The Best Gourmet Food Gifts for Everyone on Your List
Whether you're looking for something perfect but not too personal to gift your favorite coworkers, an option to suit your resident gourmet's picky palate, or just want to give the gift of not having to cook dinner (or breakfast, or lunch) this year, we've tracked down all the edible presents, baskets, and subscriptions to make every gifting occasion more delicious.
Surf & Turf
SHOP NOW: mychicagosteak.com, $99.95
What's better than a surf and turf dinner on the town? A ready-to-grill dinner of Premium Angus Beef filet mignons, sirloins, or New York strip steaks paired with six-ounce lobster tails ready to grill up in the privacy of your own home.
All the Snacks Box
SHOP NOW: mouth.com, $125.50
Your snack-loving deskmate will adore this mix of healthy (and less healthy) bites including salted brown butter cookies, white cheddar popcorn, handmade NYC pretzels, peanut butter puffs, everything bagel-flavored nuts, and much more.
Murray's Greatest Hits Cheese Collection
SHOP NOW: murrayscheese.com, $95.00
A cocktail party in a box. This collection of four kinds of cheese (creamy brie, nutty gruyere, subtle manchego, and tangy English cheddar) chosen by the experts at the famed New York cheese shop pair perfectly with their spiced cherry preserves, olive oil crackers with sea salt, and Marcona almonds.
Adopt an Olive Tree Gift Box + Subscription
SHOP NOW: food52.com, $160.00
Bring your friend's dreams of living in a villa in the Italian hills one step closer with this gift, which supports olive producers in Italy's Puglia region. The kit comes with a three-liter tin of fresh, organic, single-harvest olive oil as well as a ceramic carafe and funnel, plus another three-liter shipment every three months for a year to encourage ample EVOO usage.
Sliced Ham and Turkey
SHOP NOW: harryanddavid.com, $69.99
Eliminate the "turkey vs. ham" meal debate forever with two pounds each of cooked and sliced honey-glazed ham and turkey breast.
Chocolate Soufflés, Set of 6
SHOP NOW: williams-sonoma.com, $59.95
So maybe you can't bake a soufflé that would make Mary Berry swoon—your guests don't need to know that. Just pop these frozen delights in the oven before everyone sits down, and 25 minutes later you've got picture-perfect individual chocolate soufflés.
SHOP NOW: islandcreekoysters.com, $175.00
For a truly luxurious gift, look no further than this tasting flight of American caviar which highlights the nuances of osetra, white sturgeon, and paddlefish. No matter who you're giving it to, they're bound to be impressed.
Caramel Cake Bites
SHOP NOW: carolinescakes.com, $25.00
A perfect bite-sized treat, these miniature versions of this South Carolina bakery's signature caramel cake features decadent yellow cake crowned in caramel and dipped in white chocolate for easy eating. You'll never go back to cupcakes again.
Small-Batch Quarterly Hot Sauce Subscription
SHOP NOW: food52.com, $120.00
We all have someone on our list who puts hot sauce on everything, and now you can make sure they always have something new to try with this year-long subscription that delivers the tastiest hot sauces (12 in all) from small-batch purveyors all over the country right to their door.
Driftaway Single Origin Coffee Sampler
SHOP NOW: driftaway.coffee, $39.00
For the serious coffee fiend, four packets of freshly roasted whole coffee beans from unique growing regions around the world offer the opportunity to really expand their palette.
Boska Holland Girolle Cheese Curler
SHOP NOW: amazon.com, $31.00
This unique cheese slicer is designed to make the most delicate, wafer-thin curls of potent cheeses like Tête de Moine (but if you wanted to use it for a dramatic dessert presentation with curls of dark chocolate, who are we to stop you?)
SHOP NOW: dartagnan.com, $29.99
You can never go wrong with bacon. Or, in this case, a bacon flight, featuring three different types of everybody's favorite salty treat: applewood and hickory smoked bacon made from heritage breed pork, and D'Artagnan's signature duck bacon.
Harrods Luxury Treats Hamper
SHOP NOW: williams-sonoma.com, $159.99
For the Brit-lover in your life, this basket from the iconic London retailer Harrods features some of its most famous tasty treats like their English Breakfast Tea No. 14, roasted coffee, Scottish raspberry preserves and dark chocolate ginger biscuits.
Meat Subscription Box
SHOP NOW: porterroad.com, $50.00
The meal prepper on your list will appreciate the holiday head start this box filled with succulent proteins gives them. The Basics Box comes with four pasture-raised chicken breasts, two boneless sirloin steaks, and a pound of dry-aged ground beef. But, there are half a dozen other boxes to choose from including all-beef, beef and pork, a box for the grillmaster, and even a breakfast-focused box, all of them available to be delivered every two, four, or eight weeks.
SHOP NOW: caviar.com, $27 for four, $68 for a dozen
New Yorkers have long been obsessed with this mega-sized, meal-worthy cookies, and now they're available in giftable packs that feature their signature flavors: Chocolate Chip Walnut, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip.
Sfoglini Seasonal Pasta Subscription
SHOP NOW: food52.com, $65.00
For the giftee who doesn't believe in carb-free. Each month for three months, six months, or one year, your lucky gift recipient will get one box of this Brooklyn brand's signature pasta as well as one box of an unexpected seasonal variety like fennel, chili, or mint.
Gaston’s Bakery Croissants
SHOP NOW: surlatable.com, $34.95
Could there be a gift more magical than waking up in the morning to a hot, freshly-baked croissant that tastes like it came straight from a Parisian bakery? With this set of 15 frozen croissants, the dream can become a reality, and you can earn the title of the ultimate gift giver.
