11 Freshly Baked Gifts For Everyone On Your List

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Whether it's a crispy cookie or a perfectly frosted cupcake, baked goods are one of life's greatest pleasures. And thanks to the miracles of modern shipping, you can have them sent directly to someone's door.

1. T-REX COOKIE COMPANY GIANT SEA SALT CARAMEL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES; $55

T-Rex Cookie Company Giant Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies
T-Rex Cookie Company

Named the "Best Cookie in America" by Time Out, these 8-inch-wide behemoths are embedded with chocolate chips, caramel chunks, and glittery flakes of sea salt. They're crafted in Minneapolis by baker Tina Rexing, who has spent 20 years getting the recipe just right. The package contains five cookies, and each half-pound treat supposedly serves three. (But we won't judge if the giftee eats it all by themselves.)

Find It: Goldbely

2. REDTRUCK BAKERY LEMON AND BLUEBERRY MOONSHINE CAKE; $34

The Red Truck Bakery's lemon moonshine cake next to a bottle of moonshine
Red Truck Bakery

Chocolate is fine and all, but what about booze? This rural bakery in Virginia has been named one of the best small-town bakeries in America, and their mail-order moonshine cakes frequently receive accolades. The 8-inch ring cake is "made with real Virginny corn whiskey hooch from our pals in the next county," according to the folks at Red Truck. Add plenty of lemon zest, dried blueberries, and a sugar glaze, and you've got a refreshing (if potent) dessert.

Find It: Goldbely

3. ANCHOR BAKERY DOUGHNUT OF THE MONTH CLUB SUBSCRIPTION; $25 PER MONTH

These mini-donuts from Anaheim's Anchor Bakery are free of additives and preservatives, so the post-doughnut glow can linger a little longer. The subscription includes a dozen of their monthly featured flavors, and comes in three-month, six-month, and 12-month subscriptions—for people who love doughnuts, but not commitment.

Find It: Anchor Bakery

4. SWEETIE PIES BAKERY PUMPKIN PIE; $40

Sweetie Pies pumpkin pie
Sweetie Pies

There’s nothing quite like digging into the creamy custard of a pumpkin pie encircled by a perfectly flaky crust, and Sweetie Pie delivers (literally). In fact, Food & Wine says this is the best mail-order pumpkin pie in America. Plus, it’s topped pretty with pastry leaves for a rustic-looking decorative flourish.

Find It: FoodyDirect

5. MILK BAR B'DAY TRUFFLES; $25

These little truffles from the inventive Milk Bar bakery pack in all the joy you felt eating birthday cake as a kid—they're moist vanilla rainbow cake mixed with vanilla-infused milk, coated with white chocolate and rolled in rainbow cake crumbs. And the lack of candles means there's no need to pretend it's anyone's birthday.

Find It: Goldbely

6. WE TAKE THE CAKE RED VELVET CUPCAKES; $52

This Oprah-approved South Florida bakery has been shipping cupcakes around the country since before it was cool. Their eight large cupcakes arrive topped with both cream cheese frosting and a delicate buttercream flower and pearl, packaged in a custom cake box that’s nestled in a dry ice cooler to keep things fresh. If red velvet isn't your thing, they also have chocolate, coconut, and golden butter options (or get an assortment to try all three).

Find It: We Take the Cake

7. BREADS BAKERY CHOCOLATE BABKA PIE; $53

For those unfamiliar with babka, imagine a chocolate croissant married with brioche cake, only better and more Eastern European. Named "Best of NY chocolate babka" by New York Magazine, this creation presents babka in the shape of a pie, for a holiday delight that is sure to wow the recipient.

Find It: Foodydirect

8. KILLER BROWNIES THE ORIGINAL; $5

For some people, nothing less than a brownie will do for the ultimate treat. Send them these pecan-studded goodies filled with gooey caramel, and watch them die of happiness.

Find It: Shopdldm.com

9. PERFECT PIE HUCKLEBERRY AND BLUEBERRY PIE; $35

Perfect Pie's huckleberry and blueberry piece
Perfect Pie

Berry pie aficionados will love this fragrant dessert. Created by former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses, the "It's Pie Day" Huckleberry and Blueberry Pie features Northwest Passage huckleberries and Maine blueberries in a buttery crust. The pie arrives in a handcrafted birchwood presentation box to make it feel even more special.

