Food subscription boxes have come a long way in the last few years. While we love a good food kit to ease the pain of busy weeknight cooking, there’s so much more now on the market by way of speciality food subscription boxes that allow you to indulge in your food passion or treat yourself to a special something once a month.
The best thing about these food subscriptions is that they also make the perfect last-minute Christmas gift ideas - with none of the rush required (nor felt by the receiver). Choose one for yourself, or tick off some of those on your gift list, based on whatever food quirk you, or your loved ones, have.
From delicate sweets from Japan, a cocktail kit for the home mixologist, to the best olive oil from Puglia, find the perfect food subscription box to satisfy any kind of food passion.
The Snakku subscription box is perfect for the Japan-obsessed or the homesick Japanese friend. Get authentic savoury and sweet snacks found only in Japan, from small local snack makers, mixed with some familiar, like green tea Kit Kats. The Signature Box also comes wrapped like a present in traditional washi-paper furochiki.
Puglia is the land of the olive trees, and their olive oil is world-renowned. Take your pick from the list of independent, organic olive groves, choose your type of subscription (one-off, or yearly) and wait for the harvest. If you adopt an olive tree, you also get an adoption certificate with the name of your tree. There are other specialty products available too, as well as a FarmStay program if you want to visit your tree in person.
3. Butcher Box
This monthly service perfect for carnivores and grill-meisters sends grass-fed, pasture-raised, no hormone or antibiotic-added beef, pork, and chicken to your doorstep, which you can also pick and choose based on your subscription. Meat cuts are individually packaged and arrive frozen in an insulated box.
4. Fuego Box
Created by “a guy who went down the hot sauce rabbit hole”, this California-based hot sauce subscription is for those who share the passion for the heat. Get a curated box full of small batch hot sauces found from all over the world.
5. Saloon Box
Your home may just become the trendiest bar with Saloon Box’s cocktail boxes that come with DIY craft cocktail kits with just enough liquors for two people and four cocktails. A great idea for the home mixologist, which also means that you won't be left with bottles of barely used speciality liquors hanging around the house.
6. Bon Appetit
Bon Appetit is the perfect subscription gift for francophiles. Each box comes with six to eight French delicacies which ship monthly and includes products such as like and pork pate, French lavender honey, and nougat from Provence. Choose from boxes with dreamy names like the Paris Apéritif Box, Provence Apéritif Box or the Café Gourmand Box.
This one is for the chocoholics and dark chocolate purists. Choose from mixed or dark chocolate only boxes and get a mix of top quality chocolate bars hand selected from all over the globe. The team at Cocoa Runners pick only from certified Fair Trade products and are believers of the bean-to-bar direct trade, so expect artisanal chocolates from small batch chocolate producers that you may never have heard of before.
The guys at Moustache Coffee Club don’t fool around when it comes to their beans - thousands of beans pass by their noses and palates each year before they decide on the best selection for every member based on their individual tastes. Get excited each month to try their new beans and feel good about it too, all coffee beans are single-origin and ethically sourced.
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