You really can’t go wrong with giving someone the gift of food. Whether your recipient loves to cook or eat — or both — bestowing them with a bag of sweets or some new spices will result in near-instant joy. Instead of taking a risk with a kitchen gadget that they might not use very often, you can be totally confident that something edible will be appreciated. And, perhaps best of all, if you’re in need of a few more smaller gifts, food makes for the perfect budget-friendly stocking stuffer.
If you aren’t quite sure where to start, we here at The Kitchn can point you in the right direction: Brightland. We’ll never stop singing the praises of the AAPI-owned, California-based company — their balsamic vinegar totally transformed commerce managing editor Tamara’s summer salads, and contributing editor Sheela found herself drizzling their mouth-watering pizza oil on salads, eggs, and more. We could go on, but let’s get right to the point: Brightland just restocked their individual minis just in time for gifting season!
What are the Stocking Stuffer Individual Minis?
Starting at $15 and maxing out at just $22, there are four 3.4-ounce offerings to choose from: extra virgin olive oil Alive, chili olive oil Ardor, lemon-infused olive oil Lucid, and Champagne vinegar Parasol. Truly, there’s something to fit everyone’s taste, so let’s break down each one.
Starting off strong with one of the brand’s most popular flavors, Ardor is a blend of red chili peppers, jalapeño peppers, chipotle peppers, and paprika — so if you have a spice lover in your life, this will be a guaranteed hit. Contributor Ariel topped a fried egg off with it, writing that Ardor “added just a touch of heat and made my breakfast feel extra luxurious.”
Looking to go for a more versatile option? Try out Alive, which is a smooth, fruity finishing oil that’s ideal for salads and greens, as well as bread and other baked goods. You can even pair it with sweets like sorbet or chocolate! Like all of Brightland’s products, Alive has tons of positive reviews, with one shopper writing that “[it’s] the only olive oil [they’ve] ever used that enhances the taste of whatever [they] use it on.”
A new mini offering that the brand didn’t have last year is Lucid, which is made of 100% lemon, and it’ll take your baked goods, pasta, salad, and even cocktails to the next level. “Unlike other flavored olive oils I’ve tried, LUCID doesn’t have any cloying, artificial aftertaste; it’s pure, unadulterated lemon goodness,” our copy chief Lauren wrote.
Last, but certainly not least, you can grab a vinegar if you’d rather not opt for an olive oil. Ariel also gave the citrusy Parasol a try, noting that she “could seriously drink the stuff” — and she totally could, given that it can be added to cocktails as well as salads, greens, chicken, and seafood.
What Brightland Reviewers are Saying
Average Rating: 4.9/5
“I’ve been tempted to buy Brightland for some time now but when they released the mini stocking stuffers I decided to finally try it out. I got the basil and chili infused oils and the flavor is amazing. They take a dish to the next level. I highly recommended!” – Brittney
“I gifted this stocking stuffer to a good friend and they rave about the taste! May have another customer on the way to Brightland!” – Kelly C.
“I love this olive oil! I first purchased it for my kitchen and then for Christmas bought a couple more as gifts. The online shopping experience was a breeze and they shipped very quickly. And the fresh look of the bottle is the icing on top!” – Dawn
If you want to play it safe and give your recipient a small taste of Brightland before deciding to splurge on a whole bottle, these petite olive oil and vinegar options are the way to go — plus, they can even stick them in their purse and take them on the go! A word to the wise: Brightland items sell out often, so you should grab these stocking stuffers ASAP!
Buy: Stocking Stuffers, starting at $15