A new year means the start of a brand-new season of gift giving. Whether picking something out for a loved one or bringing a host gift to a dinner, you have a clean slate of opportunities to be the person who knows how to select gifts for annual parties and random get-togethers. We have ideas for holidays, BBQs, birthday parties, and everything in between.

Best gifts with a barrel full of sweet and savory snacks next to a bottle of wine.

Vintner’s Choice Wine Barrel Gift

Barrel them over with a gift the entire room can enjoy. This wine barrel-inspired basket is packed with savory deliciousness, from dry salami con vino and roasted artichoke heart halves to dried fruit mix and chocolate decadence cake. What seals this as a tasteful gift is the Frei Brothers 2019 Merlot, which features blackberry notes and hints of toasted oak.

Best gifts with several bags of Harry & David popcorn.

Harry & David Pop!

Popcorn isn’t just meant to be enjoyed while watching movies. Plus, who can really handle the size of those movie theater tubs anyway? Harry & David Pop! has gone techni-flavor — to go along with its Roy Lichtenstein-eque packaging — offering its new popcorn in six different flavors, including cheddar cheese, cocoa crunch, and drizzled chocolate caramel. [Insert drooling sound here.]

Best gifts with a box of antipasto items and two bottles of wine.

Wine-Infused Antipasto with Wine

Drinking wine is as old as time. Actually, about 8,000 years old. But what about eating wine? Mind. Blown. This combo box has two award-winning bottles of wine (2019 merlot and 2020 chardonnay) as well as an elegant selection of meats, cheeses, and snacks infused with said and other wines: Busseto Dry Salami Con Vino, Sartori BellaVitano merlot cheese and chardonnay cheese, sweet sangria olives, Champagne honey mustard, wine-soaked tart cherry compote, and merlot jam.

Best gifts with a box of vegetarian charcuterie and cheese.

Vegan Charcuterie and Cheese

Not sure if Edgar Albert Guest was talking about vegan charcuterie in his poem “It Couldn’t Be Done,” but for all the doubters out there, creating plant-based charcuterie was done, and done magnificently. California-based Renegade Foods created three kinds of salamis — smoky, sweet, and spicy — and this gift box pairs them with three types of West Coast cheeses.

Best gifts with a wine pairing collection of cheese, meat and other snacks with two bottles of wine.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Pairing Collection

Picture your gift recipient sipping a glass of 2020 cabernet sauvignon, gold medal winner at the 2022 Oregon Wine Experience. Now picture them taking a sip and then a bite of Creminelli Casalingo salami. Another sip with Olli Salumeria Napoli salami and a slice of Sartori BellaVitano gold cheese. A fourth sip followed by a three-seed cracker with black olive spread or fig and olive tapenade. You get the picture?

best new gifts sangria mix

Sangria Kit

Sangria is one of those cocktails that can turn any gathering into a lively party. (Maybe too lively, if you know what I mean.) There’s just something about the mix of fruit and wine poured out of a pitcher that makes everyone want to turn this mother out. Whether red or white is your flavor to savor, mix it with a bottle of citrus sangria mix  that combines the tropical flavors of tangerine, orange, lemon, and lime juice.

Best gifts for meat lovers with a cutting board with multiple kinds of bacon.

All About the Bacon Sampler

We all know someone who can never have enough bacon. Perhaps it’s even you. For the bacon lover in your life, gift them 1 pound each of national award-winning dry cured, sweet and sassy, and peppered goodness. That’s a grand total of 3 pounds of the most delectable of all the salted cured meats! Act now and thank us later.

Best gifts with a plate of different kinds of salmon next to a bottle of wine and several wine glasses.

Explore Wild Sampler with Wine

This gift package is constructed with the spirit of the Pacific Northwest as its guide. Seven different products — all from wild-caught fish — including Pacific king salmon, Alaskan halibut, ahi tuna, albacore tuna, and sockeye salmon burgers, are paired with a bottle each of pinot gris and cabernet sauvignon. If that’s not wild enough for you, this sampler also comes with Nova lox. Now that’s borderline crazy.

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Matt Caputo is a writer from Queens, New York. His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Bleacher Report, and Maxim. He’s a former editor at SLAM magazine. He is the Special Projects Editor for the Rockaway Wave, a 128-year-old newspaper in Rockaway Beach, New York.

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