Gifts for the Jam and Marmalade Fanatic

We’ve covered how to convert your friend who’s on the fence about jam, but what to do for the friend who eats jam for breakfast every morning? Good thing we’re equally obsessed, and full of fun gift ideas! In fact, we wouldn’t mind receiving these items ourselves (hint, hint).

Perfect gifts for your friend who thinks they know everything about jam:

Picture a warm loaf of bread, spread with our assertive orange English Marmalade, topped with high-quality chocolate, all lightly toasted so the chocolate’s a bit melty and the marmalade flavors really sing. Yum. We love ChocoVivo — their dark chocolate with almonds and sea salt would be a particularly nice partner for any orange marmalade.

Of course, if one already has more jam than humanly possible to eat in a lifetime (and we’d seriously question even that limit), we have a fun gift suggestion:¬†jam-and-toast soap. These cute soaps look real enough to eat, except the “jam” is translucent soap, and the “toast” is goat’s milk soap! A silly way to “sweeten up” your jam gift basket.

For your favorite PBJ aficionado, we recommend mixing it up with Massa Organics almond butter. Freshly made right here in the Bay area, this almond butter is truly delicious, and a great alternative to everyday peanut butter! We love this almond butter with our Damson Jam for a new take on an old standby.

Ok, so your friend eats a lot of jam, but is their jam accessorized? We didn’t think so. We love this chalkboard jam pot from Terrain — the perfect little container to use when serving a favorite jam flavor! Perfect for making breakfast time a little more special, or as a picture-perfect serving dish for afternoon tea.

If your friend is obsessed with Blue Chair Fruit:

Encourage your friend’s jam obsession by nudging them to make their own! The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook is the perfect resource for the fledgling jam-maker, with a thorough information section that ensures success. Once your friend learns to make their own preserves, they’ll enjoy the fruits of their labor for years to come!

Sometimes, you have to give people exactly what they want: a lot of jam. If you’re intimidated by all of our delicious jam and marmalade choices, we’ll do the hard work for you with our Jam Club! Members receive one jar each of three of our most exciting flavors every other month; this is the perfect way to provide your friend with some of the best jam and marmalade in the country!

Coming next week: gift ideas for the jam- or marmalade-maker in your life!

Gifts for the Casual Jam-Lover

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.
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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!

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Stay tuned for Part Two: Gifts for the Jam & Marmalade Fanatic, as well as Part Three: Gifts for the Jam-Maker in Your Life!