You Gotta Eat
You Gotta Eat

As a cook and a food lover, I enjoy giving friends food as gifts during the holidays. Here, I've put together my top 10 foodie gifts, delicious products that reflect the passions of their creators. There’s artisanal jam, organic butter, direct-trade coffee and more. You can give these to a fellow gourmet or anyone with an appetite — both will appreciate the present. The best part? Each item, with the exception of one splurge-worthy pick, costs $10 or less. My single big-ticket item, at $15.95, is worth every penny. I promise. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Butter
Butter

Item: Vermont Butter and Cheese Cultured Butter with Sea Salt Crystals Price: $7.99 Description: Vermont Butter & Cheese uses local, hormone-free cream to churn this super-high-fat butter flecked with crunchy sea salt. You’ll never look at butter the same way again. Photo Credit: Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery

Chocolates
Chocolates

Item: Ronnie-Sue’s Chocolates Assortment Price: $10 Description: Rhonda Cave, aka Ronnie Sue, is famous for her Pig Candy, fried bacon dipped in chocolate. This six-piece pack, which includes Cave’s Beer & Pretzel truffle, is a great introduction to this funky chocolatier. Photo Credit: Ronnie-Sue's Chocolates

Sea Salt
Sea Salt

Item: Sugar Maple-Smoked Sea Salt Price: $7 Description: This small-batch salt is procured in greenhouses on the Maine coast then hand-smoked. It has balanced, heady smokiness that is great sprinkled over a salad of winter greens or a holiday roast. Photo Credit: At The Meadow

Pepperoni
Pepperoni

Item: Vermont Smoke & Cure Smoked Pepperoni Price: $7.99 Description: Vermont Smoke & Cure cold smokes its pepperoni over corn cobs and maple wood. The result: Snappy, pleasantly chewy pepperoni with a hint of smoke. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Murray's Cheese

Conserve
Conserve

Item: Frog Hollow Farm's Cherry Conserve Price: $9 Description: California's Frog Hollow Farm has won a national following for its organic jewel-toned marmalades, jellies and conserves. Case in point: This sweet-tart cherry conserve that is equally good with meat or dessert. Photo Credit: Frog Hollow Farm

Coffee
Coffee

Item: Stumptown Coffee Roasters, French Roast Blend Price: $10.50 Description: Forget Folgers. Locally-roasted, small-batch coffee is the rage today, with companies like Oregon’s Stumptown brewing and sourcing its own beans. Photo Credit: Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Granola
Granola

Item: Early Bird Foods & Co. Farmhand's Choice Granola Price: $8 Description: Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Early Bird Foods makes its salty-sweet granola with organic ingredients, including oats, pecans and brown sugar. Extra-virgin olive oil and a dash of salt add an incredible savory edge. Photo Credit: Early Bird Foods

Caramel
Caramel

Item: Fat Toad Farm Caramel Price: $7 Description: Fat Toad’s Goat’s Milk caramel is a cross between goat cheese and buttery caramel candy. It is made from happy goats on a small, family-run farm in central Vermont. Try it on pound cake or drizzled over warm poached fruit. Photo Credit: Fat Toad Farm

Panettone
Panettone

Item: Maria’s Pastry Shop Panettone Price: $7 Description: Maria’s is a Boston institution, family-run for three generations in the city’s North End. They will ship their cakes, candies and pastries, including their delicate marzipan and torrone, anywhere. Their homemade panettone, packed with butter and dried fruit, is a treat worth the wait. Photo Credit: Maria's Pastry Shop

Splurge Item!
Splurge Item!

Item: Salty Oats Mixed Bag Price: $15.95 Description: Dusted with sea salt and made with premium Valrhona and Callebaut chocolate, Terri Horn’s Salty Oats Oatmeal and Chocolate Oatmeal cookies are a made-in-heaven pairing of salty and sweet. Photo Credit: Kayak Cookies

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