Three carefully crafted spice blends will liven up just about anything on your table. Cinnamon-and-ginger Yemen enhances custards and ice cream; Mishmish, with lemon and saffron, adds complexity to fruits and desserts; and honey-and-anise Reims lends depth to grilled meats and slow-cooked stews.
All the fixin’s for a down-home Southern feast: cornbread mix, traditional Tennessee chow chow, bread and butter pickles, tangy pimento cheese, buttermilk and sage fried chicken mix, and—of course—a bottle of smoky barbecue sauce.
For the serious meat lover on your list. A selection of famed La Quercia cured meats, including prosciutto, speck, and coppa—plus melt-in-your-mouth lardo (pork fat) spread—arrives in a handsome wooden crate.
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UV Cake Vodka
One whiff of this fun vanilla-infused vodka will take you right back to childhood birthday cakes (though this drink is definitely for the adults). It’s frosting-sweet, so sip it slowly on its own or mix with soda for a grownup treat.
To buy: $13 for a .750 ml bottle, available nationally at fine wine and spirits stores.
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Le Sanctuaire Baker’s Gift Set
A delicious duo: Sweet, floral Tahitian vanilla beans (specially cured to concentrate the flavor) and fragrant, hand-rolled Ceylon cinnamon are sure to elevate any cookie or cake.
Cupcakes are so last year. Instead, send a beautifully packaged box filled with these treats: The soft cake-like exterior gives way to a sweet, addictive cream cheese filling. Available in pumpkin or chocolate.