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Holiday Gourmet Gifts

A festive food gift box will always be a classic Christmas present. It’s an easy way to please friends and family of all ages, and they make thoughtful and beautiful hostess gifts in this season of gatherings and celebrations. Read on for Christmas food gifting etiquette and ideas from Balsam Hill.

How do you give food as a gift?

Gourmet food gifts are lovely to receive, but they do require an extra level of caution and care. Here are some tips when considering food gift baskets, hampers, and Christmas chocolate boxes this holiday season.

  • Consider Your Selection

    There are many available options when planning or putting together a delectable food gift box. To make sure your recipient can fully enjoy your thoughtful gesture, consider any food allergies, sensitivities, or medical conditions that may prevent them from doing so. Aim for a selection with safer or more widely accepted options and alternatives.

  • Ensure Safe Handling

    Plan handling and delivery well to ensure your edible gifts reach your recipients safely and intact. Consider the holiday rush when timing shipping or door-to-door deliveries. Pick well-packed food gifts with long or stable shelf life. Don’t scrimp on extra packaging that keeps your baskets or boxes cushioned or insulated against the elements.

  • Add Accessories

    For a complete and more well-rounded gift, consider pairing your present with complementary accessories. For example, include a set of mugs if you’re gifting coffee or hot chocolate. Stylish glass, ceramic, or metal candy and nut bowls match an assortment of nuts or chocolate bark. You can even consider including Christmas platters and trays if you’re giving cheeses or a charcuterie board. These thoughtful details last long after your edible gifts have been consumed, making your gift more memorable.

What Food Makes a Good Gift?

Gifting food to people close to you is often considered a very personal expression of care and fondness. Here are some popular food gifting ideas that are both elegant and festive – perfect for the holiday season.

  • A premium chocolate gift box featuring an assortment of different flavors and kinds allows whole families to sample and find their favorites.

  • Chocolate or candy boxes in themed decorated boxes or featuring seasonal flavors can be enjoyed as stocking stuffers or set out to be shared when company comes to visit. Popular Christmas candy flavors include caramel, candy cane, peppermint, dark chocolate, and berry.

  • Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate mixes feature familiar and comforting flavors ideal for winding down from the holiday rush.

  • An assortment of nuts or trail mix makes great snacks and appetizers when entertaining.

  • Try mixing and matching a few of the options listed above if you’re creating a DIY food gift box or check out Balsam Hill’s new selection of food gifting options. We offer a curated collection of premium chocolate, candy, nuts, and other delicious Christmas treats already packed in special packaging ready for your recipients to open and enjoy.

    Give the gift of good eats and stylish snacks this season. For more gifting and home decorating ideas and inspiration, visit the Balsam Hill Resource Center.

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