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Last-Minute Gifts for the Procrastinator 2012

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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. For a little extra flair, go for a subscription offer to remind your loved ones that you appreciate them year round. "Of the Month" clubs offer interesting ideas, including ready-made Italian dinners, cheesecake, salsa, fruit or even peanut butter and jelly, and ship monthly. Options are available from a variety of sources through Amazon or other websites, such as FlyingNoodle.com or 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.

Caveat emptor: don't forget to cancel after the first year. You could be sending Grandma the cheese of the month into the next decade.

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