9 mail-order food items that will make perfect gifts for the holidays

Because you can't go wrong with an edible gift.
By Megan Foster

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Attending festive gatherings, baking tasty treats and spending quality time with loved ones all come to mind when thinking about the holiday season. But amid the fun, this time of year can get a bit hectic due to lots of planning and shopping.

Lifestyle expert Elizabeth Mayhew stopped by the show to make one thing clear — gift giving doesn't have to be the most stressful part of your holiday.

This year, you can take some of the chaos off your plate by purchasing mail order food for any host or hostess, foodie or family member on your list. You can find everything from a bagel buffet to a flight of mini pies that are sure to bring some joy into their home.

Check out Mayhew's picks for the top mail-order foods that are bound to make this time of year a sweet treat.

Mail order food you can get for the holidays

1. Iridescent Whole Bean Coffee

This company, founded in 1995, entered the coffee market with a goal to adhere to quality and sustainability. The Iridescent Winter Blend is a dark roast with tasting hints of berry and chocolate — but the company offers 22 different coffee options in total.

Counter Culture also places a strong focus on corporate responsibility. Each year, they donate $1 per pound from their winter blend to fund environmental, social and sustainable projects. For 2019, their donations will go to The Seeds Fund which is a program that awards grants to producer-driven environmental projects.

2. Zuckers Bagel Brunch for 6

New York is famous for a few things — pizza, cheesecake and bagels. Zucker's offers plenty of options for mail order bagels including their bagel brunch made for six.

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This package includes bagels, cream cheese, everything seasoning, nova lox and a cooler bag.

3. Plymouth Made in Vermont Gift Box

There are very few cheesemakers that continue to make granular curd cheese, but Plymouth Artisan Cheese company has stuck with the tradition. They specialize in time intensive and rare cheeses and provide full-bodied and quality products. This gift box allows you to chose three unique cheese varieties along with a rich batch of Vermont maple syrup.

4. Alive Brightland Olive Oil

A good olive oil can make all the difference in a dish — which is why Brightland prioritizes creating hand-crafted and authentic oils. This one is made from a blend of Coratina and Frantoio olives and pairs well with spinach, arugula, kale hummus and baked goods. You can also drizzle it on sorbet or chocolate!

5. Awake Brightland Olive Oil

This virgin olive oil variety goes perfectly with soups and stews, hearty pastas, baked potatoes, roast chicken and veggies, eggs, and potatoes. It's made from Coratina olives and is sure to add a unique spin to any meal.

6. Snow's BBQ Brisket

Texas Monthly named this hearty BBQ joint the number one place for barbecue in Texas. Snow's has everything from ribs to pulled pork, but one of their most famous options is the brisket.

Snow's BBQ actually has a living legend named Ms. Tootsie, and though she's over 80-years-old and small in stature, she continues to get up every Saturday (at 3am!) to cook her famous food.

7. Maple Bacon Jumbo Donut Cake

Made from three layers of dough and buttercream, this giant donut is sure to be a hit this holiday season. The cake is glazed in a maple icing and topped with crisp bacon.

8. Hilliard’s Craft Beer infused Caramels and Brittle

You heard that correctly — craft beer intricately combined with chocolate. Hilliard's has been making candy since the early 1900s, but the company recently created flavors derived from double IPA sourced from a local brewery called Shovel Town Brewery.

They have beer flavored caramels, beer brittle and traditional peanut brittle. Each bit starts as a buttery and sweet crunch but quickly turns into a nutty flavor chased by a beer finish.

9. Southern Baked Pie Company Mini Pie Bundle

Nothing screams "holidays" quite like pie, and whether your preference is pumpkin, apple or pecan, Southern Baked Pie Company is sure to have one that tastes great.

The company was founded in Gainesville, Georgia, in 2012 and has continued to make their pies with family recipes for nearly eight years. If you can't decide on one pie flavor, you may want to opt for the sweet pie 6-pack that includes a caramel pecan, chocolate chess, french coconut custard, signature buttermilk, cherry, and apple pie.

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