It’s not hard to find great gourmet food online; dozens of shops sell an enormous selection of great cheese and charcuterie. A selection of meat and cheese makes a lovely gift for any occasion, but it's about more than just ingredients; you need a reputable purveyor with a bountiful selection, but you also need someone to choose the right assortment—and package it to ship in a form that both looks nice and won't spoil.
We scoured cheese and meat baskets available online to build a long list of options to give to the food lover in your life. Then, we sent them all to be taste-tested by our editors and experts and evaluated on presentation, variety, size, freshness, and overall value. Tons of different meats and cheeses were eaten—from prosciutto and salami to Gouda and Brie—to make sure the picks on this list are truly the best.
Here are the best meat and cheese gift baskets out there, according to our research and home testing.
Harry & David Ultimate Wine Pairing Collection
This decadent spread is a full wine-tasting party in a box—wine included. It comes with three bottles (a red blend, a pinot noir, and a chardonnay) along with two salamis, three cheeses, a baguette, and an array of spreads, crackers, nuts, and chocolates.
We sent this gift basket to our associate editorial director for testing, and she was more than impressed with the variety and quality of every item included. She particularly liked that the bread stays fresh in its packaging for weeks. This means that you don't have to enjoy everything right away, which is a major plus when sending a gift basket to someone with a busy schedule. You can feel confident sending this basket and knowing it won't go to waste.
While it's definitely a splurge, it's one that can be justified. It would make a great gift for a small office, a lovely housewarming treat, or a generous holiday present. (Just keep in mind that because it includes alcohol, it can't be shipped to a handful of states.) There is a little something for everyone included, and with salty, sweet, wine, meat, and cheese, it covers all the bases and then some.
Price at time of publish: $260
Includes: Dry salami con vino, salami, merlot cheese, Cheddar Gruyère cheese, Oregonzola blue cheese, sourdough baguette, cherry and ancho chili chutney, green olive spread, fig spread, artisan chips, olive oil and sea salt crackers, dark chocolate-covered almonds, chocolate cake, mixed nuts, dark chocolate sea salt caramels, milk-chocolate covered blueberries, chocolate truffles, dried fruit mix, chardonnay, pinot noir, Ross Lane Red blend
"If you really want to treat someone to something impressive, this is the perfect basket. Both the variety and quality are fantastic, and you could either feed a sizable gathering or treat one person for an entire week (or more). Plus, the wines are the perfect pairings." — Mary Kate Hoban, Associate Editorial Director
Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Charcuterie Collection
For a taste of the South, try this collection by award-winning Georgia cheesemaker Sweet Grass Dairy. The region's climate allows grass to grow essentially year-round, and Sweet Grass takes advantage by letting their cows graze on fresh pasture every day through a sustainable system called rotational grazing, resulting in flavorful cheese that’s won numerous awards. This box features wedges of three Sweet Grass cheeses, plus a tub of pimento cheese made with one of them, along with salami from Atlanta's Spotted Trotter and peach bourbon cardamom preserves from a maker in Sweet Grass' hometown of Thomasville.
Our tester was impressed with the indulgent packaging of this basket and the variety of cheeses included. Unpacking revealed multiple ice packs and everything secured inside an insulated cooler bag for freshness. She raved about the quality of the pimento cheese with its not-too-creamy texture and spicy kick from the added piquillo peppers. Just make sure to pull the block cheeses out ahead of time to allow the flavors to open up. The included Thomasville Tomme, a semi-soft aged raw cow’s milk cheese, developed a buttery texture and earthy cheddar-type flavor after coming to room temperature. The Asher Blue similarly became softer and more pungent. The tester noted it went especially well with the included jam, stacked on an included flatbread cracker.
Whether you’re shopping for someone with Southern roots or just are looking for spectacular cheese, this collection is worth your time.
