Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for the gastronomist who has everything, or looking to make your life in the kitchen a little bit easier, a good food subscription box is an excellent option. And thanks to the huge (and growing!) popularity of meal kits, food subscription boxes and deliverable everything, there's something for every taste and budget.
If you've never tried one before, meal delivery services come with everything you need to make a nutritious, delicious lunch or dinner for yourself and the whole family. Prepared meal deliveries are awesome for busy people who don't have time for grocery shopping, but still need to get dinner on the table after a long day of work and school. Meal delivery kits that require some cooking and assembly are also useful for beginner cooks who want to expand their skills in the kitchen, because they both cut down on ingredient prep and come with clear, easy-to-follow instructions.
Speciality boxes can give your favorite foodie a chance to explore their options, too. Snack subscription boxes include healthier and more exciting nibbles than the office vending machine or snack closet. And subscriptions for splurge items like new-to-you wine or beers, fancy cheeses or bespoke chocolates work well as the gift that keeps on giving all year long. Whether you're looking for a way to make weeknight cooking easier, a unique gift idea or just something new and exciting to nosh on, these top-rated food subscription boxes are sure to satisfy.
Starts at $10 per serving
When you just can't fathom putting together a menu, Blue Apron is here to help. This OG meal subscription box earned top marks from the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute, and comes packed with fresh ingredients and clear instructions, so even kitchen novices will be able to create a home-cooked meal. They have options for two- and four-person households, so it works for every size clan.
Starts at $5.99 per item
Enjoy a delicious, nutrient-packed smoothie, soup or grain bowl without standing in line with Daily Harvest's delivery service. Each serving arrives with flash-frozen organic fruits and vegetables, so you just have to pull one out, add milk or water as needed, blend or warm it up and you've got a meal. You will need a blender to prepare the smoothies, but our testers loved all the healthy, tasty options.
Parents already know that finicky eaters sometimes make mealtime feel like a battle. Yumble, a meal kit delivery service that caters to picky palates, is here to save your sanity. Kids will gobble up their nutritionally balanced meals and you'll finally get to retire the phrase, "just two more bites."
$29 per month (snacks); $39 per month (food and drinks)
For those of us with adventurous palates, this subscription service brings a selection of gourmet ingredients, snacks and drinks from around the globe right to your doorstep. Try the World works with small, artisanal and often family-run companies so you know you're getting a real taste of each culture.
Starts at $14.40 per shipment
Driftaway Coffee is a small-batch roaster that can help you find single-origin coffee beans to suit your java style. Start with a tasting kit to explore your coffee preferences, then score your favorites and send back your notes. Future boxes will arrive customized to your tastes, so your morning Joe tastes like it was made just for you. They also ship beans within six hours of roasting, so you know they're super-fresh.
Each week, Sunbasket will deliver pre-measured, certified organic ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes so you never again have to panic when you hear, "what's for dinner?" This meal kit works great for those with dietary restrictions, since it also offers Paleo, vegan, gluten-free, diabetes-friendly and other specialized menus.
Starts at $75 per month
A membership to Murray's Cheese of the Month Club is the ultimate gift for that friend who also crafts the perfect cheese board. They'll receive a selection of the three to four of the drool-worthy cheeses from Murray's cave each month, complete with tasting notes to guide them through. Now that's what we call a cheesy gift.
$240 for 12 months
Keep your or a dedicated carnivore friend's deli drawer stocked with Olympia Provisions' salami of the month club. Each shipment features a different salami made from local pork using old-world techniques, perfect for your charcuterie platter. They'll also come with tasting notes, so you can learn something as you snack.
Enjoy steakhouse-style menus in the comfort of your own home with the Dinner, Solved meal plans from Omaha Steaks. Each month, choose from a selection of curated menus featuring high-quality protein and deliciously complementary sides. Because it's a buy-as-you-go plan rather than a subscription, you'll never get stuck with a box you forgot to cancel.
$120 per quarter
If you're something of a heat-seeker, the fuego box will get your tongue tingling. Each delivery features a selection of curated, small-batch hot sauces that focus on the perfect balance of heat and flavor. These condiments won't burn off your tastebuds, but they will elevate anything you sprinkle them on.
$40 per quarter
If your loved ones got really into beans over the pandemic (guilty as charged), encourage their new fascination with a quarterly bean subscription. It features not only everyone's favorite standards, but new and unusual options to diversify their palate.
Plans start at $8 per month
Those who always have food stashed in the desk drawer, tote bag and glove compartment will love this creative snack box. It comes with a wide variety of both sweet and savory nibbles to keep their supply well-stocked. There's a gluten-free option too. Best of all, Love with Food donates at least one meal to a food pantry for every box.
Get your strive for five with the HarvestCub fruit subscription boxes that send a crate full of fresh fruit to replenish your crisper each month. Choose from Americana options, with the best seasonal produce our country has to offer; Exotica boxes with exciting new fruits you may not have tried; an organic box or a medley for variety.
Starts at $26.90
Hit those macros while satisfying your tastebuds with FitSnack, a subscription box that helps you fuel your body. Each nutritionist-approved item is either high in protein, low in sugar, gluten-free, organic, raw, vegan, GMO-free, all-natural or some combination of the above.
$30 or $40 per month
Kids at heart can satisfy their sweet tooth with this monthly box of curated candies from both famous and artisanal producers. Choose from mostly sweet or mostly sour to match your flavor preferences and wait for dessert to arrive. And no worries if you don't like your candy; they'll replace it free of charge.
$150 for six bottles, four times a year
Choosing the right bottle of wine can get intimidating, especially if you're no sommelier. This wine club delivers six bottles of wine from around the globe each quarter, with expert-curated selections. You'll also get educational content to help you learn more about the bottles you're tasting, as well as the option to purchase more of what you liked at a reduced price.
$49 per month for a box with booze, $39 without
Home mixologists will love this subscription box that delivers everything you need to make a fancy cocktail each month. Every box includes instructions and all of the ingredients for four servings. If your recipient already has a well-stocked home bar or prefers to pick their own spirits, there's a step-down option that includes just the mixers.
Starts at $6.50 per serving
Many meal subscription boxes require you to eat them right away. Not Takeout Kit. This service offers shelf-stable meals from cuisines around the world so you can explore new dishes whenever the mood strikes (or you need a last-minute dinner solution). Choose a sampler of three or buy a la carte, no takeout menu required.
Starts at $39.95
Japanese snacks are super trendy and once you taste some, you'll understand why. This subscription box is half snacks and tea, half education, with a selection of delicious treats and a 24-page Culture Guide magazine that details the origins and flavors you'll experience. Just try and stop yourself from looking up plane tickets while you eat.
Starts at $30 per month
Never get hangry again with a monthly delivery of a grab bag of seven to 10 all-natural or organic snacks, including gluten-free options. Healthy Me Living also donates 10% of sales to No Kid Hungry, so you can feel good about your snacking habit.