Top 20 Best Gourmet Gift Baskets 2017
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Top 20 Best Gourmet Gift Baskets 2017

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With so many people to buy for, both at Christmas and throughout the year, it can be difficult to pick out a personalized gift for everyone. You want to give them something they’ll love, but for certain people on your list, you might not know exactly what that is or whether they already have something like it. Of course there are gift cards, and while they’re useful, they don’t do much to make it feel like a celebration.

Gift baskets, on the other hand, have a sort of festive sensibility about them. The abundance of goods served up in a decorative container just gives off that celebratory vibe. Even better, you can get them for just about anyone. They’re good for parties and for the office, and usually come packed with enough to share.

Gourmet food gift baskets, in particular, deliver a bevy of tasty goodies to try. Food is so integral to birthday parties and holidays, so giving baskets full of it makes a lot of sense. You can choose one with a particular theme, such as cuisine of a given country, or just something all-purpose to offer a sampling of snacks. Giving the gift of sustenance is a thoughtful gesture, and even better when you can make it something rare or special. To go along with the snack baskets on this list, we also have a list of the best coffee gift baskets you could consider, as well.

To help you decide what to give to connoisseurs and foodies, we’ve put together a list of the top 20 best gourmet baskets to give as gifts.


1. GourmetGiftBaskets.com Country Inn Breakfast Gift Basket

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In order of importance, holiday meals follow roughly this ranking: 1. Thanksgiving dinner, 2. Christmas dinner, 3. Christmas breakfast. In my house, Christmas breakfast actually took the number two spot. Since the dinners are usually handmade based on family recipes, you’re unlikely to find a gift basket for that. You can, however, buy a gift basket to handle breakfast on Christmas day. This basket includes everything you need to serve up a tasty holiday brunch, including:

  • Buttermilk pancake & waffle mix
  • New Hampshire maple syrup
  • Coffee Masters coffee
  • Country biscuit mix
  • Wild Maine blueberries
  • Country ham slices
  • Blueberry pomegranate jam
  • Wooden serving tray

Need more options? Browse more GourmetGiftBaskets.com products here.

Price: $99.99

Buy the GourmetGiftBaskets.com Country Inn Breakfast Gift Basket here.



2. Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets The Finer Things Gourmet Food and Snacks Gift Basket

(Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets)

(Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets)

A gourmet basket focused on crackers, pretzels, meat, and cheese is perfect for setting out for guests at parties or just as an easy, relaxing meal that feels a bit luxurious. This basket brings all the necessary ingredients for a snack-y afternoon board, including:

  • Wisconsin cheddar cheese bar
  • Savory beef sausage
  • Honey mustard pretzels
  • Butter toffee glazed pretzels
  • Savory onion garlic seasoned pretzels
  • Salted caramel cookies
  • Tuscany blend coffee
  • Focaccia Italian cracker crisps
  • Amaretto glazed toasted almonds
  • Assorted chocolate bonbon hard candies
  • Fancy mixed dried fruit snack
  • Licorice petites candy

For the same price, you can also opt to switch out the licorice petites candy for chocolate. All of this will be delivered in a rectangular willow basket tote complete with handles.

Need more options? Browse more Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets products here.

Price: $59.99

Buy the Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets The Finer Things Gourmet Food and Snacks Gift Basket here.



3. Stonewall Kitchen Best of the Best Gift Collection

Stonewall Kitchen is based in Maine, close to where I grew up. They focus on rustic jellies, mustards, and other sauces, as well as the snacks on which to put them. It’s hard to go wrong with anything this company makes, and this 21 piece set will create an instant collection of their goods. This tasty kit includes:

  • Raspberry Peach Champagne Jam
  • Sour Cherry Jam
  • Wild Maine Blueberry Jam
  • Farmhouse Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • Maine Maple Syrup
  • Mango Lime Salsa
  • Sea Salt Crackers
  • Asiago Cheese Crackers
  • Rosemary Parmesan Crackers
  • Hot Pepper Jelly
  • Mango Chutney
  • Artichoke Pesto
  • White Fig Spread
  • Mini Roasted Garlic Mustard
  • Mini Horseradish Mustard
  • Mini Maine Maple Champagne Mustard
  • Roasted Garlic Onion Jam
  • Triple Fudge Brownie Mix
  • Chocolate Whoopie Pie Mix
  • Chocolate Molten Lava Cake Mix
  • Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce

Need more options? Browse more Stonewall Kitchen products here.

