It’s our busiest time of year and the We Olive elves are working around the clock to create beautiful and delicious gifts for you and yours. Our stores are stocked with California’s finest extra virgin olive oils along with some of the tastiest vinegars and gourmet foods around. With all these fantastic gift options, it can be tough to decide who is getting what. We are taking the guesswork out of gift giving with our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Read on for our selections of this year’s best products from customer favorites to brand new finds that are available just for the holidays.*
Olio Nuovo – This once-a-year treat is at the top of our list and a must for any food lover. Olio Nuovo is literally THE freshest extra virgin olive oil available because at harvest time it comes straight from the trees to the press to We Olive. It’s robust and packed with fresh olive fruit flavor and is best consumed within a few months and preferably with crusty bread, fresh mozzarella and coarse sea salt. From $22.
Custom Label Olive Oil & Vinegar – Whether you’re looking to put a personal touch on gifts to your friends and family or you have a list of clients or colleagues to shop for, our custom label program is a fantastic way to say Happy Holidays! Choose your bottle size and style, select one of our best-selling olive oils or vinegars, and then design your label. It’s that simple! Prices vary, visit our custom label page to build your custom gift now!
Gift Baskets – At We Olive the gift basket options are endless. Whether you choose from one of the already assembled baskets from our gift collection (any martini lovers on your list?) or you create a custom basket in one of our stores, the recipient is sure to be delighted. From tasty spreads to beautiful serving pieces to artisan wine*, there is something for everyone. Our personal favorite? The We Olive Chef’s Choice Collection – a trio of olive oils and vinegars packaged in a distinctive We Olive box. The best part? You can choose from a variety of tasty combinations of some of our best-selling oils and vinegars! From $29.95.
Seasonal Vinegars – It’s no secret that our balsamic vinegars are some of our most popular products and the two seasonal offerings on tap now are no exception. Our Mulled Spice Balsamic brings warm notes of cinnamon and clove to anything you pair it with while our White Apple Balsamic Vinegar makes a tart and tangy addition to everything from salads to roast pork. We love adding a splash of either vinegar to a glass of bubbly! And best of all, these bold flavored vinegars make a perfect pairing with our Olio Nuovo for a stellar salad dressing. From $22.00.
Parmesan Asiago Dip – This versatile dip is a must for any cheese lovers in your life. Loaded with tasty Parmesan and Asiago cheeses, it makes a terrific dip for veggies or crackers, but tastes great tossed with fresh pasta and steamed veggies. We also love using it as a spread for seriously delicious garlic bread! $11.95.
Skillet Bacon Jam -This sweet and smoky spread has been in a bestseller in our stores since it debuted a few years ago. We all know a bacon addict and this jam is the perfect stocking stuffer for the pork lover on your list. We’ve tried on everything from breakfast sandwiches to seared scallops. It’s the ultimate upgrade because let’s be honest, bacon makes everything better! Check your local We Olive for availability.
CC Made Sel Gris Caramel Sauce – This sauce is the epitome of the sweet and salty trend. We could (and have been known) to eat it straight out of the jar. It’s just that good. If you need a stocking stuffer for someone with a sweet tooth, this is it. Just make sure to get a jar for yourself as well because it really is just that good. $11.95.
We Olive Handmade Olive Oil Soap – These luxurious, handcrafted soaps are ultra-moisturizing because they are made with olive oil! A perfect stocking stuffer, it comes in a variety of scents. Our favorites for this time of year? Peppermint with Spearmint Leaves and Clove with Apricot Shell. From $5.50.
Head Ancho Vinegar – Chaparral Gardens makes some of our favorite flavor combinations when it comes to vinegar (see Pacific Spice and Winter Ambrosia!) and the Head Ancho takes it to the next level. The sweet and spicy vinegar is made with ancho, habanero and bell peppers all grown on their Central Coast farm – perfect for the heat seeker on your list. Try it in salsas and sauces or roast veggies like squash or sweet potatoes! $14.
Ojai Pepper Jellies – This small batch condiment maker produces two fantastic spicy jellies – Jalapeno for those who like a mild kick and Habanero for the heat lover. They’e both flavorful with balanced sweet and spice and make a tasty glaze for seafood, meat or poultry. Get some as a hostess gift or try it on an appetizer of baked brie in puff pastry for your next holiday party! $10.95.
Smoked Brown Sugar -Fans of The Smoked Olive’s Smoked Olive Oil have fallen in love with their Smoked Brown Sugar! It makes a delicious rub for meat and poultry and would be the perfect addition to your holiday ham. If you have a Grill Master on your list, this will be their favorite stocking stuffer.Check your local We Olive for availability.
Green Olive & Lemon Mustard with Roasted Garlic – This mustard, a long-standing customer favorite, was recently featured in a Cooking Light magazine holiday gift guide for food lovers. The magazine’s editors describes the mustard as “a fresher take on typical grain mustard, this spread is brightened up with lemon notes and briny olive pieces, which add textural interest. Would enhance but not overpower anything from a simple turkey sandwich to a perfectly roasted pork tenderloin”. We agree and would also suggest adding a dollop to deviled eggs or a basic vinaigrette for a flavor boost. $6.50.
Artisan No-Knead Bread Mix – We Olive’s No-Knead Artisan Bread Mixes are tasty additions to a gift basket or make a great hostess gift when paired with one of our dipping oils. With flavors like Parmesan and Italian Herb, they are perfect for the baker on your list! $8.95.