Christmas is almost here. Your loved ones deserve the best, and you want to give ‘em something they won’t soon forget—or forget to use.
Never fear: Your friends here at Alabama Gulf Seafood put our brains together to bring you a practical gift guide for your foodie friends and family (and those who want to eat more like foodies).
Gift cards will do quite nicely, especially if it’s a restaurant or retailer that carries Alabama Gulf Seafood. But if you want a present that’ll last for years and years (especially if it involves cherished memories), there’s plenty of gifts in the sea.
So here’s our list of Gulf seafood gifts for all the seafood fans in your life.
Parchment Paper ($6) – Need a small something to stuff into a stocking or top off a combination of gifts? A simple roll of parchment paper is a great tool for poaching or baking fresh Alabama Gulf fish, and it’ll only cost you a few bucks.
Crab Crackers/Shrimp Peelers ($16) – Don’t let the “hassle” of seafood preparation keep you from enjoying it. With these handy tools, you can easily crack and open blue crabs and peel and devein your Gulf shrimp. Now that’s multitasking.
Fisher’s T-Shirts ($24) – There are many shirts out there that’ll show your love of Alabama Gulf Seafood, but we’re rather keen on the newest merchandise from our friends at Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina. We’d recommend the Red Snapper shirt or “Alabama Oysters Made Me Do It”!
The Oyster Bed ($80) – This is premium oyster cookware for the devoted oyster enthusiast. It’s lightweight, great for grilling or freezing, and it’s easy to clean. Best of all, this Southern company will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Alabama’s oyster shell recycling program!
Seafood Stockpot (Prices Vary) – If you’re planning on frying or boiling seafood in bulk, you’ll need a quality stainless steel stockpot. From low country boils to fried soft shell crab, this one will serve you well for years to come. Prices start as low as $60 for a 24-quart stockpot!
Ceramic Grill (Prices Vary) – When it comes to grilling fresh Alabama Gulf Seafood, well, you don’t want to settle for a lesser grill. For your loved ones who really earned a nice gift this year, we’d recommend a Big Green Egg or a Kamado Joe.
Hangout Music Fest Tickets (Prices Vary) – For the young folks and the music lovers, there’s no better place to see your favorite bands than the beach. Plus have you seen next year’s stellar Hangout Music Fest lineup? Tickets are now on sale and they’re gonna go quickly, so act fast!
Charter Boat Family Fishing Trip (Prices Vary) – For a great excuse to spend a day with your family (and a great opportunity to reel in some Alabama Gulf Seafood of your own), there’s nothing better than a deep sea fishing trip. Book a trip with our friends at Distraction Charters or one of the many quality charter boats on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
Gulf Coast Vacation (Prices Vary) – The holidays can be awfully stressful, so maybe it’s time to take your family or your sweetheart on a beach vacation. Our friends at Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals can take care of everything for you.
Perhaps your foodie friends are looking for new dish ideas for the equipment they already have? There’s always room for another quality cookbook on the shelf.
We recommend Chris Hastings’ Hot and Hot Fish Club Cookbook, Frank Stitt’s Southern Table, Lucy Buffett’s Crazy Sista Cooking, John Besh’s Cooking From The Heart, Martie Duncan’s Birmingham’s Best Bites, and the Junior League of Birmingham’s Tables of Content.
We hope you’ll find our suggestions helpful, and if you dive in on one or more of ‘em, we hope your loved ones enjoy their gifts (and use them for fresh Alabama Gulf Seafood, of course).
Oh, and do us a favor: When they break out their gifts and take ‘em for a test run, post a few photos and tag ‘em with #ALSeafood.
Happy Holidays, Gulf seafood fans!