Gift-giving—no matter the recipient—is easier said than done. You want to buy 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 boxes that keep on giving for every person on your list, from meal kits (great for new parents or recent grads) to crates of plump peak-season fruit (great for...pretty much everyone). Get ready to hear about how great of a gift-giver you are well into 2021, as a new box hits the doorstep every month.
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 sources organic and sustainable ingredients whenever possible, and all the recipes (22 options per week!) 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.
What you’ll get: Preportioned ingredients for meals that serve two or four up to six days per week.
$50.00, Marley Spoon
The best box for wine lovers: Grand Tour Wine Club
Our senior editor Maggie Hoffman recommends the sommelier-curated Grand Tour to anyone looking for a wine education. “They have loads of information and will introduce you to wines that you may have never tried before,” she says. A monthly subscription provides four bottles, (usually two whites and two reds) as well as insights into the producers, tasting notes, and pairing suggestions.
What you’ll get: Four bottles a month for one, three, or six months total.
$95.00, Grand Tour Wine
The best subscription box 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.
What you’ll get: 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 box for coffee lovers: Blue Bottle Coffee
Fresh beans are the key to great coffee at home, so give the gift of Blue Bottle Coffee with a customizable subscription that delivers bags of beans on a regular basis. The company offers 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)—so you can find a winner regardless of how the coffee lover in your life likes their cup.
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).
$66.00, Blue Bottle
The best box for bean-heads: Rancho Gordo Bean Club
The other kind of beans! Rancho Gordo is the preeminent purveyor of heirloom and specialty beans and other pantry products, and its quarterly subscription club is an extremely hot ticket item among those in the know. If it’s sold out by the time you start shopping, put your name on the waiting list and snag the Deluxe Gift Box instead, which features five 1-pound bags of assorted Rancho Gordo heirloom beans, a tote bag, and a cookbook.
What you’ll get: Six bags of beans and a grain (or another Rancho Gordo product) four times per year.
$40.00, Rancho Gordo
The best box for those who like it spicy: Fuego Box Hot Sauce Subscription
For anyone you know who can’t eat a meal without a shake or two of Tapatío, this is the ideal gift. Fuego Box finds quality small-batch hot sauces from all over the world and delivers them to your door. A subscription includes quarterly shipments of what’s sure to become your new favorite hot sauce varieties.
What you’ll get: For one year, four shipments containing three 5-ounce bottles of hot sauce each.
The best subscription box 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. Select how often you’d like a box of tea to arrive and specify the type you like most: herbal, green, black, or a sampler if you’d like to try it all. Simple Loose Leaf creates a box for you based on your preferences in the hope of introducing you to new favorite varieties.
What you’ll get: Monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly shipments of four premium loose leaf teas—enough to make about 20 cups of tea per box—plus linen filters and tasting notes for each.
$120.00, Simple Loose Leaf
The best subscription box for fruit lovers: Harry & David Fruit of the Month Club
A classic Harry & David fruit basket is always a welcome gift—and now you can give the gift of monthly slightly smaller deliveries, so not a single ripe piece of fruit will go to waste. The company has tons of options to fit your needs, like 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 12-month subscription options and includes everything from sumo mandarins to California Valencia oranges). Best of all, for the nondiscriminatory fruit lover, is the Signature Classic Club: a yearlong gift that includes a pineapple, sweet cherries, and a handful 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 better suited for big families or offices.
$350.00, Harry & David
The best box for butter snobs: Banner Grass-Fed Butter Subscription
There is, in fact, better butter. Give the gift of butter made with cream from local Georgia cows with this collection, which is loaded with flavor and churned to perfection. The sampler always includes one round of sea salt butter, one round of roasted garlic, one sweet butter (like honey rosemary or dark chocolate), and one seasonal butter (like red pepper mash or BBQ). Grass-fed and hormone-free, these butters make great companions to freshly baked bread, corn on the cob, and a stack of pancakes.
What you’ll get: For a quarterly subscription, each shipment includes four 5-ounce blocks butter.
The best box for your pickle-loving uncle: Mouth’s Pickles of the Month Club
Mouth is a Brooklyn-based company all about helping you discover the best, most delicious, and most interesting indie food products. With its pickle subscription box, you get three of the best jars of pickled cucumbers and a slightly offbeat item (like pickled cherry tomatoes or watermelon or string beans) every month. With selections like Whiskey Sour Pickles from Brooklyn Brine and 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.
What you’ll get: For three months, six months, or one year, each shipment includes four pickled goods.
The best subscription box for pasta nerds: Sfoglini Pasta
This New York City–based company makes 100 percent organic pasta using a rotating number of local ingredients and spices from neighboring gardens, breweries, farmers, and flour mills. With a selection of shapes and flavors that would make any pasta lover squeal, the subscription is sure to brighten up any pantry. Past pasta offerings have included beet fusilli, porcini trumpets, and cuttlefish ink spaccatelli.
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 for a cheese plate artiste: 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 idiosyncrasies 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.
$175.00, Murray’s Cheese
The best subscription box for people who always want 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.
What you’ll get: For one year, each monthly shipment includes one 4.5-ounce salami along with tasting notes.
The best box for a chocaholic: Raaka
This First Nibs program from Brooklyn-based Raaka Chocolate is an adventure in chocolate tasting. Every month, a box of three bars will arrive on your doorstep, including one from its current collection and and two from the most recent “innovative micro-batches” that all work together in a theme. Some past specialty flavors to pique your interest: Tahini Swirl, Mango Lassi, and Black & White Cookie.
What you’ll get: For three, six, or 12 months, you’ll get three 1.8-ounce chocolate bars, plus tasting notes from Raaka’s Head Chocolate Maker, Nate Hodge.
$145.00, Raaka Chocolate
The best 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 taste buds.
What you’ll get: For three months, six months, or one year, each monthly box includes 10–25 snacks and a tea. Shipping is free worldwide.
The food subscription box for people who travel with their taste buds: Mouth’s Indie States of America Box
Each box in Mouth’s Indie States of America subscription focuses on a different region in the U.S., meaning you’ll get to taste your way through the country by sampling local, independent, small-batch purveyors from coast to coast. Think Hawaiian hot sauce, chocolate from Oregon, and barbecue spice rub from South Carolina.
What you’ll get: For three, six, or 12 months, you’ll get a collection of products focused around a specific U.S. region.
Originally Appeared on Epicurious