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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.