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By Alison Chew
Unique Food Gifts for Those Who Love To Eat (and Drink!)
Let’s face it, finding the perfect gift is hard. No matter how well you know someone, finding a unique gift year after year can be a challenge. Will it be the right color? The right size? Do they already have it? Will they even like it? Your options are endless.
If you are like me, you like to give gifts that are personal, filled with love and are useful. I find that food gifts check all of those boxes plus they are always the right size and color and are sure to bring a smile to someone’s face (and stomach).
Throughout the year we have tasted, tested, researched, reviewed, and sampled a ton of amazing food and beverage products. Every November we bring you a list of our favorites, those that we would love to receive as a gift ourselves, to make gift-giving any time of year a little easier and a whole lot tastier. Enjoy!
1. Spoonful of Comfort: Soup and Gingerbread Decorating Package
Give that special someone a warm hug in the form of a delicious soup box and festive gingerbread decorating kit from Spoonful of Comfort.
Your lucky recipient will receive a huge container of gourmet soup, rolls, and cookies plus, a Gingerbread Decorating Kit with 12 gingerbread cookies, 2 gingerbread house-style boxes for decorating, and decorating icing and candies.
2. Freshly: 8 Meal Gift Card
Give the gift of healthy, freshly made, prepared meals this holiday season. Busy parents and singles alike will jump for joy when they open this tasty gift card for 8 single-serve meals from Freshly.
3. Salt & Straw: Best Sellers Pint Pack
Give hand-made ice cream made with locally sourced ingredients in unexpected and deliciously creamy flavors to someone you love this Holiday season.
With the Best Sellers Pint Pack by Salt & Straw, they will enjoy Sea Salt w/ Caramel Ribbons, Double Fold Vanilla, Salted, Malted, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Freckled Mint TCHO-colate Chip (v), and Chocolate Gooey Brownie ice cream.
4. Haute Caviar: Tasting Flight
Haute Caviar delivers the world’s premium caviar to your door allowing you or someone you love to experience this luxurious and decadent food.
This Tasting Flight includes 1 White Sturgeon (10 gram), 1 Hackleback (10 gram), 1 Paddlefish (10 gram), and 2 Mother of Pearl Spoons. Perfect for those who enjoy the finer things in life!
5. M&M’s: Personalized M&M’s Santa Hat Dispenser
Kids and adults alike will enjoy this candy dispenser with personalized M&M’s and a festive gift box!
Includes candy dispenser, 1 lb bag of personalized M&M’S customized with your very own colors, images, and messages.
6. Eat2Explore: Holiday Baking Kit Bundle
Your kids can explore treats from around the world this holiday season with the Holiday Baking Kit Bundle!
This bundle includes two unique boxes – World Holiday Treats Part I & World Holiday Treats Part II – featuring Holiday treat recipes and educational activities from Japan, Austria, Croatia, Turkey, Sweden & Colombia.
7. MANNI Oil: Grand Cru Limited Edition
For the foodie or chef in your life, give them the Best Olive Oil in the World! This award-winning organic, extra virgin olive oil has not only won several gold medals but is also a favorite among Michellin star chefs.
This box set contains 2 100 ML bottles, one of each the Per Me & Per Mio Figlio Organic Olive Oil.
This unique gift will wow their tastebuds with every bite.
8. Crowd Cow: Wild Maine Lobster & Bone-In Ribeye Steaks
Give the Gift of Incredible Meat and Seafood with Crowd Cow.
This gift from Crowd Cow contains two pasture-raised Bone-in Ribeye steaks with two lobster tails caught off the coast of Maine for the ultimate surf & turf dinner.
They get 2 X Bone-in Ribeye Steaks and 1 X Wild Maine Lobster Tail Pair.
9. Knead Love Bakeshop: Dog Treat Baking Kit
Do you have a dog or dog-lover in your life? Give them food gifts that will warm their heart and fill their belly. Home-made dog treats!
Knead Love Bakeshop brings you a dog treat baking kit filled with everything you need to make home-baked, organic, healthy dog treats in around 30 minutes. Treats are all-natural, organic, human-grade, non-GMO, and made in the USA. They contain no added sugar, salt, preservatives, colors, or flavors.
5 baking kit flavors to choose from! Each makes 24-48 dog treats.
10. Simple Loose Leaf: 6 Months of Tea Of The Month
Simple Loose Leaf delivers hand-packaged, premium loose leaf tea to your recipient’s door. Friends and family will love opening their Tea of the Month box and finding new tea to enjoy inside. And as they sit down for their morning or evening cup of tea they will think of you and how thoughtful you are.
The Tea of the Month subscription includes 4 curated loose leaf teas, 4 USA-made linen filters, and helpful tasting notes. Each Tea of the Month box makes 16-20 cups of high-quality tea. Choose from green tea, black tea, herbal tea, or a sample of each.
