48 Holiday Food Gifts Everyone Will Love
If you ever draw a blank when trying to find the perfect holiday gift, you can’t go wrong with food—especially the food on this list.
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One word: Yum!
When it comes to the holidays, there’s no better crowd-pleaser than food. We all enjoy it, and no holiday celebration would be complete without it. Since ancient times, food has served as a way to connect people—to join them together in good times and in bad. It’s one way for us to put our differences aside, come together, and relish in the same experience. But that’s just one of the reasons food makes a terrific gift. It’s also fun to find delectable items that will make someone’s mouth water, and it’s the perfect present for people who are impossible to shop for!
We’ve rounded up the best food gifts at every price point for that special someone—whether you’re shopping for a friend, family member, coworker, or neighbor. These items are sure to be appreciated, and they certainly won’t go to waste. From sweet and fruity to savory and salty, there’s something on this menu for everyone on your list. If you want to make your own homemade goodies, check out these Christmas cookie recipes.
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Quinn Movie Night Microwave Popcorn Variety Pack
Arm the movie lovers in your life with enough popcorn to last them at least a few months. This savory treasure chest includes nine bags of Quinn’s non-GMO organic kernels and nine packets of oil and seasoning in three delicious flavors (Real Butter & Sea Salt, Aged Parmesan & Rosemary, and White Cheddar & Sea Salt). It also includes activities and games the whole family can enjoy—like movie night bingo, trivia, word searches, and crafts—printed right on the recyclable box. Get into the holiday spirit with the best Christmas movies of all time.
Fat Witch Brownies
Chocolate lovers, rejoice! This New York City bakery has gained a reputation for selling some of the richest chocolate brownies ever created. The best part? You don’t have to live in New York City to get them—the brand now sells its goods online in several different portion sizes. Gift them to that special someone with a keen sweet tooth, or serve them at a holiday get-together. Don’t miss the best self-care gifts for a friend in need of pampering.
Saxelby Cheesemongers Cheese and Charcuterie Pairing
If you have a foodie on your list who’s obsessed with cheese, you can’t go wrong with this gift: a month’s supply (or more) of farmstead favorite cheeses and cured meats. This package comes with a variety of cheeses totaling approximately a pound, including Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Bayley Hazen Blue, and Queso del Invierno, as well as French-style salami (Saucisson Sec) and Casella’s Prosciutto. It’s enough to serve 10 to 12 people—or last one person for quite some time. FYI, this is what your favorite cheese says about your personality.
Windsor Vineyards Wine
Got a vino-obsessed pal? This two-bottle gift set is the way to go. You can choose between Windsor Vineyards’ wide array of offerings, including pinot noir, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon, and even customize the label to make it more personal. Labels can be created with any photo, festive image, or sentimental saying. While we’re on the subject, make sure you’re storing your wine the right way.
Wolferman’s Deluxe Christmas Bakery Basket
If you’re not totally sure what your boss or friend is keen on eating, sending an assortment of different goodies is always a good idea. This gift basket includes a bucket load of delicious food options, including two different types of English muffins, cranberry muffins, chocolate swirl loaf cake, cinnamon rolls, baklava, and cranberry kringle. On a tighter budget? Take a look at these great gifts under $50.
Alter Eco Salted Caramel Truffles
This set of deep Ecuadorian chocolate truffles, which are 100 percent USDA-certified organic and filled with nourishing coconut oil and cacao, are perfectly indulgent yet surprisingly affordable for the holidays (or any other time you need a top-notch gift). Bonus: Each purchase of these dark chocolate treats comes with a recipe ebook, so that you can try your hand at fun chocolate dishes at home. Here are more perfect stocking stuffers under $20.
One Hope Shimmer Etched Sparkling Wine
For the sentimental friend in your life, give the gift of California sparkling wine in all of its bubbly glory with One Hope’s etched edition, which features a “Home Sweet Home” logo. It pairs well with anything from appetizers and seafood to cheeses and desserts. If you’re a wine lover, you should be familiar with these 20 wine terms.
