Missing a Celebration? Send One of These Fun Food Gifts

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One of the harder parts of social distancing is missing a loved one's special milestone. Whether it was supposed to be a cousin's bachelorette, nephew's birthday party, or BFF's graduation day, moments that huge deserve a little extra attention.

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And although surprising them in person isn't exactly in the cards right now, the next best thing we can do is surprise them with a delicious treat. From birthday cakes and savory treats to alcohol on-demand, all of the below can be shipped nationwide and delivered in a flash. Here, the best edible ways to celebrate a loved one from afar.

1. Milk Bar Birthday Cake, $50

If you're missing the birthday of a pal or family member, this rainbow cake is sure to put a smile on their face. Split it amongst a few friends for an inexpensive but delightful birthday surprise.

2. Baked by Melissa Mini Cupcakes, from $30

Or, if you're looking for something a little more bite-sized, these rainbow tie-dye cupcakes would make for a perfect treat for little ones.

3. Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label Champagne, $55.99

If a wedding date, bridal shower, or bachelorette party had to be postponed, we're sure the bride- and groom-to-be would love a little bubbly to boost their spirits. If Veuve isn't exactly in your budget, Drizly has a ton of champagne options for every budget — and all can be delivered in 60 minutes or less.

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4. H&H Bagels, Cream Cheese, & Nova Scotia Salmon, $69

Perhaps a graduation brunch is in order for a recent grad? Treat them to a fresh bagel spread, complete with smoked salmon and cream cheese, from one of New York's bagel institutions, H&H bagels.

5. F. Stephen Millier Legend Series Dickson Road Zinfandel, $29.99

For your BFF's 30th birthday, you didn't exactly picture spending the big day cheers-ing through a screen on a Zoom call. Luckily, you can still make it a birthday to remember by surprising him with a bottle (or case!) of his favorite Zinfandel. Naked Wines sells wine by the bottle, in six-packs, or by the case, so you can get as much or as little as you like.

6. Magnolia Bakery World Famous Banana Pudding, $54

If your cousin had to cancel her baby shower and now can't stop baking banana bread, do her one better with this world-famous banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery in New York City. Layered with vanilla wafers and fresh bananas, this incredibly creamy pudding will earn you cousin of the century.

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7. Harry & David Gourmet Cheese Collection, $29.99

If your college roommate is the savory-over-sweet type of snacker, treat her to a bevy of gourmet cheeses that she can enjoy for a while. If you want a mix of snacks, Harry & David has a ton of gift baskets filled with fruit, cheese, nuts, and sweets to choose from.

8. Levain Cookies, from $27

These fluffy cookies from New York City's Levain Bakery are delicious but also well-known for their usually very long wait. Skip the infamous line and gift the special treat to a loved one for any occasion (and maybe throw in a few for you, too).

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Katie is a Los Angeles-based writer who covers shopping trends, deals, and product reviews for Hunker. She's written for PureWow, Food Network, and Well+Good. When not online shopping, you can find her collecting vintage glassware or rewatching Nancy Meyers' movies for design inspo.