Food and Culinary Gifts to Order


Mother Nature’s Finest From Harry & David
Each time I bite into the juicy fruit delivered from the orchards of Harry & David, I shake my head in utter amazement. Each succulent piece of sweetness always arrives in perfect condition, picked at the height of ripeness, and packaged and shipped like fine china. Send all the waist-watchers on your holiday gift list a Fruit-Lovers Basket, or better yet, the Fruit-of-the-Month Club. A box of Royal Riviera Pears, Jonagold Apples, Sunrise Papayas, or Exotic Nectarines — just to name a few — will arrive monthly and be the perfect enticement to help your friends stick to their healthy goals in the New Year. In fact, add your own name to the list. This is one gift you deserve to receive monthly yourself. Order online .

A Totally Legal Lobster Dinner From Legal Sea Foods
Has Aunt Betty in Kansas been drooling for a fresh New England lobster? Well, tell her to put on her ruby red slippers, click her heels, and wait for the overnight delivery person to arrive with 2 LIVE lobsters, claw-crackers, and cooking instructions, all courtesy of Legal Sea Foods in Massachusetts. If you want to let Aunt Betty pick the exact date for the “lobster night,” opt for the Gift Certificate Program. A color picture of the gift, the certificate, ordering instructions, and a special gift card will arrive at Aunt Betty’s doorstep. Order online .

A Gift That Keeps on Kicking: Gourmet Salsas from Salsa2U
For the fire-breathers on your shopping list, like your Uncle Fred in Albany , send a monthly shipment of gourmet salsas from Salsa2U. With a Connoisseur Membership, each month your salsa lover will receive two different jars of salsa plus a “Salsa Times” newsletter with recipes. (Skip the chips and use cut up veggies instead.) Is this hot, or what? A gift card is included so you don’t even need to drop Uncle Fred a note. Order online

A Steaming Holiday Gift from Crate and Barrel
Anyone who owns an asparagus steamer knows that it’s a piece of culinary genius. Since there is an art to cooking asparagus — which is naturally tough on the bottom and tender on top — a steamer is the only way I know how to do it right. Spread the culinary word by having one sent, (with gift card included), to that special chef on your holiday list. Order online