Vosges’ best and beloved truffles, inspired by travels around the world, create this limited-edition collection.
Using a proprietary blend of chocolate, spices, herbs, roots, and botanicals this truffle collection includes an information book with guided tasting notes, ingredient sourcing details, and experiential truffle stories.
18 Truffles included.
12. Goldbelly: Chef Daniel’s Seasonal French Sweets Gift Box
Goldbelly has teamed up with the master of French cuisine, Chef Daniel Boulud, to bring you chefs’ favorites French sweets in one box. Each one was handpicked by Chef Daniel Boulud.
The box includes traditional French Lemon Madeleines, Cannelés de Bordeaux, Loaf of Pumpkin Bread, Pâte De Fruits, and seasonal gluten-free Macarons.
13. iGourmet: The Bubbly Cheese Collection Gift Box
I can’t think of anything better than cheese, chocolate, and champagne. Can you? And this box has it all! Creamy cheese, elegant sweets, and champagne accessories.
This gift box includes Champagne & Dark Chocolate Truffles by Veruca Chocolates, Pink Champagne Biscuits by Fossier, Flowers in Syrup by Wild Hibiscus, Miller’s Toasts, Stemless Champagne Flute Set of 2 by True, Mini Toasts, Ubriaco al Prosecco Cheese, Yancey’s Fancy Cheddar Cheese with Finger Lakes Champagne, and Chaource AOP Cheese by Lincet.
14. OPOPOP: Flavor-Wrapped Popcorn Discovery Kit
The OPOPOP Discovery Kit allows you to discover the world of flavor-wrapped popcorn in 6 gourmet flavors.
This kit includes a microwave popcorn popper and lid and 7 pouches of Flavor Wrapped Kernels (1 pouch of each gourmet popcorn flavor + 1 Test Launch pouch of our Lightly Salted flavor so you can test your microwave’s cook time before trying the other flavors).
Flavors include Vanilla Cake Pop, Cinnalicious, Maui Heat, Chedapeno, Fancy Butter, Salted Umami, and Test Launch (Lightly Salted).
15. Man Crates: Premium Jerky Ammo Can
This NATO-style ammo can is packed with lean, savory cuts of marinated sweet, savory, and spicy jerky. Any jerky-lover will be surprised and delighted by this unique gift.
The ammo can gift box includes Country Archer Beef Jerky, Crushed Red Pepper (3 oz), Field Trip Original Beef Jerky (2.15 oz), Carnivore Candy Sweet Picante Beef Jerky (3 oz), Dusty’s Original Snack Stick (1 oz), Che-Potle Meat Stick (1 oz), Habanero Meat Stick (1 oz), and Bar-B-Que Meat Stick (1 oz).
16. Baketivity: Cake Pops Baking Kit
Kids will love baking homemade cake pops from scratch with this Cake Pops Baking Kit.
In this baking gift box, they get an all-in-one baking activity with a clear recipe, pre-measured ingredients, and an extra fun learning activities. Just sit back and relax as they bake these tasty treats all on their own.
One Cake Pops kit makes 10-12 cake pops.
17. Hale Groves: Family Holiday Basket
This festive red basket filled with premium Grove citrus and seasonal treats is the perfect Holiday gift for the whole family!
Included are 4 juicy Grove Navel Oranges, 5 snackable Honey Sweet Tangerines, 4 sweet and exotic Petite Cara Cara Navels, 2 adorable snowman crispy rice treats, and an assortment of Chocolate-Covered Popcorn, gourmet Chocolate Chip Cookies, Butter Braid Pretzels, Fruit & Nut Snack Mix, Chocolate Candy, Candied Fruit Slices and traditional Peppermints.
18. Eastern Standard Provisions: Gourmet Soft Pretzel Gift Box
This gourmet pretzel box, named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2019, features a variety of artisanal soft pretzels as well as 4 flavored salts. The perfect gift for you or someone else!
This box includes (2) Wheelhouse Signature Soft Pretzels, (6) SlidePiece Soft Pretzel Slider Buns, (12) Turnbuckle Soft Pretzel Sticks, (1) Classic Pretzel Salt, (1) White Truffle Salt, (1) Lemon Rosemary Salt, (1) Chili Lime Salt, and (1) Everything Spice.
19. Wonderful Wine Co: Clean Wine Starter Pack
Wonderful Wine brings clean, low-carb, low-sugar wine free of artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides directly to your door.
Watch as your friends and family open up this beautiful clean wine bundle featuring wine that is not only better for them, but better for the environment.
20. Foxtrot Anywhere: New Pantry Finds
The New Pantry Finds box will delight any foodie on your list with its collection of food gifts from small businesses near and far.
