With the endless stream of holiday activities, you’re bound to forget something—or someone—on your list this season. Instead of rushing out for last-minute gifts, send friends and loved ones a delivery of melt-in-your-mouth sweet treats. From giant baskets of old-school candy to the most ooey-gooey brownies ever, here are our favorite dessert delivery services guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face.
For Dietary Restrictions
The holidays are a time to for everyone to indulge—not just people without dietary restrictions. Enter Karma Baker, the scrumptious treat delivery service that only bakes up vegan and gluten-free desserts. From gingerbread houses to fruit tarts to unicorn donuts(!), Karma has anything and everything sweet for your gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan friends. And if you happen to live in or around Los Angeles, local pick-up is available. Treats (for everyone) on demand? Yes, please.
Why You'll Love It: They sell Hostess-style cupcakes, swirly frosting design and all. Need we say more?
Order at karmabaker.com
For Candy Connoisseurs
No Dylan's? No problem! Since opening their NYC location years ago, Dylan's Candy Bar has branched out with more brick and mortar sweet-filled shops across the country. But still—not everyone is fortunate enough to live near one. Send someone you love (or someone who loves sweets) a sugar-packed gift basket from one of the most famous candy shops in the world. Choose from smaller gifts, such as chocolate bar assortments, to seriously impressive treats, such as a "1970s candy time capsule" and huge Belgian chocolate "extravaganzas." Between the bright, happy packaging, of course, the treats, these gift baskets are guaranteed to put a smile on anyone's face.
Why You'll Love It: Being that it's Dylan's, they have you covered with pretty much every type of candy and sweet under the sun. And whether you're sending to one person or an entire office, there's something for everyone—and their price point.
Order at dylanscandybar.com
For the Family Who Loves Camping
Recreate the best of camping without actually camping with Gotta Have S'more's sweet treats. These scrumptious desserts feature a graham cracker crust, roasted marshmallow topping and seasonal themes they'll adore. You can even get your s'mores imprinted with a photo of your family. How's that for a personal gift? If you're in LA head to their storefront on Fairfax or order online. Prices start at $16.50 at gottahavesmore.com.
For a No-Fail Gift
Instead of choosing people's treats, why not let them pick for themselves? Sugarwish is an online candy shop that allows gift givers to send loved ones, well, a "sugar wish." After choosing from varying-priced packages, such as the Petite, the Classic, and the Ultimate, simply enter the recipient's email address and he or she will get a sweet surprise in their inbox. After receiving the sugar wish—which is essentially an e-gift card—recipients get to fill their virtual bag with whatever candy will satisfy their sweet tooth. Free candy of their choice? Now that's a holiday gift.
Why You'll Love It: If you'd rather pick out the candy yourself, there's an option for that, too. Sugarwish also has pre-picked gift baskets available for your more indecisive friends.
Order at sugarwish.com
For Cupcakes with a Twist
For the delectable taste of cupcakes with a fun twist, turn to Yummy Cupcakes' popular Cupcakes in a Jar. They're baked fresh every morning with the cupcakes sliced and layered in a glass jar with house-made fillings, frostings and toppings. Choose from traditional flavors like Red Velvet and Chocolate/Vanilla or go big with holiday flavors that include Eggnog, Snickerdoodle and more. There are even vegan options available. Prices start at $28. Order yours at yummycupcakes.com
For Something Extra Festive
Stand out during the season of cookies, cakes, and cupcakes by sending a gingerbread house. But not just any old gingerbread house—a customized gingerbread house. Whether you want to keep it simple and personalize your gift with the recipient's name or go big with a full-on customized gingerbread house—sports arena or sand castle, anyone?—The Gingerbread Factory has you covered.
Why You'll Love It: In addition to their seriously impressive gingerbread houses, The Gingerbread Factory also boasts an impressive menu of custom gourmet cookies.
Order at gingerbreadfactory.com
For the Brownie Lover
Let's face it: Brownies are woefully underrepresented in the dessert world. Change that this season with an ooey-gooey brownie delivery from Fairytale Brownies (Seriously, when was the last time you saw someone upset about opening a box full of brownies?). All of the brownies are made from scratch, and this year they've come out with something new: Customizable wooden boxes or tins in which to deliver their goods. Recipients will be thrilled to tear into an array of irresistible brownies with flavors such as cream cheese, raspberry swirl, and pecan blondie—and then reuse the pretty keepsake box when they're done.
Why You'll Love It: Fairytale Brownies have a huge selection of occasions to choose from (holiday, Christmas, Hanukkah), so the packaging is always spot-on. Also, they have a recipe section on their website(!) filled with loads of incredible-sounding desserts. Anyone up for a Coconut Brownie Pineapple Sundae?
Order at brownies.com
For Something Truly Different
Just when you thought Rice Krispies Treats couldn't get any more delicious, Treat House ups the ante on the crispy, marshmallow-y treats. Adding new flavors to the all-American snack, such as birthday cake, cookies and cream, and caramel and sea salt (as well as a seriously impressive presentation!), Treat House is the perfect sweet treat for anyone on the list. Also, if you have friends or family members with food allergies, Treat House has you covered with nut-, dairy-, and gluten-free options.
Why You'll Love It: Most gifts from Treat House come in pre-picked 12-packs for $36, but if you want to choose your own, you have that option, too. Also, they have marshmallow pops. Just saying.
Order at treathouse.com
For an Outside-the-Box Gift
Who knew rice cakes could make for such a ridiculously delicious sweet treat? Element Snacks, apparently. Blow your friends', coworkers', and family members' minds this holiday season by sending them an assortment of rice cakes ... that have been dipped and flavored in all things sweet, of course. Choose from packages of dark chocolate, strawberry 'n' cream-flavored rice cakes and other flavors for the ultimate out-of-the-box gift.
Why You'll Love It: Element Snacks uses premium Italian chocolate, fresh fruit and vegetable concentrate, natural vanilla, and non-GMO rice in all of their treats. Also, there are never any GMOs, hydrogenated or trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, yeast, or preservatives. Delicious sweets minus the guilt? Bring it.
Order at elementsnacks.com
For When You Want More Than Just Cookies & Milk
If you're looking to leave Santa something a little different this year, turn to ChocAmo Cookie Cups. They're handmade in Philadelphia and combine the best of both worlds: cookies and milk! Available in eight flavors (think Chocolate Chipster, Mocha Dream and Birthday Cake), each delectable cup is waiting to be filled with your favorite extra whether it's plain milk, ice cream or even a grown-up version of hot cocoa. ChocAmo ships nationwide and prices start at $24.95.
Order at chocamo.com
— Nicole Fabian-Weber
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