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Farm to People / Mantry / Munchpak // graphic by Rachel Sanders

1. For the snack anthropologist: Munchpak

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What it costs: $21/box (3, 6, or 12-month gift subscriptions).

What you get: A big box of 12 or more full-size international snacks from brands all over the world.

Why it’s cool: This one is for the snacker who really doesn’t give a crap whether anything is organic or gluten-free; they just want it to taste awesome. It’s also a pretty great price for the number of different treats you get.

2. For the serious meat eater: Carnivore Club

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What it costs: $55/box (1–12-month gift subscriptions).

What you get: 4-6 “handcrafted cured meats” from a single producer each month. It could be anything from South African biltong to American chicken jerky; you can check out past boxes here.

Why it’s cool: This would work for both hardcore food nerds and for people who just love anything bacon-adjacent. It’s a good way to try exotic stuff that you’d probably never know to ask for at a store or restaurant.

3. For the incurable sweet tooth: Treatsie

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What it costs: $20-23/box (3, 6, or 12-month gift subscriptions).

What you get: There will be sweet treats like cookies, candy, or chocolate from three different small-batch brands in the box every month, plus a “welcome” box of the most popular treats to start off the gift subscription.

Why it’s cool: We all know the sugar is the best part of any care package. This subscription’s great because it embraces that truth and doesn’t waste time with the other stuff. You can also specialize and order a subscription that only sends chocolate bars.

4. For the hungry hungry hipster: Farm to People

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What it costs: $50/box (3, 6, 9, and 12-month gift subscriptions).

What you get: 5-8 packaged foods every month from small-batch producers in the New York area and around the country. You can check out past boxes here.

Why it’s cool: All of the loot and none of the hassle/tote bag-wrangling of actually getting your butt to a farmers market. You can also shop for individual products on the website.

5. For the wannabe mixologist: Bitters & Bottles

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What it costs: $95/box (1, 3, 6, and 12-month gift subscriptions).

What you get: All the booze* you need to have a fully stocked and awesome home bar, built box-by-box. Each month you get 3-6 full-size bottles of different spirits, along with 5 cocktail recipes to make with them.

Why it’s cool: Literally everyone loves nice booze, and this makes it easy to branch out beyond only drinking beer or wine at home. It’s definitely not cheap, but it’s classy as hell if you want to impress someone.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: It’s sadly only legal to ship alcohol to certain states, so your giftee must be in one of these states: CA, CO, DC, ID, IL, MO, NJ, NM, NY, or WA.

6. For the rugged lumbersexual: Mantry

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What it costs: $75/box (1, 3 and 6-month gift subscriptions).

What you get: 6 full-sized “artisan” food products (past examples: bourbon-pecan peanut butter, espresso BBQ sauce) based on a different theme each month. The stuff comes packed in a handsome wooden crate.

Why it’s cool: Mantry is pretty expensive for what you get, but you can order just a single box without having to commit them to a whole year. The stuff is high-quality and there are a million ways you could up-cycle those nifty crates.

7. For the caffeine hound: Mistobox

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What it costs: $19-30/box (1, 3, 6, or 12-month gift subscriptions).

What you get: Small or large bags (you pick) of high-end coffee brands, with beans sourced from all over the world. This is perfect for anyone who’s already serious about coffee or anyone who wants to get more serious by trying new kinds.

Why it’s cool: You can either choose particular coffees for your giftee (if you know what they like), or send the gift via email and let them fill in their own taste preferences (if you have no idea).

8. For the social justice warrior: Love With Food

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What it costs: $10/box (3, 6 or 12-month gift subscriptions).

UPDATE: Love with Food is offering readers $10 off any subscription order with the code SNOWFLAKE2014.

What you get: 8 or more packaged snacks that are “either organic or all-natural, GMO-free, gluten-free or free of artificial junk.” If you like the snacks, you can go online and order full-scale versions of your favorites.

Why it’s cool: For every box someones buys, the company will donate one meal to a food bank in the U.S.

9. For the true connoisseur: Mouth

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What it costs: Anywhere from $20 to $800, depending on the what kind of stuff you want to send.

What you get: Mouth has a ton of different curated subscriptions so you can get either specific categories of delicious stuff — bourbon! chocolate! pickles! — or a mix of different “indie” snacks and ingredients.

Why it’s cool: Like lots of subscription box services, Mouth does the work of picking out Cool Hip Food Brands for you — but being able to specialize the subscription for your giftee based on a specific kind of thing they love makes it feel more personal and less random.

10. For the microbrew enthusiast: Craft Beer Club

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What it costs: $39/box (1–12-month or ongoing subscriptions).

