Fret not, procrastinators. There is still time to score a super cool gift, because nobody will argue with getting something totally delicious delivered to their door every month. Whether your giftee is an inveterate snacker, a hiker looking for tasty new functional foods, or someone who just loves discovering delicious new flavors, we’ve got something for them. And the best part? All you have to do is click, purchase, and write a sweet note explaining that goodies are on the way. Phew.
Before we get to this year’s picks, a quick reminder that, over the years, we’ve featured many other fantastic food subscription services that are still up, running, and widely considered top-notch choices. Be sure to check them out too:
Last year’s best food subscription boxes included Try the World and Japan Crate, two very popular choices, a monthly box filled with French goodies, a box of healthy treats that gives back every month, and more. And the year before that, our favorite food subscription gifts included monthly treats straight from a farm, a spice-of-the-the-month club, a super high-end chocolate subscription we’ve been obsessed with for ages, and more.
If you’re looking for subscription boxes for kids, these are 4 of the best subscription cooking kits for kids that make awesome gifts for little chefs. And we very recently fell in love with the DIY cake kits by Cakest featured in our gift guide: 11 perfect holiday gifts for kids who love to cook.
Oh, and Mistobox, another longtime Cool Mom favorite, is another great option, as well, for your favorite coffee lovers.
But onto our latest favorites…
Snakku delivers a collection of hand-picked snacks that you can only find in Japan, along with a selection of familiar Japanese snacks delivered every month. They are dedicated to supporting local Japanese businesses and showcasing the authentic seasons and regions of Japan through their choices. Each box is beautifully wrapped in a traditional, washi-paper furoshiki too! (From $38.95 and up, Snakku)
Boxwalla Food Box
Boxwalla curates subscriptions across four categories: beauty, food, book, and film. In each category, the focus is on small makers, natural products, indie finds, and interesting products. (Sound like something some team might like, huh?) In the food category, the products tend to be made in small batches from high quality, natural ingredients by artisanal producers. And the coolest part? You can stick to just a food box subscription or hop between categories to get a food box one month, a beauty box the next, and so on. If you’d rather give a one-time gift box as an introduction to Boxwalla, that’s an option too. In fact, you can even put one together yourself. (From $29.99 and up, Boxwalla)
Red Velvet Dessert Kits
Every month, Red Velvet will send you or someone you love two recipes and all of the pre-measured ingredients you need to make two gourmet, seasonal desserts like a pro. Each recipe is easy enough for any home cook to execute, but also comes with a tip or trick to help even beginner bakers master simple, but professional techniques that will make their creations stand-out. This is perfect for the avid home cook — or maybe the home cook who is raising a little one who’s recently fallen in love with The Great British Baking Show ($49 for 2 baking kits/month, Red Velvet)
Universal Yums takes recipients on a journey to a new country every month with a box of snacks and candies from that country, plus an educational booklet with info, trivia, and games that we think makes this especially fun for kids and families. You can choose between 6 or 12 snacks every month, and all boxes come with free shipping in the United States. Check out their past boxes from places including Turkey, Pakistan, and Columbia to get a sense of the kinds of fun treats that come in each box. ($14 per box and up with one, three and six month options, Universal Yums)
Unlike the other subscription boxes here, Takeout Kit is more like a meal kit delivery service, but more fun. Instead of giving a practical dinner solution (which is a great gift, by the way, if that’s what you think your recipient will love), this is more about giving a fun dining adventure one to four times a month. This is perfect for an adventurous home cook who loves experimenting with cuisine and flavor, but doesn’t have the time to find off-the-beaten path recipes or harder-to-find ingredients. From Burmese curry noodles to Sichuan Mapo Tofu and Ethiopian spiced lentils, these meal kits come with all the ingredients you need to make dinner — though note that the dinners cook in 30-60 minutes, so this is definitely for someone interested in spending some time in the kitchen. (From $32/meal/month and up, Takeout Kit)
Being called a foodie used to mean that you were all about indulgent foods and fancy ingredients, but these days, with a growing interest in health and wellness, many foodies are also super healthy, or at least follow very specific functional diets. If there’s a super healthy food lover on your list who’s also an athlete — a hiker in particular — Hiker Crate is a perfect gift. We know that it’s super specific, but it’s just so cool! Every month, your favorite hiker will get five to eight items to elevate their hiking game, including gear and lots of high-performance trail snacks and healthy camping meals. So fun! (From $32.33 and up, Hiker Crate)
What could be better than having cookies delivered to your door? No prepping. No measuring. No baking. Just eating. Every month, The Cravory sends six new seasonal flavors to its subscribers by the half-dozen, dozen, or two-dozen. And, oh, the flavors. Think Bourbon Pecan, Coffee Cake, Pumpkin S’mores, Salted Caramel Cream, and Poppin Eggnog. Need we go on? (From $9.95/month and up, The Cravory)
Moustache Coffee Club
Moustache Coffee Club is perfect for the hardcore coffee lovers in your life. Like, the ones casually say things like single-origin and cortado. The club delivers carefully selected, single-origin coffees (ahem) that are delivered to your doorstep three days from being roasted. (Just three!) Their goal: To bring a world-class, craft coffee experience into people’s home in a way that no other roaster or coffee shop can do. And people are buzzing about them — not just because of the caffeine. (From $38.00 and up, Moustache Coffee Club)