Holiday Gift Baskets for Every Foodie
15 sweet and savory options to create a personalized gift.user rating
A gift basket is a safe bet for holiday shopping but may come off as a bit impersonal. Instead of grabbing a prepackaged basket—which may include less-than-memorable fare—create your own version that caters to the loves of loved ones. Check out this roundup to find delectable treats for every palate.
The Chocolate Lover
Treat a sweet tooth with some high-end confections.
Long Grove Confections Dark Chocolate Pecan Myrtles ($4; longgrove.com): Gooey 3-ounce chocolates with a delicious crunch. Also in Milk Chocolate and Cashew.
Chocolat Moderne Bars ($7; store.chocolatmoderne.com): These chocolate bars boast handmade toffee bits and bold flavors such as Red Fruits, Espresso and Lime.
Amedei Signature 9 Extra Dark Chocolate Bar ($10; worldwidechocolate.com): These Tuscan-borne 75 percent cacao bars blend cocoa beans from nine different plantations.
Eleni’s Cookies ($5.95 per box; elenis.com): This nut-free bakery produces crisp cookies with clean and cute packaging; choose from Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, 100-calorie Pink Sugar and more.
The Savory Fan
These rich flavors will satisfy a salty appetite.
Cucina Antica Fresh Spinach Marinara ($7.99; amazon.com): A blend of fresh spinach and juicy plum tomatoes, plus a hint of garlic and basil, will go perfectly with the recipient’s next pasta dish.
Salem Baking Cheese Biscuits ($1.99 per single-serving pack, $6.99 per tin; salembaking.com): The creative flavors for these bite-size biscuits include Parmesan Artichoke Garlic, Asiago Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto and Original Cheddar.
Earth and Vine Mini Red Bell Pepper and Ancho Chili Jam ($7.50; earthnvine.com): Spruce up a turkey or chicken sandwich with this mild, savory jam, or serve it up as an appetizer with cream cheese or warm Brie.
The Gracious Gourmet Tapenades ($9; thegraciousgourmet.com): Chile Red Pepper, Dilled Carrot Tomato, Fennel Blood Orange—these aren’t your run-of-the-mill spreads. The website offers recipes and suggested uses for each flavor.
The Tea Aficionado
Give them a gift they can curl up with.
Steven Smith Teamaker (prices vary; smithtea.com): Find recipients’ leaves of choice (loose or packed), from green jasmine to black darjeeling to fruity herbal, or just buy them the 12-sachet variety pack ($14.99).
Golden Star White Jasmine Sparkling Tea ($12.95; goldenstartea.com): For the tea enthusiast who’s tried it all: a simple concoction of jasmine silver needle tea, raw sugarcane juice and water, steeped and mildly fermented to create a sweet, bubbly, unique twist on tea.
The At-Home Chef
Goods to bring menu creations up a notch.
Jacksonville Mercantile Avocado Oil ($12.95; jacksonvillemercantile.com): Ideal for grilling or sautéing, these avocado oils, in a variety of flavors, will help cooks liven up their next dish.
Stonewall Kitchen Farmhouse Pancake & Waffle Mix (starting at $6.50; stonewallkitchen.com): Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and as good a time as any to indulge in variety, from Pumpkin and Gingerbread mixes to Cinnamon Apple and Chocolate Chip.
Cassina Rosa Truffle & Salt (starting at $22.90 at amazon.com; cassinarosa.net): A light dusting of this highly praised black truffle and sea salt will elevate any dish to 5-star status.—Nicole Denis and Eva Meszaros