What you get: 12 bottles or cans of American craft beers (3 bottles each of 4 beer styles) from small, indie breweries. Check out some recently featured beers here.

Why it’s cool: Drinking good beer is always cool.

11. For the hungry globetrotter: Try The World

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What it costs: $33-39/box (1, 6, or 12-month gift subscriptions).

What you get: Every other month, a box will arrive full of all kinds of delicious things from a different country. It could be Italian artichoke paté, Brazilian candy, or caramel and cookies from Paris.

Why it’s cool: This is a great way to try foreign treats without shelling out for a plane ticket. Chefs from each country pick out the stuff, so chances are you’re getting what the locals really love.

12. For the sauce fiend: Ship and Dip

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What it costs: $30-35/box (1, 3, 6, or 12-month gift subscriptions).

What you get: Three full-size bottles of “the best up-and-coming condiments from across the nation.” It could be mustard, hot sauce, jam, salad dressing, nut butters, chocolate sauce, spice rub — almost anything. You can order more of individual products on the website.

Why it’s cool: The relatively low volume and wide variety make it so you won’t feel like you’re drowning in any single kind of product. Plus, if you get any that don’t thrill you, they’d make a great thing to re-gift individually (very sneaky).

13. For the committed chocoholic: Cocoa Runners

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What it costs: $29-32/box (recurring monthly or 3-month subscriptions).

Note: Cocoa Runners is based in the U.K. — main site here — but partners with Standard Cocoa to ship to the U.S.

What you get: Four different full-size bars of high-quality artisanal chocolate from all over the world.

Why it’s cool: This is chocolate for people who care about where their food comes from; you’ll get lots of information on the producers and their methods. But also, it’s… chocolate. LOTS OF CHOCOLATE.

14. For the cook/collector: Food52’s Quarterly Co. Box

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What it costs: $50/box (subscriptions are ongoing and you’ll need to cancel when you want it to end).

What you get: A box that arrives quarterly (every three months), packed with a mix of kitchen tools, dishes, and ingredients organized around a theme, like “Breakfast Essentials” (above). All the items are picked out by our pals Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs of Food52, who know cool kitchen products.

Why it’s cool: This is perfect for a cook who already has all their kitchen basics covered but never gets tired of adding more. Plus, the lower frequency gives you enough time in between boxes that you get to be EXTRA surprised when it arrives.

15. For the Japanophile: Skoshbox

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What it costs: $10-12/box (3, 6, or 12-month gift subscriptions).

What you get: An assortment of nifty Japanese snacks and candy. If you try something and love it, you can order more on the website.

Why it’s cool: This is perfect for anyone who’s just over, like, micro-batch American muskrat jerky hand-cured in the Ozark mountains. The snacks are cute but not twee, and weird enough to keep things interesting.

16. For the tea-totaler: Tea Sparrow

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What it costs: $20-25/box (1, 3, or 6-month gift subscriptions).

What you get: 4 samples of different loose-leaf tea blends from producers all over the world.

Why it’s cool: English Breakfast gets old! This is a nice thing for anyone who likes tea but might not go in search of exotic new kinds to try. You might want to give this subscription to someone along with a basic tea infuser in case they don’t have one.

17. For the homesick Southerner: Batch

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What it costs: $20-30/box (3, 6, and 12-month gift subscriptions).

What you get: A box full of locally produced goodies from one of four Southern cities: Nashville, Charleston, Memphis, or Austin. The stuff ranges from biscuit mix to beef jerky to fancy cocktail syrups, but it’s all delicious and beautifully packaged.

Why it’s cool: Lots of flexible gift and subscription options. You can pick just one city to send boxes from, go for a “Batch Tour” that includes all of them, or send someone a one-time themed gift batch if you don’t want to commit to a long-term thing.

18. For the curious wino: Club W

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What it costs: About $50/box; this can vary based on exact wine selection and shipping. You can send gift vouchers from $50 to $600.

What you get: 3 wines each month, selected based on how you answer questions about your taste preferences (you don’t need to know about wine to answer).

Why it’s cool: This is a pretty good deal. At an average of $13/bottle (plus taxes and shipping), you’re paying a lot less for interesting wines than you would at your local store.

Important note: Club W will NOT ship wine to these states: AK, AL, AR, DE, HI, KY, MA, MS, OK, PA, RI, SD and UT.

19. For the professional snacker: Graze

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What it costs: $7/box (3, 5, 10, or 50-box gift vouchers).

What you get: A ship-shape little treasure chest with four unique and nutritionist-approved snacks inside, chosen according to the feedback you give on the website about what you like.

Why it’s cool: Graze boxes are small enough that they can be mailed right to your office or fit in your mailbox. The snacks are tailored to what you like, but there’s still an element of surprise every month.

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