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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts that Ship

By Sophie Brochu
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The holiday season is here. We tracked down premium culinary-inspired gifts, from hand-cultivated sea salt procured from the Atlantic Ocean to DIY Spanish paella kits. These products are for those who enjoy rare finds and unique ingredients. And the best part? All of these gifts ship nationwide. Treat someone special on your list to something delicious this year.

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Holiday Gift Baskets

Denver’s The Bindery is an eatery, marketplace, and bakery that takes inspiration from culinary artisans and food-makers from all around the world. This year, they’re offering four featured gift baskets. Treat the home chef to The Whole Kitchen basket, which includes a professional chef’s knife from Carbon Knife Co., or send Just the Wine to the wine enthusiast in your life. As always, don’t forget to treat yourself, too.

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Caviar Gift Boxes

Did you know the legendary chef Thomas Keller has a caviar company? He teamed up with Shaoching Bishop, the former CEO of Sterling Caviar and Tsar Nicoulai Caviar to launch Regiis Ova. Together, they’re on a mission to support sustainable farming while providing the highest quality caviar. Bishop travels to each sturgeon farm to inspect the raising and processing techniques, and cultivate unique relationships with the farmers. Choose from a luxurious array of caviar gift box sets that include a caviar tin opener and mother of pearl spoon.

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Sea Salt

Amagansett Sea Salt Co. sources salt in small batches. It’s made from Atlantic Ocean seawater, solar-evaporated by the sun and wind, and hand-cultivated outdoors in open-air salt pans. No wonder it’s used by many of the highest-ranked and regarded chefs and restaurants around the world. We should also mention that it’s beautiful. Order a custom wooden crate containing six 2½-oz jars of pure, infused, and blended finishing salts. Salt blends may include Merlot wine, truffle, lemon zest, herbes de Provence, dill & fennel seeds, Aleppo pepper, and espresso & peppers salts.

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Rare Teas & Pantry Packs

Rodrick Markus traveled the world for twenty years in search of the finest ingredients. You could say he has a knack for procuring the rarest and most delicious products, and also supplying them to some of the best restaurants in Chicago and beyond. Rare Tea Cellar Inc. focuses on loose leaf teas and other gourmet items seldom found in the United States. Sicilian emerald pistachios? Check. Okinawa Kokuto sugar? Check. French blue lobster oil? Rare Tea Cellar has it. Choose from a Chef’s Secret Pantry Pack, The Teas You Need, or The Flavors That Pack a Punch.

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Tea Subscriptions

Tekuno is a San Francisco-based tea shop on a mission to make the world a kinder place. How? By cultivating relationships with farmers and sharing a passion for tea. The team works directly with farms and producers in Japan to source unique, single-varietal teas that are expressive in aroma, flavor, and texture. You, too, can make the world a kinder place by sending a loved one a tea subscription. The matcha service, for example, is a 5-month comprehensive journey through a matcha collection from Yame, Fukuoka, Japan. Each month’s tea comes with brew instructions and an accompanying leaflet describing its origins. The first box comes with a virtual tea tasting.

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Paella Kits & Special Products

Send the gift of paella this holiday season. Paella is fun to make, and when you have the right ingredients, it’s relatively simple. It also doesn’t hurt to order from the most awarded paella chef in America. Start with the complete paella kit, which includes a traditional steel 13″ paella pan and everything needed for a base (Bomba rice, Los Aljibes olive oil, saffron, and sweet paprika). Then add Iberian cheese, charcuterie, and Daporta Seafood products from Galicia, Spain. All of these ingredients are hand-selected and extremely special.

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Elevated Dry Spices, Sea Salt, & Pantry Items

You’re looking at a picture of Hawaiian alder-hickory-smoked coarse sea salt. It’s included in a Salt Talk gift set, amongst other premium salts from Hawaii, Brittany, and the Appalachian Sea. In 2001, chef Philip Abbott left the professional kitchen and procured what he thought was missing from every chef’s pantry: elevated dry spices. For nearly twenty years, he’s been creating the finest blends using the highest quality herbs, spices, and specialty ingredients from around the world. Terra Spice Company has built a solid reputation with professional chefs, restaurants, and now, home cooks. Browse an excellent selection of themed gift boxes, including Pacific Rim, French Connection, and Peppercorn Cache.

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Aged Tea + Honey Pairing Set

Ashley Lim is a certified tea sommelier devoted to sharing rare, handcrafted, aged teas with rich aroma and complexity. Her company, Mansa, sources naturally organic tea from the finest terroir around the world, from the mountains of Xishuangbanna, Yunnan to the coast of the Fujian Province. Made with traditional artisanal methods, each batch has unique flavors. Mansa’s Aged Tea + Honey Pairing set is inspired by one of their most frequently asked questions, “Can I add honey to single-origin tea?” Unlike commercial honey at grocery stores, single-flower honey is made from one type of flower, allowing you to carve out specific flavor notes. The kit includes three single-origin teas and three single-flower kinds of honey (lavender, chestnut, and fir).

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil

With so many different kinds of olive oil on the market, it’s hard to know what’s best. The founders of PRMRY are professional olive oil sommeliers, who set out to produce California extra virgin oils that take the guess work out of the equation. They source olives from a single estate in Northern California’s Capay Valley, a region between Napa Valley and Sacramento. The olives are grown using organic methods, picked in early November, and then swiftly taken for milling and filtration. The PRMRY Set comes with the ENHANCE and the TRANSFORM oils. Added bonus points for PRMRY’s eco-friendly bottles.

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