12 Fruit Gift Baskets and Gourmet Food Gifts You’ll Want to Keep for Yourself
We searched for gifts that your favorite people aren't expecting—but will eat right up. Consider this your one-stop shop for fruit gift baskets and other gourmet treats.
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Who doesn’t love a fruit and cheese board? This organic orchard grows an exceptionally sweet and juicy variety of Warren pears. No matter how you slice ’em, the Warren Pears & Cheese Box ($60) is the gift fruit noshers will love to open. Every box comes with three pounds of perfectly ripe fruit and eight ounces of Carmody cheese.
Just one box of Bixby & Co.’s bonbons (starting at $16)—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.
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 ($43) to your favorite person during the holidays.
Show someone you think they’re sweet with Bushwick Kitchen’s Bees Knees Honey Trio ($40). 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.
Help take a loved one’s nut butter habit to the next level with a fancy sampler from Ground Up PDX ($90). It’s packed with drool-worthy holiday flavors like cinnamon, snickerdoodle and salted eggnog. Bonus: When you gift jars of this nut butter, you help the company employ and empower homeless women. Find more gift ideas that donate to a good cause with every purchase.
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 ($70). Save your gift recipient the hassle of catching a flight—or hailing a taxi—by sending the world-famous banana goodness for her to enjoy on the couch. Now, that’s friendship!
For the cook in your life, send two bottles of California olive oil. Brightland’s holiday duo ($78) features oil harvested from hand-picked heirloom olives. Use this remarkably tasty EVOO on crusty bread, freshly-made hummus and even farmers market greens. See why California olive oil might be even better than imports from Italy.
Liven up someone’s refrigerator with a personal shipment of colorful, organic and non-GMO fruits and vegetables from Misfits ($27). It’s a subscription service that sources high-quality but misshapen produce from local farms. In each gift box, your friend will receive $35 to $40 dollars worth of produce—and the satisfaction of skipping a grocery run.
Popcorn doesn’t get fresher than when it’s popped right off the cob, am I right? With the Farmer’s Popcorn Cobs ($17), 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.
For the friend who isn’t a vampire: the Garlic Festival in a Box gift pack ($66). 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.
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Make a seafood lover’s dream come true by shipping them a box of Maryland crab cakes (starting at $39), made from blue-crab meat and the Crab Place’s signature seasoning. Simply defrost and broil, bake or fry to perfection. Easy as that!
Send your love with this exceptional box of artisan chocolates from a family-owned chocolatier. The signature collection (starting at $10) 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.