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Best Local Spots to Stop for Last-Minute Foodie Gifts

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It isn’t too late to buy that special gourmand in your life the ultimate edible gift. With the Main Line and its surrounding suburbs stocked with unique gourmet shops and indoor food markets, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to hit every last one just before the clock strikes 12 on December 25.

Di Bruno Bros. — Nestled inside the Ardmore Farmers Market, this cheese and meat mecca packs the country’s most impressive selections, with all the necessary snacking accompaniments easily available at your fingertips. Craft a crush-worthy gift basket and be sure to pop in a copy of the Di Bruno family’s first book release—which hit bookshelves this year. Visit dibruno.com.

Carlino’s Specialty Foods and Catering — With locations in Ardmore and West Chester, this family-run gourmet market houses everything you need to host a killer holiday party or gift the savviest food collection. The gourmet gift baskets are hand-crafted by house experts, packed with everything from infused balsamic vinegars and premium oils, to classic Italian sauces and pastas, high-end chocolates and coffees, and so much more. Visit carlinosmarket.com.

Country Butcher Fine Foods Market — Dan and Dorothy Boxler’s high-end Euro market nestled in Kennett Square has been a local culinary treasure since it opened 30 years ago. Stocked with a life-changing selection of olives, cheeses, cured meats, chocolates, honey, salsas, and so much more, the incredible array of gourmet goods are perfect for anyone—from the novice to the connoisseur. Visit countrybutchermarket.com.

Artisan Exchange — This warehouse-based farmers market features up to 50 artisan purveyor slinging their hand-crafted goods. From Waffatopia with their Belgian caramelized waffle creations, to Basic Batters’ gluten-free treats, Sweet Salvation Truffles with handmade artisan chocolates, MacDougall’s with Irish cakes, Pure Scents’ soy candles, and more, this one-stop shop offers an ideal taste for all receiving gifts from you this year. Visit artisanexchangewcpa.com.

Fette Sau — Associated with a meat-loving male or female? Want to rock their food-loving world? Pre-order a freshly smoked holiday ham from Stephen Starr’s own BBQ hot spot, Fette Sau. The high-end hams are brined in Cheerwine and smoked in-house—no work for you, but you’ll score all the praise. Orders must be picked up by Dec. 23; available by calling (215) 391–4888. Visit fettesauphilly.com.

Other local shopping spots that guarantee great last-minute gifts include: Taste of Olive, Swarthmore Co-op, Kimberton Whole Foods, Eclat Chocolate and Petit Gourmand.

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