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The Perfect Gift for Corporate or Hostess

 

More and more businesses are hosting holiday parties after the traditional Christmas season and the holiday season is now going well beyond the New Year.  G.B. Russo has the perfect gift for your upcoming holiday gathering whether it’s for work or play.

Sweet (and Salty) Treats

G.B. Russo has a variety of sweets from Grand Rapids all the way to Italy. Whether you’re shopping for someone who loves chocolate and sugared candies, or prefers salty snacks; we have you covered. Check out our display of G.B. Russo packaged snacks for a wide variety of chocolate covered nuts or pretzels, sugared and dried fruits, mixed nuts, and our unique array of specialty items. You’ll be sure to find the perfect indulgence!

Looking for something fresh and homemade? Pick up some of our famous homemade cannoli. While we can’t share the recipe for the cannoli filing – it’s a family secret – we love to share the finished product! For a fun and festive treat, you can purchase all the fixings for our special babbo natale cookies as well.

Dipping Delight

A go-to gift is an olive oil and balsamic vinegar pairing. We have a great selection of olive oils to dip or use in your favorite recipe. Some of our favorite olive oils include Bella Famiglia Grapeseed Oil, Mantova Golden Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or G. B. Russo’s Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It’s buttery with a slightly peppery taste and is unfiltered from the Abruzzo region of Italy. Not to mention, it’s our best seller! Be sure to try Blis 9 Sherry Vinegar (we also recommend their soy sauce for an Asian-style meal or maple syrup to with your pancakes in the morning), Romantica Balsamic Vinegar or the Acetum Balsamic Glaze. Perfect with a fresh Italian loaf from our bakery!

Visit our deli section for mouth-watering dips, including spinach dip, beet hummus, and caviar for a special treat. One of our customer favorites are G.B. Russo’s  Dipping Herbs. You can add these to any dip or top your favorite pizza, salad, or pasta. You can also try G.B. Russo Sizzling Peach Salsa and Spicy Guacamole Starter to kick your holiday fiesta up a notch!

Group Gifting

The best way to celebrate is to celebrate together! Cater your holiday or New Year’s party through G.B. Russo. We provide tasteful options to fit any style of party – appetizers and antipasto, sandwiches, and desserts. See our full list of catering options, or we can customize platters to fit your specific needs. You can also call or visit the store for more information.

Looking to send a beautifully put-together gift basket? Combine your favorite cocktail ingredients to make your favorite holiday cocktail to share. Or, visit our wine selection and get expert advice from Dave in choosing the perfect bottle of wine, or pick some of your top picks and add them to a carefully crafted 6-pack for variety.

Still unsure? Pick up a gift certificate for your host or hostess so that they can pick out their favorite G.B. Russo treats themselves.

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The Ultimate Stocking-Stuffer Guide

The appropriate stocking stuffers can start your Christmas celebration with
a bang. But, it’s not just about what’s in there – it’s also about how you fill the stocking. Use these tips to create the ultimate stocking stuffer experience.

Start with the heavy stuff.

Assuming you’re not filling a stocking with coal or heavy bricks, make sure to put the weightier pieces towards the bottom. The last thing you’ll want to do is crush the cookies, melt the chocolate, or break the mini alcohol bottles you so carefully picked out. Some of our favorites are Mud Lake Farm Yellow Dragon Ginger Cordial, Koeze’s Cream-Nuts, and a Michigan-shaped cutting board.

Fill the middle with light but sturdy items.

The items in the middle should be lighter than those on the bottom, but sturdy and not easily breakable. It’s also the perfect place to use the really small items to fill gaps – the GB Russo wine opener, OXO Good Grip spatula, Nautilus Belgian Chocolate Seashells, Vinturi wine aerator, and Haribo candies are great space-savers.

Top it off.

This is where the light and breakable pieces will be displayed proudly. Alessi breadsticks, Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Lomonoco Italian cookies, and a GB Russo gift card will entice any recipient to dive in.

Let us help you create the perfect stocking. Give us a call at 616-942-2980 or shoot Nate an email, nate@gbrusso.com.

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Give the gift of awesome.

’Tis the season for work holiday parties, family gatherings, friend get-togethers and more. Don’t arrive empty handed, whether you are looking to impress your boss or co-workers, survive the next family outing or are thanking a friend for hosting we have exactly what you need to give the perfect gift.

Wine and Spirits

We have extensive wine offerings, and our experienced and knowledgeable staff will help you make the perfect purchase for your next party or gathering. Choose from our curated 3-packs ($49.99) or purchase your own G.B. Russo wine box ($8) and create your own variety. Don’t forget your G.B. Russo wine opener! If beer is more fitting (this is Grand Rapids, after all), we have a variety of craft beers to choose from. Founders Lizard of Koz ($20) is great for any craft beer enthusiast. Get in the holiday spirit with our liquor and liqueurs. Whether you have a favorite brand, or you’re looking to try something unique and hard to find, we’ve got you covered.

Made in Michigan

We’re dedicated to supporting local artisans by offering artwork by local artists. Choose from paintings of Lake Michigan, cutting boards (Lower Peninsula and Upper Pensinsula) or Michigan-themed wooden baskets. Nothing embodies the holiday spirit like buying local! These items will make any Michigander proud of the Mitten State.