Baker’s Bacon Gift Set
Is there anything better than bacon? If someone on your list would be hard-pressed to think of something that would rank higher, this gourmet gift box will be a surefire hit. Sourced from family-owned farms in Iowa, Baker’s Bacon is made in small batches at a California smokehouse and tastes unlike any bacon you’ve ever had before; it’s cured in a spice blend that includes raw brown sugar. Plus, this vegetarian-fed, antibiotic-free heritage breed pork is sustainably and humanely raised. Though it feels like it’s been around forever, gourmet bacon is one of the 30 foods that only became popular in the 2000s.
Citarella Gourmet Gift Basket
From famed New York City grocery store Citarella comes this gourmet gift basket featuring pantry staples including olive oils, hand-selected antipasti essentials, chocolates, and more. It’s a great choice for any friend or family member who appreciates good food. Your purchase includes free ground shipping and NYC delivery, so it will arrive at your loved one’s door safe and sound. Here’s how to get just about anything delivered to your house (or someone else’s).
Happy Birthday Edible Cookie Dough
Is there a sweeter way to celebrate than with cookie dough? We just don’t think so. This gift set is holiday- and birthday-friendly, so it’s particularly fitting for a friend or loved one who has a December birthday. It includes four containers of straight-up cookie dough—8 ounces apiece, to be exact! You can also purchase optional candles that come in a set of 12. Next, find out 50 amazing holiday gift ideas for grandparents.
Lillie’s Trio of BBQ Sauces
For your friend or family member who constantly requests barbecue as the cuisine of choice, this set is sure to make their mouth water. It includes three customer favorites: Smoky, Carolina, and Gold, all shipped in a custom wood box. For more gift ideas, take a look at these other things you need at your grilling station.
Mochidoki 24-Piece Gift Box
This Japanese-style ice cream wrapped inside a rice cake is a total treat to eat and will make a much-appreciated gift. Because it’s so hard to choose between all of the options, this 12-flavor gift box is a great choice. It includes two of each of the brand’s best-selling flavors, including red bean, coconut, matcha, and black sesame. Another clever way to approach holiday shopping? By choosing the perfect present based on a person’s zodiac sign.
The Rack Counter Top Set of Spices
Both budding chefs and old pros can always use an elegant spice rack to store all of their spices and keep them close at hand. You can choose between four kitchen-friendly finishes: black, white, silver, and gunmetal. The best part? Whenever you run out of the 18 included spices, you can reorder them from the same place! By the way, here’s how long spices really last.
The Governor Limited Edition Early Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Those who love to cook know the importance of high-quality extra virgin olive oil like this superior blend, which has eight times more polyphenols (micronutrients) than most olive oils. It’s harvested early in the season and milled by experts, so whomever you’re gifting will know they’re only cooking with or serving the very best.
Treat the grape lover in your life to a box of extraordinary seedless Holiday grapes, available only from September through December at local markets and on Amazon via Whole Foods. These extra-large rich red globes, produced by Columbine Vineyards in California’s San Joaquin Valley, are bursting with sweet flavor and juiciness. Bonus: They’re heart-healthy, non-GMO, and rich in antioxidants.
Farmbox Direct Organic Medium Box
If you appreciate fresh farmer’s market produce in summer, why not gift a farmer’s market bounty to a loved one in winter (especially if they’re in your household, so you can enjoy it too!). Farmbox Direct is a produce delivery service specializing in 100 percent USDA Certified Organic fruits and veggies (you can choose one or the other or a mix), including favorites such as apples, oranges, grapes, pomegranates, avocados, carrots, celery, bell peppers and asparagus. At a time when grocery store shelves may be bare, this box is an even greater treat—and really, the gift of good health.