Price at time of publish: $147
Includes: Double-cream cheese, farmhouse cheese, blue cheese, pimento spread, black pepper salami, fruit preserves, sourdough flatbread
"From the beautiful packaging to the ample portions to the signature Southern ingredients, each element of the basket felt indulgent. The flavors of the cheeses married well with the Bourbon Peach Cardamom jam and sorghum salami, and the sourdough flatbreads provided a perfect canvas for tasting them together." — Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
Murray's Cheese All-American Collection
France, Italy, and Spain are not the only places they make "fancy" cheeses; you'd be remiss to ignore the bounty of excellent dairy from right here in the U.S. This basket from Murray's Cheese celebrates artisanally crafted goods from coast to coast with four different styles of cheese, a tray of salami, and a box of olive-oil-and-sel-gris crackers. Our tester delighted in the gift presentation of this basket. It arrived in a cold-pack-lined gift box with cheeses, crackers, and charcuterie nestled in crinkle paper; the gift box is then set into a foam-cushioned outer shipping box for secure transport.
In this box, you get a bar of 1-year aged Vermont cheddar by Grafton; the soft, spreadable Murray's St. Marks, modeled after the French cheese called Saint-Marcellin; Point Reyes Original Blue, a creamy and tangy cheese reminiscent of Roquefort; and Spring Brook Farm Reading, a raw milk cheese that could pass for a young raclette. The sliced cured meat is finocchiona, a twist on a Tuscan traditional salami made by Brooklyn Cured, and the included crackers are from Rustic Bakery in Marin County, Calif. Our tester found this basket to hold a generous amount of cheese and a great variety for creating a spectacular cheese plate for a party, but it could also be kept in the fridge for a week or longer and enjoyed at a more leisurely pace.
Price at time of publish: $96
Includes: Grafton 1-Year Cheddar Bar, Murray's St. Marks, Point Reyes Original Blue Cheese, Spring Brook Farm Reading, sliced Finocchiona, olive oil and sel gris flatbread
"I admittedly have a huge bias towards French cheeses, but this basket made for a very strong showing of American cheesemaking excellence." — Bernadette Machard de Gramont, Product Tester
Olympia Provisions Salami Bouquet
Wrapped in brown paper with a red satin bow, this bouquet includes a half-dozen quarter-pound sticks of cured meat. The presentation is super fun, but Olympia Provisions is no slouch in the charcuterie department: Its salamis are cured in house the old-fashioned way, in all-natural casings, and you'll find them on many of the top restaurants' menus in the company's hometown of Portland, Oregon. The six-"stem" bundle includes two Italian-style, two French-style, one Spanish-style, and one Greek-style salami, which might include saucisson sec, sopressata, chorizo, and loukanika. There's also a three-salami bouquet available, but it's half as much meat and costs only 20 bucks less, so we say go big.
Price at time of publish: $95
Includes: 6 (roughly 4.5-ounce) salamis
"Olympia Provisions' salamis are hung to dry and cure with a layer of penicillium mold, just as artisanal charcuterie makers have done for centuries. They have this unmistakeable savory funk you can't get any other way." — Jason Horn, Commerce Writer
iGourmet French Classics Gift Box
Shopping for someone who dreams of visiting Paris? Gift them a trip by way of cheese with this French Classics 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 cheese lover or Francophile.
In our testing, we found the box a little less bountiful than some others (which may be a good thing if you’re planning to gift this to someone who lives alone), but with top-notch curation. If you were to peek inside the picnic basket of a Parisian, this selection is approximately what you’d find. Everything arrived in great shape, albeit in somewhat underwhelming packaging. The only thing you need to make this spread feel completely authentic is a bottle of Champagne or Burgundy.
