This holiday season, don’t let one of the best opportunities for your business slip through your fingers.
We’re talking about holiday gifting.
The annual gift giving season isn’t just a prime opportunity to let your most important partners and clients know that you’re thinking of them, but to make a statement about who you are. A great gift that demonstrates your impeccable taste will reinforce their trust in you, and help ensure that your relationship continues to be a fruitful one.
Unfortunately, most people (and companies) fail to take full advantage, and send gifts that arrive not with a bang, but a whimper.
Case in point – the lowly holiday fruitcake.
While December technically is national fruitcake month (seriously, Google it), in the immortal words of Jeremy Piven, don’t be that guy.
Trust us, nothing says “I put absolutely no thought into this” like gifting the same old dense, tasteless fruitcake.
Stand out this year by gifting something different: healthier holiday treats that don’t skimp on flavor (but also won’t put you in a diabetic coma).
In other words, ditch those boring season’s greetings for some crowd-pleasing Season’s Eatings, SnackNation style.
Here’s what you should be gifting this year.
1. Grey Ghost Bakery
High quality, all natural ingredients. Unconventional flavor profiles. The care and attention that comes with a truly artisanal approach.
These are a few of the elements that come together to make Grey Ghost Bakery’s cookies so irresistible. But we suspect the real magic is in the family recipe that’s been lovingly passed down through the generations.
Grey Ghost founder Katherine Frankstone named the company after a local legend in her hometown of Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. In addition to standards like Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip, Grey Ghost cookies come in creative flavors like Almond Toffee, Chocolate Cayenne, and Cinnamon Pecan. Always made from scratch in small batches, these hand formed cookies make for a one-of-a-kind, truly artisanal gift.
Their Molasses Cookie was a definitely a crowd favorite when it appeared in our October Platinum Box. Head over to GreyGhostBakery.com and use the PromoCode “SNACK16 for 15% your entire order (valid through the end of 2016).
2. Fatty Sundays
Sisters Ali and Lauren, the beautiful minds behind Brooklyn-based Fatty Sundays, know that balance is the key to making awe-inspiring confections.
That’s why they’ve focused on their signature chocolate covered pretzels, which balance crispy, salty pretzel sticks with delicious gourmet chocolate and clever toppings that are sure to make an impression.
Case in point, their birthday cake flavored variety, made with artisanal white chocolate. They also make a gluten-free variety.
Head over to FattySundays.com and use the promocode FSSNACK10 for a 10% purchase discount (limit one per customer).
3. Vosges Petite Caramels
These silky, decadent petite caramels come with a gourmet pedigree. Vosges Haut Chocolate is the brainchild of Katrina Markoff, a classically trained chocolatier who studied at Paris’ famed culinary school Le Cordon Bleu. She founded the company in her Chicago kitchen, and has been making inspired culinary creations ever since.
Her intention and attention have paid off, as these caramels offer world-class quality and flavor. They also make a great gift for the ecologically conscious folks on your list – Vosges is 100% powered by renewable energy, and are made in a certified organic manufacturing facility.
Visit VosgesChocolate.com and get 15% off your next online order with the promo code BDVIP164 (valid through 1/31/17).
barkTHINS isn’t your run-of-the-mill holiday chocolate.
Their mission is to create an absolutely mouth-watering snack that doesn’t compromise on health or taste. And they deliver with their truly innovative snacking chocolate.
How do they do it? barkTHINS pair snackable slivers of fair-trade dark chocolate with real, simple Non-GMO inclusions – like pretzels and all natural almonds – for an original take on healthy indulgence.
barkTHINS are an absolute favorite with SnackNation members and staff alike. We’ve even paired them with wines at our member tasting events. (They go great with a jammy pinot noir.)
Order yours at BarkThins.com.
5. Suncups Dark Chocolate Cups
Made with roasted sunflower seed butter, Suncups Dark Chocolate Cups are soy-, gluten-, and nut-free, making them a fantastic choice for anyone with allergen sensitivities.
But to be honest, it’s not what Suncups lack that makes them remarkable, it’s what they bring to the table – namely, mouth watering dark chocolate perfection.
Suncups also feature organic, sustainably sourced ingredients like organic palm fruit oil and Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa mass, making them another great choice for the eco-conscious recipients on your gift list.
Buy this original take on a classic treat here, and save 30% with the promo code Justforyou30%. This offer is good for any item (or items) and the 30% off will be applied to the full purchase.
6. WOW Baking Chocolate Chip Cookie
If you think “gluten-free” is synonymous with “taste-free,” you obviously don’t know WOW Baking.
WOW Baking make wheat- and gluten-free gourmet cookies and brownies that don’t skimp on anything – least of all taste.
