The best kind of present is one that you can eat. Whether it’s a limited-edition cake for your sister, a gourmet popcorn tin for your cinephile coworker or a bottle of red that your best friend will adore, surprising a loved one with something delicious for any special occasion (be it Thanksgiving, Christmas or a birthday) is always a good idea. But figuring out just the right thing to order is another level of tough. Fear not, friend: We’re here to guide you through the 51 absolute best food gifts—from baked treats to cheese spreads and snack subscription boxes—that anyone would be happy to receive year-round.
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Best for Holiday Gifting
Heading to a cookie swap or potluck? This is a stellar way to thank the host. Tinto Amorio is famous for its selection of natural wines and spritzes. This three-pack includes two bottles of Glou Glou red wine, which boasts hints of rhubarb, bramble and cola spice, and their award-winning rosé, which has notes of raspberry, macadamia and river stone.
Best for Cookie Lovers
Almost anyone with a sweet tooth will appreciate this cookie gift box. Whether you go with a four-, eight- or 12-pack, your friend will get a taste of four of Levain Bakery's best-selling cookie flavors: chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chocolate chip, dark chocolate peanut butter chip and oatmeal raisin. Not to mention the cookies come beautifully packed in cellophane bags tied with blue ribbons.
Best for Seafood Lovers
We all know that one person who lives for seafood—shrimp, salmon and lobster are their favorite things to eat. For them, we suggest this surf and turf kit. Luke's Lobster partnered with local Maine favorite Pineland Farms to curate the assortment, which includes two of the brand's sustainably sourced 5- to 6-ounce lobster tails and Pineland Farms' 6-ounce tenderloin steaks.
Best for Dinner Parties
Admit it: You've wanted to taste the Barefoot Contessa's confections for years. Now you can, thanks to her partnership with Goldbelly. This crowd-pleaser boasts layers of rich chocolate cake spiked with coffee and decadent chocolate buttercream frosting, but there's also a coconut cake on the menu if that's more your speed.
Best for Ice Cream Lovers
Salt & Straw is famous for its next-level, unconventional ice cream flavors. With this monthly subscription, the scoop stan in your life will be hooked up with the brand's newest pints, from fresh berry flavors in July to holiday-inspired classics in December. (You can also save 20 percent on your first order with the code PINTSCLUB20 at checkout.)
Best for Trendy Foodies
Tinned fish is having a major moment, and if you ask us, it's about damn time. We're thinking it's just the ticket for that one friend you have who's been sipping Dirty Shirleys all summer. Savor rainbow trout, Atlantic salmon and albacore tuna, all brined in sea salt, EVOO, brown sugar and garlic salt, then smoked in small batches and hand-packed.
Best Affordable Food Gift
You can't go wrong with this six-pack of Fairtrade Belgian chocolate bars, which are just as pretty on the outside as they are tasty on the inside. The giftee will get to sink their teeth into Tony's plain milk chocolate, milk chocolate caramel sea salt, milk chocolate nougat, dark chocolate almond sea salt, milk chocolate hazelnut and 70 percent dark chocolate varieties. Let's hope they're in a sharing mood.
Best for Lazy Cooks
You know how your sister hates having to fuss over dinner after a long day? This better-for-you mac and cheese will be a life-saver for her. Not only will it take brainstorming meal ideas out of the equation, but the pastas are also packed with protein, fiber and real cheese (without the artificial flavors and preservatives of bigger brands). Which will be her favorite: yellow cheddar, white cheddar, Parmesan or cacio e pepe?
Best for Cookie Dough Lovers
Does your friend secretly buy cookie dough just to eat it straight from the pack? If so, they'll love receiving a Deux delivery. We recommend going with its best sellers pack. It comes with four jars of the brand's best-selling cookie dough flavors: birthday cake, chocolate chip, brownie batter and sugar and spice. They'll have the option to eat it straight from the jar or bake it at 350°F.
