Holiday shopping stress is about so much more than extra errands and expenses. For me, it's about finding the perfect Christmas or Hanukkah gift for someone - and knowing that my creativity and thoughtfulness may be wasted. What if they already have one? What if it becomes just another thing they have to dust?
That's what's so great about food gifts. Everybody eats, and everyone loves fancy gourmet food. And if you give someone a food gift that includes an ingredient that they don't like, or are allergic to, they can feed it to someone else.
Our gourmet and infused salsas make an excellent gift because they taste so much fresher than jarred salsas are expected to. Our 3-some gift pack is great on its own, or paired with a bag of our organic white corn chips. If you want to make your own gift basket, stick with a theme. For that uncle who loves spicy food, add some hot sauce, hot mustard and some chili mix. For your aunt who loves Tex Mex cuisine, add a cookbook and some spice blends. For your cousin who loves to snack in front of the TV, include gourmet pretzels, pickles, chips and whatever else catches your eye in the snack aisle of your local gourmet market.
My favorite thing about food gifts is that they let you indulge your friends and family more than they might indulge themselves. Maybe you have a friend who makes themselves a peanut butter and jelly sandwich whenever they have a hankering for comfort food. Why not treat them to an assortment of gourmet jams to make their rainy day sandwiches extra special? As with most food gifts, you can order a pre-packaged assortment, or create your own with a trip to the gourmet market.
One of my favorite food gifts is real maple syrup. So many people don't know they've been pouring fake stuff on their pancakes and once they go natural, they never go back. Add good quality coffee and tea, and some gourmet mixes for pancakes, cinnamon buns and waffles and you have a great brunch in a basket. Just think about the message you're sending with this one. It's better to say, "Here, have a quick and easy breakfast on me," than, "Here, Mom, make us all breakfast tomorrow."
You can also go homemade with your food gifts. Think beyond the usual fruitcake and sugar cookies. Whip up all sorts of gourmet treats like granola, flavored salts, spice blends, infused alcohol, infused oils, bread and candy. Just remember to keep some for yourself so that you get to enjoy the fruits of your labors.
When you give someone a gift, you're nourishing their spirit. When that gift is food, you're nourishing their body as well. A gourmet food gift will keep someone just as warm as a new hat and scarf. Besides, you can be pretty sure that someone else in your family is going to be giving everyone hats and scarves this year. So be creative and give delicious, gourmet food instead.