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Every year, you look forward to the holiday season for all the joy, laughter, family, and most importantly, gift giving. But figuring out what to get everyone on your list can be a stressful, too. A tin of Christmas cookies? A personalized ornament? A gift certificate so they can pick out something themselves?
If you're stumped, we suggest going with an edible gift delivered right to their doorstep. Especially if you have someone on your list who lives far away, a Christmas food gift shipped directly to their home is an easy and delightful way to send them your well wishes for the season.
But what's a good Christmas food gift to give? Whether you're shopping for friends, family, or colleagues, we've gathered together some of the most unique holiday food baskets and gourmet deliveries, from velvety chocolates to ooey-gooey casseroles. Ready to order? You'll find our favorite options on this list. Looking for homemade food gift ideas? Check out our favorite Christmas treat recipes.
Dipping Spice Kit
Bread lovers will get a kick out of this collection of dipping sauces. With 15 spices, recipients will experience flavor profiles from different corners of the world. It includes a recipe card for each sauce and labeled tins for the spice to avoid any confusion.
Ice Cream Monthly Subscription
They'll scream for ice cream every few weeks with this Goldbelly subscription, which can be bought for durations of three months to a year. They'll get to sample frozen treats from the best shops across the country, from San Francisco’s Humphry Slocombe to North Carolina’s Nye’s Cream Sandwiches.
Flirtatious Christmas Marzipan Tiles
If you're not familiar with marzipan, it's like a cookie-candy hybrid made of finely-ground almonds, sugar, corn syrup, and egg whites. This set of 10 delightful marzipan Christmas treats in the shape of a tree, snowflakes, ornaments, and more features a bold color palette of red, pink, and bright blue. The set arrives in a gift box tied with a satin ribbon.
Salsero Holiday Gift Set
If they love chips and dip, they'll love this gorgeously packaged salsero kit from Somos, which includes four salsa varieties (Roasted Tomatillo Jalapeno, Cuatro Chiles Taqueria, Smoky Chipotle Red and Roasted Tomatillo Pasilla), along with a salsa dish handmade by Mexican artisans.
Five Days of Entrées
What's better than giving someone the gift of not having to cook dinner?! For the busy parent, this gift of five entrées (which each feed up to four people) is a godsend. The classic meals — beef lasagna, beef stroganoff, meatloaf, polenta, and zuni stew — are all ready to heat, or they can be frozen to feed the family in the distant future.
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Pork Soup Dumplings
Delicious soup dumplings delivered to their door? Sounds too good to be true, but I've ordered this 50-pack, and I can attest they arrived frozen, and tasted restaurant-fresh after steaming. Choose from three different flavors: pork, shrimp and pork, and savory chicken. I also highly suggest pairing your gift with Mila's Crafted Sauce Trio: ginger and scallion, classic vinegar, and chili crisp.
Hamentaschen Gift Basket
Perfect for the holidays, this gift box includes a dozen individually wrapped treats filled with prune, apricot, and raspberry fillings.
Share the Love Basket
They can recreate the magic of the popular South Carolina biscuit shop with this collection of six buttermilk biscuits, six cinnamon biscuits, and six cheese and chive biscuits — complete with jars of pimento cheese and cinnamon butter, of course!
Black-Owned Tea Brands Box
Support some incredible Black-owned businesses with this tea box that features tea selections from four brands. that can make up to 16 cups. In addition to the tea, which makes up to 16 cups, you'll also get disposable tea filters, a reusable muslin cloth to steep, and a heart sticker. And the best part is, proceeds from sales will go on to support other Black-owned tea brands so they can grow their businesses, too.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Variety Pack
Made with olives grown on Italian soil, pressed by Italian artisans, and bottled in Italy, this extra virgin olive oil set is all about quality from start to finish. It includes Tuscan Herb, Basil, Garlic, and Truffle flavors.
Cheddar Lover's Collection
Cheese lovers will get a kick out of the fancy cheese gift boxes from popular New York cheesemonger Murray's Cheese. Those who can't get enough cheddar are sure to appreciate this grazing collection, which includes two cheddars, cheddar curds, a beef salami, and a fruit jam.
With many happy reviewers raving that Chicago Steak Company has the "best cheesecake ever," you know it's gotta be good. It includes 12 slices comprised of four decadent flavors: Turtle, Strawberry Swirl, Chocolate Chip, and New York Cheesecake.
With a standard three-month subscription to this luxurious charcuterie box, your gift recipient will get a monthly delivery of:
1 cracker pack
2+ accompaniments (e.g., dried fruits, olives, candied nuts, chocolate, pickled things)
An instructional sheet makes it easy to put together an Instagram-worthy board. Up your gift game by buying the recipient a bottle of wine to complement the treats.