Price at time of publish: $100
Includes: Camembert, Comte reserve, French chevre, French fruit paste accompaniment, Gavottes Salted Caramel with Vanilla Butter Cookies, mini toasts, Michel Cluizel chocolate bar, saucisson sec, French Dijon mustard
"It feels authentically French and the products are pretty good quality. I also liked the assortment—you could easily throw everything from this into a picnic basket with a bottle of wine and it would translate perfectly." — Christine Clark, Product Tester
Harry & David Ultimate Cheese and Charcuterie Collection
Looking for a spread that will bring down the house? Look no further. This collection features Ibérico ham, serrano paleta (cured pork shoulder), barolo and Toscano salami from Utah’s salami king, Cristiano Creminelli, as well as dry Jack cheese from California, merlot BellaVitano and aged Asiago cheese from Sartori, and Rogue Creamery’s Oregonzola Blue (Rogue’s cheese Rogue River Blue was named the best cheese in the world in 2019), plus an acacia cutting board.
For someone who loves cured meat, this is a lovely option. Everything arrives in pristine condition and is well labeled. There’s a bounty of meats in different styles made in various places (even some famed Ibérico ham, the pride and joy of Spain). The packaging is air-tight, meaning that if you don’t open everything right away, it will remain in good condition in your fridge for up to a few weeks. The acacia cutting board doesn’t feel like an heirloom or anything (it’s a little lightweight), but is beautiful and the recipient will likely keep using it.
The only thing our tester didn’t love about this collection was its lack of accompaniments, like mustard or pickles, and the packaging felt a little lackluster. Everything was just kind of thrown into the box, and she had to look back at the website to make sure she had gotten everything. That said, the curation and quality of the products makes this worth it.
Price at time of publish: $150
Includes: Ibérico ham, serrano paleta, barolo salami, Toscano salami, California-crafted dry Jack cheese, merlot cheese, rosemary and olive oil Asiago cheese, Oregonzola blue cheese, round acacia wood cutting board with handle
"I think this is a great option for cured meat lovers. An accompaniment, like mustard or pickles, would have been a nice touch, but everything included tasted fresh and delicious. The board is a little lightweight for what it is, but it's beautiful and I'll definitely use it again (albeit flipped over so the Harry & David logo isn't the main focus)." — Christine Clark, Product Tester
Hickory Farms Thank You Treats Gift Box
Need a scrumptious cheese-and-meat spread that won’t break the bank? The Hickory Farms Thank You Treats Box is a budget-friendly option that features summer sausage plus smoked Gouda cheese and farmhouse cheddar cheese. You'll also get sweet hot mustard and crackers to pair with them, and dark chocolate sea salt caramels for dessert.
We sent this box to our editorial director for testing. She was impressed with the presentation and how everything arrived nestled neatly inside the "cute" gift box. Beyond that, she particularly enjoyed the sweet hot mustard and Gouda cheese. She did note that she wished it came with more crackers, but you can always supplement with your own to continue sampling the meat and cheese.
This is one of your more basic gift baskets, but it's a great option for those who might not be interested in sampling a wide variety of strong cheeses. We'd definitely consider the flavor profile of the items simple, but sometimes that's exactly what you want.
Price at time of publish: $40
Includes: Signature Beef Summer Sausage, Farmhouse Cheddar, Smoked Gouda Blend, Sweet Hot Mustard, Golden Toasted Crackers, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels
"This is a pretty standard spread, with approachable flavors for those who might be on the pickier side or new to cheese-tasting. I especially enjoyed the Gouda cheese and sweet hot mustard, which were delightful atop one of the crispy crackers." — Taysha Murtaugh, Editorial Director
The Spruce Eats x iGourmet Holiday Bored? No, Holiday Board
The Spruce Eats editors collaborated with iGourmet to curate the Holiday Bored? No, Holiday Board gift basket, a thoughtful collection of artisan meats, cheeses, spreads, and accompaniments to wow whoever has the privilege of grazing your next best charcuterie board.
