The best food and drink subscription gifts for 2023
Subscriptions are a wonderful way to treat your loved ones to their favourite foodie treats again and again. From chocolate to cheese, sardines to hot sauce, there is a subscription to suit all budgets and tastes.
In challenging times, a foodie parcel arriving at someone’s door once a month is as reassuring a gift as we can think of.
The impressive subscriptions from The Cheese Geek offers recipients a 3, 6 or 12 month cheese selection delivered to the door with an impressive guarantee: you will not get the same cheese twice in a 12 month period. The selections are well thought through and cheese is delivered in great condition, wrapped in the proper wax paper it should be kept in. Inside might be a creamy Tunworth, rich and savoury Pitchfork cheddar or spiky blue from the likes of Stichelton Dairy. Available from The Cheese Geek (£32 per box for The Jimi, a rolling subscription).
Just IMAGINE if you could give someone the gift of fresh pasta delivered weekly! Yes that’s right, this carb-infused subscription service delivers hand-rolled, fresh pasta weekly, with all of the sauces and accompaniments you need to rustle up a meal in 5 minutes. Select from 2, 4 or 6 portions, veggie or meat (or both) and freshly made pasta will be delivered every Wednesday. Available from Nonna Tonda (from £5.50 per portion)
The Tinned Fish Market’s subscriptions
For a subscription with a difference, try a monthly box from The Tinned Fish Market. Based in Salford, this little company sources from small family producers to ensure quality seafood that protects the oceans. Available as a classic (mix of different tinned fish), sardine, mackerel, tuna or bespoke subscription. These little tins are as beautiful as the fish they contain inside: think Portuguese stuffed squid, sardine pâté, and Bonito del Norte in escabeche. Available in 3, 6 and 12 month durations from The Tinned Fish Market, from £45.
If the water in Majorca don’t taste like it oughta – the wine in Portugal certainly does. The Wine Club from Festa by Bar Douro is very impressive, with deliveries of 6 bottles over 4 months from their range of over 150 wines in total. FESTA work with acclaimed wine producers and this membership is the ideal gift for someone who wants to try new drops but doesn’t quite know where to start. Expect whites from rarer grapes like arinto and moscatel, and juicy reds full of mineral acidity, as well as informative regional and producer thumbnails. Available from FESTA (£125 for a quarterly membership).
Origin coffee subscriptions
As their name suggests, Origin takes provenance seriously and offer in depth information about the producers who grow their coffee beans. They source beans via direct trade (which means there is no middle-man) and the transparency about the process, from the coffee washers to the roasters working to bring you beans, is reassuring in an industry that has historically been problematic. With good process comes good coffee, and the beans on offer here available in lighter or darker roasts depending on how you drink your coffee. Flavours are fresh and fruity with well balanced acidity, and all subscriptions are delivered with free shipping. The subscription is available in weekly, fortnightly or monthly frequencies, from Origin from £9.20.
If you know a hot sauce lover, you will know that they are evangelical about the stuff. For each Burns Box, Hop Burns & Black select three of the finest hot sauces from their 100+ range, be it local artisanal heroes or the international stars of YouTube’s Hot Ones celebrity sauce challenge. Each delivery includes tasting notes and food pairing suggestions for each sauce. They offer a bi-monthly or quarterly rolling subscription, or you can save on the price with a 6 or 12 month pre-paid sub, (and the choice to receive your box every two or three months). Available from Hop Burns & Black from £22.95.
If you want to give chocolate as a gift, this new subscription from Cocoa Chemistry is a fantastic option, consisting of a single-origin chocolate ‘slab’ (meaning the cocoa comes from just one farm), and truffles with each delivery. The truffles are super fruity, almost tasting boozy and each package will offer a different variety inside as well as information on the farm the chocolate came from. Your recipient will be running to collect the post forever more. Available from The Origin Chocolate Club (in 3, 6 or 12 month frequencies, starting from £60).
We might be biased but a subscription to delicious. is the gift that keeps giving, delivering seasonal recipe ideas, cookery skills and inspiring features straight to their door. It’s just £2.50 a month with our Christmas offer: £29.99 for 12 months. Visit deliciousmagazine.co.uk/subscribe and enter the code PDCLGG22. Closing date 12 December 2022. Available from this link (£29.99 for a year!).
Rare Tea Company sources the world’s best loose leaf directly from independent farmers. Indulge a tea lover with a monthly delivery of a premium variety to replace their usual brew. Choices include Chinese whole leaf green tea and single estate English breakfast from Malawi (tins not included).
Available from Rare Tea Company, £9.99 per month.
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