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Season’s Eatings: 8 Reasons to Skip the Fruitcake

Gift ideas for those who make “eat, drink and be merry” their holiday mantra

This time of year wouldn’t be the complete without all the delicious, decadent cuisine suddenly available at every party, work event and faux snow-laden shopping center. Let your inner foodie rejoice: below, we list the holiday delicacies and culinary offerings from kitchen gear to caviar brought forth by a few of our favorite chefs, restaurants and more.

 

Murray’s Cheese

The famous cheesemongers have created assorted baskets of indulgent cheeses—all perfectly packed in chilled containers for safe travels—from basic selections to sets like The Weekender (pictured right) which include sweet and savory treats perfect for a holiday party or just a delicious snack. From $15, murrayscheese.com

 

Petrossian


These gift baskets are a surefire hit at parties with an indulgent assortment of the world’s finest caviar paired with seafood, charcuterie and pastries. Try their newest creation: caviar chocolate! From $170, petrossian.com

 

Ladurée


Give your holiday meals a French twist with a Bûche de Nöel from the famed patisserie, which come in delicious seasonal flavors like hazelnut mousse and dark chocolate and pistachio. The “Petit Souliers” shaped as Christmas stockings will satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth. From $37, laduree.com

 

Épicerie Boulud


Famed chef Daniel Boulud has crafted special baskets that are ideal for everyone on your list. With tempting offerings like macaroons, chocolate-dipped cookies and jams and even a gluten-free option available. From $29, store.danielnyc.com

 

The Scarpetta Cookbook by Scott Conant


Even if you’re not having Christmas dinner at star chef Scott Conant’s Scarpetta, you can enjoy some of his famous dishes, including his beloved spaghetti. It’s the ideal gift for those who’ve only ever made reservations. $35, hmhco.com

 

Home Delivery from dcuisine


Need last-minute holiday meal ideas? Customize your dining experience with all natural soups and entrées from dcuisine. Choose from a variety of hearty flavors like butternut squash bisque or Mediterranean shrimp with tomatoes (pictured above) that are conveniently delivered frozen for you to enjoy whenever you’d like. From $40 for a selection of four, dcuisine.com

 

Kim Crawford Cooling Sleeve


New Zealand designer Martin Kaster has achieved functionality and elegance thanks to this stylish cooling sleeve designed to keep wine chilled while dressing the bottle. It’s the perfect gift for any host or hostess! $149, experiencekimcrawford.com

 

Edge of Belgravia Chef Knives


This ceramic knife series will make all that seasonal cutting, chopping and carving a breeze thanks to innovative zirconium oxide ceramic blades as durable as a diamond. From about $80, edgeofbelgravia.co.uk

 

MORE:

The 2013 Holiday Gift Guide
10 Essential Holiday Spirits
Fragrance Gifts for Him, Her and the Home

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