With winter holidays and the end of the year right around the corner, everyone is busy right now. If among all the caroling and the festive hoopla you need a last-minute food gift for the holiday host, foodie, or anyone else in your life, not to worry. Many stores and brands have you covered by offering quick delivery to you or the recipient within days or in some cases, in-store pickup within just a few hours, on orders sent in as late as a day or two before Christmas. Best of all—some of our tried-and-true favorite foods are included. This list of dozens of items range from iconic desserts to one of the newest whiskeys on the market. Browse them all below.
Magnolia Bakery Best of Magnolia Bakery Small Sampler Pack
Magnolia Bakery first started its ovens in 1996 and has since opened its doors across New York City, as well as in Los Angeles, and Chicago. If your’e not nearby but need a last-minute gift for anyone with a sweet-tooth, the bakery can ship anywhere in the country for delivery by December 24 as late as December 22. The sampler pack of the bakery’s most well-known items—two large classic banana pudding cups and two cupcakes—checks all the boxes (but does contain allergens like wheat, dairy, eggs, and soy).
Price at time of publish: $45.00
Champagne Telmont Reserve Brut
Give the gift of a champagne toast this winter, even if it's forgotten until the last minute. Wine.com ships quickly to your home or a pickup location of your choice in your neighborhood.
Price at time of publish: $66.99
"Champagne Telmont is my new obsession and my recent go-to gifting bottle. It's a perfect balance of bright fruit, fragrant honeysuckle and fresh baked brioche, with the liveliest bubbles. I love that it's not too austere, and has big, lip-smacking flavors. This Champagne is elegant yet crushable, and will be a welcome gift for anyone who appreciates a good bubbly." — Prairie Rose, Drinks Editor
The Fruit Company Fruit of The Month Club
This is the gift that keeps on giving, month after month. Four options for fruits of the month include Americana, which includes fruits like oranges, peaches, pineapples, cherries, and more; a Medley of citrus fruits, pears, nectarines, and other hard fruits; Organic—complete with certified organic fruits like apples, mangos, grapefruit, and more; and Exotica, which features “adventurous” options like blood organges, kiwi, champagne mangos, star fruit, and others. All you need to gift one of these is a duration, which month you want it to start, an address, and the email confirmation (which you can wrap if you are feeling fancy).
Price at time of publish: $129.00-$149.00
SAMMEE Matcha Green Milk Tea Powder Boba Kit
Nordstrom is a great place to get any last-minute food gifts, offering $5 gift wrapping, multiple delivery options, as well as free pickup if the item is in stock at a store near you. This means you can give the gift of at-home boba tea in time for Christmas Day. This kit comes with enough ingredients for eight drinks, including matcha green tea milk powder, uncooked boba, brown sugar, a reusable straw, and instructions.
Price at time of publish: $40.00
Williams Sonoma Harry Potter Golden Snitch Hot Chocolate Bombs
Anyone who is a Harry Potter fan will adore this hot chocolate bomb in the shape of a Quidditch Golden Snitch. Like with other hot chocolate bombs, this one is filled with melty chocolate and marshmallows—to use it place it in a cup of hot milk and anxiously wait for it to melt like fans do while watching a match. Get this for anyone left on your list up to a few days before Christmas on December 25. Williams Sonoma offers delivery within about 3-5 business days, but also has next day delivery and in-store pickup (which can have orders ready within two hours).
Price at time of publish: $7.95
Lou Malnati Two Deep Dish Pizzas
Lou Malnati’s has a loyal following of fans in and outside of Chicago because of its generations-old recipe, and this holiday season you can give the gift of two of the pizzeria’s famous deep-dish pies even as the days until Christmas are winding down. Goldbelly allows customers to select their preferred delivery date, but can get you food within two days or so on most orders.
Price at time of publish: $72.99
Jeni's Ice Cream Top Sellers Collection
Forget stuffing the stockings and stock the freezer instead with five of Jeni's Ice Cream's most popular flavors. Brambleberry Crisp, Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Darkest Chocolate, Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks, and Salty Caramel are proven winners, and are guaranteed to be delivered frozen in an insulated box (thanks to dry ice). The company uses UPS 2-Day ground shipping, and has delivery weeks. Order ASAP to ensure your box arrives before December 25.
