Give the gift of food, all year long
When you give a loved one a gift, you want to make sure it's special, something that's remembered long after the holiday decorations come down. That's why food of the month clubs are kind of the perfect gift, because they're, quite literally, the gift that keeps on giving, month after month. The recipient of your gift will be greeted with a brand new selection of food or drink, right on their doorstep, well into the New Year. And though it might sound like a generic gift, the best food of the month clubs are very specific. You can find a food of the month club for basically any food, and some of the best food subscription boxes allow the recipient to customize the gift to their tastes.
The Bacon Critic
Zingerman's is the deli behind Camp Bacon, an annual celebration of everyone's favorite breakfast meat, so it should come as little shock that this Michigan-based deli has a banging bacon of the month club, too. A three-month subscription costs $99, and a six-month subscription costs $189. Each box comes filled with 12 to 16 ounces of artisanal bacon, like Kentucky dry cured bacon or Arkansas peppered bacon.
Zingerman's Bacon of the Month Club, $99 for three months, zingermans.com
For $275, you can send your loved one a pound and a half of cheese every month for four months straight with Murray's cheese of the month subscription. Each box comes with three different cheeses, selected by Murray's in-house cheesemongers. If you're feeling particularly generous, you can gift a whole year of cheese for $775. (Have we mentioned that this is one of Oprah's must-haves?)
Murray's Cheese of the Month Club, $275 for four months, murrayscheese.com
The Coffee Addict
Many artisanal coffee roasters offer subscriptions—including Blue Bottle. But if you've got an adventurous coffee drinker who wants to try all the different roasts and beans, sign them up for Mistobox, a coffee subscription service. The coffee is customized to the drinker's preferences, and it comes from any one of over forty artisan roaster. You can gift as little as one month, for $20, or as long as a year, for $240.
Mistobox, $20 for one month, one.mistobox.com
The Mustard Fiend
Did you know that there is a National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin? If not, you might not have known that aforementioned National Mustard Museum runs a mustard of the month club so you can send a friend a new jar of artisanal, gourmet mustard every month. A full year subscription is $249, though if you think that's going to be too much mustard, consider gifting every other month, for $144.
Mustard of the Month Club, $249 for 12 months, store.mustardmuseum.com
The Wine Connoisseur
Wine Awesomeness is a monthly wine subscription service that'll send you three bottles of high-quality wine each month, all organized around a theme. Sometimes it's a trend in wine, other times it's a regional focus. You can give three months for $135, six months for $256, or a full year for $364—to make sure your loved one is never too far without a bottle of wine to chug.
Wine Awesomeness, $135 for three months, wineawesomeness.com
The Beer Snob
The U.S. Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club is a subscription beer service that's perfect for beer snobs who dream of traveling the country, trying out different beers from all the hundreds of microbreweries but (reasonably) don't have the time. Instead, they'll get 12 hand-crafter beers each month from two different, so-called "lightly distributed U.S. microbreweries." Two shipments will cost you $85.90, and you can decide how long you'd like the subscription to last. There's even an open-ended option, if you're feeling very generous.
U.S. Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club, $85.90 for two shipments, beermonthclub.com
The Otaku With a Sweet Tooth
You can send a whole box of Japanese candy to you anime-obsessed friend with Japan Crate. There's the mini, which costs $12 and comes with five items; the original, which costs $25 and comes with ten items, including one D.I.Y. item; or the premium, which costs $30 and comes loaded with 15 items including a drink. The packaging is also, needless to say, disgustingly cute.
Japan Crate Original Box, $72 for three months, japancrate.com
The One With Hot Sauce In Her Bag (Swag)
This hot sauce subscription service from Farm to People is perfect for the Beyoncé in your life, who goes through bottles of Sriracha like her life depends on it. Each month, she'll get two or three different bottles of hot sauce, sent straight to her door and, presumably, into her purse. A three-month subscription costs $75, while a six-month subscription is $150 with free shipping.
Farm to People Hot Sauce Subscription, $75 for three months, farmtopeople.com
The World Traveler
Sure, you might not be able to send your friend or family member on a world tour, but you can at least send them a monthly world food subscription from Try The World. There's a signature box, which costs $39 per month, and comes with more gourmet foods from a single country. You can also gift the snack boxes, which cost $19 per month, and come with five different snacks from five different countries.
Try the World Signature Box, $105 for three months, trytheworld.com