31 of the Most Irresistible Holiday Food Gifts You Can Give
There's no shortage of holiday food gifts that are, simply put, delicious in every way. From sweet to salty to just plain indulgent, there's something for everyone on your list.
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What’s brunch without some delicious and savory Bloody Marys—with all the accouterments, of course. This Bloody Mary box comes with it all—the drink mix, dill pickle hot sauce, garlic dill cornichons, pitted grilled green olives and even chili lime salt for the rim. Just add your own vodka.
Looking for something to drink in the afternoon? Find more festive holiday drink ideas.
What’s *almost* as good as an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City? That would be an at-home shipment of Magnolia Bakery’s banana pudding. Save your gift recipient the hassle of hailing a taxi by sending the world-famous banana goodness for her to enjoy on the couch. Now, that’s friendship!
Gift your favorite person everything—yes, everything—they’ll need for a very merry Christmas. This overflowing gift basket features Royal Riviera pears, Moose Munch popcorn, cookies, candies and more. Sweet!
For more indulgences, check out the top spots to buy Christmas cookies online.
Someone who can’t get enough chocolate will be ecstatic to receive this exotic truffle collection. The 16 truffles in the collection span flavors from all around the globe, like sweet Indian curry, coconut and cacao, while another combines ginger, wasabi and black sesame seeds. And those flavors are only the beginning!
The chocolatier behind Vosges Haut-Chocolat, Katrina Markoff, was named one of the 10 Best Chocolatiers in the World by National Geographic, so you can count on the fact that these chocolates will be some of the best your friend has ever had. (Although, we’re partial to these truffle recipes.) Your foodie friend will probably already know, or at least recognize the brand!
When it comes to cookies, we say the bigger, the better. The folks at T-Rex Cookie in Minneapolis couldn’t agree more. They make giant 1/2 pound cookies, with flavors ranging from sea salt caramel chocolate chip (named the best cookie in America), chocolate chirp (with crickets!) to dill pickle, a specialty created for the Minnesota Bloody Mary Festival.
If you love these cookies, try our best recipes from Minnesota.
For a clam chowder lover, you can’t beat this soup straight from Boston. The recipe is full of tender Cape Cod clams, cream and herbs—plus oyster crackers to boot.
Junior’s Cheesecake is one of the best places to get cheesecake in New York City. The restaurant has even had famous visitors like President Barack Obama. This cheesecake sampler gives your loved one the chance to try some of their best flavors without the commute to NYC: including original New York plain, brownie marble swirl, apple crumb and raspberry swirl.
After trying Junior’s Cheesecake, you and your loved one will want to make these contest-winning cheesecake recipes next!
Figs have long been a type of food served when entertaining, dating back to ancient times in Mediterranean countries. In fact, they were one of the staples of the Grecian diet, along with olives and wine. Today figs are still enjoyed, especially when served as a fruity or olive-like tapenade. This fig spread features hints of orange, chili, kalamata olives and cocoa, which means it pairs well when spread on a cracker with just about any wine or liquor. Use this fig spread in our favorite fig recipes.
When the fig spread is all gone, consider making one of these recipes for gifts in a jar.
The holidays call for top shelf tequila. Clase Azul Reposado Tequila is known for its beautiful, hand-painted bottle, but also the fact that the tequila is aged for eight months in oak barrels before bottling.
We picked Clase Azul as one of the best tequilas for margaritas—but your tequila-loving friends will love it on the rocks, too.
Mustard is the perfect companion to so many holiday appetizers including pretzels, sausage, crispy potatoes, crostini and more. That’s where this mustard variety pack can play a powerful role. It comes with four of Maille’s most classic flavors: Dijon Original, Old Style, Honey Dijon and Rich Country. Here is more gift inspiration for dads who love to cook.
Any Italian food enthusiast knows the importance of a quality olive oil. It can make all the difference in pesto and other sauces and dishes. The infused olive oils from this gift set from Williams Sonoma include blood orange, roasted garlic, basil and white truffle, and each can transform your dressings, dips, pastas, sauces and roasted veggies, giving them all the flavor in the world.
If you don’t know where to start, try making each in this olive oil dip recipe to let the infused flavor really shine through.
This cult-favorite vegan and paleo chocolate is loved by celebs including Ryan Reynolds, Hilary Duff, Reese Witherspoon, Gabrielle Union and Mario Lopez for a reason. Each bar contains zero dairy, emulsifiers, soy lecithin, gluten, refined sugar, cane sugar and sugar alcohols, which means you don’t feel crappy after indulging. Try these other guilt-free holiday foods.
For a gift that only tastes gourmet, check out Longevity wines. This brand’s rich Cabernet Sauvignon is much more luxurious than its modest price tag would have you believe. Enjoy rustic, fruity notes of dried cherry, cassis and pomegranate, with a vanilla-cocoa finish.
Cabernet sauvignon is one of the types of wine you should know—and would serve as a great gift to bring for the host or hostess on Thanksgiving, accompanied by one of these homemade Thanksgiving food gifts.
While dried pasta is something that most people have as a pantry staple, fresh pasta is something you probably never have. That’s why this Fresca Italian pasta night gift crate will make pasta night feel all the more special. This crate comes with the following fresh pasta shapes: butternut squash ravioli, four cheese Italian tortellini and ricotta and spinach grandi tondi; plus porcini mushroom pasta sauce, tomato and basil pasta sauce and Pecorino Romano cheese for grating over each prepared pasta dish. Just say “when!”