The impressive American-sourced assortment includes Capriole Julianna (a mild, semi-hard aged goat cheese under a rind of thyme, lavender, rosemary, and wildflowers), Creminelli Salami Tartufo (made from organic white grain-fed, well-marbled pork raised on small family farms), Three Little Figs French Onion Confit (featuring local Walla Walla sweet onion and red onions with thyme, white wine, and brandy), Beth Bakes Everything Bagel Spice Crackers, award-wining Point Reyes Original Blue (full-flavored with hints of lemongrass and sea salt), Brooklyn Cured Bresaola Pre-Sliced Air-Dried Beef (similar to prosciutto, but with beef instead of pork), Sutter Buttes Olive Oil Co. Sundried Tomato and Olive Tapenade, The Modern Candy Company Raspberry Pate de Fruit, Hayden Flour Mills Mini Emmer Farro Crackers, Old Chatham Hudson Valley Camembert Wedge (a soft-ripened blend of sheep milk, cow milk, and cream), and Morgan Handmade Parmesan Black Truffle Potato Chips made with foraged black truffles from Italy.
We sent this gift basket to Taysha Murtaugh (our Editorial Director of Commerce, who wasn't part of curating the basket) to test, and she gave it top marks across the board. Delivery was seamless, with no signature required. The box arrived in great shape and was a real treat to open. The quality of the products was immediately evident in the packaging and presentation, and it was fun to read the labels and learn the various origins, from the Hudson Valley in New York to Arizona.
Taysha was blown away by the assortment and immediately put together a cheese plate to taste-test each ingredient. Every bite was fresh, delicious, and indulgent—a perfect variety of flavors that she'd be proud to present at a party or as a gift.
Includes: Capriole Julianna, Creminelli Salami Tartufo, Three Little Figs French Onion Confit, Beth Bakes Everything Bagel Spice Crackers, Point Reyes Original Blue, Brooklyn Cured Bresaola Pre-Sliced Air-Dried Beef, Sutter Buttes Olive Oil Co. Sundried Tomato and Olive Tapenade, The Modern Candy Company Raspberry Pate de Fruit, Hayden Flour Mills Mini Emmer Farro Crackers, Old Chatham Hudson Valley Camembert Wedge, Morgan Handmade Parmesan Black Truffle Potato Chips
"I highly recommend this gift box to treat the foodie on your list—especially if that foodie is you." — Taysha Murtaugh, Editorial Director
Beehive Cheese Company Coffee Rubbed Cheese & Salami Collection
Utah might not be the first place you think of when it comes to artisanal cheese and charcuterie, but perhaps it should be higher on the list. This thoughtful spread hails includes a delicious cheese, salami, and honey from the Beehive State. Barely Buzzed is a buttery, cheddar-like cheese with a rich and nutty finish that's aged for seven months and rubbed with ground espresso coffee beans roasted by the cheesemaker's brother. The salami is Casalingo, made with coarse-ground heritage pork and organic spices by Cristiano Creminelli, who moved his salami-making operation from Italy to Utah in 2006.
Our tester loved the thoughtfully curated products in this basket, each providing a distinct taste of Utah’s agricultural scene. She thought the hot blood orange preserves offered the exact spicy and sweet counterpoint the bitter coffee-rinded cheese and fatty salami needed. She also thought this was a good starter basket for anybody who wants to dive into the cheese and charcuterie world as the portions are ample and the flavor profiles are complex. Everything arrived fresh, though not extravagant in the packaging, and the substitution on the crackers was a disappointment. The promised Pan Forte Crostini would have provided that last aspect of texture and flavor with its dried fruits and seeds that the sourdough bites lacked. Overall, our tester appreciated the variety of tastes offered in this basket and the generous portions.
Price at time of publish: $70
Includes: Espresso lavender-rubbed cheese, salami, crostini, blood orange preserves
"The hot blood orange jam alone was worth the entire box. The cheese was supple and had a complex flavor profile with the coffee and lavender rub. And the salami provided a fatty note against the spicy tang of the jam. Each item was thoughtfully curated to bring out the best in the other ingredients." — Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
Saxelby Cheese Beer Lover’s Box
“No one has done more for the burgeoning American cheese industry than Anne Saxelby,” says New York Magazine. Here, the celebrity cheesemonger has curated a meat and cheese selection to pair perfectly with just about any beer. The latest iteration of this box includes three kinds of cheese: Gatekeeper, a soft, vegetal cheese by Crown Finish Caves to pair with Hefeweizen and Belgian-style beers; a classic cave-aged cheddar by Jasper Hill that complements ciders and malty porters; Reading Raclette by Spring Brook Farm to go with IPAs and sours. Also included: a salami from the outstanding Charlitos Cocina made with brown ale and olive oil and sea salt crackers.
