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Gifts to say thanks!

Fri, December 8, 2023

As the holiday season approaches, invitations are pouring in. But what to give those friends, uncles or mothers-in-law who'll be entertaining you with rigodons, salmon rolls and a few glasses of sauvignon?

We've got some suggestions for local gifts, made entirely in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, to delicately thank your hosts and hostesses. Whatever your budget, there's no way you'll arrive empty-handed!

A maple tchin

Have you heard of acérum? This spirit, made from the distillation of maple water, could not be more Québécois! As the region boasts a large community of maple syrup producers, divine eaux-de-vie are developed here.

Distillerie Témiscouata bottles brown and white acerum in Auclair, using sap from a group of some forty local maple groves.

Distillerie du St-Laurent, meanwhile, markets acérum aged for 1 or 3 years in oak barrels. Available from the SAQ, these luxury drinks, sublime on their own or in cocktails, can also be purchased directly from the distilleries.

Domaine Acer, also in Témiscouata, uses another process to create maple spirits: fermentation. Its acers are a hit wherever they flow! Consider offering a bottle of Mousse des bois, a sparkling wine ideal for January 1st mimosas, or the popular Val ambré, for a cool, mellow aperitif.

With several other fine maple products on the market, this company, which has several points of sale in the region, should be one of your first reflexes when you go gift-hunting.

Credit : Distillerie du Témiscouata, Auclair
Credit : Domaine ACER, Auclair

Pass on the soap...

You can sometimes make the mistake of offering a body product with too strong a scent. Personally, I have a bad memory of a lavender soap that sat for years as a punishment on the edge of the bath... But there are certain fragrances that everyone agrees on.

Such is the case with the "apple and rosemary" fragrance from the popular Quai des bulles artisan soap factory. The danger? The hand soap will smell so good in your hostess's kitchen, she won't want to stay away from the sink.

The Kamouraska trade is a veritable gold mine if you want to add a little extra to your basket. Why not introduce your big sister to her solid shampoo and conditioner? Buy on site or online.

Credit : Quai des bulles, Kamouraska

Mash in the package

In Quebec, every self-respecting town has its own microbrewery. With their colorful labels and bold names, these beers have become local icons. It's always a good idea to pack some local brew when you're invited to a New Year's Eve party a few hours away.

The Bas-Saint-Laurent region features a large number of microbreweries that are well worth tasting. If you'd like some advice from the brewer himself, you'll have to go to the brewery.

In Rivière-du-Loup, we stop at Station Houblon to find everything in one place. When your family is scattered all over the province, you can even organize a can exchange or a redhead fight on New Year's Eve.

Credit : Station Houblon, Rivière-du-Loup

Never too much chocolate!

Some will say it's not original. But will anyone say it's not good? No. Chocolate is a classic that never goes out of fashion, like the little black dress at the office party or the sandwich bread in the buffet.

Our chocolate shops offer such a wide variety that you can fill a box according to the precise tastes of your host friends. At La Fée gourmande, in Kamouraska, and Aux bienfaits, in Rimouski, you'll want to raid the counters.

Since you're not into crime, you'll have to decide. Matante Marcelle, do you prefer pink pepper, roasted hazelnuts, chai tea or camerise? All four for me, please!

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