New York Biltong Holiday Sampler
This traditional Southern African delicacy would make a great gift for the meat lover in your life. This American company does biltong right, by setting out naturally cured strips of grass-fed beef to air-dry and using delectable spices and curing techniques that have been developed over generations. This sampler set comes with a quarter-pound each of traditional wet, traditional dry, lean wet, and lean dry biltong. Check out these 18 places to buy meat that aren’t supermarkets—and where you can find more prime cuts for carnivores.
Olivieri 1882 Classic Panettone
Have a friend who’s obsessed with Italy—and, perhaps more specifically, Italian food? This authentic Italian sweet bread is an excellent gift choice. It is created the traditional way, made with only natural sourdough that has passed through a 48-hour double-fermentation process. It’s filled with Australian five crown raisins and candied oranges, and it features tiny black dots of Tahiti Bourbon vanilla. See if the grateful recipient of this delectable present will share a little with you.
Pastene Specialty Gift Box
For more Italian delicacies at a slightly lower price point, check out this collection of pasta essentials. It includes more than a dozen Pastene classics, including gnocchi, mafaldine, trivella, regine, spaghetti, linguine, sauce, plum tomatoes, basil sauce, roasted peppers, marinated artichokes, black olives, and more. Check out these 15 Christmas traditions from around the world that you’ll want to steal.
Round Barn Cherry Spritz 4-Pack
Spiked seltzer is all the rage, but this company churns out one that’s a cut above the rest. Round Barn sells several flavors, each made without artificial colors and flavors or high-fructose corn syrup. Just don’t forget to remind the person you’re gifting that these tasty beverages are alcoholic—with 6.89 percent alcohol in each can.
Four Sigmatic Mushroom Cacao Mix with Reishi
Guilt-free hot chocolate? Yes, please! The mushroom powder in this mix will deliver some seriously sweet dreams to someone on your list. It contains reishi mushrooms, which have been known to support sleep and relieve occasional stress, and it’s served in a truly delicious European-style hot chocolate mix. If mushrooms could talk, here’s what they would tell you.
The Tahini Table
Sometimes the best type of food gift is the one that gives you instructions on how to cook. After all, that’s a gift that keeps on giving. That’s why The Tahini Table is the perfect present for the budding chef in your life. Written by the CEO and co-founder of Soom Foods, it features 100 recipes that include one of the most coveted Middle Eastern pantry staples: You guessed it—tahini.
Divina Fig Spread
Figs have long been a type of food served when entertaining, dating back to ancient times in Mediterranean countries. In fact, they were one of the staples of the Grecian diet, along with olives and wine. Today, figs are still enjoyed, especially when served as a fruity or olive-like tapenade. This spread features hints of orange, chili, kalamata olives, and cocoa, which means it pairs well when spread on a cracker with just about any wine or liquor. You’ll want to celebrate these 12 national food holidays every year.
Greatest Hits by Murray’s Cheese
The cheese lover in your life won’t be able to contain his or her excitement upon receiving this bevy of four all-star cheeses and their carefully chosen pairing companions. There’s a little something for everyone—from sweet and fruity to salty and savory.
Meli’s Monster Cookies Dry Mix
If you or someone you spend the holiday with is gluten-free, you know how challenging dessert time can be. That’s where these cookies come in. They’re a holiday food gift that fits the bill (no gluten-free substitutes either!), and they’re also super delicious. Now there’s no reason to eliminate cookies from your holiday diet. Making your own? These are the 14 Christmas cookie baking hacks you need to know.
Table87 Coal Oven Margherita Pizza, 4 Pies
Really good pizza is hard to come by, especially the coal-fired variety that has that distinctive Brooklyn flair. That’s why Table87 started cranking out pizzas that are made-to-order and then promptly frozen—for folks from out of town who still want to feel like they’re just a block or two over.