Price at time of publish: $58
Ooni Koda 12 Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven
Detailed and rigorous testing proves the Ooni Koda 12 Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven the best pizza oven out there, and great news—order before December 20 to put our favorite pizza oven under the tree this year.
Price at time of publish: $399.95
Terrain Mini Flower Pot Bread Kit
This Mini Flower Pot Bread Making Kit doesn’t require a green thumb or a lot of planning ahead. It comes with four terracotta baing pots and enough flour, sugar, salt, yeast, and lavender for eight bread pots. Plus, there is overnight shipping available, meaning you can order it a day or two ahead of when you’ll need it as a gift. Shipping does cost extra, so be sure to plan for that.
Price at time of publish: $44.00
Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Ina's Coconut Cake
“My favorite Coconut Cake…it perfect for the holidays,” Ina herself said on December 5 on Instagram, promoting her famous dessert via Goldbelly. She says no one will notice that you didn’t bake the cake yourself, and while Goldbelly’s shipping isn’t as quick as making one yourself, it is fast. While delivery before Christmas isn't available anymore, you can still get in time for New Year's Eve if you order ASAP.
Price at time of publish: $94.95
Stonewall Kitchen Seedless Raspberry Jam
In her post on Instagram, Ina Garten—Barefoot Contessa herself—recommends serving a slice of her famous Coconut Cake on top of a spread of raspberry jam. While the cake doesn’t come with any when you order it off Goldbelly, Stonewall Kitchen does and can ship in a pinch. The Seedless Raspberry Jam comes in a 12.5-ounce jar and can be delivered within one business day via Next Business Day shipping, right in time to offer at any holiday gathering.
Price at time of publish: $6.99
Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Charcuterie Collection
Although Butter Boards are the new trend, a classic Charcuterie Board will never go out of style. This one from Williams Sonoma offers four types of cheeses—a blue, pimento, soft French, and a double cream—as well as salami, preserves with peach, bourbon, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon, and sourdough flatbread strips. It won't arrive in time for December 25 gatherings, but order before December 22 and it'll be delivered by December 30—just in time for New Year's Eve parties.
Price at time of publish: $146.95
Williams Sonoma Bellegem Waffle Mix
A fluffy, light, crispy on the outside Belgian waffle is a delicacy, and if you need a last-minute gift, this one can be shipped via overnight shipping or picked up within two hours at a Williams Sonoma store. One 20-ounce container can make up to 14 waffles, and only butter and warm water are required to make the most important meal of the day taste like you’re at a gourmet breakfast cafe.
Price at time of publish: $16.95-$203.40
Redemption Sur Lee Straight Rye Whiskey
This whiskey is available to order and pickup in or be delivered in 2 hours via some liquor stores, but also can be shipped based on the state you live in. The newly-released first-of-its-kind rye whiskey is made in Indiana and is smooth and fruity, with a hint of sweetness.
Price at time of publish: $54.99
"Redemption Sur Lee Rye Whiskey is similar to their flagship expression in that it is made up of 95% rye and has all of the spice and complexity that comes with that. But with this new technique of using "whiskey lees" to their barrels during the aging process, the whiskey emerges more rounded and slightly softened. Woodsy and earthy with dried fruit notes and a silky finish, this is Redemption Rye with a soft focus filter." — Prairie Rose, Drinks Editor
Mike's Hot Honey
Hot honey’s stock is on the rise, making it a great gift—even if it’s last-minute. Mike’s is one of our favorites, and can reach your doorstep within days via Amazon Prime. This one is perfect for someone with a diverse palette, since it pairs well with sweet foods like French toast, or savory dishes like chicken wings, seafood, or veggies.
