Gift Guide: Best Last Minute Online Gifts for Cooks

Two years ago we published this last-minute guide to online gifts. Just because they are last minute doesn't mean they aren't awesome, though! Here's this post again, just in case you need some last minute ideas!

Are you looking for a last-minute gift for a cook? Our Un-Gift Guide is all about gifts that are nourishing and simple, without too much consumer packaging. Some of the best are gifts you buy or use online - no paper to waste, no extra postage, and they're forever useful. Here are a few of our favorites.

Best Last Minute Online Gifts for Cooks

  • Cook's Illustrated online membership - As much as we love getting Cook's Illustrated in the mail, an online membership beats it hollow. A membership to their online content gets you all 15 years of their content and recipes, up-to-date equipment ratings, companion videos and more. $24.95/year.
  • Slow Food membership - Slow Food promotes artisan foods all over the world. An individual membership includes a one-year subscription to the Snail, which covers fair food issues; a selection of publications from Slow Food International that feature in-depth stories of the movement from around the world; a monthly e-newsletter; a copy of the Slow Food Companion and discounts on merchandise. $60/year.
  • Flickr Pro Account - Know someone who's a budding food photographer? Give them Flickr so they can share unlimited food photos with everyone. $25/year.
  • CSA Share - Buy a share in a whole season of produce from a local farm, usually delivered weekly. This nourishes recipients AND supports local agriculture. Find a local CSA through Local
    Harvest
    . Prices vary.
  • Adopt a Tree/Beehive/Lobster Trap - Many traditional food producers are offering opportunities, similar to a CSA, where you can buy a share in their yearly crop. You can adopt an olive tree in Italy and for $130 receive two shipments of oil from that tree's grove. You can adopt a honeybee hive and receive four pounds of honey for $69.95. Or, for you big spenders, buy a share in a lobster trap for $2,995 and have all its catch sent to you - at least 40 lobsters! They throw in mussels, clams, and gourmet dessert, too.
  • Cooking Lessons - Culinary classes make a great gift for singles and couples alike. Check Sur La Table - they have a wide range of classes offered across the country.

Any more ideas for last-minute (or online) gifts that nourish?

Related: Roundup: The Kitchn's Holiday 2009 Gift Guides

Originally published December 21, 2007