With the holidays in full swing and the year coming to an end (and it’s been a year), what better way to treat yourself and loved ones than with some delicious holiday sweets with easy delivery. From gingerbread houses (either DIY or ready-to-eat) to festive cupcakes to holiday-themed grazing boards, we’ve scoured the Bay Area to bring you our picks. Check out the list to find one in your area—you’ll be supporting small businesses that’ve been definitely hit this year, and indulging in some holiday snacking for yourself or someone else. Happy ordering!
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The boutique, small-batch bakery in San Francisco is owned by Jen Busy out of passion and love for bringing happiness to people through food. For the holidays, Batter Bakery has hand-decorated festive cookies starting at $3.50, classic gingerbread and chocolate peppermint cakes, and six-count cookie packs including holiday confetti and cherry ginger for $13. Our favorite is the cookie decorating kits that include cookies, royal icing and all the supplies. They come in a pack of six/$25 and 12/$45. Pick-up and delivery are available, with a local courier delivery fee of $18.
City Gal Bakes
Elizabeth is a mom of two kiddos and the owner and founder of City Gal Bakes in San Francisco. Her sugar cookies with royal icing are not only beautiful but delicious. For the holidays, City Gal Bakes is offering cookie decorating kits with either a Winter or Christmas theme and comes with eight cookies, icing, sprinkles and instructions. They are also offering cookie platters and gifts in fun, festive shapes like gingerbread, stockings and Hanukkah.
Women-owned and run since 2009, Wholesome Bakery in San Francisco is 100% gluten-free and vegan, making treats that are allergen-friendly, sustainable, plant-based and high quality with no refined sugars. Try a 7 Layer Bar with almond crust, dark chocolate and house-made caramel, or their custom gift boxes with assorted sweet or savory goodies. For the holidays, check out the holiday gift box filled with marzipan truffles, sandwich cookies and a chocolate loaf. Holiday pies like sweet potato, pumpkin and pecan are also going to be available. Free delivery offered on orders more than $40 and a minimum of 48 hours is needed for delivery.
It all started when founder Christa Hill wanted to share her favorite cookies with friends at Dolores Park. Eight years and thousands of cookies later, she’s still at it, bringing smiles to her customers around San Francisco. In addition to her classic assortment, holiday cookies include snowflake shortbread, spicy gingerbread, chocolate mint and cinnamon-spiced snickerdoodle. A box of two dozen minis are $60 delivered within the city and comes packaged with colorful tissue, a festive bow and a handwritten message.
Owner and mom of two, Becca started XO Bakes as a way to bring joy to others through cookie decorating classes and homemade cookie treats. For the holidays, she is offering her fun cookie kits for $35 and includes 12 cookies, five icing bags, sprinkles, toothpicks for precise icing spreading and a tip sheet for design inspiration. It’s the perfect afternoon activity for the whole family and also makes a great gift! Delivery is contactless and runs $20 for Bernal Heights, Mission, Potrero, Nob Hill and parts of SOMA.
Hot cocoa bombs, DIY cookie kits and decadent holiday cakes are on the menu this holiday season at SF Proper. The spiced orange cake and lemon custard cake would be perfect additions to your holiday table. Sip on holiday craft cocktails made by the award-winning team, Bon Vivants. All cocktails are batched for two and are available for $20. Items are available for delivery and pickup.
Brie Grazing Boards
Brie Grazing boards was started by a single mom with a love for making food look beautiful. Karla’s charcuterie and cheese boards are fully customizable (gluten-free, vegetarian options available), deliverable (if in the Tri-Valley), and gorgeous. With little details like decorative flowers, rose-shaped salami, mini honey dippers, sugared cranberries and themed decor, it really makes a great gift for anyone on your list including teachers, family and friends. Check out her Instagram for inspiration and contact information!
James and the Giant Cupcake
With fun names like Cloud 9, Pink Lemonade and Cocoa Crazy, this East Bay bakery founded by Eurdyce Manning is all about bringing out the playful side of food. December flavors include Candy Cane with peppermint ganache, Jack Frost with cream cheese icing and Holiday High Hat with jolly sprinkles. There is also a Stay at Home Cupcake Kit available that comes with six cupcakes (vanilla, chocolate, combination, gluten-free or vegan), sprinkles and buttercream frosting for fun at home. Delivery and pick-up are available in Oakland’s three locations.
