Gift Guide

2023 Holiday Gift Guide: Great Mail-Order Food

A baker’s dozen of flavorful finds

A plate of ham biscuits from above on a red and white stripe background
Southern ham biscuits from Hamlet Kitchen in Bassett, Virginia.

Stumped on what to give a Southerner for the holidays? Opt for something edible. A delicious nosh, nibble, or sweet treat will make an already stressful entertaining season run a little smoother. Here are a few seasonal favorites that I’d love to send this year via post (or slip into a stocking) for my favorite people.

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Cocktail Biscuits

I grew up in Virginia, the unofficial home of the tiny, flat, bite-sized ham biscuit that I remember being served at breakfast with Bloody Marys and in the evenings with all manner of libations—all season long. These mail-order Hamlet Kitchen versions featuring country ham from Edwards Virginia Smokehouse make me particularly nostalgic. You’ll want to buy them in sets of three—because it’s hard to eat just one ($12 for a dozen;

Chocolate Bars

I am a sucker for both beautiful packaging and delicious chocolate, and these gorgeous offerings from Jayson Home tick both boxes ($9 each;

A collection of wrapped candy on a green sparkly background with red ribbon

Candy Collection

Speaking of candy, leave it to doyenne of Southern entertaining Rebecca Gardner, of Houses & Parties, to curate the perfect old-school collection to fill a stocking in one fell swoop ($62 for the set;

A white bowl with caramel popcorn inside


This bacon caramel popcorn from the Buttery ATL in Atlanta is the opposite of the stale tinned versions you might remember from childhood ($15;

Three stacks of colorful tea tins


It doesn’t matter which one you choose, each of the teas in this Palais des Thés collection essentially offer two gifts in one: the loose-leaf and the gorgeous container ($24 each;

A brown bundt cake on a clear cake stand


Deliver happiness in cake form with one of these lookers from Red Truck Bakery (I’m partial to the bundts) ($34–$60;

A vintage plate with golden rounds of cookies

Apricot Fennel Pistachio Rounds

This mix of toothsome flavors from the Rounds NYC plays well with other holiday handhelds, such as the classic cheese straw ($40 for forty-five;

A wood board with slides of yellow and creamy cheeses

Southern Snack Plate

Charleston’s own Counter Cheesemongers has everything you need to build a staggeringly beautiful grazing buffet, from Southern cheeses and artisanal charcuterie to housemade crackers ($8–$75;

A box of holiday cookies with white wrappers, dusted with sugar and imprinted with star and dot designs

Cookie Tin

There is something dopamine-inducing about the delicate details on classic holiday confections like linzer tarts and snowballs, and this classic mail-order box from the Vienna Cookie Company lets you enjoy them at home without lifting a finger in the kitchen ($50;

A dark bottle with a pink label

Booze-Free Bubbles

If you need a quick bottle for someone who doesn’t imbibe but still loves to celebrate, this nonalcoholic sparkling rosé from Boisson is one of my go-to picks thanks to a recommendation from Emeril alum and South Carolina sommelier and chef Sarah O’Kelley ($38;

A jar of red jam with a silver lid

Hot Pepper Jelly

Just add cream cheese (or chevre!) and water crackers to this hot pepper jelly from Alabama’s Stone Hollow Farm for an instant (and very Southern) holiday appetizer ($17;

A snowflake-shaped advent calendar with black and grey printed snowflakes and boxes with numbers

Advent Calendar

Snap this up early in the season—a snowflake-shaped advent calendar filled with sweets from La Maison du Chocolat will bring joy to the recipient every single day until the big day ($95;

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