Sometimes the best way to say you're thinking of someone is through a delicious array of baked goods, especially around the holidays. So I've rounded up 10 of my favorite tried-and-true treats to deliver a little dose of cheer - and lots of chocolate. And, don't forget to check out the 10 criteria to consider when choosing a gift here!
1. Cravory Cookies
This was my go-to spot when I lived in San Diego. They change up their fun flavors every month and make every bite delicious. Best of all, they ship all over the U.S. and regularly run promotions! They even got Oprah's stamp of approval in her 2022 favorite things list.
2. Levain Bakery
When asked who makes the world's best chocolate chip cookie, many people will say Levain. I will agree it's easily top 3. Luckily, you don't have to wait in lines around the block in NYC to see for yourself - they ship nationwide!
3. Milk Bar
Made famous by their layered birthday cake, everything on Milk Bar's menu screams fun and decadence. You're bound to make your loved one squeal with glee with one of these pink boxes delivered to their door.
Originally churned in my college town of Columbus, Ohio, Jeni's incredible ice creams have become staples in freezers across the country. While shipping ice cream may seem a bit unconventional, leave it to Jeni to make it totally possible. With dairy-free options to boot, who the heck doesn't love free ice cream?!
5. Nothing Bundt Cakes
Hands down, my favorite cake of all time. They've perfected the cream cheese frosting and offer it on cakes of all flavors and sizes, including bundtlets and bundtinis (how cute!). They don't ship, but they do have stores all over and will deliver locally.
6. Crumbl Cookies
Living 5 minutes away from a Crumbl store has drastically changed my life, for better or worse. I anxiously check their weekly flavor announcement every Monday and have mastered the curbside pickup. The cookies are ridiculously large on purpose, as they're meant for sharing, but let me tell you - the self control is a real struggle. They don't ship yet, but if you show up to a gathering with a box of their newest flavors, you'll be the most popular person at the party.
If you're seeking cookies with a twist, try this guilt-free cookie dough. It's vegan and gluten-free and just as indulgent as licking the spoon, without worrying about raw eggs or all that sugar. Available in some stores, you can mostly order online and have it shipped right to you.
8. See's Candies
Sometimes you just want to keep it classic. See's opened their first store 100 years ago in LA and are stronger than ever - not to mention, Warren Buffett approved! Everyone loves a box of chocolates.
9. Solvang Bakery
This bakery is located in Solvang, California - the Danish capital of America where the spirit of Christmas is alive all year round. Their amazing custom gingerbread houses have received recognition from countless celebrities, and with good reason. Though, they offer so much more! Simply add to cart and ship.
We'll close the list with another classic bakery, offering nationwide shipping and local pickup/delivery. Made famous for their banana pudding, they whip up tons of decadent treats to choose from, including holiday variety packs.
If you want to bring out your inner Betty Crocker and bake your own goods this season, here are 30 kinds of cookies and dessert bars that are proven to ship well. You go Glen Coco!
More of a savory gift-giver? Spoonful of Comfort delivers adorable packages complete with soups and other goodies. Or, if you want something that hits a little harder, Drizly is the perfect way to say 'cheers!'
Have other favorites? Share in the comments below!
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