Food is always a welcome gift, so I have rounded up some of my favorite edible treats that make a great gift for anyone on your list, or even just for yourself! As always, these are just some personal favorites – no one has asked me to promote any products or compensated me in any way, though I may earn a small commission from Amazon sales. Photos used are from the vendors. And for more gift ideas, check out my Amazon store.
Any Ted Lasso fans (and who isn’t?) will get a real lift from a box of biscuits with the boss shortbread. If you’ve ever wished you could send a warm, fresh baked cookie to someone, Ike’s Cookie Kits have you covered – dough and a metal baking tin all in one. English cookie company Biscuiteers sends beautiful boxes of decorated cookies. Or add a subtle hint of cookie to cocktails, hot chocolate or coffee with gourmet cookie syrup.
The adventurous cook will love a kit to help them make hand-pulled noodles or perfect soup dumplings. Or maybe they are more interested in perfecting French pastries or fancy chocolates. Or how about a babka making kit? Get the family involved in making funfetti donuts. Hey, maybe you know an eater more than a baker, so a fancy olive oil cake mix, with the olive oil included, would be a better fit.
Charcuterie boards are all the rage, and you can send one right to your friends, like this Venetian-style ciccetti board kit. Or choose your own salami from a host of delicious flavors. One of my all-time favorite cheesemakers is Sequatchie Cove, and you can get a sampler of their best cheeses shipped. Or enroll your loved one in a pasta club, for monthly shipments of pasta and provisions.
Boost your breakfast with bourbon barrel aged maple syrup in an attractive crock. The queen of French jam making, Christine Ferber is a real foodie find this side of the pond (of course, you can say you brought it back in your suitcase). A rich and delicious cup of cocoa is always a welcome treat, and this winter solstice spiced drinking chocolate from Harth is extra special. Or make cocktails shine with Runamok Sparkle Tonic.
Have you got someone on your list who thinks they are a chocolate connoisseur? Well, they don’t know chocolate until they’ve tried Luisa Abrams wild cacao. Choose a few bars and print out the PDF on the website that explains the history of wild foraged chocolate. A few years ago, a walk through Edinburgh to source some gin also brought me to Coco, the most gorgeous chocolate store. Now you can buy beautifully wrapped treats here, like this seasonal Christmas spice chocolate bar. A beautiful box of hand-picked, sweet and sticky dates is a special treat. And push the boat out on flavor with interesting spice blend kits from Curio.
Of course, the best gift is giving to others, so consider donations to organizations doing great work in these crazy times. Feeding America supports a network of food banks across the country. Click here to find your local food bank, or donate directly here. The Lee Initiative, founded by Chef Edward Lee, has a restaurant worker relief fund. Chef Chris Sheppard’s Southern Smoke Foundation has turned its efforts to relief for food and beverage workers. World Central Kitchen created by Chef Jose Andres provides meals for those in need around the country and the world during natural disasters and emergencies.