It's an incredible gift for real beer lovers—while these edibles are great as is, they really shine when paired with the recommended beers, as our tester found. The only drawback to this shipment is that it doesn't look like a gift basket—the packaging is simply the cheese, salami, and crackers tucked into an insulated box with a few cold packs. That being said, it's what's inside the box that counts, so the no-frills presentation is not a dealbreaker when you have cheese and charcuterie this delicious.
Price at time of publish: $90
Includes: Soft sheep and cow's milk cheese, aged cheddar, Raclette-style cheese, salami made with brown ale, olive oil, and sea salt crackers
"The packaging is no-frills, but any beer aficionado who also loves cheese will really appreciate what's in this box—over a pound of cheese plus top quality salami make for a great gift." — Bernadette Machard de Gramont, Product Tester
Katz’s Delicatessen Birthday Box
Katz’s Delicatessen has been a New York icon for over 100 years. Founded in 1888, the deli underwent several name changes before landing on the current title in 1910. Though the family-run diner is an established hot-spot of New York’s Lower East Side, fortunately, the company ships nationwide so everyone can enjoy the deli’s specialties.
The Birthday Box contains a variety of foods and treats befitting a birthday or any fun get-together. Including juicy pastrami, rye bread, sour pickles, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, cookies, and more, it’s everything you need to recreate Katz’s legendary pastrami on rye and corned beef reuben sandwiches at home.
If you so choose, an extra pound of pastrami can be added for an additional $25. Either way, it’s a jam-packed box that will delight the recipient.
Price at time of publish: $135
Includes: Hand-carved pastrami, hand-carved corned beef, deli rye bread, Swiss cheese, full-sour pickles, half-sour pickles, deli mustard, reuben dressing, sauerkraut, mini black and white cookies
“Don't let the name fool you, it doesn't need to be anyone's birthday to enjoy a Katz's famous pastrami on rye or corned beef reuben sandwich. It's the perfect gift for anyone craving a taste of New York.” – Kristin Stangl, Editor
Williams-Sonoma Boarderie Ciccettis Cheese & Charcuterie Board
If you want to give someone a well-rounded, all-in-one charcuterie board, check out this spread by Boarderie. The company is well-known for its artisan boards and even made Oprah’s Favorite Things list in 2022.
This set includes five types of cheese, two types of meats, two types of dried fruit, two types of seasoned nuts, crackers, olives, candied espresso beans, and pepperoncini, all packaged in a beautiful acacia wood serving board. The set also has bamboo forks, tongs, and a spreader for convenient utensils.
The board ships in temperature-controlled packaging so everything stays fresh. Additionally, the spread is already pre-arranged, which means the host just needs to unwrap and serve—no assembling required. Both beautiful and scrumptious, this cheese and charcuterie board is perfect for parties and pictures.
Price at time of publish: $150
Includes: Mobay cheese, blueberry Wensleydale cheese, Carawaybou cheese, cranberry chipotle cheddar, espresso cheese, bresaola, salami picante, truffle Marcona almonds, everything seasoning cashews, dried strawberries, dried Turkish figs, pepperoncini, tangerine and chili marinated green olives, chocolate-covered espresso bean mix, artisan crisps, olive oil and sel gris sourdough flatbread, square serving board, bamboo forks, bamboo tongs, bamboo spreader
Di Bruno Bros. Favoloso Gift Crate
This gift crate from Di Bruno Bros certainly lives up to its grand name. Meaning “fabulous” in Italian, the Favoloso Gift Crate is filled with many gourmet goodies. From a pinot grigio and fig cheese spread to spiced caramel pear jam, calabrese salami, and cocoa-covered pecans, the crate is as diverse as it is tasty.