Price: $195

Buy the Stonewall Kitchen Best of the Best Gift Collection here.



4. igourmet Italian Luxuries Gift Basket

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(igourmet)

Sometimes a gourmet basket focused on a certain country’s cuisine is the best way to go. This one is filled with versions of foods found in Italy, with a heavy emphasis on cheese. It’s primary function as an Italian cheese basket is reinforced by the inclusion of a cheese knife. No matter where you give this basket to someone, you’ll be able to start the party right away. Snacks in this basket include:

  • 8 oz. Montasio cheese
  • 8 oz. Pecorino Crotonese cheese
  • 8 oz. Mountain Gorgonzola cheese
  • 8 oz. Grana Padano cheese
  • 4.2 oz Grissini crunchy breadsticks
  • Torrone nougat dessert
  • 250 ml 100% Italiano extra virgin olive oil
  • 250 ml Acetum balsamic vinegar
  • 180 g Italian vegetable tapenade
  • 3.2 oz. Falanga Italian biscotti
  • T’a Milano Italian chocolate bar

Any basket that includes a tapanade is okay in my book.

Need more options? Browse more igourmet products here.

Price: $105.99

Buy the igourmet Italian Luxuries Gift Basket here.



5. igourmet Appetite for Antipasto Gift Basket

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Staying with igourmet and Italy for a moment, antipasto is, essentially, Italian for charcuterie. It’s the same basic premise of combining meats and cheeses with olives and other snackery common in the region. As with the one above, this basket features a cheese knife, but also adds a bamboo cutting board that can be used for presentation, too. This basket weighs in at over five pounds and includes:

  • 4 oz. sliced prosciutto
  • 4 oz. sliced salami
  • 4 oz. sliced coppa ham
  • 8 oz. Italian provolone
  • 8 oz. Monte Veronese cheese
  • 8 oz. Crotonese cheese
  • Mini toasts
  • 4.2 oz. Grissini con Olio d’Olivia baked snacks
  • 190 g tapenade
  • 10.2 oz. Sicilian caponata

All you need for a tasty antipasto picnic, in portions large enough to share with a few friends.

Need more options? Browse more igourmet products here.

Price: $105.99

Buy the igourmet Appetite for Antipasto Gift Basket here.



6. Christmas Gift Basket Classic by GourmetGiftBaskets.com

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This festive basket is meant to reflect some of the flavors of the season. You have a good mix of crunchy savory snacks in addition to a few sweet treats which focus heavily on cinnamon and caramel flavors. The basket itself is a nice woven piece and comes complete with a bow. Included in this basket, you get the following:

  • Belgian chocolate truffles
  • Peanut butter and chocolate dipped nuts
  • KingofPOP cinnamon and brown sugar kettle corn
  • Milk chocolate sea salt caramels
  • Pretzel twists
  • Olive oil and sea salt deli crackers
  • Garlic cheddar cheese
  • Dark chocolate graham crackers
  • Chichester snack mix
  • White chocolate cranberry cookies

Need more options? Browse more GourmetGiftBaskets.com products here.

Price: $69.99

Buy the Christmas Gift Basket Classic by GourmetGiftBaskets.com here.



