14 Gourmet Food Gifts You’ll Want to Keep for Yourself
We searched for gourmet food gifts that your favorite people aren't expecting—but will eat right up. Consider this your one-stop shop for holiday chocolate, fruit, wine and more.
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Pratt Standard: Cocktail Syrups
For the budding bartender on your list, consider some cocktail syrups. Choose from simple syrup, tonic syrup, grenadine syrup and more. Plus, each bottle comes equipped with a favorite cocktail recipe or two.
Olive & Cocoa: Happy Gnome Cookie Crate
You know that friend who always has a smile on her face? Gift her something equally cheerful with this happy gnome cookie crate. It features bright, tasty gnome cookies packaged in a hand-crafted wooden crate.
Bixby & Co.: Winter Bonbons
Just one box of Bixby & Co.’s bonbons—made with real cream, butter and non-GMO chocolate—will show your best friend how much you love her. This holiday assortment includes a Peppermint Bonbon, Pecan Pie Truffle and a Maine Maple Vanilla Bonbon, among other confections. If you’re more of a DIYer, wrap up a box of homemade chocolates to gift to friends and family.
The Fruit Company: Pineapple Gift Basket
There’s a good reason why pineapples have come to represent hospitality. The bright yellow fruit looks delectable on a welcome platter, not to mention pineapples pack incredible health and beauty benefits. Conveniently, you can ship a duo of sun-ripened pineapples from the Fruit Company to your favorite person during the holidays.
Harry & David: Classic Christmas Gift Basket
Gift your favorite person everything—yes, everything—they’ll need for a very merry Christmas. This overflowing gift basket features Royal Riviera pears, Moose Munch popcorn, fruitcake, cookies, candies and more. Sweet! For more indulgences, check out the top spots to buy Christmas cookies online.
Bushwick Kitchen: Bees Knees Honey Trio
Show someone you think they’re sweet with Bushwick Kitchen’s Bees Knees Honey Trio. Each gift set comes with three types of honey: spicy, salted and Meyer lemon. The fun starts when you get creative and pair the gluten-free and Paleo-friendly honey with fried chicken, pizza or ice cream.
Vermont Nut Free Chocolates: Peppermint Crunch Bark
‘Tis the season for all things sweet—and peppermint-flavored. This tin of minty bark is the perfect blend of luxe, creamy chocolate and cool, crunchy peppermint. Plus, it’s the ideal gift for anyone with nut allergies on your list—each batch is made without fear of cross-contamination.
Ground Up PDX: Holiday Tasting Flight
Help take a loved one’s nut butter habit to the next level with a fancy sampler from Ground Up PDX. It’s packed with drool-worthy holiday flavors like cinnamon snickerdoodle, gingersnap and salted eggnog. Bonus: When you gift jars of this nut butter, you help the company employ and empower women. Find more gift ideas that donate to a good cause.
Longevity Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon
For a gift that only tastes gourmet, check out Longevity wines. This brand’s rich Cabernet Sauvignon is much more luxurious than its modest price tag would have you believe. Enjoy rustic, fruity notes of dried cherry, cassis and pomegranate, with a vanilla-cocoa finish.
Magnolia Bakery: Banana Pudding
What’s *almost* as good as an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City? That would be an at-home shipment of Magnolia Bakery’s banana pudding. Save your gift recipient the hassle of hailing a taxi by sending the world-famous banana goodness for her to enjoy on the couch. Now, that’s friendship!
Sunflower Food Company: Farmer’s Popcorn Cobs
Popcorn doesn’t get fresher than when it’s popped right off the cob, am I right? With the Farmer’s Popcorn Cobs, your gift recipient can make a fresh batch of popcorn at home. Just place a single cob in the provided popcorn bag, microwave and nestle in for a movie night.
Garlic Festival in a Box
For the friend who isn’t a vampire: the Garlic Festival in a Box gift pack. Here is the seasoning and condiment set that every garlic fanatic needs! There’s everything from garlic mustard to garlic glaze, so friends can add garlic-powered umami to every dish.
The Crab Place: Maryland Crab Cakes
Make a seafood lover’s dream come true by shipping them a box of Maryland crab cakes, made from blue-crab meat and the Crab Place’s signature seasoning. Simply defrost and broil, bake or fry to perfection. Easy as that!
Zoë’s Chocolate Company: The Signature Collection
Send your love with this exceptional box of artisan chocolates from a family-owned chocolatier. The signature collection features flavors inspired by the Mediterranean—including Greek Isle spices, sesame tahini and baklava. Check out the other little-known chocolate brands we’re loving right now.