Kitchen Think: Last Minute (Food) Gift Ideas


Finished your shopping?

Don’t stress… here are a few last-minute, under-$30 food-related items that, if you order today, are guaranteed to get there (and fit perfectly!) before Christmas.

Disclaimer: I’m going by the promises made on the company’s website… Mama doesn’t take responsibility for wayward packages!

Harry and David’s $29.95 “Merry Mix-Up” classic gift box first appeared in their catalog in 1962… and they offer free shipping if you order today.



Got a chocolate lover on the list? There are two ways you can go: upscale or family favorites. Fancy chocolate lovers will flip for the unusual offerings of Vosges Mix ‘n Match Exotic and Organic Mini Chocolate Bars for $12.50. For those who prefer the more familiar, you can get a Vintage Oval Tin filled with Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses for $21.95.



Argo Tea has a couple of great gift ideas for $19.95 that tea-sippers can take to the office (or enjoy anywhere). If its coffee drinkers you need a gift for, check out Green Mountain Coffee’s Bagged Coffee, Mug and Canvas tote for $16.92.


Want a more unusual gift? How about Goode and Company’s “Hall of Flame” BBQ Sauce gift set for $24.95? Or the Heirloom Bean Sampler from Rancho Gordo for $27.50.

Of course, you can always fall back on the classic Holiday Food Gift: a Fruitcake from Swiss Colony for $18.95. Enjoy!


I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: