Finding the perfect gift for your discerning foodie friend or loved one can be a daunting task. Restaurant gift certificate? Chances are you’ll have to drop major dough (see what we did there?) to even cover their appetizers. Cookbook? Nah, they have plenty. Cooking class? Gasp! How dare you insult their culinary prowess with such things!
Well friends, we’re pleased to let you know you can serve up an endless array of culinary treats and trinkets for the gourmand in question. The gift of foodie goodness now comes in convenient, monthly straight-to-their-door boxes! With Birchbox setting the trend in motion in 2010, retail subscriptions have expanded into food and cooking categories.
New food-focused gift subscription companies are popping up everyday, with many geared toward very specific consumer tastes. Below, we’ve picked our top five to help guide you to gift-giving enlightenment.
For the world traveler
Spanish Suitcase comes in an oh-so-cute trompe l’oeil cardboard suitcase chock full of gastronomic goodies imported from Spain, including hand-selected Spanish cheese, Fermin Jamón Ibérico and anchovy-stuffed olives. ¡Viva España!
For the budding bartender or mixologist
A year’s subscription to Bitters + Bottles provides the cocktail aficionado with recipes for classic tipples along with all the trimmings including aromatics, bitters, spirits and mixers.
For the hipster foodie
Farm To People is the ultimate subscription for your hipster pal. Each month’s box contains obscure food stuffs that are guaranteed to be non-GMO, made in small batches and ethically sourced.
For the homesick southerner
Know a displaced Southerner who could use a pick-me-up sourced from below the Mason-Dixon Line? Batch has you covered! Your pal will receive a box of local, tasty treats from major Southern cities including Memphis, Charleston, Austin or Nashville.
The gift that gives back
Love With Food not only provides a monthly delivery of seasonally themed, unique snacks, but also for every box sold, they donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength—No Kid Hungry.