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It’s not hard to find great gourmet shops online. It’s not even that hard to find great cheese. But, when it comes to buying a thoughtful and tasty gift for that special someone, things can get more complicated. You may not remember your recipient's favorite cheese. You may not know which type of charcuterie he or she prefers. You may not know which cheeses pair best with a nightly glass of pinot grigio or cabernet sauvignon.
That’s why we scoured through the cheese and meat baskets available online to find the best, most bountiful selections to give to the food lover in your life. These best meat and cheese gift baskets have everything your foodie needs to create the dreamiest cheese platter (which they’ll hopefully share with you to say thanks). Get out your cheese knives!
Looking for a spread that will bring down the house? Look no further. This collection features ibérico ham, serrano paleta, Creminelli (from the aforementioned Cristiano Creminelli) Barolo salami, and Toscano salami, dry Jack cheese from California, Merlot BellaVitano and aged Asiago cheese from Sartori, Rogue Creamery’s Oregonzola Blue (Rogue’s cheese Rogue River Blue was named the best cheese in the world in 2019), and an acacia cutting board. They’re not kidding when they say it’s the ultimate.
This assortment of small-batch cheese, salumi, and condiments makes a thoughtful birthday, congratulations, or just-because gift. Featuring aged goat cheese, Vermont cheddar, gin and juice salami, organic sourdough crackers, crunchy cassava crackers, and dried fig compote, all in a signature Mouth-branded tote, the mouth-watering pairings here shouldn’t be missed. Lovers of soft cheese may miss their Bries or Taleggios, but the box is unique and fun enough that they may not even notice. Reviewers praise the tasty and unique flavors and combinations.
In Southern Georgia, where Sweet Grass Dairy is based, grass grows essentially year-round. Sweet Grass Dairy takes advantage of this by letting its cows graze on fresh pasture year-round through a system called rotational grazing, resulting in unique, flavorful cheese that’s won numerous awards.
This box at Williams-Sonoma features some of the company's greatest hits (including the scrumptious pimento cheese), plus some spectacular southern accoutrements: Spotted Trotter Black Pepper Sorghum Salami, Blackberry Patch Peach Bourbon Cardamom Preserves, and Roots & Branches Hand-Crafted Artisan Crackers. Whether you’re shopping for someone with Southern roots or just are looking for spectacular cheese, this collection is worth your time.
Need a scrumptious cheese and meat spread that won’t break the bank? This Hearty Bites Box features three kinds of cured sausage, smoked cheddar, farmhouse cheddar, and an onion-flavored cheddar, plus two mustards to pair. It’s a great cheese and meats spread, certainly, but also the beginnings of a very lovely picnic.
This decadent spread features some of the same delicacies as the last box (including options from Sartori, Creminelli, and Rogue), but this is more of a party in a box situation, coming with pairing items like fig spread, dark chocolate-covered almonds, mixed nuts, dried fruit, plus award-winning Harry & David wines—the 2018 chardonnay, 2017 pinot noir, and 2017 cabernet sauvignon.
This thoughtful and unique spread hails from Utah, not always the first place we think of when we think of cheese. But perhaps it should be higher on the list. Beehive Cheese, founded in the early 2000s, makes a range of delightful cheese, including the signature, Barely Buzzed. It’s a buttery, cheddar-like cheese aged for seven months, then rubbed with espresso powder and lavender for a nutty, rich finish. The salami, Salami Casalingo, is made with coarse-ground heritage pork and organic spices, crafted by Utah’s salami king, Cristiano Creminelli. Also included is a jar of Pepperlane Blood Orange Preserves and Pan Forte Crostini. A memorable collection that will delight any cheese lover.
This spread celebrates cheese from sea to shining sea, from California’s Point Reyes Original Blue Cheese to Vermont’s Grafton 2 Year Cheddar bar. The Brooklyn Cured Sliced Sopressata makes a tasty bite with any and all of the cheeses, proving that American teamwork is pretty darn tasty.
“No one has done more for the burgeoning American cheese industry than Anne Saxelby,” says New York Magazine. Here, she has curated a meat and cheese selection to pair perfectly with just about any beer. There’s a cave-aged cheddar from the Vermont-based Jasper Hill for the IPAs, a funky vegetal soft cheese from Crown Finish Caves for the pilsners, the beer-soaked Harpersfield Muddy River for everything else. Also included: a salami from the outstanding Charlitos Cocina made with brown ale and olive oil and sea salt crackers. Beer lovers, this is your box.
Shopping for that person who dreams of visiting Paris? Gift them a trip to Paris by way of cheese with this French Classic Gift Basket. Coming with treats like Camembert, Comte (the most popular cheese in France), saucisson sec, chocolate, Dijon mustard, and more, this spread is certain to satisfy any turophile or Francophile.
The Lady & Larder cheese shop in LA features all American-made products and aims to support a 100 percent domestic and sustainable food culture. This means the store finds the best artisans from across the country, who make the tastiest treats to be found.
The XXL Cheese Board at Williams-Sonoma is a colorful, bountiful showstopper featuring 5 pounds of cured meat and cheese, all of which are certified organic. There are also orchard-grown nuts and dried fruit, crackers, and condiments to help complete your giftee's charcuterie board.
Not only does the Harry & David Ultimate Cheese and Charcuterie Collection contain a delightful assortment of meats and cheeses, but it also comes with a lovely cutting board, making it the ultimate gift. You also can't go wrong with the Mouth Picnic in a Box, which contains small-batch cheese, salami, and condiments.
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Writer and professional cheese eater Christine Clark teaches cheese and pairing classes throughout the United States and knows how and where to get her cheese fix, no matter where she is. Her cheese adoration is so strong that she has a whole podcast dedicated to it. She is a Certified Cheese Professional through the American Cheese Society.