When You Are Out Of Ideas, Give A Gift Of Food

For that person who is difficult to shop for when it comes to birthdays, Christmas, Fathers Day, Mothers Day, etc., consider giving a gift of food. Even if they have everything else under the sun, food gifts will always be a welcome item to receive. We're not talking about going to your local grocery store and picking up some cans of soup; we're talking specialty food items that most of us won't buy for ourselves, that are tasty and special, and that can be delivered right to the door of your intended gift recipient, or delivered personally depending on your circumstances. So if you dread shopping for something special for your Uncle Ed, next time consider a food gift for him or for anyone else on your gift list, whether they are difficult to shop for or not. You may find yourself saving time and hassles, especially if you visit some of these places online. Shop in the comfort of your own home where you can shop anytime, day or night, and have your gift delivered. This article covers some of our favorite "food gift" stores such as Hickory Farms, Schwan's, their online sites, and many more.

Our Favorite Specialty Foods Sources

Following is a listing of some of our favorite specialty food outlets, and general information about each one. If you've never tried some of these, now might be a good time if you have a special holiday or birthday coming up.

  • Hickory Farms
    For years we have sent a gift package of Hickory Farms products to my parents, who live out of state. We usually go to our local mall where there is a Hickory Farms store located within, browse their selection, make our choice, pay for it and arrange for shipping right to their door. You can't get much better than that, right? Well, they also have an online store, so it does get better, as you can view their selection from the comfort of your computer chair, make your selection, pay for it online and arrange for delivery. Prices range from around $10 on up, and the gift boxes and baskets can contain a variety of crackers, meats, cheeses, candies, cookies, nuts, desserts, jams & jellies, and more. If you shop online, you'll see an attractive photo of the product so you'll know what you are sending. There will be shipping charges, so if your recipient is close to you, you may want to go visit the mall and pick up your selection yourself to save money.
  • Starbucks Coffee

  • For the coffee drinkers on your gift list, give the gift of Starbucks coffees and related items. They offer gift boxes starting at just under $25 which usually contain several different blends of coffee and perhaps a thermos or mug, depending on your choice. They will ship or you can purchase from your local Starbucks store and take it with you, for your local gift recipients.

  • FarmPac Kitchens
    They specialize in smoked meats of all kinds as well as a variety of sauces to complement the meats. Prices range from $15 to $100 and more, and orders are shipped usually the next day, unless you order close to a weekend.
    This is a gourmet foods website, you can order to your heart's content pretty much any food from any category here. Their specialities include fine cheeses, wines, meats and seafoods, desserts, sauces, coffees and teas, gift baskets, and much much more. Also included on their web site are tips for using their products, such as "what cheeses go with what wines?"
    This online good gifts company offers a variety of food baskets, starting at about $20 and going on up from there. Choose from desserts, teas, nuts, cookies and confections, and other foods. You should find plenty to choose from here.

Gift Baskets, Gift Certificates for Foods

Our companion article in this category, titled "Gift Baskets," also features other sources for food gifts for your recipient. You should find food gifts and gift certificates for food that will please just about anybody on your gift-giving list, no matter what occasion, no matter what type of food gift you are shopping for.

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