Artisan Holiday Gifts You Can Order Online

By Alesandra Dubin | December 16, 2014
Photo courtesy of Sphinx Date Company

This season, give the gift of a local, artisanal food or drink item that wins on all levels: It’s thoughtful, distinguished from the ordinary heap of miscellany on the gift table, and supports local artisans to boot. (So you can feel good if the gift you’re buying is for yourself.) Check out our gift picks from coast to coast.


Espresso Nectar, $13.95
Sauvie Island Coffee, Sauvie Island, Oregon

Give the gift of buzz with a bag of espresso beans ground as your recipient likes it — with Sauvie Island’s signature bold red packaging that’s just right for the holiday season.

40-Piece Caramels, $54
Fran’s Chocolates, Seattle, Washington

Fran’s Chocolates boxes up its award winning gray and smoked salt caramels in a metallic box tied with a satin ribbon for a local holiday indulgence.

Two-Bottle Reserve Set, $85
Stoller Family Estate, Dayton, Oregon

This gracious set includes Stoller’s 2012 Reserve Chardonnay and 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir.


Medjool Date Gift Tray, From $25.95
Sphinx Date Co., Scottsdale, Arizona

Sphinx Date Co. has been an institution in Arizona for six decades. Make a major impression with a box of mixed Medjools—including nut-stuffed and chocolate-covered versions—just right for gift giving or entertaining.

Hot Cocoa, $10.50
ChocolateSmith, Santa Fe, New Mexico

This cozy chocolate boutique is nestled among various locally owned and operated businesses in Santa Fe. But you can order its gift-worthy tins of hot cocoa online for a present that will warm a loved one this season like a hug from afar.

Apple Beer Family Pack, $24.99
Apple Beer, Salt Lake City, Utah

Despite its name, this beverage is alcohol free, and makes a great gift for all ages. The family gift set comes with two four packs, a pair of pilsner glasses, and a reusable tote.


Marshmallow of the Month Club, $36.50
240Sweet, Columbus, Indiana

Salty caramel, crunchy cinnamon, dark chocolate peppermint, Nutella swirl—who could pick between the inventive marshmallow flavors offered by 240Sweet? Don’t choose: Order the marshmallow of the month club as a gift, and your recipient may even get special flavors not otherwise available on the web store.

Large Gratitude Gift Basket, $50
Newfangled Confections, Indianapolis, Indiana

Newfangled Confections’ signature candy is “Frittle,” a sweet treat that’s harder than fudge, but softer and saltier than brittle. Give the gift of three boxes of the sweet stuff, plus pralines, and sweet and spicy pecans, all presented on a rustic tray and wrapped in cellophane and ribbon.

Gingerbread Dream Rooibos, $20
Rare Tea Cellar, Chicago, Illinois

This caffeine-free tea from Chicago’s Rare Tea Cellar is made from spiced South African rooibos blended with ginger, Madagascar vanilla, and other spices. It’s just right for baking or infusing, too.

California, Hawaii & Canada

Large Metallic Nights Toffee, $42
McFaddy Candy Co., Beverly Hills, California

Give a New Year’s Eve party gift that has just the right amount of sparkle (a lot): 23-karat gold and silver decks the “Metallic Nights” toffee from Beverly Hills’ McFaddy Candy Co. Each comes in a gilded, ribbon-tied package.

Ohia Lehua Blossom Honey, $42
Big Island Bees, Kealakekua, Hawaii

This massive jar of Big Island Bees’ best-selling white organic Ohia Lehua blossom honey makes a substantial presentation. It’s known for its subtle taste, which won’t overwhelm the flavors it’s meant to complement. And it’s a gift just right for a lover: By legend, picking the Lehua blossom causes rain, representing the tears princess Lehua sheds as a result of being separated from her lover, Ohia.

Three-Month Espresso Club Subscription, $180
49th Parallel Roasters, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

The gift for the truly discerning coffee fan: three 16-ounce bags of 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters’ espresso shipped every month. Beans come from all over the world and roast locally.


Horseradish Six Pack Set, $74
ISH Premium Horseradish, New York, New York

ISH Premium Horseradish combines fresh roots, fruits and vegetables into a condiment that can breathe new life into traditional Jewish holiday dishes—or all kinds of dishes year round. Choose a gift pack filled with your pick of beet, citrus, garlic, and ginger jars.

Bridgehampton Bark, $14
Hampton Chocolate Factory, Southampton, New York

For a traditional holiday gift with a local spin, Hampton Chocolate Factory’s Bridgehampton bark is just the thing: It includes 72 percent pure dark chocolate, cranberries, and toasted pecans. Sweet, tart, crunchy—a perfectly textured combination.

Almond Coconut Macaroons, $4.99
Sweet by Jana, Brooklyn, New York

Set your gift of holiday treats apart from the too-sweet, belly-ache-inspiring masses. Give almond macaroons (or anything else) from Sweet by Jana, whose baking methods are organic, vegan, gluten free, cooked at low temperatures, and free of refined sugars and oils.

New England

Three-Jar Gift Box, $27.50
Bonnie’s Jams, Boston, Massachusetts

Bonnie’s Jams have become widely popular since Southern California transplant Bonnie Shershow launched the brand—but it all started in her Cambridge kitchen in 1999. A three-jar set makes a boxed gift that pairs perfectly with local cheese for the holidays.

Local’s Vermont Gift Box, $45.95
Sugarbush Farm, Woodstock, Vermont

Just right as a host gift, this substantial gift box includes items sourced from within 30 miles of Woodstock, including various cheeses, maple syrup, crackers, smoked pepperoni, garlic dill dip, jelly, mustard, and caramels.

Five-Ounce Sleeve of Holiday Spice Caramels, $10.95
McCrea’s, Hyde Park, Massachusetts

Stuff their stockings with affordable sleeves of locally made caramels. The holiday spice version—made with cinnamon stick and whole cloves steeped in hot cream—is just right for the season.