Milk Bar has some of the best cookies that are perfect for a holiday treat
Nothing says “Happy Holidays” quite like a box full of delicious sweet treats—and they taste even better when they’re delivered straight to your front door. We’ve rounded up our favorite companies that make it easy for you to send a loved one the sweetest gifts. From flavor-packed mini cupcakes to hot chocolate bombs, and even some gluten-free and vegan options, here are our favorite services that deliver holiday treats guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face.
For a Gift They Can Customize: Sugarwish
Instead of choosing people's treats, why not let them pick for themselves? Sugarwish is an online candy shop that allows gift-givers to send loved ones a "sugar wish." After choosing from varying-priced packages such as the Mini, the Medium, and the Grand, simply enter the recipient's email address, and he or she will get a sweet surprise in their inbox. After receiving the sugar wish—which is essentially an e-gift card—recipients get to fill their virtual bag with whatever candy will satisfy their sweet tooth. New for 2022 are customized cocktail boxes! Choose from drinks like rum old-fashioned, smoky margarita, Moscow mule, and more.
Insider tip: If you'd rather pick out the candy yourself, there's an option for that too. Sugarwish also has pre-picked gift baskets available for your more indecisive friends.
For the Bite-Sized Treat: Baked By Melissa
With so many festive flavors to treat all season long, these delectable mini cupcakes are the perfect way to share sweets without going overboard. Whether you want 100 for a class party or just a box of six to gift a friend, Baked By Melissa offers several sizes of their assorted holiday cupcakes for Christmas and Hanukkah. Flavors include White Chocolate Hot Cocoa, Chocolate Babka, Christmas Sugar Cookie, Snowcap, and many more.
Insomnia Cookies: Holiday Delight Big Dipper
The Holiday Delight Big Dipper box comes with two classic gingerbread cookies, two classic red velvet and cream cookies, and your choice of buttercream or cream cheese frosting, topped with sprinkles.
Cake, Delivered: Daisy Cakes
Who doesn't want to receive a red velvet cake in the mail? Daisy Cakes will send through Gold Belly to a lucky recipient one of their homemade four-layer cakes that come in flavors like red velvet, lemon, chocolate, coconut, and more. They even have gluten-free and vegan options. Cakes arrive frozen, so you can store them until you need them before thawing and enjoying them.
For the Gluten-Free Crowd: Tate's Bakeshop
Being gluten-free doesn't mean you have to forgo the holiday treats. Tate's Bakeshop has a wide variety of gluten-free cookies, dessert bars, and gift baskets, like the Gluten-Free Merry Christmas Gift Basket. They also offer several non-vegan holiday gift options.
For Something Totally Unique: DŌ
Edible cookie dough? Yes, please! This unique dessert company has several flavors of cookie dough (like sugar cookie, nuts for nuts, and cake batter) that come in pints, and you can build your own four or six-pack. They have build-your-own cookie cake mixes and already-made cookie boxes too.
For Over-the-Top Delectable Goodies: Milk Bar
What started in the East Village in 2008—Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar—has now blossomed into a bakery with a cult following. And good news for those who don’t live near a storefront: they ship nationwide. Check out their holiday gift shop, which features over-the-top delectable goodness like Chocolate Chip Mint Cake and Mini Peppermint Bark Snap Tin. Or, opt for their popular goodies like Milk Bar Pie (aka Crack Pie), Classic Birthday Cake, or Cake Truffles.
For a Variety of Desserts: Bake Me a Wish
Bake Me a Wish has a ton of variety when it comes to having holiday treats delivered. You can order chocolate cakes, key lime pies, New York cheesecakes, cookies, brownies, and even fruit and nut trays. They also have treat towers and holiday-themed gifts like jumbo holiday cupcakes and candy cane cookies.
For Old-School Candy Everyone Will Love: See’s
This holiday season, bring the magic of this beloved candy store to your family and friends with some of their best-selling holiday goods. We’re partial to their Milk Chocolate Santas, the box of Victoria Toffee, the seasonal Christmas Memories Box (full of their most popular milk, dark and white chocolates), and Scotchmallow Trees (caramel and honey marshmallows covered in dark chocolate—we’ve been known to buy these in bulk for the family during the holidays). See’s ships nationwide with free shipping for over $70.
To Wow with Color: Baked in Color's Rainbow Colors Chocolate Chip Cookie Tins
Freshly-baked and beautifully colored cookies like the ones from Baked in Color are sure to brighten anyone's cold winter day. If you'd rather do something with more of a holiday theme, check out the Christmas Cookie Tin or the Hanukkah Cookie Tin.
For a Gift That Isn't All Sugar: Frog Hollow Farm
Frog Hollow Farm boasts delicious seasonal fruit, cookies, pies, and pastries, and its well-known fruit conserves. Their selection rotates seasonally (right now they have persimmons, pears, and apples), and if you sign up for their email list, they’ll often send out promo codes. Check out their holiday gifts here. And, there’s a section on their website for gifts with free shipping!
For Luxe Candy with a Fun Twist: Sugarfina
For luxury candy, turn to Sugarfina. This year's holiday specials include a stunning Gingerbread House Advent Calendar. We’re partial to their custom bento boxes where you can gift and customize candy gifts; choose from fun flavors like Rose All Day Bears, Birthday Cake Caramels, and Ice Cream Cones
For Dietary Restrictions: Karma Baker
The holidays are a time for everyone to indulge—not just people without dietary restrictions. Enter Karma Baker, the scrumptious treat delivery service that only bakes up vegan and gluten-free desserts. From gingerbread houses to cupcake jars and cookie dough cakesicles, Karma has anything and everything sweet for your gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan friends. And if you happen to live in or around Los Angeles, local pick-up is available. Treats (for everyone) on demand? Yes, please.
For Something Extra Festive: Gingerbread Factory
Stand out during the season of cookies, cakes, and cupcakes by sending a gingerbread house. But not just any old gingerbread house—a customized gingerbread house. Whether you want to keep it simple and personalize your gift with the recipient's name or go big with a full-on customized gingerbread house—The Gingerbread Factory has you covered.
For an Underrepresented Dessert: Fairytale Brownie
Let's face it: Brownies are woefully underrepresented in the dessert world. Change that with an ooey-gooey brownie delivery from Fairytale Brownies (Seriously, when was the last time you saw someone upset about opening a box full of brownies?). All of the brownies are made from scratch, and you can even customize wooden boxes or tins in which to deliver the goods. Recipients will be thrilled to tear into an array of irresistible brownies with flavors such as cream cheese, raspberry swirl, and pecan blondie.
For Not Your Mother's Rice Krispie Treats: Treat House
Just when you thought Rice Krispies treats couldn't get any more delicious, Treat House ups the ante. The all-American snack comes in flavors like birthday cake, cookies and cream, and caramel and sea salt. A perfect sweet treat for anyone on the list, they even have a holiday shop. Also, if you have friends or family members with food allergies, Treat House has you covered with nut-, dairy-, and gluten-free options.
For Themed-Gifts: Dylan's Candy Bar
Dylan’s Candy Bar has several impressive gift basket towers, including one for chocolate lovers, a gummy sweet treat tower, a Best of Dylan’s Candy Bar Bucket, and even a Movie Night bucket! If you want something specific for the holidays, opt for the classic Christmas Tackle Box, the Festival of Lights Tackle Box, or the Shimmering Sweets Wreath.