Gift Baskets and Sets for Everyone on Your List
If you’ve ever been the lucky recipient of a gift basket, you know how much fun it is to find one at your doorstep (or be handed one as a hostess gift). This holiday season, let a friend or family member in on the fun and send them their very own gourmet food basket. We guarantee there’s a type of basket in this collection for everyone on your list, from the coffee addict and the cheese lover to every type of sweet tooth (yes, there’s a whole box dedicated to caramel). These are especially great gifts for anyone hosting a holiday party (or an absurd amount of family members), because the treats can easily be set out and enjoyed by guests (no kitchen time required!). If your recipient lives far away, send these straight to them—they’re all beautifully packaged. But if you’re going to hand deliver them, add a personalized note and a pretty bow, which will make the gift all the more special. Once the rest of the presents are opened and the festivities begin to wind down, your friends will be happy to still have gelato waiting for them in the freezer, a variety of cheeses in the fridge, and cookies in the cabinet—all of which are necessities for keeping the holiday cheer alive for as long as possible. Plus, in addition to the edible items, a number of the baskets include items that can last for years to come, such as a bamboo cheeseboard or a miniature coffee grinder.
Dean & Deluca Cheese Accompaniments
There are few things better than a lavish cheeseboard, and there’s no better time to enjoy one than during the holiday season. We suggest giving this elaborate assortment to any friends or family playing host or hostess this season—instead of running around town picking up the accompaniments, all they’ll have to do is add their cheese of choice. From rosemary mini flatbreads to a delectable fig and almond cake, there’s something for everyone. As far as the cheese goes, we suggest at least one hard cheese (think Parmigiano-Reggiano or aged Gouda), one blue cheese, (try Roquefort or Stilton), and one semi-soft cheese (go for a fontina).
To buy: $65, deandeluca.com.
Stumptown Voyager Travel Coffee Kit
Have a friend who’s always on the road? Don’t let their travels disrupt their morning coffee routine. Instead, give them the gift of caffeine (is there anything better?) with this genius Stumptown kit, which includes a foldable coffee drip, a miniature manual coffee grinder, an old-school enamel mug, double-crimped filters, a 12-ounce bag of beans, and the ultimate guide to making the best brew. They’ll think of you every time they sip their morning cup, and it’s truly the gift that keeps giving—and giving. It’s also a great gift for avid campers, or friends with long daily commutes, or anyone who isn’t familiar with the awesome coffee brand.
To buy: $125, food52.com.
Dean & Deluca Basket For Caramel Lovers
With the sunny days of summer now a distant memory and the chill of winter quickly approaching, everyone’s craving warm, comforting flavors—from spiced mulled wine to maple-glazed veggies. Another cold-weather favorite? Rich salted caramel, which is the theme of this gorgeous gift. And we’re not just talking about the chewy, candy-like caramels (though those are in here, too—one made with fresh cream, and another made with crispy brown rice). This basket explores caramel in a variety of forms and textures, from salty caramel sauce and loose-leaf caramel tea, to spiced caramel popcorn. Come to think of it, we might just order one for ourselves as well.
To buy: $69, deandeluca.com.
Custom Cheese Board Gift Set
There’s nothing better than a gift that feels personal, and this customizable cheese board achieves just that. Choose up to five gourmet cheeses to be packaged with the bamboo cheese board, and iGourmet will arrange the selection, toss in a cheese knife, seal it all up, and send it to the lucky recipient. And there’s certainly no shortage of cheeses to choose from, whether you’re looking for cheddars, chevres, mozzarella, or gouda. Pair with a bottle of wine and a crusty baguette, then invite yourself over for an epic girls night in. We guarantee they’ll be talking about this gift for years to come.
To buy: $33 plus the cost of cheeses, igourmet.com.
Dean & Deluca Movie Night Basket
For your friend who prefers curling up on the couch to rowdy nights out (or for new parents who are getting used to quieter nights in), this movie-lovers basket will be a dream come true. They’ll choose the flick, and this towering tin provides the rest—the salty smoked nuts, the sour gummies, the peanut butter chocolate bar, and multiple varieties of popcorn, of course. And this isn’t your average microwave popcorn. They’ll have the option of chowing down on sweet artisan kettle corn or Vermont maple-and-sea-salt popcorn (yum!). If you’re feeling generous, pair with a one-year Netflix subscription.
