The Best Gourmet Food Gifts of 2018
Gourmet Food Gifts That Keep on Giving
You won't find these artisinal food gifts at your local grocery store or supermarket—but you can easily order all of them online.
Edible gifts like these will impress every palate. Many are shelf-stable and can be shipped to family and friends across all states before the holidays. Plus, these gifts can be shared at the table during festivities and special events—or they can be enjoyed all season long.
Below, find our top picks for the best edible gifts to send for the holiday season.
Zingerman's Sour Cream Pound Cake
Soom's Tahini Sample Pack
There are many ways one can add tahini to a recipe—but you can also just dig in a spoon and enjoy the nutty, smooth, sesame paste all on its own. And if you're a tahini fan, you can't do better than Soom's products. Jamie Vespa MS, RD, Cooking Light's assistant nutrition editor, says this gift set is perfect for anyone who may not have had the chance to fall in love with tahini just yet.
Pasta-of-the-Month Club Membership by Sfoglini
This is the edible gift that keeps on giving all year: Each month, Sfoglini will send a box of artisanally produced pasta directly to your loved one's door, using a seasonal approach that capitalizes on ingredients from local farms. Think sriracha fusilli, hemp rigatoni, or porcini mushroom trupets. Plus, they'll receive recipe suggestions, too. Starting at $65.
Gaea Olive Oil Gift Box
A celebration of Greek cuisine, this hand-painted set is the ideal choice for those who enjoy true quality. Hand-pressed olive oil and vinegar are included, and they're perfect for creating a superior homemade salad dressing.
Benton's Cured Bacon:
Shipping delicacies might seem impossible for items that a home cook can actually cook themselves—but this artisanal bacon is shelf-stable, and can be fried, baked, or air-fried anytime after this gift reaches your doorstep. A big bonus: it's insanely flavorful, and you can save any leftovers in the fridge after opening it, meaning you don't have to eat it all at once.
McEwen & Son's Grits
Situated on a rolling farm in Chelsea, Alabama, McEwen & Son's is known for artisanal cornmeal and polenta products made from scratch in a stone-ground mill. But their bestseller is the gluten-free, whole-grain grits, which many of our editors say is a Southern standard and used in kitchens from coast to coast.
La Maison du Chocolat Gift Box
This French-based chocolatier offers a lovely gift set featuring some of their most popular products, including a crepe-wrapped hazelnut praline, chocolate-covered sugar biscuits, and a roasted coconut-flavored chocolate as well.
Harry & David's Pear Gift Box
Nothing beats the taste of a perfectly ripe pear—which is why people flock to Harry & David for their classic gift boxes of Royal Verano pears. The famously sweet and juicy fruit pairs well with cheese and wine. Open them on Christmas morning and your household will have to resist tearing through the whole box in one sitting.
Lightly Salted Virginia Peanuts
Ann Taylor Pittman, Cooking Light's executive food editor, admits that Virginia isn't always synonymous with peanuts—but this delectable salty boiled peanut mix is the state's best kept secret, and a tin (or two!) would make a unique gift for those who love a good snack.
Levain Bakery Cookie Gift Box
They're famous for being irresistibly indulgent, and are loved by foodies on social media and locals who wait hours in line at Levain's Upper West Side location. The hype is real, and for good reason—Food & Wine put Levain's at number 3 on their list of top chocolate cookies in the United States.
Porter Road Meat Box
For the discerning chef or grill expert in your life, pick up a curated meal kit from Porter Road. Their high-quality, handcrafted butcher cuts are delivered right to your door—and the prices are actually pretty reasonable.