Our love of food subscription boxes continues to grow and grow, with anything from expertly cured meats to artisanal chocolates now available to be delivered directly to your door on a monthly basis.
For the foodie, a subscription to one of their favourite things can prove a great gift, providing enjoyment month after month.
In testing we were looking for something that felt like a treat to receive in the post – rather than your standard delivery – and it needed to be something innovative, with high quality contents that looked as good as it tasted.
So, whether you or your pals have a penchant for fine cheese, love creating exotic dishes or just sitting down with a cup of tea and a fancy biscuit, there’s a food gift subscription out there for you. Here are our favourite gourmet gifts that keep on giving…
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The Cheese Geek the Elvis three month gift subscription: £88.50, The Cheese Geek
There are a fair few cheese gift subscriptions out there and we’ve tried many, but The Cheese Geek’s is probably our favourite as it’s so fun and unstuffy. Sign up to send (or receive) five incredible cheeses from the UK and beyond every month with a no-repeat guarantee; the cheeses are well balanced in terms of ageing, strength, hardness and milk type and the model allows you to choose vegetarian-only or exclude goat’s or blue cheeses should you wish.
Each box comes perfectly chilled and packed in environmentally friendly materials. It contains a cheese menu with pairing suggestions and space for you to rate your favourites to repurchase in future – there’s also a handy app to record your ratings and earn loyalty cheese wedges. For a one-off Christmas gift we’d direct you to its new offering: The Clint box, which matches fabulous cheese like Old Winchester with mini wines.
Biscuiteers biscuit tin three month subscription: £100, Biscuiteers
Surely the most beautiful and stylish biscuits in the business, London-based Biscuiteers hand bake and ice delicious treats in a dizzying array of shapes, themes and styles meaning that each one really is a work of art. Your monthly gift will arrive in a lovely keepsake tin packed with intricately iced biscuits that are – almost – too pretty to eat. Past collections have included seashells for August, birds for March and spooky spider webs and pumpkins for October, although any are sure to delight any biscuit-loving recipient. There’s also a letterbox-suitable option for £80 for three months.
Farmison the eat better meat box for couples rolling subscription: £36.50, Farmison
Give someone the gift of grass-fed British meat with award-winning online butcher Farmison’s monthly subscription package. Available in a variety of sizes depending on the size of your household, we love the couples box which this month contained minced beef, diced lamb and beef, pork shoulder, luxury sausages, the biggest and tastiest chicken fillets we’ve seen and some retro wild game faggots amounting to 20 portions of meat. The meat is all free range, outdoor bred heritage breeds and arrives fresh from North Yorkshire in thermal boxes every four weeks (you can pause at any time).
Boom Kitchen world flavours gift set rolling subscription: £14, Boom Kitchen
Even the most reluctant cook can’t fail to knock up exciting, flavoursome dishes with the help of Boom Kitchen’s brilliant spice packs and now they’re available on a subscription basis too. Some recipe kits – particularly exotically spiced ones – expect a certain level of kitchen capability, but these packs really couldn’t be simpler. Spices are pre-blended and measured and usually all you are required to do is add them at different stages to some chicken or similar. We’ve enjoyed every kit we’ve tried – think Sri Lankan curries, Moroccan tagines, naga chilli dishes and more – and this new four piece set of adventurous recipes will definitely have you looking forward to dinner.
The Spicery date night three month subscription: £23.40, The Spicery
We’ve enjoyed The Spicery’s colourful Friday night curry kits for years and are equally impressed by its new date night boxes. Still small enough to fit through your letterbox, this new incarnation includes everything the happy couple need to create a three-course meal inspired by the cuisines of Zanzibar, Istanbul or Ecuador; we loved the Ecuadorian ceviche starter. Recipes are clear, the spice blends are amazing and you can swap, pause or repeat your subscription at any time; we think they’re great value too.