Price at time of publish: $13.49
Bean Box World Coffee Tour
If you need a last-minute for the coffee aficionado on your list, the 1.8-pound Bean Box World Coffee Tour comes with 16 coffees from around the world in whole bean or freshly ground, ready for roasting. The last day to order the set to guarantee delivery before Christmas Day is December 21, but an e-gift version is also available and will deliver it to the recipient’s email inbox immediately.
Price at time of publish: $94.00
Crate & Barrel Hot Cocoa Set
If the weather outside turns frightful and something to sip on by the fire that is so delightful is needed, Crate & Barrel has you covered. This Hot Cocoa Set is customizable, with white chocolate peppermint stirrers, snowman marshmallows, a Saint Nick Stoneware Christmas Mug, and Classic Dark Hot Chocolate Mix, so you can pick and choose what you want to gift. Order by 10 a.m. PST on December 22 for express shipping by December 25.
Price at time of publish: $9.95-$55.80
Pique Organic Sun Goddess Matcha
This ceremonial-grade matcha is light and bright, creating a fresh-tasting and energizing iced or hot drink. The company says it is screened for toxins and grown without pesticides or fertilizers. Order it on Amazon Prime for quick delivery during the busy holiday season.
Price at time of publish: $66.15
VAHDAM Assorted Tea Bag Sampler
There’s no need to fret if you find yourself stuk without a gift for the tea lover in your life. Vahdam, which has previously been selected as Oprah’s favorite tea, has a sampler set of 50 tea bags available to order via Amazon Prime. Selections include Cardamom Spiced, Turmeric Chamomile, Moringa Tulsi, Mint Melody, Sweet Himalayan, and more.
Price at time of publish: $24.99
Mikuni Wild Harvest Haku Japanese Shoyu
Many times investing in high-quality condiments isn’t as convenient as getting whatever is at the grocery store, so the holidays are a great time to gift some. This assortment of Japanese shoyu (or soy sauce) can be used in a range of dishes from spaghetti to chicken, to ramen. Options include Smoked Shoyu with a lively flavor, Mizunara Whisky Barrel Aged Shoyu that is aged for just over a year in Japanese whiskey barrels, Sakura Cherry Blossom Shoyu that is aged with cherry blossoms, Matsutake Shoyu infused with matsutake mushrooms, Black Garlic Shoyu with a funkier taste with hints of caramel. Select express shipping at checkout to get these bottles in time for gifting.
Price at time of publish: $28-$32
Olive & Cocoa Tastes for Everyone
It’s all in the name for this gift basket—it will satisfy lots of different pallets with things like tortilla chips, cheeses, crackers, spicy salsa, white chocolate pretzels, and more. Perfect for gifting to everyone at the office, everyone at the holiday party, or everyone at home. Choose between a petite, medium, or large crate by December 21 with expedited shipping to guarantee delivery by Christmas.
Price at time of publish: $54.00-$158.00
Eppicotispai Pasta Starter Set
Making homemade pasta is no joke, but the results are well-worth the process. This pasta starter set from Eppicotispai at Sur La Table has everything you need besides the actual ingredients. Dry pasta on the drying rack, cut farfalle, ravioli and tortellini with one of the two cutters, roll gnocchi on the ridging paddle, roll and cut dough via the spaghetti and fettuccine rolling pins, and more. Select "Pickup In Store" and put in your location to see if it is available at a store near you—this allows you to get it within hours.
Price at time of publish: $79.95
Tipsy Scoop Deck The Halls Boozy Ice Cream
“Boozy ice cream might sound like too much, but I loved these pints,” says Commerce editor Siobhan Wallace. “The ice cream is smooth with a subtle hint of booze, in crowd-pleasing flavors, with my personal favorite being the sprinkle-topped Sugar Cookie Martini. They also have a sorbet collection for New Years!” Orders are shipped quickly, with delivery up to December 24.
Price at time of publish: $119.95
Remy Martin Tercet
Get this cognac in just a few hours via Total Wine—super convenient if you are running late and need a gift. "Rémy Martin Tercet is a whiskey drinker's cognac. At 84-proof, it is one of the highest-proof expressions from Rémy Martin and helps to provide a big, round mouthfeel, with oak, dried fruit and sarsaparilla spices coming to the forefron,” says Drinks Editor Prairie Rose. This lovely bottle is the perfect gift for your whiskey-enthusiast friend interested in trying a unique and special cognac."
