Local foods, once only available to people in a particular culinary region, can be packaged, shipped, and eaten anywhere now. The flavors of a favorite place can make the perfect gift. Online, there is a gift basket for every palate.
For some unfathomable reason, gift baskets seem to have a bit of a bad reputation. There is no good reason for this. How many things are better than opening your front door to a delivery of delicious treats, chosen just for you? When trying to find the perfect gift for a homesick friend or frustrated traveler, consider a gift basket that evokes memories of home or a favorite destination.
With a plethora of gifts at a variety of price points, Zabar’s offers a piece of New York anywhere. If you are not familiar with Zabar’s, it is a New York City landmark on the upper west side of Manhattan. The Zabar family started selling smoked fish in 1934. They know their food. The store grew and grew. Now the catalog and website offer their best goodies to everyone. You can find baskets full of New York bagels and lox. You can get all the ingredients for the perfect pastrami on rye. They have a tote bag filled with sweet treats, like rugelach and babka.
Boudin Bakery is a tourist’s staple near Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Bread lovers already know that real sourdough bread is nearly impossible to find outside the Bay Area. Luckily, it can be shipped anywhere. Send the carb addict in your life a loaf of sourdough, a wine-country picnic already packed, or any of their original soups to go with the perfect bread bowls. Need a perfect hostess gift? Try the brie already encased in a loaf of sourdough bread and ready to bake and serve as the perfect appetizer.
As the name implies, this site offers Philly specialties shipped overnight anywhere in the lower forty-eight. Their catalog of gift baskets includes a variety of combinations. Hoagies, cheesesteaks, and soft pretzels are among the local favorites available. There are sweet treats too, including Tastykakes. They even have Scrapple.
For the flavors of New Orleans, try the gift baskets on this site. There are a variety of choices, many of which go beyond food with kitschy gift items, such as Mardi Gras beads. These gift baskets are good for those who like to cook as much as eat, because several of the items are starters and mixes for making New Orleans specialties at home. The chicory coffee alone can be enough to summon feelings of the French Quarter for those who love the area.
Based out of southern Florida, this website offers a little bit of Little Havana shipped anywhere. The selection is limited, but all the favorite flavors of the region are there. Brew Cuban coffee at home with the gift basket that includes the press coffee maker.
Some people are hard to shop for, but everyone eats. A gift basket of local specialties might be the perfect solution the next time you are in a gift-giving jam.
This article on regional gift baskets was supplied by Charlotte Andrews from Constant Content.