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We’ve all been there: the fridge is empty, the pantry is bare and you’re famished. Instead of trekking to the grocery store on an empty stomach, what if you could rely on food coming straight to your mailbox? It’s a food lover’s dream, but it can also be a reality. Food-of-the-month subscriptions bring the food to you. And you don’t even need to get out of your pajamas. (Now that’s convenience).
Give these fun, food-filled gifts to just about anyone in your life — they don’t even need to be a food fanatic. With options ranging from cheesecake to fresh fish (yes, really!), the hardest part about these great gift ideas is picking the one that’s right for your recipient. That’s why we’ve pulled together some of the best options available to make your choice a little easier.
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Best Snack: Snack of the Month
Imagine coming home from a long day of work and there it is a mystery box full of irresistible snacks picked by experts. It’s like the mailman answered your prayers. Make that scenario happen for a friend or family member by gifting this nosh-worthy snack subscription from Mouth.
Each month, one lucky person in your life gets a mix of four to five sweet, salty, chewy, and crunchy creations sent directly home. One month, it might be bacon toffee caramel popcorn, spicy savory cheese coins, almond brittle and Korean BBQ beef jerky. Another could bring kettle-cooked pork skins and handmade pretzels. It’s a surprise every time, which makes tearing open the box extra exciting. You’re not likely to find these snacks in your local grocery store either. Each one is made by a small, independent food producer that puts extra care into every batch.
Gift a three-, six-, or 12-month subscription to make sure your friend’s cupboard is never empty.
02 of 08
Best Fruit: Harvest Club Medley
Nothing tastes fresher or feels healthier than in-season fruit. Whether you’re snacking on navel oranges in January or dining on dark, sweet cherries in July, that sense of savoring the right food at the right time just can’t be beaten. Now you can give the gift of in-season fruit all year long. The Fruit Company offers a variety of options to fit any price range, from a “light” three-month subscription (though at two to four pounds per month, your recipient definitely won’t feel like you skimped) all the way up to a whole year of a “grand” subscription (five to seven pounds of fruit per month). A great perk of this gift choice: You’re making an investment in someone’s healthy eating habits for up to a year. Plus, maybe they’ll share some in-season fruit.
03 of 08
Best Breakfast: Breakfast Club
They say you shouldn’t skip breakfast, but whipping up an elaborate meal before 10 a.m. isn’t easy (you need to build up your caffeine levels first). That’s where Harry and David’s Breakfast Club steps in. Every month brings a new delicious breakfast without the work. Get a coffee cake sampler in February, a triple cheese and onion quiche in May and ham and buttermilk biscuits in August. The entire year has a good mix of hearty, light, savory, and sweet options.
This is the perfect gift for friends that just had a baby or someone who never has time to cook (like that friend who uses the oven for storage). While we’re sure you would love to cook breakfast for your busy friends whenever you can, this subscription means you get to sleep late and they get to have a gourmet meal (not to knock your cooking skills or anything).
04 of 08
Best Cheese: Artisan Cheese of the Month Club
Murray’s Cheese has been a New York City institution since they opened their doors in 1940. Most locals know about the two retail locations, but they might not realize that the real magic happens underground. There are cheese caves hidden beneath Murray’s flagship Greenwich Village location. And we’re not talking about stereotypical caves with bats and stalactites. Picture rooms where cheese whisperers carefully control the temperature and humidity levels to age and develop cheeses for months or even years.
You can get a sampling of these painstakingly aged cheeses delivered right to your friend’s door every month. Murray’s ships their cheese with ice to keep it from spoiling and even includes a pamphlet to let your recipient in on some insider knowledge about that month’s cheese selection.
Subscription options range from a 3-month subscription to a 12-month subscription. If you’re looking to spoil someone, you’ll have a hard time beating the sheer luxury of getting gourmet cheese delivered each month.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Best Chocolate: Fudge of the Month Club
Head to any beach town across America and you’re bound to see fudge. There are entire display cases — even stores — devoted to this magical mixture of sugar, butter and cream. And, of course, you can’t just have a small bite. (There are no bites with fudge.) This stuff is measured by the pound.
Bring vacation vibes directly to a friend’s doorstep with this fudge of the month club. On the first of every month, Amish Buggy (an online store that features products by Amish artisans) will ship a pound of fudge to whomever you want. That’s 12 months, 12 pounds of fudge and a sudden need for a gym membership. The year’s fudge flavors include chocolate pecan, chocolate amaretto, Irish cream, chocolate turtle, chocolate-peanut butter, peanut butter cup, maple walnut, chocolate, vanilla praline, caramel apple, pumpkin and chocolate mint. There’s something for everyone.
06 of 08
Best Cheesecake: The Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake of the Month Club
Have you ever seen one of those cheesecake sampler boxes at the grocery store, the one where every slice is a different flavor, and thought, “I want to eat that entire thing”? Of course you have. The only problem with those slice-by-slice samplers is that there’s only one slice of each great flavor, and slices just seem to disappear so quickly.
The Cheesecake Factory has found a solution to this problem. Each month, they’ll send an entire cheesecake in that month’s flavor. The next month, a new cheesecake in a different flavor arrives. This cycle of dessert perfection can go for three months, six months or 12 months. Best of all, you can see what the flavors are when purchasing, so if you know your gift recipient won’t like lemon raspberry cheesecake (June’s flavor of the month) but would love banana cream cheesecake (September’s flavor of the month), you can choose a three- or six-month subscription that starts after June but before September. How’s that for a thoughtful gift?
07 of 08
Best Seafood: The Freshest Catch Club
At the Fulton Fish Market in New York’s Grand Central Station, fresh-caught seafood is brought in before dawn every morning. Dean and Deluca handpicks the best of that selection and places it in biodegradable packaging to ship to Freshest Catch Club members.
Know someone who would love eating fish that soon after it’s caught? If you give them a subscription to the Freshest Catch club, your recipient can get two pounds of this best-of-the-market fish every month for a whole year.
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Best Exotic: Connoisseur of the Month Club
If you want to help somebody expand their horizons and don’t want to settle for a food-of-the-month club that offers a year’s worth of just one kind of food, then this may be the subscription you’ve been looking for. With the Connoisseur of the Month club, friends and family will receive a package each month containing two or three products based on a country or flavor. With monthly themes ranging from Spanish tapas to Japanese wasabi, your recipient will never know quite what to expect next. Plus, each month’s shipment also includes the club’s newsletter, which explains that month’s theme and gives some details about each product.
The Connoisseur of the Month club isn’t just one of the most adventurous options on our list, it’s also one of the least expensive.