The holidays are upon us, and we'd be lying if we claimed to not be excited. We've lovingly created a few little gift guides for you centered around jam and marmalade.
Perfect gifts for your friend who thinks jam is pretty cool, but isn't obsessed -- yet:
While we think all of our preserves are exceptional and each has its own unique application, there are some flavors that we particularly love to give as gifts. Our East Coast Blueberry Jam is perfect for someone with an unabashed sweet tooth -- it's exceptional on toast, and we find it delightful stirred in with yogurt.
We can think of no better gift for a marmalade-lover than our traditional English Marmalade. Full of thick-cut Seville oranges and spiced with bourbon and anise, this preserve exemplifies traditional marmalade at its best. For those who can never find a marmalade bitter enough, this is the perfect gift.
But, of course, there's a big range between sweet jam and bitter marmalade. Some of our other favorite flavors to give as gifts are our Black Mission Fig Jam (perfect with cheese), Lemon-Lime Marmalade with Orange (known to convert the formerly marmalade-averse), Damson Jam (hello, PBJ sandwich!), and Early Girl Tomato Marmalade (a more adventurous choice).
A little something extra to make your gift of jam or marmalade even more enjoyable:
Few foods complement jam or marmalade better than really delicious cheese. We love Cowgirl Creamery, and their signature cheese gift pack is a perfect partner for any of our jams. Our Spiced Bourbon-Tomato Conserve would be especially good with their seasonal pepper-encrusted Devil's Gulch cheese!
What would morning jam and toast time be without tea? Rachel is a big-time black tea devotee, and one of her favorites is Kusmi's Troika tea. We think this is the perfect gift to let loved ones know that you think they deserve a little extra time in the morning to enjoy a delicious breakfast and a warm cup of tea!
We also love do-it-yourself gifts for the holidays. Home-made English muffins are a sweet accompaniment to a jar or two of jam! Add a bit of decorative packaging and a hand-written note to your yummy baked goods for a truly thoughtful gift that's also easy on your wallet.
And if you're feeling indecisive:
We always offer Blue Chair Fruit gift certificates. These are redeemable online or at our farmers' markets, and enable the recipient to choose any flavors their heart desires!
Stay tuned for Part Two: Gifts for the Jam & Marmalade Fanatic, as well as Part Three: Gifts for the Jam-Maker in Your Life!