9 tasty food gifts for Christmas you can send your friends and family

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If you have someone in your life who considers themselves a foodie (but not necessarily a chef), you can’t go wrong with these tasty food gifts for Christmas.

Food is a great gift because everybody eats. But the trick is to gift someone a treat that they wouldn’t otherwise get for themselves, like a peppermint bark cake or pizza shipped from New York City (hey, these are just a few good ideas).

Food gifts for Christmas are also great for the person who has everything. While they might already have a great winter coat or enough candles to burn for the rest of the year, they probably don’t have a box of mini cupcakes lying around (yes, another great idea!).

Take a look below at some of the best food gifts for Christmas sorted by sweet and savory. They all ship nationwide, but to guarantee delivery on or before Christmas, you should probably place your order ASAP.


1. Milk Bar The Holiday Starter Pack, $85

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There are a lot of gift options at Milk Bar for making someone feel special, from cookies and truffles to cakes and pie. Founder Christina Tosi started Milk Bar with her original Milk Bar Pie — it has an ooey-gooey center encased in a seriously delicious oat crust. Send your friend a pie, or go big with one of Milk Bar’s new holiday treats. The Holiday Starter Pack includes a 6-inch Peppermint Bark Cake and six Peppermint Pretzel Snap Cookies in a tin. The brand also partnered with Mariah Carey to create its Double Chocolate Caramel Cream Cake.

If you’re looking for a less expensive but equally thoughtful gift, you can’t go wrong with an Assorted Cookie Tin either, which includes six uniquely-flavored cookies for $20.

2. Baked by Melissa Christmas Tree Gift Box, 25-Pack, $40

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Baked by Melissa makes the perfect, bite-sized cupcakes in delicious flavors like cookie dough, cookies and cream, PB&J, red velvet, chocolate and other classics. For a special surprise, send the Christmas Tree Gift Box. You can choose which cupcakes come inside, including a variety of limited-edition holiday cupcake flavors or a combo of its 12 latest and greatest flavors. (You can also choose all nut-free, gluten-free or vegan cupcakes.)

Baked by Melissa’s holiday-specific flavors include Christmas Cookie, Caramel Hot Cocoa, Double Cookie, Chocolate Blackout, Festive Babka and Chocolate Babka and are available through Jan. 4.

3. LillyBean PastryBase Gluten-Free Hot Cocoa Bomb Kit, $30

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If you know a foodie who prefers a DIY project, this Hot Cocoa Bomb Kit is a festive choice. Hot chocolate bombs are basically hard chocolate spheres containing hot cocoa powder and marshmallows. When placed in hot milk, the chocolate melts, releasing the cocoa powder inside, and the marshmallows then explode to the top of your cup. With a little stir, you have a deliciously rich and creamy cup of hot cocoa.

This Hot Cocoa Bomb Kit includes a mold, parchment papers, vegan chocolate, LillyBean cocoa mix, allergen-free marshmallows, candy canes, sprinkles and easy-to-follow instructions. It’s everything you’ll need to make six perfect hot chocolate bombs on your own. Plus, it’s vegan, gluten-free and allergen-free, so it’s safe for everyone to enjoy.

4. Dylan’s Candy Bar Gingerbread Man Smash Treat, $65

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For the classic candy lover, Dylan’s Candy Bar has it all. You can’t go wrong with its Christmas tackle boxes filled with a variety of festive candies. However, for a really fun surprise, Dylan’s Candy Bar also makes a Gingerbread Man Smash Treat, which is a large, hollow gingerbread man-shaped chocolate candy filled with rainbow milk chocolate pretzel balls, gumdrop buttons and milk chocolate candies. The receiver can “bash” the cake using the included mallet to get to the treats inside. It’s too cute (and fun to let out a little frustration).

5. Mrs. Fields Stockings Were Hung Cookie Cake, $44.99

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Send a classic cookie cake with a special message to your loved one or go with the standard Merry Christmas message. If they’re not one for giant cookies covered in frosting (weird, but OK), you can also send boxes of cookies, brownie bites and more. Mrs. Fields has tons of dessert options and shipping is usually pretty affordable.


6. TRUFF Truffle Lovers Pack, $67.98

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Truffle-infused anything is kind of a bougie gift, but don’t worry, it won’t cost you your whole paycheck. TRUFF, the brand behind the truffle-infused hot sauce you’ve probably seen on Instagram, makes three different hot sauces for eating with just about anything. Not feeling hot sauce? It also sells truffle-infused pasta sauces, mayo and olive oil.

The Truffle Lovers Pack includes the classic black truffle hot sauce, black truffle pomodoro sauce and black truffle oil. Consider it a starter pack for any truffle-obsessed friend.

7. Goldbelly, Price Will Vary

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Goldbelly is a food delivery service; however, this one delivers local favorites nationally! Send your friend New York’s famous Artichoke Pizza (pictured above) or Summer Shack’s Lobster Pot Pie from Boston to anywhere in the U.S. There are tons of hometown favorites to choose from that will brighten anyone’s day. You can send savory or sweet foods with Goldbelly.

The service also recently launched meal kits from favorite restaurants like Shake Shack, Skyline Chili, Dinosaur BBQ and meal kits by top chefs like Wolfgang Puck or Marcus Samuelsson.

8. Harry & David, 10-Ounce Ribeye Steak, 4-Pack, $89.99

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If you have a carnivore in your life, send them the gift of meat. Harry & David’s fine meats selection offers steaks, fish filets, chicken, pork, Wellington entrées and more. This four-pack of steaks, however, makes a great gift that feels somewhat luxurious.

If you want to go all out, you can send them a monthly meat subscription or pair the steaks with a new grill for Christmas; just saying.

9. Harry & David Holiday Charcuterie and Cheese Board Gift, $99.99

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Harry & David may be the king of food gifts, from meats and sweet treats to fruit baskets and snacks. You can’t go wrong with one of its charcuterie boards, though. This Harry & David holiday set includes three types of cheese and two types of salami, along with a bamboo and slate serving board and three serving utensils. Bring it to a holiday party or send it to your cheese-loving friend. There’s also an option to add wine if you so choose!

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