The season of giving is upon us. Check out our official 2023 Foodie Gift Guide for ideas and inspiration. You’ll find books, experiences, food, drink, and more…all perfect for the foodies in your life—and for yourself! 

Edible Gifts

Jersey Pickles: Sweet pickles. Spicy pickles. Classic favorites. And the Jersey Pickles website goes beyond just pickles! You’ll also find olives, sauerkraut, merch, and more.

Delicious Orchards gift basket

Delicious Orchards Gift Baskets: Great for friends, family, or the office! Order a delicious surprise from Colts Neck-based Delicious Orchards, featuring items such as doughnuts, cookies, apples, baked goods, charcuterie items, and several coffee options. You can find options for gift boxes and more on the website. 

Van Holten’s Chocolate: Looking to order chocolate-covered pretzel trays, specialty chocolates, dipped fruit, homemade fudge, or salt water taffy? Check out the full list of Van Holten’s sweet offerings, gift sets, and trays on the website. 

New Jersey Hot Sauces: It’s a little-known fact…but a good one: New Jersey is home to several locally made hot sauces! From Gemini Crow, out of Montague, to Outer Limits, based in Middletown, you’ll find so many ways to spice up the holidays with a Jersey-based hot sauce.

salt water taffy
Salt Water Taffy display at Jenkinson’s Sweet Shop in Point Pleasant Beach

Salt Water Taffy: Nothing screams Jersey Shore like salt water taffy! Find Jersey-made salt water taffy in a range of locations, including boardwalks all down the shore, as well as Van Holten’s (listed above) and other candy shops. Here are a few sure ways to find salt water taffy:


Jersey Shore Cookbook
Jersey Shore Cookbook

The Jersey Shore Cookbook: Get a signed copy of the Jersey Shore Cookbook — the bestselling cookbook/coffee table book by Jersey Bites founder and executive editor Deb Smith. Enjoy 50 recipes from iconic Jersey Shore restaurants. Beautiful full-color photography of the Jersey Shore, chefs, and dishes bring this hardcover book to life. Shop here!

They Call Me Produce Pete

Produce Pete Books: Look no further than Pete Napolitano‘s delightful offerings on his official website! Treat yourself or a loved one to autographed copies of Pete’s latest book, They Call Me Produce Pete, as well as his first book, Produce Pete’s Farmacopeia. These autographed editions capture the essence of Pete’s passion for all things flavorful and wholesome. His website also offers merchandise including aprons, oven mitts, and more. 

Beer, Wine, and Spirits

Last Wave Brewing Co.

Local Beer: Many breweries sell their beer “to go” in six packs or at local liquor stores near you. Check your local brewery and liquor store to see what they offer. Here are few breweries to keep in mind:

Keychain from Cape May Brewing Co.

And for the ultra brewery fanatics, many sell merchandise as well such as keychains, t-shirts, hats, and more.

Local Wine: Whether you have it shipped or stop by in person, you’ll find so many wine options across the state. For example, Laurita offers Down the Shore Windswept White, Chardonnay, Cabernet, and even a chocolate liqueur—just to name a few. Be sure to check out other wineries near you, including the following:


interior of Port Coffee Roasters
Port Coffee Roasters

Coffee Beans/Grounds From Local Roasters: There’s nothing like sipping a delicious cup of coffee made from freshly roasted beans! Several New Jersey roasteries ship their locally roasted beans or grounds right to your door! Check out our list of some of the best NJ roasteries, whose coffee would make the perfect gift for your java-loving friends and family! 

Keepsakes, Baskets, and more!

Just Jersey gift basket

Just Jersey: This place is all about the Garden State, including a range of items for the kitchen or your home bar. Some personal favorites are the New Jersey-shaped cookie cutters and a cutting board that you can customize to any town or county in New Jersey. Check out the goodies online and in the Morristown shop.

Pasta basket from New Jersey Gifting Company

The New Jersey Gifting Company: Check out the New Jersey Gifting Company for all sorts of gift baskets from a DIY charcuterie basket to a toast-and-jam basket, a coffee lover’s basket, a pasta basket, and more. Pay them a visit in Montague Township or visit the website for a full list of baskets and gifts. 

Sunshine Daydream: Located on Arnold Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach, Sunshine Daydream is more than just a boutique. Check out their dish towels, mugs, coasters, plates and bowls, and more on the website or in person. You’ll even find Camp Craft Cocktails: ingredient-filled mason jars to make your own craft cocktails at home!

Salt and Pepper Shaker from Rebel Supply Co.

Rebel Supply Co.: Located in Asbury Park, Rebel Supply’s mission is “to create a space where people can express themselves and find unique pieces that resonate with them.” Here you will find tons of unique gifts, clothing items, collectibles, and more, all with a bit of edge. Check out the cat-shaped salt-and-pepper shakers, empanada-and-hot-sauce shaped salt-and-pepper shakers, various mugs, butter dishes, wine glasses, and more. Take a look at the website or stop by in person for the full Rebel Supply experience. 


Cooking Classes

Montclair Culinary Academy

Whether it’s a date night or a group outing, a cooking class is a great gift for the experience-minded. Here are a few recommended places to look into for cooking classes:

New Jersey Brewery Tours: Have you heard about City Brew Tours Jersey Shore and South Jersey Brewery Tours? Let them guide you on a brewery adventure! You can find information on all of your tour options below: 

  • Jersey Shore: Discover the best breweries the Jersey Shore has to offer, from Sandy Hook to Mantoloking. Let City Brew Tours do the driving as you taste different beers from the following breweries:
      • Alternate Ending Beer Co.
      • Bradley Brew Project
      • Jughandle Brewing Co.
      • Last Wave Brewing Co.
      • Little Dog Brewing Co.
      • Seven Sons Brewing
  • South Jersey: With four different options, pick the tour that suits your taste best. Options include:
      • Sip of South Jersey Brew Four
      • Atlantic City Original Brew Tour
      • Wildwood Original Brew Tour
      • Two Bridges: Wine, Beer, and Spirits Tour
Willow Creek Winery

Private Wine Tasting: Unwind for the holidays as you learn about and enjoy all that Willow Creek Winery in West Cape May has to offer, during a private wine tasting

New Jersey Food Tour Tour: A collaboration of food tours that operate in regions throughout the state, New Jersey Food Tour Trail covers Cape May, Asbury Park, Newark, Lambertville, and more, you’ll find so many types of culinary experiences to choose from.  

Wine & Design – Howell, NJ

Paint and Sip: A paint-and-sip class is the perfect experience to gift to those with a creative side! Here are just a few of the many studios around the Garden State: