Between soft pretzels, Philly cheesesteaks, Amish chicken pot pie, sweets, and chips in every flavor imaginable, Pennsylvania has its own unique food groups. The holidays are a perfect time to introduce the people you love to the food of the Keystone State, no matter where they live. This is why we’ve compiled a list of the best Pennsylvania gift baskets for the holidays. So whether you’re looking for cheese, meat, or just a bunch of snacks, we’ve got you covered.
A Box of Berks
“A Box of Berks” can be purchased on Etsy. With locally sourced snacks, this gift basket features everything from pretzels, to tea, to beef sticks, and of course, Tastykakes, one of the state’s preeminent delicacies. This basket will also only set you back $50, making it one of the more affordable holiday gift baskets on the market. Also, one of the best things about this gift basket is that it’s homemade, and in purchasing it, you’re supporting a local business.
Bird-in-Hand is a small, unincorporated community in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country. On its official website, you can purchase Pennsylvania Dutch Gift Baskets that feature everything from homemade baked goods to fruit spreads. The Happy Holidays Gift Crate includes a warm slice of Grandma Smucker’s wet-bottom shoofly pie and Bird-in-Hand Signature Blend coffee. The Santa’s Sweets Gift Box features a delectable selection of delicious Lancaster County treats. These two will cost you $69.95 and $44.95 respectively. Head over to Bird-in-Hand’s online shop to explore all of the holiday options.
Di Bruno Bros.
For more than 80 years, Di Bruno Bros. has offered Pennsylvanians nothing but the finest cheeses, meats, and more. Started in the Italian Market in Philadelphia, Di Bruno Bros. has grown to five locations in and around the Philadelphia area. Gifting a Di Bruno Bros. gift basket is the perfect idea if you’re looking to introduce the people in your life to some of the best the City of Brotherly Love has to offer. There are dozens of options to choose from, but the best-selling box is the Abbondanza Gift Box for $95, which features the shop’s famous aged New York Cheddar, rustic charcuterie, and original recipe cheese spreads and antipasti. There are plenty of cheaper boxes available as well, such as the Taste of DiBruno for $70, and the Cheese Spread Sampler for $45.
Dutch Baskets’ mission is to find the best foods in Pennsylvania’s Amish Country and package them into gift baskets perfect for the holiday season. These baskets feature everything from smoked meats and handmade cheese to shoofly pie and whoopie pies. There are 15 holiday baskets available for purchase, ranging in price from $18 to $175, so there are a number of options available for people of all budgets. The Cheese Basket features colby cheese, sharp cheddar, smoked cheddar, and garlic and chives cheese, as well as handmade pretzels and potato chips. The Christmas Meat Lovers basket features handmade pretzels, ring bologna, bologna, sweet bologna sticks, sweet and spicy mustard, and cheddar cheese.
Perhaps one of the most “Pennsylvania” brands of all time, Herr’s was founded in 1946, and its popularity hasn’t waned since. For decades, Pennsylvania children have looked forward to lunchtime when they could open their lunch bags and rip into a bag of Herr’s salty, delicious snacks. But these chips and pretzels aren’t just made for lunchtime in grade school; they make the perfect gift for the holidays as well. There are nearly a dozen holiday treats to send your loved ones this season. One of the most diverse offerings is the Decorative Boxes basket, which features 38 pre-assorted one ounce snack packs. The Holiday Truck Box Variety Pack includes 42 one ounce snack packs as well, but you can select which treats you want to be included. Both of these options are available for under $50.
Linvilla Orchards is especially popular during the fall, when families from all over Pennsylvania join together to pick everything from apples, to pumpkins, to flowers. This is why a Linvilla basket is perfect for the fruit lovers in your life. There are over a dozen baskets to choose from, featuring seasonal fruit from the orchards, locally made products, and other delectable treats great for the holiday season. The Pennsylvania Basket is just $60 and features apple butter, apple jelly, Pennsylvania maple syrup and honey, fudge, pretzels, and Pennsylvania salsa. The Pennsylvania Basket with Apples is just $9 more and features all of the above, as well as apples from Linvilla Orchards.
Pennsylvania General Store
The Pennsylvania General Store has been around since 1987, and has an outpost in Philadelphia’s historic Reading Terminal Market. The store has everything from crafts and souvenirs to Pennsylvania-made food perfect for the holiday season. If you’re looking for a specifically-themed Pennsylvania gift basket, there are more than two dozen options to choose from. If you’re looking for something more holiday-centered, there are more than four dozen gifts to choose from. These baskets range in price, so head to the Pennsylvania General Store’s website to learn more and to purchase.
Perfectly Pennsylvania is a gift shop in Dauphin County that features everything from beauty products to apparel to food. There are 10 gift baskets to choose from if you’re looking to gift the people you love with a taste of Pennsylvania this holiday season. The Best of Pennsylvania Sweet Treats basket features Hammonds Pretzels, Tastykakes, Pennsylvania Dutch Birch Beer, Asher’s Chocolates, and more. For the same price, you can purchase a Pennsylvania Dutch Food Basket and get everything from jam made in Lancaster County to Dutch Country Pretzel Mix.
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