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Jun 03rd
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Holiday shopping: Last minute gift ideas

peppermintbark122211_optBY MARGARET MORGAN

With Christmas and Hanukkah upon us, last minute shoppers may result to panic as to what to give that special person. One of the most loved and appreciated gifts any friend or family member is happy to receive if the gift of specialty or gourmet foods that one would normally not indulge in. Here are a few suggestions from some very special gourmet shops and artisans on the Jersey Shore. And, if you hurry, many of these items can be ordered online in time for your holiday celebration.

At Sickles Market, Little Silver, there is a wealth of gourmet and goodie food products from which to select. The award-winning Bequet Gourmet Caramels, hand-crafted by a master caramel chef are guaranteed to please everyone’s sweet tooth. Flavors include CelticSea Salt Vanilla Butter Caramel, classic Vanilla Butter Caramel and Salt-Dark Chocolate Butter Caramel - all natural with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Bequet Caramels are $8.99 and available online at

For cheese lovers, there is Sickles' Cheese of the Month Club, described as "a party in a box." Each month gourmet cheese experts pair three complementary cheeses or charcuterie, accompaniments like jams, honey, and nuts, product descriptions, tasting notes, and suggestions for enjoying them. Available in 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions, prices start at $125.00 for 3 Months and can be ordered online at

Are you preparing to throw a party? Try Sickles Spicy Hot Cocktail Collection. Warm up with friends or make your party hot, hot, hotter than ever with Sickles' Hot Cocktails Gift Set. This essential collection spices up your favorite libations with Mazi Piri Piri authentic Portuguese-style hot sauce, McClure's Bloody Mary Mix, Sable & Rosenfeld Tipsy Cocktail Stirrers, and includes spicy snacks like MV's Best Jalapeno Peanuts and McClure's Spicy Spears Pickles. Some like it hot; this gift is for them. $55.00 (Also available online).

Celebrate Jersey Pride with a Jersey Gift Basket. It’s made to eat local or remind someone of home with a collection of gourmet goodies from the Garden State. These gourmet gift sets and baskets celebrate classics like Jersey Tomatoes and Jersey Diners, as well as introducing new favorites like Mazi Piri Piri authentic Portuguese style hot sauce, made in Asbury Park, and Jersey Girl chocolates as sweet and fabulous as a Jersey Girl, herself. $45.00, $100, or $200. All gift items areavailable online at Sickles Market, 1 Harrison Avenue, Little Silver, 732.741,9563.


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