While there’s nothing wrong with chocolate or fruitcake (that’s right, we actually like fruitcake!), we think you can do a little better this holiday season. We have tons of fun, edible gifts that are sure to surprise and delight all the people on your shopping list. Just don’t expect anyone to share their treats once they’ve been unwrapped.
Here are 11 of our best edible gifts to give this holiday season.
1. Peppermint Bark, from $29
Our bestselling item come the holidays, this Peppermint Bark is often copied but never matched in terms of quality or flavor. It’s made by master candy makers with a custom blend of Guittard chocolate and triple-distilled oil of peppermint. The chocolate gets poured on a marble table and tempered with a layer of creamy white chocolate. It’s then finished with a handful of crushed peppermint candy pieces and packaged in a super collectable tin.
Earlier this year, Williams Sonoma created the first-ever line of food designed exclusively with Instant Pot. The line features a collection of time-saving starters to help people get dinner made even more, um, instantly. There’s our Lemon Saffron Risotto starter, which includes a blend of Arborio rice, saffron, citrus, shallots and spices. There’s our Bolognese Sauce starter—a blend of onions, tomatoes, red wine, garlic and spices. And there are four other must-tries. Get this set for anyone you know who is totally obsessed with their Instant Pot.
Francophiles will surely appreciate this gift. We partnered with European culinary experts to come up with this box of fruitwood-smoked salmon, triple-cream Brie, pork paté and French blinis and caviar. Get this for your friend who went to Paris last year and is now suffering from a serious case of wanderlust.
Need a gift for your neighbor, your kid’s teacher and your two favorite coworkers? Send this set to yourself and break each box up into four individual presents. The (Granny Smith) apples come from Washington state and get dipped in homemade caramel, crunchy walnut topping and chocolate. And the boxes are so cute, you don’t even have to add a single ribbon.
Good olive oil is one of those things that people so rarely think to buy for themselves. Spoil a loved one this holiday with 17 ounces of this award-winning, cold-pressed olive oil. Produced in Northern Apulia from Peranzana olives, this stuff is robust, medium-fruity and great for cooking or finishing. The ceramic bottle protects the oil from sunlight, which is good because the fun design is going to earn it a spot on anyone’s countertop.
For the home cook who loves to experiment, this set of salts will give them lots of opportunity. It comes with six fun blends (and a wooden display rack) that are sure to inspire. To help them get started: The Garlic salt is great on French fries and popcorn, the Basil salt pairs with vegetables and pasta, and the Habanero adds a nice kick to Latin-inspired dishes. Even Scrooge himself would have a hard time being salty about this gift.
The best gift you can possibly give a host is breakfast supplies for the next day. (After a night of cooking and washing dishes, she’ll love the break in the morning.) These pastries come from Le Marais Bakery in San Francisco and just need to go from the freezer into the oven. The assortment includes croissants, kouign-amanns and two Pain aux Raisins. Don’t show up without this if you’re spending the night at anyone’s house this holiday season.
Plenty of people are going to bring a bottle of wine to a holiday party. Surprise your host with this mix from Trisha Yearwood. (If you’re feeling extra generous, you can get a bottle of vodka, gin or Champagne to go with it.) In case “Christmas in a Pitcher” wasn’t clear enough, the mix is a vibrant combination of ruby red pomegranate and cranberry juice blended with tangerine and key lime. So, again, Christmas in a pitcher.
9. Dried Fruit & Nut Gift Box, $30
What to get your Secret Santa assignment whom you barely know? Our tray of top-notch dried fruit and nuts from the third-generation Blain Family Farm in California’s Central Valley. The wooden box includes hickory-smoked almonds, salted cashews, dried pears and dried apricots. It’s an especially thoughtful gift if you think your person might be entertaining in the coming weeks.
10. Winter Gingerbread House, $70
We love that this gingerbread house doesn’t look like most gingerbread houses. It skews a little more wintery than Christmas-y, which means it works for people of all demonizations. For five more bucks, you can get your favorite family’s name written in frosting and hung above the door. Sweet, right?
11. Harrods Luxury Classic Hamper, $260
After 124 years of delivering joy to British doorsteps, Harrods hampers are finally available in the United States for the first time—exclusively at Williams Sonoma. We have an assortment of hampers, but we’re partial to the classic one with English breakfast tea, British strawberry preserves, English mustard and more.