Price at time of publish: $129.99
Kauai Whole Bean Coffee, Mocha Macadamia Nut
The weather may not feel like the Hawaii, but you can give the gift of coffee that smells like the islands, even if you don’t have much time. Get Kauai Whole Bean Coffee with hints of chocolate and macadamia nut. Flavorful, smooth, and rich, the coffee is good for roasting or using to make cold brew. Best of all, you don’t have to hop on a plane to get it—Prime members can have it delivered to their door winin days.
Price at time of publish: $24.99
William Sonoma Flour Shop Birthday Advent Calendar
Advent (the four weeks before Christmas) isn’t the only time of the year worthy of a count-down calendar. Williams Sonoma sells a birthday version that is great for kids. Each of the seven days has gummy bears, a sugar cookie, iron-on patch, or party cracker inside. The calendar can be shipped or picked up in a Williams Sonoma store in your area.
Price at time of publish: $49.95-$99.90
Wedderspoon Raw Premium Manuka Honey
Some of the best gifts are things someone may not splurge on themselves. With that being said, gift this manuka honey available on Amazon Prime/Whole Foods and you’ll be the buzz about town. This type of honey is a little different than most of the options on grocery store shelves, but is creamy and filled with antioxidants and enzymes that are anti-inflammatory. It comes directly from the source in New Zealand, but still makes a great last-minute gift.
Price at time of publish: $22.46
Sugarfina Sparkling Rosé Bears Set of 4 Candy Cubes
Don’t forget the stocking stuffers! But if you have not to worry, because Nordstrom has a set of four Sugarfina Sparkling Rosé Bears available to ship quickly. Each box is 2 inches high and wide and is great for a cute and elegant wine-flavored snack. If you missed the window to order before Christmas Day, there's still time to get these in time for a Sparkling Rose gummy bear toast at midnight on New Year's Day!
Price at time of publish: $27.00
What to Look for in a Last-Minute Holiday Food Gift
With uber-fast shipping available thesedays, some items can be ordered a day or two in advance of a major holiday. Sometimes the anticipated delivery date will be shown as you order, but check the merchant’s website for the most up-to-date information right before you order in order to make sure it arrives or can be picked up by the date you need.
Many retailers offer multiple shipping options when you ordr something online. Standard, express, overnight, and Saturday overnight are some. Sometimes shipping is free, free for members of a rewards club, or free when the order is over a certain amount, but othertimes you may have to pay to get the item or items delivered. Unfortunately, if you are ordering at the last minute, the quickest shipping method may cost you. Be sure to check the merchant’s policies so you aren’t blindsighted by the end price of getting a gift sent last minute.
Ordering holiday gifts online can be convenient, especially if you want food specific food items. However, sometimes not being able to inspect the product in person means you may miss all that it includes. Reading the entire description of the food item online before your order it can ensure that you are getting everything you want—this is important when ordering food-making kits or gift baskets.
When is the last day to order a food gift before Christmas?
The last day to order a food gift online depends on where it is sold. Some retailers have earlier deadlines in order to get products shipped out before the holiday season. This could mean you need to order before December 16-18 or so. Amazon Prime is a go-to for shipping within a few days, and offers an in-depth look at when the anticipated delivery date is. Others, like Nordstrom, Williams Sonoma, and more with physical stores, can ship later this year, up until around December 20 or 21—and offer in-store pickup.
How We Researched
To compile this list, our team of editors and contributors spent hours researching the best food gifts on the market in this category, evaluating their key features—like delivery date, shipping method, and price—in addition to reviews from customers and other trusted sources. We then used this research to assign a star rating from one to five (five being the best; one being the worst) to certain products on the list.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Amanda McDonald is an editor at The Spruce Eats and has over seven years of experience researching, writing, and editing about all things food — from what new products are at the grocery store to chef-approved hacks that keep tricky leftovers fresh for days.