In addition to all the edible treats, the crate includes a wooden cheese board and mini cheese slicer. There are also bonuses you can add, such as greeting cards, a Boska round board and knife set, and juicy Asian pears. One reviewer raved about the Favoloso Crate, stating “The friends I sent this to said it was the nicest food gift box they ever received!”
The Philadelphia-based company is also known as “House of Cheese.” The Di Bruno Bros started with a small space in Philly’s Italian Market and now has eight brick-and-mortar locations and ships nationwide.
Price at time of publish: $175
Includes: Pinot grigio and fig cheese spread, sea salt crostini, manchego, strawberry and prosecco jam, provolone and Chianti cheese spread, spiced caramel pear jam, calabrese salami, murcia al vino, sea salt flatbreads, cashews, cocoa pecans, orange confit and cherry chocolate bar, mini cheese slicer, wooden cheese board
GourmetGiftBaskets.com Deluxe Gourmet Meat & Cheese Sampler
GourmetGiftBaskets.com delivers what its name implies. If you want to send a quality meat and cheese gift to a friend or loved one, consider this deluxe basket. It comes with two types of summer sausages, three types of cheese, two types of crackers, and bruschetta. Anyone lucky enough to share the platter will have fun mixing and matching the flavors.
The basket comes in a beautiful dark wooden tray, complete with hand-holds and decorated with a leaf frond. It could be used as a serving platter or a decorative tray around the house. You can add a personalized card for a special finishing touch.
Over 350 people have given this deluxe gift basket a five-star rating. However, if you’re looking for something else, the site has a wealth of meat and cheese basket options to pick from. The Epic Meat & Cheese Charcuterie Board would be a great gift for a large gathering, and the Farmers Market Gift Box includes fruits and snack mixes in addition to meat and cheese.
Price at time of publish: $60
Includes: Rosemary flatbread crackers, water crackers, summer sausage, garlic sausage, vegetable cheddar cheese, garlic cheese, cheddar cheese, sun-dried tomato bruschetta, wooden crate
WineBasket.com Wine Duo & Charcuterie Gift Box
Peanut butter and jelly. Chocolate and peanut butter. Macaroni and cheese. Some food pairings are incredibly iconic. The same is true with wine and charcuterie boards. This delicious gift basket features two wines alongside a selection of meats, cheeses, nuts, crackers, and even chocolate truffles.
The red wine is a pinot noir with notes of black cherry, strawberry, vanilla, and clove, which pairs well with meats. The pinot grigio, however, goes well with vegetables and shellfish thanks to its fruity and flowery tasting notes.
Want to add a personal touch? Select a colored ribbon with a custom message printed on it. You can even add a logo.
Price at time of publish: $140
Includes: Pinot noir, pinot grigio, Asiago cheese, cheddar cheese, artichoke bruschetta, sopressata, red pepper-stuffed green olives, sun-dried tomatoes bruschetta, salami slices, roasted garlic croccantini, marinated asparagus with rosemary and oregano, Gouda cheese straws, savory snack mix, roasted cashews, large gift box
FTD Meat & Cheese Charcuterie Gift Basket
FTD is a company known for flower deliveries, but they have other wonderful gifts as well. Case and point: this meat and cheese charcuterie gift basket. It features two summer sausages from Hickory Farms (one beef, one turkey), three different kinds of cheese, nuts from California, toasted crackers, and dried apricots. It comes in a classic-looking crate tied with a silky red ribbon.
If you want to upgrade the gift, there is a Deluxe Basket and Grand Basket to check out. The deluxe gift includes everything in the original basket plus Belgian ale mustard, snack mix, and salami. Going a step further, the grand basket includes all that in addition to balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and cranberry pistachio crisps.
