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Oct 3, 2010 06:12 PM

mail order food gifts from boston-area business


I was wondering if anyone had ideas for great Boston-area small businesses who sell foodstuffs online and ship them to residences, for gifts and such. I am thinking of interesting non-perishables like jams, jellies, dried pasta, honey, candy that doesn't melt, etc.

In terms of price, around $5 or less per item (jar, box) would be great. I am from Texas but would like to give delicious food gifts to relatives in the Boston area. I thought that purchasing from a local (for them) company would be better all-around. And I know that region has fantastic local producers.

Thank you very much for your help.

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  1. 5 bucks or less is about Taza chocolate?

    ETA: our CSA gets jams from Joe Czajkowski's Farm, but it looks like you have to order by the case online. might work if you can convince someone to distrubute them to the family for you:

    1. Formaggio Kitchen can ship gourmet items and specialty baskets. They have some options online, but I've also gone in and asked for them to put together a gift basket based on the occasion, budget and a general idea of what kinds of items I wanted included. You could definitely call them and put an order in over the phone. They do overnight delivery so you can send perishables.

      Formaggio Kitchen is arguably the best specialty/gourmet shop in the Boston area. Their cheese selection is fantastic and extensive. They aren't cheap, but neither is their product.

      Formaggio Kitchen
      244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

      1. I don't know if you will find items for $5 or less, but 2 local companies that do really nice product are Dancing Deer Baking Co., and My Grandma's of New England (coffee cakes, etc.). They both have websites you can look at.

        1. The Boston Chipyard has chocolate chip cookies for $7 a dozen. $5 per item is going to be pretty hard to find.

          1. I agree with the others that $5 or less per item is going to be hard to do. Also, to be honest, I question your plan - if I had a relative in Texas who wanted to send me food items I would MUCH rather that they sent me things from Texas! I can get local products easily enough, but I certainly can't get a dozen Pedro's tamales without mail-ordering them myself. (Yes, I know those don't fit your non-perishable bill, but I hope you get the idea.)