There's probably no dessert more closely associated with Christmas than the Buche de Noel, the "yule log" cake. This confection is cake (usually yellow) rolled and dressed to look something like a length of firewood.
Given the limited life span of spice, particularly ground spice, it makes sense to purchase spices – especially infrequently used spices – in small quantities so that you can pretty much use them up by the time it's ready to retire them.
There's a lot of local meat and cheese at Marion Street Cheese Market. On their website, you can purchase several gift collections, including a 3-month Cheese of the Month gift for about $100 or a simple gift card (always a safe bet) for $25.
Two things I don't like much, combined with more honey and lemon, make something I do like: warm, soothing and stimulating, with pleasant bitterness from the tea and sweetness from the honey and, strangely, from the whiskey. I don't have a sore throat, but if I did, I'd like this drink even more.