OK, so candy isn't the most novel gourmet food gift choice, but it is popular. Chocolates all by themselves are a guilty pleasure that has a long and lustrous pedigree. Whether the person on your gift list prefers the elegant indulgence of French chocolate or something closer to home, like Connecticut's own Chocopologie chocolates by renowned chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt, he or she will almost certainly give the foil box a spot of honor on the coffee table.
If giving chocolates seems a bit cliché, how about retro candy that inspires memories of a favorite decade? Bring back the sweet flavors of times gone by with Boston Baked Beans, Mallow Cups, Necco Wafers and Rocky Road candy bars. Buy an assortment or case of one or two favorites.