Sous Vide Discovery Package
SHOP NOW: snakeriverfarms.com, $299.00
Take a cue from the pros and try your hand at sous vide preparations for incredibly tender steaks, cooked to your exact temperature specifications every time. This kit comes with an Anova immersion circulator and sous vide bag, plus two wagyu New York strip steaks, two wagyu ribeye filets, black pepper infused salt, and a prep guide to walk you through making the most delicious steak you've ever had.
Seedlip Non-Alcoholic Spirits
SHOP NOW: food52.com, $45.00
The non-drinkers in your life deserve something extra special to sip, and these non-alcoholic spirits—which are distilled by the same method as traditional tipples, but without the booze—definitely fit the sophisticated mocktail-making bill. Seedlip offers three iterations: Spice 94, an aromatic warm-spiced citrus flavor that's perfect for the holidays; Garden 108 a crisp, herbaceous, floral flavor; and Grove 42, which has a citrus-forward palette of orange accented by lemongrass and a hint of pepper.
Catsmo Smoked Salmon Trio Gift Crate
SHOP NOW: williams-sonoma.com, $139.95
Give your brunch-loving buddy something worth getting up for with this collection of presliced bourbon & pepper, pastrami-style, and gravlax cured salmon.
Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer
SHOP NOW: Meateramazon.com, $99.00
BBQ fiends will adore this fully wireless meat thermometer, which keeps tabs on the precise temperature of your food and the ambient temperature inside of your the grill, oven, or smoker via bluetooth.
Mouth Indie States Of America Every Month
SHOP NOW: mouth.com, $60.00
Expand your gift recipient's palate with a monthly selection of snacks made in different regions of the U.S.
American Wagyu Steak Burgers
SHOP NOW: mychicagosteak.com, $89.95
Get the grill lover this set of eight half-pound burger patties made from richly marbelized Wagyu steak (the American breed descended from Japan's famous Kobe cattle)—it will take their burger game to new heights.
Sister's Sauce Bloody Mary Mix
SHOP NOW: sisterssauce.com, $24.00
For the brunch lover, this handcrafted bloody mary mix is sure to please. Created from a family recipe by Nat Hendricks, this MSG and corn syrup-free favorite is the signature bloody mary mix of Blackberry Farm, so you know it's the real deal.
Farm-Raised Ossetra Caviar Malossol
SHOP NOW: dartagnan.com, $124.99
For a truly luxurious gift, look no further than this sustainably-raised French caviar which highlights the fresh, briny flavor and delicate pop of Siberian sturgeon roe. No matter who you're gifting it to, they're bound to be impressed.
Chest of Chocolates
SHOP NOW: harryanddavid.com, $59.99
Nothing will delight your favorite chocolate fiend more than this collection of sweets including everything from decadent chocolate cake to truffles, malt balls, and even chocolate-covered pretzels.
Olympia Provisions Pickle of the Month Club
SHOP NOW: food52.com, $210.00
Give your farmer's market fanatic some produce inspiration with a monthly delivery of deliciously-pickled seasonal vegetables from renowned antipasti maker Olympia Provisions. Think options like curried cauliflower, zucchini, beets, even celery, all of them will surely make sandwiches, salads, and charcuterie plates pop.
Lady M Signature Mille Crêpes Cake
SHOP NOW: ladym.com, $85.00
For a gift that truly takes the cake, order one of these specialties, made with delicate, paper-thin crepes and pastry cream, and caramelized until it gleams like the top of a great creme brûlée.
Skalpel Knives, Set of Two
SHOP NOW: theskalpel.com, £220.00
For the dedicated carnivore. Each of these ultra-sharp, scalpel-inspired knives is handmade in a meticulous 12-step process in Sheffield, England. They cut through the thickest steaks, loins, and chops like butter and can even be engraved so no one forgets who the real meat master is.
Murray's Cheese The Cure
SHOP NOW: murrayscheese.com, $150.00
Vegetarians, look elsewhere: this gift is all about the meat. Packed with delicious, savory treats like prosciutto di Parma, chorizo Iberico, sopressata, bacon made from luxurious Mangalista pork, njuda, and more, this collection will put basic charcuterie plates to shame.
Sweet Things Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pecan Pie
SHOP NOW: williams-sonoma.com, $59.95
It's the eternal holiday food gift debate: should you send a pumpkin pie, or a pecan one? Split the difference with this delectable (and gluten-free!) pie that features the best of both worlds—a pumpkin custard and toasty toffee pecans.
Wine Club Subscription
SHOP NOW: firstleaf.club, $90 per month for 6 bottles
Oenophiles looking to branch out will love the personalized selections in these monthly boxes. You can choose between red wine, white wine, or a mix and even take a quiz (with questions on everything from the level of sweetness you prefer in your wine to whether you like Argentinian Malbec more than New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc) to help the service pick out prime selections from bottles from all around the world.
Voyager Box Spice Set by Eric Ripert & La Boîte
SHOP NOW: food52.com, $45.01
Want to season like a Michelin-starred chef (or a Duchess)? This spice collection makes it easy with blends masterminded by famed Le Bernardin chef Eric Ripert and Meghan Markle's go-to spice guy, Lior Lev Sercarz of La Boîte. Bonus: The set also comes with custom recipe cards from Chef Ripert so you know just how to use them all.
Vietnamese Pour Over Coffee Filters, 5 pack
SHOP NOW: Copper Cow Coffee, amazon.com, $11.99
For the coffee connoisseur in your life, there exists a wonderful, convenient option: single servings of pour-over Vietnamese coffee. Copper Cow Coffee is women-owned and sustainably sourced. Your giftee will be waving goodbye to their 4 P.M. coffee shop run, that's for sure.
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors