Food gifts are a thoughtful and much appreciated gesture during the holidays. Whether you have company in the house for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or beyond, a few extra goodies in the pantry come in handy. For the foodie friend, an indulgent treat is a perfect holiday gift. Here are the best food gifts for the 2008 holiday season.
Heritage Turkey- If you haven’t heard of a Heritage turkey, you will soon. These birds are a hot gift trend this year, and it’s easy to see why. These turkeys are a carefully preserved breed that are free range, vegetarian fed, and antibiotic free. For a fantastic food gift for a family, give a 10 lb bird to feed 6-8 people. Grab this great food gift at Dean & Deluca for $90.
Succulent Seafood- Lobster is always a quality gift. Why not give your friends, parents, or boss a real treat. The Legal Indulgence Lobster Dinner contains a quart of clam chowder, 2 live 1.25-pound lobsters, a six-pack of dessert squares, cooking instructions, and a claw cracker. This little holiday luxury is shipped right to your recipient’s home from Legal Sea Foods for about $98.
Wine- Wine.com offers a wide variety of gift giving options from one bottle to a whole year of consumable joy. Try a Tour de France gift pack for your closest friends to explore some new flavors. The set contains three bottles for less than $40. For your very special someone, try a Discovery Tour club purchase. $355 gets you a new, different bottle of vino every month for a year.
Steak- For the carnivores on your nice list, you won’t find a better food gift than red meat. Omaha Steaks offers a Premier Gift Collection to tempt the taste buds of your loved ones. This set contains 4 filet mignons, 4 top sirloins, 4 boneless pork chops, 4 burgers, and 4 franks. That adds up to five meals for a family of four for less than $60.
Seasonal Treats- Can’t decide on the perfect food gift? Try a little of everything. Harry & David offers a Great Expectations Tower to indulge the whole family. The 8-box tower boasts huge pears, cheese, Moose Munch, truffles, cookies, nuts, baklava and more for $60. Beautifully wrapped, this spectacular treat will delight anyone.
Jam- A long time food gift in our family, it has largely fallen by the wayside as none of us have time to make it anymore. Thankfully, you can order the best preserves around form Scandia Food for $4-$7. Choose from Blueberry, Gooseberry, Lingonberry, and more. This is especially great gift for parents, grandparents, and anyone else who loves a traditional gift for year round enjoyment.
Candy- Yes, I’ll say it again…. candy. Candy is an excellent food gift for the holidays. Choose peppermint bark or handmade chocolates from Bunn Gourmet for less than $25, or English butter Toffees from Figis. Any of these options are perfect for a relaxing moment under the tree.
Cookies- Whether homemade or gourmet, cookies are a food gift that conveys all the warmth of the season. If you don’t have time to make your own, check out Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies for beautiful baked goods. The Winter Snowfall gift set is wrapped to give and contains 24 perfect cookies, some dipped in chocolate. Order this gift for your best friend for $45.
Popcorn- The most mobile food gift I found this year, it goes to the top of my Christmas wish list. You must see the gourmet options at Dale and Thomas Popcorn. This isn’t the kind you string for the tree. With such divine flavors as cinnamon crème drizzle, frosted gingerbread, and chocolate chunk with caramel, this gift will please any sweet- toothed member of your circle. If you can’t decide on a flavor, give a six- flavor sampler for $30.
Give the gift of culinary pleasure this season, try an amazing food gift!