Holiday and gift giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Festivus or another special occasion, you might be struggling to figure out what to give all the special people in your life. Aren’t there always a few people that seem to have everything? And other people who are very picky and you just don’t know what to get them? Then, there are the people who show up at your home by surprise and you need a gift to give them on the spot!

Well, may we suggest that: Olive Oil is the Perfect Gift for Anyone! 

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Pretty much all adults, up to any age, can enjoy a good bottle of extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO). It’s an ingredient that home cooks who know very little or quite a lot about cooking use -- that’s because it’s a simple, yet a sophisticated ingredient. That’s why foodies always appreciate a good bottle of EVOO and especially our Gourmet EVOO.

We recommend stocking a few extra bottles of olive oil around the holidays, they make the perfect original gift for a hostess or for surprise guests; especially for those people who do not consume alcohol and wouldn’t appreciate a bottle of wine. The only thing to keep in mind with olive oil is that it’s best consumed fresh, so, unlike wine, which improves with age, olive oil has more health benefits and a better taste when fresh. Our recommendation is to consume it within a year. You can read more about olive oil and aging in our Olive Oil Guide.

Teachers and other professionals who you might want to thank this time of year, but who you don’t know well enough to pick a personal gift for, are sure to appreciate a bottle of olive oil. For people you know less personally, we recommend the Classic Olive Oil or the Mild & Light Olive Oil.

Finally, health fanatics, athletes, dieters and picky eaters almost always appreciate a good bottle of olive oil because they know it fits within their health regimen, for these particularly health and taste conscious people we recommend our Gourmet EVOO.

It’s pretty clear that olive oil is the perfect gift idea for (almost) anyone on your list. So, stock up and happy holidays!