We’ve updated this list for 2020! Check out all of the up-and-coming food subscription boxes perfect for gifting during the holiday season.
If you're feeling stumped on what to gift family and friends this unique holiday season, look no further than a monthly delivery box! Meal delivery services, like meal kits and food subscription boxes, are the perfect gift for any foodie on your list, whether they subscribe to a vegan diet, omnivore, keto, paleo – and everything in-between. These top boxes allow your loved one to pick the perfect monthly subscription box service based on their interests and preferences and allows you to quickly check gifts off your holiday list. Meal delivery, snack subscription, and baking boxes are literally the gift that keeps on giving – whether you choose a one-off box or a 6- or 12-month subscription. Don't be surprised if you get some delicious treats out of the deal, too!
Updated on 11/16/20 to add additional information about the subscription boxes.
The Best Subscription Box Gifts for Foodies, Bakers, & Aspiring Chefs
Some of the most popular food subscription boxes for people who love to cook, eat, and experiment in the kitchen include:
1. HelloFresh: A meal subscription service offering high-quality meals for a variety of tastes
Cost: Starts at $7.99/person per meal for the 2-person plan and $6.99/person per meal for the 4-person (family) plan. Other subscription options available. Sign up here!
What They'll Get: HelloFresh is a weekly meal delivery subscription that sends healthy recipes and the pre-measured ingredients you need to make them right to your door. Ideal for anyone strapped for time or interested in broadening their culinary horizons, this kit can be customized to suit a variety of dietary needs, from vegetarian to omnivore, large families to small, there are even low-calorie options. Boxes arrive with everything you need to create a tasty dinner at home, along with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions, complete with estimated prep and cook times. This box would make an excellent gift for a new grad cooking on their own for the first time or for the aspiring home chef or gourmet food lover.
Ships to the contiguous U.S. for $7.99.
Check out our HelloFresh reviews right here!
2. Universal Yums: An international snack subscription box for the snackers in your life
Cost: Subscriptions start at $13.75/monthly + free shipping within the contiguous U.S. Sign up here.
What They’ll Get: Universal Yums is the perfect subscription box for the snack-lover or traveler in your life. Each month, they send a variety of snacks and candies from a chosen country that are difficult or near-impossible to find in the states. One month might feature a variety of Japanese goodies, while the next could take snackers across the globe to Colombia. Each box also arrives with a handy guidebook to help steer your snacking journey, offering trivia, fun facts, recipes, culture, and more.
Gift It: Gift a Universal Yums box right here!
Ships free to the contiguous U.S., and to Canada, Australia, the UK, and Israel for an additional charge. Orders ship by the 15th of each month.
Check out our Universal Yums reviews right here!
3. Home Chef: A meal kit for those who want breakfast and lunch options, too
Cost: Meals for two start at $6.99/serving + free shipping over $49. Shipping is $10 for orders less than $49. Sign up here.
What They'll Get: Home Chef delivers fresh, high-quality portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes based on your dietary preferences. What sets Home Chef apart is that the meals you receive only take about 30 minutes to prepare! Unlike other meal kits, they also offer easy add-on no-cook lunches and breakfast options, too, making Home Chef a great choice if you're looking for a gift to help cover more than just dinner.
Ships to 98% of the U.S. You can check to see if Home Chef delivers to your zip code while signing up.
Check out our Home Chef reviews right here!
4. CrateChef: Chef-curated boxes of ingredients and tools that inspire delicious things
Cost: $49/bimonthly + $8 U.S. shipping. Save with longer subscriptions. Sign up here.
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 10% off your first order!
What They'll Get: CrateChef is a bi-monthly subscription box curated by top chefs, celebrity chefs, food bloggers, influencers, and more. In each box, they send high-quality products inspired by a featured foodie, including artisan foods, recipes, and kitchen supplies, and typically include a cookbook or recipe cards so you can put your items to good use!
Gift It: Gift a CrateChef box right here!
Ships to the U.S. Orders typically ship mid-month. From CrateChef:
"CrateChef subscriptions ship bi-monthly. Our shipping months are February, April, June, August, October, and December. We email our subscribers when a new box is headed their way. When a new order is placed mid-month, we ship that order within 5 business days. Contact us for our current shipping schedule."
Check out our CrateChef reviews right here!
5. Carnivore Club: A monthly artisanal feast for the meat-eater in your life
Cost: $39.99/Classic Box + $9.99 shipping. Other options available. Sign up here.
