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The best e-gift cards to give someone who cooks (or eats)

Need a last-minute gift for a foodie? Nab a digital gift card for fresh seafood, premium meat, trendy cookware or snacks.

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Home cooks and food fans are an easy bunch to shop for, all things considered. If there isn't a gadget you know they need, you can't go wrong with an interesting send or subscription for spices, fish or meat. If you think they'd prefer to pick out the goods themselves, opt for an e-gift card to a great culinary vendor. And your options are plentiful for edible e-gift cards in 2021. 

For anyone on your list who's into food, wine cocktails or cooking, a gift card from any one of these online purveyors of kitchen gear, tableware, ingredients and prepared eats will scratch that foodie itch. Bonus: They may be vendors your giftee doesn't even know about yet and thus you'll open up a world of delicious online ordering possibilities. Your edible gift card options are seemingly endless: Whether it's for some fresh fish, high-end cuts of beef, hard-to-find candy or even harder-to-resist snacks, these are the best online gift cards to send a foodie this year. 

Most online gift cards can be purchased in any amount you'd like and while some have expiration dates, most are generally good for at least a year and often much longer. Note that all of the options below include e-gift options, so you can order and deliver these via email right up to the very last minute.

Goldbelly

Goldbelly specializes in sending prepared eats from some of the most iconic restaurants in the country to you, no matter where you live. Want some Russ & Daughters smoked salmon? Goldbelly has it. Jones-ing for that Piecaken you've seen all over Instagram? Goldbelly will send you one straight from the bakery. 

A gift card to Goldbelly will keep a foodie busy for hours -- the only problem is they won't be able to have everything.

iGourmet

This virtual wonderland of cooking ingredients and pantry goods could keep a home chef busy for hours. It's also a great place to get inspiration for recipes and cuisines to try. You'll find specialty oils, premium cheeses, dry goods, sauces and lots more. The marketplace even has high-end meats and cheeses. 

Porter Road

This online butcher sells some seriously fine cuts, from big holiday roasts to rich ribeye, pork loins and more. Send a gift card and they can peruse the magnificent meats and snatch some up now or wait for grilling season to pounce. 

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Food52

The best part about a Food52 gift certificate ard is you don't have to scroll too far to find something amazing. The food blog has a robust market of editor-curated goods including cookware, glassware, gadgets and pantry staples. Mostly everything is both stylish and useful and the prices are reasonable to boot.

Mouth.com

Mouth is a marketplace with tons of fun and trendy eats and subscriptions like a pickle-of-the-month club or this s'mores kit for your next bonfire. This is another good option for a foodie who likes a little bit of everything since, well, they've got it.

Fulton Fish Market

Depending on where you or the person you're shopping for lives, fresh seafood may be hard to come by. I wrote about the best places to order seafood online and can say that seafood flash-frozen and sent from the likes of Fulton Fish Market is the next best thing to a true port-side fishmonger. Fulton has an incredible selection of tuna, salmon, squid, shellfish and even caviar and some other packaged goods. This is the perfect gift to hook a seafood eater.

Rastelli's

If it's high-end eats they want, Rastelli's is a great place to snag a gift card for the home chef on your list. The gourmet market specializes in meats and fish including Wagyu beef, organic poultry and sustainable seafood. It also has all accouterments to make these meats pop, including rubs, butters and sides.

Blue Apron

A meal kit gift certificate makes another great gift for a home chef or generally busy person. You could have one sent to their door, but unless you're really sure of the person's tastes, preferences and schedule, you might be better off sticking with a gift card. Blue Apron is my top pick for a meal kit to give an experienced chef, but check out some great meal kits to give this season, including Purple Carrot for v