In a time of social distancing and barely any travel, so many of us are missing gathering with family and friends. Since we can’t show up in person for birthdays and special occasions, sending thoughtful gifts is the next best way to celebrate.
It goes without saying that the best gifts are food gifts, so we rounded up some of the most incredibly delicious food baskets and sets that your loved ones are bound to adore. Whether the recipient has a seriously sweet tooth, is obsessed with hot sauce, or has a soft spot for heirloom beans, we’ve found the perfect presents to brighten up their stay-at-home summer.
While a trip to Italy is out of the question, this antipasti basket almost makes you feel like you’re dining in a Roman piazza. The bundle features artichoke lemon pesto, olivada olive spread, roasted sweet pepper antipasti, and preserved lemon cream citrus spread, along with a variety of crackers, flatbreads, and crostata tarts for serious crunch.
2. Brightland’s The Essential Capsule, $112
Thoughtfully blended with California-grown produce, Brightland olive oils and vinegars are known to be bright, bold, and herbaceous. The four bottles—two distinct olive oils, one raw balsamic vinegar, and one raw champagne vinegar—included in this capsule collection are truly kitchen essentials.
Bring the heat with this box of eleven hot sauce bottles that range from “mellow” to “bowels of hell.” The selection of brands and spice levels was carefully designed for optimal flavor and, in some cases, (sweet) pain. It’s just as good for firing up ordinary dishes—as it is for hosting a heat-eating challenge.
4. Complete Infused Salt Vial Set, $48
Infused with ingredients such as black garlic, rosemary, cherrywood smoke, and ghost chili, these sea salts add complex flavor to any meal. The set of twelve is packaged in adorable, cork-topped vials and accompanied by tasting notes and pairing suggestions for each salt.
5. Levain Bakery Signature Cookie Assortment, from $27
Famous for thicky, gooey cookies, New York City’s Levain Bakery also ships gift boxes of its sweet treats nationwide. This assortment, which is baked to order, includes all of the original and much-loved flavors: chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chocolate chip, dark chocolate peanut butter chip, and oatmeal raisin. Packs of four, eight, and 12 are available.
6. Mouth Cheesy Gift Box, $83
Mouth curates some of the best gift boxes out there and this cheesy one is no exception. Equipped with all the essentials for a stellar cheese board, the box includes cheddar and triple cream cheeses, two types of crackers, candied walnuts, and dried fig jam.
Portland-based Olympia Provisions is Oregon’s first USDA-approved salumeria, turning out handcrafted cured meats made with antibiotic-free pork and natural casings. The American charcuterie company channels the Mediterranean with this box of loukanika, chorizo rioja, saucisson sec, and more.
8. The PB Love Company YUMBOX, $70
Four jars of stone-ground, small-batch nut butters, two mini chocolate bars, and a pack of crisps can be found in this set from the PB Love Company. An unexpected bonus? The birchwood box is part of the gift, too. Handcrafted by a woodworker, it has adjustable partitions so you can arrange to suit your repurposing needs.
9. Rancho Gordo Deluxe Gift Box, $57.95
If you keep up with food trends, you’re familiar with Rancho Gordo. The brand’s dried, heirloom beans are super popular and beloved in kitchens across the country. This gift box is packed with five pounds of assorted beans, from cassoulet to garbanzo and midnight black. Plus, it comes with founder Steve Sando’s heirloom bean guide and a tote bag.
Though the Pacific Northwest ice cream brand Salt & Straw is famous for its funky flavors, its best sellers are actually artisan riffs on the classics. With pints like sea salt with caramel ribbons, double fold vanilla, and chocolate gooey brownie, the pack is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
This Savannah Bee Company set is composed of three types of honey, each with its own flavor profile and recommended usage. The orange blossom is very sweet with subtle citrus notes, making it ideal for drizzling over fruits and vegetables. The wildflower is more robust and ideal for yogurt or smoothies, while the tupelo has buttery undertones that are well-suited for tea.
12. Sfoglini Pasta Shop Long Cut Gift Box, $18.99
Delicious dinner is a given with this box of Sfoglini organic semolina pastas—bucatini, spaghetti, and fettuccine. Handy recipe cards accompany the goods, so all you have to do is follow the instructions and enjoy.
13. Zabar’s NYC Essentials Basket, $265
A taste of New York City can arrive at any doorstep around the country with this Zabar’s basket. With six bagels, two types of salmon, two tubs of cream cheese, a babka, rugelach, and more, it’s a brunch fit for the gods.
Do you have a favorite food basket to gift (and receive)? Tell us in the comments below!
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