Maggie’s Kitchen Memo: My Ultimate Holiday Food Gift (Love) and Wrapping Guide and a Shop Update


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Hello, hello everyone!

Let’s take a full breath before I type this… breathe… There are only 9 days until Christmas and 16 days until we ring in 2015. Not panicked yet? Good, there’s no need to stress. Between the Eat Boutique Holiday Pop-Up Shop, the gift box collection in the online shop, and this mega Food Gift (Love) Guide, you got this. Before we dig deep into the guide, let’s talk:

Special Pop-Up Surprise: Amy and I have so enjoyed the last 2 weeks, chatting food gifts with you. The Pop-Up is open for 4 more days from Thursday, December 18 – Sunday, December 21. AND AND AND… Amy and I have decided to open on Wednesday, December 17 from 1-5PM to be around for you before we enter the nuttiness of the last weekend before Christmas. This weekend is big, BIG — not only are we eagerly waiting for our follow-up shipment of Shotwell Candy (for you) but Zesty Cookie Co, Island Creek Oysters and Craic & Blonde will be in the shop this weekend. Zesty Cookie and Craic & Blonde will taste and sell the ultimate stocking stuffers while Island Creek will shuck, sample, and sell oyster boxes to go, perfect for your holiday parties. Order your oysters now. It’s going to be a blast. (Our shop is at 1377 Boylston Street in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood.)

Order Gift Collections by Tuesday: We’d love to get your last moment gifts on the way to friends and family in time for Christmas. To make that so, you’ll need to order by noon on Tuesday, December 16. Here’s a quick link to the shop. (We’re almost sold out of everything, so order fast.)

Cookbook Update: I think I told many of you this past weekend but I’m deep in copy edits for my cookbook. It’s so fun revisiting everything but it also gets me eager to share all of my recipes and gift wrap ideas with you. Since it’s a bit too soon for that, I will share that we have settled on a cover and I have a feeling I’ll be able to share it soon. As soon as my editor gives me the all-clear, you’ll see it here, promise. Thanks for all the kind words, so many of you introduced yourself just to say, “I can’t wait for your cookbook!,” and that meant the world to me. Really, merci.

Now, onto some other GOOD stuff…



I’ve scoured the internet to find some of my favorite recipes, gift wrap ideas, and holiday decor that all evoke a simple, elegant, and playful spirit. I believe these recipes will make the very best food gifts and I know these gift wrap ideas are fun and easy. All of these recipes, gift wrap and decor ideas are pinned to my “Celebrate the Holidays” and “Gift Wrapping” Pinterest boards too. Let’s get started!

My Ultimate Holiday Food Gift (Love) Guide


Cakes & Bars:





  • DIY Lip Gloss: It made the list because it tastes so good (on your lips).


  • Balsamic Glaze: Sweet and sticky and savory. And one of the most popular recipes on Eat Boutique.







Twine (ribbon, string, twine):

Creative Ideas:






Christmas Tree:

Table Decor:

General Decor:

  • Glitter Reindeer: I bet you could do this with any shape — just trace, glue and add glitter!
  • Holiday Home: Just enough red to make this modern home sparkle.
  • Merry & Bright: It’s all merry and bright, really.

Happiest of weeks to you. Talk to you later in the week! xox

Warmly, Maggie





I didn’t take any of these beautiful photos. Photos appear in order courtesy of: Katie, Donal, Linda, Willow, Scarlett, Willow, Kamran, Robyn, Amanda, Gabriella, Brigitte, Bieb, Frida, Garden and Gun, Debee, Joke, Brooke, Dana, Teri, Jennifer, M.I.Y.N.K., April, and Heidi Murphy/White Loft Studio.

Eat Boutique discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers and shares our version of #foodgiftlove. We share recipes, maker stories and city guides to eating boutique. We host tasting events and markets for food makers, cookbook authors and food fans. We craft seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes and sell individual items that you can order in the Eat Boutique Shop.

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Eat Boutique was an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista – an author, business guide and alignment seeker. After hosting retail markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie now supports entrepreneurs as they create values-based businesses through We Are Magic StudioFollow Maggie Battista on Instagram.