Holiday shopping should be fun and joyous, but most times it is tedious and time consuming; not to mention expensive. There is a place in Aurora, Ohio, called Aurora Farms Premium Outlet that will not only get you the gift items you want, but save you money and time. Aurora Farm is a short drive southeast from Cleveland. Their address is 549 South Chillicothe Road (St. Rt. 306), Aurora, Ohio 44202.
Aurora Farms consists of 70 outlet stores which include clothing, accessories and gourmet items. So not only can you find your food basket gift ideas, but you may also find other items on your gift giving list. My first suggestion is to go to their website (http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=8) before you even consider visiting there. Be sure to sign up for their free VIP Club and become eligible for special sale prices and other promotions to further your savings.
The entire complex takes part in a super huge After Thanksgiving Sales Event from November 26 through November 28. They have special hours: Friday, November 26 – Midnight to 10 pm, Saturday, November 27 – 8 am until 10 pm and Sunday, November 28 – 9 am until 8 pm. Each store will be offering special Black Friday pricing. Just in case you cannot make it during the big After Thanksgiving Sale, their regular shopping hours are Monday through Saturday – 10 am until 9 pm and Sunday 10 am until 6 pm. They will offer longer hours as Christmas draws near.
I chose three of their stores to help you come up with food basket gift items:
The first store I would visit is Le Gourmet Chef. This store is a cook/baker’s dream come true. You name it, they have it. They have everything from appliances, cutlery, serving ware, cook ware and more. They also have a huge selection of food items that would be perfect for any food gift basket. Choose from specialty items such as soda dispensers and mixes, special prepared mixes, candies, chocolates, coffee and teas, hot chocolate mixes, sauces, salsas, various types of dips, jams and jellies, snacks, crackers and cookies; each being unique and gourmet. You will not have to wade through normal store brand food items, these items will please even the most discerning palate.
Then just a few doors down from Le Gourmet Chef are Harry and David’s. I am sure you have seen their catalogs, especially around the holidays. They offer so many diverse food items and so do their stores. Don’t forget, if you want to just make the holidays that much easier, you can get a pre-made basket right there to buy or ship and forget all the fuss. If you want to make your own, you can choose from delicious candies, rich coffees and teas, gourmet sauces and other condiments as well as fruits and nuts of all varieties. There might even be something there for your special holiday recipes.
My last suggestion is a can’t-be-missed. Malley’s Chocolates store. Malley’s is a Cleveland tradition and they make the best chocolates in the area. Be sure to stop there to pick up a selection of their Christmas shaped treats or any of their other sweet treats. The Pecan Billybobs are my personal favorite, but you can also find nuts, crèmes, caramels and so much more. They are known for their NutMallow which is always a hit. Chocolate is always in season!!
Aurora Farms Premium Outlets just may be the place to go to get all the items on your gift list. Because of the convenience you may just get a gift for yourself…time to actually enjoy the holidays. Good luck shopping and have a great holiday season!!