10 gourmet gift baskets for 2021


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giving edible gifts is always a good idea. On the one hand, no one has to worry about storage, because the gift will simply disappear. On the other hand, everyone has to eat, so why not indulge in some gifts worth giving during the holiday season? Whether you’re shopping for someone with a sweet tooth or need something savory, we’ve found all the best food gift baskets.

Depending on your food gift basket needs, there are many options available to you. If you like candy, we recommend See’s Candies for chocolate lovers or Dylan’s Candy Bar for the kids at heart. For meat lovers, there’s a deli box from Olympia Provisions or a classic set from Hickory Farms. If you’re looking for a sweet treat that’s a little different, we love a Rancho Gordo Bean Gift Box or a collection of Trendy Hot Chocolate Bombs. And if you want a classic mix, head for an assortment of Harry & David gourmet treats or a Williams Sonoma food basket. (And if that doesn’t sound fancy, don’t worry: it definitely does!)

We know you’re looking for a unique gift, so we’ve got a gift basket idea for every gift possible. And the best part about donating food for the holidays? Whichever flavor direction you choose, you can always offer help eating that perfect gift.

Gifts abound in this classic holiday gift basket. Treat someone to Royal Riviera pears, Moose Munch popcorn mix, nuts, crackers, cheeses, sausages, salami, chocolate covered cherries, and pepper and onion relish, all stored in a reusable rope basket. Good tip: opt for the Season’s Best basket with wine for an extra festive touch.

See the sweets

Festive holiday deals are coming soon from the famous chocolate purveyor, but See’s Candy Signature Gift Set is a year-round winner. It’s a box full of delicious treats, including assorted chocolates, nuts and chewing gum, Toffee-ettes, crunchy peanuts and assorted lollipops. That pretty much covers all of their greatest hits.

Rancho Gordo

Think outside the box and give beans this holiday season! Everyone (including O, Oprah Magazine) has loved Rancho Gordo beans, so this is a great gift option for savvy cooks. Included are five different 1-pound bags of delicious beans, cooking instructions, a cloth tote bag, and a copy of the Rancho Gordo Heirloom Bean Guide.

hickory farms

If you’re buying for someone who appreciates good old-fashioned meat and cheese, we’ve got the gift basket for you. Hickory Farms signature beef summer sausage, smoked cheddar, Mission Jack cheese and smoked gouda, mustards and crackers round out the tasty options. Plus, you get sweets including dark chocolate peanut butter fudge, dark chocolate sea salt caramels, and chocolate covered pretzels. It’s a lot for your vacation money.

Dylan’s candy bar

Forget the salty stuff and go for the sugar! (This option will go especially well with kids.) There are 10 different treats included in this basket from famous candy store Dylan’s Candy Bar. Peanut Butter Cups, Cookie Bite Bliss, a colorful lollipop and more will make their day.

Jasper Hill Farm

If you’re giving a gift to a cheese lover, you can’t go wrong with a delivery from Jasper Hill Farm. The Vermonter includes three delicious Vermont-specific cheeses (Whitney, Harbison, and Cabot Clothbound Cheddar) along with Brewer’s Sea Salt Crackers and Squirrel Hideaways. You can add barrel-aged maple syrup for an additional $15 if you’re feeling generous.

man boxes

The actual whiskey isn’t included in the Man Crates Whiskey Appreciation Crate, but so much else is! A carafe and personalized glasses, to start. Your lucky gift will also find ice sphere molds, coasters, savory snacks, and even a pocket whiskey tasting journal to record their notes on favorite drams.

Olympia provisions

Olympia Provisions has packed bites from all over Europe into this tasty snack box. Salami from France, Italy, Spain and Greece is the main event, but there is also pâté, a wheel of cheese, honey, pickled beets, crackers, hazelnuts, olives and a mini mustard in this heavenly package. You may want to taste some of this gift before sending it.

Neiman Marcus

Hot chocolate bombs are such a fun holiday trend. Drop one into a cup of steaming milk and it will melt into warm chocolatey goodness with marshmallows. This 10-pack of star-shaped hot chocolate bombs includes flavors of White Peppermint, Dark Chocolate, and Strawberries & Cream. It’s a sweet and affordable holiday gift.

High-quality apples and pears from the famous Manhattan Fruitier are nestled among organic crackers, extra-aged dry Jack cheese, artisan salami, European fig spread, salted pistachios and a bottle of French apple cider for do good measure. This lovely Williams Sonoma (British for basket) basket is expensive, but what a difference!

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