I used to think that sending somebody a food gift was a cop-out because buying something edible required less thought (and was therefore less meaningful) than a non-perishable present. Given all of the delicious and inspiring food gifts on the market, I now recognize the ridiculousness of my logic! Here are five food-related gifts I’d be excited to give — or receive! — this holiday season:
1. Eat Boutique’s Holiday Drinks Collection (above) includes a variety of drink syrups, enamelware tumblers, and festive stripe straws. It also comes with founder Maggie Battista’s Blueberry Moscow Mule recipe. I’ve never heard of a fruit-flavored Moscow Mule, but I’d love a sip! (In a copper mug, of course.)
Just add some booze to this bundle, and the recipient will be all set to toast the season with some tasty cocktails.
2. I’m pretty sure the last time I made s’mores was at a wedding in Maine back in 2013. Too long! This S’mores Kit from Whimsy & Spice takes the classic campfire treat to the next level with homemade graham cracker shortbread cookies, maple marshmallows, and Valhrona chocolate. It’s a gourmet gift for the dessert lover who could use s’more s’mores in their life.
Though really, isn’t that all of us?
3. If you haven’t heard of Graeter’s Ice Cream, it’s probably because you don’t know anybody who grew up in or around Cincinnati. Luckily, Graeter’s ships its famous flavors in pint packs of six or twelve, so you can send a friend some truly indulgent frozen treats no matter where they live.
Like New Jersey.
4. Admittedly, I don’t know much about the different types of salt. But I can tell you that this flaky sea salt from Sunday Suppers, packaged in a glass jar with a letterpress label, certainly looks fancy. It’s also hand harvested in Maldon, England, which sounds pretty fancy, too.
5. The Yellow Table: A Celebration of Everyday Gatherings is not just a gorgeous cookbook. It’s a gorgeous self-published cookbook by Anna Watson Carl, a NYC-based food writer, private chef, and blogger, who embarked on a cross-country road trip last summer to promote her project. I think it’d make the perfect gift for your friend who hosts the best dinner parties…or perhaps the friend who wants to host them but always gets cold feet!