7. Golden Edibles Mega Delectable Artisan Crafted Gift Basket

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(Golden Edibles)

Speaking of sweet flavors, this choice focuses solely on gourmet dessert treats. There are no savory elements here — choose this one if you’re buying for someone with a strong sweet tooth. Small-batch Belgian chocolate covers everything in this large basket, so each of the following items (excluding the barks) will be dipped in it:

  • 12 sandwich cookies (Oreo-style cookies)
  • Six Nutter Butter cookies
  • Six graham crackers
  • 1/2 pound dried fruit variety
  • 3 oz. pistachio and cranberry bark
  • 3 oz. cookies and creme bark
  • 3 oz. dark chocolate almond bark
  • 3 oz. pretzel caramel bark
  • Six truffles

Need more options? Browse more Golden Edibles products here.

Price: $89.95

Buy the Golden Edibles Mega Delectable Artisan Crafted Gift Basket here.



8. Godiva Chocolatier Make Spirits Bright Gift Basket

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Sticking with the Belgian chocolate theme, this Godiva gift basket pulls out all the stops. With over two pounds of chocolate, this holiday-themed gift should more than satisfy even the most ravenous chocolate lover. In addition, when you order it from Amazon, you’re saving about $30 compared with ordering it from Godiva’s own site. Here’s what you’re getting in this massive package:

  • Assorted Chocolate Gold Gift Box — 36 pieces
  • Ultimate Dessert Truffles — 12 pieces
  • Wrapped Milk Chocolate Caramels — 20 pieces
  • Solid Milk Chocolate Bar — 1.5 ounces
  • Solid Dark Chocolate Bar — 1.5 ounces
  • Dark Chocolate Assorted Gift Box — 16 pieces
  • Milk Chocolate Assorted Gift Box — 15 pieces

Need more options? Browse more Godiva gifts here.

Price: $119.95

Buy the Godiva Chocolatier Holiday Make Spirits Bright Gift Basket here.



9. Wisconsin’s Best and Wisconsin Cheese Company Ultimate Gift Basket

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(Wisconsin’s Best)

For some, sweets aren’t really that appealing. I’m certainly in that group. For people like us, you’ll want to consider something that focuses only on savory items when picking a gift basket. This one is pretty straight-forward: three sausages, three cheeses, a couple of snacks, and mustard. It’s a tasty little sampler that will make for a good snack tray at parties and during games. Included in this hearty box:

  • 12 oz. hickory smoked summer sausage
  • 12 oz. jalapeño and cheddar summer sausage
  • 12 oz. smoked garlic summer sausage
  • Two 4 oz. cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz. pepper jack cheese
  • 2.2 oz. water crackers
  • 2 oz. dipping pretzels
  • Sweet and tangy mustard

Need more options? Browse more Wisconsin’s Best and Wisconsin Cheese Company products here.

Price: $59.99

Buy the Wisconsin’s Best and Wisconsin Cheese Company Ultimate Gift Basket here.



10. Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets Standing Ovation Gourmet Food Basket

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(Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets)

Pretzels, cookies, and crackers form the foundation of this basket of gourmet classics. In this option, you still get sausage and cheese, but there are plenty of sweets to go along with them. This one is large enough to feature a little something for everyone including:

  • Savory beef summer sausage
  • Brie cheese spread
  • Chocolate dipped truffle cookies
  • Gourmet sweet butter shortbread cookies
  • Confetti chocolate and white chocolate drizzled toffee popcorn
  • Tavalore savory snack mix
  • Butter toffee pretzels
  • Chocolate espresso dusted almonds
  • Gourmet olive oil potato chips
  • Hazelnut chocolate cocoa mix
  • Almond roca toffee candy
  • Cocoa dusted chocolate truffles
  • Guylian Belgian milk chocolate seahorse truffles
  • Belgian chocolate truffles
  • Sesame crackers
  • Pepper blend water crackers

Need more options? Browse more Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets products here.

Price: $69.90

Buy the Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets Standing Ovation Gourmet Food Basket here.



