Our guide to thoughtful gifts that don't feel last-minute.
Tick-tock! I blinked and somehow found myself within spitting distance of Christmas. I'm realizing I may have missed the shipping cut-off dates for many sites, but my list of unshopped-for loved ones still looms large.
If you find yourself similarly pressed for time, know that there are still plenty of thoughtful options out there. I've said before that the best presents to give are the ones you'd love to receive yourself. Luckily, there are a whole host of subscription gifts that fit this bill—and the best part is, the lucky giftee can benefit from your generosity long after the holiday season is over.
Exploring new wines from a fun service like Winc couldn't be easier. (Plus, your reviews will help inform what you receive in future deliveries.)
What's better than starting your month off with a curated selection of cheeses from one of New York's preeminent purveyors? Murray's Cheese of the Month subscribers also have the ability to speak directly to the in-house mongers who choose the assortments.
We might as well round out this charcuterie plate with some pucker-inducing veg, no?
There's no way you can read a city guide on Portland and not come upon a mention of Salt & Straw. Lucky for us, the popular small-batch ice cream is available for nationwide delivery. Give the gift of five creamy, delicious Salt & Straw pints every month, get major karma points for life.
Trust me when I say I've had some not-so-good non-dairy ice creams in my time. That's why I just about fell off my chair when I tried Frankie & Jo's luscious Cured Persimmon Pudding (!) before realizing all of their offerings are 100 percent vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free. It's not just good for a plant-based ice cream―it's dang good ice cream, period.
This quarterly subscription is for those who wonder how butter can possibly be better.
Taste all the grades of Vermont maple syrup (arguably one of the best in the world) when joining the Carman Brook Farm Maple Club. Just add pancakes.
Stop the car.
Don’t forget you’ll need some good hot sauce with those bacon and eggs.
Giving the gift of an Angels' Cup membership is more than just about coffee; it's opening them up to a wide world of variety, roasters, blind tastings, and an active community. A helpful app allows you to record and compare tasting notes with the roastmaster—how cool is that?
Do you know the difference between a tea and a tisane? Trying out new (and beautifully packaged) teas is made easy through Art of Tea's own club. The company imports teas from around the world directly, which they blend, custom-craft, and pack all by hand.
Straight from Nashville, Porter Road's flexible subscriptions almost make it too easy to get your hands on high-quality, local meat (that won't break the bank) from two chefs who decided the whole country should have access to the good stuff.
Craft beer, that is. Let The Original Craft Beer Club do the heavy-lifting by sourcing from all of the country's great microbreweries, and sending you a curated selection at the frequency of your choice.
Don’t worry, you don't need to know how to pronounce it. It’s that good.
You can’t have any pasta without the olive oil, and newcomer Brightland promises a fresh way to enjoy extra-virgin olive oil, starting with hand-picked olives harvested in the golden state of California. Will resume shipping in January 2019.
What's better than our favorite one-stop baking bible, Genius Desserts? Said bible paired with micro-batch chocolate bars, inspired by the book.
A Flaviar membership gives you access to craft and premium spirits from across the globe, curated from more than 15,000 bottles of whisk(e)y, bourbon, gin, cognac, rum, and other spirits: a "speakeasy movement of the modern day."
Okay, so technically this is not a subscription gift, but it is a present that will continue to delight. Food52's new book, Cook in the Blank, promises endless fun and riffs on go-to classics. This is the turn-up every dinner needs, from the utilitarian weeknight variety to the more elaborate weekend party.
Do you have a favorite food subscription? Let us know below!