This holiday season, stop by Chabom Teas + Spices in Springfield, Missouri, to pick up gifts for the connoisseurs on your list. As you peruse the shelves, owners Claire and Joseph Gidman will likely encourage you to open each jar and smell the spice and tea blends. A perfect gift option is the sample box: Customers can pair a mixture of teas, sugar and spice samples to create the perfect culinary present. “For the gift-giver, [the sampler boxes are] fun,” Gidman says. “It’s sort of like Build-a-Bear for the cook. It’s also a very personal way to create a gift.” As far as stocking stuffers, the shop has that covered, too: Here you’ll find ornate chopsticks, Askinosie Chocolate kitschy tea infusers shaped like animals and more. When you’re finished shopping, sip a cup of tea before heading back out into the cold.
Chabom Teas + Spices, 209 East Commercial St., Springfield, Missouri, 417.719.4311, chabomteaspice.com