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 food items that make for a lovely Kris Kringle gift.
Peppermint Creme Cookies, $20 at Sur La Table (normally $24.95)
‘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—plus, they’ll still have an adorable tin when the cookies are (no doubt swiftly) gone. Their chocolate covered caramels, salted chocolate caramel cookies, Belgian chocolate cookies, butterscotch caramels, and salted chocolate butterscotch cookies all come in different, equally charming tins, so you could potentially gift an entire Christmas village of candies and cookies! Use code FRIEND19 at checkout to get 20 percent off.Buy Now
Rich, creamy hot cocoa has never been easier—just heat up milk and stir with these sticks until the chocolate’s melted. This set includes six flavors: Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Vanilla, Caramel, Mocha, and Peppermint Hot Chocolate. They would make a fab Secret Santa gift or stocking stuffer, alone or accompanied by polar bear marshmallows.Buy Now
Sugarfina, the mastermind behind liquor-infused gummies, is giving bigger spenders a variety pack of indulgent options this season thanks to the Candy Bento Box. It contains seasonal sweets like sugar cookie and gingerbread cookie flavored candy, snowman gummies, and caramels in pumpkin pie, candy cane, and apple flavors. But the company ups the ante with the likes of Champagne Bears and Merry Berries too—an absolute must. Bento boxes are no longer reserved for your sushi dinner, and you’ll be grateful for this innovative idea. (You can also design your own assortment.)Buy Now
It’s a safe bet your giftee has never had maple syrup like this, infused with floral Tahitian vanilla and Egyptian chamomile (which has a buttery apple flavor). It’ll class up pancakes and waffles, but be just as great over vanilla ice cream or in a cold weather cocktail. There’s also a bourbon barrel-aged version, and a gift set with both flavors.Buy Now
This truffle-infused hot sauce made Oprah’s Favorite Things 2019 list on Amazon, and it’s legitimately delicious. Sure, it costs more than a bottle of Tabasco, but it’s infused with truffles. Therefore, it’s a great gift for any condiment fiend or luxury-loving Oprah wannabe.Buy Now
Give the gift of a delightfully kitschy art project and a holiday snack in one with this gingerbread camper kit. It comes with everything you need to decorate it, including (non-edible) hipster Santa, grill, and picnic table tree.Buy Now
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.Buy Now
What’s more beloved than a warm cup of joe? Treat your Kris Kringle recipient to a taste of Seattle’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.Buy Now
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.Buy Now
This set of six gourmet sea salts (including Lemon Zest, Black Garlic, Pinot Noir, Cherrywood Smoked, and Ghost Chili flavors) would be perfect with the popcorn, or on its own for finishing veggies, seafood, meat, and even flatbread with flair.Buy Now
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