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11 Holiday Gift Baskets for the Westchester Foodie in Your Life

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In Westchester, it just makes sense to share all our favorite local treats! These foodie gift baskets are guaranteed to please.

By Dave Zucker and Sabrina Sucato

Does your special someone spend more time in the kitchen than the living room? Can they pair every dish with the perfect wine? Do they (rightly) add bacon to everything?

Odds are good, then, that you love a foodie. This year, if you’re feeling like their wish list might be a little above your ken, consider picking up a gift basket of local goodies tailor-made (butcher-cut?) for your discerning dearest.

For the Carnivore

Let’s get the bacon lovers out of the way first. And what better way to do that than with Jacüterie, the handcrafted charcuterie from right here in the Hudson Valley? Based out of Ancramdale, Jacüterie can be found at our favorite winter farmers’ markets like the Pleasantville Farmers’ Market. The bacon is cured with flavors like maple syrup and wildflower honey, and both the dry-cured and regular sausages are out of this world. Just in time for the holidays, Jacüterie has an online store that makes it easy to ship salami right to your door. Try a two-pack for $28 or a sampler box of three or four varieties for only $48-$55.

 

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If for some reason you want to add some non-meat to your gift bag this year, you can’t go wrong tapping Beacon Pantry for ideas. Not only does the market offer a fabulous charcuterie selection (including cheeses and non-meat snackables), but the friendly staff will work with you to craft the perfect pairing. The Hudson Valley shop also has a selection of gift totes filled with items your foodie will love. You can pick it up yourself or get it delivered in a few days.

 

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For the One Who Adds Spice to Your Life

For the home chef, nothing beats trying out a new recipe. Give the gift that keeps on giving with a grab bag of spices and seasonings from Twisted Branch in Valhalla. With dozens of hand-blended spices, sea salts, and cane sugars – plus a bevy of extra-virgin and infused olive oils and vinegar on tap — Twisted Branch makes it easy to craft a Grade-A gift basket that will please both your partner and your palate.

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For the Party Animal

There’s one at every family holiday and you know exactly who we mean: the boisterous party animal who just lives for social engagement. If this was the person you drew in secret Santa, fret not, since you can get them a glorious bounty of highly enjoyable snacks and finger foods with a traditional Stew Leonard’s gift basket. The “Taste of Bethy’s Bakery Gift Basket” includes a variety of cookies, freshly popped caramel popcorn, handmade peppermint bark, and an assortment box of brownies — basically enough sugar to keep you up to see who it is up on the rooftop!

 

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For the Local Liquor Lover

If the liquor aficionado in your life is looking to upgrade their bar cart, treat them to a gift set from Tuthilltown Spirits, located a short drive away from Westchester in the Hudson Valley. This Hudson Whiskey pack may be on the pricier side, but it’s well worth it. With the brand’s signature bourbon and rye as part of the mix, this is bound to be a hit once happy hour rolls around.

For the Coffee Craver

You know that person who can’t start their day without a rich and steamy cup of java? They’ll absolutely adore a gift box from Coffee Labs Roasters in Tarrytown. Keep it seasonal with one of the winter-themed gift bundles, which come with everything from a bag of coffee and a mug to a chocolate bar or hot chocolate shots.

For the One With a Sweet Tooth

Of course candy is the answer here, but why not go the extra mile? With Bedford’s BobbyPop, you can customize your candy to your liking, expressing a personal message or a festive celebration. Founded by five sisters from Westchester and named after their dad, BobbyPop’s mailorder candy boxes are the perfect detail to satisfy your foodie’s sweet tooth. Choose the acrylic box size, candy color combinations, and your personalized message of up to 10 characters or choose from the go-to options if you can’t decide.

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If you need a gift for that person who loves sweets but is also all about healthy foods, we’ve got you covered. Get them a sampler pack of Mmmly cookies, which brings two packs of each of its four flavors, including banana chocolate chip and almond. Made with healthy ingredients like monk fruit and green tea, these cookies make it easy for your recipients to enjoy sweet treats without any need for feeling guilty afterwards.

Not exactly a basket, but any ice cream lover would love to receive a few pints of ice cream delivered to their door each month. Even when it’s cold outside, ice cream is the perfect addition to any occasion — whether it’s a party or you’re curled up in a blanket watching TV. Sign your foodie up for Penny Lick’s ice cream of the month club, which has options for either three or five pints per month. They’ll get to enjoy from best-selling, exclusive, and surprise flavors each month.

If sugar of all sorts best describes your foodie’s flavor palate, look no further than SugarHi in Armonk. The sweet shop stocks giftable baskets and boxes galore, with shipping available. The Belgian chocolate basket is ideal for the chocoholic, while the Seasons Greetings and Hanukkah boxes are a delightful way to ring in the season in sugary style.

 

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For the Art Collector

For the foodie who’s also an art lover, Mast Market in Mount Kisco presents a striking collection of chocolate bars that are *almost* too beautiful to eat as part of its The Met + Mast Collection. With each purchase of the 12 organic, ethically sourced, and handcrafted chocolates, Mast will donate $60 to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Uniquely, each bar features a special piece of art from the Met’s collection.

 

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Read More: Recipe: The Easiest Holiday Cookies

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