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It can be hard to find thoughtful, meaningful gifts for the ones we love. But, if there’s one thing that will be sure to delight even the hardest-to-please friend or relative, it’s food. Maybe they’re a cheese connoisseur or someone who always has a chocolate bar nearby. Maybe they’re a snacky vegan or a coffee snob. Maybe the quickest way to their heart is a gigantic steak. No matter the person or occasion, there is a food gift that will be certain to make their day.
Here, the best food gifts available.
Best Basket: Harry & David Grand Signature Gift Basket
If you’re looking to give a gift they’ll rave about for years, you need the Grand Signature Gift Basket from Harry & David. Coming with tasty artisanal cheese, the company's much-sought-after Royal Verano Pears from New Zealand, crackers, salami, and other thoughtful touches, this spread wins over a wide variety of palates. Reviewers praise its freshness, flavor, beautiful packaging, and variety. Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, a thank you present, or a “just because I’m thinking of you” situation, the recipient will absolutely love this gift basket.
Best Subscription: Food52 Grass-Fed Cultured Cream Butter Subscription
Julia Child once said, “With enough butter, anything is good.” What could be a better gift, then, than shipments of small-batch cultured butter delivered directly to one's door? Food52 offers a Grass-Fed Cultured Cream Butter Subscription in collaboration with Banner Butter to make sure the good times don’t stop. The recipient will receive four quarterly shipments of four seasonal butters (both plain and flavored) over the course of the year. Think blackberry basil for spring, BBQ for summer, balsamic fig for fall, and dark chocolate for winter. The only question is whether or not you need your own subscription too.
Best Coffee: Driftaway Coffee Personalized Subscription
There are a lot of great coffee subscriptions out there, but Driftaway goes the extra mile. This three-month subscription starts with a tasting kit where the recipient can taste four different coffee varieties, ranking and noting their preferences for future shipments. The coffee comes in 100% compostable packaging and includes a story about its origin and farmer. Reviewers report that the coffee is fresh, delicious, and “an amazing gift.”
Best Cheese Gift: iGourmet American Artisan Premier Gift Basket
When most people think of iconic cheeses, they probably think of Brie or Parmesan. When cheesemongers think of top-rated cheeses, they think of a much wider range, including some American-made beauties that are frankly just as delicious as anything you can find in Europe. This basket from iGourmet includes a special chocolate chevre, a two-year aged Vermont cheddar, a well-known blue cheese from Northern California, an award-winning Parm-style cheese from Wisconsin, and a unique California goat cheese that gets its flavor from lavender buds and fennel pollen. And that's not even half the items in this basket.
Your giftee can pair their cheese with a whole host of USA-made snacks, like spiced almonds and artisanal salami. Any cheese fan will instantly fall in love with the American Artisan Premier Gift Basket—and probably make you a really beautiful cheese plate to say thank you.
Best Whiskey: Kings County Aged Whiskey Gift Set
The whiskey-lover in your life is sure to appreciate this gift set, which includes three handmade bourbons from Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn, New York. The three spirits included are the Kings County Bourbon, Kings County Peated Bourbon, and Kings County Single Malt Whiskey, each of which comes in a 200ml bottle and is made from 100 percent New York grain. The regular bourbon has strong sweet base with flavors of vanilla and caramel, while the single malt whiskey features a palate of honey with aromas of hay and peat, giving your giftee a variety of flavors to discover—all in one box!
Best Candy: Mouth Candy Land
It’s an unfortunate fact of adulthood that many of the foods we loved as children don’t taste quite as good as we remember. In this case, though, candy lovers can get their sugar fix with these sophisticated, small-batch takes on popular candy (think Swedish fish, organic gummy bears, rainbow chocolate bark, etc.) to recreate that magic as adults. Pretty sweet, huh?
Best Cookies: Jacques Torres World Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies Pack
These aren’t your mom’s chocolate chip cookies (unless, of course, your mother is a world-famous pastry chef). These giant cookies have a fanbase in New York City and, now, you can gift them to your favorite cookie aficionado without ever leaving home. Each pack contains 12 five-inch cookies that reviewers say taste the same as if they were purchased in the store.
