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Shoppers on Site: Gifts at the Grocery Edition!

By Candace Byington and Chris Watson

Malls?  Department stores? Internet? Forget about all of those. Stroll through any of our top notch local markets and gift ideas abound. Whether looking for a quick stocking stuffer, a small thank you, a hostess gift, or your contribution to an evening celebration, stay out of the zany that is the mega mart and pick up your gifts at the grocery.  This week we feature Sautter’s Markets, Walt Churchill’s Market, Middle East Market, Monnettes, Sofo’s and San Marco’s. Gift shop at the grocery. It is as easy as a gift certificate and much, much tastier!

Sautter’s Markets

Creating a gift basket for the holidays is an easy task if you go to Sautter’s in Waterville. You can create a traditional fruit basket from their produce section.   coffee lover on your list the store offers Tiedke’s coffee and has single serve cocoa in a variety of flavors. You will find a selection of cheese and crackers as well as cookies and unique jam for a wine and cheese basket. Of course there is an assortment of pasta and locally produced sauce for an Italian dinner basket. They have a great selection of wine and liquers for coffee as well as locally crafted beer that can be added to any gift basket as well. Best of all, there are baskets already made and ready to take home!

Sautter's
Hass bakery items!
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Build your own fruit basket at Sautter's
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Regiona cheeses at Sautter's
Sautter's
Cheese balls ready for snacking at Sautter's
Sautter's
Festive gummies!
Sautter's
Bruschetta! Then walk to the deli case for cheese! Then party....
Sautter's
Baskets from Sautter's. Ready for a tree.
Sautter's
Gifts at the ready!
Sautter's
Grab and go at Sautter's
Sautter's
Locally made peanut brittle
Sautter's
Pickles locally produced and ready for a snack tray
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Sautter's has a wide variety of regional coffees.

Walt Churchill’s Markets

Walt Churchill’s Market in Maumee offers a multitude of great gift worthy items! You can wow your friends and loved ones with a basket of local wine and international cheese, offer whole bean coffee and flavored cocoa, create an amazing fruit basket or simply give chocolates from Dietsch’s-all in one stop! Check out the pasta aisle for glutten free options or traditional gnocchi from Italy. Offer unique barbecue and hot sauces to the one in your life who cannot wait for summer and grilling! Treat yourself to one of their subs, salads or sweets from the bakery. Don’t have time to make your own basket? No worries! Walt Churchill’s market has their own ready made baskets available throughout the store!

WCM
Gift Baskets at WCM
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Coffees at WCM
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WCM has a great cheese selection. Plus their holiday favorite "big cheese"
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Cheese from WCM. Ready for cutting and enjoying at holiday parties
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Chocolates at WCM. Stocking Stuffers!
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Build your own fruit basket at WCM
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Take and share cheese and fruit from WCM
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Baskets ready for a tree at WCM
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Pasta basket at WCM
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The gifts of health at WCM
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For the hot chocolate lover! Why skimp on the cheap stuff. It is the holidays!
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Hungarian artisan pasta at WCM
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Local wines at WCM
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Beautiful Mexican chocolate at WCM
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Stonewall Kitchen. A gourmand favorite at WCM

Middle East Market

There is so much to choose from at this market it is hard to single out a few items. The Middle East Market on Bancroft street has a huge variety of candy trays, dried fruits and nuts, coffees, and unique imported jams and honeys. All of that in the first aisle! Turn to the front of the store and you see the deli and bakery area and any fiscal discipline dissolves with a meat pie and baklava. This is a perfect place to find a unique gift or party tray.

Candy Ready for wrapping
ME Market has a wide variety of dried fruits
ME Market has an amazing and unique bakery. Treats may not make it home for a party
Ready to go bakery items for holiday sharing
Candy plus the bowl. One of several ready to go gift items at ME Market
Quick and unique sweets from ME Market
Beautiful and traditional. Jellied fruit slices from ME Market
Flavored honeys and imported jams from ME Market
Bulk candies from ME market. Stocking stuffers or party attractions
Nestle never looked so good. Ready for under the tree
Beautiful chocolates ready for under the tree or a hostess gift
Bakery trays ready for pick up at the ME Market

Monnette’s

Another great one stop for gifts from the grocery is Monnette’s Produce Markets. You will find fresh fruit and assortments of nuts. Someone on your gift list will enjoy Monette’s variety of regional wines and cheeses. The market offers many items produced in Ohio and throughout Toledo. A loaf of bread from Country Grains in Sylvania or pizza crusts from Sofo’s can be  nice offerings this season.

Monnettes
Monnettes has a surprising amount of bulk candies ready for a dish
Monnettes
Hidden amongst the produce and veggies are great little stocking stuffers
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Monnettes deli is ready to help with any celebration.
Monnettes
Monnettes is primarily a produce market. Forget the fancy fruit baskets. Build your own.
Monnettes
Monnettes carries a wide variety of unique wines and beers
Monnettes
Monnettes is one of the places to buy Country Grains and their iconic Sin O Man bread
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Not the first place you would think of pasta but Monnettes has a wide variety

Sofo’s

What is not to love about Sofo’s.  Of course they have their traditional Panettone ready for pick up and delivery to your favorite relative or friend. As for party supplies, this is the place. You will dazzle a host with a tray of olives or deli items from their deli. And the bakery…we don’t know how cannolis ever survive the drive home they are so great a temptation to eat on the spot. Buy extra.

Sofo's
Sofo's is iconic for its imported breads and treats. Ready for a tree!
Sofo's
Where else to find Italian wines other than Sofo's?
Sofo's
Make the holidays...um..spicy. At Sofo's
Sofos
Traditional and from the masters of all things Itailian
Sofo's
Panettone from Sofo's. A holiday favorite
Sofo's
One of the best olive bars in town. Perfect for parties or the ride home from shopping
Sofo's
La Floretine Panettone from Sofo's
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Make you own snack tray to take to holiday parties with Sofo's excellent deli items.
Sofo's
Baskets from Sofo's
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Sofo's cannolis are the best. We dare you to make it home with a box without eating at least one in the car

San Marco’s

If you are looking for a gift for someone who loves Mexican food and culture visit San Marcos on Broadway by the High Level bridge. San Marcos is an ideal one stop.You will find many unique items for a gift basket and so much more. Of course there are endless varieties of tortillas made of corn and flour in sizes ranging from burrito to tiny trendy street taco proportion. They boast having not only a meat market and baked goods but also produce, sangria and household items. Do you need a press to make tortillas? How about a mortar and pestle? Need a press for limes and lemons? The mercado features fresh fruit like guava, a variety of bananas, tomatillos and nopales to name a few. You will also find assortments of dried chiles and spices and endless chile sauce.  Surprise someone with a gift of Mexican cookies, cheeses and fresh fruit this season! Best of all, stay for lunch or dinner and enjoy authentic tacos, dinners and margaritas!

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