To buy: $65, deandeluca.com.
Single-Origin Chocolate Taster
Chocolate is always a winner—there’s no doubt any recipient would appreciate the sweet treat. This collection represents chocolate made around the world, including Madagascar, Brooklyn, Ecuador, Belize, and Peru. Because there are six bars per set, you can give them all to an avid chocoholic, or divvy them up among friends as stocking stuffers. They’re great stashed in desk drawers or kept in the car, ensuring a bite of chocolate is never out of reach. Each one has its own unique properties—the Belize bar has notes of vanilla, pineapple, and honey, while the Madagascar features notes of raspberry, almond, and caramel.
To buy: $45, mouth.com.
Honeysuckle Gelato, 4-Pint Sampler
There’s no such thing as too much dessert during the holidays, and anyone with a sweet tooth will appreciate this gourmet gelato. Each hand-packed pint is made from scratch in Atlanta, where they source the dairy from local farms and the rest of the delicious (and unique!) ingredients are provided by nearby farmers’ markets. This cool and creamy collection includes four decadent varieties: Sea Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Bourbon Pecan, and Honey Fig. Whomever you gift them to can decide whether to serve them to guests or stow them away for themselves—we wouldn’t blame them if they choose the latter option.
To buy: $35, igourmet.com.
Palais des Thés, Loose Teas From Around the World Box Set
If you find yourself with a tea drinker on your gift list this year, look no further than this global assortment of loose leaf teas. The set comes with 10 tubes of tea from Asia, Africa and America, allowing the lucky recipient to experience a tastes from around the world, without requiring them to leave the comfort of their home. These are especially wonderful around the holiday season, because as the days are getting chillier, a warm mug of tea is a wonderful way to wake up in the morning and drift off to sleep every night. Each variety makes enough for one pot of tea, or about five cups.
To buy: $55, food52.com.
Holiday Cookie Plate
These aren’t your average cookies. This eclectic assortment features all sorts of surprising small-batch varieties, from chewy gingersnaps and chocolate peppermint cookies to thin, warmly spiced speculoos (Belgium’s national cookie) and raspberry thumb-print shortbread inspired by Swedish tradition. The speculoos is best served with coffee or tea (yes, you can have cookies for breakfast once in a while)—and during dessert coffee addicts will really go crazy for the Chocolate Espresso cookies by Grey Ghost Bakery, which are sprinkled with crunchy sugar and make incredible ice cream sandwiches.
To buy: $67, mouth.com.
See’s Candies Classic Gift Pack
Don’t bother trying to buy your aunt a new sweater, or hunting down something for your brother’s new apartment. Instead, save yourself the trouble and give the gift of gourmet candy, which will please everyone from your boss to your grandmother. Filled with more than two pounds of See’s Candies (and finished with a pretty bow), you can’t go wrong with this sweet gift. And no one does it better than See’s, who has been making quality chocolate and candy for more than 90 years. The molasses chips—chocolate-dipped honeycombed wafers with real molasses inside—are particularly addictive.
To buy: $51, sees.com.
Mobile Foodie Survival Kit
Any foodie will appreciate this compact kit of spices and seasonings. They can stash it in their handbag or tote—it is nine inches high and one and a half inches in diameter, so it’s great for spicing on the go. Bring it to any picnic, barbecue, or gathering for any emergency spice needs. There are 13 spices included in the kit, including basil, cayenne, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, and rosemary. All of the spices are stacked on top of one another in individual containers—and the containers can be reused or refilled again when you run out.
To buy: $26, uncommongoods.com.
Bean’s Breakfast Set
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this set will ensure that your friend starts her day off right. It’s perfect for lazy weekend mornings —a stack of fluffy pancakes is just a griddle away. All she’ll need is the paper and a strong cup of coffee for a leisurely morning. The set comes with packs of buttermilk and blueberry pancake mixes (to please all tastes), and maple syrup and blueberry jam, both from Maine. Plus, the set comes in a holiday-inspired box (complete with a green and red palette) so no gift-wrapping necessary.
To buy: $40, llbean.com.
