I've moved 9 times over the last decade and everywhere I've been I've made friends along the way. I make a great deal of the gifts for close friends and family, but when it comes to giving gifts to those who live far away I'm simply horrible about getting to the post office to mail things. Instead I turn to online ordering a few artisanal products and I'm wondering if you do the same and what your favorites are?
Every single year I tell myself that it's not really that big of deal to just hop in the car and make it to the post office, but when you're in a city with sucky mass transit and walking is out of the question, then time just seems to slip by and every year I fail once again. Instead I've learned to embrace my suckiness (technical terms keep it real right?) and just order a few great products for friends that live out of state. Sure I could send them a kettle or kitchen gadget, but when you don't see someone everyday the chances they won't be able to use it are pretty high, but food — food is always welcome. This year I've been looking into a Minnesota based company named Cool Jerk. My husband and I have the best memories from our time spent up north and this particular company makes the best jerky... ever. It's like sending a piece of us in a piece of meat. Fun right? Likewise, around the Apartment Therapy offices we've been snacking on Quince & Apple marmalade that is light, bright and amazing on everything it graces. It's the gift you might pass by for yourself, but is the best thing every when someone sends it to you! Do you have a favorite gourmet food you send out? That you order at the holidays just for you? Bacon of the month club? Favorite hometown snack? Let me know what I should be ordering next year in the comments below! Related: Would You Order Meat Online? (Image: Sarah Rae Trover)