Find It: Perfect Pie

10. CALLIE'S CHARLESTON BISCUITS CINNAMON BISCUITS; $40

Callie's Charleston Biscuits Cinnamon Biscuits in a red package
Callie's Charleston Biscuits

What can make your favorite person's morning coffee a bit better? These cinnamon biscuits baked in Charleston, South Carolina. Send them to someone living in a biscuit desert and watch the thank-you notes roll in.

Find It: Callie's Biscuits

11. ZINGERMAN'S BREAD CLUB; PRICES VARY

An assortment of Zingerman's bread
Zingerman's

Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor is known for its hearth-baked breads, and they have an exclusive club for carb-lovers: Zingerman's Bread Club. You can choose from three-month and six-month options, with one or two loaves arriving each month. Many of the options are savory—think sourdough and rustic peasant breads—but there's also cinnamon-raisin and chocolate varieties sprinkled throughout, for those who like their mail-order surprises with a bit of sugar.

Find It: Zingerman’s

Keep Your Pet Entertained While You’re Away With This Robotic Ball Toy

Cheerble
Cheerble

The ball is as simple as pet toys come, but even the classic design can be improved upon. Some of the hottest pet accessories on the market today are interactive toys, like Kong chew toys and other puzzle items with room for treats inside. Unlike those products, this ball doesn't cease being entertaining the moment your pet solves a puzzle. The Wicked Ball, currently raising money on Indiegogo, rolls, bounces, and holds your cat or dog's attention all on its own.

Though it looks like a regular ball, the Wicked Ball is actually a robotic toy. A motorized wheel propels the ball around your home, distracting your pet from any trouble it might get into when no one's looking. The gadget can be set to three modes: gentle, normal, and active. In addition to rolling, the ball also vibrates and bounces across the ground to keep things interesting for animals.

Dog with robotic ball toy.
Cheerble

The Wicked Ball is designed to be totally autonomous, so pet owners can rest easy leaving their pet alone with it at home. A built-in collision sensor helps make this possible by alerting the ball to incoming walls and objects so it can avoid getting stuck in tight places. The toys runs on a battery that charges via a USB cord. After charging for an hour, the Wicked Ball lasts for 100 minutes of continuous play. If your pet spends as much time chasing the ball as it does taking breaks, as is typical, the charge will last four hours. Even when it's shut off, a plug in the side of the toy can be filled with treats to keep pets occupied.

The toy is available in a colorful plastic shell for dogs and a gray wool coating for cats. You can purchase either version on Indiegogo for pledge of $34, with shipping estimated for August.

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Fuel Your Cold Brew Obsession With This Elegant, Efficient Coffee Maker

Brrrewer
Brrrewer

The sun is scorching, the days are endless, and the gentle clinking of ice cubes in a glass of cold brew coffee sounds like chimes at the gates of heaven itself.

A beverage so divine deserves to be created by a machine to match, right? Meet Brrrewer, a coffee maker that will provide you with the smoothest, sweetest, richest cold brew coffee you’ve ever had—and it’ll do it in just four hours.

Brrrewer uses the cold drip method to brew coffee in which coffee grounds are suspended between two microfilter membranes. Water is poured over the top membrane, then slowly filters through the coffee grounds and drips out from the bottom membrane. The top membrane ensures that the water is evenly distributed among the coffee grounds, and the bottom membrane allows only the water-turned-coffee to fall into the carafe below, without any of the gritty residue. (That gritty residue is often a result of the full immersion method, which is popular among those with French presses; basically, you just steep your coffee grounds in cold water for 12 to 24 hours, strain out the grounds, and drink.)

The carafe is encased in a second layer of glass, providing thermal insulation and keeping your coffee cold for longer than a regular glass bottle or pitcher. And you can cross “coffee filters” off your shopping list—the microfilter membranes do that job already.

The Italy-based team at Essense designed Brrrewer with elegance and minimalism in mind, so it won’t throw off the aesthetic groove of your kitchen. In fact, it might enhance it. Also, it’s manufactured from a combination of borosilicate glass and BPA-free Tritan plastic; in other words, it’s extra-sturdy and environmentally friendly.

Mixologist Francesco Corona, five-time Italian “Coffee in Good Spirits” champion and world championship finalist, worked with Essense to develop special cocktail recipes for Brrrewer, which you can find in the paperback book, available on its own for $17 or with Brrrewer (the book and coffee maker combo is $78). Order Brrrewer by itself for $67 here, or see other purchase options from Kickstarter.

If four hours is more than you’re willing to wait for cold brew, check out Ninja’s Hot & Cold Brewed System, which can make it in about 15 minutes.

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