Any recommendations for a good mail-order food gift?

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drbabs
drbabs December 5, 2012

I'm sure you'll get more up to date suggestions, but I posed a similar question a couple of years ago. Here are the answers: http://food52.com/hotline...

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LLStone
LLStone December 5, 2012

I only use Zingerman's http://www.zingermans.com/ Their stuff is really good, reasonably priced, and they ship their stuff very well. You can avoid any high shipping costs by buying from their flat rate shipping tab. I've never been disappointed. I send Zingerman's for funerals, weddings, thinking-of-you's; basically for whatever. And I love to "research buy" from them.

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inpatskitchen
inpatskitchen December 6, 2012

I agree with LLStone. I send Zingerman's bread to friends and ever since my son left Ann Arbor for SF he gets the corned beef sandwich kit for his birthday.

Omeletta
Omeletta December 5, 2012

I've used Omaha Steaks a few times and got great service & products-but I'll warn you, getting off their email list list has proved difficult!

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cdilaura
cdilaura December 5, 2012

We'll be offering two fantastic heritage breed meat collections in the Food52 Shop tomorrow. Here's a preview, which you can access as of 12/6 12am ET:

http://shop.food52.com/deal/25279/bacon-and-porterhouse-heritage-breed-variety-tasting-collections-from-heritage-foods-usa

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cdilaura
cdilaura December 5, 2012

We also have a great Spanish charcuterie collection gift set here: http://shop.food52.com/deal/20532/fermins-holiday-charcuterie-essentials-from-the-rogers-collection

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shoresdiver
shoresdiver December 5, 2012

Three words- Joe's Stone Crabs! Trust me, whoever gets them will go wild!

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hardlikearmour
hardlikearmour December 6, 2012

Olympic Provisions has fantastic salami, and offers different sampler options. http://olympicprovisions.bigcartel.com/

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mainecook61
mainecook61 December 6, 2012

Luxardo maraschino cherries to put in a Manhattan. A teensy luxury worth every penny. Zingerman's has them. And have you looked at the excellent smoked salmon and other smoked fish things made by Ducktrap River in Maine? http://www.ducktrap.com/index.php

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Chanelle,Gontarz
Chanelle,Gontarz December 6, 2012

Tasterie has great mail-order boxes, with options for various allergies and dietary restrictions.

VeganCuts and ConsciousBox are also great options.

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Rupal P
Rupal P December 6, 2012

Shatila.com makes lovely boxes of bakhlava and packages them nicely, and is quite affordable.

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Rupal P
Rupal P December 6, 2012

Shatila.com makes lovely boxes of bakhlava and packages them nicely, and is quite affordable.

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lloreen
lloreen December 6, 2012

Harry and David pears are incredible - my grandmother sent them every year

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violist
violist December 7, 2012

I also have sent many gifts from Zingerman's, but for artisan Italian products that are unique, though expensive, nobody beats Gustiamo.com

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bhs14422
bhs14422 December 16, 2012

BBQ! Pig of the Month BBQ sends incredible ribs, pulled pork and fun packages -- everyone I've ever sent one to has fallen in finger lickin love!

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CHeeb
CHeeb December 16, 2012

Speaking of pork...Benton's bacon from Madisonville,TN is to die for. It will become a family tradition.

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sparkplug
sparkplug December 17, 2012

Gary West Meats has some amazing jerky - makes a great gift for men who are hard to buy for. My dad LOVED the jerky of the month club. www.garywest.com

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SMSF
SMSF December 18, 2012

I've given and received bacon and ham from nueskes.com in Wisconsin.
They have mostly applewood smoked bacon and hams (the bacon is still my fave) and in the last couple of years have started making cherrywood smoked bacon. Oh my!
The shipping adds quite a bit to the cost, but most if not all of their products have to ship with refrigerated packs. Outstanding products.

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Pegeen
Pegeen December 20, 2012

If the person is a foodie, the demi glacé concentrates from More Than Gourmet are a wonderful gift. They also have a vegetable concentrate in addition to beef/veal, chicken, etc.

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Pegeen
Pegeen December 20, 2012

Niman Ranch for meat gifts. Have also received good gifts from Omaha Steaks.

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Matthew
Matthew December 9, 2015

I love sending gift baskets from Bella Viva Orchards because they have a great variety of dried fruit, nuts and other healthy snacks in them:
http://www.bellaviva.com/dried-fruit-gift-baskets

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MMH
MMH December 9, 2015

www,great-alaska-seafood.com

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luvcookbooks
luvcookbooks December 10, 2015

Nueske's also ships Kringle, which are nice to have on hand for the holidays.

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Rupal P
Rupal P December 10, 2015

Funny how I still like to look for this thread for advice years later -- even now! I finally took the Zingerman's advice for gifts for my brother and for my brother in law when they had new babies (the new baby basket that they offer). This may shock many on the thread but the recipients weren't huge fans of their gifts - in fact my brother gave a few of the foods back to me!

Generally, I find the items from Zingerman's pretty pricey for what you get - being near Philadelphia we have access to a lot of these foods, so I don't know if it is a regional thing, and I can't bring myself to pay $10 for a loaf of bread plus shipping. For those who do buy from Zingerman's and love it -- what items do you truly love?

Aside from that, I still like Shatila.com, also like Harry and David's (good value for $$), and am tempted to try Georgetown Cupcakes and Mah-Ze-Dahr bakery. Anyone with good experiences with these?

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luvcookbooks
luvcookbooks December 10, 2015

Zingerman's strattu (tomato paste) is Soo good and not too expensive. The zang candy bars are nice for Michigan expats and small gifts. I also like the violet and walnut mustards.

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max jaffa
max jaffa December 11, 2015

Is this treif? http://www.baconaddicts.com/products/bacon-lube-bacon-flavored-personal-lubricant

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Nancy
Nancy December 11, 2015

Fresh nuts, especially pecans from the South. So much better than grocery store or even bulk store supplies that rotate quickly.

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TheFritschKitchen
TheFritschKitchen December 11, 2015

My M-I-L sent me a cinnamon grater plus some fresh cinnamon from Cinnamon Hill. I love it, the grater is beautiful and fresh cinnamon is amazing!

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