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Fruit baskets, steak orders by mail....any kind of food gifts (wine, included)?
For food lovers, yes! But I'm careful about it because I only give food if it's an item I'm 100% sure a person would love. I'm not going to give anybody a fruit basket because it seems im-personal, it's something they can collect any time of year at the fruit store and they likely have a basket full of bananas and apples on their kitchen table already.
However, I make my peppermint bark, oatmeal candy & peanut butter balls (sometimes sugar cookies) every single year. Usually, I make a nice, big batch of each just for my dad and put them in a decorative box/tin. I like to do that because he LOVES my homemade peppermint bark, oatmeal candy (that's his fav one) and peanut butter balls. Okay, I love my peanut butter balls probably even more than he does, but still. LOL.
I know it's something he loves, and I've noticed since I was just a kid, that he lights up and feels really special when I cook just for him. I've given him material gifts before and never seen him light up and hug me as tightly as when I cook only for him. So I do like food-gifting to the people like him -- who'd prefer nothing more. People who really actually find your cooking a special thing.
As for store-bought food, no. I would never ever ever gift store bought food. Only homemade or else it's not special. I might gift someone store-bought food if it's for no real reason or holiday, but not for a real holiday.