No matter which level you get, the charcuterie set is a crowd-pleaser. While ordering, you’ll be able to select a delivery date–perfect for making sure your gift arrives on time for any special occasion.
Price at time of publish: $75 for original basket
Includes: Three cheese and onion wedge, jalapeño cheddar blend, cheddar, beef summer sausage, turkey summer sausage, pistachios, golden toasted crackers, dried apricots
CheeseBoarder Terza Cheese & Charcuterie Board for 3-4
Beautifully arranged cheese boards can be a feast for the eyes as well as taste buds. The CheeseBoarder sells sets that are pre-arranged and definitely photo-worthy. This particular board set serves three to four people. It’s stocked with artisanal cheeses, meats, garnishes, crackers, and other tasty accompaniments. Some highlights include the Wensleydale cranberry cheese, dried Turkish figs, chocolate-covered almonds, and Calabrese salami.
The wooden serving board has convenient separation trays to keep things nice and neat. There are also bamboo utensils, including forks, a spreader, and a pair of tongs. All of the food is packaged and shipped in vacuum-sealed packs to ensure freshness.
Plan on treating a larger crowd? CheeseBoarder has arrangements that serve five to six, 10 to 12, and even 12 to 14 people. There’s also a vegan cheese board option that serves 12. The different boards can have different goodies, too, so check them out and find your favorites.
Price at time of publish: $130
Includes: Wensleydale cranberry cheese, Huntsman 2-layer cheese, Sage Derby cheese, salami Calabrese, sausage trufa seca, dried Turkish figs, dried passion fruit, Italian olive mix, truffle Marcona almonds, dried strawberries, candied walnuts, chocolate-covered almonds, crackers, bamboo forks, bamboo spreader, bamboo tongs
Beauty and the Board Cheese & Charcuterie Board Kit for 4-6
Do you want to learn the art of charcuterie board arrangement for yourself? Beauty and the Board can help. The Cheese & Charcuterie Board Kit not only comes with 12 delicious goods, but it also includes a helpful instructional guide filled with plating tips. The end result is a gorgeous spread perfect for sharing with friends.
The artisanal treats include Brie and white cheddar cheeses, peppered salami, crackers, olives, assorted nuts and dried fruits, honey, a berry mix, and rosemary. It’s an indulgent and gourmet selection of items. Also included in the kit are a wooden board, bamboo knife, and honey dipper.
One reviewer absolutely loved the board kit and said, “The Cheese & Charcuterie Board from Beauty & The Board is a hit with my friends and family. It always arrives on time, is fun to plate, and is enjoyed by all! Thanks for making gift-giving so easy!”
Price at time of publish: $135
Includes: Brie, white cheddar, peppered salami, crackers, olives, assorted nuts, truffle Marcona almonds, assorted dried fruit, honey, dried orange, golden berries and pomegranate seeds, rosemary, wooden board, bamboo knife, honey dripper, instructional guide
Mouth Large Cheese + Charcuterie Cheer
Mouth has a large variety of gift baskets available, ranging from All the Snacks to Candy Land and dozens of others. The Large Cheese + Charcuterie Cheer box covers gourmet and savory cravings. Featuring American-made, small batch cheeses and meats, it’s a feel-good (and taste-good) box that can serve as the perfect present.
The set includes four types of salami and four types of cheese ranging in flavors and styles. Highlights include the rye whiskey and orange salami as well as the black summer truffle chevre. The recipient will love trying different combinations and flavor profiles.
Though there aren’t any crackers, Mouth does offer a few additions to the box. The Birthday Gift option adds birthday cake marshmallows and gold glitter candles while the Holiday Gift bundle includes eggnog cookies, peppermint bark, and a candy cane.
