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Scratching your head about what to get the food-lovers in your life? Instead of yet another box of chocolates or snowflake-bedazzled kitchen utensil, treat them to a mail-order food subscription box. Every month will bring delicious new surprises—from fragrant spices to gourmet sweets—delivered straight to their door.
For the globetrotter: Try the World
Have a friend with a serious case of wanderlust? Sign them up for Try the World. Every two months, they'll receive a box containing gourmet treats from a new country, a fun way to discover vanilla rooibos from France, orange blossom jam from Spain and more.
Price: $105 for a three-box subscription
For the experimental home cook: Raw Spice Bar
Spices are one of the easiest ways to take home cooking up a notch, but buying a whole bottle can be a pricey commitment. That's where Raw Spice Bar comes in. Once a month, they'll send sample-sized packages of three freshly-ground blends, along with chef-tested recipes that showcase the fragrant goods.
Price: $6 a month
For the man of the house: Mantry
Each handsome wooden crate arrives with six full-sized products pegged to a theme, ranging from ready-to-eat sweets and snacks to pantry products like hot sauce and cocktail mixers. A nifty booklet tells the story of where each item comes from, plus there are accompanying recipes up on the website.
Price: $225 for a three-month subscription
For the sweet tooth: Treatsie
Put away the M&Ms and yogurt-covered pretzels. This sugar-fueled carton allows you to sample gourmet sweets from across the country and we're not just talking candy. Along with caramels and chocolate bars, expect samples of jams, cookie dough and even homemade pop-tarts.
Price: $69 for a three-month subscription
For the do-good foodie: Love With Food
Snack smart, do good—that's the motto of this company, which donates a meal to help fight childhood hunger for every boxed purchase. You'll feel good about what you eat too, thanks to a carefully-curated selection of snacks that are organic and GMO-free. There's even an entirely gluten-free box.
Price: Starting at $26.97 for a three-month subscription. Use the promo code HOLIDAY2015 to get a $10 discount on any subscription plan over $30.
For the boozehound: Cocktail Courier
Think of this as the Blue Apron of drinks. Culling recipes from the country's best bartenders, this craft cocktail subscription comes with all the ingredients you'll need to stir (or shake) up a winning drink, from the bottle of booze to the fruit purees and rimming salt.
Price: $119.97 for a three-month subscription
For the health nut: Bestowed
Snacking doesn't have to be bad for you—not when you have health experts curating the assortment. The sunny orange box is bursting with good-for-you treats, alongside products such as shampoo, vitamins and coupons. Bestowed also includes info on the perks, like whether a product is all-natural, allergy-friendly or low in fat.
Price: $60 for a three-month subscription
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