You just can’t go wrong with an edible gift. After all, everyone likes to indulge over the holiday season. In fact, in 2021, one survey suggested that nearly 60 percent of Americans believe that chocolate is the most universally enjoyed gift. So, from holiday cookie tins to festive chocolate assortments, here are 9 Christmas sweets that will make your loved one merrier with every bite.
Vegan Christmas treats that ship
1) Maya’s Cookies
Pre-2020, this Black- and woman-owned cookie bakery survived off online orders and local pop-ups. While owner Maya Madsen transformed her business into a brick-and-mortar in San Diego, she’s kept the nationwide shipping alive. Amongst the Classic Collection and year-round flavors like Classic Chocolate Chip, S’mores, and Snickerdoodle, cookie enthusiasts can purchase seasonal boxes such as the Candy Cane Land assortment and the Holiday Spice Gift Set. The latter includes four gingerbread cookies and a Frères Branchiaux gingerbread-scented candle. Order by December 19 for the best chance of delivery by Christmas day.
Tired of cookies? Try halva. This naturally vegan treat made from sesame seeds and sugar will instantly brighten your day. The texture starts flaky but then melts in your mouth to disperse a taste of wonderfully sweet nuttiness. Seed+Mill offers an abundance of flavors from raspberry and coffee to pistachio and cacao nib. For gifting purposes, opt for the Holiday Halva Coffee Cake Baking Kit. It makes for an excellent White Elephant or Secret Santa present the recipient will actually use.
3) Karma Baker
No matter the holiday, we can always rely on this inventive gluten-free baker to crank out a delicious medley of cakes, cookies, doughnuts, and more. For the winter season, there’s a Winter Peppermint Karma Cookie Box, Cinnamon Pecan Mini Coffee Cakes, and Pumpkin Crumb Bread, all of which will endure a cross-country trip without a crumb out of place. Place your orders by December 18 to receive them by Christmas. But, if you’re a last-minute shopper located near Westlake Village, California, in-store pickup is available.
4) Foxship Bakery
Leave a few of these quarter-pound cookies for Santa, and he’ll be sure to find an extra present in his bag for you. Holiday-themed flavors include Red Velvet White Chocolate, Peppermint Crunch, and Gingerbread. Be sure to leave an extra-large glass of almond milk for dunking.
5) Lagusta’s Luscious
This New York-based vegan chocolatier offers something for every celebration. From hand-dipped chocolate dreidels to spiced pecan fudge, you can get all of your gift shopping done with just a few clicks of a button. While the deadline has passed for guaranteed delivery by Christmas day, gift-cards and in-store pickup are available. Stop by Confectionery! in New York to pick up the chocolatier’s tasty treats.
6) Giselle’s Vegan Kitchen
Stunning vegan bundt cakes, decadent tiramisu, and mini donuts make up just a fraction of the offerings from this dedicated vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free bakery. Each treat arrives in a whimsical, bright pink box and tastes like it was made by the Sugar Plum Fairy herself.
7) Sticky Fingers Bakery
Treat your loved ones to Sweet & Salty Cookies, Fudgetastic Brownies, Blondies, S’mores Cookies, and much, much more from this popular Washington, DC bakery. And maybe order a few for yourself while you’re there, it is the holidays after all.
8) Erin McKenna’s Bakery
Order your gluten-free gingerbread people or cookie decorating kits from this bicoastal vegan bakery. The shop also offers a few bestsellers for nationwide shipping—from glazed gluten-free cinnamon rolls to gingerbread houses. No matter what you celebrate, Erin McKenna’s has dessert covered. Located in Los Angeles, New York, or Orlando, FL? Pick up your favorite festive treats in store.
9) Dandelion Chocolate
Yes, this vegan-friendly San Francisco-based single-origin chocolatier sells chocolate, but the in-person and virtual experiences it offers are what drew our attention. Why not order your special someone a Truffle Making class, for example, or treat them to a Virtual Chocolate Tasting?