MYO (Make Your Own) Gift Basket

Finding the perfect gift doesn’t need to be stressful. Show your creative side by hand picking high quality items for the perfect gift basket, ranging from eats, sweets, drinks, and kitchenware. Or, put your trust in our staff to make a polished and thoughtful gift basket. MYO items can come in a basket or flat on a cutting board – you choose!

Gift Cards

Can’t choose between all of the great gift options? No problem! Pick up a G.B. Russo gift card.

The holidays can be stressful, let our family take care of your holiday giving needs. Give us a call at 616-942-2980 or shoot Nate an email, nate@gbrusso.com

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New: Handmade Charcuterie Boards

Put a little extra personal touch on your next valentine, hostess, or just-because gift with these new handmade charcuterie boards from G.B. Russo & Son! This particular board is a combination of smoked beef brisket, cheddar cheese, sopressata and bellavitano merlot cheese. The boards retail for about $25, deli prices vary depending on the item. Call us to order yours today! 616-942-2980

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Michigan Made Gifts

As a local retailer, we pride ourselves on carrying a wide variety of products that are made in Michigan. These are perfect gifts for the small business lover on your list!

  • Villa Russo Sicilian Pasta Sauce
  • Villa Russo flavored pasta
  • Hand-carved, mitten-shaped cutting board
  • Koeze dark chocolate peanut brittle
  • Dr. Pete’s Praline Glaze
  • Blueberry Farms Blueberry Mustard (great on chicken sandwiches!)
  • Founder’s Beer
  • Made in Michigan wines

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We have a ton more Michigan products in the store so stop in between now and Christmas Eve to pick up yours! Make them into a custom gift basket for an amazing, thoughtful gift.

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Back to Basics – Kid Gifts

A lot of our gift ideas are centered around wine or cooking, but kids aren’t really into that! The good news is that we have two things that kids love: classic combos and confections. Grab an assortment of any of our candies, cookies or other gourmet treats for great stocking stuffers.

Bring home the Koeze Peanut Butter and Bonne Mamman Preserves or Jelly to make their favorite treat while they’re out of school for the holidays. Make it a gift pack where they can choose one of each item to create their lunch every day!

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Treat Your Hostess with a Gourmet Gift

We spend a lot of time in the kitchen creating new recipes and meals for you to try, so we understand the amount of work that goes into making a holiday party a success. Show your host/hostess how much you appreciate their hard work and hospitality with a few of our in-store items.

  • Measuring spoons
  • Creme brulee torch
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Coffee or tea
  • Michigan cutting board or 6 pack carrier
  • Reusable shopping bag (filled with G.B. Russo goodies!)
  • Wine tote with his/her favorite bottle inside
  • Take and bake pasta dishes (found in our frozen section)

Arrange the gifts in a creative way, such as this oven mit with a variety of utensils and of course, a beautiful bow:

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Gift Ideas for Women

Cross off that special lady on your list with some of our favorite wine accessories and kitchenware items. Our in-store specialists can help you design your own mini gift basket or a few items that will compliment each other.

Wine accessories

  • Wine stoppers
  • Wine glasses for her favorite style of wine
  • Corkscrew/wine opener
  • Any of our spice pack ideas – ask a store associate to help you build your own basket!
Non-alcohol related
  • Kitchenware – utensils, bake pans, unique kitchen items
  • Confections – everything from gummy bears to cinnamon roasted almonds
  • Coffee – we carry a variety of flavors
  • Tea – try this great gift basket idea or build your own!

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Gifts and Accessories for the Wine Lover

As the largest wine selection in West Michigan, we offer thousands of wines for purchase by the bottle or case at competitive prices. G.B. Russo & Son is the place to shop for true connoisseurs and novices alike. The Russo family is always happy to help with personal service and knowledgeable advice. We also have an array of accessories to add a little something extra for the wine lover on your list.

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  • Aerators
  • Wine stoppers
  • Decanter
  • Wine galsses
  • Wine of the week sales – we offer sales by the bottle or by the case
  • Create your own case – mix and match different varietals
  • If you’re looking to spend a little extra, try this 6 wine pre-packed case for only $75!

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Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Design a custom gift basket or purchase a gift card

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Spice Pack Gift Ideas

At G.B. Russo & Son, we pride ourselves on having a wide variety of specialty items that are perfect for everyone on your list – even the hard to buy for! Our spices, seasonings and other baking items  can be grouped according to cuisine in order to please that picky person on your list. As always, we have gift baskets in-store, you can assemble one yourself or you can order one custom 48 hours in advance! Here are a few spice pack ideas to get you started!

Spices

Baker’s 

  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger root or powder
  • Cloves
  • Lemon zest
  • Vanilla extract
  • Nutmeg

Grill Master

  • Garlic pepper
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Beef spice
  • Any of our G.B. Marinades/Dressings
  • BBQ sauce or seasoning

The Basics (a great first-home gift or newlywed gift!)

  • Basil
  • Chili powder
  • Granulated onion
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Black Pepper

For Coffee and Tea

  • Hot cocoa
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla bean sugar
  • Marshmallows

…and of course – Italian!

  • Herb blend for dipping with olive oil
  • Tomato powder
  • Pesto pasta seasoning
  • Oregano
  • Minced garlic or garlic powder

Combine multiple items to create a custom gift basket or purchase a gift card to complete  your list!