5 Tasty Gifts That Keep on Giving
Deliver holiday joy year-round with a subscription service
By Suzanne Kilpatrick
Food subscription services haven’t always had the best reputation but gone are the days of subpar ham and fruit baskets. In this day and age, they are the very thing keeping the finest food purveyors alive. From ranchers who work hard to humanely raise cattle for meat to neurosurgeons lovingly engineering baby food to support brain development, here are recommendations for gourmet boxes that will nourish the body, mind and soul.
Farmhouse Delivery Texas Rancher Box Subscription, Chicken & Beef Half Share, $69.99
Austin-based Farmhouse Delivery’s Rancher Boxes bring the best meats that comply with the highest standards to the table. Ranchers put love and expertise into raising each animal. This includes banning of feedlots, massive quantities and ensuring that all animals travel only a short distance for processing, leading to lower anxiety levels. All the cattle they work with are pasture-raised and no growth hormones or antibiotics are added.
Fresh-Pressed Olive Oil Club Quarterly Fresh Pressed Olive Oil Subscription, $99
Olive oil, unlike wine, is at its peak flavor and nutritional glory immediately after it’s pressed. You might be hard-pressed to find fresh-made product in your local grocery store but thanks to a number of great small stewards, fresh oil can be delivered right to your friend or loved one’s door. We like this club because each delivery which comes from a different region in the world.
Salt Lick 6-Month BBQ Subscription, $89.25 per month
There’s so much to love about The Salt Lick. The beautiful Hill Country location, lively vibe on a sunny Saturday, perfectly paired wine and, of course, the meat. If you’re looking for something to gift a homesick Texan, this is definitely the treat. The BBQ institution is offering 100 lucky people a subscription including 5 months of different food items as well their signature cookbook. Should the service sell out, be sure to look out for their new peach salsa. Yum!
Fuego Box Small-Batch Quarterly Hot Sauce Subscription, $120
Texans love their hot sauce so why not pepper your friends and family with the best. Fuego Box is the product of one man’s journey around the world to find the most unique flavors you’ve never heard of. Each bottle is packaged by hand and made from local harvests. No gimmicks, just fantastic taste and the right amount of heat. Hot damn!
Cerebelly Organic Baby Food Subscription, from $40.46
One of the biggest challenges facing new moms is nourishing both themselves and baby. With the help of Cerebelly you can help alleviate this problem. Founder and Neurosurgeon Teresa Purzner formulated this line of baby food to best serve brain development and make a lifelong difference in the growth of a child. The vast majority of brain cells you have at age 3 are the ones you will have the rest of your life. So this product is, well, pretty major. Take Cerebelly’s quick survey and ship a gift that indeed keeps on giving.