What They'll Get: Carnivore Club is a subscription box that sends a curated package of artisanal cured meats from around the world. Each month’s box is themed around a different producer that specializes in a particular style of cured meat. Boxes feature everything from French charcuterie and Italian salumi to Spanish chorizo and South African biltong (the perfect pairing for your cheese-of-the-month!). They also offer a snack box option for $24.99 (+$9.99 shipping), a pairing of a Classic Box with a charcuterie and cheese board starting at $164.99 (+$9.99 shipping), and an exotic jerky bouquet for $44.99 (+$9.99 shipping).
Ships to the U.S. for $9.99. (Carnivore Club also operates clubs in Canada, Europe, and the UK). Orders placed during the current month are shipped during the first full week of the following month, for December/holiday delivery, be sure to order in November!
Check out our Carnivore Club Reviews right here!
6. Kidstir: Perfect for whisking up memories with kids ages 5 to 10
Cost: $24.99/month + $3.95 shipping. Save with longer subscriptions. Sign up here.
Coupon: Subscribe to save $15 off a 6- or 12-month subscription with code TREAT15
What They'll Get: If your mini gift-getter has more savory tastes, get them a kids cooking subscription box from Kidstir, which introduces a variety of meals and recipes—and not just baking—to your chef-in-training. Like Foodstirs, this subscription focuses on recipes that kids can help out with, such as sandwiches, healthy snacks, tacos, pasta dishes, and other healthy, flavorful foods. They'll get supplies and instructions to help them cook up three recipes per box, plus games and puzzles, and a handy shopping list!
Ships to the U.S. For Christmas delivery, orders must be placed by December 16th at 12 am Eastern time. Please note that Alaska, Hawaii, and APO/FPO addresses may take two weeks longer.
Check out our Kidstir reviews right here!
7. RawSpiceBar Spice of the Month Club: For the adventurous cook who wants to bring global flavors to their kitchen
Cost: $10/month. Gift subscriptions start at $60/for 6-months. Sign up here.
ACTIVE DEAL: First month free
What They'll Get: For those looking to add authentic international flavors to their cooking repertoire, there's RawSpiceBar. Each month, RawSpiceBar will send two resealable containers of freshly ground, authentic spice blends, and a card of globally inspired recipes to use them in. When you buy, the gift recipient will receive an email with information on how to sign up and redeem their code.
Ships free to the U.S. and to Canada for an additional fee.
Check out our RawSpiceBar reviews right here!
8. Marshmallow of the Month Club: A box of confections for the goody-lover in your life
Cost: Starts $13.75/month. Sign up here.
What They'll Get: Marshmallow of the Month Club sends a curated box of small-batch, naturally-flavored artisan marshmallows, along with curated coffees, teas, and hot cocoa based on that month's marshmallow flavor. Crafted for anyone in your life who deserves a little "me time" (yourself included!), this delectable box also includes a chocolate surprise and homemade graham crackers to create your own at-home s'mores. With a gluten-free option available, too, Marshmallow Of The Month is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Ships to the U.S.
9. Bake Eat Love: Everything you need to fall in love with food & cooking
Cost: Starting at $31.99/month + free shipping. Save with a 3-month subscription. Sign up here.
Coupon: Use code 5PERCENT at checkout to receive a special discount
What They’ll Get: Bake Eat Love sends all the pre-measured, high-quality, non-perishable ingredients you need to bake a batch of 12-20 gourmet treats each month, plus a bonus kitchen item to keep. Rather than receiving a recipe card, Bake Eat Love sends an email with the month’s recipe, including an instructional video to ensure each step is demonstrated perfectly. This box is listed for all-ages, meaning kids and adults alike can participate in the fun!
Gift It: Purchase the Original Monthly Bake Box as a month-to-month gift for $37.99. Click here to sign up!
Ships free to the U.S. Subscriptions ship the 21st-24th of each month and arrive in 1-3 business days. Order by the 20th to get this month's box.
10. LG Tasty Cookie Club: Natural ingredients and new baking tools for tasty at-home treats!
Cost: The current "Everything But The Cookie" kit is listed for $40 + free shipping. Sign up here.
What They’ll Get: Tasty has teamed up with Foodstirs and appliance brand LG to deliver monthly cookie kits sure to delight. LG Tasty Cookie Club kits arrive with pre-measured organic or all-natural ingredients, a recipe, and an exclusive baking tool from Tasty that can be used to bake that month’s cookies or otherwise enhance your kitchen collection.
Ships to the U.S. for free, purchases made in November and December will begin shipping around the 15th of each month.
If you enjoyed this round-up, check out our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for the best subscription box gifts for everyone on your list!