Chococo chocolate club three month subscription: From £46.25, Chococo
Discerning chocoholics will love to receive Chococo’s chocolate club boxes in the post. These artisanal chocolates are all handmade in Dorset using fine single origin chocolate and local ingredients to create fresh, beautiful chocolates that look like a work of art. A Great Taste Award winner, Chococo’s creations feature flavours such as agave honeycomb, seasonal offerings like tawny port and fig and innovative combinations like conker and lime and are all colour coded regarding their alcohol, dairy, egg, gluten and nut contents. Their freshness means that the shelf life is relatively short, which means they’re best snaffled quickly – even better news.
Pasta Evangelists fresh pasta three month gift subscription: £51, Pasta Evangelists
If pasta is life, then a subscription to ultra-gourmet Pasta Evangelists will surely improve yours. Perfect pasta shapes are handmade in its Hackney cucina before being delivered chilled with an authentic mouth-watering Italian sauce and all the trimmings for you to assemble a restaurant-worthy pasta dish in under five minutes.
We’ve had a fabulous wild boar ragu and pappardelle in the past, as well as lesser-known pasta shapes like cavatelli (elongated thin shells) and delightful filled pastas like lobster and crab ravioli with lemon pangrattato. The dishes are so good, you’ll be amazed they’ve emerged from your kitchen and a subscription makes a brilliant gift for new parents, keen cooks or simply anyone who needs a big bowl of pasta.
Stirrd handmade fudge three month subscription box: £34.99, Stirrd
Anyone with a sweet tooth would be thrilled to receive a monthly instalment of these goodies through the letterbox. Every month, Stirrd sends out three super-indulgent varieties of fudge and other treats which are all handmade in small batches in traditional copper pans in Harrogate – expect a traditional flavour fudge, something more experimental and a bonus. We devoured salted caramel fudge and chocolate covered honeycomb which was like an extremely luxurious Crunchie bite.
Cannon and Cannon the protein box rolling subscription: £24.99, Cannon and Cannon
Meat fans familiar with Cannon and Cannon’s work so far (clue: utterly delicious charcuterie) will be putting its new subscription boxes on their Christmas lists. Choose from three varieties – we were fans of the lean, mean protein version – of well-curated cured meats from around the British Isles. We tried some absolutely stonking British biltong and were blown away by the quality of the Scottish wild venison chorizo. Great for snacking, or just massively amping up the quality of your charcuterie boards, we’re big fans.
Little Cooks Co three month subscription: £35.99, Little Cooks Co
For the little chef in your life, look no further than these sweet Little Cooks Co kits. Letterbox-friendly recyclable and compostable packages are posted monthly containing a tasty recipe designed by a child nutritionist and everything you need for your kids to bake it at home. They’re best suited to three to ten-year-olds and recipes don’t tend to require much equipment either (a blender is useful).
All recipes are vegetarian, dairy and gluten-free and don’t use refined sugar or processed ingredients; we had a yummy blackberry and lemon bar box packed with oats, almond butter and seeds which were nutritious and delicious. Every box bought pays for a vulnerable school child in the UK to receive a healthy breakfast too, which is a nice touch.
Paxton & Whitfield three month cheese club membership: From £120, Paxton & Whitfield
As Britain’s oldest cheesemonger, Paxton & Whitfield should know a thing or two after 200 years, and its cheese club subscription boxes prove that indeed they do. Four (large) hand cut wedges of seasonal cheese from the UK and beyond arrive monthly for your delectation in biodegradable Woolcool insulation along with notes on each cheese and its makers.
The selection is considered according to style, hardness and other factors. and you can expect to come across some seriously fine cheeses. We tried a blue beauty, Beauvale from the Cropwell Bishop Creamery which we’ll be seeking out again, and hugely enjoyed an award-winning Mini Cerney goats cheese; whatever arrives in your box your cheese boards will be the talk of the town.
The verdict: Food subscription gifts
The Cheese Geek just about stole the show for us with its cheeky branding and refreshingly down to earth cheesy expertise. We also highly recommend gifting yourself a Farmison meat box and can’t imagine anyone wouldn’t be impressed with some pretty Biscuiteers biscuits to dunk in their cuppa.