Looking for a special something for your food-oriented family members this time of year? Avoid the crush at Sur La Table, quell the urge to stick a restaurant gift certificate in an envelope -- a whole slew of companies have popped up with food-related gift box subscriptions. It's a gift that'll keep on giving long after the holiday has passed.
Knoshbox One of the recent boxes from Knoshbox
We subscribed to two of them to see how they measure up. Knoshbox, which ships a box of artisan food products monthly, is for foodies who want to try different, well-curated, small-production snacks. Each monthly shipment costs anywhere from $30-$38, once shipping is factored in. A Kitchen Box is geared toward the home cook, with a recipe, a few ingredients, a music download and a kitchen tool. Their boxes can be purchased monthly for $35 or in "seasonal" subscriptions -- three months of shipments for $89.More »