Affordable Food Gifts — For When You're All Out Of Ideas

Being an adult during the holidays can get complicated. The days of playing carefree giftee, dressed in snuggly footie pajamas with painstakingly penciled wish lists, are gone (RIP my L.L. Bean flannels and sparkly Lisa Frank note pad). And instead, we are left budgeting, ideating, and buying everyone we know a "thoughtful" present — or a weak one because we couldn't think of anything better. In short, the giftee becomes the gifter, and our lists only get longer.

But before you throw the towel in on spreading the cheer this season, we've compiled a helpful (i.e. affordable and easy) list of gifts. And what is the most affordable and easy gift category of all, you might ask? Food. Because everybody's got to eat — especially during the holidays.

So simplify your life and tell your S.O. exactly how you feel with a jar of hot honey. Or surprise your work wife, who loves smoothies, with a subscription for a week's worth. Have a friend who hates everything? No problem, a Seamless holiday gift card will cover that.

Scroll on through to take the tiresome thought out of thoughtful — and that just leaves ful(l).

Safe-to-eat-raw cookie dough can be purchased online and shipped to your front door. (This one's for you. Self care, people!)

Edoughble Ho Ho Dough Gift Box, $25 for 5-pack, available at Edoughble Cookie Dough.
Champagne and chocolate are such a played out combo — but chocolate-covered champagne gummy bears? Now that is some sweet gifting sophistication.

Sugarfina Dark Chocolate Champagne Bears®, $26, available at Sugarfina.
Gift this jar to the hot-honey lovers in your life.

Mike's Hot Honey, $16, available at Mouth.
Why give a tea-lover just one tea, when you can gift them an entire box filled with the best blends from 2017?

David's Tea Best of 2017, $26, available at David's Tea.
Sourced from tree trunks in northern Maine, these toothpicks are then infused with notes of white oak and whiskey.

Sip Dark Whiskey Toothpicks, $8, available at Sip Dark.
The art of cocktail making can seem like a daunting task — Owl's Brew makes it easy and delightful.

Owl's Brew Little Black Cocktail Kit, $21.99, available at Owl's Brew.
Have a friend who is classy but also lives for Chipotle? This lovely salt potion will do the gifting trick (Note: actual Chipotle gift card optional).

The Chili Lab Chipotle Chili Salt, $14, available at Dean & Deluca.
Gift to that person in your life who prefers to sip cold brew year round.

Grady's DIY Cold Brew Kits, $15.25, available at Mouth.
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For that extra friend who's always poppin' bottles.

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava, $24.99, available at FineWineHouse.com.
Popcorn is a lifestyle — and this spicy-sweet seasoning kit will kick up the snacking game.

Pop Art Popcorn Kernel and Seasoning Sets, $35, available at Uncommon Goods.
These legendary cookies are pricey, but also guaranteed to charm any recipient (ahem, your boss).

Levain Bakery Assortment - Gift Box of 4 Cookies, $27, available at Levain Bakery.
Have someone in your life who won't stop talking about how much they love smoothies and juices? Yeah, this gift will show that you get them.

Daily Harvest Smoothie Subscription, $7.99 per smoothie, available at Daily Harvest.
Now your everything-bagel-loving friends can play an active role in their weekend go-to.

Farm Steady Everything Bagel & Cream Cheese Kit, $24.95, available at William Sonoma.
The gift that keeps on giving — just make sure you're around to reap the benefits of that latenight pizza order.

Seamless/Grubhub Holiday Gift Card, $10-$1,000, available at Grubhub.
For when you've exhausted every other doughnut-themed gift — or any time doughnuts and coffee in the form of a chocolate bar sounds like a good idea (all times?).

Compartés Donuts & Coffee Milk Chocolate Bar, $9.95, available at Compartés.
Sometimes a sleeve of macarons is all you need to show someone how much you care.

'Lette Macaron Gift Box, $23 for 12, available at 'Lette.
Who needs normal whiskey when chocolate whiskey is an option?

King's County Distillery Chocolate-Flavored Whiskey, $26, available at Mouth.
A great gift for those looking to get in touch with their inner cheesemonger.

Urban Cheesecraft Mozzarella & Ricotta DIY Cheese-Kit, $26, available at Etsy.
This single-serve iced coffee brewing contraption is sheer genius — and will delight the caffeine-obsessed.

Coolgear BRU, $39.99, available at Coolgear Inc..
These Wild Ophelia chocolate bars come in an assortment of delightfully wacky flavors to satisfy the most daring of sweet eaters.

Wild Ophelia Mix & Match Bars, $14, available at Vosges.
Similar to a first aid kit, you never know when you might be in dire need of emergency s'mores supplies.

Whimsy & Spice S'mores Kit, $18, available at Whimsy & Spice.
Sure, you could gift the tired travel-sized pack of cologne this year — but wouldn't you rather it be a trio of pure maple syrup?

Bobo's Mountain Sugar Trio of Half Pints, $28, available at Bobo's Mountain Sugar.
Can't settle on one chocolate bar in particular? No worries — Chococurb offers a monthly bites subscription.

Chococurb Nano, $10 monthly subscription, available at Chococurb.
New York City's Bread's Bakery is home to the best chocolate babka — anyone who receives a loaf of this stuff will be #blessed.

Bread's Bakery Chocolate Babka, $44.95 for 3-pack, available at Foody Direct.
Tie a ribbon around the stick and stuff it in a stocking.

Black Pig Meat Co. Bacon Toffee Pig Pop, $5.75 per pop, available at Mouth.
This gift is thoughtful, humorous, and also an ironically ideal additional to cocktails.

Dram "Hair of the Dog" Hangover Tonic — Cocktail Bitters, $18, available at Dram Apothecary.
These caramels are smooth, creamy, and wrapped in delightful little gifting satchels.

Big Picture Farm Goat Milk Caramels Gift Satchels, $25, available at Big Picture Farm.
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