9 of the best Dayton food gifts for the holidays

Credit: Jessica Uttinger

Credit: Jessica Uttinger

Let's face it, holiday shopping can be stressful. With so many people to buy gifts for and so little time, it's easy to fall victim to a retail-induced panic. Luckily, there's a solution.

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If you're having a hard time finishing your holiday shopping, why not give the gift of food? To get you started, here are nine of the best food gifts in Dayton.

Credit: Warped Wing Brewing

Credit: Warped Wing Brewing

🍺1. Canned beer from one of the region’s breweries

The Dayton region is overflowing with highly-acclaimed breweries, and most folks will enjoy a pack of canned beer as a gift.

The Yellow Springs Brewery has a new reason to celebrate the holiday with their 2018 Barrel-Aged Maxxdout. The 22-ounce bottles of bourbon-barrel-aged American Stout will be released Nov. 30 at 1 p.m.

Beers rotate through the year at The Dayton Beer Company. Right now you can find seasonal beers Oregon Alley IPA , an American imperial India pale ale, Broken Trolley, a blonde ale and Java Man Cometh, an American coffee stout.

Almost all area breweries have something special in store for the holiday season. Make sure you check your favorite spot.

WHAT: Canned beer from area breweries

WHERE TO BUY: Locations throughout the Dayton regionincluding Belmont Party Supply (2621 Smithville Rd.), Dorothy Lane Market locations, some grocery stores and local breweries.  

INFO: Make sure you check out what your favorite local brewery has on tap for the season.
Yellow Springs Brewery, 305 Walnut St., Yellow Springs (WebsiteFacebook | Call (937) 767-0222
Dayton Beer Company, 41 Madison St., Dayton (WebsiteFacebook | Call (937) 228-2337

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Credit: Amelia Robinson

☕ 2. Locally ground coffee and sweet treats

Looking to perk up your presents and give a non-traditional stocking stuffer this year? A bag of ground coffee from Ghostlight Coffee might be just the ticket.

While you’re in there, grab a made-from-scratch oatmeal cup, scone or gluten-free muffin for yourself.

Ghostlight is also taking orders for Christmas pies and holiday treats. There’s so much to choose from including the Ghostlight Christmas pie, a Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Pie and a holiday cookie box.

Just about every local coffee shops has some sort of gifting options, including Boston Stoker, Winan's and more. 

>>Ghostlight coffee adds breakfast to menu

WHAT: Ghostlight Coffee

WHERE TO BUY: 1201 Wayne Ave., Dayton

INFO: WebsiteFacebook | Call (937) 985-2633

🍫3. Esther Price chocolate-covered potato chips 

Mike-Sells potato chips covered in Esther Price chocolate? It's a thing, and it's AMAZING. Try them and gift them this season. This gift honors two longstanding Dayton companies.

WHAT: Esther Price chocolate-covered potato chips

WHERE TO BUY: The original store is at 1709 Wayne Ave. in Dayton but a list of all the locastions can be found at  www.estherprice.com/find-a-store, local grocery stores and estherprice.com 
INFO: WebsiteFacebookCall (1-800) 782-0326

Credit: Lisa Powell

Credit: Lisa Powell

🥗4. Pine Club salad dressing and steaks 

The perfect salad dressing to compliment the perfect salad, or some of the finest steaks you'll eat in Dayton? Look no further than the nationally-renowned Pine Club for both of those items.

WHAT: Pine Club salad dressing and steaks

WHERE TO BUY: Area grocery stores and The Pine Club restaurant, 1926 Brown St., Dayton 

INFO: WebsiteFacebook | Call (937) 228-7463

🍝5. Mamma DiSalvo's Italian sauce

The gift of old-world Italian flavor will please any foodie on your list.

WHAT: Mamma DiSalvo's Italian sauce

WHERE TO BUY: Stop by the DiSalvo's Deli and Italian Store, 1383 E. Stroop Road, Kettering or disalvosdeli.com 

INFO: WebsiteFacebook | Call (937) 299-5831

🥜6. Nuts and candy from Dayton Nut Specialties

Give someone a present that will drive them nuts (figuratively, of course). There's a lot  to choose from including  party trays, mixed nut gift boxes and personalized nut tins. You can also consider sweet treats like the "polywogs" from Friesinger's chocolates (chocolate-covered pecan caramel clusters)
WHAT: Nuts from Dayton Nut
WHERE TO BUY: Dayton Nut Specialties, 919 N. Main St., Dayton or candyandnutstore.com
INFO: WebsiteFacebook | Call (937) 223-3225

🍸7. Bottle of Buckeye vodka or Belle of Dayton vodka and gin

O-H-I-O! The Buckeye State is known for a lot more than just a dominant football powerhouse. It turns out, Ohio claims  nationally-recognized brands of spirits, too.

WHAT: Buckeye Vodka or Belle of Dayton spirits
WHERE TO BUY: Both brands are sold at area liquor stores and some grocery stores. Check websites for specific locations. 
INFO: Buckeye Vodka: Website | Facebook

Belle of Dayton: Website | Facebook

🍷8. Locally made wine

Whether you're buying for the pinot, chardonnay or merlot fan on your list, local wineries have you covered. If you like your wine on the sweet side, local wineries have some nice options. The Winery at Versailles’ Rodeo Red is the winery’s top seller and you can get it in a supersized 1.5L bottle. Another wine we love is Old Mason’s Statesman (a sweet blend of red and white wine with a cherry finish). Or consider the award-winning sweet berry wine from Hanover Winery called Dammit, Annie it’s the Holidays! The name alone has us sold.

WHAT: Wine from the Winery at Versailles 
WHERE TO BUY: The Winery at Versailles, 6572 State Route 47, Versailles  or wineryatversailles.com
INFO: WebsiteFacebook | Call (937) 526-3232

Old Mason Winery: Website

Hanover Winery: Website

9. Dorothy Lane Killer Brownie and Brownie Bites

Often imitated, never duplicated. This is the only sweet you'll need to indulge in this holiday season. And don’t forget to try the latest addition to the Killer Brownie family - the Confetti Killer Brownie.

WHAT: Dorothy Lane Killer Brownie and Brownie Bites
WHERE TO BUY: DLM has three area locations: 2710 Far Hills Ave. in Oakwood, 6177 Far Hills Ave. in Washington Twp. and 740 N. Main St. in Springboro or  shopdlm.com
INFO: WebsiteFacebook | Call (937) 299-3561 (Oakwood), (937) 434-1294 (Washington Square), (937) 748-6800 (Springboro)

And here are a few more Dayton food gift ideas to consider:

🍸A bottle of Elsa's Bad Juan

💝Buckeyes from Winans

🍫 Madame Delluc's chocolates

Do you have other suggestions for uniquely Dayton food gifts? Tell us at contact@dayton.com.

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