From single-cow origin chocolate turtles to a grass-fed bison steak package created exclusively for EatingWell readers, these gifts will wow like no random bottle of wine ever could.

Lucy M. Clark
November 07, 2019
Brie Passano

Consider your holiday shopping done! Here's what the EatingWell editors are stocking up on this year for the food lovers in their lives.

1. Daydream's Roasted Pecan Caramel Turtles by Milk House Chocolates

All of these turtles (above) are made with milk from one Jersey cow named Daydream. Her owners, Kimberly and Clint Thorn, of Thorncrest Farm in Connecticut, milk a whole herd for their Milk House Chocolates business, but swear Daydream's milk is best for making caramel. We agree. ($48.95 for a box of 16 turtles, milkhousechocolates.net)

2. Adopt a Hive with the Mad Rose Honey Subscription

Send one sweet year's worth of wild Italian honey, each jar labeled with its place of origin and specific flower source (think: Cherry Blossom, Clementine and Eucalyptus). The subscription comes with a card detailing a hive your gift helps support. ($270, madrosefoods.com)

Related: Try These Healthy Honey Recipes

3. Cheesemonger Box

Ash-ripened chèvre? An herbaceous sheep's-milk wheel? Sign us up any time of the year for this cheese subscription, showcasing three different artisan varieties each month from across the country, selected by cheesemongers Laura Downey and Chris Palumbo. ($75-$95 per month, cheesemongerbox.com)

Related: Unique Gift Ideas for Your Friend Who Loves to Garden

4. Salmon Sisters Wild Alaska Sockeye Salmon Box

This gift box from sisters Emma Teal Laukitis and Claire Neaton comes packed with 20 8-oz. frozen fillets of wild Alaskan sockeye salmon fished by their family's boats. Also known as red salmon, it's the leanest, most flavorful variety of salmon you can buy. ($229, aksalmonsisters.com)

Related: Try These Quick-and-Easy Salmon Recipes

5. EATINGWELL EXCLUSIVE! Wild Idea Buffalo Co. Prairie Sampler Bundle

Our friends Dan and Jill O'Brien at Wild Idea Buffalo Co. wrangled up a special package of bison meat just for EatingWell readers. All cuts are 100% grass-fed-and-finished at their South Dakota ranch (pictured above), where they work to preserve the Great Plains prairies. It includes: two 10-oz. New York strip steaks, two 10-oz. rib-eye steaks, 1 lb. Italian buffalo sausage and 1 lb. ground buffalo meat. ($149, wildideabuffalo.com/EWbundle)

6. Castillo de Canena Smoked Olive Oil

The family behind the Castillo de Canena estate in the south of Spain has been making olive oil since 1780. This special bottle is infused with smoke from a blend of oak, beech and birch chips: a genius way to give chicken, fish and grain dishes a summer-barbecue vibe in the dead of winter. ($42, tienda.com)

Related: Gift Ideas to Inspire Your Friend Who Loves Fitness

7. Zen Hot Sauce Gift Set Sampler

This trio of creatively flavored 2-ounce hot sauces—Garlic Sriracha, Ginger Habanero and Fire-Roasted Poblano—is hand-crafted by organic pepper farmers Ryan and Chrissi Scherer in Roanoke, VA. Each one is ideal for stashing in a bag to spice up work lunches or any meal that needs a little extra kick. ($15, zenhotsauce.com)

8. Bar Hill Gin Gift Pack

For your favorite mixologist, this gift set offers a taste of some of the best craft gin in the country. Founded in 2009 by Vermont beekeeper and farmer Todd Hardie, Caledonia Spirits blends raw honey with juniper for their unique gin—every bottle of which comes sealed with real beeswax! ($50, totalwine.com)

Related: Pour one of these Healthy Cocktail and Wine Recipes

9. Big Spoon Roasters Nut Butter Variety 4-Pack Gift

Handcrafted nut butters in fun flavors and colorful tins make for seriously tasty stocking stuffers. And these are TSA-friendly to boot. Just wrap up this 4-pack of 3oz jars, handcrafted by Big Spoon Roasters in Durham, North Carolina, and hop on your flight to the holidays—no sweat. ($25, bigspoonroasters.com)

10. The Spice House Global Flavors Gift Box

Our editors are obsessed with these small-batch artisanal spice boxes that come in global flavor collections. Ship a friend the taste of Asian street food with the East Asia collection, the flavor of a Lebanese canteen with the Middle East collection, or a hint of an Italian bistro with the Trattoria Italiana collection. ($30 and up, thespicehouse.com)

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