X Is for Express

X Is for Express

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Lisa Freedman
Dec 23, 2017
(Image credit: Chelsea Francis )

What's that? You need a present and you need it in, like, 20 minutes? You could head to a drug store to buy a gift card to a predictable store/chain restaurant, or you could head to the supermarket to assemble some sort of random basket of cured meats and nut butter. You know you definitely don't want to head to the mall. Luckily you don't have to do any of those things!

We've got you covered with this list of unique last-minute gifts. They're so much more thoughtful than the other options listed above. You just need a printer. Don't have one? It's fine — you can always just send these gifts in an email.

  1. WEBucks, from $10 at Webstaurant Store: We're not shy about how much we love restaurant supply stores — they're an inexpensive treasure trove for home cooks, and Webstaurant Store is one of our favorites. Pick a denomination and your lucky friend can stock up on whatever supplies she needs.
  2. Cocktail Box, $94 at Cocktail Box: Too many miles separating you and your friend? If you can't meet her for happy hour, send her a drink (or 25!) in the mail. This box includes six full-sized ingredients and more than 10 recipes, so she can mix up a few dozen cocktails at home.
  3. FreshDirect Gift Card, from $20 at FreshDirect: What's better than free groceries? Free groceries that get picked out and delivered — also for free! Get a FreshDirect gift card for a friend to make those things become reality.
  4. Cheesemonger Signature Box, $95 at Cheesemonger Box: This box comes with three 1/2-pound cuts of cheese, plus an artisan cracker and a small-batch accompaniment (think: a jam, spread or charcuterie).
  5. Texture Gift Plan, from $50 at Texture: Give a hungry reader all of the magazines. The $50 plan will give someone six months of unlimited access to all the best magazines including the food ones, like Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Cooking Light, and more.
  6. Coffee Subscription, from $39 for three months at Driftaway Coffee: Send a coffee-lover a fun box of beans once a month for three months. The first month she'll get four (two-ounce) bags so she can taste and pick her favorites. The next two months she'll get 7-ounce shipments matched to her taste.
  7. Airbnb Gift Card, any amount at Airbnb: Know someone who loves to cook but hates her kitchen? Give her a temporary reprieve and help her go somewhere else for a few days.
  8. TK Gift Card, from $25 at Terra's Kitchen: There are so many Blue Apron-like meal kits on the market these days. This one has quality recipes and the food comes in a smart, fridge-like cooler box. You can send an electronic gift card or arrange to have one sent through the mail in a card.
  9. Goldbely E-Gift Card, from $25 at Goldbely: You might not be able to afford to send your friend to, say, New York City, but you can pay to bring a little bit of the city to her. Get her a Goldbely gift card and she can order the famous Cookie DŌ from Greenwich Village (without having to wait in line), a cheesesteak from Jim's Steaks, a deep-dish from Gino's East, or any other number of famous treats from major U.S. cities.
  10. Adopt-a-Tree + Olive Oil, from $79 at NudoAdopt: Make someone the proud mom of an olive tree in an Italian grove. She'll get an adoption certificate and, in spring of 2018, three bottles of first cold-press Extra Virgin Olive Oil made with olives from her very own tree.
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