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– GOURMET GIFT BASKETS in this article –
Gourmet Gift Baskets can be a major hit or miss, right? At first, they may look impersonal because they are a random selection of stuff chosen by someone else. Also, some of them really have an old-fashion vibe. However, it can be a perfect sophisticated modern gift, as long as you get the right one for the right person!
And we are here for it!
Most people love eating and drinking and some of us are much more open to trying new things, so you already have a head start there. Besides, there are zillions of different gourmet gift baskets for every budget, taste, diet, restrictions, and cooking skills. And let’s be honest: we make great choices when we are willing to!
Choosing the perfect Gourmet Basket
Firstly, who is the basket for? We all have that career-oriented, organized, sophisticated, responsible, stable person in our lives. Maybe it’s yourself, but also it can be your boss, your older sister, your mom, anyone. At first, gifting her can be intimidating because she seems to “have it all” or to prefer sophisticated and expensive things. However, it’s not always the case.
If she is easy to be around or the one you call for help because she won’t make you feel bad about it later, chances are she will care more about having her needs met than about the figure on the tag. Money is a necessary tool in our lives, for sure, but it is never “it all”, even for the ones who think it is!
More than the price tag associated with your gift is your awareness of what brings satisfaction to your boss-friend life!
Secondly, chances are that your put-together loved one is somewhere between organized and a control freak (me!). She can express it by having a super neat house; or even when by herself, she enjoys setting the dinner table or harmonizing cheese and wine to binge-watch Billions, Chef’s Table, and The Home Edit! So, she will appreciate a gourmet gift basket that is also practical and useful!
Finally, since we are talking gourmet gift baskets, think about this: Lately, what is she in the mood for, foodwise? Is she in love with cooking or is she more of a professional snacker? What about booze? Is she the life of the party or a tea snob?
Gourmet Gifts for the Cook-Diva
There is mac & cheese and there is feeling-royalty truffle mac & cheese.
Also, no matter if it’s for a beginner or pro in the kitchen, pasta is always a success!
We love this gourmet gift basket because it doubles as tasty and functional due to the amazing Boska Grater.
Whoever has a duty-oriented person in their lives know how much they appreciate useful high-quality tools and gifts!
Included: Sottocenere Al Tartufo + Cave-Aged Gruyere + Aged White New York Cheddar + Sabatino Truffle Zest + Bartolini Torcetti + Chocolate Truffles + Boska Easy Grater (Cutting Board Not Included)
This is for the savvy cook who is always in a hurry and, somehow, always comes up with delicious meals! Braising sauces are the perfect pantry item for that and the Williams Sonoma cook tools are a no brainer!
Included: Williams Sonoma Meyer Lemon Braising Sauce, Williams Sonoma Coq au Vin Braising Sauce, Williams Sonoma Beef Bourguignonne Braising Sauce, Williams Sonoma Coconut Curry Chicken Braising Sauce, Williams Sonoma Short Rib Braising Sauce, Flexible Stainless-Steel Slotted Spatula, Williams Sonoma Silicone Tongs, Williams Sonoma Olivewood Spoon.
This pantry delight is for the person who loves trying new flavors and is excited about experimenting in the kitchen! Definitely a gift for someone who enjoys cooking!
From the Mouth website, because I couldn’t say it better: “This gift box is curated with phenomenal artisanal upgrades on pantry faithfuls. It’s packed with everything from a seedy mustard that pops in your mouth, saffron-infused pasta, and a fruity olive oil to boozy maple syrup, hot honey, and the savory umami bomb of black garlic sea salt. We’ve also included a few dinner game-changers such as a complex mole, spicy Korean BBQ sauce, and hotshot small-batch harissa”.
This gift set is perfect for veterans or beginners in the truffle world, but definitely a joy for anyone who loves to cook!
Besides, it is produced by La Maison Pebeyre, the oldest family-run truffle house in France. So, not only you will give a tasty gift, but also a great story about tradition!
And we all have a loved one who appreciates great storytelling about generational business and processes.
Think of the person who watches more documentaries than movies on Netflix, and always knows the origin of everything! This gift is for her!
Included: Truffle Honey: honey, summer truffle (1%), aroma; Truffle Salt: salt, summer truffle (1%), aroma; White Truffle Oil: olive oil, Italian white truffle flavor
Everyone who cooks uses some type of salt and sometimes the best gifts are the most basic understated ones!
From avocado to popcorn and more elaborate dishes, every non-vegetarian chef will appreciate experimenting with this trio!
Included: The Original Chicharron Salt: Salt, ground pork rinds, bell peppers, vinegar powder, garlic, habanero. Chook Chicken Salt: Chicken powder (chicken meat and skin, chicken broth, salt, rosemary extractive), salt, paprika, garlic, onion, celery seeds, turmeric, arrowroot, chanterelle mushroom powder, mustard seeds, white pepper, tomato powder, fenugreek seeds, cinnamon, allspice, ginger. Black Garlic Salt: Himalayan pink sea salt, mayan sea salt, black garlic, gochugaru chile flakes, granulated garlic
Gourmet Gift Baskets for the Snack-Boss
This is the gift for the professional snacker! Who never spent the day so focused at work that skipped the meals and snacked all day long? 🤷🏽♀️
Harry & David website gives the option to add wine to most baskets, another major win-win!
