Gift-giving—no matter the recipient—is easier said than done. You want to give something that's thoughtful, useful, and irreplaceable, but when the time comes, you're completely stumped. Enter the food subscription box. Even if you're purchasing last minute, a food subscription box gift means months of treats long after the holiday cookie tins are empty. We've rounded up some of our favorite gifts that keep on giving for every person on your list this year, from meal kits (great for new parents or recent grads) to crates of plump, peak-season fruit (great for...pretty much everyone).
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The Best Food Subscription Box for Easy Weeknight Meals: Martha & Marley Spoon
A meal kit delivery subscription is the not-so-secret key to easy weekday meals. Martha & Marley Spoon tries to source organic and sustainable ingredients whenever possible, and all the recipes are Martha Stewart-approved. The deliveries can be altered or paused anytime to make planning easy—a great gift for busy people who want to cook dinner at home but just can't find the time.
Cost: $48/week minimum
What You’ll Get: Ten recipes per week.
The Best Subscription Box for Wine Lovers: Grand Tour Wine Club
Our Senior Editor Maggie Hoffman recommends Grand Tour to anyone looking for a wine education. "They have loads of information from a Master Sommelier, and will introduce you to wines you may have never tried before," says Maggie. A monthly subscription provides four bottles, (usually two whites and two reds), as well as insights into the producers, tasting notes, and pairing suggestions.
Cost: $95/month for three or six months
What You'll Get: Four bottles a month.
BUY IT: Grand Tour Wine Subscription
The Best for Olive-Oil Aficionados: Especially Puglia
Especially Puglia sources its oils from the rich agricultural region located in the southeast of Italy. Puglia is home to roughly 60 million olive trees, and Especially Puglia offers the novelty of “adopting” a tree from one of seven groves. Once you do so, you’ll receive three liters of single-harvest extra-virgin olive oil from your grove; a pretty ceramic bottle in which to decant the oil; an adoption certificate with the number of your tree; and information about the groves and farm.
Cost: $399–$500 at Food52
What You'll Get: There are a couple of options when it comes to subscribing to Especially Puglia. If you're purchasing the subscription as a gift, you can get a gift box (which includes a cruet, funnel, a 3-liter tin of oil) and a 3-liter tin of olive oil every three months following (meaning you'll get a total of four tins of olive oil). The Fusti with Year's Subscription includes a stainless steel olive oil dispenser (called a fusti), an initial 3-liter olive oil tin, and one 3-liter tin of olive oil every three months (again, you'll get a total of four tins).
The Best for Coffee Lovers: Blue Bottle Coffee
Blue Bottle Coffee is serious about its product, so give the gift of coffee glory with customizable gift subscriptions that deliver fresh beans on a regular basis. Offering three main plans: Origins (single-origin coffee), Blend (a rotating selection of signature blends), and Espresso (a rotating selection of espresso blends and the occasional single-origin), this will be a winner for Chemex or French press enthusiasts alike.
What You’ll Get: For three months or six months, each shipment includes a 6-ounce bag of a changing selection of whole bean coffee every other week (there is also a totally customizable subscription where you choose the coffee, the bag size, delivery frequency, and number of shipments).
The Best for Vegetarians: Bean Box
Know a coffee lover who can't pick a favorite bean? The Bean Box coffee sampler subscription has you covered. The Seattle based company works with over 35 roasters in the coffee-crazed Pacific Northwest to put together 4-pack samplers that range from single origin bags of beans to innovative blends.
What You'll Get: Choose three months, six months, or a year, then select light, medium, dark, espresso, or decaf roast preference. You can also choose if you'd like whole bean (ideal for someone who likes to grind their beans at home for maximum freshness) or pre-ground.
BUY IT: Bean Box Coffee Sampler
The Best for Tea Lovers: Simple Loose Leaf Tea
Founded by three siblings who prefer different varieties of tea, Simple Loose Leaf is a tea club for sipping exploration. You don't have to make any decisions aside from when and how much tea you want, as the monthly membership produces the same box for everyone. Eventually they'll have specific boxes for green or decaf tea drinkers, but for now it's a journey through surprise leaves.
What You’ll Get: For one month to one year, each shipment includes four 10-gram resealable pouches of tea.
The Best Food Subscription Box for Fruit Lovers: Harry & David Fruit of the Month
A classic Harry & David fruit basket is always a welcome gift—and now, the baskets come in smaller sizes so not a single ripe piece of fruit will go to waste. Our favorite options are the Light Royal Riviera Pear Club, which ships three month subscriptions of South Oregon pears starting in November or December, or the Citrus of the Month Club, which comes with three, six, or one year subscription options and includes everything from sumo mandarins to California Valencia oranges. For the non-discriminatory fruit lover, look to the Fruit of the Month Club Signature Collection for some seriously sweet bounty: a year long gift includes six pounds of pineapple, 100 sweet cherries, and three pounds of honey mangoes.
