23 Food Gift Baskets They'll Want To Dig Into Right Away

Farm fresh, thoughtfully curated, and hands-down delicious.

December 10, 2021
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It should be no surprise that our love language is food. We’re often sending food baskets, DIY cocktail kits, or frozen handmade dishes to our friends and family—especially during the pandemic since we can’t see our loved ones as often as we’d like.

But the term “food basket” often brings to mind a hodgepodge of stale crackers, fresh-ish fruit, and nuts that came from the bottom-most shelf at a gas station. You know what we’re talking about—thankfully, these food basket gift ideas are not that. Instead, these thoughtfully curated gift baskets are delicious, fresh from the farm (or restaurant, or winery in some cases), and guaranteed to be eaten or drank as soon as they’re unwrapped—instead of being regifted or relegated to the back of the pantry.

Ahead, 23 food gift baskets that don’t look like an afterthought from the gas station.

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1. Ina's Cookies + Bars, $99

When Ina says store-bought treats are okay, you take her up on it. The iconic baker and cook has her own line of sweets at Goldbelly, like cakes, cookies, brownie bars, and more. This set lets you choose two types of your their fave cookies and bars.

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2. Winc Wine Subscription, $29.95

For those who consider wine to be a food group (read: us), try Winc’s wine subscription. There’s a short quiz to help you figure out your preferences—plus, rating each bottle after it’s finished will help the algorithm curate even more wines that suit your tastes. This deal gets you four bottles of wine for under $30 plus a 12-piece glassware set from yours truly so they can pour you a thank-you glass later.

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3. Kosterina Taste of the Mediterranean Collection, $199.95

This truly indulgent gift of EVOO, balsamic vinegar, and chocolate will take them on a trip to the Mediterranean for much less than a real ticket. The set arrives in bright blue boxes inspired by classic Greek doors, so there’s no need to wrap.

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4. Purple Carrot Meal Kit, $51.94+

Meal kit subscriptions are like a more DIY take on gift baskets—there’s still food, but you’ll have to cook ‘em yourself. At least each Purple Carrot box comes with all the ingredients and recipes for easy and delicious plant-based meals for anyone looking to cut out meat.

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5. Japanese A5 Wagyu Ribeye Steak Trio, $506.25 $405

Or for those who want to indulge in melt-in-your-mouth Wagyu steak, this A5 trio from Crowd Cow comes straight from the Kagoshima region in Japan. If there were ever a time to treat yourself, it would be now.

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6. Sugarfina Winter Village 8-Piece Candy Bento Box, $74

For a sweet take on the classic food gift basket, these Sugarfina treats are the candy version of their fave drinks and snacks.

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7. Tokyo Treat Subscription, $32.50+

For snackers, Tokyo Treat’s monthly subscription box is filled with treats from—you guessed it—Japan. Each month has a fun theme, like the Halloween box from October, which includes apple cinnamon Kit Kats, monster-shaped candy, corn chips shaped like a witch’s hat, and more.

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8. Russ & Daughters New York Brunch, $189

Nothing beats a New York bagel... except maybe not having to wait in line for said bagel.

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9. Haus Deluxe Cocktail Kit, $100

If you thought these gift baskets were only for food, think again. This kit includes six bottles of Haus' most popular aperitifs, plus a recipe booklet, so you can’t go wrong.

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10. Jasper Hill Farm Cheese Tasting Box, $50-$200

With a range of basket sizes for any budget, this is a no-fail gift for the cheese head. Just choose what you’re comfortable with spending and be prepared to head out the door when they invite you over for a socially-distant happy hour.

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11. Brightland The Couplet, $42

We’ll choose fresh honey from family-owned farms in the U.S. over stale crackers any day.

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12. Milk Bar The Cheerleader, $86

Perfectly named for the exact moment (any moment) when your loved one could use a pick-me-up, The Cheerleader set includes a whole Milk Bar Pie and a dozen cookies—which they can share, or not.

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13. Hu Kitchen Small Chocolate Gift Box, $40

For chocolate purists, a set of vegan bars that only uses organic ingredients with none of the unnecessary stuff like palm oil or refined sugars.

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14. Made By Mouth Vegan Snack Box, $109

If you’re not sure what your vegan friends can or can’t eat, try a curated box that does all the thinking for you—we won’t tell. For more vegan gift ideas, check out our gift guide here.

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15. The Wonderful Wine Co. Starter Pack, $110

Even if they’re not vegan, they’ll love this trio of clean wine made with organic grapes. The Starter pack comes with a red, white, and rosé, but there are others that are only for rosé, Malbec, and even orange wine.

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16. Stonewall Kitchen Berry Favorites Gift, $59.95

Everything you need for the ultimate cozy breakfast, and yes, all in a cute little basket, too.

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17. The Grey Buttermilk Biscuits with the Fixins’, $95

They won’t be able to contain their excitement at spotting a stash of The Grey’s iconic biscuits. The fluffy mounds of goodness arrive frozen, which means they can eat one daily or all at once for the ultimate indulgence.

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18. Bella Cucina Italian Antipasti Basket Gift Set, $239

If they prefer making antipasti the main course instead of a first course, this gift basket from Bella Cucina has everything for a full-on feast.

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19. Williams-Sonoma Le Marais Parisian Box, Croissants and Jam, $69.95

The closest thing to inhaling a fresh croissant from Le Marais—both the district in Paris and the bakery in San Francisco. The kit includes 10 frozen croissants, butter from grass-fed cows in Normandy, and seasonal jam (either berry or marmalade).

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20. Shirley Chung's Ms. Chi Potstickers and Dumplings - Combo Pack, $99

Delicious, soul-soothing potstickers and dumplings can cure any bad day.

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21. Made By Mouth Iced Coffee Kit, $74.50

If your loved ones are on Team Iced Coffee all year round, this kit lets them make their favorite drink all day, every day.

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22. Palais des Thés Signature Tea Blends, $21

Or if they’re into tea more than coffee, these stackable tins contain eight kinds of loose-leaf tea for a choose-your-own adventure type of gift.

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23. David’s Cookies Fresh Baked Mini Cookies, $39.95

These mini cookies are so cute and delicious, they won’t be able to just eat one.

This post was updated December 2021 with more great food gift basket ideas.

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