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 The Good Eggs Guide to Holiday Gifting

The Good Eggs Guide to Holiday Gifting

We’re well into December—the month of Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and those four magic words: “Don’t forget to RSVP!”

As the Senior e-Commerce Merchandiser at Good Eggs, I love this time of year. It’s a tough life, but someone has to taste every product that comes through our doors, and December always brings a whirlwind of new products to write about and snack on. From game-changing spice blends to indulgent chocolates, just-in local produce, and hard-to-find spirits, I’m always pulling something new out of my bag to share with friends and family.

I can’t manage your social calendar, but I can take the guesswork out of gifting and make sure you show up at every event with the perfect treat for your host. Read on for never-fail pairings and get ready to be everyone’s favorite party guest.

Start with a drink…

I always say yes to a bottle of wine, especially when you hand it over along with a locally grown bouquet or a handmade wreath. But why not step off the beaten path and try inspiring a signature cocktail, an indulgent after-dinner treat, or a low-proof bitters and soda combo that feels as festive as anything you could shake or stir? Or pick up a few unusual local brews for a change of pace.


 St. George Spirits   NOLA Coffee Liqueur     $32.99

St. George Spirits
NOLA Coffee Liqueur
$32.99

 Straus Family Creamery   Organic Eggnog     $6.79

Straus Family Creamery
Organic Eggnog
$6.79

 Four Roses   Yellow Label Bourbon     $18.99

Four Roses
Yellow Label Bourbon
$18.99

 Guittard Chocolate Company   Grand Cacao Drinking Chocolate     $7.99

Guittard Chocolate Company
Grand Cacao Drinking Chocolate
$7.99


Start with a spread…

Bring sunny flavors into the winter holidays with jams or preserves. Pair a jar (or a whole set) with cheese, a rustic country bread, or even a loaf cake. This is a nice option if you’re looking for something that’ll set you apart from classic cold-weather flavors—a bright jar of tropical coconut jam and a plate of scones will brighten anyone’s day. Add a bag of great locally roasted coffee for bonus points the next morning.


 Rustichella d’Abruzzo   Classic Panettone     $30.99

Rustichella d’Abruzzo
Classic Panettone
$30.99

 Happy Girl Kitchen   Raspberry Lemon Jam     $11.49

Happy Girl Kitchen
Raspberry Lemon Jam
$11.49

 Hey Boo   Kaya Coconut Jam     $7.99

Hey Boo
Kaya Coconut Jam
$7.99

 Sconehenge   Original Scones     $5.29

Sconehenge
Original Scones
$5.29

 Coffee Manufactory   03 Single Origin Coffee Beans     $15.79

Coffee Manufactory
03 Single Origin Coffee Beans
$15.79

 Cowgirl Creamery   Mt. Tam     $13.99

Cowgirl Creamery
Mt. Tam
$13.99


Start with a spice…

If your host is always throwing dinner parties or loves to cook, a spice blend is a fun and thoughtful starting point for their next menu. A jar of za’atar paired with olive oil and fresh bread is a savory, aromatic revelation; go with chai masala and a good black tea for a little sweet inspiration; or up their finishing game with fruity, fragrant Tellicherry peppercorns and a flaky sea salt.


 Spicely Organics   Organic Za’atar Seasoning     $7.29

Spicely Organics
Organic Za’atar Seasoning
$7.29

 Oaktown Spice Shop   Chai Masala     $5.79

Oaktown Spice Shop
Chai Masala
$5.79

 Other Brother Co.   Smooth Extra Virgin Olive Oil     $19.99

Other Brother Co.
Smooth Extra Virgin Olive Oil
$19.99

 Five Mountains Heirloom Organic Tea   Organic Bergamot Black Loose Tea     $14.99

Five Mountains Heirloom Organic Tea
Organic Bergamot Black Loose Tea
$14.99


Start with chocolate…

Because every day is a good day for chocolate. Bring an assortment of flavors and varieties to share after the meal, or pick out a special treat for your hosts to enjoy after all the guests have gone home. For a not-too-indulgent dessert, pair a good chocolate bar with a seasonal fruit. My favorite dark, bitter chocolate bars go well with sweeter fruits like caramelly dates, brilliant pomegranates, or a candy, like nougat. With a creamy milk chocolate, seek out a more acidic match: satsumas, pomelos, or a crunchy Asian pear.


 Feve Artisan Chocolatier   Chocolate Covered Caramelized Almonds     $11.99

Feve Artisan Chocolatier
Chocolate Covered Caramelized Almonds
$11.99

 Recchiuti Confections   Dark Milk Chocolate Bar     $7.99

Recchiuti Confections
Dark Milk Chocolate Bar
$7.99

 Cliff McFarlin Organics   Organic Satsuma Mandarins     $3.99

Cliff McFarlin Organics
Organic Satsuma Mandarins
$3.99


Start with cheese…

A savory cheese plate will help your gift stand out from the crowd. If you want to contribute to the evening’s menu, you can opt for a full cheese and charcuterie spread (do check with your host, to be sure you aren’t duplicating their work). For something lighter, choose just one or two stand-out cheeses and pair them with bread and a jam, or some fresh produce.


