7 Last-Minute Food Gift Ideas


Still have a name or three left on your holiday gift list? As long as you have an idea of the recipients’ dietary restrictions & habits, it’s hard to go wrong with the gift of food. Take a peek at our ideas for tasty last-minute gift ideas!

Movie Night In

You (probably) won’t get kicked out of the living room for enjoying a bottle of wine, so give the gift of a boozy at-home movie night! Put together a gift basket of gourmet popcorn, candy and a bottle of wine or sparkling cider for a boozy movie night.

Add-on for the extra-motivated: Netflix subscription


It’s hard to go wrong with a basket full of gourmet sweets! Trader Joe’s has a ton of great holiday-themed sweets, like thiscandy cane coal!

Add-on for the extra-motivated: a visit to the dentist!

Extravagant Upgrades

High-quality olive oils can do wonders in the kitchen, but they can be pricey. Splurge a little on the chef in your life. Pair it with a flavored vinegar.

A set of sea salts also makes a great gift for an adventurous chef. Check out this Dean & Deluca set of four different salts from around the world.

Add-on for the extra-motivated: Good kitchen knives. I particularly love my Kuhn Rikon paring knife – they come in a variety of fun colors, too!

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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, liketortilla, 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.


Kate S.
Kate S5 years ago


Kiana Siino
Kiana S6 years ago

Great ideas for any gift giving occasion!

Sheri P.
Sheri P6 years ago

Thanks for the ideas!

Victoria Pitchford
Vicky P6 years ago


Dimitris Kokkoris

Thanks a lot.

Maria T.
Maria T6 years ago


Belinda Mirage
Belinda Mirage6 years ago

Nice product placement.

Anne G.
Anne G6 years ago

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

Mandi A.
Amanda A6 years ago

Thank you. Cute ideas

Nicole G.
Nicole Gorman6 years ago

The sea salts look like a terrific gift! Thanks!