If this crate inspires your loved ones enough, they can learn how to make pasta from scratch.
Popcorn doesn’t get fresher than when it’s popped right off the cob, am I right? With popcorn on the cob, your gift recipient can make a fresh batch of popcorn at home. Just place a single cob in the provided popcorn bag, microwave and nestle in for a movie night.
Everyone knows that Chicago is known for its deep dish pizza, and one of the most well-known brands in Chicago is Lou Malnati’s. While it’s worth it to make a trip to the Windy City to experience it yourself, you can order it via Goldbelly in the meantime.
After you taste Chicago’s pizza first-hand, check out our guide to regional pizza styles to learn more. There are a lot more kinds than you’d think!
For someone who loves both bourbon and coffee, this bourbon-infused coffee gives them the best flavors from both worlds—with only the buzz of caffeine. Here are more bourbon-spiked recipes for them to try, from bourbon meatballs to chocolate bourbon pecan pie.
The Museum of Ice Cream is most well known for its immersive museum experiences in NYC and San Francisco, with hanging bananas and pits of sprinkles to jump in to. If a friend of yours has been itching to visit, get them this 6-pack of ice cream pints from the Museum of Ice Cream to tide them over. Choose from flavors like Nana Banana (banana ice cream with salted caramel almond butter swirl), Queen Bee (honey ice cream with chocolate covered honeycomb and English toffee with almonds), Pinata (vanilla ice cream with spicy mango and raspberry swirls) and more.
If they like these flavors, put some of the craziest ice cream flavors from across the country on their radar.
For the meat lover on your list, you can’t go wrong with an order of one of the most tender cuts out there: wagyu beef filet mignon. Wagyu is the perfect holiday food gift because it’s a cut of meat that you probably wouldn’t normally splurge on, so giving it as a gift will be the perfect indulgence. Your meat loving friend will love every juicy bite.
After they’ve mastered filet mignon, here are more gifts for grillers to up their grilling game!
Does your friend prefer bubble tea to coffee? While you can expect a Starbucks or local coffee shop on almost every corner, there isn’t always as much of a plethora of bubble tea shops, depending on where you live. So, giving them a DIY bubble tea set is the perfect way to strike the difference! They’ll just need milk and water for each of the 8 servings.
If you’re feeling ambitious this holiday season, you can try making them homemade tapioca pearls!
Who knew peanut butter could get even better? This peanut butter sampler kit takes peanut butter to six new, loaded levels. Your peanut butter-loving friend will love their favorite spread mixed with white chocolate and pretzels, with snickerdoodle popcorn, or with coconut, dark chocolate and almonds, for just a few examples. They just might not be able to go back to regular peanut butter after these samplers—but not to worry, individual cans of the best flavors are always available on B. Happy’s website.
Make sure to share these savory peanut butter recipes so they can enjoy peanut butter outside of dessert.
Black truffles are often an indulgence on restaurant menus, let alone at home. But thanks to black truffle salt, you can now help your friend with bougier preferences to enjoy one of the finer flavors in life at their own kitchen table with ease.
Encourage them to try it on homemade french fries, steak or mac and cheese, and they’ll feel like they’re being waited on at a fine dining establishment. If you didn’t know already, this is the real reason why truffles are so expensive.
Edible glitter has been popping up on Instagram feeds for a while now, whether it’s in Nestle disco morsels or glittery wine bombs. With this maple sparkle syrup, edible glitter doesn’t just have to be an Instagram phenomenon.
Drizzle it on of top of pancakes and waffles when you want just a little extra sparkle, whether you want to start off someone’s Monday with a little razzle dazzle or make a Friday all the more exciting! Either way, this maple sparkle syrup is for your friend that’s a little extra.
Do you have a friend who always wants to play bartender? This mini world traveler mixers gift set will enable them to expand their horizons beyond vodka lemonade and screwdrivers. The set of 15 includes mixers that will help them create drinks like a Singapore sling, a tropical painkiller and more. Just add alcohol!
Hot chocolate, tea, cocktails, coffee—you name it, there’s a bomb for it! These broth bombs will provide everything needed to make four different kinds of soups with minimal effort and tons of fun. Just bring water to a boil, drop in the broth bomb, and in 20 to 50 minutes you’ll have a soup perfect for dunking and serving with your favorite grilled cheese.
Talk about an easy post-holiday meal! Here are some more easy meals to make between Christmas and New Year’s.
We all have one friend that just can’t seem to get enough heat in their food. Up the ante on their pancakes and waffles with this ghost pepper-infused maple syrup, and maybe they’ll finally be satisfied. We think that this maple syrup would go perfectly on chicken and waffles.
Did you know that there are different types of cinnamon for that are best for different types of cooking and baking? If your friend has made every one of these cinnamon recipes using Ceylon cinnamon, they’ll have fun making them all with Cassia cinnamon instead, and seeing the difference that it makes. This cinnamon variety set is the perfect way to ease them into the different types.
If you’re fresh out of ideas, you can’t go wrong with dark chocolate covered strawberries! This classic dessert is a treat that sometimes is easiest ordered from professionals. Plus, Shari’s Berries offers plenty of variations if your loved one prefers a different kind of chocolate.
After your strawberries have arrived—and before you give them to your loved one—take the time to try out one of our creative wrapping ideas for food gifts—they’ll appreciate the extra effort you put in.