Send a taste of Virginia with any one of these scrumptious gifts. Bonus -- you won't have to wrap or mail them yourself!
Whether you want to send someone a reminder of a recent visit or a taste of their home state, food gifts from Virginia will fit the bill. Here are some quintessential edible gifts from the Commonwealth that your friends and family will love.
As strange as it may seem to send someone a big hunk of meat, a Smithfield ham is an impressive offering for any carnivore. You can choose from "city sweet" hams or salt-brined country hams that are simply magical on biscuits. Visit the Smithfield Marketplace to see their full range of products.
I would go for the half country ham ($89.99), spiral-sliced for a gorgeous presentation. Your lucky recipient could have it for dinner, make ham biscuits with leftovers, and have the bone for making bean soup. Order soon -- standard shipping is free right now!
Courtesy of Smithfield
Virginia Peanuts from Williamsburg
The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg has a ton of great Virginia peanut gifts including a very affordable 2-lb. bag of in-shell roasted nuts. If you know a peanut lover (and who doesn't), this is a dream come true at just $29.99. You can even go bigger with a 10-lb. bag! If you want to go a little fancier, check out the many varieties of shelled peanuts.
Courtesy of The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg
Blue Ridge Fudge Lady
The tiny town of Pulaski, VA, is home to the Blue Ridge Fudge Lady, a haven for anyone with a sweet tooth. At just $14.98 per pound, you can send someone a variety of flavors like dark chocolate caramel sea salt fudge or classic rocky road.
Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Fudge Lady
These Virginia Beach treats are baked using a grandmother's cherished recipes. A regional favorite at craft shows and specialty shops, you can order these delicious pound cakes online here. The 1-lb. loaves are just $9, and larger rounds are also available. Flavors include cinnamon pecan, lemon, almond, and lemon. You can also round out the box with some classic fruitcake, pecan squares, macaroons, or gourmet cookies.
Courtesy of Wissie Cakes
Rappahannock River Oysters
The Rappahannock Oyster Company will send fresh Virginia seafood all over the country for you. Try briny or sweet oysters, shucked or unshucked. At just $1 each, you really can't beat these prices. Your order will be expertly packed in cooled gel packs in a styrofoam container to maintain optimal freshness. You can also order littleneck or middleneck clams for your seafood lovers.
Courtesy of the Rappahannock Oyster Company
If you're buying and giving locally, don't forget all of the Virginia wines! Head out west to do some "research" at all of the wineries along I-66 this year -- what fun! Virginia ABC stores and most large grocery stores will feature a section devoted just to wines produced in the Commonwealth.
Do you have other favorite Virginia food gifts that you send every year? Let us know in the comments below!