Did you hear the news? The official shopping season starts today. For the next few weeks, we're going to help make your holiday shopping a little easier by sharing great gift ideas from Hamilton County, Indiana shops, restaurants and retailers. This week, we will focus on gift ideas for the "foodies" on your list.

With our partners and ChowTown restaurants, buying the perfect gifts for those who love Indiana dining and local food products can be as easy as 1-2-3! Pick up a gift certificates. Give the gift of a night without cooking. Deals abound this time of year. How about a gift certificate from the Nickel Plate Bar & Grill in Fishers? TODAY ONLY, you also can buy one gift certificate at Kona Grill in Carmel, and get a second certificate for half off. Or buy $50 worth of gift certificates from Abuelo's, and you receive a $10 VIP card for yourself ! That's what we call a gift win-win. Purchase a ChowTown basket from Everything Indiana LLC. This is one-stop shopping at its best. With just a few clicks of your mouse, Everything Indiana can pack, seal and deliver your special basket. The Hamilton County ChowTown basket includes a handcrafted coffee mug made by artisans at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park; a quarter pound of ground coffee from Noble Coffee and Tea Company, a jar of salsa from Crazy Charlie's Salsa and more! Create a food basket of your own. Put together a collection of products from your favorite places and introduce faraway friends to unique, Hoosier foods and flavors. Check out the freshly made chocolate candies from Uncle Henry's Candies or the homemade hot sauces, pasta sauces and salsas from Local Folks Foods in Sheridan. Find more great gift ideas in the Hamilton County Holiday Gift Guide. Next week, we'll help you find the perfect gift for the arts-and-crafty types on your list.