Caring for each other has taken on a renewed significance in these past few weeks. Though many of us may be staying close to home, we continue to consider others who are farther from our front door. Whether you’re feeling gratitude for your local first responders, love for family both near and far or worry for a friend at home alone, a care package offers a delicious opportunity to let someone know they are in your thoughts—especially when you’re unable to do so in person. When it comes to sharing bonhomie, delicious food expresses a universal language everyone can appreciate. Here are a few of our greatest hits.
The Bayley Hazen Blue and Cabot Clothbound Cheddar from Jasper Hill have developed a cult following, and for good reason. The blue cheese is creamy and unctuous, and the cheddar just nutty enough. But have you had their Alpha Tolman, a raw cow’s milk cheese ideal for fondue? Or tried the lavash crackers and apricot-orange preserves alongside this great trio of cheese? Order this set for yourself, to distinguish the weekend from a weekday, or send it to someone you cherish.
Many of us are armchair travelers these days, outfitting our zoom backgrounds with panoramas of our trips abroad, taking virtual tours of museums we have always wanted to visit, or sipping on cocktails like we’re lounging on the Italian riviera. If your care package recipient is a vagabond at heart—especially of the everything Italy variety— a culturally-inspired basket like this hamper of Italian antipasti is an easy home travel accessory. Heavy hitters include prosciutto San Daniele and La Tur alongside fat olives, wheat crackers, salame rustico, and Fiore Sardo DOP, a sheep’s-milk classic.
Know someone who lives and dreams in chocolate? We have them covered. Among our many, many chocolate care packages is this box, an excellent, pretty-as-a-picture way to acknowledge their obsession. Beautifully packaged, it’s exclusively available from Williams-Sonoma, and made by one of the world’s top 10 chocolatiers. Flavors include Tahitian Caramel, Yuzu Mango and Peanut Butter & Jelly, so your chocolate freak will find one to adore.
Among chocolate obsessives, the words “La Maison du Chocolat” induce a moment of reflective joy. This is the package to send to first responders or your favorite crew of essential employees, who can distribute chocolates and truffles, hazelnuts and individual bars among the team. And look how glorious it will look to the recipient. It’s like stepping into a Parisian confiserie.
Nothing is worse for people who love to bake than being out of flour or the ingredients they need to make their go-to cookies and cakes. Solve their problem for them, deliciously. Le Marais is a beloved Bay Area bakery, and this set of mixes require just eggs and butter (no flour! no sugar!) to prepare. There are brownies and chocolate chip cookie mixes, vanilla-sugar and quadruple-chocolate. Because aren’t the very best cookies the one you bake at home, with a minimum of effort?
Know any working parents newly home-schooling? For them, probably even better than baking their own cookies at home is receiving an entire kit to help them open their eyes every day, lifting barely a finger. This gorgeous set from the same bakery includes banana bread, coffee beans, and granola, or go the pastry route and send on their crisp and buttery French pastry sampler.
Consider the scope of difficult work and unrelenting commitment our medical community and first responders have experienced in recent weeks and our cup of gratitude overflows. Send a batch of Health Hero cookies to your local firehouse, health care center or precinct and a portion of your sale benefits No Kid Hungry, a charitable organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America.
Help the ones you care for treat themselves.