What You'll Get: Choose from three month, six month, or one year subscriptions of either a single type of fruit or a fruit medley. You can also choose slightly smaller boxes (best for an individual or couple) or the traditionally sized gift boxes, which are most suited for big families or offices.
For the Hot Sauce Obsessive: Fuego Box Hot Sauce
For anyone you know who loves a spicy collection, Fuego Box finds quality, small-batch hot sauces from all over the world and makes sure the picks are more flavorful than mouth-on-fire varieties. A subscription includes four quarterly shipments of the best hot sauce you’ve never heard of, with names like "orange label habanero" or "ghost of ancho."
Cost: $120 from Food52
What You’ll Get: For one year, four quarterly shipments containing three 5-ounce bottles of hot sauce.
The Best for Butter Snobs: Banner Grass-Fed Butter
A gift of butter made with cream from local Georgia cows, this collection is laden with flavor and churned to perfection. The sampler always includes one salty butter, one sweet butter (past flavors have been lavender and cinnamon), one roasted garlic butter, and one seasonal butter (like lemon chive and balsamic fig). Grass-fed and hormone-free, these butters make great companions to freshly baked bread, corn on the cob, and a stack of pancakes.
Cost: $48–$224 from Food52
What You’ll Get: For a one-time sampler or a quarterly subscription, each shipment includes four 5-ounce blocks of the current season’s butter.
For Pasta Nerds: Sfoglini Pasta
This New York-based company makes 100% organic pasta using a rotating number of local ingredients and spices from neighboring gardens, breweries, farmers, and flour mills. With a selection of shapes that would make any pasta-lover squeal, the subscription is sure to brighten up any pantry. The range of pastas include whole grain blend trumpets, golden semolina flour macaroni, and cuttlefish ink spaccatelli.
Cost: $65–$120 from Food52
What You’ll Get: For three months or six months, each shipment includes two 16-ounce boxes of pasta (one seasonal, one signature) and recipe cards.
The Best Food Subscription Box If You Want Lots of Great Cheese: Murray's Cheese of the Month
For anyone in your life who would appreciate the regular delivery of a pound and a half of cheese to their door, this gift box will get rave reviews. Murray's has in-house cheesemongers taste and select cheeses based on their flavors and textures—shipments are delivered the second Thursday of every month and come with an informative pamphlet that explains the difference and provenance of each cheese.
What You’ll Get: For a four month, six month or one year subscription, each shipment includes three carefully selected half–pound cheeses.
The Best for Charcuterie: Olympia Provisions Salami of the Month
This gift gives cured meat lovers the opportunity to try 12 different salamis crafted from Northwest pork. From large format Greek salami made with oregano, garlic, and orange zest to French salami flavored with garlic and black pepper, it's a hit for meat enthusiasts and frequent party hosts.
Cost: $160 from Food52
What You’ll Get: For one year, each monthly shipment includes one 4.5 ounce salami along with tasting notes.
The Best for Your Pickle-Loving Uncle: Pickles of the Month Club
The Brooklyn-based company is all about helping you discover the best, most delicious, and most interesting indie food products. With their pickle subscription box, Mouth will send out three of the best jars of pickled cucumbers and a slightly offbeat item like pickled cherry tomatoes or watermelon or string beans. With selections like Whiskey Sour Pickles from Brooklyn Brine to Spicy Caribbean Pickles from The Real Dill in Denver, the gift will be a delight to snackers, adventurous cocktail makers, and tart and tangy fiends. The subscriptions boxes can be sent to all 50 states and most countries, with a few exceptions.
What You’ll Get: For three months, six months, or one year, each shipment includes four pickled goods.
BUY IT: Mouth Pickles of the Month Club
The Best Food Subscription Box for Japanophiles: Bokksu Japanese Snack Box
If you know someone who could use a monthly delivery of artisanal snacks from local snack makers in Japan, a Bokksu subscription will make for an excellent gift. With items like dark chocolate Kit Kats infused with matcha to doughy sweet potato vegetable bread to a popular snack mix of peanuts and crescent-shaped senbei, it'll wow the mind and tastebuds.
What You’ll Get: For three months, six months, or one year, each monthly box includes about 10-25 snacks and a tea. Shipping is free worldwide.
The Best for People Who Want a Little of Everything: TasteTrunk Gift Box
This is a great gift for someone who enjoys trying new things or perhaps needs a shake up from a food rut. Taste Trunk offers three different gift box subscriptions that highlight gourmet foods, grilling supplies, and sweets. The Gourmet Box features items like flavored vinegar and salts; the BBQ Box focuses on things like fancy ketchup and grill sauce; and the Sweet Box has all manners of caramels, chocolates, and baked goods.
What You’ll Get: For three months to six months, each shipment includes four to five items from different brands.
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