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Mail order cheese gift

Any suggestions for a mail order source of sampler gift packs (Christmas items - newly weds). I'd prefer a maker of cheeses vs. traditional gift basket companies, but also question if a producer would have much selection. A nice assortment is preferred without being traditional nor over the top.

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  1. There must be thousands of good answers to this question, but here are three of my favorites in Manhattan.

    http://store.saxelbycheese.com/defaul...
    http://store.beechershandmadecheese.com/
    http://www.murrayscheese.com/gifts/

    1. I've used Murray's several times and been rewarded by happy responses from those I've gifted.

      1. If you have a nice cheese shop/maker in your area, a gift cert along with a cheese knife, board and/or book on cheese is another way to go. Or, you can buy a GC from one of the recommendations made here and customize it further with a board/knife/book.

        Buying cheese is half the fun and buying fresh around the needs of your gift recipient means they can buy cheese as they want to; not necessarily all at once.

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        1. re: HillJ

          Unfortunately, both families are thousands of miles away - thus the mail-order approach. May have to investigate if anything is conveniently local to them. (Good cheese shops, but no local cheese maker here)

          Murrays did catch my attention via internet search, along with Wisconsin Cheese Mart.

          Of course, there's still plenty of time.

          Thanks for all the suggestions.

          1. re: Clams047

            Then I completely understand. Figured I'd start by asking what's nearby. You can still buy a GC online rather than select the cheeses yourself. It gives the recipient more flexibility on food that is so diverse. Murray's and igourmet are both consistently reliable per CH's. I've ordered large qty cheeses from Murray's but never ordered through igourmet. Both co's. offer a large volume of choices.

        2. what is the destination of the cheeses?

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          1. re: jpr54_1

            greater Atlanta and downtown San Francisco

            1. re: Clams047

              Sending chese to San Francisco is sending coals to Newcastle. There are a number of excelent cheese shops in San Francisco, including the aforementioned Cowgirl Creamery.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                And, you might change your mind after running the cost of shipping. The Cowgirl Creamery shipping charges would have added $56.00 to my order so I didn't go through with the order.

                Love their cheese, I buy what I can get local.

                1. re: HillJ

                  Yikes! I know shipping cheese is expensive, but that's ridiculous. I get $5 shipping from igourmet through my Shoprunner membership (free through American Express).

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    Yes, I've read about the Shoprunner membership on the Cheese board a few times.

                    1. re: HillJ

                      If you're going to mail order cheese, it's the way to go.

                  2. re: HillJ

                    A Cowgirl Creamery gift card seems to be the way to go for the SF gift.

                    Thanks.

                    1. re: Clams047

                      Absolutely. Especially with your gift going to someone living in San Fran. Now you need a cheesemonger in Atlanta!

                      1. re: Clams047

                        Another suggestion to accompany a GC is a book about cheese. There are some nifty new titles out there. I'm reading this one right now: http://www.amazon.com/Di-Bruno-Bros-H...

                        1. re: Clams047

                          And a super friendly CH just posted a link to this book that might be fun to partner with a CC GC.

                          http://www.amazon.com/Cowgirl-Creamer...

                  1. Cowgirl creamery has gift baskets that include their own cheeses combined with other artisan chese makers.

                    1. we are satisfied customer of Fromages.com and order their cheese boards annually, but admittedly (these are sent fedex from France) its pricy with shipping.

                      http://fromages.com/en/plateaux/plate...

                      1. Zingerman's has a lovely selection of handmade cheese. It's expensive, but nice.

                        http://www.zingermans.com/

                          1. re: bbqboy

                            Shipping starts at $15.00, now that's more like it!