Just wait until you see these incredible holiday treats
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. It’s definitely the season where we would all use a little less stress, right? And, with straight-to-your-door delivery being the norm now, having the option to ship our favorite goodies is definitely a win. Afterall, you have enough on your plate (pardon the pun) between parties, gift shopping, and hosting.
We’ve rounded up our favorite companies that make it easy for you to send a loved one the sweetest gifts. There’s just something about food gifts that can feel a little more personal, and they’re perfect options for when you’re shopping for the person who seems to have everything. 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 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 Sugarwish—which is essentially an e-gift card—recipients get to fill their virtual bag with whatever candy will satisfy their sweet tooth. They also offer customized cocktail boxes! Choose from drinks like rum old-fashioned, smoky margarita, Moscow mule, and more.
For Bite-Sized Treats: 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, Vanilla Fluff, Christmas Sugar Cookie, Snowcap, and many more.
Insomnia Cookies: Holiday Delight Big Dipper
The Jinglebread Lil' Dipper Box comes with twelve classic gingerbread cookies and your choice of buttercream or cream cheese frosting. Or, opt for one of the Cookie Gift Boxes of 12 or 24 cookies in a festive box.
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 like their seasonal special is this Spiced Gingerbread and Eggnog cake, plus their classic, year-round flavors. 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 a Taste of Union Square, Anywhere: Breads Bakery Chocolate Babka
Our Editorial Director raves about Breads Bakery Chocolate Babka, and she's never led us astray. Another delivery courtesy of Goldbelly, the braided loaf-shaped cake known as babka is at its best in New York City—and now your home!—thanks to Union Square’s legendary Breads Bakery. Dark chocolate chips. Nutella. French cultured butter. And in a 3-pack, shipped a few hours after being pulled from Breads Bakery's oven. How could you possibly go wrong?
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. Or, spring for a party pack or any of their cookie + dough combo boxes. 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 Peppermint Bark Cake and Chocolate Mint Chip Cake Truffles. Or, opt for their popular goodies like Milk Bar Pie or Classic Birthday Cake.
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-World Goodies Everyone Will Love: European Deli
A surefire way to create a merry holiday season is enjoying hard-to-find food items that make your loved ones feel like they've been traveling in Europe. European Deli as the one-stop gourmet destination for delicious specialties from Germany and nearby countries. Fans of Lebkuchen-Schmidt (gingerbread cookies and pastries) are in for a serios treat. European Deli is the exclusive partner in the U.S. and imports the Lebkuchen fresh from Germany. You won’t find it in stores. These goodies are also packaged in the most gorgeous tins and boxes they'll love displaying.
For Utterly Thick, Soft Cookie Perfection: Taylor Chip
Soft cookie lovers, this one is all for you. Taylor Chip creates sinfully (but in a good way) thick, soft, chewy, dense cookies that are the size of your palm (we aren't kidding). These are the cookies we think of when we think of Christmas cookies, and with flavors like Mocha Peppermint, Gingersnap, and Toasted Coconut, it's basically a box Santa himself wouldn't be able to turn down. Trust us when we say whoever you gift these to will be talking about them way beyond the holidays.
To Wow with Color: Baked in Color's Holiday 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. Naturally, Baked in Color is available via Goldbelly.
For a Gift That Isn't All Sugar: Harry & David
Harry & David boasts delicious seasonal fruit, cookies, and pastries, and their well-known Harry & David pears. They have a really impressive selection for everyone. Check out their holiday gifts here.
For Luxe Candy with a Fun Twist: Sugarfina
For luxury candy, turn to Sugarfina. This year's holiday specials include a stunning 12 Days of Christmas Tree Tasting Collection. 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 or the Snow Many Sweets Paint Can.
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