Food-of-the-Month Clubs: Gifts That Keep on Giving

Nov 26 2013 - 6:45am

Our prescription for low-stress gift giving this holiday season is simple: work smarter, not harder by giving them gifts that will brighten their days for months to come, without you even stepping into a store. Too good to be true? Nope! We're talking subscriptions to a monthly or quarterly food or drink club. From artisanal coffee to a taste of international cuisine and beyond, we've got regifting-proof ideas aplenty.

A Gaggle of Artisanal Goodies

Surprise your foodie friend with a selection of artisanal goodies each month from Hatchery [1] ($20 per month), which not only includes five to six treats but also suggestions for how to put them to use.

Jam-Lovers Club

With flavors like peach saffron and fig with candied ginger, it's no surprise that Pim's (of Chez Pim fame) exceptional jams sell out fast. Let your loved ones cut the line and get first access to limited-release batches with a subscription to the jam-lovers club [2] ($160 per year).

Sipping Spirit of the Month

Help him unwind with a subscription to Bitters + Bottles [3] ($75 per month), which will send one or more full-size bottles of sipping spirits to his doorstep each month, ready to be enjoyed neat or on the rocks.

Salami of the Month

From sopressata to saucisson, the world of salami is surprisingly vast. Help him taste his way through 12 different varieties with Olympic Provisions' salami-of-the-month club [4] ($140-$430 per year).

Fruit of the Month

Farmers market devotees (or those who just wish they were) will appreciate the gift of superlative fresh fruit from Frog Hollow Farm [5] ($145-$180 for three months) every month.

Japanese Candies of the Month

An editor favorite, Candy Japan [6] ($25 per month) sends two shipments of hard-to-find Japanese candies each month, each packaged in an elegant envelope and with eye-catching washi tape. All in all, it's pretty sweet (literally).

Craft Coffee Subscription

Give your favorite coffee nerd the gift of discovery with a subscription to Craft Coffee [7] ($30-$240). Each month, he'll receive beans from three different artisanal roasters, as well as brewing tips and tasting notes.

Champagne Club

For a truly luxe gift, look no further than Henri's Reserve [8] ($500-$1500), a Champagne subscription service that brings noteworthy and hard-to-find bottles to her doorstep.

Source: Flickr user Le Journal de Maman [9]

Chocolate of the Month

Astound the chocoholic in your life with a chocolate-of-the-month subscription [10] ($180-$900), which includes at least five artisanal chocolatey treats in each shipment.

Healthy Snacks of the Month

Nutritious and delicious snacks like those included in Nature Box [11] ($60-$200, originally $72-$288) are sure to brighten her day.

Meats of the Month

As its name suggests, Carnivore Club [12] ($50) brings the meat, with each monthly shipment including four to six items from around the world ranging from prosciutto to buffalo jerky.

Cocktail Kits of the Month

Drinks are on her with the gift of Julibox [13] ($40-$432); every month, she'll receive the ingredients and recipe for two exciting cocktails curated by top mixologists.

World Dinner Club

Broaden her horizons with a subscription to Hungry Globetrotter's World Dinner Club [14] ($35), a service that not only delivers a kit of international ingredients four times a year, but also includes recipes to match.

A Sampling of What's New

If he thrives on being in the know of what's new and noteworthy, give him a subscription to Love With Food [15] ($10-$17 per month), which delivers at least eight samples of newly released products each month.

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