It can be a challenge to find personal, meaningful presents for everyone on your list year after year. That’s when we turn to the humble food subscription service–the delicious gift that keeps on giving. Whether you’re shopping for a cooking novice, a niche appetite (pickled fennel, anyone?), or a super sneaky, last-minute token of appreciation (the recipient will never know you put in the order just an hour ago), these monthly packages will give you peace of mind, or at least save you a trip to the mall.
Scroll on for our top picks.
Your friend who dreams in chocolate can get their cocoa fix with Compartés’ Gourmet Chocolate of the Month subscription where they will receive a set of limited edition truffles or bars on the regular.
What You'll Get: A seasonal selection of handmade goodies
Available at Compartés | $150/3 months
3. Love With Food
Whether you're filling up on gluten-free goodies, restocking the office kitchen, or replenishing your snack reserves, every Love with Food box donates at least one meal to a food bank in America. What's more, this December, receive a limited edition box curated by actress Tiffani Thiessen.
What You'll Get: 8+ snacks
Available at Love With Food | From $8/month
6. Carnivore Club
Eliminate re-gifting forever with the Carnivore Club, a subscription box that promises to deliver the very best artisanal cured meat in the entire world.
What You'll Get: 4 to 6 laboriously cured meats and a Meat Eaters Handbook packaged in a beautiful crate
Available at Carnivore Club | $55/month
8. Raw Spice Box
Spice up their cooking strategy with these aromatic flavor kits that will show them how to experiment with flavor combinations from around the world.
What You'll Get: The Monthly Spice Box option comes with 3 freshly ground spices and the option to add extra flavors
Available at Raw Spice Bar | From $6/month
Ready for a sugar rush? Treatsie introduces their subscribers to indie candy labels, small batch artisanal sweets, and other under-the-radar goodness.
What You'll Get: Up to $25 worth of hand-crafted, gourmet goodness from three different candy makers
Available at Treatsie | From $20/month
This mix of indie candies from around the world (think Green Tea Kit-Kats and Bulgarian Milk Bars) will satisfy any sweet tooth. And with the limited offer code FIRSTMONTH199, the first month is only $2!
What You'll Get: The starter box delivers 5 to 7 snacks per month
Available at Crate Joy | From $10/month
We love the variety of organic, loose leaf teas that come with this monthly subscription. Get 10 percent off with the code SUB10.
What You'll Get: The Tea Enthusiast box comes with four different blends—fruity, classic, herbal, and a surprise blend selected by experts
Available at Crate Joy | From $15/month
If Ron Swanson had a subscription box service, it would look something like this. In addition to delivering a curated box of dude-friendly snacks (past themes included "Bacon Nation," "Tailgate Tour," and "Bourbon BBQ"), Mantry also donates a portion of its sales to City Harvest, a nonprofit that redistributes food waste across N.Y.C.
What You'll Get: Six full-sized snacks in a handmade reusable wooden crate
Available at Mantry | From $59/one box
14. Try the World
Ready for a global culinary adventure? Each month, a selection of gourmet goodies from a different country gets handpicked from a world-renown chef and gets delivered to your door.
What You'll Get: 7 to 8 items from a new country every month
Available at Try the World | From $29/month