28 Mother’s Day food gifts she’ll want to dig into immediately

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Cards and a beautiful bouquet of flowers will always make for good Mother’s Day gifts, but if you really want to make her break out into a grin this Mother’s Day, food is the not-so-secret secret to her heart.

While sweets are usually the more popular gift option, don’t be afraid to gift a little outside the box and surprise her with a meal delivery subscription, gourmet salt, or hearty steaks.

We’ve personally taste-tested most of these food and drink gifts, and our satisfied stomachs can confirm they’re as delicious and indulgent as they look.

Here are 28 food and drink gifts for Mother’s Day 2021:

Beautiful bonbons with flavors like orange creamsicle and red bean

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Gift the Vesta Mother’s Day Jewel Bonbons, $24

The Dominican and South Korean cultural backgrounds of husband-wife team Roger and Julia Choi Rodriguez shine through in this collection of carefully crafted bonbons. Flavors include Té Gengibre (Ginger Tea), Morir Soñando (Orange Creamsicle), Yuja (Yuzu), and Daanpaat (Sweet Red Bean). If your mom prefers bars to bonbons, we love the complex Vegan Matcha Oat bar. 

Healthy and sustainably made EVOO

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Gift the Pineapple Collaborative Olive Oil, $34

Pineapple Collab makes olive oil pretty enough to display. It’s 100% organic and grown in collaboration with olive miller Kathryn Tomajan. 

A virtual coffee tasting session, with a complete kit of coffee and equipment

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Gift the Bean & Bean Virtual Coffee Tasting + Brewing (DIY Cold Brew), $65

Go beyond a simple bag of beans and gift Mom a coffee tasting session along with it. Taught by a certified coffee cupper, the class will give her a fresh appreciation for coffee brewing. The kit comes with a bag of Bean & Bean’s Downtown Blend, a Mr. Clever Brewer, a box of filters, and a bonus steeped bag. 

The oat milk dessert loved by New Yorkers

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Gift the Whipped Urban Dessert Lab Oat Milk Ice Creme Gift Set, $99

New York City’s latest dessert craze revolves around oat milk, more specifically, oat milk ice cream. The plant-based, dairy-free desserts are now available on Goldbelly, where you can pick from flavors like Cinnamon Apple Crisp and Mint Chocolate Cookie. 

Responsibly sourced canned fish

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Gift the Scout Market Goods Bundle, $89.99

In case you haven’t heard, tinned seafood is the delicacy you shouldn’t sleep on. Scout’s delicious “Seacuterie” spread includes Atlantic Canadian lobster, PEI mussels in a smoked paprika and fennel tomato sauce, and Ontario trout with dill, a memorable departure from the usual charcuterie board. 

A library of super fresh spices

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Gift the Occo Cinnamon Sampler, $20

Occo sells tiny portions of organic, ethically sourced spices — just the right amount you need for the new recipe you want to try tonight. Depending on what your mom typically likes to cook, you can buy spices for specific recipes, like this themed collection of Caribbean-Creole dishes, or explore a particular spice family, like the cinnamon varieties above. 

The mixes to make chocolate-y Mexican drinks

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Gift the La Monarca Chocolate Beverage Combo Pack, $45

The bakery’s famous hot chocolate and Champurrado (a thick chocolate drink made with masa harina) draw visitors from all over Los Angeles. You and Mom can make both at home, with the help of a traditional Molinillo whisk. And, the bakery donates 1% of all sales to conservation efforts like butterfly habit conservation in Mexico. 

A box of mini cupcakes

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Gift the Super Mom 25-Pack, $45

It’s pretty much impossible to eat just one of these bite-sized cupcakes, especially when they come in flavors like Midnight Munchies (it’s chocolate cake stuffed with dulce de leche and topped with a potato chip and pretzel brittle) and Sugar Cookie Dough. This limited-edition gift box also comes with a card for you to add a personalized message. 

 

A box of craft beers she might not be able to find locally

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Gift the Mixed Beer Gift Set, $35

We’re big fans of the fun variety that Tavour offers, from milkshake-inspired IPAs to strong sours. She’ll need to clear some fridge space for this one. Gift cards are also available if she’d prefer to build her own box. 

An aperitif for Moms who don’t imbibe

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Gift a bottle of Ghia, $33

Made from fruits and botanicals, this light and dry aperitif can be sipped on its own or mixed to create a refreshing non-alcoholic cocktail. 

The internet’s favorite hot sauce

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Gift the Truff Hot Sauce Variety Pack, $69.99

While many hot sauces are all heat and no flavor, Truff serves up condiments that are sweet, complex, and mouthwatering. These might just be the fanciest hot sauces your mom will ever receive. 

A food delivery service that cuts down on prep work

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Gift the Daily Harvest Custom Gift Box, $75

Online healthy food startup Daily Harvest can feed her from breakfast to dinner with its bowls, bites, lattes, and smoothies. It even offers almond milk and “ice cream.” She’ll be able to fill her custom box with any nine items she wants. Prep is as easy as popping the bowl into a microwave or dumping the ingredients into a blender. 

