Whether you’ve got a food lover on your list or find yourself in need of a hostess gift, local restaurants have all manner of goodies so you won’t show up empty handed. Chefs are bottling, bagging, canning and jarring luxurious treats like cookies, teas and specialty sauces so you can give the gift of good eats – all you have to do is slap a bow on it.
They've added a whole market to the offerings at Alcove so you can pick up anything and everything from wine and beer to cocktails, spices, pastas, sauces, oils and mixes. They've also got books and ornaments, hoodies, hats, Ts and facemasks if you're looking for merch, too so you can pretty much complete your gift getting in one fell swoop.
Give the oyster lover in your life a Shucker Starter Pack from the bivale pros at B&G Oysters. Each kit includes a shucking tutorial for two (where you'll get two branded oyster knives to use and keep, practice oysters, a dozen oysters to shuck and enjoy, two glasses of Champagne) and a copy of Rowan Jacobsen's tome, The Geography of Oysters. B&G will ship the kits anywhere in the lower 48 and your giftee can schedule their tutorial whenever they see fit.
If you've got someone on your list who's been missing Ming Tsai's cooking, send them boxes (and boxes!) of Ming's Bings, available in packs of 12 or 24. The award-winning cookbook author and chef has just launched a line of delicious little veggie patties packed full of superfoods. Inspired by traditional Chinese flatbreads, these vegan, gluten-free and nut-free frozen treats are crispy on the outside and full of warm savory goodness on the inside.
Give someone a lovely little reminder of sunnier, summerier, seafoodier days with a treat from CRU on Nantucket. They've got Ts and totes and limited edition blankets as well as hoodies, hats and cookbooks for anyone who could use a little taste of island life this holiday season.
This holiday season, the folks at Davio's are offering up cookie kits (complete with gingerbread cookies, icing, sprinkles and candy) for ordering and pick-up through each of their six local outposts. Find the one that's most convenient and get the cookie lovers on your list a fun and delicious DIY treat.
Not planning to take the fam on a European vacation anytime soon? You can give your loved ones all the flavors of Italy without leaving the house. Just look to the folks at Eataly — the mecca for all things Italian has everything from panettone to olive oil as well as about a zillion curated gift boxes available online so you can customize your gifting from the comfort of your couch.
If you've got a loud and proud Eventide fan on your list, peruse the online shop from this Portland/Boston crossover. They've got cookbooks and bottle openers, T shirts and hoodies, aprons, hats, onesies and more so you'll be able to find something for pretty much everyone.
Order online or stop by any Flour location to mix and match goodies like spicy pecans, commuter mix (trail mix for city dwellers), toffee, vanilla infused sugar, meringue kisses and more. Joanne Chang and her team have all manner of housemade eats packed up and ready to gift as well as cookbooks, some of their favorite brands and logo-ed tchotchke to go under the tree.
You can ship your favorite dishes from Fox & the Knife to folks near and far. Karen Akunowicz' South Boston spot is packing up pasta kits, complete with housemade pasta and sauces with add-ons like marinated olives and her signature stuffed focaccia. The kits come in different sizes with different pastas and sauces so take your pick and place your order.
They've got a whole shop's worth of Frank McClelland-approved goodies at Frank, his eponymous restaurant in Beverly. But if you want treats made by the James Beard award-winning man himself, just fill your basket with housemade jars of hot sauce and jams, maple syrup and hot fudge, caramel sauce and Sgt. Pepper Bacon Onion Jam.
For carnivores, caviar lovers and cookie artistes, consider a gift box from Grill 23 & Bar. The Back Bay steakhouse has a curated collection of packages available for pre-order and pick-up (with delivery on select dates in some nearby neighborhoods) so you can pamper your peoples with treats like the Champagne & Caviar Box, the Signature Steak Box or a fun Cookie Decorating Kit.
Pastry Chef Joshua Livsey of Harvest is boxing up these beautiful macarons for holiday gifting. Available in flavors like Gingerbread Latte, Spiked Eggnog, Sugar Plum, Candy Cap, Champagne Grapefruit and Chocolate Peppermint, the mixed packs cost $30 for 12 (two of each flavor) or $18 for 6 (1 of each flavor). They're hand-wrapped and ready to give (or keep if you want to buy extras for yourself - no judgement here). Just get your order in (by phone) before the end of the year.