5 Mail-Order Gifts Your Friends And Family Will Love

When it comes time to order last-minute holiday gifts for your friends and family, the massive variety of options can be head-spinning. That's why we're keeping it brief this year: These five sites will have you covered.

Brooklyn Brew Shop
We all secretly want to be able to brew our own beer, but many of us just don't know where to start. Brooklyn Brew Shop sells everything you need to brew your own beer (and cider!), including handy kits, mixes, accessories, and gift kits.

Farm Steady
The couple behind Brooklyn Brew Shop also runs the new Farm Steady, which is currently only selling four awesome items: a fresh cheese-making kit, an everything bagel and cream cheese-making kit, soft pretzel and beer cheese-making kit, and "seed bombs" that will sprout wildflowers wherever you plant them.

These purveyors of fine Dijon mustard have been around since 1747, and though you can find their mustard in most grocery stores, their physical shops (and their online shop) are really something special. You can order a wide variety of mustards and vinegars online; for the true mustard connoisseur, blow them away with this duo of Chablis white wine and black truffle mustard, and cep (porcini mushroom) and black truffle mustard.

Snake River Farms
For the meat-lover, a delivery from Snake River Farms is a gift from the gods. American Wagyu, USDA Prime beef, and Kurobuta pork (basically the Wagyu of pork) are all on offer, and the company also supplies some of America's best restaurants. There's a wide variety of gift packages; we're partial to the Best of the West, which comes with a two-pound bone-in cowboy ribeye, two eight-ounce filet mignons, two 14-ounce rib-eyes, two packs of hot dogs, and two pounds of ground beef from Double R Ranch.

Stew Leonard's
Stew Leonard's has a lot more going on than a small group of quirky supermarkets; their online gourmet gift operation is pretty magnificent. You can order everything from a bucket of brownies to the Holy Cow Gourmet Gift Basket, which contains 30 items including Vermont Cheddar, soppressata, Virginia peanuts, white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies, and ground coffee.