Bono 100% Italian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
For those who love food, and especially those who love to cook, high-quality olive oil is a kitchen must-have and a cherished holiday food gift. Bono is the exclusive house purveyor of EVOO for the James Beard Foundation. And not only is its flavor is unique—each bottle has its own tracking number to the land, so consumers know exactly where their EVOO is coming from.
Saltworks Fumée de Sel Chardonnay Oak Smoked Sea Salt
Salt can be basic and boring, or it can be vibrant and exciting. The latter is what you get when you order one of SaltWorks’ coveted varieties. One of the brand’s most popular for the holiday season is Fumée de Sel Chardonnay Oak Smoked Sea Salt, French salt that’s cold-smoked over aged oak wine barrels. It’s a great gift for anyone who loves savory foods, as it goes great with lobster or crab dishes as well as soups. Keep these etiquette pointers in mind this holiday season.
Island Creek Oysters Starter Pack
Know someone who’s dreaming of summers on the shore? This Island Creek collection comes with everything necessary to have the ultimate seafood experience. Have two dozen Island Creek oysters delivered with a shucking knives and gloves (and detailed instructions)—and have at it! This unique gift, produced in Duxbury, Massachusetts, will wow the foodie on your list.
Tipsy Scoop Boozy Ice Cream, 6-Pack
Though ice cream might not seem like a sensible food gift, considering it’s hard to keep cold, let alone frozen, Tipsy Scoop makes it possible. In fact, you can send this boozy brand of ice cream nationwide and have it delivered right to the recipient’s door! They just need to be 21 or over and be able to sign for the package. Flavors range from Dark Chocolate Whiskey Salted Caramel ice cream to Raspberry Limoncello sorbet. These are more of the most unique ice cream flavors you have to try.
Bennett’s Butter Co. The Essentials
Butter is a staple of most recipes but especially during the holiday season, which is why there’s never been a more prime time to take things up a notch with fascinating flavors. Bennett’s Butter Co. offers some unique options, and this set includes Everything Bagel Butter, Roasted Garlic and Herb Butter, Sriracha Jalapeño Butter, and Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Butter. Use them in marinades for meats, atop roasted potatoes, or simply spread them on your favorite loaf of bread. Find out more of our favorite gifts for her that are under $50.
Maille Gourmet Mustard Variety, 4-Pack
Mustard is the perfect companion to so many holiday appetizers, including pretzels, sausage, crispy potatoes, meat crostinis, and more. That’s where this mustard variety pack can play a powerful role. It comes with four of Maille’s most classic flavors: Dijon Original, Old Style, Honey Dijon, and Rich Country. Here’s more inspiration on what to buy the guy who is impossible to shop for.
Tea Forté Presentation Box Herbal Retreat
For the friend or loved one who appreciates a nice, warm cup of tea, this gift set is an excellent choice. It comes with five different teas, all of which are caffeine-free and USDA-certified organic. Did you know that this delightful beverage isn’t just for drinking? Here are 7 genius ways to cook with tea.
The Popcorn Factory Cozy Plaid Merry Christmas Popcorn Tin
Who doesn’t like popcorn, especially when it’s flavored with butter, cheese, or caramel and comes in a cute, reusable tin? This is the perfect holiday food gift for the movie lover in your life and makes an equally welcome gift for a coworker.
Three Peaks Manuka Honey
This honey hails all the way from a volcanic central plateau in New Zealand, where it’s sourced, packaged, and certified by the stringent NZ UMF Honey Association. Not only is it delicious, but manuka honey is known for its healing health and wellness properties. Enjoy eating it on its own, adding to it tea, coffee, or other beverages, or incorporating it as part of an appetizer or dessert.
Harry & David Bloody Mary Kit and Garnishes
For the pal who appreciates a traditional Bloody Mary, this box comes with it all—the drink mix, dill pickle hot sauce, garlic dill cornichons, pitted grilled green olives, and even chili lime salt for the rim. Just add your own vodka.