10. Butcher Box
Best for Meat Connoisseurs
Whether they're obsessed with meat or love cooking high-quality meals, they'll be happy to receive a Butcher Box in the mail. The delivery subscription service sources meats and seafood from top-tier partners to create curated boxes for individuals and families to enjoy. Inside, they'll find 8 to 11 pounds of meat (which makes 24 meals), so they'll have enough to last them almost an entire month. The selection includes 100 percent grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken, humanely raised pork and wild-caught seafood?
Best for Birthdays
This variety pack from Milk Bar comes with a dozen B’Day Truffles, six creative cookies (from blueberry cream to cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow) and their famous Milk Bar Pie. We’re pretty sure anyone would be happy to receive this in the mail, but it’s especially fitting for birthdays or a celebration you won’t be able to attend in person.
12. Usual Wines Pack
For the Wine Tester
If your partner loves wine, whether it's red, white, rosé or sparkling, they're going to appreciate vino from Usual Wines. Pick a 12- or 24-pack that comes stocked with a mix of red, white and brut for them to taste test. All Usual Wines products are made at sustainable farms and don't contain any artificial ingredients, so your S.O.'s expert palate will adore every sip.
13. Haus Membership
For Cocktail Lovers
(Note: Haus is temporarily out of product.)
If your S.O. has grown tired of their standard G&T and is looking to mix it up, set them up with a Haus subscription. The membership is customizable, so they can test out anywhere from one to six apéritif flavors of their choosing each month, including citrus flower, lemon lavender and grapefruit jalapeño. Each bottle has enough for roughly two to three drinks each, so they can play around mixing different flavors to find their fave.
Best for Midnight Snackers
Here’s a present for the serious snacker in your life, whether it’s your popcorn-obsessed partner or that one friend who always has a few munchies in her purse. It includes a whopping selection of 16 snacks, ranging from cracked pepper turkey jerky to vegan raspberry gummy fish and even habanero-cayenne pistachios.
Best Food Gift for Date Night
Want to spice up your upcoming date night? Surprise your special someone with this best-selling sampler set from the beloved Magnolia Bakery. Anyone with a sweet tooth will be happy to indulge in a brownie and blondie combo as well as a variety of the bakery's infamous banana puddings, including classic, red velvet and chocolate hazelnut. And if you want to take things up a notch, pair it with a bottle of champagne and toast to a beautiful night.
For Home Cooks
Graza's nutrient-dense oils are the result of cofounder Andrew Benin's three-year-long stay in Spain, where he noticed the region's adoration for the ingredient. He then set out to deliver a product that was on par with those from Spain, creating Graza's Drizzle and Sizzle oils. The first is a finishing oil meant to be used in raw applications. The latter is an all-purpose cooking oil designed to be implemented into your own recipes. Both delicious, both irresistibly fresh and both ideal for your foodie BFF looking to experiment with new pantry staples.
For the Hostess with the Mostest
If your pal loves hosting and cooking for their guests, they'll love a selection of olive oils and vinegars from Brightland. Sourced in California, their products are all natural and deliciously multipurpose. Choose from their menu of fruit-forward, custom-blended vinegars that will have your buddy's kitchen well stocked with products they'll want to use for every meal.
For the Vegan Who Loves Mexican Cuisine
Taco Tuesday is a fail-safe way of keeping both adults' and kiddos' bellies full and happy. But if you subscribe to a meat-free diet, a night of Mexican food might mean resigning yourself to only munching on chips and salsa for dinner. Within Somos' products, however, you'll find plenty of vegan entrees and sides—including tacos and tostadas. Oh, and the dishes are also gluten-free, non-GMO and made in Mexico.
Best for At-Home Cinephiles
You’re about to upgrade your BFF’s movie night. While turning on her favorite rom-com or thriller, she’ll get to dig into a delicious assortment of flavors, from options like caramel and cheesy cheddar to traditional kettle corn. She's going to be so excited to snuggle up on the couch and munch away. All she'll need is a glass of wine and some fuzzy jammies.