Fields of Lavender Spa Gift Basket
The holidays tend to traffic in at least some stress. Help offset any anxiety with a basket full of soothing lavender products. The recipient can enjoy a spa day in the comforts of her own home. After putting on some soothing music and lighting a few candles, she can start with a cup of Tazo passion tea before moving on to the lavender soap, shower gel, body lotion, and bath salts. While she’s relaxing, she can enjoy the included chocolate toffee wafers—they might not have lavender in them, but they’re still an elixir for frayed nerves.
To buy: $50, worldmarket.com.
If you don’t want to give your wine connoisseur friends another bottle, choose vino-inspired soaps. Bubble baths just got better with these all-natural vegan and gluten-free soaps, scented like her favorite wine varietals. The four different bars each have notes of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet, and Pinot Noir—think citrus and berry scents—to appeal to both red and white drinkers. The hand and body soaps come packaged in a box with charming labels, and each one has an interesting design or pattern, so they’ll look great displayed in the shower or on your bathroom sink.
To buy: $28 for set of 4, uncommongoods.com.
Design Your Own Spa Gift Set
Not impressed with the other spa gift baskets out there? Or have a friend who’s extremely picky? You can personalize this set according to her personal tastes. Each box has bath salts, body scrub, and body cream, and you can choose a scent for each. Scents include aloe, green tea, lavender, pink grapefruit, eucalyptus mint, and more. Plus, you can mix and match scents—for instance, you can order pink grapefruit bath salts and aloe scrub and cream. The all-natural products come packaged in a box tied with raffia ribbon, so you don’t have to worry about wrapping.
To buy: $24, boccabodyshop.etsy.com.
Blue Bottle Coffee Blend Box
Any coffee connoisseur or java junkie knows about Blue Bottle’s famous brews. Jumpstart your friend’s morning by gifting him a package of Blue Bottle’s finest, most beloved blends. They can sample three blends in six-ounce bags: Bella Donovan, Three Africas, and Giant Steps. Once they choose their favorite, they can order it again and again. Just think—every morning when he brews his first cup of joe, he’ll be grateful for your (literally) eye-opening gift. The bags come packaged in a slim box, so you can either cover in gift wrap, or just tie a bow around the box.
To buy: $29, bluebottlecoffee.com.
Maple Syrup Collection
Real pancakes deserve real maple syrup, not the fake stuff. Offer this variety to a friend with an insatiable sweet tooth, one who is picky about his sweets and only wants the best of the best. The collection comes with three different syrups made in the Catskill Mountains in New York—Mountain Maple, Cinnamon Maple, and Spicy Maple—so he can mix and match depending on the type of pancake (blueberry, chocolate chip, etc.) or French toast. Or, if he’s feeling really adventurous, he can pair with savory foods, too, like fried chicken, roasted carrots, and more.
To buy: $45, food52.com.
Dessert and Baking Salts
Up your friend’s baking game with this collection of flavored salts. Who doesn’t love the combination of a sweet and salty? In flavors like vanilla cardamom, hibiscus, espresso, orange ginger, rose peppercorn, and vanilla lavender, the salts were designed to be experimented with. Your friend will have fun mixing the unique blends in pies, cookies, truffles, and more. The package comes with pairing recommendations—think orange ginger with dark chocolate tortes, and rose peppercorn on vanilla cheesecake—to give your friend a few starting ideas. The rest is up to them, but hopefully they’ll invite you over for some desserts as a thank you.
To buy: $19, uncommongoods.com.
Chocolate-Covered Deliciousness Box
The holidays are for indulging, right? Any chocoholic will fall for this decadent basket. Mouth’s sampler box of chocolate goods—dark chocolate-covered jalapeÃ±o corn nuts, chocolate-covered graham crackers, dark chocolate and toffee pistachios, milk chocolate-covered animal crackers, and chocolate-covered hazelnuts—will satisfy any sweet tooth craving. Plus, these items are so unique, your friend (who considers himself an expert in all things chocolate) has probably never had these before, so he’ll really enjoy the taste-testing process. The recipient will have to protect this one fiercely from fellow chocolate lovers. And we dare him not to eat it all in one sitting.
To buy: $75, mouth.com.