Popcorn and Pretzels
While the Popcorn Factory is a good go-to – check out Popinsanity for a trendy option. With popcorn flavors like Blueberry Scone Popcorn, Cookies & Cream Popcorn or Toasted Coconut Popcorn, it is a popcorn nirvana – especially for foodies.
While food gift baskets are a hit, sometimes those mini-peanuts are a bit standard. Gift a gift basket with a twist – literally in the form of pretzel twists. From corporate to holiday, there is a perfect pretzel to send.
Chowder and Coffee
If your special someone loves seafood, how about a gift of ‘chowdah’. The Boston Chowda Company can ship a sampling of three popular chowda options for a great summer or winter feast.
For those that need their caffeine fix or love to try new things, check out Bean Box. There is a coffee gift box filled with coffees from around the world that is a nice side effect. There is also a single pod coffee box too for those that need more one-cup coffee options.
Charcuterie and Confections
Honestly, a really fun retro gift would be to gift something from Hickory Farms. Nostaglia and nice! Another alternative would be to gift something from Knack Shops. They have Salami Samplers, as a well as tea trinkets, movie night, trivia night and more. They seem to have a knack for gift boxes.
Alternatively, candies are always welcome, but I especially love this unique one – Not Fried Chicken” Ice Cream. It looks just like a fried chicken drumstick, but it’s actually an intricate ice cream creation. You can also find Rice Krispie confections and gourmet donuts.
Candles and Cocktails
Yankee Candle has gift sets year-round that are worth exploring. At the time of writing, there is a cute candle set with 8 votive candles and a votive holder. Ship directly to the recipient for gifting ease.
For those that love happy hour, check out Mouth.com and their booze baskets. There are Just Add Vodka and Just Add Whiskey kits. Another notable one is the Cozy Cocktail Kit with mixers, syrups, and bitters for the at-home mixologist.
Soaps and Spices
A basket filled with assorted soaps is actually fun and delightful for families, women, teens, men and millennials. One company to check out is LUSH. A trendier, more exclusive version of The Body Shop.
Another great food basket alternative is gifting an herb garden or a curated selection of spices. Check out Uncommon Goods for options. At the time of this post, there is a Gourmet Oil Dipping Spice Kit and a Mason Jar Indoor Herb Kit for gardening gifts that are particularly avant-garde.
Hopefully this list gives you some gift giving direction. Some of these sites have even more options outside of those listed here so definitely check it all out based on interest, need and price point. Make sure to give time to get it there so you don’t have to pay extra for rush shipping fees. Allow at least two week ideally.
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