Best Vegan: Mouth Vegan Snack Box
Buying a food gift for a vegan friend can be tricky, especially if you're not well versed in ingredient labels. Luckily, Mouth has done all the vetting for you with the vegan snack box. It's the perfect option for veteran sprout-eating vegans and new converts alike because it’s just as delicious as it is vegan (that is to say: 100% on both counts). It comes with 10 snacks, including maple granola, savory Bjorn Corn, decadent hot fudge sauce, and even artisanal almond butter. Plant-based eating is easy when you have snacks as good as these.
Best Salts: Spice Lab Sea Gourmet Salt Sampler
If you know someone who wants to get a little experimental with their cooking flavors or who loves to grill, this elegant salt collection fits the bill. Stored stylishly in Pyrex glass test tubes in a bamboo base, it makes a beautiful addition to anyone’s countertop or spice cabinet.
There are unflavored options from around the world, including Himalayan pink sea salt and Hawaiian black lava salt, but also great flavored salts like port wine, smoked ghost pepper, Japanese curry salt, and tropical hibiscus salt. The recipient will be able to dress up meats, eggs, salads, baked goods, and more with this unique set.
Best Hot Sauce: Food52 Tame to Insane Hot Sauce Box
Curated by the famed hot sauce of the month club, Fuego Box, this Food52 hot sauce box is perfect for lovers of spice. Featuring 11 hot sauces, from the mild Jersey Barnfire Indian Summer to the "evil" PuckerButt Ignition Point, this box is like choosing your own hot sauce adventure. The box labels the bottles by heat level, so your giftee can work their way up to the hottest option, where the main ingredient is the Carolina Reaper, the world's hottest pepper.
Best Pickles: Mouth The Big Dill
If you know a pickle fanatic, then you know that they are serious about these preserved vegetables. The crunch factor, the flavor, even the shape—it's all taken into account when they're trying to find their favorite brand. Give them more to explore with this “The Big Dill” collection from Mouth. The box has plenty of pickled cucumbers, of course—with flavors like garlic, pepper, everything spice, and horseradish— but it also has string beans, cherry tomatoes, blueberries, and more. It's fun way to explore the world of pickles for a curious eater.
Best Ice Cream: Jeni's Happy Birthday Collection
Jeni’s Ice Cream is one of the darlings of the food world right now and for good reason. It’s highly praised ice cream formulated without synthetic flavorings, dyes, or off-the-shelf mixes. Instead of using a long list of stabilizers and emulsifiers, they build texture the old-fashioned way—lots of slow churning.
Though their ice cream makes a lovely gift for any occasion, the Happy Birthday Collection is especially sweet. You choose five flavors (though good luck narrowing it down!) and your customized package is sent with 100% beeswax candles and a 2-pack of sprinkles. We won’t judge you if you want to send one of these to yourself even if it’s not your birthday.
Best Chocolate Gift: Mouth Chocolate-Covered Deliciousness Box
Pretty much any food benefits from being dipped in chocolate, and this gift basket celebrates the versatility of everyone's favorite sweet treat. The box is packed with chocolate-covered treats, including graham crackers, sea-salt caramels, animal crackers, and more. It even has chocolate-covered Cheerios and chocolate-covered quinoa bites, all of which come in a stylish cotton tote bag.
Best Chocolate Gift: Mouth Dark Chocolate Deliciousness Box
If you’re shopping for a chocolate lover who deserves the best, look no further than Mouth’s Dark Chocolate Deliciousness Box. Featuring award-winning small-batch chocolate, the selection is a journey through the terroir of the chocolate world—there’s a bar using Madagascar cacao made in Brooklyn, a Belize bar made in San Francisco, a Dominican Republic bar made in North Carolina, and more.
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Writer and professional eater Christine Clark is an avid sharer and enjoyer of all things delicious. Her love languages are food and gift-giving. She has a cheese podcast, a fridge that is always too full, and a very lived-in kitchen.