Gifts fall into a few categories. Some are trendy or expensive, others match up perfectly with a generational bent. These foodie gifts go beyond the latest trends. Some bring back a tradition that has been long forgotten, while some add a little extra merriment to the festivities; all will make the recipient happy on the holidays.  

1. Abdallah Candies Holiday Gift ($30)

A fourth-generation family-owned business in Minnesota, Abdallah makes candies with real butter and heavy cream using the finest chocolates. The recipe is 100 years old, so it has withstood the test of time.

2. Purple Carrot ($68 per week)

This meal-kit delivery service sends healthy ingredients with instructions on how to cook eclectic meals at home (usually with about 30 minutes of prep time). The service starts at $68 per week for three two-person meals.

3. Cookie-Do NYC ($44 for a 4-pack)

With flavors like holiday cake batter, peppermint bark, and hot cocoa, these edible cookie-dough treats are outstanding. They're shipped in a cooler and are ready to eat (or cook).

4. ProFlowers Elegant Wine Tower ($70)

This gift basket includes two wines--Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay from DeLoach Vineyards in California plus roasted almonds, crackers, and Pepper Jack cheese. The best part of this gift is that it is shipped in sturdy and thick (hint: reusable) gift boxes.

5. Cameron's Coffee ($7)

Another brilliant option for foodies, this national brand tends to celebrate the holidays with eclectic flavors like this sugar cookie blend or a Créme Brulee Latte, Holiday Grogg, Peppermint Mocha, and Pumpkin Spice.

6. Boomchickapop Holidrizzle Popcorn ($52 for a 12-pack)

With flavors like Dark Chocolatier Sea Salt and Frosted Sugar Cookie, this holiday-themed popcorn is like nothing you've had before. It's gluten-free and made from whole grains.

7. BARKthins ($10)

Quickly becoming a foodie favorite, this snack uses dark chocolate and a mix of pumpkin seeds, toasted coconut, roasted almonds, blueberry quinoa, and pretzels. For every 12-ounce tin sold, the company donates 25 cents to the Whole Planet Foundation.

8. Daily Harvest Smoothies ($48)

This smoothie delivery service ships free to 32 states (East and West Coasts). The flavors include a wide assortment like Wake & Cake or Berry Brightener. You add liquid and blend.

9. Rappahannock Oyster Company ($25)

A tradition that dates back to the '40s, eating oysters over the holidays is about as old-school as cutting down the tree. The owners at Rappahannock remember their grandmother making oyster stew; they revived the 100-year-old company in 2002.

10. Alter Eco Deluxe Holiday Gift Set ($50)

This gift pack for $50 is loaded with treats. There are eight dark chocolate bars and two packages of sea-salt and salted caramel truffles packed in a gift box with a bow.

11. Chicago Steak Company ($130)

Chicago Steak Company offers this holiday gift box with six 6-ounce filet mignon steaks. The company hand-cuts each one to trim the fat but leaves enough marble for exceptional taste.

12. Gigi's Cupcakes Jingle Box ($18)

Decadent in a good way, this mini-pack includes a variety of cupcakes with cream-cheese frosting, buttercream frosting, and peppermint frosting.

13. Hickory Farms Simply Savory Deluxe Gift Crate ($75)

Loaded with cheeses, sausage, spreads, crackers, and nuts, this gift box is literally a box that wrapped and ready for the holidays. The beef sausage is all-natural and tastes delicious.

14. Dancing Deer Classic Baker's Best Gift Tower ($70)

This gift box includes a wide assortment of cookies and brownies, shipped in a wooden box with a grosgrain ribbon. Eclectic flavors include cappuccino and molasses clove.

15. Sweet Lady Jane Deep Cherry Pie ($70)

An Oprah favorite, this massive 11-inch deep-dish pie--shipped with a reusable pie tin--is ready to bake and serves as many as 18-24 people.

16. Barrington Coffee Holiday Gift ($50)

Coffee is one of the best gift box ideas for a foodie. The flavors included with this Barrington Coffee assortment include the rich Ethiopian flavors Nigusse Lemma and Kemgin, which were rated a 94 by CoffeeReview.com, and one with a bottle of coffee bitters.

17. Luxe Bluefin Tuna Loin ($99 per pound)

You've probably never tasted anything quite like bluefin tuna. It's a delicacy partly because fisherman find this fish to be so elusive and the taste is so exquisite. Luxe recommends giving a gift card so your recipients can decide when to receive the fresh product sent to their doorstep.

18. Bagel of the Month ($40)

Yes, you can have fresh New York bagels shipped to you. You pick the flavors--from poppy to plain--and they arrive each month. The company offers memberships for up to six months.

19. Toffee to Go ($49 for two pounds)

Oprah Winfrey picked this toffee as one of her "favorite things" in 2013. Each confection is a mix of chocolate and toffee (almond, pecan, and macadamia nuts).

20. Moses Dark Roast ($14)

This hand-selected small batch coffee has a deep, dark, and heavy taste. They roast the beans so they are oily and dark to keep the flavor as rich as possible.

21. The 9 Nanas Southern Pound Cake ($75)

The best part about this holiday-themed gift is that each pound cake is individually wrapped so you can hand them out as gifts. This pack includes Cranberry-Orange, Caramel-Apple Walnut Streusel, Sweet Potato-Pecan, and Eggnog pound cakes.

22. Air Ribs Bar-B-Q Combo ($190)

The holidays are not just about cookies and eggnog. Air Ribs sends meat samplers that include boneless baby back-ribs, a brisket, and three pounds of sausage links designed to make a holiday party a mini-festival. The order includes a free "cowboy" music CD.

Published on: Dec 18, 2015