Cereal she won’t be able to stop snacking on

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Gift the Magic Spoon Variety 4-Pack, $39

The favorite cereal flavors of childhoods past are back in less sugary, more nutritious, and just as delicious forms. The high-protein, gluten-free cereals from Magic Spoon leave healthy, boring “adult” brands in the dust and are perfect for the kid at heart who eats a big bowl of cereal for breakfast every day.

Tender, flavorful American Wagyu beef

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Gift a Snake River Farms gift card

The highly marbled, award-winning American Wagyu beef from Snake River Farms is drool-worthy. If you know anything about your mom, she’ll know exactly how to make these cuts shine. 

A trio of fancy honey

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Gift the Bushwick Kitchen Honey Trio, $49.99

This Brooklyn-based indie purveyor bestowed its gift of spicy, Meyer Lemon, and salted honeys to the world, and ice cream, cornbread, and even pizza have never tasted so good. Personally, I can’t imagine going back to regular honey after using this honey, which offers just the right amount of kick to bring out the flavors of your dish. 

A Sugarfina and vodka gift set

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Gift the Van Gogh Pineapple Vodka with Sugarfina Tropical Gift Box, $57 

Whether mom’s after a refreshing tropical cocktail or chewy gummies, you really can do no wrong here. Shop more ReserveBar x Sugarfina gift box options here.

Proof that Japan has the best snacks

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Gift the Classic Bokksu Box, $44.95

Bokksu’s curations of creative Japanese snacks has delighted food lovers in countries all over the world. The snacks are sourced directly from artisan makers in Japan and each box revolves around a different theme each month. She’ll get to enjoy 20 to 25 snacks, along with a tea pairing, and learn about each product’s origin. 

A gift box of her favorite candy

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Gift the Economy Candy Gift Box, from $35

Chocolate covered this and that, green M&Ms, gold M&Ms, a 1950s vintage collection, a ’70s one — the list is endless. You just have to choose the size: snack ($35), economy ($50), family ($75), or candy crazy ($100) and call it a day.

Decadent, chocolate-covered strawberries

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Gift the Shari’s Gourmet Dipped Full Dozen Fancy Strawberries, $49.99

Shari’s Berries doesn’t settle for simple chocolate strawberries. It dips the fruit in a layer of white or milk chocolate, then tops on additional chocolate drizzle, ground coffee, and mini chocolate chips. 

Jams and jellies to up her PB&J game

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Gift the Mouth Stand By Your Jam Set, $92

Conjuring memories of PB&J-making sessions and sunny picnics, this set of rich, gourmet jams and jellies is sure to be devoured quickly. She’ll get a whole array of flavors, from a bright apricot-orange to a multi-faceted cherry rosehip hibiscus. 

Wine handpicked by sommeliers

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Gift the SommSelect Explore 4 Gift Pack, $128

Don’t know much about wine but still want to impress your mom? SommSelect takes care of the bottle picks and curation for you, so you can simply sit back and listen to her rave about her new favorite wine. The wine varieties in this collection hail from all over the world, from the Finger Lakes in New York to Swartland, South Africa. 

A Murray’s Cheese gift box

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Gift the Murray’s Greatest Hits Cheese Box, $95

Four of Murray’s cheeses (Engish cheddar, mini brie, gruyere, and manchego) paired with cherry preserves, sea salt, and olive oil crackers, and Marcona almonds.

A coffee subscription that takes her around the world

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Gift the Atlas Coffee Club 3-Month Starter Pack Subscription, $60

Experience the unique coffee of three different countries through an Atlas Coffee Club subscription. Whether she’s a whole bean, ground, light roast, or dark roast type of gal, she’ll get a cool world tour of coffee she’s never tried before.

A salt-tasting flight

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Gift the Jacobsen Salt Co. 6 Vial Infused Salt Set, $30.23

Another underrated ingredient that can make a big difference is flavored salt. She’ll proudly display these salts — PureFlake, black pepper, black garlic, pino noir, habanero, and rosemary — in the included wooden stand and receive suggested pairings for each salt. After sampling this diverse array, she can order the full size online. 

Cookies and pie from Milk Bar

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Gift the Milk Bar Cheerleader Box, $82

For the biggest cheerleader in your life, this combo pack features two of Milk Bar’s greatest hits: chewy cookies and the famously rich and gooey Milk Bar pie. 

A matcha-ceremony set

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Gift the Jade Leaf Matcha Ceremony Set, $59.95

Matcha is about the ritual of preparation as much as it is about the flavor and antioxidant benefits. This set contains all the tools and instructions she needs to make a cup of matcha at home — no more overpaying at the trendy shop in the city. 

