If you ask us, the absolute
best gifts are edible. Very few have been known to reject a personal platter stacked full of warm cookies — or, better yet, a basket of cupcakes sprinkled and frosted to perfection. So, unless you have a bunch of sweets-opposed peeps on your holiday-gift lists, the fresh-baked treat idea is a good one. Don't go the Willy-Wonka route and turn your kitchen into a chocolate factory this year — instead, switch off your stand mixer and enlist some help from the online pros. From Milk Bar to Sugarfina and Levain Bakery, the 18 popular sweet shops ahead will ship treats straight to you and your giftees' — no recipes, hot ovens, or dirty pans necessary. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. All product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
These are decorated and frosted with a delicious buttercream icing. (Pssst, there's even an assortment of gluten-free options for our friends with food allergies.)
Traditional Happy Holiday Gift Tin Tower, $, available at
Cheryl's Cookies More
While you won't necessarily get to snap your very own Instagram pic outside one of Milk Bar's infamous
neon pink signs
, you can still enjoy its many desserts by shopping online. Fresh-baked cakes, cake ball truffles, pie, and cookie tins are all on the menu — and now with new seasonal flavor offerings, too.
Fall Feels, $, available at
Milk Bar More
Margo Wolfe’s Miami-based M.Dough.W features brownies, Oreos, caramel, rainbow cookies — you name it and they've stuffed it inside a gooey, fully-cooked and ready-to-eat cookie dough.
Doughees by M Dough W
Build A Box (12), $, available at
Doughees by M Dough W More
Give the people what they want; an entire tin of chocolate chunk cookies. No nuts, no teeny tiny chocolate chips, just the good stuff from this reliable, top-selling cookie lover's brand — that also happens to ship out delicious
Fresh Baked Decadent Jumbo Cookies, $, available at
David's Cookies More
Ask almost any New Yorker, and we bet they will say that Magnolia Bakery sells some of the world's best-tasting cupcakes to banana pudding...like, ever. Available in a deliverable variety of flavors with seasonal frostings, this shop's sweets are prime holiday gifting material.
World Famous Banana Pudding - Party Sized, $, available at
Magnolia Bakery More
As stated in the brand's Insta profile, the folks over at Harry & David take gift-giving and entertaining pretty seriously. So much so that they offer what seems like hundreds of pre-wrapped items at a moment's notice, which comes in handy for some especially in
last-minuting gifting dilemmas
Harry & David
Holiday Belgian Chocolate Gift Box, $, available at
Harry & David More
As seen on Shark Tank, the family-owned team at Wicked Good Cupcakes offers up a fun way to serve and eat, cupcake-in-a-jar. They even have your
bases covered with a giftable GF package for two, four, and six.
Wicked Good Cupcakes
Cupcake Jar Custom Pack (12), $, available at
Wicked Good Cupcakes More
Located in New York's historic Lower East Side for over 100 years, Russ & Daughters is an institution beloved for its appetizing bagel spread, a good schmear, and
. The sweet yeasted cake is perfect for breakfast — or anytime.
Russ & Daughters
Chocolate Babka, $, available at
Russ & Daughters More
Baked By Melissa delivers cupcakes in innovative mini-form, so you can sample the best in seasonal flavor variety — from Cornbread Crumble to Pumpkin Pie, Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie, and the shop's "
" like Red Velvet and Mint Cookie.
Baked By Melissa
Friendsgiving Mix & Match Cupcakes 50-Pack, $, available at
Baked by Melissa More
It's never a bad idea to fall back on reliable-sweet classics during hectic holiday times — and Godiva's bundles of festively packaged truffles to chocolate-covered pretzels and hot-cocoa mix hits the easily-deliverable mark.
Spirit of the Season Gift Basket, $, available at
The Stroopwafel is a Dutch treat that this Lancaster, PA-based bakery dubs as, "stroopies." They're shipped via the delectable gourmet site
— that also has
oodles of other local treats
to buy. But, back to those Stroopies: unwrap, pop them in the microwave for 10 seconds, and enjoy the heavenly gooey caramel goodness.
Stroopwafels, $, available at
Gourmet cupcakes made with premium ingredients? Count us in! And with seasonal flavor-favorites from pumpkin spice to dark chocolate, this assortment of baked masterpieces is well worth the delivery fee.
Seasonal Dozen Box (feat. Pumpkin), $, available at
Chocolate chip cookie lovers, meet your newest addiction. These mounds of gooey goodness draw massive lines outside each of Levain Bakery's four locations daily. Don't believe us? Check out the bake shop's
for proof! Lucky for you, the cookies can also be shipped to your doorstep in a gift box.
Assortment - Gift Box of 8 Cookies, $, available at
Levain Bakery More
Founded in 1997 by two dedicated bakers, this shop has since then become an authority on all things bundt cake. Sold in various sizes including a traditional 8-inch version as well as bite-sized, "bundtinis," there's something to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth.
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