For Architectural Digest, by Carrie Hojnicki.
Finding the perfect hostess gift can be onerous no matter the occasion. When the recipient is a foodie, the process gets ten times harder. No longer will a bottle of your go-to last-minute gift wine do the trick; you’ll need to put in a bit of legwork to make sure your present is destined for use and not for back-of-the-pantry obscurity. But don’t fret: Unique and chic foodie gifts are easier to come by than one might imagine. For the traditionalist, there’s the iconic Louis Sherry chocolate box, a perfect after-dinner treat. For the more adventurous, there’s Savannah Bee’s acacia honeycomb, a sweet enhancement for any dish. Here, our favorite picks for foodie gifts that are stylish and distinctive all at once. You may just have to pick some up for yourself.
What’s not to love about Épices de Cru’s signature orange-and-white spice tins? Available at ABC Home, the line of herbs and seasonings is the brainchild of chefs Philippe and Ethné De Vienne, who wanted to bring the pure, unique spices they encountered on their travels home. A number of varieties are available, including ginger, allspice, and basil; from $7.20. abchome.com
Impress your guests with both taste and philanthropy. Nudo’s olive oil adoption program allows you to support Italian farmers while receiving oils from the farm’s olive groves. The quarterly delivery option offers a new olive oil shipment each season; $69 per quarter. nudoadopt.com
Beverage mixer upstart American Juice Company is the way to go for your more indulgent friends. The company’s all-natural mixers, which can be found in top restaurants and bars across the country, simplify the cocktail-making process without sacrificing taste. The American Mule set comes with a cold-pressed ginger mixer and two copper Moscow Mule mugs; $40. americanjuicecompany.com
For the serial entertainer, Olympia Provisions’ French Charcuterie Fête is sure to impress. The set, available through Sur la Table, contains a mousse, a rillette, and a pâté, as well as an assortment of sausages (most notably, a chocolate saucisson); $80. surlatable.com
Garnering acclaim since 1990, the Seattle Caviar Company is a go-to destination for caviar enthusiasts and novices alike. Combining great design with delicious caviar, the company’s Rendezvous #6 gift option comes with a sleek présentoir and a mother-of-pearl serving spoon; $282.50. caviar.com
As beautiful as it is tasty, Savannah Bee’s acacia honeycomb jar features a suspended honeycomb in raw acacia honey, a variety known for its superior flavor, clarity, and color; $19.50. savannahbee.com
A delightful wine shop making a name for itself in New York’s Hudson Valley, Kingston Wine Company is a must-visit for aficionados of organic and biodynamic wines. The shop offers a Wine Share that's perfect for uncovering otherwise hidden gems; $147 for a three-month share, which includes two bottles per month. kingstonwine.com
For the cook who has everything, Food52’s Greek herb gift set offers a unique sampling of distinctively Mediterranean flavors like wild thyme flowers and oregano from Taygetus; $48 for the Mediterranean basics set. food52.com
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