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7 Last-Minute Food Gift Ideas


You can never have too much tea, and, considering all the different kinds out there, a gift basket of 6-12 different kinds of teas would be an enticing addition to anyone’s pantry.

Add-on for the extra-motivated: a kettle and teacups are obvious choices, of course; but check out this adorable tea strainer! Looks like my wishlist for holiday 2012 is already in the works…

Soup Packs

Buy the ingredients for your favorite soup – particularly the kind of soup that needs a lot of different items, like tortilla,  lentil or vegetable barley. Assemble the ingredients in a mason jar. For more great gifts you can make in a mason jar, click here.

Add-on for the extra-motivated: ramekins, a ladle, and/or a crock pot!

World Tour of Cheese

For the dairy-fiends on your list, head straight to the cheese counter. Try to pick out a few unusual and interesting cheeses; variety is key! One of my favorites is Oregon-based Rogue Creamery’s smokey blue cheese.

Add-on for the extra-motivated: cheese knife & cutting board.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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6:13AM PST on Jan 20, 2012

Great ideas for any gift giving occasion!

2:19PM PST on Dec 26, 2011

Thanks for the ideas!

1:54PM PST on Dec 24, 2011


10:54PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Thanks a lot.

8:53PM PST on Dec 23, 2011


8:45PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Nice product placement.

1:28PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Thanks, I always give food presents and love to get them.

12:57PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Thank you. Cute ideas

12:44PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

The sea salts look like a terrific gift! Thanks!

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