That’s because we’ve been spending these past months sampling the best of the best in desserts, charcuterie, coffee and more to separate the good from the great when it comes to tasty gifts. Curious about what we loved? Just keep scrolling for all of the pieces your foodie friends will love in 2022.
Maman NYC has some of the most scrumptious fresh-baked cookies we’ve had the pleasure of eating, and no foodie will be disappointed to receive a box of them, come Christmastime. Their Seasonal Cookie Gift Boxes come in sets of eight to 12 cookies, available in variety packs or single flavors, and while each and every one is a delight, we think their Vegan Cinnamon Snickerdoodles are just the thing to tickle the tastebuds around the holidays.
XO Marshmallow is famous for its soft, hand-cut marshmallows in unforgettable flavors, so why just gift one variety when you can share a whole advent calendar? This Marshmallow Advent Calendar includes 25 different marshmallows for every day of December until Christmas, to keep your favorite sweet tooth coming back every day for more deliciousness.
Recently, we’ve been obsessed with adding rich, smoked fish to charcuterie boards, and any foodie will fall in love after trying this Smoked Fish Smorgasbord from Sizzlefish. To cover all of the bases, it includes five different items—Cajun smoked salmon, gravlax salmon, smoked Atlantic salmon, salmon bacon and pastrami-style smoked salmon—each offering their own unique flavor profiles. It also ships frozen, so the recipient won’t feel forced to eat it all at once.
For the person who loves perfectly crafted plates, but doesn’t have a lot of time to put them together, Platterful has amazing charcuterie kits that take out all of the shopping and guesswork. Offerings change every month, but a large kit includes three cheeses, two meats, one or two crackers packs and two to three spreadables, plus accompaniments such as dried fruits, olives, candied nuts, chocolate and more. It also comes with instructions to doll things up, making your giftee look like a charcuterie hero while entertaining their guests. Cross your fingers they invite you over to enjoy with them!
If you can’t tell already, this is a meat-heavy gift guide, and for good reason. MeatCrafters has some amazing options, whether you’re gifting for a grillmaster or just someone who loves to snack, but if you know someone who loves a classic spread of meat, cheese and crackers, their Salami World Your Bundle is about to have them obsessed. There’s something about freshly cut dry salami that’s particularly mouth-watering, and this bundle including Soppressata, Fennel, Cinta, Ararat, Chajari and Pamplona salamis will help them find a favorite variety in decadence.
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If you’re buying a gift for a coffee snob, we can’t recommend any brand more than we do Cometeer. Their innovative and absurdly delicious coffees are precision-brewed and then flash-frozen into pods, so making the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had is as easy as melting the pod’s contents in water (plus milk and sweetener, if desired). This Holiday Collection includes an Ethiopian light roast, Peruvian medium roast and South and Central American dark roast, each with their own tempting flavor notes, and also comes with the most stylish glazed mug.
Fancy olive oils elevate any meal, and this Yiayia and Friends bottle of Greek extra virgin olive oil is flavored with garlic and comes in a cute and stylish bottle. Whether they use it for cooking or simply dipping bread, they’re sure to become fast fans of this oil, and its container will mean they’ll want to keep it displayed, too.
For a more cost-effective approach to simple charcuterie, Columbus has you covered. Their simple packs come ready with all of the crackers, meats and cheeses needed for a great board—plus other accompaniments for good measure—at a fraction of the cost of other brands, so you can spoil the foodie in your life without draining your bank account.
And for the meat lovers out there who want an option with a bit of Spanish flair, there’s Mercado Famous. There’s a good reason Spain’s charcuterie is known around the world, and with this Grazer Bundle of 100% Ibérico Chorizo, Salchichón, Lomo and Jamón, you might just introduce someone to their favorite new brand for stunningly tasty displays.
