Wow, Thanksgiving weekend has flown by and now it’s Cyber Monday, y’all! Time to get everyone’s wish lists organized and plan your shopping strategy.  Of course, we all have dear ones that may not have given us any hints about what they’d like, and that can leave us in a quandary as we search for that “just right” present.  If you’re shopping for foodies who haven’t given you a clue, not to worry – the experts at Melissa’s Produce have got your back!

Check out their amazing assortment of gift baskets ~ available in a wide range of prices ~ from fruits and veggies, to nuts and dried fruits, from gourmet sauces to cookbook combinations, you’re sure to find many that will surprise and delight your favorite epicurean!  Here are just a few of their offerings:

Le Cellier du Chateau includes an exquisite 750 ml. bottle of 2010 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, 4 lbs. of the seasons best tasting Butterscotch Pears, a bottle stopper, a cloth bag filled with a 10 oz. medley of nuts and nut cracker, and a box of crackers pairing perfectly with wedge of Smoked Gouda Cheese.”

The Grande Gift of Classics includes “…over 12 pounds of fresh seasonal favorites, which are packed in this sizable basket along with gourmet sausages, cheeses, crackers, fruit bars, nuts and chocolates.”

Bursting with color, Melissa’s Citrus Crate is packed with the season’s best-tasting citrus fruits. Each fruit has been hand selected to be included in this assortment (assortment is subject to seasonal availability).

The Giving Hope Basket will help you “….send a beautiful gift basket and donate to a wonderful cause. One Hope Wines will donate ½ of their profits to aid in pet adoption. Inside this wonderful basket is a selection of Exotic and Tropical fruit accompanied by a 750 ml bottle of 2013 Sauvignon Blanc.”

For the Hatch Chile lover, Melissa’s Hatch Chile Crate is a perfect assortment of Hatch Chile items in one complete collection­­­­­­­­­­: Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook, two 3.2 ounce shakers of Ground Hatch Chile Powder (1 Hot and 1 Mild), an 8 ounce package of Dried Hatch Chiles (Hot), and a 12 ounce jar of delicious Hatch Chile Salsa.

Another great basket for the chile or Mexican food enthusiast is the Pati Jinich Essentials Basket.  Culinary educator, writer, cookbook author, and the host of “Pati’s Mexican Table” on PBS,  “Chef Pati has personally selected some of her favorite, authentic ingredients from our Don Enrique branded items: Canela, Ancho Chiles, Guajillo Chiles, Pasilla Chiles, Pequin Chiles, Epazote, Jamaica, and Oregano. Also included is copy of her first cookbook Pati’s Mexican Table.” (This is one of my favorites!)

Speaking of cookbooks and fun foods, Jamie Gwen’s Chef’s Essentials Basket is another super fun basket. “Cookbook author, and radio/TV personality Chef Jamie has selected some of her favorite Melissa’s items to accompany her cookbook, Good Food for Good Times 2, for this sweet and savory collection…Dried Tart Cherries, Dried Cranberries, Dried Strawberries, Crystallized Ginger, Sun Dried Tomato Pesto, Hazelnuts, Ground Ginger, and two of Melissa’s Grinder varieties (Peppercorn and Garlic & Herb)” make a deliciously delightful gift!

If you’re visiting friends or family for game-watching or game-night, be sure to hold the Big Game Basket front and center when you ring the doorbell for “maximum ooooohs and ahhhhs”! Satisfy everyone’s munchie cravings with “…a bountiful array of: Dried Strawberries, Dried Tart Cherries, Dried Cranberries, Dried Peaches, Dried Blueberries, Dried Bing Cherries, Roasted Sweet Corn, Pumpkin Seed Clean Snax, Almond Clean Snax, Banana Chips, Macadamia Nuts, and Organic Thompson Seedless Raisins.”

If you can’t find the perfect basket, a Melissa’s Produce Gift Card will allow the lucky recipient to choose their own assortment. (Note: More details about each basket and important information about holiday shipping dates are available on the Melissa’s Produce website.)  For foodies who love to cook and foodies who just like to eat, a gift basket from Melissa’s Produce will always be appreciated ~ and the smiles and hugs you’ll get in return will be the best gifts of all.  Happy Holidays!

For it is in giving that we receive. ~ Francis of Assisi

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