We recommend their soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies. As with all WOW products, they’re made without hydrogenated oils, refined sugars, wheat, and gluten. And instead of artificial flavors and preservatives, they use simple ingredients – like real butter, real vanilla and natural cane juice.
If that weren’t enough, these are some of the best tasting cookies you’ll find anywhere. Check them out at WOWbaking.com.
7. Dolcetto Cookies & Cream Wafer
Dolcetto make rich, pillow-shaped chocolate cookies piped with a cookies and cream filling are great on their own, or with frozen yogurt, tea, or a piping hot cup of holiday cocoa.
These decadent bites are all natural, and contain zero trans fat, no artificial flavors or coloring, and absolutely no high fructose corn syrup. Order yours today.
8. HomeFree Vanilla Mini Cookies
Deceptively delicious, these tiny cookies are big on flavor, but made to be healthier in every way: low-glycemic, low sodium, zero trans fat or cholesterol, vegan, non-GMO, and organic.
And like all HomeFree products, they’re made with care in a dedicated bakery free of peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, wheat and gluten.
No wonder Shape Magazine bestowed them with their “Best Snack Award.” Buy them at HomeFreeTreats.com.
Want more outside the box gift ideas? Check out these 10 Unique Corporate Gift Ideas Your Clients and Customers Will Love!
Love this article!! Can’t wait to try some!!
I love Fatty Sundays! But you really can’t go wrong with Harry & David’s pears.
Yummy! All of these sound delicious! Especially the Fatty Sundays!
Why am I just now hearing about these Fatty Sundays?! That looks like a great idea!!
We do Wine and Country baskets for some of our clients, also.
Always on the look-out for good gluten-free cookies. Got to try those WOW cookies.
Gifting healthy foods that taste great is a good idea for the holidays!
Looks so good! Really want to try them all!
Some of my favorite brands are on there – lots of new names as well. Those pretzels look to-die-for. Those Vosges Caramels too………..yum.
Love these options
Those pretzel sticks look amazing
fatty sunday’s looks delicious!
I love those suncups we haven’t had the fortune of tasting these other great looking snacks!
The petite caramels are my favorite – bite-size is best, and their packaging look beautiful! A holiday gift I’d be proud to send to a client. Great suggestions, thanks!
So many delicious options!
Love the Barkthins!
There are some great ideas for the holidays! Thank you for pulling together this list of deliciousness…Gonna have to try some of these companies goodies as gifts!
Wow, I’ll accept them all. Thanks! 😉
And now I am hungry.
Lots of great ideas! Looking forward to trying some.
The Dolcetto wafers and Sun Cups look so tasty!!!! Thanks for the fresh set of ideas!
Love the healthier alternatives for cookies!
Thank you for the ideas! Would love to try Fatty Sunday’s!
Love the snack! A better way to enjoy choclate.
those all look delicious!
Wow they all look good!! wine caught my eye and so did those sunflower butter
I thought of so many people these would make great gifts for! And some I’d like for myself. 🙂
Those Fatty Sundays chocolate covered pretzels look amazing (and so does the colorful photo)! Where can I find some?
Bark thins are such a great snack!
Those pretzels look amazing!
All options sounds like a great alternative, especially Dolcetto Cookies & Cream Wafer!
I’m going to have to try the sun cups! Those sound delicious.
Those chocolate covered pretzels look amazing. Will definitely keep them in mind for the holidays.
Yum! These all sound good. I’m not really a person who gives food for a holiday gift, but I guess I could consider this now.
The pretzels look amazing! I’ve never heard of Fatty Sundays, but now I want to try some!
Great ideas – who doesn’t love a box full of treats for the holidays?!
Love the Barkthins and Homefree cookies!!
It’s always great to learn about new companies that I hadn’t heard about before and to share them with my co-workers. Hope to see some of these show up at our office parties!
Great gift ideas and options for everyone to enjoy…….Thanks for sharing.
Where did the treats in picture number 2 come from? Looks amazing.
Fatty Sunday might be my favorite company ever!
This would be perfect for shipping to relatives out of state. Great ideas!
I’ll take the Fatty Sundays any day of the week!
Fatty Sunday’s? That name alone sells the product.
They are look and sound amazing!!! Everyone in our office loves BarkThins!
I’ve just ordered a bunch of new items for the office and will most likely be baking individual pumpkin or banana nut breads for my friends.
I LOVE the Sun Cups!!! Bark Thins are also VERY popular here in our office.
Some of these look awesome. I cant wait to try a couple.
Ordering some Fatty Sundays for an office treat day!
As a cupcake lover I would be prefer Suncups Dark Chocolate Cups as gifts. Anyways thanks for sharing with us.
Fatty Sundays look so yummy!
Wow, order me 1 of each – do i have to share?
Great ideas for delicious, decadent Christmas treats!
These snacks look so good, would love to try them for the Holiday Season!