It’s time to start thinking about holiday presents, which I happen to love, love, love to do. And because I also happen to love food and cooking, 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….
10 Great Food Gifts for Families
Gifts for the Breakfast Lovers
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.
Gift for Those Who Like It Hot
The name says it all. I’m getting this for my boys.
Gifts for Ice Cream Lovers
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. Also make up a batch of Chocolate Peanut Cornflake Crunch to give with your sauces. If you’re feeling particularly magnanimous, you might pair this with a selection of Graeter’s Ice Creams.
Gifts for the Meat Lovers
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 102-year old Omaha-based 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 steak and assortments, such as the Omaha Steaks Ultimate Steaks & Meals Assortment, Private Reserve Ribeyes, Butcher’s Cut Filet Mignons, their list of offerings is pretty vast (and extends beyond beef as well). Or just send over an Omaha Steaks Gift Card and let them do the choosing.
Gift for the Nut-Lovers
From the nut experts at Oh! Nuts. A big box filled with jumbo cashews, pecans and filberts all freshly roasted and slightly salted, as well as pistachios pumpkin and sunflower seeds and other assorted crunchy goodies. A great food gift that will last a long time.
Gift for the Nibblers
This is one hell of a present. This colorful, jam-packed gift box will make a food-loving family feel very special, as they sort through the pile of pate, terrines (even one for the vegans!), cured saucisson, and all the accompaniments. PLUS this present gives the lucky recipient a gorgeous stash of appetizers to pull out as guests wander in and out over the holiday weeks.
Gift for the Cheese Lovers
There are certain food 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 their top-shelf crowd pleasers, from a nutty, Alpine classic to silky, savory prosciutto to some expertly crafted morsels of chocolatey goodness—if this gift doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit then nothing will.
Gift for the Popcorn Fanatics
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).
Gifts for the Family That Cooks
A full slate of spices for the family who loves to roll up their sleeves in the kitchen. Often people skip making a new recipes because they don’t have a particular herb or spice – this will remove that obstacle! This is a good one for families who cook and want to expand their cooking horizons.
Or for more experienced cooking families, go for something like Gourmet World Flavors Seasoning Collection, or FreshJax Smoked Spices for barbecue and grilling lovers, or the Chef’s Daughter World Traveler Gift Collection Travel Spice Kit with 12 artisanal spice blends. If they are into a particular cuisine you might stock up their spice pantry in that area, with the Indian Spices Set From Simply Organic, for instance, or the Spicewalla Mediterannean Spice Sampler.
Gift for the Bagel Aficionados
Zucker’s Bagels, one of NYC’s most beloved bagel shops, is ready to make someone’s day a whole lot brighter. Classic NYC bagels, smoked fish, cream cheese, the works in all sorts of configurations perfect to feed any family. And if you are not able to spend the holidays together and want to give someone a taste of NYC, this is an excellent way to go.
New holiday gifts include an EVERYTHING gift (everything bagels, everything seeded lox, cream cheese, t-shirt and spices!) and a Holiday Bagel Brunch for 6. Also, check out their new new offering : Toasted Everything Bagel Seeds in three flavors – they are first bagel company to bring an authentic product like this to market nationally, and if you are a trend follower you know that the everything bagel mix is ….well, everything right now. Don’t forget the Black and Whites and the rainbow cookies.