If you’re still searching for a gift for someone on your list and you want something special that isn’t one-and-done, consider giving a food subscription. Your recipient will get a favorite food in the mail every month for up to a year without having to do a thing. Not only will they have new items and flavors to enjoy throughout the year, they’ll think fondly of you every time the post office brings a new treat. We’ve rounded up a list of high quality food subscriptions for your convenience with everything from bacon to balsamic.
Coolhaus, known for their over-the-top ice cream sandwiches and inventive flavors (chocolate wasabi, for example), offers a pint of the month as well as a sammie of the month subscription. For three, six, or 12 months, your fortunate recipient can pick up their pint or pack of four sammies every month at an LA store or Dallas or NYC truck, or have them overnighted in cool dry ice. The flavors are random but are sure to be delectable, with 12 months of pints costing $99 plus delivery.
Murray’s, the home of all things cheese in New York, put their cheesemongers to work each month picking out three very special cheeses to send to their Cheese of the Month Club members. Not only do members get tasty cheeses every month, they basically get a cheese concierge, too—call up a cheesemonger to discuss tasting notes, pairings, and more. Also available is a pairing subscription and cured meat subscription.
For all of the swine addicts out there, there may be no better gift than fancy bacon delivered to your doorstep every month. Zingerman’s Bacon Club sends 12 to 16 ounces of high-quality bacon month after month, from Applewood Smoked Bacon to Tennessee Dry Cured Bacon. Plus, the recipient can brag to their friends that they’re a member of the Bacon Club. A year sets you back $400, and three months costs $99 with free shipping.
Crockett Farms ships out fresh, in-season ruby red grapefruits and juicy oranges to its Fruit Club members for up to six months out of the year. The beginning of the citrus season is already over, but you can still snag a 3 month subscription and choose from all ruby red, a mix of oranges and grapefruit, and different size boxes.
Compartes makes fancy pants, intriguingly delicious chocolates in beautiful packaging, and they have created a chocolate club for the truest chocolate devotees. It may be pricey (adding up to about $500 for a year membership), but each month is different and full of amazing-sounding flavors. If you don’t want to pony up half a grand, there’s three and six month subscriptions as well.
Good spices are hard to find, and they can make the difference between a fine meal and an outstanding one. For your favorite home cook, give a subscription to Raw Spice Bar—each month, they send out a box of freshly ground spices with recipes along a certain theme. One month’s shipment included Malaysian spices such as sambal oelek and kaffir lime blend. A membership runs $6 a month with one, six, and 12 month commitments.
Adopt a tree on a loved one’s behalf and give the gift of olive oil delivered directly from Italy. With Nudo Adopt, you pick an olive grove in Italy and adopt an olive tree. In return, they send one, two, or quarterly shipments of high quality olive oil, some of which comes straight from your very own tree. Prices range from $80 to $290.
Spice up someone’s cooking and salad dressing game with a brand new balsamic vinegar every month. A Taste of Olive offers a wide range of balsamics both white and dark, and members of their club receive a different bottle every time. Some current flavors include Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic, Apricot Balsamic, and Maple Balsamic Vinegar. Membership is $25 a month and can be canceled at any time.
Fresh brownies delivered every month? Yes please. Vermont Brownie Company ships out pretty packages of six brownies every month to their lucky Monthly Brownie Program members. The flavors vary based on the season, but they’re regular menu includes Peanut Butter and Triple Chocolate Chunk Blondie, so you can’t go wrong. You can pick from a few different wrapping options and a three month, six month, nine month, and 12 month subscription.
Sfoglini makes organic and seasonal pastas in Brooklyn that are served in a number of excellent restaurants in NYC, and now they deliver them to mailboxes across the country every month. The Pasta of the Month Club entitles members to a recipe, a bag of signature pasta, and a bag of seasonal pasta—which in the past has included varieties like ramp fusilli and cuttlefish spaccatelli.