Still spinning your wheels on selecting a holiday gift for your favorite aficionado of all things chewable and drinkable? Don’t fret; Christmas isn’t here just yet. It’s still early enough for you to settle on the perfect present to blow the socks off your love ones, and we’re here to help out. This first round focuses on tasty things to put in your belly, and includes a couple of highly customizable options, presenting a cost range from modest to high-end. There are plenty more suggestions to come in the days ahead, so don’t worry: whatever you’re working with as far as spending limits, just hang with us: we’ve got you.
For the Health-Conscious Sipper
Haru Matcha Organic Premium Matcha Green Tea Powder
Sourced from an award-winning matcha farm in Uji, Japan, this ceremonial-grade tea powder is rich in antioxidants as well as flavor. This highest quality product comes courtesy of first harvest matcha, and aside from being enjoyed as a hot drink, is adaptable to a variety of usages. Your favorite gym rat or regular workout lover will enjoy blending it into frappes and smoothies, adding it to desserts and baked goods, and even stirring it into warm milk and hot or cold lattes to create nuanced flavor combinations that will delight.
Get it: Amazon.com
For the Global Food Adventurer
Michelin-themed “Try the World” Holiday Box
Starting at $39.00
This holiday season, Michelin has teamed up with online gourmet shop “Try the World” to bring you a special, limited-edition Michelin Guide-themed holiday box. This first-of-its-kind Michelin-themed “Try the World” gift box features an offering of eight culinary delights from eight international regions around the world to celebrate diverse cultures and faiths. Each treat is specially selected by pastry chef Thomas Raquel of acclaimed Michelin three-star restaurant, Le Bernadin in New York City. The box also comes with a culture guide sharing the chef’s impeccable recipes for traditional holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Boxing Day, and the Lunar New Year. This one’s available through the holiday season while supplies last and only in the U.S.
Get it: http://michel.in/box
For Your Brother (including those from another mother)
Starting at $39.95
Craft beer, wine, and top shelf spirits are only the beginning of the selections to be made when it comes to building one of these customizable gift baskets aimed at male recipients (to whom we will henceforth refer as “Bros”). With a mind toward dudes being more uncomplicated gift receivers, items like cigars, beverage-appropriate glassware, and even snacks like chips, and gum get the red carpet treatment. Having sampled the process of building and shipping a customized basket, I can attest to the ease of ordering and wealth of product varieties available. For those feeling less than confident about their basket-building prowess, several themed baskets are made available, filled with pre-selected items that gather around a central interest or theme, such as “Poker Night”, stocked to include a bottle of Maker’s Mark whisky, premium beef jerky, caramel corn, a deck of playing cards and more, or “Golfer’s Delight”, which comes primed with amenities such as golf tees and balls, a trio of Nicaraguan cigars, and a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black, among other treats. Just select an attractive basket (options include cherry and oak crates, aluminum basins, and more), and pick an assortment of goodies that the man in your life will appreciate.
Get it: http://www.TheBroBasket.com
For the Condiment Maven
Maille Black Truffle Gift Box
This one’s for those who takes their mustard seriously and don’t care who knows it. Maille mustard is back this year with a duo of mustards featuring the earthy taste of black truffles and Chablis wine. Sold in reusable earthenware pots and accompanied by an engraved tasting spoon, two 4.4-oz. jars of Maille’s award-winning mustard arrive in an attractive gift box. The set includes one Black Truffle Chablis mustard and one Black Truffle Cep and Chablis, the latter adding the subtle minerality of cep mushrooms to the buttery, faintly garlicky flavor of black truffle. A chance to review this one last month has seen this product emerge as our clear favorite of all the Maille products we’ve ever sampled. The set is only around for the holidays, so interested parties with the need for (ground mustard) seeds would do well to jump on it while supplies last.
Get it: http://www.maille.com
For the Whisky Connoisseur
Highland Park 15-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch FIRE Edition
Essences of smoke take the lead in this limited-edition whisky, putting a charred, woody edge on the subtlety of dried apricot living amidst its caramel and vanilla notes. When sipped it goes down warm, with a peppery finish that carries in it the bite of fresh cinnamon. All these flavor elements conspire to evoke holiday imagery and sentiments: gathering around a roaring fireplace with holiday desserts full of fruit spice baking in the background, watching snow fall gently beyond a frosted window. A first of its kind for Highland Park, FIRE is matured for 15 years in 100% refill Port wine casks. While this production run topped out at 28,00 worldwide, only about 4,400 are available in the U.S. Created to follow Highland Park’s ICE edition, thereby completing a two-part series inspired by the Ice and Fire Giants of Norse mythology, this gift is one that can’t help but make your whisky-appreciating loved one feel all warm and fuzzy inside. As a bonus, use the free shipping code “HPFREESHIP” during checkout throughout the month of December to get free shipping on your orders.
We’re just getting warmed up, so be sure to check back here soon for MORE gift ideas related to the enjoyment of food and drink! Happy Holidays to one and all!
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This article first appeared on FlavorfulWorld.com.