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Monday, December 15, 2014

Six Last-Minute Gift Boxes to Send Your Out-of-Town Relatives

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 2:16 PM

click to enlarge Gift boxes from Luke's local have everything from fresh fruit to a eucalyptus bouquet. - LUKE'S LOCAL
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  • Gift boxes from Luke's local have everything from fresh fruit to a eucalyptus bouquet.

Guys, I hate to break it to you but you can now count down the days to Christmas on your fingers. This means that time's running out to buy presents for all your aunts and uncles, in-laws and maybe-could-be-future-in-laws, neighbors and family friends and cousins whoever else you have to get things for but don't really know well enough to give a personalized gift.

That's okay! That's what gift boxes were invented for. And instead of giving some waxy Harry & David pears or a lame basket of jams and olives and other stuff that will sit in their fridge/pantry until the end of time, share San Francisco's culinary wealth with a gift they will actually eat.

La Cocina
Support the participants of this female-centric, small food business incubator by buying a gift box full of their delicious products. Caramels from Kika's Treats, buttery shortbread from Clairesquares, biscotti from Saint & Olive, truffles from Neo Cocoa, and more are available in boxes that range from $35-$100. And if you don't want to go for a full basket, the items on their own, purchased at the Ferry Building kiosk, make great stocking stuffers or hostess gifts.

Luke's Local
This food delivery company puts together items from local farms and vendors. Find everything from locally made granola, gingersnaps, candied nuts, jerky, and nougat to eucalyptus leaves and locally grown apples and citrus. It also includes a bag of 4505 chicharrones, because nothing says "happy holidays" like fried pork skins. ($80, a smaller version available for $50; boxes available until Friday, Dec. 19)

Chris Cosentino's Ferry Building salumi shop has an assortment of savory treats for your favorite people, from samplers of their famous cured meats (orange & wild fennel, soppressata, brown sugar and fennel, and salame pepato) to a three- or six-month "salami of the month club." Cookbooks, tshirts, and other items toting the shop's "tasty salted pig parts" are also available. ($55-$108)

Bi-Rite Market
A great present for an S.F. expat or your favorite foodie. Bi-Rite has assembled its best products, from dosa chips and babecue sauce  to dark chocolate toffee and INNA jam. Of course each box also includes a cool Bi-Rite tote to always remind them of San Francisco's culinary mothership. ($65-$150)
Cowgirl Creamery
Got a cheese-lover in your life? Look no longer than a gift from this beloved Point Reyes cheese company. The December Collection highlights three cheeses good for holiday gatherings from creameries around Marin, while the Classic Cowgirl Collection gives them Mt. Tam, Wagon Wheel, and Devil's Gulch cheeses. Plus there are bgiger assortments for parties. ($38-$275)

Recchiuti Confections
Sure, you can always get a See's sampler, but there's something special about this Dogpatch chocolatier's beautifully wrapped assortments. The two-pound Noir Gift Box is a perfect present for the dark chocolate obsessive in your life, while the culinary sophisticate will likely appreciate the burnt caramel assortment. Snowflake-etched chocolates and champagne truffles round out the seasonal offerings. ($20-$130)
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Anna Roth

Anna Roth

Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.

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