 Good Eggs Meal Kits   Curated Cheese & Charcuterie Board     $99.99

Good Eggs Meal Kits
Curated Cheese & Charcuterie Board
$99.99

 As Kneaded Bakery   Baguette     $3.99

As Kneaded Bakery
Baguette
$3.99

 INNA   Quince Jam     $13.99

INNA
Quince Jam
$13.99

 Good Eggs Cheese Shop   12 Month Aged Manchego     $7.99

Good Eggs Cheese Shop
12 Month Aged Manchego
$7.99

 Jasper Hill Farms   Harbison     $16.49

Jasper Hill Farms
Harbison
$16.49

 Good Eggs Produce   Organic Olympic Asian Pear Trio     $5.49

Good Eggs Produce
Organic Olympic Asian Pear Trio
$5.49


Start with citrus…

December is when citrus really begins to shine, so I can ease my sorrow at the lack of summer stone fruit with tart, tangy, juicy satsumas. Bringing a heaping basket of the season’s best is a fun, lighter option that can help balance out the rich meals of the holidays. I love to mix and match, so I’ll often pile in a few pomegranates for brightness, or my favorite chocolate-covered orange peel for, well, sheer deliciousness.


 Cliff McFarlin Organics   Organic Pomegranate Trio     $6.99

Cliff McFarlin Organics
Organic Pomegranate Trio
$6.99

 Feve Artisan Chocolatier   Chocolate Covered Candied Orange Peel     $7.99

Feve Artisan Chocolatier
Chocolate Covered Candied Orange Peel
$7.99


Bring something for the kids’ table…

Or for the kids-at-heart. Mini cookies or muffins are always fun, especially paired with icy cold milk or a bottle of sparkling apple juice. Everyone loves whimsical chocolates in fun shapes like coins or snowpeople. And for something to be enjoyed later, pick up a s’mores kit or some ready-to-bake frozen cookie dough.


 Little Belgians   Speculoos S’Mores Kit     $19.99

Little Belgians
Speculoos S’Mores Kit
$19.99

 Alexandre Family Farm   Organic A2 Vanilla Whole Milk     $2.49

Alexandre Family Farm
Organic A2 Vanilla Whole Milk
$2.49

 Batter Bakery   Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough     $11.49

Batter Bakery
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
$11.49

 Martinelli’s   Organic Sparkling Apple Juice     $1.69
 Lake Champlain Chocolates   Organic Milk Chocolate Snowperson     $3.99

Lake Champlain Chocolates
Organic Milk Chocolate Snowperson
$3.99

 Salty Sweet   Chocolate Chip Minis     $11.99

Salty Sweet
Chocolate Chip Minis
$11.99


Bring something from the bakery...

From towering, dramatic panettone to a box of San Francisco’s cult favorite Dynamo Donuts, there are bakery goodies for every palate from sweet to savory (and even gluten-free). Add a bouquet of flowers, an elegant wreath, or a bowl of fruit if you’re feeling extra fancy.


 Rustichella d’Abruzzo   Fig & Chocolate Panettone     $33.99

Rustichella d’Abruzzo
Fig & Chocolate Panettone
$33.99

 Good Eggs Flower Shop   Petite Seasonal Bouquet     $12.99

Good Eggs Flower Shop
Petite Seasonal Bouquet
$12.99

 Dynamo Donuts   Half-Dozen Assorted    Donuts  $18.99

Dynamo Donuts
Half-Dozen Assorted Donuts
$18.99

 Repetto Nursery   Small Evergreen Wreath     $24.99

Repetto Nursery
Small Evergreen Wreath
$24.99

 Firebrand Artisan Breads   Roasted Bacon Fougasse     $11.99

Firebrand Artisan Breads
Roasted Bacon Fougasse
$11.99

 Black Jet Baking Co.   Candy Cane Cake     $34.99

Black Jet Baking Co.
Candy Cane Cake
$34.99

 Good Eggs Flower Shop   Holiday Bouquet     $49.99

Good Eggs Flower Shop
Holiday Bouquet
$49.99

 Rustic Bakery   Gingerbread Tiles     $9.99

Rustic Bakery
Gingerbread Tiles
$9.99


From perennial favorites to just-in new flavors, that’s only a sample of the giftable goodies that have crossed my desk. I try to keep myself on my toes by bringing a different gift to every gathering—and if I just can’t make it to the event, sending an easy gift order helps bring a smile to everyone’s faces.

That’s all for now! Wishing you a happy holiday (just add donuts for that wish to be a guarantee) and plenty of time in between parties to relax and enjoy. And, one last pro tip: get a gift for yourself, too. You deserve fancy chocolate all year round.

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