6 culinary gift ideas for a coworker who made you shine this year

These six picks express your appreciation and gratitude in a delicious and thoughtful way.

Gift cards can be impersonal and sweaters and scarfs can be so been there, done that. Why not send your coworker a thoughtful foodie gift they can enjoy during the holiday season or even into the New Year?

Whether it’s for entertaining or using for a casual dinner at home, these six culinary picks express your appreciation and gratitude in a delicious and thoughtful way.

Tate’s Bake Shop’s holiday basket

To send a decadent gesture of thanks to an awesome coworker, send Tate’s Bake Shop’s North Sea Farm Holiday Basket. This basket comes in the form of a reusable holiday-themed crate filled with Tate’s baked goods. Stocked with signature chocolate chip cookies, coconut crisp cookies, and the brand’s newest cookie flavor, butter crunch! Additionally, the basket includes one seasonal pumpkin loaf, peppermint cookie bark, and a sleeve of dark chocolate nonpareils from David Bradley Chocolatiers. There is also a gluten-free version for coworkers with dietary restrictions. Priced at $50.

Hello, wine

HelloFresh Wine is a monthly subscription comprised of six full-size 750ML bottles with the option of all red, all white, or mixed cases. Something like a wine subscription is the perfect gift for a coworker because it’s neutral, personalized, and something anyone can appreciate. It’s also on the affordable side so you can show appreciation for a boss, acquaintance, or your closest work buddy. Just like the HelloFresh meal subscription, customers choose their preferred delivery day and can pause or cancel at any time. You also don’t need to be a HelloFresh meal customer to subscribe to HelloFresh Wine. An added bonus, every box comes with pairings that correspond to each month’s HelloFresh recipes. Monthly price is $79 – and can be easily canceled.

Delicious, perfectly baked macaroons

Your helpful work squad sure would love decadent sweet confections. Michelle’s Maccs from FreshBakedNY are the perfect baked goodie to satisfy any sweet tooth. An eggless, flourless, naturally gluten-free coconut macaroon enrobed in Belgian chocolate with no added sugars, Michelle’s Maccs are baked to order in the heart of New York City and shipped nationwide daily. Available in 13 flavors; like orange zest, banana walnut, mango, simple milk, crunchy, chewy, chocolate, cherry and coconut heaven. Bonus points … they’re also very freezer friendly. Maccs come range in price from $16 for four and $44 per dozen and come in individual, boxed and party packs, making them ideal for any budget and gift.

Personalized “Lazy Susan”

If a coworker has helped you have a successful year, help them relax with this easy entertaining item. Carved with their name, this nifty “Lazy Susan” from The Grommet, spins to serve snacks, drinks and more with a personalized flair. Natural maple or cherry wood is hand-cut to feature a customized saying or name of your choice. It makes for a truly unique (and useful) gift or hostess item. Price is $194, personalized with free shipping.

Olive oil 5-pack gift set

Curated by TRE Olive, this olive oil gift set also from The Grommet retailer, lets your deserving colleague enjoy pure, delicious cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil delivered straight from the grove. The extra virgin olive oil is made in Italy with Carolea olives that are grown, cold-pressed, and poured at the same location to ensure it’s always fresh and never diluted. This thoughtful gift includes five 500 ml tins of each oil flavor: Primo, Early Harvest, Signature Estate, Lemon Infused, Chili Pepper Infused. Price is $89.95 with free shipping.

Omaha Steaks gift set

Gourmet favorites are the name of the game with this gift for a coworker who made you shine this year. In total, there are three meals for a lucky friend and their plus one. Featuring Omaha Steaks creamy, hand-prepared Stuffed Sole with Scallops and Crabmeat, ultra-savory Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignons, and hearty Boneless Pork Chops, this collection offers a multitude of ways for your recipient to enjoy a premium gourmet meal any night of the week – especially those weeks when they were working too late to make it to the grocery store. Priced at $54.99 with free shipping.

Erica Lamberg|is a business, health, and travel writer whose work appears in Gannett, US News & World Report, Bankrate, MSN, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Reader’s Digest and NBC News