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Do All Your Last-Minute Holiday Shopping on Goldbelly

The online food marketplace is a one-stop shop for tasty last-minute gifts

Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

Not to alarm anyone, but it’s already mid-December. Hanukkah starts on December 18, and Christmas is right behind, so if you haven’t taken care of any outstanding holiday or New Year’s gift shopping you better get on it.

Thankfully for you, I’ve taken the liberty of consulting with Eater staffers and diving deep into the options on Goldbelly — an online marketplace that acts as a middleman for restaurants to ship food across the country — to see what’s available for the best (last-minute) food gifts. Take note: These orders need to be placed very soon to arrive by Christmas, so do get a move on.

A selection of three cheeses

Classic Cowgirl Creamery Cheese Collection

  • $90

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Cheese subscriptions are go-to gifts, but for something that’s less of a commitment, this assortment from Cowgirl Creamery includes some of the brand’s finest offerings, including my personal favorite, the cult-classic Mt. Tam.

A sliced brisket

Franklin Barbecue Brisket

  • $270

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Do you know someone who still talks about the time they waited in line for hours to get a taste of Franklin Barbecue in Austin? This is the gift for them. Or, if you want to make sure you get to enjoy some of the smoky brisket yourself, go in on this with a few friends and serve it at your holiday party. These routinely sell out so if you want to give the gift of some of Texas’s finest brisket, hurry. (If they do sell out, check out Snow’s BBQ Brisket – another great option.)

Lox on a board, a plate of bagels, a container of caviar, and a dish of cream cheese

Russ & Daughters Smoked Salmon Medley

  • $195

Prices taken at time of publishing.

I started ordering this Russ & Daughters package during the early days of the pandemic to lift my mood and it has since become one of my go-to gifts, particularly for new parents in the height of sleep deprivation: A dozen bagels (I recommend immediately freezing some since a dozen is kind of a lot for a small family), fixins, and a half-pound each of gravlax, pastrami-cured salmon, and Scottish smoked salmon. If you’re feeling generous, add an order of salmon roe which takes any salmon-topped bagel over the top.

A box of chocolate cookies and other chocolate treats

La Newyorkina Chocolate Lover’s Box

  • $80

Prices taken at time of publishing.

For the chocolate lover on your gift list, this box from hit Mexican sweets shop La Newyorkina is full of unexpected chocolate options like Mexican hot fudge, chipotle brownies, and chocolate chip pepita cookies. And bonus: unlike many items on Goldbelly, these ones arrive ready to eat.

An overhead view of 9 brownies on a white plate.

Ina’s Outrageous Chocolate Brownies

  • $70

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Allow me to shout into the internet: Did you know Ina Garten sells brownies on Goldbelly??? Now you do. The Countess herself is the consummate dinner party host, and when it comes to dessert, she can be trusted for comfort food favorites like these brownies. How easy is that?

Burritos La Palma Dinner for 4

  • $85

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Sending eight perfect burritos to someone’s door is such a power move, and I’m kicking myself that I only just thought of it now. This would make a wonderful gift to yourself, honestly: Wouldn’t it be so nice to grab these burritos out of the freezer sometime in the week between Christmas and New Years? Yes, yes it would be.

A slice of apple pie

Four & Twenty Blackbirds Salted Caramel Apple Pie

  • $85

Prices taken at time of publishing.

This is an all-time great pie from an all-time great pie shop. It would be a reliable, safe option for a host gift or an in-law gift when you need something special-feeling but don’t have a ton of information about the recipient.

A plate of crabcakes

Angelina’s of Maryland Giant Lump Crab Cakes

  • $115

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Festive and iconically East Coast-y, crab cakes are a confirmed hit among Eater editors’ parents. It would be cute to round this one out with other Maryland-themed gifts too, like a tin of Old Bay for their stockings.

The cross-section of two stacked babkas

Breads Bakery Babka

  • $50

Prices taken at time of publishing.

As a Jew who regularly attends her in-laws’ Christmas festivities, let me tell you that there is no Christmas get-together that would not be improved by the presence of some of the country’s finest babka. Ordering a three-pack means your recipient has one to serve right away, one to serve later this week, and one to freeze until next month.

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