain ChocolatesChocolate: I mean, who, when you say, “Would you like some chocolates”, says, “No, I don’t really enjoy chocolates”. Vine & Table has a great selection of Ghyslain Chocolates. Boxed assortments are available in a number of sizes. These liqueur chocolates are like little works of art and whimsy. Made locally, in Indiana in European style with the best ingredients. When I was little, my mom would always order chocolates and pastries out of a catalog for Christmas dinner. While my taste has changed a bit from mail-order sweets, the memory of chocolates around the holidays still warms my heart. Share a little bit of you in the gifts you choose. If you want to show a whole lot of love, add some hot cocoa mix, a bottle of Godiva Liqueur and some mugs.

Wine: There is a theme here… pick something you love. And how thoughtful if you include a quick note about why you love it. Perhaps something you always enjoy on your birthday. Perhaps you visited the vineyard. Perhaps someone special gave it to you as a gift for a special occasion. Whatever the reason, share the story. Giving gifts is about the story. Want to round it out, toss in something that is related, that they can keep like a decorative stopper, or Riedel glasses, etc. You get the idea.

Ruinart ChampagneChampagne: Champagne is the quintessential holiday gift. I mean, with New Year’s Eve wrapping up the holiday season, a gift of Champagne, especially good champagne is the perfect gift. I’d pair it with a couple of special flutes that the person on your list can keep to toast many special occasions or more gourmet goodies. Looking for something special? Try RuinartToasty, floral and full-bodied, with a soft aftertaste, this has a great aromatic swathe initially, with only hints of Chardonnay minerality. The wine is delicious, with ripe white fruits and light acidity to finish. –Wine Enthusiasts

So what do you love? Visit Vine & Table and share the joy this season by gifting the things YOU love.

Happy Holidays and all the best to you and yours this season, and for many seasons to come.

Brian Poonpanij

About Brian Poonpanij

I have loved being in the kitchen ever since I was a little boy, when I began helping my mom with the Thanksgiving pies and holiday cookies. The Better Homes and Garden’s Cookbook that we used is now a treasured part of my kitchen, a reminder of where my love for food, and for this business began. It was, although, by chance that I ended up in this business. I started with Kahn’s Catering as a banquet server over 10 years ago and have had the privilege to grow with the company through the years and to learn from the talented people I work with every day. Today, as the VP of Food and Beverage, I continue the Kahn’s Catering tradition of great food and great service. In everything I do for our guests, I remember the spirit of food that I was first taught by my mom. It’s about creating something amazing with your hands and heart, and then sharing it with others. We all love great food and drink, but when we talk about entertaining, whether it is a catered event or you welcoming friends and family in your home, it is about hospitality. To us, hospitality is, through the details, creating the feeling of being welcomed. As we share our knowledge with you, we hope you’ll remember that food isn’t about perfection, but instead about the experience of creating and sharing. We hope you will find it as rewarding as we do.
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