32 Epic and Edible Food Gifts
Gift your favorite foodies in your life the best tasting gifts the holidays have to offer.
Let’s be honest: The holiday season is all about the food served at every festive celebration. And now is the time to gift your favorite foodies one (or more!) or these tried-and-true options that represent the best that the culinary world has to offer. From sauces and cheeses to candies and pies (both pizza and dessert), no specialty food item has been left unturned — err — uneaten in our attempt to round up the products that will please any palate.
Check out what made the cut and try not to spill on your ugly Christmas sweater in the process. These goodies can be shipped within the continental U.S., so you can bank on fresh, thoughtfully-packaged merchandise that is ready to send at a moment’s notice.
Pass the cheese, please. And make it a trio sampler featuring Willoughby, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar and Little Hosmer varieties from Vermont-based Jasper Hill Farm. These are three of Jasper Hill's most popular cheeses, each bringing a different taste and texture for everyone to find their favorite.
Whether you like it or not, America’s obsession with truffles shows no signs of stopping. Indulge a truffle-loving friend with this deluxe set featuring the spore (not mushroom!)-infused butter, oil, salt, mustard, and honey to spread on practically anything in desperate need of umami.
Don’t forget your vegan friends this holiday season by opting for this VeganCuts snack box that features an array of premium chips and treats sourced from small businesses across the country. They’re bound to find a new favorite which they won’t stop talking about for months on end.
You’re only as old as these decade candy mixes make you feel. And since they can go all the way back to the ‘50s, that can feel quite nostalgic. New York’s most beloved candy retailer offers bundles that make excellent stocking stuffers if you’re scrambling to find something creative and memorable last-minute.
Taco Tuesday turns into Taco December with this salsa gift set, complete with colorful serving dishes to upgrade your chip and dip game. While the accessories are a cute gesture, let’s not pretend that you and your friends won’t resort to sticking chips in the jars themselves and polishing them off in one sitting.
We’re crazy about condiments and this Terrapin Ridge Farms set does not disappoint. The jams and aiolis are fantastic, but it’s the dill pickle mustard that is, without being hyperbolic, life-changing and something you’ll find an excuse to put on everything.
Come for the famous banana pudding, stay for the brownies. This “Best of Magnolia Bakery” sampler pack is for the dessert lover who either can’t make up their mind or needs to have it all. (Consider us the latter.)
We’d be remiss to not include America’s most Instagrammable cookie on this list, now available in packs of four. Eat them as they are or toss them in the oven for a few minutes for gooey, warm, this-is-how-a-cookie-should-be bliss. And don’t forget to brag about it on social media.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but a Mrs. Prindables apple a day will earn you bragging rights among the office. If we’re going to partake in fruit-eating around the holidays, it better be covered in caramel and chocolate and Mrs. Prindables more than delivers.
All sweet comes with a little bit of salt, but Four & Twenty Blackbirds has perfected this harmonious balance with a humble Salty Honey Pie that boasts a decadent and fragrant custard center. Give it to your honey to remind them that they’re not too sweet, not too salty, but perfect just the way they are.
We find comfort and joy in the form of artisanal soft pretzels and Belgian waffles, which is why this holiday gift box went straight into our digital shopping carts. It also comes with salts, mustard, and a dark chocolate fudge sauce for basting.
Truffles, and cookies, and pies, oh my! And not just any truffle, cookie, and pie, Milk Bar truffle, cookie, and pie. This sampler’s got a little bit of everything, from a Compost Cookie and Birthday Truffles to a Milk Bar Pie Slice and an adorable hot pink and white tin that you’ll inevitably use as a lunchbox the next day.
The hit series puts celebrities to the ultimate taste-test and now you can subject yourself to the same joy (and torture) with a 10-pack of the featured hot sauce. Because nothing says “happy holidays” like rushing for Santa’s milk to coat a mouth that’s on fire.
If you enjoy your gourmet popcorn with a side of humor, this hilarious Leftovers Are for Quitters tin from The Popcorn Factory will put a smile on any glutton’s face. Butter, cheese, and caramel, the brand’s most popular varieties, fill this bad boy to the brim in three different sections, but you can mix them all up and nosh on them Chicago-style.
This Middle Eastern spice collection from Asheville-based Spicewalla is a seriously generous gift without the hefty price tag. The high-quality purveyor of pantry essentials like turmeric, zaatar, harissa, and berbere has rounded up a potent arsenal of fan-favorites that will take any oven-roasted protein or veggie from drab to fab.
One of the most iconic lines from The Little Rascals movie was Buckwheat declaring that he had two pickles, he had two pickles, hey hey hey hey. Now you or a lucky friend can recite the same lyric with a bevy of brined goods from Mouth’s pickle gift box. The coveted cukes are also joined by green tomatoes and asparagus so that you get a bit of flavor and texture diversity.
We’ll take three months of sauce over 12 days of Christmas any day. Because, frankly, what are you going to do with four calling birds and three French hens? Allow these jars to inspire weekday meals that will excite the entire family and not just the one making them.
Small in size, but mighty in taste, Baked by Melissa always puts a smile on anyone’s face with its oh-so-adorable mini cupcakes. The only problem is that it’s entirely too easy to house more than a dozen in one sitting, making them a gift you won’t really savor over an extended period of time. Sorry, not sorry.
Chocolate? Yes, but these truffles also moonlight as works of art. In fact, they’re hand-painted to look like objects you’d almost find in the Louvre or a high-end gallery. Containing all 25 of the brand’s signature flavors, this is the box for anyone who can’t get enough of the world’s most celebrated dessert.
Nothing will compare to an actual trip to Italy, but the flavors of the country can be brought into your kitchen with this robust box that’s chock-full of Italy's best exports. In fact, you can make an entire meal out of it with crunchy nocciolata spread, pasta and even dessert. Mangia!
Gifting tinned seafood isn’t fishy. It’s a trend we can get behind, especially when coming from Fishwife. This tasty trio features smoked rainbow trout from Idaho, smoked albacore tuna from off the Pacific coast, and smoked Atlantic salmon from Norway so that you get a little taste from three corners of the globe.
Kids love hot chocolate and these hot cocoa bombs are the perfect gift or holiday activity to give to little ones this season. This set from Harry & David comes with six hot cocoa bombs in both milk and white chocolate with various flavorings to please any palette.
You don’t have to be in New England for a taste of the region's most famous seafood dishes. Legal Sea Foods Marketplace offers Maine lobster tails, lobster mac and cheese and clam chowder (or “chowdah,” if you’re wanting to feel super authentic) that is meant to be enjoyed as soon as you receive it (which, frankly, shouldn’t be an issue).
This batch of red meat may seem extravagant, but it’s a necessity for the insatiable carnivore in your life. And with 14 cuts of filet mignon, boneless New York strips, and top sirloins, that Thanksgiving turkey will undoubtedly turn into nothing but a distant memory.