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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

— PHOTOGRAPHY BY OLIVIA MALONE FOR THE VIOLET FILES

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. 

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MAIL

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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. 
VALLEYBRINK ROAD
GIFT BOX

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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.
MUrray’s Cheese
Greatest hits gift crate

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It was the preferred Champagne of Sir Winston Churchill, so it’s destined to be a hit with the history-and-bubbly buff. 
POL ROGER
CUvée sir winston churchill 2002

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Give them one more reason to come for a visit with a VIOLET GREY TSA-approved beauty set. Because having great skin at high altitudes makes the travel experience infinitely more pleasant. 

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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. 
HIGH CAMP
Deluxe vine & bloom gardenia box

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Share a taste of New York with a big bagel-and-lox brunch that includes all the fixings (caviar, anyone?), a basket of babka, or a smoked fish platter from century-old Lower East Side landmark Russ & Daughters.
RUSS & DAUGHTERS
GIFT PACKAGES

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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. 
HEYWOOD HILL
THE GIFT SERVICE

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Those who know chocolate are familiar with the many splendors of French export La Maison du Chocolat. Share the wealth with your sweet-toothed grandmother with one of their elegant holiday hatbox selections.
LA MAISON DU CHOCOLAT
Holiday Chocolate HATBOX

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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
CRAB CAKES

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If they haven’t experienced the wonders of fashion world favorite Lady M’s airy, cream-filled crepe cakes, what better time than now? They will thank you later. 
LADY M
SIgnature Mille Crepes

in polite
society

In polite society, one should have a JEWELRY box filled with diamonds, a strongbox filled with SECRETS, and a mailbox filled with VIOLET.
— VIOLET GREY
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