11. La Tienda Entertaining Gift Box Gourmet Tapas

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(La Tienda)

As with the antipasto and charcuterie we discussed above, tapas are small plates generally consisting of cured meat and nuts, among other snacks. Tapas, as a tradition, comes from Spain, and this gift box is stocked with items reminiscent of Spanish snacking. The following items ship in an elegant white box:

  • Dry-cured Palacios chorizo
  • Anchovy stuffed olives
  • San Nicasio black truffle potato chips
  • Fire roasted piquillo peppers
  • ‘Picos’ bread sticks
  • Rabitos chocolate bonbons
  • Gourmet Marcona almonds
  • Spanish style toothpicks
  • Cazuela terra cotta dish

This size feeds about four to six people, but you could also opt for the Tapas for Two Gift Box, as well.

Need more options? Browse more La Tienda products here.

Price: $89.95

Buy the La Tienda Entertaining Gift Box Gourmet Tapas here.



12. igourmet A Little Bit of Spain

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(igourmet)

Let’s remain in Spain for a moment (apologies for the terrible rhyming) to consider this entirely-savory food gift. Multiple meats and cheeses combine for an authentic taste of Spain that would pair well with the above or make a great gift on its own. Perfect for tapas or for general snacking. Included in this fine kit:

  • 3.5 oz. Jamon Serrano cured ham
  • 7.5 oz. Manchego cheese
  • 7.5 oz. Murcia al Vino cheese
  • 7.5 oz. Mahon cheese
  • 12 oz. Spanish olives
  • 4 oz. Marcona almonds
  • 7.9 oz. Palacios chorizo
  • 6.34 oz. Tortas de Aciete sweet crackers

Need more options? Browse more igourmet products here.

Price: $78.90

Buy the igourmet A Little Bit of Spain here.



13. L7 Kitchen Italian Tour Gourmet Gift Basket

(L7 Kitchen)

(L7 Kitchen)

Heading back to Italy, this basket deviates from the others on this list, as it’s full of items to be prepared as an Italian meal. There’s pasta and sauce, along with lobster pate, which will all need to be whipped into delightful dishes. Ingredients for this Italian meal include:

  • Anna Pasta
  • Cucina & Amore Basilico All Natural Tomato, Basil & Garlic Sauce
  • Sopressata salami
  • Italian Herb Cheese Spread
  • Carr’s Cheese Melts Crackers
  • Giovanni’s Lobster Pate
  • La Florentine Torrone Candy
  • Bustelo Espresso

Another option to consider for a tasty Italian meal might be this Papa Vince gift set, perhaps complemented by this Battistoni Italian meat sampler.

Need more options? Browse more L7 Kitchen products here.

Price: $89.95

Buy the L7 Kitchen Italian Tour Gourmet Gift Basket here.



14. Broadway Basketeers Organic and Natural Healthy Gift Basket

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(Broadway Basketeers)

With all the decadence that the holiday season usually entails, you might want to gift food gifts that are on the lighter side. This so-called “healthy” gift basket offers an alternative to the baskets above which tend to feature a lot of sugar or fat. Not everyone can indulge in huge quantities of those, even if it is that time of the year, so this basket will provide something a little different for those people on your list. The following items are arranged in a gold fabric tote:

  • 6 oz. Late July organic Classic Rich crackers
  • 1.5 oz. California Nature’s Joy pistachios
  • 2 piece Brown & Haley Cashew Roca Butter Crunch
  • 1.25 oz. Late July organic mini peanut butter crackers
  • 2 oz. dried fruit medley
  • One Stash organic breakfast tea
  • One Stash organic chai
  • One Stash organic berry herbal tea
  • One Stash organic lemon ginger tea
  • 3.5 oz. Go Naturally organic cherry heads

Need more options? Browse more Broadway Basketeers products here.

Price: $36.59

Buy the Broadway Basketeers Organic and Natural Healthy Gift Basket here.



