2018 Luxe Gift Guide: Holiday presents for the person who thinks they have everything

They start with sweet, creamy butter. Next comes fresh milk and sugar. Then, after adding a few more fresh ingredients — salts, spirits and seasonings — McCrea’s Candies handrolls its exquisite caramel into smooth pieces of perfection.

There are 15 mouthwatering flavors like Black Lava Sea Salt, Cinnamon Clove and Single Malt Scotch (made with real whisky right from the Highlands).

You can buy some in a number of Garden State gourmet shops, including Occasionette in Collingswood, Fountain Greetings in Nutley, Welcome Home in Red Bank and Thomas Sweet Chocolate in Princeton.

Know someone who doesn’t know when to say when? Consider gifting McCrea’s Caramel of the Month. Choose from a three-, six- or 12-month subscription and the recipient will receive three-dozen pieces of one flavor of McCrea’s slow-cooked luxe caramel, specially selected by the company’s caramel connoisseurs. Every month is a different flavor!

Go to mccreascandies.com to order a subscription or send small batches to family and friends anywhere in North America.

13 Precious Presents You'll Want to Keep For Yourself

We've all been there: You tell friends and family it's a "no gifts" gathering, yet inevitably, someone shows up with a present in tow - just for you.  This year, don't get caught unawares.  Here are several small, easy and thoughtful ideas worth having on hand, just in case.  A little holiday merriment backup never hurt anyone.

Caramel Cocktail

For the liquor connoisseur in your life, McCrea's Candies Single Malt Scotch Caramels are sweet and saucy, spirited with smoky Ardmore Scotch.

Best urban hostess gifts: Pick up something 'from the city' for your next party

It's hostess gift-giving time and word to the wise: You can never go wrong with food. 

Certainly a bottle of wine or a local jam works but if you're going to be in the city, (and rushing home to the 'burbs for a party), we've got suggestions that — dare we say —  they'll eat up. 

McCrea’s Candies: Treat your hostess with the most-ess to luxe caramels packaged in biodegradable containers from McCrea’s. This made in America product is known for its slow-cooked handcrafted process which produces flavors like Black Lava Sea Salt, Rosemary Truffle, Cinnamon Clove, Single Malt Scotch, and Deep Chocolate. Prices range from $5 to $55 depending on gift size.

Sweets for the Sweet

We believe McCrea's Caramels are not your run-of-the-mill offering, and unless you've tried them -- well -- you're missing one of life's true pleasures.

We received our samples, before the holidays, and were pleasantly surprised by the exquisitely designed packaging and presentation. We were further impressed by the individually wrapped nuggets which slowly melt in your mouth.  But beware, these treats have an addictive quality, and it takes depths of self-control not to overindulge. 

Small Business Gift Guide

This holiday season (and all year), we encourage you to shop small, shop local and shop smart. By doing so, you are fueling your local economy and choosing to feed a family instead of fuel a large corporation. This list is a just a guide. We chose small businesses around the Boston area to feature.

McCrea's -- These insanely delicious soft caramels are the perfect treat to bring to a holiday party.