Price at time of publish: $148
Includes: Trufa seca salami, absinthe uncured salami, cheddar cheese, triple cream cheese, finocchiona piccolo salami, rye whiskey and orange salami, friesago cheese, black summer truffle chevre
How We Tested
We sent all of these meat and cheese baskets to our experienced cheese expert, product testers, and editors, who analyzed and tasted the contents, such as Brie, Gouda, blue cheese, Camembert, chevre, salami, prosciutto, Ibérico ham, and much more. Each meat and cheese gift basket was rated on presentation, variety, size, item freshness, and overall value. Our testers then offered additional insights on each meat and cheese gift basket's strengths and weaknesses.
What to Look for in Meat and Cheese Gift Baskets
Cheese is a living thing. A producer can send two wheels of the same cheese batch to two different purveyors and, depending on how those wheels are cared for, the cheese may taste very different. The same is true of charcuterie; curing preserves meat, but it still has to be handled carefully to preserve optimal flavor. When you're buying a meat and cheese gift basket online, you're leaving the choice of meats and cheeses up to someone else, so it's extra-important to use a trustworthy shop. Every recommendation on this list is a business we trust.
Size and Variety
Two cubes of cheddar with some crackers don't exactly make a great gift selection. Ideally, the gift basket you select will have several varieties of meat and cheese, and a few condiments, chocolates, or other treats. There's a bit of a tradeoff, though, as having more types of meat and cheese means you'll probably get less of each one. Keep the recipient's preferences and dietary restrictions in mind, as well; someone with a dairy allergy should probably get a meat-only basket, for example.
Packaging and Shipping
Meat and cheese are pretty perishable items, and sending them across the country in good condition requires heavy-duty packaging and plenty of ice packs. Many of the baskets above have to be shipped using expedited methods, and some will only ship early in the week so the box doesn't end up sitting in a delivery company warehouse all weekend. Also, no matter how much you want your present to be a surprise, you have to tell the recipient to expect a meat and cheese gift basket! No matter how well-packed and rapidly shipped, sitting in the sun on a patio for hours is not good for any kind of food.
While many sliced cheeses come in plastic wrap, this isn’t the ideal outerwear long-term, as plastic tends to drain cheeses of their precious moisture and impart a fridge-like flavor, says Julia Birnbaum, the founder of Philly Cheese School. Instead, Birnbaum suggests butcher paper, wax paper, or one of the many other paper options designed specifically for cheese, which can be found at most kitchenware stores and cheese shops.
What are some common meat and cheese pairings?
Some classic pairings for a board with meat (if it’s cured meat, it’s called charcuterie) and cheese include cornichons, mustard, roasted tomatoes, and other savory snacks. Mousse-style pâtés can be very good with sweeter options, like jam. Generally, the best wine pairings are with sparkling wine or aromatic whites, like dry riesling, chenin blanc, or pinot gris. A light red, like pinot noir or gamay, can be great too.
How long does a meat and cheese gift basket last?
Exactly how long a meat and cheese gift basket will last depends a lot on the styles of cheese and how they’re stored in the fridge. Softer styles may last a week or more, whereas harder cheeses can last several months. Dry-cured meat, like salami, and whole muscle options, like prosciutto or jamon Iberico, can last a while, whereas something like pâté may only have a week.
“Most cheese gifts can sit in your giftee’s fridge for days or even weeks awaiting the perfect moment for them to dive in," said Julia Birnbaum, founder of the Philly Cheese School. "This means that your loved one won’t just think of you when they receive their gift, but they will be sending you love and appreciation every time they cut off a piece.”
Is American cheese as good as European cheese?
The short answer is yes. The longer answer is that generally European cheeses are made in a more traditional style. Some, like Gruyère, Manchego, or Parmigiano Reggiano, are name-protected, meaning that producers must follow a long set of rules to call their cheese by that name. It’s never a bad idea to include a few favorites from Europe. American cheeses are not name-protected in the same way, and we generally favor different styles. But, there are many American producers (including, but not limited to, Sweet Grass Dairy, Uplands Cheese, Rogue Creamery, and more) making cheese just as good as what’s being made in Europe.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
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. She is a Certified Cheese Professional through the American Cheese Society, and she teaches virtual cheese classes. She personally tested three gift baskets in this roundup.