Whether you're shopping for a foodie or just want to send a treat to a loved one, food always makes for a thoughtful gift. From housewarming parties to birthdays and everything in between, there are tons of delicious options out there that are perfect for any celebration. Knowing where to start, however, can certainly be a challenge.
From DIY meal kits to iconic cookies and beyond, there's certainly something out there for any taste bud. To narrow down the choices, keep in mind any dietary restrictions, allergies, serving sizes, and food preferences. From there, you'll be able to choose the ideal treat.
Here are the best food gifts.
Jeni's Crowd Pleaser Collection
If you're looking for a gift that'll satisfy any sweet tooth, you can't go wrong with Jeni's Crowd Pleaser Collection. The set includes six flavors for all different ice cream flavor preferences, so everyone is sure to find something they love.
The variety pack includes pints of Blackout Chocolate Cake, Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Coffee With Cream & Sugar, Gooey Butter Cake, Lemon & Blueberries Parfait, and Skillet Cinnamon Roll. It makes for a delicious gift, but it's understandable if you want to just stock up your own freezer instead.
Brightland The Mini Essentials
Brightland is known for its selection of artisanal olive oil and vinegar, so choosing just one item can be a tough decision. Thanks to The Mini Essentials set, however, you can give the gift of the company's top picks all at once.
The four-piece set includes AWAKE and ALIVE, their bestselling olive oils, as well as PARASOL and RAPTURE, their fruit-forward vinegar options. The bottles, which are each 3.4 ounces, are packaged in a vibrant yellow box, so you won't even have to worry about wrapping the set.
Stonewall Kitchen Gluten Free Gift
If you're shopping for a loved one who follows a gluten-free diet, Stonewall Kitchen's Gluten Free Gift is certainly worth considering. The basket includes a variety of tasty treats that anyone will be able to enjoy.
The basket includes sea salt crackers, simple white crackers, brownie mix, pancake and waffle mix, and cornbread mix. The goods come packaged in a giftable task basket as well, so you won't have to worry about wrapping them up yourself.
Knack Popcorn & Movie Night Gift Set
Your favorite movie buff will love this five-piece gift from Knack. The set includes a popcorn popper, popcorn kernels, seasoning, a movie card game, and Eat What You Watch, a cinema-themed cookbook that offers recipes from over 40 classic films.
From deli cuisine inspired by When Harry Met Sally to a Sixteen Candles birthday cake, the book includes tons of meals you can enjoy during your next movie night. Each can be topped off by a batch of Petersen Family Farm Yellow Popcorn made in the accompanying W&P popper. Looking for more entertainment? The set also includes Cinephile, a 150-card set that puts your knowledge of movies to the test.
Ruby Bond Creature Charm Candy Charcuterie Board
For a truly Instagram-worthy gift, you can't go wrong with Ruby Bond's Rainbow Candy Charcuterie Board. The set includes rows of multicolor sweet and sour candies that are organized in an artful rainbow that's almost too pretty to eat.
The set includes 60–100 pieces of gummy candy displayed on an acrylic board. It can serve 4–6 people, though it's understandable if you want to keep this one all to yourself. The best part? Once you finish the candy, you can reuse the board and make your own display.
TRUFF Truffle-Infused Hot Sauce
The hot sauce lover in your life will be glad to receive TRUFF's Hot Sauce Variety Pack. The set includes some of the brand's classic flavors, each of which is sure to make a sophisticated addition to anyone's condiment collection.
The set comes with three flavors—Original, Hotter, and White Truff—that are packaged in a giftable matte black box. The included hot sauces, which are both vegan and gluten-free, range in spiciness as well, so there's something for everyone's preferences.
Russ & Daughters New York Brunch
Bagels are the unofficial mascot of New York, so a bagel brunch from one of the city's classic spots is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Whether you're shopping for a former New Yorker or a loved one that just appreciates a good spread, Russ and Daughters' New York Brunch is a great option.
The package, which serves six people, includes pre-sliced nova smoked salmon, bagels, cream cheese, a chocolate babka, and coffee, as well as an insulated tote bag and mug from the restaurant. All the recipient has to do is open it up and enjoy each bite.
Omsom The Try 'Em All Set
Omsom was created with the intention of bringing authentic Asian flavors to your kitchen, and the Try 'Em All Set is the perfect way to get started. The kit includes a variety of meal starters that'll pack a pantry with tons of flavor.
The set includes 16 starters that offer a variety of Southeast and East Asian flavors, including Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, and beyond. The entire kit is good for at least 40 meals, so it'll be the gift that keeps on giving.
Levain Bakery Signature Cookie Assortment Gift Box
If you're looking to satisfy a sweet tooth, you can't go wrong with a delicious cookie. Especially when it's from Levain Bakery, an iconic spot known for 6-ounce cookies that are sure to bring a smile to anyone's face.
The bakery offers a few gift boxes, but their Signature Cookie Assortment Gift Box is ideal for anyone who's never tried them or can't pick just one flavor. The set is offered with four to 12 cookies and includes their original flavors—chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chocolate chip, dark chocolate peanut butter chip, and oatmeal raisin. The cookies will come gift-wrapped in a cellophane bag with a hand-tied ribbon as well, so you won't have to worry about wrapping them.
Honolulu Fish Co. Nigiri & Maki Roll Home Sushi Kit
There's nothing quite like spending quality time with loved ones, so a DIY meal kit is always a welcomed gift. Though there are tons of options out there, Honolulu Fish Co.'s Home Sushi Kit is the perfect fit for anyone who wants the taste of island life right at home.
The kit includes all of the essentials—from fish to rice to seaweed—so it's easy to bring fresh sushi right to your kitchen table. The ingredients will serve six to eight people, meaning you can even use the kit for an intimate dinner party.
Harry & David Favorite Mixed Nuts Gift Box
Harry & David's Favorite Mixed Nuts Gift Box is a great choice if you're shopping for someone who prefers savory over sweet. The set includes a variety of nuts that make for a great snack but also pair well with meats, cheeses, and wine for a night in.
With the mixed nuts gift box, recipients will get four ounces each of roasted almonds, roasted in-shell pistachios, jumbo cashews, and mixed nuts (which include a blend of cashews, almonds, walnuts, and pecans). The set comes packed in a brown box and is finished with a tied blue ribbon, making for a thoughtful gift.
What to Look for in a Food Gift
Allergies / Dietary Restrictions
One of the most important details to consider when choosing a food gift is if the recipient has any allergies or specific dietary restrictions. Most brands and retailers will label items that are nut-free, kosher, gluten-free, and more, so be sure to double-check before you purchase.
When choosing a gift, think about the serving size in relation to who is receiving it. For example, if you're sending a meal kit to a family of four, you'll want to ensure that the serving size is portioned for that many people or more. If you're sending a gift to someone who lives alone, smaller options like packages of candy and cookies will be a better fit.
While you shop, it's worth noting what kinds of preferences your favorite foodie has. If they tend to have a sweet tooth, options like candy, cake, and cookies will make for a satisfying treat. For those that tend to lean towards a savory pick, DIY meal kits, hot sauce, and olive oils are great places to start.
Why Trust MyDomaine?
Jamie Weissman is an associate commerce editor for MyDomaine. From housewarming gifts to stocking stuffers, she's written about a variety of gift options and knows what makes a product great. To make this list, she considered each pick's serving size as well as the recipient's dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences.