Great Food Gifts for Families

It’s time to start thinking about presents, which I happen to love, love, love to do.  And because I also happen to love food, naturally I think along the lines of food-centric gifts for the people on my list. Here are some family-sized, family-style food presents that I will be sorting through this year for the people on my list….

For the Breakfast Lovers.

Stonewall Kitchen

Stonewall Kitchens makes a slew of fantastic products, and if the first meal of the day is the one the gang most looks forward to, then you will find a PERFECT gift for them here.  You might go for the Stonewall Kitchen Pancake Sampler, the Favorite Jam Collection, the Grab and Go Breakfast Gift Set, or  the Berry Breakfast Gift Basket.

For Those Who Like It Hot.

Deluxe Hot Sauce Making Kit

Deluxe Hot Sauce Making Kit. The name says it all.  I’m getting this for my boys.

For the Ice Cream Lovers.

Sanders Sundae Best Assorted Dessert Toppings

Sanders Sundae Best Assorted Dessert Toppings.  Because we all wish every day was sundae.  An assortment of Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge, Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge, Extra Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge, and Classic Caramel.  If you’re feeling particularly magnanimous, you might pair this with a selection of Graeter’s Ice Creams.

For the Meat Lovers.

Allen Brothers

Allen Brothers. Calling all carnivores, and loudly.  If you know a family who thinks a meal at a great steakhouse is the be-all, end-all of dinners, then send them some restaurant-quality aged beef to sizzle up at home from this 12-year old company, known for its excellent quality meat.  The meat comes frozen, so the receiver can stash them away for the right moment.  Choose from all kinds of steaks, wet-aged beef vs. dry-aged, strip steaks, rib eye, grass fed, their list of offerings is pretty vast (and extends beyond beef as well).  If you are really looking to impress, go for one of their many assortments.

For the Noshers and Nibblers.

D’Artagnan Supreme Charcuterie Gift Box

D’Artagnan Supreme Charcuterie Gift Box. This is one hell of a gift.  Charcuterie is actually a French word that refers to any smoked, dry-cured or cooked meat, and D’Artagnan knows charcuterie.  This colorful, jam-packed gift box will make a food-loving family feel very special, as they sort through the pile of sausage, bacon, ham, and a few other little tidbits (fois gras?).  Every male in my house could eat their weight in smoked and cured meats, so this would make my brood seriously happy, PLUS gives the lucky recipient a gorgeous stash of appetizers to pull out as guests wander in and out over the holiday weeks.

The Essential Holiday Collection Gift Basket by Murray's Cheese

The Essential Holiday Collection Gift Basket by Murray’s Cheese. There are certain gifts I find very hard to part with, and so ordering them online and having them sent is a very helpful way for me not to get overly covetous about something I bought for someone else.  Anything involving cheese falls squarely into this category.  I  happen to be in the Murray’s Cheese Shop neighborhood often, so I can satisfy my cheese urges, but still I will need to order this and have it send directly from the shop to my sister’s family lest it looks like a little mouse got to the package before it arrived.  This particular gift assort contains a quartet of American artisan cheeses like Point Reyes Bay Blue and Uplands Cheese Company Pleasant Ridge Reserve, fine La Quercia Prosciutto, plus Murray’s Cranberry Jam, assorted crackers and more.

For the Popcorn Fanatics.

Amish Country Variety Gift Box

Amish Country Variety Gift Box. Movie nights will never be the same once this Amish Country Variety Gift Box arrives on the doorstep.   8 varieties of popcorn, plus oil and salt, will make every pot of popcorn a new experience.  Or take it one step further and send a variety of the kernels in a kit along with the Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper.  My family loves popcorn of all kinds, but there is always something very special about the stovetop variety (even though we make a pot almost every night – it just never gets old).

For the Global Cooks.

Raw Spice Bar

Raw Spice Bar. If you know someone who likes to hop around the globe when it comes to culinary inspiration, then maybe you can think of this as a much cheaper around-the-world travel voucher.    In short, for $8 bucks a month you can gift an assortment of spice blends from a specific locale to launch a cook into another cuisine and ethnicity.   Whole spices are expertly curated and prepared, then sent every month with a small selection of recipes to turn these spices into a few dishes for the family.  October’s box featured a German-inspired selection, with a Horseradish and Mustard Seed blend to make a cabbage dish, a Schnitzel blend to make German Chicken Schnitzel and a Caraway, Fennel and Anise combo to make Caraway Cheese Soft Pretzels.  This is a good one for someone who is already an adventurous cook, or someone who really wants help getting out of her cooking rut.

For the Hot Chocolate Aficionados.

Hot Chocolate Sampler from Williams Sonoma

Hot Chocolate Sampler from Williams Sonoma. What would be nicer to know is in the pantry?  A combo of hot chocolates (classic, peppermint, and salted caramel) just never misses as a family fit, and hey, maybe a few Marshmallow Snowmen?  And what about a Mini Cream Whipper to gild the lily?  As I frequently say, who doesn’t like their lily gilded.

For the Italofiles (Japanophiles, UK-ophiles, etc.)

World Tastes Italy Gift Box

World Tastes Italy Gift Box. Short of a stack of plane tickets, this is a nice way to gift some friends a taste of a country they love.  The Italy box features almond cookies, traditional trofie pasta from Italy’s northwest coast, Ligurian pesto, Perugina’s luscious hazelnut cream bar, double- concentrated Italian tomato paste and fresh ground espresso, plus, plus…..

But maybe you have someone in your life who is passionate about the food of Japan, Morocco, Australia, Germany, France or England….there’s a gift box for them, too.

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