11 Last Minute, Local and Good Food Gift Ideas

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Waited till the last minute to shop like we did? Here's some of our favorite go-to good food gift ideas that we'll be using to make it look like we spent all year prepping and pondering over our favorite people.

(Shhhh... they won't need to know until after the holidays that we didn't even step outside our own backyard to get them!).

1. Arizona Wine Travel Card

+DETAILS: Brought to you by AZ Wine Lifestyle, the AZ Wine Travel Card gets the wine enthusiast in your circles exclusive discounts on over 30 AZ wineries and over 25 restaurants, resorts and attractions that support Arizona's winemakers. +ORDERING: AZ Wine Lifestyle website +NOTABLE: Buy 2 cards, get 1 free! See details on website.

2. Awesome Cookie Company Cookies

+DETAILS: Small-batch artisan cookies like Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip or Famous Cranberry Oatmeal +ORDERING: online or in the Phoenix area +NOTABLE: Arrives in a beautiful Ball glass jar!

3. Devoured Food + Wine Classic VIP Tickets

+DETAILS: New this year: VIP tickets to the ever popular and always sold-out annual culinary event Devoured Food + Wine Classic +ORDERING: online or by calling the Phoenix Art Museum at 602-257-2124 +NOTABLE: This event is already sold out for GENERAL ADMISSION. VIP tickets will go fast!

4. Edible Baja Arizona and Edible Phoenix Magazines Gift Subscription

+DETAILS: Both part of the Edible Communities arena, these two magazines showcase the food cultural best of their Arizona region. +ORDERING: Save your friend a trip and subscribe them to either or both of these elegantly written and beautifully photographed magazines. Edible Baja AZ subscription can be found here and Edible Phoenix can be found here.

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5. Hayden Flour Mills Wheat, Grains, Flours and Vintage Sack Tees

+DETAILS: The Zimmerman family is restoring more than just a name with their family business; they are restoring heritage food, redefining health and reviving taste. And their t-shirts are cool too. +ORDERINGonline or in the Phoenix area +NOTABLE: Ask about their gift baskets!

6. Iss's Magic Mixes: Oatmeals with a Kick

+DETAILS: Melissa Webb has found a way to get us to eat something healthier this holiday season, and not even know it. Her sweet treat is a delicious oatmeal that even comes with a healthy diet success story. +ORDERING: Online or Farmers Markets in Arizona +NOTABLE: Purchase before December 24th and receive a Free Burlap backpack (See details on Facebook)

7. La Bella Terre Pure Botanical Sugars

+DETAILS: While owner Terri Nacke might believe that a balanced life is defined by a cookie in each hand, she also believes it is defined by everything in moderation. This is exactly why her small-jar pure botanical sugars are made with organic sugar and with essential botanical ingredients like lavender or bergamot lemon and suggest a sprinkling or smidge for your pastries and cocktails. +ORDERING: online or in the Phoenix area +NOTABLE: Good Food Finder special! Order before December 31, 2013 and get 25% off of entire order. Use code 2013HOLIDAY25.

8. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Basket

+DETAILS: If you've never had or given a Community Supported Agriculture basket before, you're missing out. The gift that keeps on giving, a true CSA is one that directly supports a farmer up front, allowing them to run their business and keep food on their own tables during off-seasons while providing the recipient with fresh, healthy and tasty food. +ORDERING: Check out our list of CSA options around the state.  +NOTABLE: Order a Maya's Farm CSA before December 21st and gift a second at $50 off the regular price.

9. Mesa Community College Gift Certificate

+DETAILS: Full disclosure here; our very own Natalie Morris is crossing fingers that you're going to give the gift of education for the holidays so that you can support the Sustainable Food Systems program she believes so much in (and teaches) at this college. +ORDERING: Gift Certificates come in $50, $150 and $250 and can be used for tuition, fees and books. More details here.                    +NOTABLE: Enrollment for the Sustainable Food Systems program is happening right now. Single classes, an AAS Degree or a Certificate program is available. Details are available here.

10. Native Seeds/SEARCH Heritage Seed Collection

+DETAILS: This newly released collection of seeds from our friends at Native Seeds/SEARCH is a diverse array of some of their most popular native Southwestern US and Northwestern Mexican seeds ranging from Chimayo Chile to Navajo Winter Watermelon. +ORDERING: Online

11. Portsmith Co. Handcrafted Minimalist Wallets and Bottle Openers

+DETAILS: Craft beer lovers can unite over these beautifully handcrafted accessories that won't weigh their pockets down or lighten yours at prices of $45 and under. Made of birch, oak, walnut or stainless steel, these made-in-Arizona simplistic trendsetters will get and keep the holiday conversation going. +ORDERING: online or in the Phoenix area

courtesy of Portsmith Co.