No matter how many shopping trips we make (and email reminders we get about the last day to order before the holidays), there's always that feeling of having forgotten someone. Rather than rushing out to buy something less than perfect, however, why not give the gift of an I.O.U.? Typically, no one likes getting a card that says, "The real gift is on its way," but when its a food subscription, the gift is supposed to arrive after presents are unwrapped.
From bacon to ice cream, there's something for every sweet (and sour) tooth on your list. And while food subscriptions don't come cheap, you'll definitely be getting lots of thanks all year from the lucky recipient (and maybe even wind up at the top of their list next year).
Ahead, our 10 favorite picks for the people on your list who have been really good.
Imagine getting a box that says "ice cream inside" and NOT breaking into a huge smile. The quarterly deliveries will even sometimes give subscribers a sneak preview of new Jeni's flavors that aren't available to the public yet.
Jeni's Ice Cream Pint Club, $230/year, available at Jeni's Ice Cream.
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Zingerman's claims that seven vegetarians have switched sides thanks to the temptation of its bacon club. Chef Michael Symon has also said it's "The best thing I ever ate," as part of Food Network's series of the same name.
Zingerman's Bacon Club, $99 for a 3 month supply, available at Zingerman's.
We can't all be Martha Stewart (
though we've tried), but we can drink like her, thanks to the Martha Stewart Co. Wine Club. Curated boxes include seasonal themes like winter whites and holiday sparklers (bubbles!), or you can choose a subscription gift of a half-case of wine up to four times a year. Pick between all whites, reds, or mixed. Martha Stewart Wine Co. 3 Shipments Of Wine (18 bottles total), $224.82, available at Martha Stewart Wine Co.
A less extravagant way to give the gift of a wine selection every month, Vinebox sends a flight of three different wines from around the world. The curated glasses allow you to try out a different kind of wine before buying a bottle.
Vinebox 3 Month Subscription, $81, available at Vinebox.
We all know a pickle fan in our lives who would love a monthly gift of the cured cuke. Mouth's curated pickle of the month subscription can last for three, six, or twelve months. You can also choose a month-t0-month option that charges the buyer $60 at the beginning of each month rather than paying all at once. Each shipment comes with 3-4 jars of artisanal pickles that will upgrade everything from snack time to sandwiches to cocktail hour.
Mouth Pickle Of The Month Club, $60 for 3 months, available at Mouth.
If you'd rather go with sweet over sour, Candy Club has you covered there. Prices vary based on how much candy you want to send (and how long) but you do have the option to include a note with every box, meaning the shipment will be sweet in more ways than one.
Candy Club 3 Month Plan, $89.97, available at Candy Club.
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Choose between 12 and 24 craft beers on a monthly, semi-monthly, or quarterly basis. You can also choose whether you want just one shipment or up to 12. If you get up to three shipments, your recipient will also get a free subscription to
Beer Connoisseur to really geek out with. Craft Beer Club Three Shipments, $126, available at Craft Beer Club.
Can't decide whether to go sweet or savory? Goldbely's "best of" subscription will send a curated treat, every month, to your door. What you get may vary, but no matter what, it should be enough to feed at least four people some of the best artisanal foods from across the country.
Goldbely Best Of Goldbely Subscription, $79/month, available at Goldbely.
Just what you need to make 4-12 craft cocktails, no need to tip the bartender (or put on shoes). That's the promise of Cocktail Courier, whose boxes include everything you need, from spirits to syrups, to create mixologist-designed drinks at home. Choose from three, six, or twelve months.
Cocktail Courier Gift Subscription, $149.97 for 3 months, available at Cocktail Courier.
Is there anything better than fresh bread? What about fresh bread every month? Eli Zabar's monthly deliveries include everything from sweet breakfast loaves to brioche hamburger rolls, meaning your loaf-loving friend will have lots of reasons to get creative with grains in 2018.
Eli Zabar's Bread Of The Month Club, $150 for a year, available at Eli Zabar's.