Best for Breakfast Lovers
This grain-free, high-protein, low-sugar cereal has a serious cult following—and for good reason. Magic Spoon's flavors are like grown-up versions of your favorite childhood cereals, and the nostalgia got even stronger when they launched cereal bars this year. This bundle includes four boxes of cereal (Fruity, Peanut Butter, Cocoa and Frosted) and 16 bars (S'mores, Cinnamon Roll, Cocoa Peanut Butter and Cookies & Cream), which are sure to make waking up a little easier for your giftee.
21. Crowd Cow Box
For the Grill Master
If your hubby always wants the meat freezer stocked, this subscription box is going to be their favorite gift that they've ever received. Fill it with their favorite options, whether it's hickory smoked bacon, sirloin steak or wild caught shrimp, or select one of Crowd Cow's pre-planned sets instead. They'll be delighted to slip on their "kiss the cook" apron for you.
Best for Coffee Aficionados
While you can’t give the gift of brewing a fresh pot of coffee for your pal every morning, you can sign them up for a personalized selection of beans from across the country. With more than 450 coffees to taste from 55+ indie roasters, there's certainly something for everyone in this subscription, no matter their preferences. Your gift can also be tailored to the giftee's unique palate.
For the Barista in Training
If you have a coworker that not only loves coffee but is on a big wellness kick right now, she's gonna go gaga for this latte starter kit. Clevr Blend's latte powders are packed with adaptogens, probiotics, a variety of superfoods and no added sugars for lattes that taste delicious and do good for your body. This starter kit lets you pick two flavors from matcha, chai, coffee, golden and cacao, plus comes with a milk frother for homemade, barista-level drinks.
For the Spice Lover
(Note: This is a seasonal item.)
If you can always count on your brother asking for extra hot sauce when you're both out to eat, Fly By Jing's Year of Taste box is his tastebud's match made in Heaven. The kit comes with some of Fly By Jing's tastiest (and spiciest) best-sellers. From pepper oils to potent spice blends to the brand's all-natural Sichuan chili crisp that can be used on *everything* (even ice cream), your bro is sure to get a kick out of testing out each heat-filled treat.
We all have that one pickle-obsessed friend, right? (If you don’t, you probably are that friend.) Lucky for them, this basket is fully loaded with five jars of artisanal, small-batch pickles. They’ll love snacking on sweet pickle chips, habanero-horseradish dills, pickled string beans, deli-style garlic dill halves and more. All that’s missing? A sandwich.
Best for Full-Fledged Foodies
Pineapple Collaborative is a women-founded food company that hosts community events and sells a really delicious extra-virgin olive oil. It’s California-grown, organic and made by women—not to mention, it comes in an artfully designed 500-milliliter tin that will look so cute on their countertop. Gift it to your buddy who sounds like Ina Garten with their talk of “good olive oil.” (For what it’s worth, they also have an excellent apple cider vinegar.)
For the World Traveler
Help your friend take a trip around the world without leaving the comfort of their own kitchen. This set comes with a variety of herbs and spices that’ll delight their senses and make it taste like they’re sitting at a Parisian cafe or in the Italian countryside. Stocked with herbs de Provence from France, Italian oregano, smoked paprika from Spain and more, each tin comes with recipes and bread pairings so they can get the full tasting experience. Just add virgin olive oil and they’re good to go.
Best for Those With A Sweet Tooth
Candy fanatics often belong to one of two camps: sweet or sour. This brand caters to both teams with rotating gift boxes (choose Mostly Sweets or Mostly Sours) packed with six signature candies each. That includes everything from Gummi Unicorns to Sour Pink Cadillacs to stackable cupcake gummies. If you’re the one with a sweet tooth that just won’t quit, we wouldn't blame you for signing yourself up for a tailor-made subscription box.
Best for Picky Wine Drinkers
Your picky aunt is one six-question quiz away from four bottles of vino she’s basically guaranteed to love. And if they don’t meet her, ahem, particular preferences, that’s not a problem at all. In fact, Winc will replace it with bottles she does like. A membership with this California winery provides access to exclusive vintages created and curated by Winc, all with sustainability in mind. We’ll drink to that.
