9 Gourmet Gift Ideas for the Holidays

We’re all spending more time at home this season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of this time with family and loved ones. You probably already saw this one coming, but we have two words for you: gourmet gifts.

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to enjoy being homebound and get your hands dirty. It’s never been easier to please your family (or yourself) with our nine recipes for gourmet gifts, selected by members of the RICARDO team!

Sweet gourmet gifts

1. Mini Grapefruit and Rosemary Loaves

Cute and festive, these cakes might be mini but they pack some serious punch. Super soft and full of seasonal flavours, each little loaf combines the invigorating zest of grapefruit with the aromatics of rosemary.

2. Double Chocolate Cookie Mix in a Jar

Who doesn’t like getting cookies? These jars can be prepared in 10 minutes for a simple gift idea that will satisfy the sweet tooth of anyone in your family bubble. 

3. Candy Cane Cookies

Holidays mean candy canes! But they also mean candy canes that hang around the pantry for months after. So, this year, clean house and make these delicious candy cane cookies. Easy to prepare, and you’ll end up with a dozen cookies in less than 20 minutes. Not a bad deal! 

4. Chocolate-Covered Apricots

Is your uncle more of a “dried fruit” kind of guy? Well, we have a solution for you! These dried apricots coated in dark chocolate are sure to please even the toughest critics.

Salty gourmet gifts

5. Martini Olives

Dare to be original with this gourmet gift to pair with happy hour. It only takes five minutes of prep and four days of maceration. Cheers!

6. Chicken Pâté

This is by far the best gourmet gift to accompany holiday brunch! Chicken pâté is always the favourite leftover from any Christmas meal or New Year’s party, so you might as well make it for someone you love.

7. Candied Beets

Looking for another recipe to make with all your extra beets? These candied beets are the ideal solution. This recipe goes well with turkey, meat pie and especially, Swedish meatballs.

8. Baked Spaghetti Sauce

A jar of spaghetti sauce is by far one of the best gifts to receive, no matter what the occasion. Enjoy the time you have at home to make a new batch of your family recipe, or try out ours!

For your four-legged friend

9. Dog Biscuits

We can’t forget our doggie friends this holiday season! Easy to make with your kids, gift these treats to all the dogs in your life. Plus, those four-legged friends won’t be judging you on perfect shapes or sizes—they’ll just be happy you gave them a treat.