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 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 Cookies Oprah Loves: maman's Holiday Gift Box
If Oprah loves them, you know they're good. And if you don't trust Oprah, trust us—you'll want to order one of maman's holiday gift box for yourself and one for your friends or family, they're that good. Indulge in a dozen cookies that include a variety of their nutty chocolate chip, oatmeal ginger spice, triple chocolate or a combo of all three flavors. Each holiday gift box, which they ship nationwide, is packaged in custom maman boxes and tied with rustic twine.
Online: mamannyc.com for $45
For Old School Candy Everyone Will Love: See’s
West Coasters know See’s candy for their delectable chocolates and candies—and free samples if you’re lucky enough to live near one of their old school candy shops (all their employees wear traditional white smocks). This holiday season bring the magic of this beloved candy store to your family and friends with some of their best-selling holiday goods. We’re partial to their Milk Chocolate Santas, box of Victoria Toffee, seasonal Christmas Memories Box (full of their most popular milk, dark and white chocolates) and Scotchmallow Trees (caramel and honey marshmallow covered in dark chocolate—we’ve been known to buy these in bulk for family during the holidays). See’s ships nationwide with free shipping over $65.
For Over-the-Top Delectable Goodies: Milk Bar
What started in the East Village in 2008, Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar has now blossomed into a bakery with a cult following. And good news for those who don’t live near a storefront: they ship nationwide! Check out their holiday gift shop, which features over-the-top delectable goodness like Peppermint Bark Cake and Peppermint Pretzel Snap Tin. Or, opt for their popular goodies like Milk Bar Pie (aka Crack Pie), Classic Birthday Cake or Cake Truffles.
For a Gift That Isn't All Sugar: Frog Hollow Farm
A favorite of our Editorial Director, Frog Hollow Farm—local to the Bay Area—boasts delicious seasonal fruit, cookies, pies, pastries and their well-known fruit conserves. Their selection rotates seasonally (now in winter they persimmons, pears and apples) and if you sign up for their email list they’ll often send out promo codes. Check out their holiday gifts here. And, psst...there’s a section on their website for gifts with free shipping!
For Luxe Candy with a Fun Twist: Sugarfina
For luxury candy, turn to Sugarfina. While they have a bevy of holiday specials, we’re partial to their custom bento boxes where you can gift and customize candy gifts. And, these are no ordinary gummies and chocolates. Choose from fun flavors like Rose Fruttini, Mint Chip Milkshake, Birthday Cake Caramels and Ice Cream Cones.
For Dietary Restrictions: Karma Baker
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?
For a Gift They Can Customize: Sugarwish
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.
Tip: 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.
For Cupcakes with a Twist: Yummy Cupcakes
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.
For Something Extra Festive: Gingerbread Factory
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.
For an Underrepresented Dessert: Fairytale Brownie
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 you can even customize wooden boxes or tins in which to deliver the 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?
For Not Your Mother's Rice Krispie Treats: Treat House
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 and they even have a holiday shop to boot. 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 $35, but if you want to choose your own, you have that option, too. Also, they have marshmallow pops. Just saying.
For a Treat They've Never Tried Before: Element Snacks
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.
— Nicole Fabian-Weber and Erin Lem
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