Best for Busy Schedules
So many of us want to eat healthier but don’t have the time to cook fancy dinners every day. Enter Snap Kitchen, a meal delivery service that makes it as easy as opening a box and popping your food in the microwave. There are tons of dietary preferences to choose from (Paleo! low-carb! Whole30!) but all of the meals are clean and good for you. Chicken butternut macaroni, anyone?
Best for Newbie Cooks
Inspire an aspiring home cook with wholesome, chef-crafted meal kits from Sunbasket (or give a general gift card, so they can pick what they'd like). If the person you want to surprise would love nothing more than not having to make dinner, go the route of ready-to-heat dishes or Marketplace breakfasts, lunches and snacks instead. FYI, $200 will cover two weeks of Sunbasket for two people (that's three recipes per week).
Best DIY Food Gift
Help your spice-loving work wife go from hot sauce collector to sauce boss with this easy project. It comes with two distinct spice blends—one smoky and one citrusy—and all the tools needed to ferment their own spicy blends. They bring the peppers, this kit will bring the heat.
Best for Kids' Parties
If we’re being honest, we think this might be the one gift that any person on your list would appreciate (including yourself). This box comes with four different pints of your favorite creamy concoctions, hot fudge, sprinkles, Oreos, nuts and M&Ms. As for the flavor selection, we’re talking everything from malted butter fudge to limoncello sorbet, so you're bound to find something your friend will love.
Best for Budding Mixologists
You know that one friend who loves playing bartender every time you come over? Get them a Shaker & Spoon subscription and they’ll be thanking you, big time. It’s the most reviewed cocktail box on Cratejoy and makes hosting a breeze. Each month features a different liquor and includes everything you need to make 12 drinks from three unique recipes.
Best for Your Meat-Loving S.O.
While a bouquet of flowers is certainly thoughtful, your partner might just appreciate this kind of bouquet more. Choose from a bundle of three “stems” (including one each of French, Spanish and Italian salami) or six (two Italian, two French, one Spanish and one Greek), all wrapped up in butcher paper and a bow. Even better, salami is technically shelf stable, so none of it will go to waste.
Best for Cheese Lovers
Grazing board, anyone? Bust out the fancy cheese plate and tuck into this mouthwatering spread. It includes three cheeses—Stilton, Gruyère and Selles-Sur-Cher—plus tart cranberry orange preserves, sopressata, prosciutto, dried cherries, two types of crackers and Castelvetrano olives (whew!). Sure, it’s ideal for an aspiring cheesemonger, but also for anyone who’s ready to feast on some delicious fromage.
Best for PB Lovers
If your best friend's favorite snack is typically peanut butter straight from the jar, they're going to love this assortment of their creamy treat of choice. With six options they can test out including toffee, snickerdoodle and pretzel mix-ins, they're going to be delighted digging into each jar and spreading it on bread for a PB&J (or just spooning it straight into their mouth).
Best for Families
You’ve seen this viral rainbow surprise cake all over your timeline. Now, you can take a crack at it yourself. It’s the real deal, too—New York City’s Flour Shop was involved in crafting the kit, from the cake mix to the color gels to the frosting mix. It also includes polka dot and rainbow explosion sprinkles, but feel free to go rogue with whatever treats you find in your pantry.
Best for Diehard Brunchers
It’s time to upgrade their cocktail game from boring canned tomato juice. Each of these gourmet Bloody Mary mixes are prepared using fresh, local ingredients by a family-run farm outside Birmingham, Alabama. Choose from seven varieties (like the O.G. Ordinary Mary and peach-based Sweet Mary) and pair it with a bottle of vodka.
Best for Ex-New Yorkers
Nothing says NYC like a traditional deli dinner with classic dishes like pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, matzoh ball soup, knishes and house-made sour pickles. You won't need to worry about dessert, either—the kit also includes chocolate rugelach for good measure.
Best for Grill Masters
We’re predicting a barbecue in someone’s future. With top sirloin, filet mignon, lobster tail, ribeye and boneless strip steaks, there’s a cut for every carnivore in this box. All the steaks are aged for four to six weeks and graded top one-third USDA Choice or higher. Your family’s resident cookout host will be psyched.
