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48 Fancy Food Gifts That Prove, Yes, Store-Bought Is Fine

Truffle-infused pasta sauce, a pre-made turducken, snowman gummy kebobs, and more stuff for the Jeffrey in your life you knows what's up when it comes to good eating.

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1. Milk Bar cookies that, I cannot stress enough, will be an ABSOLUTE HIT. I always pick up these at the IRL Milk Bar locations when I'm going to stay with someone as a host gift. But I also make sure to pick up a few for myself ;).

the tin, stack of cookies

Get them from Target for $15.89.

2. Or a dozen Milk Bar birthday cake truffles I guarantee will be an absolute hit with any fans of cake. Why? I've both sent and received these as a gift. Trust me, these things are life-changing.

the cake truffles bitten into
Milk Bar

Get them from Milk Bar for $24.

3. A Japanese candy assortment that'll help fill out their stash. Or at least for a week or so....

open box with various snacks

Promising review: "I am excited, all 30 pieces are here, nothing is broken, and it is packed with equal amounts of candy and snack food. My daughter is in love with these Japanese snacks. Since my daughter is love with the Japanese culture, I knew this would be a great 17th birthday gift for her." —Melissa H

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

4. Gourmet black truffle sea salt – it needs little to no explanation as to how it'll help 'em make most everything taste delicious.

the jar of sea salt

Trufflin is a Black woman-owned small business founded by a French woman with a family history in the truffle business and an Atlanta-based chef. This New York–based company's goal is to make all food feel fancy — and this salt will do the trick. Encourage your pal to sprinkle it on everything. From egg sandwiches to the classiest homemade French cuisine, they won't be able to put it down.

Get it from Trufflin for $17.99 or Amazon for $22.49.

5. A dried fruit set for an oh-so-tasty gift with amazing presentation. Just look at that stand!

apple shape wood display with dried fruits in it

Promising review: "The listing image looks impressive; but the real thing is even more impressive! This quality of mixed, dried fruits — so beautifully presented — in a delightful, henceforth useable presentation stand/ bowl is a bargain by any standard. Am ordering more for Rosh Hashanah gifts. Well pleased :)" —TLLDL

Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

6. A cinnamon-infused honey you should go ahead and buy several jars of, because it's gonna get around the family that you gave your aunt this beaut and others will want in on it.

the jar of honey
Ivy's Tea Co.

Ivy's Tea Co. is a Black women-owned business ran by four fabulous ladies whose goal was to create a product that'll nourish the body (while also having a little fun). The "Side Piece" honey is infused with cinnamon and is grown organically.

Promising review: "This honey is so bomb!!! It was given the perfect name because when I use it I feel like I am cheating on regular honey!!! LOL! It has the perfect amount of cinnamon and is perfect for teas as well as foods. I reordered this honey in a bigger size and I’m so glad I did. Don’t walk, RUN to order and add this to your pantry!! You will be glad you did!" —Jamitha J.

Get it from Ivy's Tea Co. for $12+ (available in four, six, or eight oz).

7. Baked by Melissa cupcakes you can even get in gluten-free, vegan, or nut-free so every member of the fam can get in on the colorful spread.

small cupcakes
Baked by Melissa

Check out all the cupcake gift options from Baked by Melissa for $30+.

8. A pretzel gift box chock full of a variety of dipped goods they'll be more than happy to peruse.

the box with six section of pretzels

These crisp thin pretzels are smothered with peanut butter flavored chocolate, rich strawberry yogurt, decadent blueberry yogurt, creamy vanilla yogurt, real dark semisweet chocolate and 100% milk chocolate.

Promising review: "I would have added a photo but unfortunately almost all of the pretzels were already eaten. Besides — the photos supplied were very accurate. This was my second purchase in a short period of time, the first being a gift and the second for my wife and I to share as a Thanksgiving treat. I loved the flavored yogurt and dark chocolate-covered pretzels the most. This makes for a great gift for others or yourself!" —David R.

