Better-for-You Food Gifts (That Aren't Candy or Cookies)

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When it comes to gifting, you can't go wrong with food. But during the holiday season, indulgent food is everywhere. So instead of gifting another box of cookies or tin full of almond bark, opt for a more luxurious yet lighter, savory food gift this year. Many of our delicious gift ideas are good for a long time too, so the recipient can choose to dive in now or wait till a little later when all the fun holiday food is gone.

Wine Gift Box, starting at $50

Winc Wine Gift Boxes

Every holiday season my brother orders a case of wine so he has plenty of bottles to give out to anyone on his list—hosts, employees, coworkers, etc. I don't know why this genius idea has never occurred to me, but I'm totally stealing it this year. Winc has adorable packaged gift boxes (and all their bottles have equally attractive labels) all made up and ready for delivery with their classic wines, and some bottles are even paired with a little treat.

Related: 5 Most Popular Wines

Carrier Roasting Co. Coffee, starting at $16

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Signing up for a coffee subscription (also called a CSA) was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The beans from Carrier are roasted in Vermont and ship out just after roasting. They also only use in-season beans, which means you won't get the same beans in your delivery every time, but it's a great way to try something new. Beyond the CSA, they also sell single-purchase bags of coffee. The perfect present to give someone the chance to try out these delicious brews.

Related: How to Make a Perfect Cup of Coffee

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Balsamic Vinegar, starting at $13

Balsamic Vinegar

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It may seem counterintuitive to buy vinegar from an olive oil shop, but trust me. These vinegars are special. They emulsify into oil seamlessly to make delicious dressings and they come in over 40 flavors, some of which will surprise you!

Shake & Pop Popcorn Popper, $36

Shake & Pop Pocorn Maker

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Gone are the days of gifting stale popcorn in a large tin. This is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only does it allow you to pop fresh corn whenever you want, the cast-iron cooker is also perfect for campfires, cozy fireplaces and even the grill. Plus, the popper comes with two big bags of artisan popcorn—one holds traditional-style kernels and the other has blue kernels.

Related: Delicious Popcorn Recipes

Royal Riviera Pears, starting at $30

Harry & David Pears

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This Harry & David favorite feels so special and indulgent, but it's actually healthy! The pears come wrapped in gold foil and are even available in adorable holiday-themed crates for something extra-special.

CrateChef, starting at $45

Molly Yeh CrateChef Box

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This subscription box service features a different chef each month who picks out his or her favorite kitchen gadgets, foods, recipes and ingredients to be delivered right to your door. You can buy a gift subscription or just gift one month. I've got my eye on Molly Yeh's box and that mini tin of Maldon sea salt.

Cheesemonger Box, starting at $75

Cheese Monger Gift Box

Sofia, Verano and Harbison. Those are the names of three amazing cheeses that might show up to your house, along with Quince & Apple's pear with ginger & honey preserves and Simply Wheat crackers from Castleton Crackers. Treat your loved ones with this artisan cheese subscription service from the professional cheesemongers at Fairfield Cheese Company, named one of the top five cheese shops in the U.S.

Related: How to Build the Perfect Cheese Board

DIY Hot Sauce Kit, $44

DIY Hot Sauce Kit

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The people in your life who put hot sauce on everything need this fun DIY gift. Now, they can make their very own signature sauce by customizing the flavors (and using clean ingredients!) to make their dream hot sauce.

Related: How to Make Homemade Hot Sauce

KC Cattle Company Beef, starting at $10

KC Cattle Company Strip Steak

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This gift will be adored by the meat-lovers in your life who also love to cook. KC Cattle Company's hormone- and antibiotic-free beef is Wagyu, which means it has more marbling for a deliciously tender steak. I recommend the strip steak—it was one of the best I've ever had.

Domenica Fiore Olive Oil, $40

Domeica Fiore Olive Oil

I love that these special olive oils come in a stainless-steel bottle, so they'll last a little longer in your cabinet. There are three versions of this olive oil, with flavor profiles perfect for specific uses. We like the Novello, which is best for dipping bread, yum!

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