15. The Gift Basket Gallery Ultimate Gourmet Meat and Cheese Gift Basket

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(The Gift Basket Gallery)

Measuring 16 inches long and weighing seven pounds, this basket is stocked with a number of savory options for serious snacking. Cheese and sausage again take center stage here, rounded out with crackers and mustard for a delectable feast. Again, this would be excellent for parties and sharing, or provide a couple of people snacks for several evenings. In this large basket, you get:

  • Two boxes of three pepper crackers
  • Two boxes of stone wheat crackers
  • Garlic roasted cheese
  • Tomato basil cheese
  • Olive and pesto crackers
  • Bavarian salami
  • Bavarian garlic sausage
  • Smokey beef sausage
  • Beef salami
  • Parmesan crackers
  • Swiss cheese triangle
  • Gouda cheese triangle
  • Longhorn cheese stick
  • Pepper cheese stick
  • Grain mustard
  • Sweet ‘n’ hot mustard
  • Cheddar cheese swirls
  • Herb bavarian pretzel crackers
  • Vegetable herb cheese rounds

Need more options? Browse more The Gift Basket Gallery products here.

Price: $94.99

Buy the The Gift Basket Gallery Ultimate Gourmet Meat and Cheese Gift Basket here.



16. igourmet The Foodie Gift Basket

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(igourmet)

It’s true that igourmet appears a lot on this list. They seem to do the best job of finding interesting foodstuffs to put into their baskets, covering a variety of regions and flavors. This one hops around Europe a bit, with French, English, and Italian influences. Items in this over-five-pound basket include:

  • 7.5 oz. Parmigiano Reggiano Stravecchio cheese
  • 6.5 oz. Boschetto al Tartufo Bianchetto cheese
  • 8.8 oz. Camembert La Petite Reine cheese
  • 8 oz. Saucisson Sec salami
  • 7 oz. Salami Barolo by Creminelli
  • 6.36 oz. mixed Greek olives
  • 6.7 oz. Olive Tapenades by Conserve Della Nonna
  • 370 ml Les Moulins Mahjoub organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 8.8 oz. Italian espresso coffee
  • 5.36 oz. Elegant & English biscuits
  • 4.4 oz. Petits Tresors cookies
  • 2.2 oz. Water crackers
  • 2.75 oz. Mini toasts

Need more options? Browse more igourmet products here.

Price: $144.99

Buy the igourmet The Foodie Gift Basket here.



17. Buffalo Bills 25-Piece Beef Jerky & Beef Stick Sampler Gift Tool Box

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(Buffalo Bill’s Premium Snacks)

Gourmet doesn’t have to mean European meats and cheeses or Belgian chocolate. It could also mean good old-fashioned beef jerky in a variety of flavors. This one is made for anyone who loves both jerky and getting something accomplished, as 25 packs of various jerkies are loaded into a Stanley-branded tool box. You’re not only giving the gift of a ton of snacks, but a useful carry-all, as well. In this gift box, you’ll get:

  • 3 oz. brown ale beef jerky
  • 3 oz. hickory smoked beef jerky
  • 3 oz. maple pepper beef jerky
  • 3 oz. turkey bacon jerky
  • 1.5 oz. black pepper beef jerky
  • 1.5 oz. cajun beef jerky
  • 1.5 oz. sweet ‘n’ spicy beef jerky
  • 1.5 oz. teriyaki beef jerky
  • 1.5 oz. barbecue beef jerky
  • 1.5 oz. chipotle habanero beef jerky
  • 1.5 oz. hickory pepper beef jerky
  • 1.5 oz. honey pepper beef jerky
  • 1.5 oz. mesquite beef jerky
  • 1.5 oz. spicy beef jerky
  • Beef and cheese beef stick
  • Chili pepper beef stick
  • Honey ham stick
  • Honey stung beef stick
  • Jalapeno cheese beef stick
  • Mild beef stick
  • Pepperoni beef stick
  • Spicy beef stick
  • Teriyaki beef stick
  • Turkey stick

There’s also a smaller 12-piece gift pack that comes in a Thermos cooler. There are five different coolers to choose from if you opt for that version. The 15-piece pack comes in a wine bag, if you prefer.

Need more options? Browse more Buffalo Bill’s Premium Snacks products here.

