Friday December 20, 2013 | 12:07 PM

One of Meredith's gift recommendations is the ultra-premium olive oils from Fiore in Freeport. (Press Herald file photo)

With just four-and-a-half days until Christmas, it's gift-shopping crunch time. But that doesn't mean you just have to grab whatever's handy at the big box, convenience or liquor store to finish up your gift list and fill those stockings.

In case you missed it, Meredith Goad's annual food gift guide features lots of delicious ideas, most of them made in Maine.

 A reasonably priced Port from Old Port Wine Merchants paired with a dark fruit and nut chocolate bar from LeRoux Kitchen is one of the items on my gift guide for (Susan Axelrod photo)

Over on, I've put together six food and drink gifts available at Portland shops. It's part of a big round-up of last minute gift ideas, so before you resort to a gift-wrapped bag of Hershey's Kisses or another tie, take a look.

Happy shopping!

About the Author

Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.

Meredith can be contacted at 791-6332 or
On Twitter: @meredithgoad

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