What do you give people who don’t really need more stuff? Food! My husband’s parents aren’t close enough that we get to see them for every birthday and holiday. When we need to send them a gift, we frequently send food. For this list I have selected eleven shops that we have used and enjoyed. Some of these businesses are local favorites that I like to support, but all ship nationally. There is something for every taste and budget.

1. Liddabit Sweets is a Brooklyn company that makes all of their sweets by hand.  The caramels–especially the fig ricotta and the salted caramel–are heavenly! They make a lot of seasonal flavors too. I wouldn’t mind finding a pumpkin pie bar in my stocking!

fig-and-ricotta-caramels

2. Savannah’s Candy Kitchen was one of the best discoveries I made while visiting Savannah, Georgia. When I walked into the shop, they offered me a still-warm praline. Words cannot describe how yummy that was. We sent a gift assortment to my in-laws, who recently suggested a repeat gift would be most welcome.

Savannah Candy Sampler Basket

3. I am looking forward to visiting Sweet Lydia’s new shop in downtown Lowell, Massachusetts. Before she opened her shop, she made her name selling gourmet marshmallows and s’mores at local farmer’s markets and through Etsy. This year she added a line of candy bars. I am sure I’ll be giving someone some Peppermint Bark S’mores.

Sweet Lydia's Peppermint Bark S'mores

4. Did you know that the Whoopie Pie is the official state treat of Maine? Wicked Whoopies of Maine does the state proud. They have an impressive number of flavors. We have been particularly pleased by how well they pack these for shipping. Wouldn’t a Gingerbread Wicked Whoopie be a great treat for Santa?

wicked whoopie pie

5. Fastachi is an option that is a little bit healthier than some of the others included here, but no less delicious. They have many assortments of roasted nuts and dried fruits. During the holidays, the lines for this place are out the door for good reason.

Fastachi nut mixes

6. Adagio Teas has a range of wonderful gifts for tea drinkers. You could sign someone up for a tea-of-the-month club or buy a new tea drinker a pot accompanied by samples of Adagio’s loose-leaf teas. I am a fan of their rooibos teas.

Adagio Teas Gifts

7. If someone you know and love is a foodie or if you are out to impress, you can’t go wrong with a gift from DEAN & DELUCA. When I lived in DC I used to love to stroll through the store. Once I was sent a gift basket from here and everything in the basket was both beautiful and delicious. Their products can be expensive, but they are high quality and well worth it.

DEAN & DELUCA gift basket

8. Each time I have sent a gift from Stonewall Kitchen, the recipient has been delighted. You can buy many of their products in retail locations (such as Sur La Table), but their stores and website have a much larger range of items, including some lovely housewares. Their jams, particularly the Wild Maine Blueberry, are fantastic. They have a range of Barefoot Contessa mixes that I’ve wanted to try. This year they have a number of festive breakfast collections that would be wonderful for Christmas morning.

Stonewall Kitchen Blueberry Breakfast

9. If you like cheesecake, you really must try Junior’s Cheesecake. Fortunately you can do that now without going to New York! Red Velvet Cheesecake anyone?

Juniors Red Velvet Cheesecake

10. Smith’s Country Cheese in Winchendon, Massachusetts makes some really yummy (and award-winning) Gouda. Through their site you can order just the cheeses or gift boxes with other Massachusetts-made products.

Smith's Country Cheese

11. Finally, I’ve raved about Harbor Sweets before, but they are worth mentioning again! Their packaging at the holidays is elegant. Each chocolate is beautifully molded and wrapped in gold foil. They’ll spoil you for other chocolates.

Harbor Sweets Assortment

Here’s hoping that someone has a tasty gift in mind for you as well!

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