Guaranteed your workaholic friend will love you more for this box!
Included: Moose Munch® Premium Popcorn – milk chocolate (6 oz), Hickory-smoked summer sausage (5 oz), Sharp white cheddar cheese (4 oz), Three-seed crackers (4 oz), Cheddar Cheese Snack Mix (12 oz), Honey hot mustard (3.25 oz), Lemon shortbread cookies (3.4 oz), Milk chocolate-covered cherries (6 oz), Signature chocolate truffles [coffee, cherry, raspberry, almond, all dark, milk chocolate] (4 oz).
Vegans and vegetarians deserve extra love when it comes to food! The foodie vegan in your life will love a snack box that is more than Oreos!
Besides, committing to a cause comes with a price, and the joy of not having to read every single label before eating is priceless!
More than the pleasure of eating, when you gift “green” food to a vegan or a vegetarian, you show love and support and there is no better gift than that!
There is cheese and there is French cheese. And it’s not about being a food snob, but about understanding that the manufacturing processes for French cheese are very specific, resulting in very special products.
France has strict regulations when it comes to food, and their cheeses are a national treasure.
Therefore, this Murray’s (a NY classic store) box will be a hit from the professional hosting to the introvert sophisticated cheese lover.
Included: 2.5 lb. of cheese: Murray’s Mini Brie, Murray’s 18, Month Aged Comte, Langres, Brebirousse D’Argental, Ossau Iraty.
Remember the responsible friend who loves the origin of everything and cares about the production chain?
This is the sweet sweet gourmet gift for her! This Raaka box is manufactured by a Brooklyn-based chocolatier who works with sustainably sourced, unroasted beans.
Full circle of goodness, after all, chocolate!
Caramel Popcorn + chocolate bar gift box = no further explanations required!
You know exactly the sweet-tooth documentary addicted who will love it!
Included: Moose Munch® Premium Popcorn, 4 bags (10 oz each): Classic caramel, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate salted caramel and Moose Munch® Chocolate Bars, 6 bars (2 oz each): 2 caramel, 2 dark chocolate, 2 milk chocolate
Gift Boxes for the Drink-Queen
You know who your hard-working Gin drinker friend is.
If you are not sure she will like it, the Tanqueray London Dry Gin is an award-winning statement bottle plus the useful shaker. 10/10 gift to make her occasional happy hours more efficient!
Included: 750ml Tanqueray London Dry Gin Bottle, 3.50z Sugarfina Martini Olive shaped Chocolate Almonds, Copper Shaker.
Of all the gourmet gift baskets in this post, this is the one for the Olivia Pope in your life!
You know who I’m talking about! That boss-bitch who harmonizes wine even with popcorn and burgers because she lives by the mood: my life, my rules!
Included: Robert Oatley Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Raymond R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, DeLoach Heritage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Vina Robles Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Omaha Steaks Italian Dry Salame 5 oz, Bella Campagna Whole Mixed Olives 3.5 oz, Sonoma Jacks Garlic & Herb Cheese Wedges 4 oz, Valley Lahvosh Sesame Rounds Crackers 4 oz, Creative Snacks Hot Honey Crunch Mix 1.5 oz, Alehouse Snack Co Bacon Habanero Bites 2.8 oz, Dolcezze & Sapori Frolletti Coconut Flavored Cookies 4.2 oz, Lille Chocolate Cookie Thins 3 oz, Godiva Milk Crème Brulee 4.3 oz, Metal Scalloped Basket with Embossed Pattern.
The Old Fashioned Cocktail is an elegant timeless classic.
Therefore, mastering it should be no challenge for a drink-queen!
Included: three chiles simple syrup (2 oz), chocolate bitters (0.5 oz), package of dried California mandarin orange slices (0.3 oz)
stainless steel jigger, 2 biodegradable cocktail straws. Makes 8 cocktails. Alcohol not included.
Among all the gourmet gift baskets I chose, this is the more serious one!
You can pair this gift with the Old Fashioned Cocktail box or not! Whatever you choose, will definitely please your strong scotch lover friend besides being an elegant addition to her bar!
Included: Woodford Reserve Bourbon 750ml bottle, two glass tumblers made of lead-free crystal by Dartington.
Gifts for the Tea Royalty
This is a gourmet gift basket that checks several boxes for the Chic tea drinker: perfectly organized, in a classic box, and just enough product to experiment without waste!
Included: 9 gold tin cans, each containing 1.05oz of the finest loose leaf blends available at Tea Box.
Think of your friend who has a Monica Geller vibe in the sense that her house is impeccably clean and she can’t stand a drop of tea on the counter!
This is the most organized, elegant, and classic tea set I could find! Of course, Tea Forté blends are absolutely top-notch quality, then again, win-win gift!
Consider this the minimalist one of the gourmet gift baskets in this list.
Bellocq is a tea atelier located in Brookling and they are specialists in luxurious blends.
Therefore, this is the perfect gift for your minimalist-extra-chic-royalty-wannabe loved one!
Included: 2.5oz. of tea, 2.00″ Petite Silver Strainer.