This gift box includes Acid League’s Meyer Lemon-Honey Vinegar, Jammy Yummy’s entirely homemade Caramelized Onion Jam, Jacobsen’s hand-foraged Sea Salt, Red Clay’s Chef-made Hot Sauce, Pineapple Collaborative’s sustainably harvested Olive Oil, a bag of Rancho Gordo’s heirloom Garbanzo, Karmalize Me’s world-class, stoneground Pistachio Butter, Spice House’s custom Everything Bagel Seasoning, and Zach & Zoë’s nutrient-rich Wildflower Matcha Honey.
21. Copper Cow Coffee: Best Brews Variety Pack
Give the gift of coffee! Copper Cow Coffee brings you organic, all-natural Vietnamese pour-over coffee with real California milk creamers. Friends and family will love these sustainably sourced personal coffee and creamer packs, made in just 90 seconds, for barista-quality coffee at home or on the go!
22. Nature Box: Delightful Box
Nature Box brings you a snack-lovers dream in the Delightful Box. This box is filled with carefully sourced and nutritionist-approved sweet, salty, spicy, and savory snacks and will fulfill all of your needs (and late-night cravings!). Many food gifts are available!
23. Di Bruno Bros: Binge Watch Box
The gourmet snack-lover in your life will squeal with joy when they open this amazing Binge Watch Gift Box from Di Bruno Bros! It is packed with sweet, salty, crunchy, chewy, and savory snacks that are perfect for a weekend at home on the couch or a road trip with friends. Tons of food gifts are available!
Included: Prima Donna Cheese (8 oz), Smoked Gouda & Beer Cheese Spread (7.6 oz), Italian Market Style Pepperoni (8 oz), Black Lava Cashews (5 oz), Smoky Cheddar Snack Mix (6 oz), Bananas Foster Dark Rum Popcorn (4 oz), Cheese Crostini (7.04 oz), Strawberry Mango Gummy Pandas (3 oz), Milk Chocolate Milkies (5 oz), Lark Salted Almond Chocolate Pearl Cookies (5.5 oz)
Give them the gift that will light up their morning breakfast routine or add something special to their afternoon tea time with a mini-scone sampler from Seven Sisters Scones. These all-natural scones are handmade daily in Johns Creek, GA, individually wrapped, and are moist and layered with flavor.
Choose from 12 mini-scones or go big with 12 regular-size scones. They will thank you!
25. Firstleaf: Holiday Red Bundle
In this bundle, gift recipients will receive 3 bottles of award-winning red wine. This includes a taste of Italy with the Mannaggia All’Alba Sangiovese, the Bordeaux Rouge from La Belle France with hints of black plum, and the Gold Medal-winning Watchful Maker Cabernet Sauvignon.
This bundle makes it easy to give the gift of wine exploration.
26. eCreamery: Ultimate Ice Cream Sandwich Kit
This fun and unique food gift will surprise and delight kids and adults alike! Your gift recipient will love creating the perfect ice cream sandwich combination out of this box filled with gourmet cookies, ice cream, and toppings.
Choose from flavors like the tried and true Chocolate Chip cookie, Vanilla ice cream, and Sprinkles, or for the more adventurous try the Salted Carmel cookies with Carmel Chocolate Pretzel ice cream with Chocolate Chips.
27. Eastern Standard Provisions: Gourmet Liege Belgian Waffle Gift Box
Making Oprah’s Favorite Things List this year, this gourmet Belgian waffle box with toppings will bring joy to friends and family near and far.
Included in the Gourmet Liege Belgian Waffle Gift Box are 8 Liège Belgian Waffles, Dark Chocolate Fudge Sauce, Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce, Strawberries & Cream Topper, and French Toast Sugar along with a Happy Holidays sticker on the outside of the box.
28. Jerky Dynasty: 20 Piece Exotic Jerky Gift
For the meat-lover in your life, fill their stocking with exotic jerky for a Christmas morning they won’t soon forget!
This gift pack features 20 different Buffalo Bob’s jerky flavors including Alligator BBQ Jerky, Camel Jerky, Wild Boar BBQ Stick, Kangaroo Outback Stick, Ostrich Hickory Smoked Jerky, Maple Duck Stick, Antelope Stick, and more. All meat is farm-raised and mixed with beef.
29. Tippsy: Sake Gift Box
This sake gift box features 6 x 10 oz mini bottles of sake from all over Japan along with information cards for each bottle and a Sake Guide for beginners. Each with a unique taste and story due to weather, geography, culture, and traditions.
30. Chili Chews: Variety Pack
Fill their stocking with this unique gourmet candy from Chili Chews that is sweet, juicy, sour, and spicy!
This variety pack includes 2 bags of each flavor, Watermelon Bites, Strawberry Bites, Peach Bites, Sour Buds, Gummy Bears, and Strawberry Belts.