If you know someone who’s going to be showered in charcuterie gifts this year, make sure they also have a board to serve it on! This Gardinnovations Culinary Cutting Board is stylish enough for serving while also made to be highly functional, with knife-sharpening stones on each side, a built-in mortar and pestle and even a food storage compartment. Whether they love to cook or host, this item will soon become their best friend.
McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams has some of our favorite dreamy, creamy dessert options all year round, but they’ve really outdone themselves with their new Holiday Bundle. It consists of five tasty flavors, including peppermint candy and cookie-filled Reindeer Tracks, festive Pumpkin Caramel & Candied Pecans, cinnamony Egg Nog & Snickerdoodle Swirl, minty Peppermint Stick and classic Vanilla Pint. Five pints may seem like a lot, but they’ll disappear from an ice cream fan’s freezer faster than you know.
Mochi is another delicious and indulgent frozen dessert, and Mochidoki pairs pillowy, chewy dough with the most memorable ice cream flavors to create treats that are an experience in themselves. This Hosting Gift Set includes eight yummy flavors—Vanilla Chip, Strawberry, Cake Batter, Matcha, Black Sesame, Purple Sweet Potato, Mango and Passion Fruit—plus serving plates, bamboo tongs and tea towels, to create a taste-testing event perfect for parties.
High-quality cooking oils make a great gift for any chef, and this trio, developed by celebrity chef Brian Malarkey, is sure to impress. It comes with a cooking oil made from a blend of avocado, olive, sunflower and grapeseed oils, an EVOO, avocado and grapeseed blending oil and an extra virgin olive oil finishing oil for every tasty step of the meal.
The folks at Sugar Lab call themselves the first “digital bakery,” concocting incredible 3D-printed confections like you’ve never seen, and their Sushi Roll Bonbons are guaranteed to impress this holiday season. They’re printed using powdered sugar to look like iconic sushi rolls, emulating the texture of crab sticks and marbled salmon, and filled with yummy ganache for a flavor that’s as unexpected and wonderful as the look. Half are flavored with hojicha, or roasted green tea, in the chocolate, while the other half feature nutty sesame tahini, and we honestly can’t pick a favorite.
Here’s a gift that’ll satisfy even the fussiest of tea snobs. Brook37 is known for their environmentally conscious teas, curated with the greatest of care, and their Epicurean Collection highlights bold exotic teas in a box made specifically for gifting. It comes in four fabulous flavors, including aromatic Moonlight Stroll, woodsy Twilight Festiva, spicy-sweet Lemongrass Chai and fragrant floral Lavender Earl Grey teas, as well as a silver-plated tea infuser for unmatched brewing.
For the snack-lover who’s always up for trying new and exciting foods, Delicious Door has some of the best snack boxes around. The items inside are chosen to be as healthy as they are delicious, and each box includes six fan favorites and six brand-new tasty treats to help any foodie expand their culinary horizons. Truly, this one makes a great gift all year round.
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If you’re looking to enchant a sweet tooth this holiday season, this Hickory Farms gift set featuring Wicked Good Cupcakes will do the trick. It combines sugary treats, including two Wicked Good Cupcakes in a jar and gummy ornaments, with white chocolate mint coffee, a festive Paddywax candle and a seed-filled ornament for planting, making it a gift that keeps on giving.
Hickory Farms also has great options for the meat-eaters out there, including their beef summer sausage with smoked gouda, Belgian ale mustard and festive holiday treats to make a dreamy holiday charcuterie spread. The s’mores bar and minty pretzels are the perfect sweet complement to the meat and cheese, which will keep any foodie coming back for more.
Never have we ever tasted a panettone “fruit cake” as delicious as this one made in collaboration between Umamicart and Kitsby, combining sweet purple ube (or Philippine yam) with white chocolate and toasted coconut to make something unbelievably fluffy and scrumptious. The natural purple color makes it utterly irresistible and just the thing for the holidays—which explains why it flew off the shelves so quickly. We’re bummed it’s already sold out—but honestly, on Umamicart, you’re only ever a click away from something inspiring and delicious, so start searching!
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