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar has awesome food for the whole family with locations in Newark and Cupertino. This year they have an amazing partnership with Habitat for Humanity during the holiday season. Order a DIY gingerbread house for take-out or delivery, complete with frosting and sweet decorations for $6.95 and 100% of the proceeds go to helping build a home in communities. It’s a great way to help families while enjoying time with the kiddos this year. How cool is that?
Knox Cookie Bar
When that late-night cookie craving hits, look no further than Nox Cookie Bar. Serving warm cookies, treats and cold milk between the hours of 11:30 a.m - 2:30 a.m. (you read that right), take-out, and online delivery are available in San Jose and surrounding areas. Order holiday-themed sugar cookies in festive candy cane, Santa and snowflake shapes at $2.50 a cookie, or try a NoxBox for $8.50 with 12 small cookies for a great spontaneous snack or gift for friends this season.
Self-taught baker and working mom of two, Tara is the owner of Soiree Macarons in San Jose. This year she is offering her tasty two, five and 10 holiday macaron gift pack with a variety of holiday flavors including hot cocoa, gingerbread latte, white chocolate peppermint, pistachio pomegranate and dark chocolate bourbon. The five-pack is $12.50 and 10 pack is $25. Delivery is available throughout San Jose for $10. Check out her Instagram for updates and ordering information!
Located in San Mateo, Sibby’s Cupcakery has been around since 2004 serving delicious signature, seasonal and custom-themed cupcakes baked to order from scratch. The bakery is nut-free and offers gluten-free options that are just as delicious. For the holidays, Sibby’s is bringing flavors like gingerbread, coconut snowball and mint cookies and cream. Sampler boxes are $33 for a dozen minis and $48 for regular size and come in a gift-ready box with holiday ribbon. Delivery is available from San Francisco to Sunnyvale and pick-up is by appointment only. Check the website for hours.
A staple in the Burlingame area, Copenhagen Bakery has been open for over 40 years serving customers from all over the Bay Area. While they offer a wide variety of sweet and savory bakery items, the custom cakes are their specialty. Copenhagen does it up for the holidays, making intricate gingerbread houses that you can DIY or buy ready to be displayed (past years included Gingerbread Resort and Smurf Gingerbread House). They also offer themed cookies, cupcakes, fruitcake and stollen. Pick-up and delivery are available, call the bakery for more information.
Johnny Doughnuts in Marin makes artisanal donuts handcrafted with organic ingredients sourced locally. With a variety of flavors and styles from classic to raised to vegan and gluten-free, there is a donut for everyone. For the holidays, they are bringing back two seasonal favorites for a limited time through the end of the year. The Wildberry Bismark is a Hanukkah favorite and similar to a Sufganiyot, filled with wildberry jam and rolled in sugar. For apple lovers, check out the Apple Bismark filled with delicious apple pie filling. Delivery is available through Door Dash or Caviar.
With several locations across the Bay Area including Marin, Susie Cakes is known for beautifully delicious cakes, cupcakes, cookies and pies made from scratch using only the finest and freshest ingredients. For the holidays, Susie Cakes is bringing back their popular Crushed Candy Cane Cake as well as frosted sugar cookies and chocolate mint cupcakes. They will also be offering a cupcake kit that comes with a dozen cupcakes, festive buttercream frosting and sprinkles for $48. Pick-up and delivery are available at select bakeries so check the website for the closest one!
Sift Dessert Bar
Family-owned since 2008, this bakery knows its sweet stuff. With three locations around the Bay Area including Santa Rosa and Napa, Sift Dessert Bar makes beautiful cupcakes, macarons, cakes, cuffles (cake and frosting blended together and dipped in chocolate) and other yummy treats. They have great holiday boxes that are delivered contactless and left on the porch with delivery notification in Santa Rosa, Cotati and Rohnert Park. Check out the Holiday Box with champagne marshmallows, chocolate cruffles and hot cocoa stir stick for $55, the Winter Box with a dozen assorted cookies and a Snowball Fight Game for the family for $49, or the Hanukkah Gift box with a surprise ball and chocolate coins for $56.
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