The healthy-eating program she’s been wanting to try

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Gift the Sakara Life 5-Day Program, $350

The Sakara Life clean eating program is all the buzz in the health and fitness worlds, but does it really live up to the hype? Give Mom an opportunity to see for herself by gifting a one-week trial. It’s not cheap, but the meals are made from fresh and organic ingredients, taste great, and will be delivered right to her door.

Baked goods that are hard to get right

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Gift the Seven Sisters Scones Dozen Sampler, $56

Pastries like muffins and brownies usually get all the glory. Seven Sisters Scones, however, focuses exclusively on the humble scone, and does it justice. Often maligned for being dry and crumbly, the scones from this Georgia-based bakery come in a variety of sweet and savory flavors to enjoy for breakfast or with a warm beverage. 

 

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We tried the beautiful bottles of Brightland olive oil you’ve seen everywhere and recommend it to everyone who loves to cook

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Extra virgin olive oil is the liquid gold of the food world. A quick drizzle of this rich and healthy oil over a slice of crusty bread or bowl of ice cream? *Chef’s kiss.* 

It’s easy to pick up some olive oil at your local grocery store, but as Brightland founder Aishwarya Iyer learned, not every bottle of EVOO is created equal. The industry is rife with rancid or adulterated olive oil, meaning it’s blended with cheap, lower-grade oils, and most of us don’t even realize it. 

She created Brightland, a direct-to-consumer olive oil company, to give home cooks the honest, high-quality olive oil they deserve. Though it only launched in 2018, it’s seeing huge success as a must-own food product that tastes as elevated as it looks. 

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How Brightland’s olive oil is different 

Brightland olive oil is made in California with hand-picked, organic heirloom olives. They’re harvested early in the process, giving them a slightly bitter, grassy taste, and milled in a certified organic mill. 

Extra virgin olive oil contains polyphenols, which are high in antioxidants and linked to health benefits like lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Brightland’s contain more polyphenols than the average EVOO (307-381 milligrams per kilogram, compared to 100-250 mg/kg). As a result, it’s healthy and also tastes extra sharp and peppery in the back of your throat. 

Brightland olive oil comes in UV-powder coated glass bottles that protect the contents from light damage. The all-white bottle, adorned with sleek and simple labeling, immediately differentiates it from the tall ochre and green bottles you’d normally hide away in your kitchen cabinet. 

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Review of Brightland olive oil

The brand’s two flagship products are the Awake ($37) and the Alive ($37). The Awake, with its herbaceous and grassy taste, is meant for hearty entrees and sides like pasta, bread, chicken, roasted vegetables, and fried eggs. Meanwhile, the Alive is smoother and nuttier, best enjoyed in salad dressings, baked goods, and desserts. 

Here are our thoughts on each. 

The Awake: Here are the only supplies you’ll need for a perfect breakfast: Brightland’s Awake olive oil, two large eggs, Made In’s nonstick pan, and a spatula from Material Kitchen or Potluck. With the exception of the eggs, it’s a D2C dream-kitchen set-up. Since olive oil has a higher smoke point than butter (Brightland’s is 410°F), the eggs get super crispy and turn a beautiful golden-brown. It’s my favorite way to enjoy eggs now that I have Awake on hand. The olive oil also brings out the flavors of proteins like a simply spiced steak, and it’s easier to attain a crisp exterior and soft interior for my roasted carrots and potatoes.

The olive oil makes every dish and meal feel like a treat. So, too, does the price, which is more than I’m ordinarily willing to pay for, but it does make Brightland a great treat-yourself, housewarming, or hostess gift. -Connie Chen, senior reporter

The Alive: Ina Garten, my personal goddess, taught me about the merits of using “good” olive oil for dressings and drizzles. For any and all uncooked or room temperature dishes that require a gentle coating of olive oil, I prefer a bright, crisp, just-shy-of-bitter flavor with a peppery finish, and that’s just what The Alive gave me. 

I used it most recently to dress a salad of thinly sliced celery, chopped dried apricots, toasted pecans, and crunchy Maldon salt, and splashed on a bit of white wine vinegar at the end for some acid. The oil coated everything so nicely and made a salad that had really just been a way to use up bits and pieces from the fridge and pantry feel like something truly special. -Sally Kaplan, senior editor 

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You can buy Awake and Alive separately, or together as The Duo for $74. According to the brand, three-quarters of Brightland’s customers go for The Duo to try out both varieties. If you want to save a bit of money, you can also subscribe to a delivery ($65) every one, two, or three months. Twenty percent of customers choose the subscription option, which includes an exclusive Text Concierge service for recipe advice and dinner party inspiration. 

Be on the lookout for limited-edition olive oils, too. There’s Ardor, a bold and spicy olive oil blended with a variety of peppers, and Lucid, the brand’s first flavored EVOO blended with lemons. Both cost slightly more than the usual at $40. 

Clearly, Brightland is a beautifully packaged olive oil, but it goes beyond it. It’s healthier and carefully made so you can taste the difference between dishes finished with Brightland and what you’re currently using. 

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