Classic Favorites Gift Basket
Can't decide what to get? You can't go wrong with a Classic Gift Basket from Harry & David like this one, which offers a wide variety of sweet and savory treats, including royal pears, milk chocolate popcorn, crackers, sharp cheddar, and flavored relish.
Not only do these masalas taste great, but they make for an easy way to elevate a weeknight dinner. The Garam Masala is a versatile base you can use for most dishes, while the Biryani and Tandoori options work as great foundations you can experiment with in the kitchen.
It's not Christmas without a tin of popcorn. But instead of buying one from a supermarket, up your popcorn game with this mix of gourmet popcorn, which comes with a combo of cheddar and caramel popcorn to satisfy those who want savory and sweet. Choose from five different tin designs and four different sizes.
Starter Caviar Set
Caviar isn't for everyone, but those who love it will be delighted to see this gift arrive at their doorstep. Choose from different caviar varieties that start at $99 for a 50-gram jar or $165 for two 50-gram jars. Every order comes packaged in a luxe-looking box that's perfect for gifting.
Wood Fired Pizza
If it's good enough for Beyoncé and Jay-Z's date night, then Roberta's is good enough for the pizza connoisseur in your life. Once they receive this pack of four pies shipped in dry ice, the recipient can put them in the freezer to store, or pop them in the oven to enjoy right away.
Half Dozen Bagels
While the battle for which state boasts the best bagels is as contentious as ever, it's hard to dispute that NYC-based shop Russ & Daughters is right up there. Send a half-a-dozen assorted bagels, including flavors like Everything, Pumpernickel, and Sesame, and all the recipient will have to do is add their own cream cheese.
With this three-month subscription, they'll get authentic Japanese snacks, candies, and teas mailed right to their front door once a month. Each box includes 2o to 22 products, all from family-run businesses in Japan, as well as a 24-page guide that outlines each item's origin, flavors, and allergens.
Chocolate Gift Basket
For anyone with a sweet tooth, this chocolate sampler box is a must, as it comes packed to the brim with individually-wrapped chocolate pretzels, clusters, English toffees, sea salt caramels, peppermint patties, and more.
Holiday Cheer Cupcakes
You may have seen these mini cupcakes on your social media feed. The adorable cupcakes would be a great gift for a teen who can share the Christmas Sugar Cookie-, Vanilla Fluff-, Snowcap-, and Brookie-flavored treats with their friends at the Secret Santa gift exchange.
Peanut Butter Sampler
Peanut butter lovers will go "nuts" for this sampler pack, which includes six varieties featuring sweet and salty ingredients like chocolate chips, pretzels, toffee, and more. They can spread it on bread, fruit, or eat it with a spoon straight from the jar.
Minute Cocktail Sugar Cube Trio
This trio of cocktail cubes lets the recipient be their own bartender. Simply drop one into a shot of their liquor of choice and they will instantly have a Manhattan, Old-Fashioned, or Moscow Mule.
Milk Chocolate Assortment
When it comes to assorted chocolate boxes, no one does it like Godiva. And this 15-piece gourmet box wraps every melt-in-your mouth chocolate up in a pretty gold bow (literally). The gift recipient can indulge in the likes of delicious chocolates with velvety ganache, buttery caramel, and refreshing raspberry puree.
Italian Fresh Cheese Making Kit
This cheesemaking kit includes everything your favorite dairy lover needs to make their own mozzarella, mascarpone, ricotta, or burrata from home. It comes with citric acid, cheese salt, and vegetable rennet that will last enough to make eight batches.
Ultimate BBQ Experience
This monthly subscription box features rubs, spices, sauces, wood chips, and grilling accessories hand-selected by a certified BBQ pitmaster. Whether the recipient is already an avid griller or is just getting started, this selection of new products each month will inspire their craft, and of course a lot of delicious meals.
Warm-Me-Up French Onion Soup Bread Bowl Kit
A bowl full of comfort might be perfect for the person in your life who sometimes feels overwhelmed or lonely around the holidays. This gift basket comes with two sourdough bread bowls, a jar of French onion soup, a block of cheddar Gruyère cheese with black truffles, and two double chocolate chunk cookies.
Premium French Macarons
This stunning macaron gift box — which includes a dozen dreamy flavors, such as Pistachio, Crème Brûlée, Raspberry Cream, Galaxy Caramel, and Belgian Dark Chocolate — is delivered fresh in just two days, making it an ideal last-minute gift idea.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Gourmet Popcorn Cake
This company, run by a mother-daughter duo, truly knows how to create gifts that pop. The Chocolate Chip Cookie popcorn cake is made with fresh popcorn, tossed with marshmallows, and drizzled with chocolate. It's a perfect gift for coworkers.
