When it comes to food gifts, we highly suggest anything that's been homemade with love. Unfortunately, this time of year, not everyone has a ton of extra time to make treats for everyone on their list.
Instead, consider gifting one of these fun ingredients. They're more exciting than a bottle of ketchup and not likely something people think to buy for themselves.
Just tie a pretty ribbon around it or put it in a cute gift bag (anything with a polka dot is a win) and call it a day.
- Organic Porcini Mushroom Spread, $9.50 at Mediterranean: This earthy stuff can go on sandwiches, pasta, salads, meat, and more.
- Bee Local Honey Water, $7 at Jacobsen Salt: Give this healthy and versatile sweetener with a mug or set of highball glasses. Why? Because it's a nice addition to morning tea or coffee, or evening cocktails.
- Cherry Chai, $9 at Stagg Jam & Marmalade: Bakers or breakfast lovers will go through this jar fairly quickly. It's jam made with tart cherries and small-batch chai tea, you guys!
- Magic Unicorn Sea Salt, $9 at Merch: As if this psychedelic tin (and wacky name!) isn't enough to make you want to buy this sea salt, it's actually useful and tasty too. Here's what's in magic unicorn sea salt: celery seed, rosemary, granulated garlic, smoked paprika, and maybe some magic.
- Flatbreads from Around the World, $36 at Hot Bread Kitchen: For the carb addicts in your life, this sampler comes with two slightly sweet Persian nan-e qandi, four buttery Moroccan m'smen, and a box of lavash crackers.
- Sorrento Walnut & Honey Spread, $12 at Market Hall Foods: Nutella needs to move over for this walnut and honey spread that's sweet and salty in an oh-so-grown-up way.
- Holiday Chutney, $6.50 at Stonewall Kitchen: Keep the flavors of the season going with this sweet-and-tart chutney. It can be used as a glaze on ham, added to a cheese plate, or served with dessert.
- 'Nduja, $9 at iGourmet: Buy two of these spicy prosciutto spreads, made with fully cured prosciutto and speck, sea salt, and red chili pepper — one for your friend and one for you.
- Pipcorn, $22 at Pipsnacks: Skip the popcorn tin trio (there's always one flavor no one likes, anyway!) in favor of these mini kernels, which pop to about half the size of ordinary popcorn.
- Bison Apple Cider Bone Broth, $42 for six at Epic Bar: ICYMI, bone broth is totally having a moment. And this seasonal concoction is sure to excite anyone looking to warm up. Buy a case and give one to everyone in your book club.