KRAVE Gourmet Beef Cuts, 8-pack
Beef jerky is the snack of choice for most meat lovers, and it can be a relatively nutritious one, considering it’s low-fat, high in protein, and also gluten-free. KRAVE is made with only 100 percent lean cuts of meat, so it’s a great on-the-go snack for anyone looking to fuel up on more than just a granola bar. This is eligible for free shipping, just like these 60 top Amazon Prime gifts.
Hu Vegan Chocolate Bars, 4-pack
This cult-favorite vegan and paleo chocolate is loved by celebs including Ryan Reynolds, Hilary Duff, Reese Witherspoon, Gabrielle Union, and Mario Lopez for a reason. Each bar contains zero dairy, emulsifiers, soy lecithin, gluten, refined sugar, cane sugar, sugar alcohols, etc., which means you won’t feel awful after indulging. These 13 holiday foods aren’t worth the calories.
Good Caramel JoyStar Gift Box
Give warm tidings along with tasty caramels! This holiday variety box features a different positive quote in each caramel along with the themes of good fortune, good cheer, and good wishes. The flavors include vanilla, sea salt, butter tum, chocolate sea salt, and café caramel. Yum! Ever wonder why we eat fruitcake during the holidays?
Divina Red Pepper Stuffed Olives, Case of 6
Whether used as in a holiday cocktail or as an accouterment to a holiday charcuterie, these olives are sure to impress guests with their unique flavor. Divina uses Mt. Athos olives that are grown and picked from small family farms on the Halkidiki Peninsula, one of the most unspoiled parts of Greece. Here’s how you can save money on Christmas shopping.
Seattle Chocolates Color of Delicious Box
Showing up to a holiday party with a gift box full of 12 melt-in-your-mouth Seattle-made chocolate truffle flavors will score you instant bonus points with the host. This deluxe assortment includes a myriad of flavors such as Blackberry Crème, Champagne, Dark Chocolate, Dark San Juan Sea Salt, Espresso, Extreme Dark, and more.
Cypress Grove Cheese Boards for Dinner Kit
A pioneer of the artisanal goat cheese movement in America, Cypress Grove knows a thing or two about creating a cheese board—especially one for lactose-intolerant folk. It features a fresh variety of goat cheeses that are perfect for bringing to any fancy dinner party or family get-together. Don’t forget to check out these gifts for men that will make you look like a hero.
Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Grow Kit
This kit is the food gift that keeps on giving, making it perfect for any foodie looking to cultivate his or her own crop. With a little sunlight and water, you can grow delicious, gourmet oyster mushrooms right out of the box in just 10 days. We bet you didn’t know these facts about the holidays.
KC Cattle Company Wagyu Tenderloin Filet Mignon
For the meat lover on your list, you can’t go wrong with an order of one of the most tender cuts out there: wagyu tenderloin filet mignon. KC Cattle Company was founded by a former member of the 1st Ranger Battalion, who brings the lessons he learned during his time in the military to his agricultural practice. Here are more holiday gifts your husband really wants.
Hilliards Craft Beer Brittle
From the family-owned artisan chocolate factory comes a unique treat—traditional peanut brittle combined with fresh-brewed craft beer from Shovel Town Brewery in Easton, Massachusetts. It’s great for bringing some holiday cheer or snacking to game-day parties. Find out the must-try craft beer from your state.
Mighty Sesame Co. 100-Calorie TahiniBars
Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds that’s popular in Middle Eastern countries. Not only is it delicious, but it also makes a wonderful ingredient in just about anything, including these energy bars. They’re a great source of fiber and protein, and they’re also vegan and gluten-free.
BetterBody Avocado Oil
Most of us are used to cooking with olive oil, which is not ideal for use on high heat. However, avocado oil is a great alternative because it can withstand a high smoke point of 500 degrees. It’s great for just about anything—sautéing, baking, frying, you name it. Find out 100 more stocking stuffers under $100.
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