Giving people presents is delightful, but shopping for them? Not so much. It’s quite difficult to find the inspiration for the perfect gift and the process inevitably results in no small amount of stress. Although we can’t tell you what to get for your music nerd boyfriend (because that would mean we know what we’re getting for our own), we can help you out with deciding on presents for the gourmand in your life. Below, a short list of gifts this foodie would be pleased to find under the menorah/tree.
•Grad school holds no appeal for us, but we sure wouldn’t mind a PhD in Cheeseology ($89) from Formaggio Kitchen. This excellent kit comes packed with four cheeses, two varieties of crackers, and some quince paste. What a nice cure for the inevitable post-holiday doldrums!
•Cardullo’s offers a delightful Valise Du Chocolat ($140) filled with a whopping thirty chocolate bars. Sure, it would be amazing to eat, but we think it would be even more fun to keep the chocolate in its accompanying briefcase and pretend to bribe people with it. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Guys? Guys?
•Give that ambitious friend of yours who’s training for the Boston Marathon the gift of carbs, delicious carbs, with a selection of flavored pastas ($3.95-5.85) from Capone Foods. We’d assemble a basket filled with basil, ginger, lemon, black pepper, and squid ink pastas, but you can focus on your own favorites. We’d definitely recommend including this awesome shirt ($14.95) with your gift package.
•We’re a total sucker for “_ of the Month” clubs and Savenor’s Meat of the Month Club is one of the best. At a whopping $1160.88 for the year, it’s certainly not for the gift-giver on a budget, but to paraphrase Ferris Bueller, if you have the means, we highly recommend it. We guarantee that any giftee will be very impressed by their heart-shaped tenderloin in February, their Kobe beef hot dogs in July, and their November turducken.
•The ne plus ultra of “_ of the Month” clubs is, of course, the Bacon of the Month Club ($180 for six months) offered by Ann Arbor delicatessen Zingerman’s. The website proudly proclaims that it’s caused at least three vegetarians to convert and we’d bet that’s only a fraction of the true number. Fact: everyone loves bacon. Depending on your family’s level of religiosity, however, this might not be an appropriate Hanukah gift.
•If you want to get even more luxe (and, unfortunately, almost as treyf) than the Bacon of the Month club, you can give your loved one a membership to the Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company’s Lobster of the Month Club ($479 for six months). Club members receive lobster in guises from stew to rolls on their doorstep. We can’t think of a better surprise when we check our mail.