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.

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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

This Automated Tea Machine Brews Tea Bags and Loose Leaves With the Convenience of a Keurig

BRÜ
BRÜ

The convenience of Keurigs has changed the way people get their morning coffee, but for tea drinkers, the options have been far more limited. Though companies have released their teas in K-cup pods, you’re usually beholden to a more limited selection in terms of flavor variety and leaf type. The BRÜ is looking to change that by giving tea drinkers an automated brewing machine that allows for full customization, like temperature control, cup size, and the option to actually choose from your favorite loose-leaf teas and bags. With more than $180,000 in pledges raised already, the BRÜ has shattered its $30,000 goal on Kickstarter. But you can still get your own machine for just $95 by heading here before the campaign ends on November 1.

The BRÜ looks just like a Keurig in many ways—there’s the water tank, the familiar spout, and the drip tray. But with this machine, you're in control of far more. If you want a small cup of strong, bagged green tea, it's just a few button presses away. If your friend then wants a weaker glass of loose-leaf white tea that's not too hot, it can be ready in minutes, all without the hassle of dealing with a traditional kettle. With its stretch goals already reached, the company is even working on a setting for cold tea, which will brew a small but concentrated cup of hot tea, then dispense chilled water on top of it.

If you act fast (like fast, fast) you can still score the $95 BRÜ package, along with a glass mug. The next tier starts at $115 and includes a similar haul, but this time it’s for the BRÜ+ machine, which the company says dispenses the water in a way that actually cleans the tea chamber after each cup.

The BRÜ won’t be available for the holidays, so if you’re looking to give it as a gift this Christmas, you’ll receive a gift card voucher. Orders are expected to start going out for delivery in April 2020. For more information, head to the BRÜ Kickstarter page, where you can become a backer until November 1.

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11 Amazing Gifts for the Beer Geek in Your Life

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Whether you're picking out a gift for the beer lover in your life or just want to grab something for yourself, you're going to want to do better than the same old “Will Work for Beer” T-shirt that you've seen a million times before. That's exactly why we compiled a list of the best beer-related artwork, books, and accessories to complement your love of suds.

1. The Very Many Varieties of Beer; $40

PopChart Labs's Very, Very Many Varieties of Beer Poster.
Pop Chart Lab/Amazon

It can be hard to find tasteful home décor that reflects a love of beer. Luckily, Pop Chart Lab has you covered. The design outfit has created a number of beer-themed posters over the years (sadly, the scratch-off beer poster is no longer available), and The Very Many Varieties of Beer is their most awe-inspiring. The 24-inch-by-36-inch poster maps every type of beer style available, along with its suggested glassware, so you'll never again confuse a porter with a stout.

Buy It: Amazon

2. uKeg 64 oz Pressurized Growler for Craft Beer; $149


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Growlers offer a great way to bring home a beer that doesn’t make its way into cans or bottles, but they’re not perfect. Unless you plan to drink all 64 ounces in a single sitting, you’re likely to end up with flat beer. Presenting, a solution: The uKeg 64 Pressurized Growler uses a CO2 cartridge to ensure that the last pour from this growler is as lively as the first, and its custom tap makes it easy to pour one out.

Buy It: Amazon

3. The Oxford Companion to Beer; $43


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Beer lovers can be a little obsessive about their passion, and if you’re shopping for someone who’s thirsty for knowledge, there’s no better place to start than this comprehensive reference. Edited by Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver, the Oxford Companion crams an incredible amount of information about beer culture, history, styles, brewing methodologies, and more into 900 pages. Even the most well-versed know-it-all will learn something from this text. And if you’re shopping for a beer-loving foodie, Oliver’s classic book The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food makes an excellent gift, too.

Buy It: Amazon

4. USA Beer Cap Map; $35

USA Beer Cap Map on Amazon.
Beer Cap Country/Amazon

Brewers keep making more intricate and beautiful bottle caps, and it’s a shame to just chuck that art into the trash each time you pop a bottle. If your giftee is trying to drink their way through all 50 states, this fun wooden map helps them keep track of progress while preserving standout caps.

Buy It: Amazon

5. Libbey Craft Brews Beer Glass Set; $30


Libbey/Amazon

Pouring a beer into a glass enhances the whole sensory experience each sip offers. By allowing the user to better see and smell what they're drinking, the glass is a valuable aid in fully enjoying each brew. And since different shapes of glasses suit different styles of beer, a beer geek’s glassware collection can never be too large. While there’s a dizzying variety of cool brewery-branded glassware on the market, this six-piece set from Libbey covers all the bases and enables your favorite beer geek to sip everything from dense Russian imperial stouts to refreshing German hefeweizens. Plus, at just $30, it's a steal.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Kit; $48

Beer Making Kit.
Brooklyn Brew Shop

With a little know-how and the right recipe, home brewers can make beers that rival the offerings of their commercial counterparts. If someone on your list wants to dip their toe into the home brewing waters, Brooklyn Brew Shop offers kits that come with almost everything they'll need to make a gallon of beer. With styles ranging from Everyday IPA to Chocolate Maple Porter to Jalapeño Saison, there’s something for everyone.

Buy It: Brooklyn Brew Shop

7. BEER SOAP VARIETY PACK; $35


Swag Brewery.

For a number of reasons, it can be hard to enjoy a delicious, hoppy IPA whenever you want one. Enter the next best thing: catching a pleasant whiff of brew. Swag Brewery crafts soaps made with real beer. Available in nine varieties—including oatmeal stout, IPA, and Belgian witbier—these soaps will finally give you even more reason to wash your hands.

Buy It: Amazon

8. The Comic Book Story of Beer; $15

The Comic Book Story of Beer.
Ten Speed Press/Amazon

There are centuries of history in every pint you drink. And in this punchy comic book by writers Jonathan Hennessey and Mike Smith, with art by Aaron McConnell, you can learn about the story behind beer, from its most primitive days as a curious drink fermented in clay pots to its impact on European culture and its rebirth as a booming industry after Prohibition.

Buy It: Amazon

9. Coasters with Built-In Bottle Openers; $18

Beer coasters with built-in bottle openers.
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These stainless steel beer coasters don't just feature cool art that any hophead can enjoy, they also double as bottle openers to make your brew a bit more convenient. This is one of those ingenious products that makes you just sit back and wonder why you never thought of it.

Buy It: Amazon

10. Westmark German Hermetus Resealer Bottle Opener; $10


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Downing an entire 22-ounce bomber of a boozy imperial stout or double IPA in a single sitting can be a delicious but questionable decision. With Westmark’s clever bottle opener, saving part of the bottle for the next day is a little easier. The Hermetus opener pops caps like normal, but once your giftee is ready to call it quits, it slides across the top of the bottle to form a tight, bubble-preserving seal.

Buy It: Amazon

11. Beer of the Month Club; $40 and up


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Don’t overthink this. If you’re shopping for a beer lover, you can’t go wrong by simply getting them what you know they love—beer. Craft Beer Club takes the guesswork out of choosing the right brew by sending out 12 or 24 bottles of craft beer (in four different styles) with each shipment. You can choose from monthly, every-other-month, or quarterly packages.

Buy It: Craft Beer Club

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