Tastes of home and more elaborate offerings for the discerning out-of-towners on your shopping list—signed, sealed, and delivered.
Written By Christine Whitney
Market By Cynthia Cook Smith
There are few joys as great as receiving your season’s tidings the old-fashioned way—in the mail. Whether you’re sending a bagel-and-lox platter from New York institution Russ & Daughters to your family in San Francisco or dispatching fresh Maryland crab cakes from G&M to Baltimorians in Aspen, there is something especially magical about a delivery from afar. Here, more crowd pleasers to delight your faraway friends and family.
Chicago or New York relations will appreciate a taste of farm charm in the form of a Valleybrink Road gift crate. Made with love by Los Angeles–based chef and lifestyle curator Barrett Prendergast, each box comes laden with gourmet kitchen essentials (like sea salt and small-batch olive oil), fresh flowers, and other sundries.
Fans of fromage will thrill at a curated cheese offering from New York’s famous Murray’s Cheese. Available as either a one-off or a subscription service (giftees receive a selection of three cheeses monthly), their packages will be a sure hit for holiday gatherings.
Greatest hits gift crate
It was the preferred Champagne of Sir Winston Churchill, so it’s destined to be a hit with the history-and-bubbly buff.
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This Northern California–based startup has perfected the art of gardenia gifting. Order a fresh box of the Hawaii- and California-grown blooms straight to your recipient’s doorstep for the ultimate winter garden. To truly indulge, High Camp’s decadent Four Seasons Supply provides a fresh batch with each change in weather.
Deluxe vine & bloom gardenia box
Storied London bookstore Heywood Hill (founded by Nancy Mitford) offers customizable gifting and subscription services. Tell one of the experts about your giftee’s interests, and he or she will develop a tailored selection of beautifully wrapped literary and/or art books to suit your intended’s personality.
THE GIFT SERVICE
Any good Baltimorian can attest to the superiority of the crab cakes from local institution G&M. Widely believed to be the best in Maryland (a lofty claim, although we would believe it), the restaurant will overnight its famously mouthwatering morsels to the relative who can’t make it back for the holidays—or anyone deserving a maritime treat.
G&M Restaurant & Lounge
A selection of the most covetable bespoke gifts for everyone on your list.