Got a gourmand or serious snacker on your gift-giving list? We’ve rounded up some decidedly delicious Christmas food gifts in this go-to guide to make the holidays a little tastier. We’ve also included the plant-based eaters in your life, so there’s something for just about everyone!
The cheese lover
If you’ve got someone who loves cheese in all its forms and flavours on your gift list, we’ve got the perfect ideas for you: holiday-themed cheeses from the U.K., a pre-made cheese gift pack, and two stellar cheese Advent calendars.
Coombe Castle Cheeses
Since 1980, Coombe Castle in Wiltshire, England, has been producing a variety of cheddars and regional specialties for lovers of cheese around the world. We’re delighted to offer you three whimsical holiday bests for a brilliant cheeseboard or for that perfect gift.
Coombe Castle White StiltonⓇ Cheese and Cranberry Santa Mit
This delicate white Stilton cheese without the usual blue veining is shaped as a red wax-covered Santa mitt. With a crumbly texture, mild flavour, and the added tart sweetness of dried cranberries, it’s the perfect edible novelty cheese.
Coombe Castle Red Leicester Santa Stocking
Famous for its deep orange-red hue, which comes from the addition of annatto (made from achiote seeds) to the cheese, Red Leicester is usually aged between three and six months. This red and white wax-covered stocking-shaped cheese will be a hit with fans of regional British cheese.
Coombe Castle British Cheddar Santa Hat
For the purist, there’s this red and white wax-sealed traditional British cheddar shaped like Old Saint Nick’s hat. Nothing beats the creamy, piquant tang of a good cheddar, which is why it’s one of the world’s most popular cheeses!
Cheese Gift Pack
This DIY gift pack features some tasty snackables, including Panache Walnut Crisps, Compliments Cheddar Jalapeño Seasoned Cheese Balls (made with cheddar, cream cheese, and mozzarella), Compliments Cranberry & Cinnamon Goat Cheese Logs and a Panache 5-Year-Old Aged Canadian Cheddar. Your cheeseboard is ready to enjoy! Available in our Cheese & Deli Dept. in marked bunkers.
Cheese Advent Calendars
We’ve got two cheese-based calendars for a more traditional Christmas food gift, with one featuring cheeses from the U.K., and the other from Quebec. Let the daily opening of mini cheeses begin!
llchester Advent Calendar
This calendar has eight kinds of individually wrapped British cheeses—including aged Red Leicester, vintage Applewood cheddar and this year’s new variety, an apple, sage and onion cheddar—hiding behind 24 little doors.
Quebec Artisan Cheese Calendar
Show them you care with this Christmas food gift that offers 24 individually wrapped cheeses from Canada’s most cheese-loving province, Quebec. These include Fontina from Abbaye de Saint-Benoit-du-Lac and the buttery, nutty Italian-style Gouda, Lys de St-Gérard, made by P’tit Plaisir. Oui, merci!
We’ve got two tasty ideas ideal for family game or movie nights, game day with your pals, or those you know who love a good snack. For the unapologetic potato chip connoisseur, we bring you this holiday’s newest flavour: Panache Honey Dijon Kettle-Cooked Potato Chips; crunchy, crispy, and flavour-packed, this sweet-savoury chip is sure to please. Or there’s Compliments Caramel & Cheddar Popcorn Mix for handfuls of sweet and savoury munching. If you’re more of a DIY’er, we’ve got sweet and savoury edible snack gifting ideas and recipes all wrapped up for you!
The pasta lover
Who doesn’t love a comforting bowl or plate of pasta? For the Italophile, we offer a range of gourmet Italian-made filled fresh pastas from former baker–turned–professional pasta maker Giovanni Rana. Find his stuffed ricotta and spinach ravioli, four-cheese ravioli, mushroom ravioli or Italian sausage ravioli in our chilled grab-and-go pasta case. Pick up a Compliments refrigerated pasta sauce and a wedge of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese in our Deli Dept. to create your ideal “dinner” pack gift.
The chocolate aficionado
Who doesn't love some chocolate over the holidays? We've got three wonderful ways to enjoy. Our Panache Luxury Belgian Biscuit Collection, imported from Belgium, is made with real Belgian chocolate (with no artificial flavours or colours) that everyone will love. Crunchy and munchy, our Compliments Peppermint & Dark Chocolate Almonds get a minty twist. Made with real dark chocolate, this holiday treat is the perfect stocking stuffer or chocolate coated almond lover gift. Luxuriously creamy, our Compliments Swiss Milk Chocolate bar is the perfect way to spread holiday cheer for your favourite sweet tooth, or for yourself.
Panache Luxury Belgian Biscuit Collection
Unexpected guests or last minute gift to buy? Pick up a tin of imported Belgium biscuits, made with real Belgian chocolate (with no artificial flavours or colours) that everyone will love.
Compliments Peppermint & Dark Chocolate Almonds
Crunchy and munchy, our Compliments Peppermint & Dark Chocolate Almonds get a minty twist. Made with real dark chocolate, this holiday treat is the perfect stocking stuffer or chocolate coated almond lover gift.
Compliments Swiss Milk Chocolate
This luxuriously creamy seasonal chocolate bar is the perfect way to spread holiday cheer for your favourite sweet tooth, or for yourself.
The plant-based eater
There’s a world of tasty plant-based giftables, starting with a variety of Compliments dips, such as our Shawarma Spice or Roasted Garlic Topped Hummus, our Naturally Simple Thai-Style Coconut Hummus, or our Compliments Plant-Based Roasted Red Pepper Almond Dip. Add some plant-based Violife Cream Cheese Alternative and delicately sweet Panache Fig & Thyme Artisan Crisps as your crackers and you’ve got a tasty spread to gift.
Looking for the ultimate hostess gift in a hurry? Our Entertaining Trays bring the party. Made to order on the day of pickup, we offer over 60 trays from which to choose using fresh ingredients from our stores. We’ve got something for every gathering, from sweet treats like our decadent Patisserie Tray to our savoury C’est Gourmet cold cut and olive tray.
If you prefer to buy the hostess something more ornamental, here’s the easiest gift of all: a beautiful pink leaf–hued Christmas Mouse Poinsettia that only makes an appearance during the holidays.