Subscription Boxes for Foodies!
We love giving subscription boxes as holiday gifts for two key reasons: there are about a million different ones, so you’re sure to find a box to suit anyone on your list, and they arrive AFTER the gift deluge of the holidays, offering a great way to spread your love out longer. Every time the box arrives in the mail, they’ll get another little reminder of your thoughtfulness.
They also make great last-minute gift options, because you can print out and wrap up a picture of the box or from the website, allowing your loved ones to open the promise of goodies to come.
This year’s subscription box theme is… FOOD!
Who doesn’t love the comfort and joy of a warm cup of coffee or tea, a fancy (yet totally doable) cocktail, a sweet treat you baked with love, or taste-testing snacks from around the globe?
If you have a friend or family member that fancies themselves a barista, Trade Coffee offers a unique opportunity to taste your way through coffee from around the world, in the freshest way possible. Trade highlights small roasters with ethical and sustainable practices. Each bag is roasted to order and delivered directly from the roaster to ensure peak freshness.
Knowing that every coffee lover’s preferences of roast (light, medium or dark) and grind style (whole bean, fine, regular or coarse grind) varies, your gift box recipient will complete a coffee quiz before their subscription begins, allowing Trade to ensure they receive the coffee most suited to their taste.
Gift options are highly customizable as you gift by the bag, starting at 2 bags for $40, up to 24 bags ($480). Choose delivery frequency, such as 2 bags per month or 4 bags every 3 months, and Trade will take it from there.
For the 2021 holiday season, Trade is now offering their Celebration Box ($80). It includes 3 craft coffees (light, medium & dark roast) PLUS a code for a 4th bag they can pick themselves based on the bag they liked best.
For every coffee lover in your life, there’s surely an equal number that prefer tea to kick start the morning or soothe the day’s rough spots.
Each month, Sips by will send your gift recipient four types of loose-leaf or bagged premium teas chosen from 150+ different brands around the world. That works out to 16+ cups of tea, and more if they re-steep.
A 3-month gift subscription is just $48 – $16/month for three months of warm and cozy care, personalized to your recipient’s preference of caffeinated or decaf, loose-leaf or bagged, or have a mix of each.
Feel-good bonus: Sips by is a female-founded and led start-up based out of Austin, Texas.
Shaker & Spoon
If you’ve followed our annual subscription box segments, you’ve probably noticed a common theme: co-founder Ryan loves the cocktail boxes! This year we are excited to feature Shaker & Spoon, one of the most affordable craft cocktail subscription box options.
They give you everything you need to create 3 snazzy, professional looking (and tasting!) cocktails – a total of 12 drinks – for $50 (or $135 for 3 months). They keep it flexible and inexpensive by providing all the ingredients (including syrups, bitters, garnishes, mixers, citrus, and more) except the liquor.
Every month you get recipes and ingredients created by world-class bartenders for 3 different drinks built around the same base alcohol. Subscribers get advance notice
The advantages of not including the liquor in the box?
- You can choose your favorite brand and quality of alcohol
- Shaker & Spoon can ship anywhere in the country – even dry states – and you don’t need someone 21 or over to sign for it.
We are also excited about the stocking stuffer potential of their Single Cocktail kits. For just $15 you get all the syrups, bitters, garnishes, mixers, etc for a single recipe, enough to make 4 drinks.
Just as Ryan is a sucker for cocktail kits, you have probably noticed by now that I’m a solid pushover for family-engaging fun activities that also teach valuable life skills. Enter, Baketivity: an all-in-one baking activity box.
Perfect for parents or grandparents looking for fun, screen-free activities to do with the kids, each kit includes:
- a kid-friendly recipe with step-by-step color illustrations
- pre-measured ingredients in labeled, easy to open packets
- Educational booklet to discover more about your treats through science, history, or health info
Monthly projects include a single bake-worthy treat like Hot Soft Pretzels, Bagels, Cake Pops, and of course, cookies galore.
Kits start at $35 per box, but get less expensive per box as you purchase additional months.
Returning for another year on our favorite’s list, Universal Yums brings tasty treats from around the world to your doorstep each month, no passport required.
Each month’s box features a different country and includes a variety of salty, sweet and savory snacks and a 12+ page booklet with tasty tidbits, trivia and recipes from the month’s featured country.
Prices range from $14 to $40 per box depending on size (how many snacks are included in the box) and how many months you buy.
When world travel is still limited by quarantines, bans and cancellations, Universal Yums brings a taste of the experience to you!