Price: $99.99

Buy the Buffalo Bills 25-Piece Beef Jerky & Beef Stick Sampler Gift Tool Box here.



18. Gift Basket Village Home For The Holidays Gift Basket

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(Gift Basket Village)

This enormous basket manages to tip the scales at about ten pounds. Combine that with the festive details of decorating with pine branches and pinecones and you have a serious contender for gift basket glory. It’s less specialized than some of the igourmet offerings, but has been the best-selling Gift Basket Village product every holiday season. Accounting for the ten pound of snacks are the following:

  • Focaccia crisp crackers
  • Cranberry cheddar gourmet cheeseM
  • Wisconsin swiss cheese
  • Wisconsin cheddar cheese
  • Green olive and pimento cheese dip
  • Jumbo cashews and peanuts
  • “Nik Naks” cocktail mix
  • Assorted dipping mustard
  • Beef salami
  • Beef summer sausage with cranberries
  • Mint chocolate wafer cookies
  • Cranberry bog frogs
  • Bourbon vanilla dessert twists
  • Chocolate salted caramel cookies
  • Chocolate rum cake
  • Torguga Cayman Island rum cake
  • Dipping pretzels
  • Onion Blossom horseradish dip
  • Pepper cheese
  • Sugar cookies
  • Christmas chocolate

To get under the $100 price point, they have a medium-sized version of the same basket, too.

Need more options? Browse more Gift Basket Village products here.

Price: $120

Buy the Gift Basket Village Home For The Holidays Gift Basket here.



19. Manhattan Fruitier Vermont Cheddar Gift Basket

(Manhattan Fruitier)

(Manhattan Fruitier)

Gourmet gift baskets are best when paired with a useful implement, as we’ve seen a few times on this list. This option combines a handy cheese knife and a bamboo picnic basket with a simple fruit and cheese spread. The cheese is Vermont cheddar from one of my favorite cheesemakers in the world, Shelburne Farms. I’ve been there a few times to get cheese from the source and can verify the excellent quality of the product. In this simple but high-quality offering, you get:

  • 1/2 pound of Shelburne Farms Vermont cheddar cheese
  • Three apples or pears
  • Organic Wisconsin whole-wheat crackers
  • Seasonal flower arrangement
  • Cheese knife
  • Bamboo basket

Need more options? Browse more Manhattan Fruitier products here.

Price: $52.50

Buy Manhattan Fruitier Vermont Cheddar Gift Basket here.



20. Tabasco Tub of Flavor

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(Tabasco)

Why should cookies, chocolate, cheese, and meat have all the fun? Gourmet also means hot sauce. There are so many options to choose from when it comes to gifting hot sauce. I would recommend Tabasco as a good place to start for a couple of reasons. The first is that their products are extremely consistent from batch to batch. The second is that the heat level is about right for most folks. You can get really carried away (shop here for Carolina Reapers sauces if that interests you) when buying hot sauce, but Tabasco exists right in the middle of the spectrum. This enormous gift back comes in a huge galvanized tub and includes:

  • Original Red
  • Jalapeño Green
  • Chipotle
  • Garlic
  • Habanero
  • Buffalo style
  • Tabasco A1 steak sauce
  • Spicy olives
  • Cheez-Its
  • Hot pepper jelly
  • Spicy candies
  • Spicy green beans
  • Soy sauce
  • Grill wood chips
  • Apron

That doesn’t cover everything that typically comes in this gift set, but gives you an idea of just how massive it is. An alternative to this Tabasco-focused option is this Gourmet BBQ Tool Box Gift Set for the grillers on your list.

Need more options? Browse more hot sauce gifts here.

Price: $118

Buy the Tabasco Tub of Flavor here.


Don’t forget about the old standby, a Hickory Farms gift pack. On the other hand, if none of these gourmet options will work for you, check out our list of the top 30 best handmade gifts, 30 best fun novelty gifts, or 50 best unique gifts.


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