One of my fondest memories growing up was when my mom would come home with a giant edible gift basket around the holidays that she had received from a client at work or a family friend—you know, the ones chock-full of cheesy pretzel twists, pepper-infused jams, chocolate-covered pralines, and maybe even a bottle of wine. As a kid, I relished in the thrill of opening each festive treat like they were treasures.
When I started working in marketing in the food industry, part of my job was researching and taste-testing up-and-coming companies and brands to figure out what the next food trends were shaping up to be. I know. It was a tough gig, but it's helped me learn to be obsessive when seeking out the best of the best in pantry staples, snacks, kitchenware, and more.
Keep scrolling to see all my favorite edible gifts this year to get for a loved one and even yourself. Go ahead. You deserve it.
If you know someone whose ultimate comfort food is milk and cereal, then Magic Spoon should be at the top of their list. This gluten-free and keto-friendly alternative to your favorite sugary childhood cereal is making its way all over your social media feeds and for good reason. Try its variety pack, which comes with four of its most popular flavors: fruity, frosted, cocoa, and blueberry.
Experts agree: Dark chocolate has so many nutritional benefits. This trio from Sakara takes these sweet treats to the next level by infusing them with probiotics and the brand's award-winning supplements to help nourish your gut, enhance mental clarity, and support glowy skin.
I am obsessed with these curated edible gift boxes from Mouth. Whether you have a pickle lover, cocktail connoisseur, or anyone in between in your life, there is truly a perfect gift box for every person, occasion, and palate. The wellness box includes digestive bitters, turmeric elixirs, and artisanal granola, among many other yummy goodies.
Lucky for us, there's a bevy of brands making cool, nonalcoholic drinks for our wind-down routines. One of my favorites is Ghia, a bright, botanical, and seriously delicious booze-free aperitif. Its holiday box includes a bottle of its namesake drink, a custom pour spout, dried edible flowers, coasters, and a recipe book for all your festive drink needs.
I've tried a lot of matcha this year but keep coming back to this one. Whimsy Official's small-batch, Ceremonial Grade Matcha is harvested sustainably in Kyoto and has the smoothest and most well-balanced flavor profile. Plus, the packaging is chic enough to display on your vanity.
And for the best homemade matcha lattes, I've been using this almond milk concentrate to make fresh nut milk. Just add some vanilla, cinnamon, and a dash of salt, and you'll hardly go back to the carton variety.
For all the cold brew fans in your life, this Ultra Coffee is one of the newest and best-tasting ways to get your caffeine fix. One—and I mean it—tablespoon of this liquid concentrate in any hot or cold beverage is all you need for a much-needed pick-me-up.
In terms of meals, the holiday season is always such a blur in the best way possible. I'll exert all my efforts into one really indulgent dinner and then practically subsist on leftovers and seasonal candy for the next week or two. I love the idea of gifting someone a meal kit delivery service for a stress-free way to include some healthy home-cooked dinners in the mix. And then, it's back to the regularly scheduled programming of eating all the peppermint bark and chocolate cake until the New Year!
Plus, the Best Gifts for Your Kitchen and Home
It's safe to say we've all been cooking more than ever since March. So now's really the perfect time to upgrade your (because we deserve to get ourselves gifts, too) or a loved one's pots and pans with this nonstick and nontoxic ceramic cookware set. It has all the essentials you'll need, including a pan rack to organize it all!
A beautiful cookbook is, without a doubt, one of my favorite things to gift and receive. It's almost like giving someone the promise of future meals and dinner parties to come. I'm particularly excited about this one with recipes that celebrate Indonesian culture and the food I grew up eating. I might have to keep this book for myself.
This cute oven mitt is obviously going in my cart. After all, safety first.
Holiday gatherings may look different this year, but all that means is that there is a little more room for creativity to make the occasion that much more special. As a small gesture, I'm sending loved ones these beautiful napkins, along with an email of holiday-themed or family-favorite recipes, so it can feel like we're having a feast together, even if it's just through Zoom this year.
You'll recognize Our Place for producing the world's most Instagrammable pan. (Yes, I said it.) But did you know the brand also makes functional and beautiful dishware? These stackable glasses are high on my list. Not only are they eye candy, but they're also made from recycled glass and sand. Sustainable and chic!
And finally, for the person who truly has everything, these acrylic coasters are nothing short of *joy sparking.* And in 2020, we'll take every bit of joy where we can get it.