Giving food as a holiday gift is as old as the holidays themselves. What better way to celebrate the season than by chowing down? But you'd better hurry, because your window for holiday gifts is rapidly closing.
Luckily, I've found 10 of the most mouth-watering food gifts for the holidays that you can still get in time for Hanukkah, Christmas, or just for a lovely day of eating yourself silly.
There is a marzipan master/mistress that produces adorable and delicious marzipan treats for D and D. These Nutcracker Sweets ($40) will be just the thing for the almond-loving sweet tooth on your list.
For an extra charge, you can order as late as December 22.
A splurge, but totally worth it as these gourmet lasagna cupcakes are being raved about all over the airwaves and print. For the vegetarian or meat-lover on your list, these lasagna cupcakes come in such mouth-watering flavors as Short Rib and Robiola and Sage, Brown Butter, and Pumpkin and Smoked Mozzarella. Buy a packet of six for $48 and try not have them shipped to yourself instead of your giftee.
If you long for a taste of the South, you can't go wrong with Priester's mini pecan pies (8 for $24.99). In regular and chocolate, you can mix and match and they'll arrive on your doorstep ready-to-eat. These people are from Alabama and get pecan pie just right.
Order by December 19.
Not only for grads of Washington State University, Cougar cheese is simply one of the best cheeses you'll have in any of the 50 states made right there in the WSU Creamery. If you've been lucky enough to ever receive the cougar gold ($18) as a gift, you'll love the classic. But don't be afraid to venture out and try their smoky cheddar, dill garlic, or crimson fire.
Arrives within one week.
You don't become one of Oprah's Favorite Things for no good reason. Caroline's Caramel Cake ($48) has had everyone drooling since its seven layers appeared in public. Do everyone a favor and add this to your holiday list.
Order by December 19 for Christmas.
Do you like your popcorn with a side of fleur de sel caramel? How about paprika, cinnamon sugar, and smoked sea salt? Then this gift set ($33) is totally for you. No one will miss the big tub at all.
Order 7-10 days before you need it.
Simply one of the most delicious and most inventive chocolatiers in the world, Vosges offers up this 16-piece holiday truffle collection ($43) to tempt your taste buds. Peppermint candy cane will do it for you if eggnog and Jamaican rum doesn't.
Order by Monday, December 19 by 12 p.m. CST for Express shipping.
There is no better way to start off your Christmas morning than by warming up some pain au chocolate. These chocolate croissants (15 for $39.95) mean you can stay inside where it's warm rather than trying to find a bakery open on Christmas morning.
Hanukkah -- order by December 11.
Christmas -- order by December 19.
Giving the gift of bacon is one of the most wonderful ways to show your love and appreciation this holiday season. Zingerman's offers two options: The three-month commitment ($99) of 12-16 ounces of artisan bacons or the six-month options ($189). You'll get Applewood Smoked, Kentucky Dry Cured, and more. Mmmmm, bacon. (Image via betsyweber/Flickr.)
You can download the gift card at the last possible second.
You've heard about the $2,000 chocolate chip recipe from Neiman Marcus, now find out what all the fuss is about. These oversized cookies (12 for $60) come individually wrapped so you can give each one out as a gift (and keep one for yourself).
Order by December 19.
What's your favorite food gift to give and receive?