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Mail-Order Food Services

Cost: Prices vary by type of food item

For the foodie on your holiday list, a mail-order service might be the perfect gift this season, and there are plenty to choose from.

Dean & Deluca offers a wide range of gourmet options, from seafood and hors d’oeuvres to bakery items and wine, as do many other fine retailers. However, choosing a more specific gift and possibly making it a subscription may offer that little extra flair for your loved one. “Of the Month” clubs offer interesting ideas, ranging from ready-made italian dinners to cheesecake, salsa, fruit or even peanut butter and jelly, delivered each month. Options are available from a variety of sources through Amazon.comor other websites, such as FlyingNoodle.comor ClubsGalore.com.

Mail-order steak companies such as Omaha Steaks,the Chicago Steak Co.,or the Kansas City Steak Co.also offer mail-order steak options that are perfect for the holidays. They even sell other food items such as lobster, poultry, pork, and have monthly delivery plans.

For more ideas, see our round-up of unique subscription gifts.

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