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

9. Momofuku chili crunch oil they can use to amp up the heat, flavor on all sorts of things, even those eggs they're trying to finish up from that cookie recipe they made for holiday gifts.

the jar of chili crunch on a bed of chili peppers

Get it from Momofuku for $10.

10. A cookie crate because the last time you whipped up some on your own they were, well, lackluster. Let someone else do the work this time so there's no pretending on their part.

the cookie box set

This set landed on Oprah's Favorite Things for 2020. If they're good enough for Oprah, they're good enough for your friend.

Includes: Sweet Potato Pie, Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Maple Pecan, Gingersnap Cheesecake, Texas Toffee, and “HOLLY”day Sugar, Chocolate Chunk, Salted Caramel, Banana Pudding, Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodle, and Cookies and Cream.

Get them from Amazon for $63.99.

11. A Commander's Palace dinner for two with garlic bread, turtle soup or seafood gumbo, wild shrimp and cognac with Creole cream cheese grits, and a WHOLE pecan pie. If you've never heard of this New Orleans establishment, perhaps you've heard of one Emeril Lagasse, who's led the kitchen there in the past.

the plates of turtle soup, shrimp and grifts, seafood gumbo, and a pecan pie

Get it from Goldbely for $169 (available with their famous turtle soup or seafood gumbo).

12. A pair of Capital City Mambo sauces (mild and sweet hot) to help 'em dial to the perfect amount of heat. They can use it for marinade, glaze, dipping, finishing sauce, or even for food on the grill. So really, might as well have a backup set because they're gonna run through these quickly.


Capital City is a BIPOC-owned biz based in Maryland outside of D.C.

Promising review: "Everything about the sauce was amazing. My grandpa used to always talk about mambo sauce and I just had to try it. If I could change one thing I would like it to be a little hotter." —lora m noblitt

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

13. A set of decadent chocolate turtles (four milk pecan and four dark cashew) that weight in at 4 oz. each, which means they're large enough to share... or not.

look in the turtle like it's been cut in half

This gift set is also on Oprah's Favorite Things for 2020!

Get them from Amazon for $55.20.

14. A spiral-sliced ham which, IMO, is always better for a holiday meal than a turkey. Prepare for the rave reviews for years to come. (What a way to get in good with your in-laws.)

the spiral slice ham on a plate
Harry & David

Promising review: "I sent the ham to my friends as an early Thanksgiving gift. It was a major hit! They have called me twice to tell me how much they loved it and how good it was. They love the brush-on spicy crust and they have enjoyed it first hot then cold for sandwiches and snacking. I will definitely send this to other friends as a gift!!" —WILLIAM

Get it from Harry & David for $99.99+ (also available in apple-sliced ham).

15. A variety pack of Sfoglini pasta for the person who's taught you everything you know about pasta shapes. Except this isn't regular pasta, this is cool pasta. (Also I should know, I've had the stuff and it's fantastic!)

four boxes of pasta

This set includes Trumpets (made of organic durum semolina, Water); Whole Grain Reginetti (organic hard red wheat flour, organic durum semolina, Water); Saffron Malloreddus (organic durum semolina, water, organic saffron); Beet Fusilli (organic durum semolina, organic red beet juice, water)

Promising review: "We've been trying to incorporate more whole grain stuff into our diet, so I decided to give these guys a try. I am not a fan of whole wheat pasta, generally (mushy texture), but these are delicious (these are not just whole wheat, but whole grain — FYI). Great taste and texture. They hold up pretty well as a leftover the next day (don't get too soggy.)" —BoysMomCA

Get them from Amazon for $23.96.

16. And some new truffle-infused pasta sauce (from the same folks who make this delicious stuff I personally swear by) they'll be ranting about for months after the jar runs dry. But don't fret, you can tell 'em to re-up in bulk, hehe.

the two bottles of truffle hot sauce

Get two jars from Truff for $29.99: black truffle arrabbiata or black truffle pomodoro

17. Gingerbread-flavored popcorn covered in white chocolate and then sprinkled with sliced almonds and bits of molasses cookies. Yes, you have permission to buy a bag for yourself too.

the bag of popcorn

This Asheville, NC-based biz has all sorts of fun flavors and even has a line of popcorn tins you can fill with various flavors that'll be be a drastic improvement from the popcorn tins of yore.

