While the weather was not so frightful before the New Year, 2016 proved it was ready to let go of the heat and replace it with sheets..and ice. And sheets OF ice! With more freezing temperatures looming, we’ll bet you won’t want to remove those sheets so fast. Thankfully, we have services in New York that are available at our fingertips and run the gamut of our food needs so you don’t have to move from your bed or couch…or maybe just a little to open the door for your package. So whether you go indulgent, or feel like being a bit healthier, or if you need a staycation (or hungover and can’t make it to brunch-ugh!), these boxes will entertain and treat you so the cold doesn’t beat you.
Last year, blizzards caused wine stores to practically sell out inventory! But with tasting room, not only do you not have to deal with the pre-apocalyptic crowds, but you can taste varieties first and order full sizes of the ones you like. How? A few days after signing up, the team at Tasting Room sends you a kit with six freshness-preserving mini bottles of wine. From there, you generate your taste in 3 easy steps…
1. Log in to the site, follow the instructions for the tasting.
2. Generate a wine profile where you will learn the types of wine you like, where they comes from, what food they pair with…
3. Once you rate them, Tasting Room sends you a shipment of regular-size bottles that match your profile.
And if you don’t like the wine they send, they’ll credit you back or replace it. No harm, no foul, tons of drinks!
Price: $9.95 for the tasting box; and $149.99 plus $19.99 shipping for every box after (but you can alter shipment size and frequency).
When it’s cold outside, it helps to put some meat on your bones… or, er, in your belly. The world’s first meat of the month club sends faux-wood boxes full of 4-6 cured meats from top artisans. Each box is themed around a producer who specializes in one specific style of cured meats. And for those of you purists, producers make sure their meats are all humane, use locally sourced ingredients and have a passion for making exceptional products.
Price: Subscriptions are $50.00 and One Month Membership is $55.00.
For those of you on the opposite side of the spectrum, Tasteful Pantry offers tri-monthly treat boxes that you can customize to your diet. Dairy free? They’ve got it. Gluten free? They’ve got it. Vegan? They’ve got that too. Each box comes with a surprise collection of 13-15 snacks that are nutritionist approved, and many made by local artisan producers. The only drawback? Boxes only come every 3 months, so you may have to be patient before getting your tasty treats!
Price: $50/Box + $4 if you live outside California.
Now when you start to feel a little too self-indulgent, Sugarwish is a great way to give to others. Their website is your one-stop shop for a great and personal gift without leaving your couch. It’s as easy as paying, and providing your friends email. The recipient does the rest! Sugarwish sends an email with a link, and whoever clicks that link picks from a variety of candies, both old and new, from which they choose their favorite. Then they give an address and eagerly await their present! Your friend with a sweet tooth will love you!
Price: Varies by box
Speaking of love, this service really delivers. When you order from Love with Food, you get all the snacks without the guilt. Their service offers packages for the home or the office and sends good snacks that are good for you. And they have the added bonus of an option to choose a specific box, or the items in them, for those who know what they want and would rather not be surprised. Plus, you can feel good knowing that you’re not only indulging yourself, but giving back to the community. For every box sold, they donate a meal to food banks like Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength.
Price: Varies by box
Let us not forget our subscribers with wanderlust. Escape Monthly provides a themed box every month based on different destinations. Each box includes luxury products from the place of the month. They call themselves “a vacation in a box” and, each month, one lucky subscriber is eligible to win a vacation out-of-the-box to theme destination.
Price: $49.99 monthly
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