With the wide array of food and drink producers in our region, it's not hard to find the perfect locally sourced gift for the food-lover in your life. Skip the gift card and purchase one of these local foodie gifts, which originate from St. Louis to Kansas City and everywhere in between.

Gift Horse Items from Juniper

This past September, Juniper in St. Louis' Central West End launched its Gift Horse program, featuring canvas bags packed with specialty Southern goodies. The housemade treats include Southern favorites like buttermilk biscuits, Hoppin' John mix, pimento cheese, bread and butter pickles, chow chow and more. Order the bags online or at the restaurant, or pick one up at specialty food shop Larder & Cupboard in Maplewood.

Juniper, 360 N. Boyle Ave., Central West End, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.520.6750, junipereats.com

Larder & Cupboard, 7310 Manchester Road, Maplewood, Missouri, 314.300.8995, larderandcupboard.com

Askinosie Chocolate Treats

In Springfield, Missouri, former attorney Shawn Askinosie is producing award-winning bean-to-bar chocolate at Askinosie Chocolate. In addition to single-origin bars, the chocolate company also has a bunch of holiday-themed treats – gingerbread dark chocolate bars, peppermint bark, chocolate tasting kits and peppermint bark sipping chocolate. For the person on your list with the ultimate sweet tooth? A year of chocolate, which for $100 features one of each of Askinosie's 12 chocolate bars, as well as a jar of their made-from-scratch chocolate hazelnut spread.

Askinosie Chocolate, 514 E. Commercial St., Springfield, Missouri, 417.862.9900, askinosie.com

Spice Blends, Finishing Salts and More from Wood + Salt

Brother-and-sister team Jess and Ben Anthony are the minds behind Kansas City's Wood + Salt, creating small-batch spice blends, rubs, infused sugars, smoked finishing salts and more. Equip the cook in your life with one or several of Wood + Salt's smoked and infused salts, ranging from merlot-infused salt to winter-smoked sea salt, which is smoked over smoldering cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, tea and orange peels. 

Wood + Salt, City Market, Kansas City, Missouri, woodandsalt.com

Jelly Jar Pies from Peggy Jean's Pies

Locals rejoiced when Peggy Jean's Pies returned to Columbia, Missouri, after a 10-year hiatus. The mother-daughter team refuses to freeze their made-from-scratch pies, but those outside CoMo can still get their fix through Peggy Jean's jelly jar pies. The 4-ounce jelly jars include a pie baked inside, complete with a sealed lid and a tiny fork. Pies are available in a variety of six packs including such flavors as Southern pecan, apple, rhubarb, German chocolate and more. Six packs start at $24.99.

Peggy Jean's Pies, 3601 Buttonwood Dr. Suite E, Columbia, Missouri, 573.447.7437, pjpies.com

BBQ Sauce from Boulevard Brewing Co.

In Kansas City, there's hardly a better local combo than KC-style barbecue and Boulevard Brewing Co. beer. This holiday, Boulevard is selling a BBQ sauce featuring Boulevard 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer and a kick of jalapeño peppers from Boys Grow KC. $1 from the sale of each bottle goes to benefit Boys Grow KC. You can find more Boulevard-themed merchandise, including apparel, glassware and creations from local artisans, at Boulevard's Dry Goods Store on the Country Club Plaza.

Boulevard Brewing Co., 2501 Southwest Blvd., Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, 816.474.7095, boulevard.com

La Patisserie Chouquette's Macaron of the Month Club

St. Louisans head over to the Botanical Heights neighborhood for decadent macarons at La Patisserie Chouquette, but now it's possible to get Simone Faure's freshly baked French desserts delivered straight to your door. The Macaron of the Month Club is available in three subscription packages: three months for $90, six months for $180 or one year for $330. The first week of each month, your lucky recipient will receive one box of six signature macarons, including a limited-edition, members-only flavor.

La Patisserie Chouquette, 1626 Tower Grove Ave., Botanical Heights, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.932.7935, simonefaure.com

Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Co. Gift Boxes

For the caffeine addict, look to the two gift boxes on offer from Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Co. The first includes a 12oz bag of the Kaldi's Tis the Season blend and two of their holiday C-handle diner mugs. The second gift box includes an 8oz bag of a single-origin coffee, a 5oz bag of Cafe Kaldi and a 5oz bag of Decaf Cafe Kaldi. Kaldi's also sells bagged coffees, mugs, brewing equipment and apparel, as well as three-, six- and twelve-month coffee subscriptions delivered to your home.

Locations in St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia, Missouri, kaldiscoffee.com

Italian Staples from Pastaria

If you've ever wished you could cook at home with the goods from chef/owner Gerard Craft's Pastaria, you're in luck. Fresh pasta, sauces, olive oil and gelato are available for purchase from the Pastaria storefront in Clayton, and select Italian cooking staples are also available at Larder & Cupboard in Maplewood.

Pastaria, 7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.862.6603, pastariastl.com

Larder & Cupboard, 7310 Manchester Road, Maplewood, Missouri, 314.300.8995, larderandcupboard.com

Pickled Items, Preserves and Spreads from Kansas City Canning Co.

Though less than a month old, Kansas City Canning Co. is earning a reputation for its pickled items, preserves, jams and specialty cocktail garnishes. Holiday offerings include clementine-thyme marmalade, ancho-date butter, spiced fig and rosemary spread, seven-pepper jelly and balsamic pickled grapes that you can purchase in 4oz, 8oz and 16oz jars, as well as in a sampler gift box. Products are available at Westside Storey, The Sundry Market and Kitchen and Urban Provisions, as well as via special order.

Kansas City Canning Co., kansascitycanningco.com.

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