Get it from Poppy for $11.50.

18. A box of British chocolate you can graciously offer yourself up as tribute to help polish off.

the chocolate candy set

Comes with one Curly Wurly, one Picnic, one Twirl, one Starbar, one Crunchie, one Wispa, one Dairy Milk Caramel, one Double Decker, one Dairy Milk, and one Flake.

Promising review: "Just received several days ahead of estimated delivery which was very nice. All the chocolates/candy are very freshly dated and were protected by the packaging. The box itself was a bit dented but everything inside was perfect. I am very happy with this purchase. Several years ago, I went to a local British store and bought about $40 worth of candy for a British vs. American 'taste-off' for the kids, (we would read a book and then try to eat meals/snacks like the characters for a new experience). This was so much less expensive and I saved myself the two hour round-trip drive. Can't wait to show the kids and remind them of that taste-off picnic!" —dp

Get them from Amazon for $14.99.

19. A foodie box full of munchies sourced locally from the store's San Antonio's home base, plus some international treats. I sent one of my friends one of these once quarantine hit in March, and she loved it!

the box open with treats
Feliz Modern

Feliz Modern is a San Antonio-based biz owned by Mario and Ginger Diaz with two physical locations and an online store front CHOCK-full of hilarious, cute, just plain FUN items.

Get it from Feliz Modern for $23.

20. A snowflake or snowman gummy kebob you can give solo or in a bouquet.

three of the gummy kebobs together
Dylan's Candy Bar

Get them from Dylan's Candy Bar for $6: snowflake, snowman

21. A Murray's Cheese "top-shelf" spread for the person with an encyclopedic knowledge of cheese. Every friend group needs one. You owe them for their valuable contribution.

charcuterie spread

22. A Kolikof Premium Sturgeon caviar set with two ounces of caviar, crème fraîche, blinis, and a mother of pearl spoon. Fawn-cy.

the set
Sur La Table

Get it from Sur La Table for $100.

23. A salami bouquet that, OK, isn't *just* about presentation (which, as you can see, is FANTASTIC). But once you unwrap it you get some gourmet salami. Win-win, obviously.

hand holding the bouquet

Get it from Food52 for $50+ (available with three or six salamis).

24. Peppermint bark you won't even have to wrap! (I heard they're in the market for a new sewing kit container. This is it!)

the gift tin overflowing with the pieces of bark

Promising review: "I love this stuff, buy it every year. It's great to divide up in little gift bags." —Jana Jones

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

25. A small turducken with cajun pork cornbread stuffing for perhaps the most memorable dinner ever. Just google "turducken" and then come back to me.


I've personally been wanting to try one of these for years. I think 2020 should be the year. This behemoth serves 10–15 people. It’s turkey, duck, chicken and stuffing — all in one bite!

Get it from Hebert's Specialty Meats on Goldbely for $129.

26. A smoked peach jam to really step up their toast game or turn 'em into a snacks-for-meals person.

Trade Street Jam Co.

Trade St. Jam Co. is a Black woman-owned biz founded by Ashley Rouse in North Carolina (my home state!) and is now based in Brooklyn. They make small batch jams with no preservatives or stabilizers. You can learn more about the company's story here.

Get it from Trade Street Jam Co. for $14 (and check out more single jar flavors, plus some sets available for pre-order here).

27. A jar of cracked cacao cooked in sugar, bourbon, and a blend of spices they'll want to sprinkle on most anything. Time to break out the ice cream.

jar of cacao nubs
Bespoke Post

Get it from Bespoke Post for $12.

