Murray’s Holiday Gift Guide 2021 Blog

With the holidays looking a little more normal this year, we’re reminded that the greatest gift is simply being together with friends and family. But if you’re looking to make your loved ones feel even more special, our annual Gift Guide makes it easy to find unique and heartfelt gifts. With stunning platters, virtual classes, and innovative cookware, the holidays are guaranteed to be full of love, joy, and cheese.

Seasonal Spreads

Our seasonal collections are a crowd-pleasing and delicious way to show how much you care. This year, we’ve curated some brand-new collections in addition to our signature classics to bring an impressive array of cheeses, meats, and other treats to your holiday feasts.

The Brie Lover’s Collection: This luxurious trio of double crèmebrie, black truffle honey, and Moka pecans is perfect for small get-togethers and elegant holiday happy hours. Our buttery Brie is bursting with a creamy decadence that’s a match made in heaven for Truffle Honey and cocoa-dusted caramelized pecans.

Cheddar Lover’s Collection: This original collection puts an emphasis on snackability with two sweet, grassy cheddars, creamy cheddar curds, a robust beef salami, and a bright bite of fruit jam. Serve it up with rustic crackers and nuts for a grazing plate that’ll be a hit at any holiday party.

Top Shelf

Top Shelf: Your search for peak cheese decadence ends here. From truffle-infused cheeses to our best blues and timeless stunners like Epoisses and Parmigiano Reggiano, this selection of top-tier cheese boasts some equally excellent accompaniments like real honeycomb and cherry preserves. 

Holiday Feast: This decadent feast is all the essential tastes of the holidays made gift-able! Three deliciously luxurious cheeses chosen by our expert mongers pair perfectly with cranberry orange jam, prosciutto and crackers for an impressive spread that’s bursting with holiday flavor.

Give the Gift of Murray’s Monthly Clubs

Our monthly clubs are the gifts that keep on giving all year long! We guarantee that loved ones near and far will feel excitement and joy every time they receive a Murray’s shipment.

Mac and Cheese of the Month Club

New! Mac and Cheese of the Month Club: Everyone’s favorite comfort food gets an upgrade with these monthly shipments of one Classic Mac and one Specialty Mac. Our Specialty Mac selections rotate each month, allowing you to try a range of our seasonal favorites such as Buffalo Chicken, French Onion, Truffle Mac, and more.

Classic Cheese of the Month Club: The perfect gift for classic cheese lovers and cheese newbies alike, this rotating collection of 3-4 approachable and iconic cheeses will delight any palate. Our specially selected cheeses range from the most delectable cheddars and triple creams to the brightest goat cheeses and most savory washed rind wheels.

For the Host or Hostess

Whether you’re throwing a holiday bash or looking for a thoughtful gift your hosts will truly appreciate, our tools of the trade can help make any party a success.

Brie Baker Hosting Set: A must-have for the home chef, this trio includes a stylish Boska ceramic cheese baker, a creamy wheel of Murray’s Mini Brie, and a delectably rich fig spread so you’ll be able to craft the perfect cheesy, melted delight in just minutes. Serve it up with crackers for an easy, crowd-pleasing cheese dish without the prep work.

Raclette Quattro: Be the life of the party with this professional-grade raclette machine from Holland-based Boska. Perfect for creating decadent melts over burgers, veggies, and just about anything else that deserves a serving of hot, gooey cheese (most things, in our opinion), this black metal stand features a heat lamp and a wire that can hold up to a quarter of a wheel of raclette.

Be Home Marble & Acacia Board with Small Drawer

This gorgeous marble cheese board doubles as a cutting board and includes a small pocket drawer, which slides out to reveal a three-piece stainless steel cheese serving set. Handcrafted from dazzling white marble and rich acacia, this is sourced from Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, and made by talented artisans in India.

Makers We Love:

Murray’s partners with standout makers from around the globe to bring artisanal small business products to your pantry.

Rustic Bakery: Naturally leavened flatbreads. Pecan and cranberry crostinis. Meyer lemon shortbreads. Mini gingerbread. There’s a reason this small Bay Area operation is our go-to for fine cheese accompaniments: their items are of the highest quality and made from the freshest ingredients.

Rustichella D’Abruzzo: Renowned for their authentic Italian pasta, Rustichella D’Abruzzo harvests local heirloom wheat during the summer to produce a toasty, textured, and undeniably tasty pasta. Their panettone, a mainstay of the Italian Christmas dinner, is studded with candied fig and dark chocolate for a taste like a cross between a challah and a babka. With a cup of coffee, it’s also the perfect breakfast on a cozy winter morning.

Easy Gifting:

Searching for a last-minute gift for a long-distance relative or hard-to-please friend? We’ve got something for even the trickiest, pickiest names on your list.

Classes: We’ve designed both in-person and virtual educational classes where you can enjoy some Cheese 101 with our expert instructors while tasting through a flight of premium cheeses. Tickets to our online classes include a shipment of four cheeses and accompaniments– enough for four people to take the class.

A Murray’s gift card: The easiest way to give your loved one gift you know they’ll enjoy is to surprise them with an all-inclusive pass to the world of cheese! Perfect for shopping our award-winning selections of cheese, meats, and gourmet groceries.


Still feeling the holiday spirit? Check out our Holiday Gifts and Recipes for more of the season’s cheesiest gift and entertaining ideas.

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