The best food and drink subscription gifts for 2022
Subscriptions are a wonderful way to treat your loved ones to their favourite foodie treats again and again. From ice cream to cheese, sardines to beer, there is a subscription to suit all budgets and tastes.
In uncertain times, a foodie parcel arriving at someone’s door once a month is as reassuring a gift as we can think of. And did we mention the ice cream?!
Your cheese-on-toast will never be the same again… Provisions new Cheese Canteen subscription includes five different cheeses to a total of a hefty 1kg plus a descriptive leaflet. It’s one of the most reasonably priced cheese subscriptions out there, and is ideal for those who like to enjoy a cheeseboard of an evening, as well as those who love a cheesy dinner made with high quality British and European cheeses. A typical box might include aged gouda, 24 month comte, French goat’s cheese, baron bigod, and gorgonzola. You can choose to order as a one off or choose a monthly subscription in 3, 6, 9 and 12 month durations, and each delivery comes in a handsome recyclable cardboard box. Trust us, a pasta bake made with this stuff is second to none. Available from Provisions from £32 per month.
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 £48.
Over the last few years, the popularity of natural (‘natty’) wine has soared. If you know someone who loves the stuff, Oranj wines bespoke subscriptions would be a solid gift. Including hand picked selections of the team’s monthly favourites, as well as industry curator tip-offs, new releases, and difficult to source natural wines. Expect lively and full-flavoured Rieslings from Alsace, and Gamays with a slight spritz. And of course, the eponymous orange wines. If you’re looking for a one-off gift, we love that you can shop by colour too! AND, if your recipient is a mega-wine-buff, Oranj’s ClubOranj might be up their street, including 2 or 5 bottles, a poster, stickers and tasting notes. The subscription and membership are both available from Oranj in a range of frequencies. (starting from £45).
Trust us, all the keen bakers have this at the top of their wish lists this year. A brand new monthly subscription, brought to you by the GBBO team, which delivers a recipe alongside all the dry ingredients you’ll need for your bake as well as a handy piece of GBBO equipment. Box One (which will be delivered in February) contains the recipe for a classic chocolate cake, all of the ingredients and a gorgeous cake stand so that your finished bake can be displayed with pride. At under £20 a box, we think this is really great value and one of the prettiest subscription boxes we’ve ever laid our eyes on. Available from Bake Off Box (£19.99 per month, first box will be in February).
If you know a coffee obsessive who loves to try beans from new roasters, then Good Brew is the gift subscription you need. The brand partner with independent roasters around the UK and Europe, and deliver to your recipient’s door in the first week of every month. Each delivery includes two 200-250g bags of coffee – around 32 cups – and you can choose beans or ground coffee at the checkout. The gift subscription offers 1, 3 or 6 month subscriptions and are charged up-front. Available from Good Brew (£19.99).
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 £19.95.
Ooni’s Pizza Provisions boxes are full of everything you need to make amazing pizzas, and you don’t need a pizza oven to reap the benefits. Our frying pan pizza method outlined here shows you how to make epic pizzas without an outdoor pizza oven. Although check out our pizza ovens road-test if you’re looking for one of those! Inside the box, which changes with the seasons, you’ll find the finest quality flour for the best pizza dough, yeast, the all-important San Marzano tomatoes, and an array of toppings such as artichokes, pesto and spicy honey (trust us this stuff turns the plainest pizza into something extraordinary). The Pizza Provisions boxes are available as a quarterly subscription or one-off purchase. When you subscribe you’ll receive a new Pizza Provisions box in November, February, May and August of each year. Available from Ooni from £39.99.
The first customer-owned IPA specialist brewery, Standard Brew Co offer an exceptional craft beer subscription if you know someone who likes hoppy IPAs. From just £20 per month, your recipient will receive a 6 pack of delicious IPAs, and shares in the business. We loved their soft, smooth and fruity flavours, and enjoyed that they were easy-going despite having a 6% ABV. Available from Standard Brew from £20 a month.
Cocoa Runners subscriptions feature only the finest chocolate bars from small batch makers who work directly with cocoa farmers, meaning they can provide sustainable long term relationships, whilst also protecting the environment. There is the option to give a chocolate subscription that’s posted directly to the recipient or a gift voucher – choose the varieties of chocolate they love and how long you want the subscription to last (3, 6, 12 months or ongoing). Available from Cocoa Runners from £21.90 a month.
Kocktail mixes up four exciting cocktails each month (examples: Charlie Chaplin with sloe gin and apricot liqueur, and Toronto, a twist on an old fashioned) and delivers them in gorgeous packaging with garnishes and recipe cards. There is the option to pause the subscription at any time, and a new cocktail theme every month – meaning you never drink the same Kocktail twice. Available from Kocktail for £29 a month (prices starting from £12.50).
Signing the cook in your family up for a Sous Chef Tasting Box subscription is a stellar choice. Each month, Sous Chef employees choose five new and exciting ingredients to be sent direct to subscriber’s doors. Be they fideo noodles, verjuice or Iranian saffron, these are ingredients sure to inspire new dishes and ways of cooking. Available from Sous Chef (£27.50 per month).
Cake or Death: a bizarre name for a bakery, but its letterbox-friendly deliveries of six rich brownies – including sea salt, Biscoff, peanut butter and salted caramel brownies – are crowdpleasers, and entirely plant-based. Available from Cake or Death From £13.60 per month (from £17 for a box of 6).
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, £12.99 per month.
Stem is a home wine delivery service designed to help your recipient discover new flavour profiles from around the world. Stem Wine Club will bring subscribers five bespoke half bottles (375ml) of wine for £55, complete with a guide to wine tasting and two carefully matched recipes from Chef Andy Temple. The smaller sized bottles enable the recipient to try a wider variety. Available from Home X for £55.
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