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Hunting for the ideal present can always be a challenge. However, if you’re searching for the perfect present for a friend or loved one who is tough to please, or you have absolutely no idea what they may want to begin with, things can become downright frustrating. We’re just going to put this out there: Gift baskets are always a solid option. At CNET, we’re quite fond of edible gifts. (Seriously, who isn’t?) Tasty treats like chocolates, sausages, pastries or a variety of other yummy snacks can bring on the smiles and be the swiftest way to anyone’s heart. Whether you’re shopping for grandparentsin-laws, a co-worker or just looking to send some happiness from afar, gift baskets are a caring way of remembering someone during the holidays — or anytime of year.

We’ve compiled a diverse list of options for the best gift baskets for the holidays — each of which appeals to a variety of tastes and preferences. All you have to do is pick a theme. If your loved one has a sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong with some delightfully chunky cookies from Levain Bakery or any number of assortments from See’s Candies. Do they like salty foods? Maybe a tasty charcuterie box or a Momofuku ramen pack will ring their bell. From tried-and-true classics to brand-new collections, we’ve got the best gift baskets for every palette. What are you waiting for? Start scrolling and pick the perfect present.

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Williams Sonoma

Start Christmas morning off the right way with flaky, buttery croissants hot out of the oven. This mixed assortment of 12 pastries will transport your friends or loved ones straight to Paris with each buttery, crisp bite. Each box includes an assortment of chocolate croissants, au beurre croissants, almond croissants, kouign-amann batons, chocolate kouign-amann and pain aux raisins. The pastries arrive frozen, so you can defrost them one at a time or eat as many as you want, which may well be all of them. 

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Emporio Rulli

Panettone used to be a fresh seasonal Italian specialty, but now you can find boxes of it on store shelves at every major grocery chain. However, those cheaper, store-bought commercial versions just don’t compare to the real thing.

Emporio Rulli’s panettone is the real deal. Pastry chef Gary Rulli learned his craft as a baking apprentice in Milan over four decades ago, and now he turns out the handcrafted sweet in his bakery, based in Larkpur, California, and ships them throughout the US. Our favorite is the traditional Milanese, but he also makes a Genovese panettone and a milk and dark chocolate version.

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Harry & David

When it comes to edible gifts, Harry & David is a classic choice. The company is known for its gorgeous boxes of juicy pears, but you can find much, much more that’ll please even the pickiest palate. We’re fans of Harry’s Gift Box, which offers all the greatest hits at an affordable price. For $60, you get: 

  • A half-dozen pears
  • Moose Munch popcorn
  • Hickory-smoked summer sausage 
  • Sharp white cheddar cheese
  • Mixed nuts

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Levain Bakery

Nothing says comfort food quite like fresh-baked cookies. We love these massive cookies from New York’s Levain Bakery. One cookie goes a long way, and if you pop it in the oven for a few minutes, it comes out with a marvelous ooey, gooey center. Each batch of cookies arrives thoughtfully wrapped with cellophane and ribbons and comes packed in a beautiful blue box with a personal message. Get a four-pack for $29, an eight-pack for $49, or a 12-pack for $79.

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Zingerman’s

Zingerman’s is a beloved Michigan brand, but since it ships throughout the US for free, these gift boxes can be enjoyed by all. The Weekender Gift Box is the most popular option. The colorful box contains an assortment of sweet and savory treats, including bread, cheese, beef sticks, coffee cake, peanut brittle and more. Everything we sampled had held up well during shipping and arrived fresh, with flavors that invoke the Midwest. We liked that there were instructions on the baked goods about freezing them if you weren’t planning to eat them right away.

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Magnolia Bakery

HBO’s Sex and the City had everyone rushing to try Magnolia Bakery’s cupcakes in the early 2000s, but its banana pudding is the true star of the show. If you’ve never tried it, order immediately. Then order a pudding sampler for a friend. Each sampler pack includes two red velvet banana pudding cups, two chocolate hazelnut banana pudding cups, and two classic banana pudding cups. 

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Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit

Give your friends and loved ones a taste of Southern comfort. Calllie’s Hot Little Biscuit is based in Charleston, S.C., and delivers sweet and savory buttery biscuits straight to your door. Biscuits arrive fully cooked and frozen, so all you need to do is pop them in the oven whenever you’re ready for buttery biscuit goodness. We tried the Charleston Cravings Biscuit Sampler (linked below) and especially enjoyed the sausage biscuits and the pimento cheese.

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Gift Tree

The perfect gift basket for anyone who likes to nibble, the Good as Gold Classic basket includes a variety of sugary snacks. Almond Roca, Ghiradelli caramel squares, truffles, espresso beans, chocolate-drizzled caramel popcorn, lemon cookies and more are tucked into a woven gift basket and topped with a note card.

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See’s Candies

See’s Candies offers all sorts of seasonal confections (right now, it’s all about the milk caramel apple Scotchmallows), but the famed chocolate purveyor’s Signature Gift Pack is a year-round winner. It’s a box full of delicious treats, including assorted chocolates, nuts and chews, Toffee-ettes, peanut brittle and assorted lollipops. That pretty much covers all of See’s biggest hits.

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Momofuku

The flavors of the storied Momofuku restaurants and culinary brand are now available at home, and this gift box doesn’t disappoint. Chef David Chang includes his faves: five servings of Soy & Scallion Noodles, Chili Crunch and tamari sauce, plus Spicy Seasoned Salt. Pro tip: If you haven’t tried the spicy-crunchy chili oil, you’re missing out. It has a delightful crunch with just the right amount of heat. You can add it to any dish to elevate your meal, from ramen to grilled chicken to bagels.

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Dylan’s Candy Bar

Just skip the savory stuff and go for the sugar! (This option will go over especially well with children.) There are four gift boxes filled with different chocolate treats from famous candy emporium Dylan’s Candy Bar. Chocolate coated pretzels, milk chocolate sandwich cookies, rainbow milk chocolate nonpareils and more will make their day. 

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Jasper Hill Farm

If you’re gifting a cheese-lover, you can’t go wrong with a delivery from Jasper Hill Farm. The Vermonter includes three lovely Vermont-specific cheeses (Whitney, Harbison and Cabot Clothbound Cheddar) plus Brewer’s Sea Salt Crackers and Squirrel Stash Nuts. You can add some barrel-aged maple syrup for an extra $15 if you’re feeling generous. 

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Man Crate

Actual whiskey is not included in Man Crates’ Whiskey Appreciation Crate, but so many other things are. A personalized decanter and glasses, for starters. Your lucky giftee will also find ice sphere molds, coasters, savory snacks and even a pocket-sized whiskey tasting journal to record their notes about favorite drams.

More favorites from Man Crates:

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Olympia Provisions

Olympia Provisions has packed bites from all over Europe into this tasty box of snacks. Salami from France, Italy, Spain and Greece is the main event, but there’s also paté, a wheel of cheese, honey, pickled beets, crackers, hazelnuts, olives and a mini mustard in this heavenly package. You may want to sample some of this gift before you send it out.

More favorites form  Olympia Provisions:

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Rancho Gordo

Think outside the (gift) box and give beans! Everyone (including O, the Oprah Magazine) has been raving about Rancho Gordo beans, so this is a great gift option for cooks in-the-know. Included are five different 1-pound bags of delicious beans, cooking instructions, a cloth tote bag and a copy of The Rancho Gordo Heirloom Bean Guide. 

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