28. A venison gift pack in a ~variety~ of forms, some that require some cooking while they can snack on jerky as they please.

various meat cuts from the gift

The set includes: 8 oz. smoked roast; 3 packs venison sticks; 6-oz summer sausage; two 8-oz. sirloin steaks; 2-lb. roast; 4 smoked bratwurst; 1-lv stew meat; 3 oz. jerky; two 6-oz. filet mignon; 12-oz liver

Get it from Cabela's for $239.99 (also check out a similar bison gift pack).

29. A Harry and Meghan Walkers shortbread tin for the person who loves those scrumptious cookies PLUS can't get enough of the couple.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle on the lid of a tin of cookies
World Market

Get it from World Market for $17.99.

30. A set of festive macarons that won't last too long once they unbox them. Truly, I cannot blame them.

sprinkle, swirl, metallic macarons on a plate
Gourmet Gift Baskets

Get them from Gourmet Gift Baskets for $34.99.

31. A trio of artisanal pestos they'll find all sorts of tasty ways to use. Brb, I'm already toasting up some bread.

the stacks of pesto jars

Get them from Food52 for $46 (available in two flavor combos).

32. A ready-to-eat chicken pot pie for some good eating on cold nights. Or not cold nights. I can't be the only one who enjoys chicken pot pie when it's warm outside.

chicken pot pie with slice cut out of it on a plate
Harry & David

Promising review: "I got rave reviews from family members that enjoyed the delicious chicken pot pie that I had delivered to them. It was a treat for them to have such a great ready-made meal. They highly recommend it to others!" —ANN

Get it from Harry & David for $39.99.

33. A s'mores pie for the friend who you can't do IRL s'mores with this holiday season.

the pie

Get it from Mouth for $69.

34. A chocolate "nudes" disc that'll be hilarious and most definitely will end up on their Insta grid. Also, its combo of white chocolate, raspberry, and fondant will be an utter delight.

chocolate that looks like an old computer disc in pink with "nudes" on the label
Bon Bon Bon

Bon Bon Bon is a Detroit-based company that creates chocolate goodies by internationally trained artisan confiseurs plus lots of local ingredients. We love to see it! (And taste it!)

Get it from Bon Bon Bon for $10.

35. A set of gourmet biscotti to create their breakfast plans for a few days. That is if they can convince themselves to eat such things of beauty!

the set in a gift box

Promising review: "I bought my first box as a gift for Christmas and couldn't handle them sitting there so I opened it and shared with the family. These are absolutely AMAZING! Two of a different kind and I give them all a thumbs up that's how delicious they are!!! These are not so hard that you might break your teeth but yet there is a scrumptious crunch to each bite. So I bought another box to hopefully give away for Christmas! I'll have to really hide this one!" —JoAnn

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

36. A jerky tie box you can give the person who always jokes about getting ties as gifts. (Oh hey and if my mom is reading this, you can get this for me.)

tie shape box with jerky in it
Man Crates

Includes 5-oz. bits of: Habanero; Root Beer; Whiskey Maple; Root Beer Habanero; Ghost Pepper; Black Pepper; Garlic; Honey Bourbon; Sesame Ginger; Classic Flavor

Get it from Man Crates for $39.99.

37. A scrumptious cotton candy for anyone who makes a beeline for the sweet stuff at any fair, sporting event, or public gathering. They are my people. Can you provide an intro?!

the cotton candy
Dylan's Candy Bar

Get it from Dylan's Candy Bar for $6.

38. Skittles Enchilados, which is really just fancy talk for a tangy twist on your fave candy.

the bag of candy
Feliz Modern

This is made by a local candy maker Valeria Guevara and sold IRL too at the San Antonio-based shop locations of Feliz Modern.

Get them from Feliz Modern for $7.50 (also check out the Sour Patch Watermelon Enchilados, Twizzlers Enchilados, Cherry Sours Enchilados, Sour Patch Kids Enchilados, Gushers Enchilados).