Best for Avid Cooks
We’ll let you in on a secret: We’re kind of obsessed with Burlap & Barrel’s single-origin spices, probably because they’re some the most flavorful seasonings we’ve ever tasted. Any foodie will appreciate the chef’s collection, which includes Buffalo ginger, wild mountain cumin, purple stripe garlic, ground black lime, royal cinnamon and new harvest turmeric.
Best for Aspiring Pastry Chefs
This gift set will elevate anyone’s pastry game to new heights. It includes an Emile Henry ruffle-edged pie dish, a rolling pin, pastry cutter, pastry blender, pastry mat and pie weights (aka everything they’ll need to whip up a pro-level dessert). Gift it with a copy of Erin McDowell’s The Book on Pie, for major bonus points.
Best for Chocoholics
A chic shortcut for your favorite sweet tooth? Sounds like an ingenious idea to us. These cake mixes—from New Zealand-based cake company The Caker—arrive with everything you need to create a gorgeous confection from, well…you can just say it’s from scratch because it looks and tastes that good. The included gold leaf accent is just the cherry on top.
Best for Charcuterie Fanatics
Featuring three types of Italian salami and three types of cheese, this Harry & David delivery will make your charcuterie queen a very happy camper. Just make sure they have crackers on hand when it arrives, since they’ll probably want to start cutting into it right away.
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t want to be surprised with a little chocolate, so this pick likely works for everyone. Gift them more than a little with this extravagant 36-piece box of assorted Godiva chocolates. Don’t worry: There are milk, dark and white varieties to please any recipient (and all sorts of fillings, too).
Best for Beer Nerds
Whether they’re always ordering IPAs or are “really into sour beer right now,” a Craft Beer Club subscription is sure to please the brew-lover in your life. Each box contains selections from two different small-production breweries from different regions in the U.S., and the offerings change each month. It also includes tasting notes for each beer as well as beer trivia (because why the heck not?).
48. Bubble Tea Kit
For the Milk Tea Lover
If your bud would rather go on a bubble tea run instead of getting coffee, this kit is for them. In addition to the chewy tapioca pearls, it comes with two different flavors, classic black and rooibos chai, so your friend can make their favorite Taiwanese-inspired drinks at home. It even comes with two reusable straws that are the perfect size to get the boba from the cup into their mouth. All they need to do is add their favorite kind of milk.
For the Seafood Lover
If your friend always orders a seafood dish when you guys go out to dinner, then chances are he'll love getting a subscription package from Blue Circle. Sign him up, select how frequently he wants deliveries to be made and what kinds of fish he wants in each package and presto! Each month he'll have a fully stocked fridge with all his faves—from salmon and cod to Pacific white shrimp—that he can grill up whenever his heart desires.
Best for the One Who Prefers Sweet over Salty
Gift your mom this delectable collection of treats just because and finally secure your spot as her favorite child. (Just kidding, we know parents don't play favorites *wink*.) Coated with dark, milk and white chocolate that harmoniously pairs with the coffee, nutty and fruit-flavored fillings, this box is full of that creamy, chocolate-y goodness that melts in your mouth and makes your tastebuds sing. And because all good things come in twos, this assortment arrives with Harry & David's signature dessert wine, Beeson Tempranillo.
Best for Adventurous Home Cooks
Gift your fave cooking aficionado one the most flavorful meals of their gosh darn life, courtesy of Omsom. Founded by sisters Kim and Vanessa Pham, the company is all about making flavorful, authentic meal starters for home cooks to use when preparing Asian meals. It's great for those who might not have Eastern spices on hand or access to harder-to-source ingredients. This bundle includes the full East Asian (Japanese Yuzu Misoyaki, Korean Spicy Bulgogi and Chinese Mala Salad) and Southeast Asian lines (Vietnamese Lemongrass BBQ, Thai Larb and Filipino Sisig) in one set.
Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.