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No One Wants a Fruit Basket. Get These Other Edible Gift Baskets Instead

"Wow, fruit," said no one ever.

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Gift giving is hard. Regardless of how well you know a person, finding the perfect gift for them feels more like a chore than an act of love. Thankfully gift boxes and gift baskets make it easier to give someone a present they'll love. If you know your giftee's general interests, you can find them an appropriate gift basket. For a lot of gift-givers, ruit baskets seem to be the go-to but there's nothing sadder than opening a present and finding an assortment of sad-looking citrus, apples and pears. This year, get them a gift basket they'll actually love whether it's packed full of chocolate, cheese or, yes, even some fruit.

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For the Tea Drinker: David's Top 12 Tea Sampler

Maybe coffee isn't their thing. These 12 teas will gift them a sip of everything from sencha to Earl Grey. 

For the Coffee Snob: La Colombe Workshop Sampler Gift Box

La Colombe is one of the coffee brands that helped spark the third wave coffee movement. It makes crowd-pleasing coffee blends, but if you know someone who obsesses over their pour over technique, they'll love La Colombe's Workshop coffees, small-batch beans that highlight where they're grown and who tended to them.

For the Snacker: Japanese Snack Box Subscription
Bokksu Box

Put down the Flamin' Hot Cheetos. Open up your knowledge of snacks with Bokksu, which curates a selection of sweet and savory snacks from Japan. Because the country really does do everything better — even snacks.

For the Easy-to-Please: Harry and David Tower of Treats

For an assortment of beloved sweet treats (and nuts) grab Harry and David's Tower of Treats. And there are a handful of pears, too, because the Tower of Treats is also about a balanced diet. 

For the Sugar Fanatic: The Milk Bar Sampler

Christina Tosi built her Milk Bar brand into a sugary sweet empire. While her stores are mainly based out of New York City, with a few locations in major cities, you can get her most popular sweets delivered anywhere in the US.

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Murray's Cheese Greatest Hits

Murray has been doing big things in the cheese world for decades, so hook up your friend with the Murray's Greatest Hits basket, which features Gruyère, Manchego, Brie, and Cheddar, plus some munchies for the side.

Mouth Spicy Pickles Box

This isn't your average bread and butter pickle slice. Get a pickle bundle that dishes out heat that any spice (and pickling) connoisseur will be delighted by. Don't forget to put the spicy brine to good use.

For the Chocolate Fanatic: La Maison du Chocolat 40-Piece Coffret Chocolate Box
La Maison du Chocolat

"You get what you pay for" applies to chocolate, too. Forego the Hershey chocolate bar and buy these made-in-France chocolatey morsels from La Maison du Chocolat. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Hell yeah.

For the Carnivore: Porter Road Best of Porter Road Box

Porter Road's tagline should be "we have the meats." Unfortunately a less-than-desirable fast food chain already uses it. 

Williams Sonoma Italian Pantry Gift Crate

For someone who loves Italian food above all else, get them the gift that takes any Italian meal to the next level: high-quality oil and vinegar, spaghetti, olives and Pecorino Romano cheese.

Confections Gift Box, Large

Do they have a sweet tooth? If that's the case, get them the biggest basket of candy they've ever seen — and will likely see again.

It's It Ice Cream Sandwich + Cone Nugget Sampler

Rice-a-Roni may claim to be the San Francisco Treat, but the real treat from the Bay Area city is the Its-It. Ice cream smashed between two cookies and finished with a dip in chocolate, this ice cream sandwich is one of the best they will ever have.

For the Party Planner: Olympia Provisions European Entertainer Gift Box
Olympia Provisions

While we may not be hosting holiday gatherings, we can still enjoy a charcuterie and cheese platter for one. Olympia Provisions, based out of Portland, Oregon, is one of the best cured meat producers, and you should share its offerings with everyone you love.

Women-Owned Whiskey Discovery Collection

The whiskey lover could probably use a deep dive into another, overlooked, area of the whiskey world — women-owned whiskey brands. This basket offers some of the best whiskies made by women, including Uncle Nearest.

Pinot Noir Trio: Kendall Jackson, Boundary Post & A to Z Wineworks - 12 Bottle Bundle

For the Pinot Noir lover, get them a trio of wines from the West Coast: Kendall Jackson, Boundary Post and A to Z Wineworks. This bundle comes with 12 bottles, enough for a handful of meals with friends or some nights alone with their significant other. If they don't love Pinot Noir, there are plenty of other options here, too.

The 15 Best Gifts for Chefs and Home Cooks
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From a kitchen fatigue mat to a Japanese cast-iron pot, these are the best gifts to give the chef in your life.

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