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Anyone who tries to pretend that gift-giving is an easy task clearly has had too much eggnog. The holiday season can be pretty stressful and, at times, finding the perfect present for loved ones feels next to impossible. Throw a Secret Santa into the mix and things can really take a turn for the worse.

The playful holiday gift swap is certainly not without its challenges: from setting a price range to finding that special something that’s universally beloved. Heaven forbid you and your crew begin to swap and steal, then the holiday party can get even messier.

However, there’s a reason they say, “The way to the heart is through the stomach” (I can personally confirm the validity of this statement). Keeping that in mind, you can wow all of your guests with a fun Secret Santa present that will be the talk of your Christmas get-together. With a variety of options (and price ranges) here are a few last-minute food items that make for a lovely Kris Kringle gift.

Happy Holidays Candy Bento Box, 8 cubes for $65 on Sugarfina

Sugarfina holiday candy bento box


Sugarfina, the mastermind behind liquor-infused gummies, is giving you a variety of indulging options this season thanks to the  Candy Bento Box. Some flavors include Sugar Cookies and Apple Pie, classics for this time of the year. But the company ups the ante with the likes of Champagne Bears and Party Penguins—an absolute must. Bento Boxes aren’t reserved for your sushi dinner, and you’ll be grateful for this innovative idea. (You can also design your own assortment.)
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Apple Cider and Mulling Spices, $35.95 at Williams-Sonoma

apple cider with mulling spices


If you’re looking for a cozy drink by the fire, Williams Sonoma has you covered. This apple cider with mulling spices—a mixture of cinnamon chips, orange rind, whole allspice, whole cloves, cinnamon oil, and orange oil—makes for a lovely evening in. Chances are you’re not going to want to give this bad boy away, so stock up on this combo for yourself, too. Just note that the $33 item is currently only available for in-store pickup, so call your local Williams Sonoma before making a pit stop.
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Peppermint Bark Cookies, $19.95 at Sur La Table

Sur La Table peppermint bark cookies

Sur La Table

‘Tis this season to be pepperminty, so you might as well indulge. Anyone stuffing their hand down Santa’s Christmas bag will be happy to select this treat from Sur La Table.See It

Peppermint Hot Chocolate, $21.95 at Sur La Table

Sur La Table peppermint hot chocolate

Sur La Table

Ditto this hot chocolate. Seriously, either one (or both!) of these minty treats are guaranteed to make you the go-to gift giver (should you choose to spoil the Secret Santa surprise).See It

Seattle and Portland Coffee Sampler, $24 at Bean Box

Bean Box coffee subscription sampler

Bean Box

What’s more beloved than a warm cup of joe? Treat your Kris Kringle recipient to a taste of Seattle’s (and Portland, Ore.’s) best roasts with a Bean Box for $24. Not only is it guaranteed to be delicious, but it’ll last well into the winter season. Whoever receives this present just might be inclined to sign up for a monthly subscription box.
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Classic Gift Boxes and Baskets, starting at $14.99 at Harry & David

Harry and David gift basket with pears

Harry & David

Harry and David is pretty much synonymous with Christmas, and gift boxes of fruits, cheeses, nuts, and other treats will be perfect for anyone in search of something delicious this holiday season. Customers are also able to select appropriate sizes and prices based on what they’re looking for.
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Amish Popcorn Library, $39.95 at Williams-Sonoma

Amish popcorn sampler


Nothing beats a movie night, and this popcorn library will make you look forward to winter nights at home with a good flick. All you need now is a new favorite from Netflix.
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For more holiday hacks, tips, tricks, and recipes, check out our Ultimate Guide to Christmas and Holiday Entertaining Headquarters. And for more great gift ideas, see our Gourmet Food and Drink Gift Guide, and our Best Kitchen Gadgets, Tools, and Appliances Gift Guide.

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Danielle is a trending news writer at Elite Daily and a freelance contributor for Chowhound and Domino. When she's not working, she's probably reading a book or eating a bowl of gnocchi at Frankie's. Find her @dvwrites on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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