39. Raw acacia honeycomb they can scoop out and slather over hot biscuits. Like, do they even need another suggestion on how to use this stuff (BTW, there are other uses)? No, that's simply enough.

the honeycomb in a container

Promising review: "I got this for my daughter for Christmas because she always told me she wanted to try honeycomb. OMG she was so surprised and it ended up being her favorite gift." —Rachel Scarrett

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

40. A smokehouse grilling spice set for the gourmand who manages to grill even in the dead of winter. If you're lucky, maybe they'll grill up something for you to try with these!

the small spice jars

Includes Lime Chipotle, Chili Rosemary, Jalapeno, Black Cajun, Chili Parsley, Memphis, Cayenne, Garlic Salt, Italian, Thyme Salt, Jamaican, Caribbean, Southwest, Mexican, Montreal, Chili Onion, Cajun, Chili Salt, Chili Garlic, Rosemary anLime Chipotle, Chili Rosemary, Jalapeno, Black Cajun and Chili Parsley seasoning and Herb Salt seasonings

Promising review: "I bought this for my brother-in-law for his birthday. After a couple of weeks he informed me that he loved the different spices. The packaging was beautiful. Would recommend as a gift to anyone who enjoys cooking." —Michaela Baker

Get them from Amazon for $49.99.

41. A "full sleigh" Christmas candy care package for your nearest and dearest who may not be physically near ya' this year. This goes unsaid, but eat lots of candy and please wear a mask!

variety of candy
Economy Candy

Economy Candy is a local NYC-based business that, like many other small businesses, have been hit hard in 2020 because of COVID. I ordered regular care packages for a few friends in late March/early April as a sweet (haha) gesture. Everyone loved it! They carry most kind of candy ever, including a generous selection of Hanukkah candy you'll want to stock up on too.

Preorder it from Economy Candy for $60.

42. A porcini powder and dried wild mushrooms collection they'll for sure find wonderful things to do with — what that is, idk because I'm not your fancy friend. But I'm hopeful!

containers of mushrooms

Get it from Food52 for $38+ (available in three or five).

43. A Fiji Fire chili hot sauce with native Fijian Bongo Chilli for a major kick that's inspired by the legendary Fijian Fire Walkers of Beqa Island.


Promising review: "This is my current favorite hot sauce. It’s got a nice heat that isn’t overwhelming and a great taste that’s good on anything you like hot sauce on. Yum-yum in your tum-tum." —Wintermute

Get it from Amazon for $15.81.

44. A pumpkin swirl cheesecake that'll look, *taste* like a total masterpiece.

the cheesecake
Gourmet Gift Baskets

Promising review: "Purchased this as a gift for Thanksgiving and it did not disappoint, it was delicious and arrived on time as scheduled. Would definitely order from them again." —MichaelSharon

Get it from Gourmet Gift Baskets for $64.99.

45. A "Tasty of Italy" gift set full of lip-smacking cuts of meat they can cook at home since y'all had to postpone that trip to the Amalfi Coast you had planned this summer. (OK, so I'm projecting about *my* postponed trip here.)

tomohawk steak
Certified Piedmontese

The kit includes two 8-oz. Filet Mignon; two 14-oz. Boneless Ribeye Steaks; two 10-oz. New York Strips; two 8-oz. Sirloin Filets; one 36-oz. Tomahawk Ribeye Steak; four 16-oz. 85% Lean Ground Beef packages

Get it from Certified Piedmontese for $219.95.

46. A black garlic ketchup to turn their fry-dipping ways topsy-turvy (but, like, in a great way).

the bottle of ketchup

A year ago I was in London and went to this legendary department store. Seriously, take that chance if you can. I got the hype as soon as I stepped in the doors. But what I loved the most was their food selection! I bought several items for friends that I somehow avoided eating before I could get back home across the pond.

Get it from Liberty for $9.99.

47. And a Yorkshire rhubarb and ginger jam from the same joint with a label so gorgeous, they'll find a way to reuse it.

the jam jar with sheep, flowers on the label

Get it from Liberty for $8.99.

48. A bourbon-flavored chow mix in a jar they can park by their WFH setup. Sorry, I'm just describing what *I* would do with this bad boy in my own home.

large jar of chow mix
Man Crates

Get it from Man Crates for $29.99.

Them once their get their chompers around your generous gift:


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