Murray’s Cheese’s Top Shelf holiday basket

Containing Mason jars of Asellina tomato sauce, packaged fresh pasta, and jars of olive oil, the restaurant’s holiday picnic baskets feature fine ingredients “handpicked to give guests the ability to create a basic Italian dish, and yet leave room for them to get creative,” says chef Marco Porceddu. 420 Park Ave. South, 212-317-2908

Chelsea Market Baskets
Founder and owner David Porat strives “to develop outstanding specialty food gifts that have a story to be told and are made by real people.” The Chelsea Market Bounty basket includes hand-rolled rugelach, fresh fruit, dried cured salami, crispy cheddar crepes, and exclusive imports from all over the world. 75 Ninth Ave., 212-727-1111;

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Dana’s Bakery
Inspired to create new flavors New York baker Dana Loia puts “an American twist on the traditional French macaron.” The gluten-free treats come in unconventional flavors such as cookie dough and red velvet; Champagne, candy cane, and jelly donut are also available for the holidays. 800-477-1816;

Eli Zabar
“I have never heard anyone complain about receiving caviar—it’s up there with complaining about diamonds and sable,” says founder Eli Zabar. His Caviar Classic contains Californian sturgeon caviar, freshly baked brioche, and a mother-of-pearl spoon. 1411 Third Ave., 212-717-8100; 431 E. 91st St., 212-987-0885; 1062 Madison Ave., 212-772-0022; 403 E. 91st St., 212-831-4800

Épicerie Boulud
Chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud has created a variety of French-inspired gourmet gift boxes. The Ultimate Épicerie Boulud box combines sweet and savory indulgences with its foie gras mousse, artisanal cheese, and house-made pâté. “New Yorkers have discerning palates,” says Boulud, and this collection “speaks to that expectation.” 1900 Broadway, 212-595-9606;

“We see ourselves as gift concierges,” says chief gift expert Amanda Poses. All of Fill-R-Up’s baskets are custom designed for the recipient, containing items such as Tate’s Bake Shop chocolate chip cookies or the Hampton Popcorn Company’s kettle corn. 197 E. 76th St., 212-452-3026

Murray’s Cheese
Challerhocker pecorino laced with flakes of black truffles, silky Prosciutto, artisanal salami washed in Barolo wine, and figs served in vanilla syrup are just a few of the delicacies featured in the Top Shelf gift basket, one of 12 fromage gift packages. 254 Bleecker St., 212-243-3289;

One Tough Cookie
New York–based baker Gail Dosik works closely with clients to design custom-made cookies for every occasion. For the holidays, she has created the Wish List package, which contains 10 “dream” cookies, such as a sports car and a yacht. “The package is intended to represent those luxury gifts that fill our wildest dreams,” says Dosik. 212-691-4997;

Vice president and managing director of Petrossian North America Alexandre Petrossian recommends the Caviar Powder Basket for its versatility, but the Connoisseurs Collection is the most “outrageous,” containing Petrossian’s five best caviars in a beautiful velvet box and two tins of Whole Duck Foie Gras. 911 Seventh Ave., 212-245-2217

Todd English Food Hall
Todd English selected the best of his Food Hall at The Plaza for his four themed baskets. With an assortment of luxury serving pieces, seashore honey, jasmine vinegar, and gourmet candy, the TE Entertaining collection is perfect for any hostess. 1 W. 59th St., 212-986-9260

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