By Tracey Dowdy
Let’s face it, going to the mailbox to grab your mail is a lot less fun than it used to be. According to the U.S. Postal Service, we’re sending 4.3 billion fewer letters and cards than just twenty years ago. That’s a 61% drop from the days when email and text weren’t our primary lines of communication. These days, there’s a good chance there’s nothing but bills and junk mail in that mailbox.
But there’s still something magical about going to the mailbox and finding something addressed to you that isn’t another credit card offer or flyer from your local dry cleaner. (Side note, support local small businesses). Everyone loves a surprise, and to know they’re thought of – it puts a smile on our face.
One way to bring a smile to mom’s face this Mother’s Day is to gift her with not just any subscription box, but one filled with treats she’s sure to love. Here are some delicious options.
Goldbelly “believes in the emotional power of food and understands that for many of us, food is our love language. They offer everything from regional favorites to full brunch platters, cakes, pies, and iconic sandwich kits. Is mom a Magnolia Bakery fan? Loves her some Primanti Brothers? How about cheesecake from the Nuns of New Skete? Goldbelly has you covered. Right now, they have special offers for Mother’s Day, offering everything from Mother’s Day Cupcake Bouquets from We Take the Cake in Fort Lauderdale to a Three-Course Shrimp & Grits Dinner for two from Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. You can even send a bouquet of a dozen bagel flowers from The Bagel Nook in New Jersey.
If mom is a cheese lover, Murray’s Cheese has you covered. This isn’t your basic block of grocery store cheddar – we’re talking Murray’s Cavemaster Reserve cheeses – wheels that have sourced green then aged into unique creations in our very own New York City cheese caves. Their private line represents the best of a particular type of gourmet cheese, whether Comté, Parmigiano Reggiano, Cheddar, Stilton, or Brie. You can prepay for three months of cheese deliveries for $175, and each shipment will include three to four expertly selected cheeses.
Does mom run on coffee and determination? We can do something to help with at least part of that – Trade coffee offers a personalized selection of coffee from top roasters across the country. The beans are fresh – like, really fresh – with some hitting your mailbox in as little as two days after roasting. Gifting a subscription is easy and starts at $13 for 12-ounce bags and goes up from there. You can also choose from Trade’s a la carte gift options, including individual bags or bundles that start at $48.
Fish in the mail? Hear me out! Opened in 1822, the Bronx’s Fulton Fish Market is one of the oldest fish markets in the US, and if you’ve ever been fortunate enough to stroll through the market or taste their unbelievably fresh and delicious seafood, you know mom will love it. Seafood at your local grocery store has likely been frozen and then thawed and possibly frozen and thawed again. Fulton Fish Market’s offerings are caught, flash-frozen, packed, and sent straight to you. Any fresher, and you’d need a boat of your own. You can order fish by the piece, box, or a curated bundle. For instance, a 10-pack of 8-ounce salmon filets is roughly $90, or a halibut and salmon stock-up bundle for $99. You can also spring for the seafood subscription, and Fulton will send a monthly, bimonthly, or weekly curated box of fish starting at $65 per month for four 6-ounce portions.
If mom has a straight-up sweet tooth and runs on bougie chocolate, Bar & Cocoa has you covered. Every month, mom will receive four full-sized dark bars from the finest bean to bar chocolate makers. Each box includes tasting notes, and all chocolate bars are plain, gluten, and dairy-free dark chocolate. Plus, shipping is free! A three-month subscription starts at $129, but you can spring for a six or 12-month run, and any of them can be canceled at any time.
Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Washington DC. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances, edits, and researches on subjects ranging from family and education to history and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.