Bacon in a Box
Got a meat fiend in your family or friend group? They're sure to go hog wild for this box, which includes applewood smoked bacon, extra thick-cut bacon, uncured fruitwood bacon, and uncured nitrate-free bacon.
Tour de France Gift Crate
Want to make someone feel très chic? Get them this France-inspired food crate, which comes filled with smoked salmon, creamy brie, pork paté, and French blinis and caviar.
Christina Tosi's New York bakery has opened up new stores from Boston to LA, but aside from a visit in person, a gift set is the next best thing. This sample includes signature desserts like B'Day Cake Truffles, Compost Cookies, and Milk Bar Pie.
These brownies (which include chocolate fudge, vegan fudge, brown sugar blondie with chocolate chips, and snickerdoodle flavors) aren't just delicious — purchasing them can also help social and sustainability programs flourish.
Peck of Pickles
Filled with sweet chip pickles, garlic dills, habanero horseradish dills, hoppy pickles, and garlic dills, you couldn't pick a better gift than this taster box for the pickle aficionado in your life.
Assorted Cake Balls
Made of soft crumbled cake with cream cheese frosting, this assortment includes a dozen decadent cake balls in six of Flour Shop's most popular flavors.
Best Seller Cupcake Dozen
There's no better way to make someone's day than with a dozen cupcakes from a legendary bakery in a variety of flavors, including Coconut, Cookies & Creme, Peanut Butter Fudge, Red Velvet, and more.
The Grazer Specialty Bundle
Made with charcuterie connoisseurs in mind, this Spanish meat bundle comes with a range of delicious cuts, including Ibérico, Lomo, chorizo, and salchichon, all sliced and ready to enjoy.
Noodle Variety Pack
With this four-pack, they'll be able to try all three of Momofuku's noodle flavors: Soy and Scallion, Spicy Soy, and Tingly Chili, plus an extra pack of their most popular flavor, Soy and Scallion.
Want to give a food gift that's small but sweet? Get a trio of Zach & Zoë's wildly popular unfiltered raw honey, which comes loaded with naturally-occurring vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids.
Vegan Snack Box
While vegan diets are becoming more popular, it isn't always easy for plant-based eaters to find delicious snacks. That's where this gift box from Mouth comes in, which includes vegan-approved treats like fruit jerky, crunchy granola, popcorn, and more.
Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Baked to order, this giant and colorful cookie cake is guaranteed to put a smile on their face.
Hand-Harvested Icelandic Sea Salt
Quality spices go a long way, and these hand-harvested sea salts are definitely worth the investment. Each of these varieties comes from the Westfjords of Iceland and is processed with a zero-carbon footprint, which means they're a delicacy worth the splurge.
Gourmet Truffle Sampler Pack
A little truffle oil goes a long way in elevating salads, pastas, and risottos into dishes that taste truly luxurious. This gift set includes TRUFF's bestselling black truffle oil, as well as black truffle hot sauce and white truffle hot sauce, all in a pre-wrapped gift box.
Cocktail Therapy Gift Set
Give the gift of four cocktail mixers, including Cosmopolitan and Mojito, plus edible pearl, rose petal and confetti garnishes. All they have to do is add the booze!
Hummus & Salatim Spread
Philadelphia-based restaurant Zahav has been making incredible Israeli cuisine since 2008, and this meal kit celebrates some of its best spreads. It comes with beets, Moroccan carrots, twice-cooked eggplant, pickled Napa cabbage, spicy fennel, and more to serve up to eight people.
Sushi Making Kit
This DIY sushi kit may not include raw fish, but it offers everything else they'll need to make 48 pieces of sushi, including sushi rice, nori, rice vinegar powder, sesame seeds, and wasabi powder. With all the essential ingredients already included, they can have fun customizing the rolls with their favorite fillings.
Hot Sauce Kit
For the person who can't get enough spice in their life, this DIY kit will allow them to take the heat level of their sauce into their own hands. It comes with all the tools needed to craft two uniquely flavorful hot sauces at home, one red and one yellow.
Female Makers + Shakers Gift Set
Whether she runs a restaurant or just a tight ship in her home kitchen, strong women will appreciate this gift basket completely made up of products from female-owned companies. These uniquely tasty items include Toffee Popcorn, Rosemary Parmesan Brittle, and Lemon Zest Almonds.
Make Your Own Chocolate Truffles Kit
It's a known fact that chocolate makes everything better, so this DIY truffle kit is sure to bring joy to whoever you gift it to. It comes complete with all the ingredients needed to make 36 delicious homemade truffles, including dark chocolate, cocoa powder, coconut flakes, sugar, peppermint extract, and vanilla extract.
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