11 Holiday Gift Baskets for the Westchester Foodie in Your Life

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

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?  The bacon is cured with flavors such as 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 of European-style salami on sale for $26 (regularly $28) or a Charcutiers Reserve Sampler Box of three award-winning selections, on sale for $48 (regularly $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: The Best of Spain, Perfect Host/Hostess, Happy Foodie, American Artisanal Collection, and Build Your Own. Prices range from $60 to $100. 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, because 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 for $59.99 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’s on the rooftop! Also consider the “Italian Rockstar” gift box for $69.99 for your Italophile friends, clients, and colleagues.

 

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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, a short drive away from Westchester in the Hudson Valley. This Hudson Whiskey pack may be on the pricier side at $74, but it’s well worth it. Your gift recipient can sip on handmade moonshine corn whiskey, bourbon, and chocolate whiskey made from 100% New York grain. 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 ranging from $24.19 to $94.50. Keep it seasonal with one of the winter-themed gift bundles, which come with a bag of coffee, a mug, and a chocolate bar.

For the One With a Sweet Tooth

Of course, candy is the answer here, but why not go the extra mile? With 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 mail-order candy — sourced from places such as Sweden and Germany — is the perfect gift to satisfy your foodie’s sweet tooth. As of December 2, BobbyPop also has a brick-and-mortar store in an alleyway behind the wood store on 15 Purchase Street in Rye, open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, and weekdays in flux. With BobbyPop, you can choose the acrylic box size, candy color combinations, and your personalized message of as many as 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 for $16.99, which features two packs of each of its four flavors, including banana chocolate chip and almond. Made with healthy ingredients such as monk fruit and green tea, these cookies make it easy for your recipients to enjoy sweet treats without excessive artificial sugar concerns.

If sugar of all sorts best describes your foodie’s flavor palate, look no further than Sugar HI in Armonk. The sweet shop stocks giftable baskets and boxes galore, with shipping available. The Belgian chocolate basket for $65 is ideal for the chocolate lover, while the Hanukkah box for $50 or a custom-built festive box are a delightful way to ring in the season in sugary style.

 

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For the Holiday-Obsessed

For the foodie you know who’s also the biggest fan of the holiday season, Briarcliff Manor’s Holbrook Cottage presents the most festive collections of goodies in Westchester. Though pricey at $89 to $189 for the holiday baskets, it pays off with the vast array of items that come in a single basket. The Holiday Party Time Gift Basket features 15 different holiday-themed treats, ranging from Scottish shortbread to rosemary almonds.

 

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For the Italophile

We all know someone whose obsession with Italian food and treats trumps the status quo. For the Italophile in your life, order from Antonees Gourmet Gift Baskets. The Briarcliff Manor-based online shop offers an astounding collection of Italian classics in different themed baskets. The Abbondanza Basket ($95-$295) has it all: cheeses, soppressata, Italian chocolates, pasta, and sauce. For the Italy-obsessed individual with a sweet tooth, the Gourmet Confection Basket ($85-$225) is probably your best bet: the basket boasts a rich collection of Italian chocolates, biscotti, and candies. The baskets come in different sizes and prices, with an option to pick it up from the Briarcliff Manor location if you don’t want to wait for the goods to be delivered.

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