Unusual Food Gift Ideas

Written by michelle powell-smith
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Food is an ideal but common gift, so you may want to make an unusual choice to help your gift stand out. Look beyond the basic fruit basket or cookie plate and consider the recipient's tastes and lifestyle. Top off an unusual food gift with clever and innovative packaging.


An assortment of high-quality spices is an excellent choice for the cook in your life. Consider making custom spice blends or including an array of ethnic spices needed to make savoury dishes. Package your spices with a spice grinder in a suitable and useful piece of cookware. Consider Moroccan spices and a bag of couscous packaged in a decorative pottery vessel, or Indian spices and basmati rice on a beautiful platter perfect for serving curries. These unusual food gift ideas are quite affordable if you purchase spices in bulk.


Package all of the supplies needed to make an elegant dinner. Make a small jar of fresh pesto, then add quality pasta, a wedge of excellent Parmesan cheese and some dark chocolates to make an easy and romantic Italian meal. A bottle of homemade salad dressing is a tasty addition to this unusual food gift. You could also consider homemade soup mixes, combining them with gourmet crackers and freshly baked bread for a winter food gift.

Baking Gifts

Choose a large baking pan and fill it with silicone muffin liners, fine cocoa and chocolate, toffee or caramel, and homemade vanilla. If you would like to add to this food gift, consider including a cookbook, homemade lemon or other fruit curd, or dried fruits and nuts.

Breakfast in a Basket

If you are looking for an unusual food gift for someone who does not cook, package some easy and tasty ready-to-eat foods. A variety of muffins, cinnamon rolls and quick breads, combined with flavoured butter, lemon curd and homemade jam is sure to be appreciated. You may even want to include paper plates, plastic knives and napkins.

Picnic Baskets

Pick up a traditional picnic basket and fill it with wine, plastic glasses, several types of cheese, crackers and dried fruit. This is an ideal food gift for your spouse or partner, along with the promise of a picnic in the near future. In the winter, add a throw pillow and a promise of a picnic in front of the fireplace.

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