Cookies, pies, and bagels, oh my.

By Lia Picard
November 20, 2020
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If you want to let someone know that you’re thinking of them this winter, here’s one simple thing you can do: send them comfort food. People around the country are still staying home—even more so now that COVID-19 numbers are creeping up again—and a delicious care package would warm someone right up. (You could even buy yourself the same treat and enjoy it with your loved ones virtually.) From bagels to ice cream to soup, here are 14 treats you can send to someone today.

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Monica Sunny, an Indian immigrant, created The Chai Box when she realized she would never find chai in coffee shops better than the chai recipe she makes at home. Chai means tea (so stop saying “chai tea”) and varies in composition throughout India. Chai Box’s blends reflect this, with different combinations including the floral Hill Station with roses and cardamon and Sweet Monsoon with mango, coconut, clove, and cinnamon. There are also gift sets available for the serious chai lover in your life.

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Located in Oakland, Wooden Table specializes in Argentinian alfajores. If you’re not familiar with these small but decadent treats, they’re two shortbread cookies filled with dulce de leche and (typically) dipped in chocolate. Wooden Table makes a variety of interesting flavors such as espresso chocolate, lemon ginger, and peppermint chocolate.

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Cookie and comfort both start with the letter C. This is obviously not a coincidence! The most comforting cookies are the famed ones from Levain. No need to travel to New York City (please don’t right now) for them: You can ship packs of the signature flavors anywhere.

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Bagels. Cream Cheese. Latkes. And they’re all from one of New York’s deli mainstays, Russ & Daughters. Need we say more? If you really feel like splurging, and want to get free shipping, check out packages like the New York Nostalgia, which includes smoked salmon, one dozen bagels, sable, scallion cream cheese, pickled herring, raspberry rugelach, and marble halvah.

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South Asian ingredients are churned into creamy, egg-less ice cream at Malai, based in Brooklyn. Each flavor that founder Pooja Bavishi dreams up is tinged with nostalgia for her childhood and is a tribute to her Indian heritage. The holiday collection (available through December 31) includes flavors like baklava, salted browned butter pecan, and toasted nutmeg inspired by kheer, an Indian rice pudding.

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Ice cream is crave-worthy even when the temperatures drop. Denver-based High Point Creamery makes truly decadent ice creams in a variety of creative flavors. The cookies and cream features three types of cookies, while the strawberry basil will take you back to summer days. For a flavor with a little kick try the whiskey with pistachio brittle. Order a box of four, six, eight, or 10 flavors.

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Prepared meals that come packaged like TV dinners might not seem immediately obvious as a giftable treat you order online, but trust us. If you know someone who is going to be extra burnt-out during the holiday season, whether it’s from work or family stress, sending them meals that are easy to heat up is a true gift. Freshly’s meals are health-conscious (they’re great at sneaking those veggies in) and actually taste delicious—win, win!

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We need carbs to survive the rest of this messy year, and what better way to fuel up than with hearty breakfast treats. Washington, D.C.’s Mason Dixie has us covered with scones, cinnamon rolls (complete with frosting packets), and soft, fluffy biscuits. There’s nothing basic about these treats with options including blueberry lemon scones and cheddar chive biscuits.

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Located in San Francisco, La Cocina is a nonprofit incubator that helps entrepreneurs (typically women from immigrant communities) launch their food businesses. One of the best ways to support them is to treat a loved one to one of La Cocina’s gift boxes. It includes a medley of snacks in global flavors. Box contents vary, but you might find plantain chips from Estrellita's Snacks or truffles from NeoCocoa.

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Nothing warms up a winter night like a hearty chicken pie. The ones that people go crazy for are from Se7en Bites in Orlando. (It’s no surprise when you consider how creamy and loaded with chicken and veggies these pies are.) In addition to packs of chicken pot pies, Se7en Bites sells house-made moon pies and chicken biscuits (you know, if you need a little extra comfort).

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It’s not the holidays without pie, right? The pecan pie from Goode Co. in Texas features pecans found along the Brazos River baked into a 9-inch gooey pie. It comes in a wooden box for extra protection (and a practical keepsake).

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Since you’re probably not hosting any parties this year, maybe you can treat a couple of your friends to fancy party snacks? Or you might want to keep these tasty bites from entertaining extraordinaire Mary Giuliani to yourself. The set is meant to be enjoyed with tipples and includes treats like beet clouds, macaroni and cheese cupcakes, and everything pigs in a blanket. The 72-piece set is a worthy splurge.

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Mailing booze is tricky, but mailing boozy cake is easy and, for the recipient, delightful. Based in Albany, New York, GreatExbaketations specializes in boozy Bundt cakes with tempting flavors like Limoncello, bananas foster, and classic rum.

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Soup is comforting any time of year, but especially when the temperatures drop. Katz’s may be famous for their pastrami, but the matzoh ball soup is top notch too, and it can be shipped anywhere.