A fancy steak never goes unappreciated by carnivores.

By Margaret Eby
December 18, 2019
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The days until Christmas are ticking by, the days until Hanukkah are going even faster, and somehow we're running into the deadlines for shipping. If you haven't gotten your gifts in order, and you don't want to face the crush of IRL stores in the pre-holiday week, don't give up hope. There's still time to buy some of the best steaks on the internet. 

If you have someone in your life who loves a great steak—maybe it's your sister, or your partner, or that family friend who always insists on manning the grill no matter what time of year it is (me)—one of the best places to get one outside your local butcher is Snake River Farms, an Idaho purveyor of American Wagyu-style beef shipped to your door. Their meat is the result of cross-breeding American cattle with Japanese Wagyu cows, a variant of what you might otherwise know as Kobe beef. (As champagne can only come from Champagne and bourbon from Kentucky, Kobe beef must be from Kobe, Japan.)

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The steaks are of the caliber that you'd get in a nice restaurant, which means that they're more expensive than what you'd pick up in the grocery store. But they're still in the reasonable gift range. A tender cut of steak called Teres Major goes fo $48, and a gift bundle of two six-ounce ribeye filets, two eight-ounce top sirloin steaks, and a container of flakey, pepper-infused salt is $99. You can even gift someone the fanciest hot dogs they're likely to get for $49.

They'll get there in time for Christmas if you order in the next day, but honestly, what meat obsessive is going to be mad about a New Year's steak? And if you need tips on how to cook a perfect steak, we've got you covered.