9 birthday treats to send your friends while in quarantine


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Like a lot of big milestones, birthdays just aren’t as fun when you don’t have someone to celebrate with. If you have a friend or family member who is turning a year older in quarantine, sending a birthday gift may hold more meaning than ever before.

Of course, you’ll have to do some creative thinking and keep in mind that non-essentials are taking a bit longer to ship. For any procrastinators out there (myself included), you can always send food — whether it’s dinner, dessert or drinks — via food delivery apps. You can send same-day celebratory eats from GrubHub, Postmates, Shipt and more.

My brother recently celebrated his 25th birthday, and I scheduled a delivery of cookies, ice cream and cake from Insomnia the night before. Based on his texts and Instagram story, I can report that it was very well-received.

In the event that you’re better at planning ahead, you can send some really unique and amazing treats to your loved ones. Check out some of the best birthday food gifts that you can have delivered below.

Mrs. Fields

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Send a classic cookie cake with a special message to the birthday boy or girl. If they’re not one for giant cookies covered in frosting (weird, but OK), you can also send boxes of cookies, brownie bites and more.

Hot tip: Right now, you can get 15 percent off the entire Mrs. Fields site using the code COOKIE15 and check out the gifts on sale section for discounts up to 30 percent off.

Milk Bar

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There are a lot of birthday options at Milk Bar for making someone feel special, from cookies and truffles to cakes and pie. Founder Christina Tosi started Milk Bar with her original Crack Pie, now called Milk Bar Pie. However, the pie has the same delicious, ooey-gooey center encased in a seriously delicious oat crust. Send your friend a pie, or go big with one of Milk Bar’s signature Funfetti-inspired birthday cakes.

If you’re looking for a less expensive but equally thoughtful gift, you can’t go wrong with an Assorted Cookie Tin either, which includes six uniquely-flavored cookies for $20.


Credit: Godiva

Chocolate lovers will be excited about any gift you send from Godiva. Some good birthday options include chocolate covered strawberries, birthday truffles, classic assorted chocolates, chocolate bark and milk chocolate caramel cubes. Plus, the chocolatier is currently having a spring sale with plenty of treats up to 30 percent off! You can also get free shipping on orders over $25.

Old Time Candy

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If you have a nostalgic candy fan in your life, Old Time Candy has the perfect birthday box filled with sweets from a specific decade. First, choose how big of a box you want to send — 2 pounds or 4 pounds. Then, choose a decade anywhere between the 1950s to the 1990s.

You can also pack a bag with a specific candy if you know your friend has a favorite.

Popcorn Factory

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Send a tin of popcorn in one or more flavors, from classic butter, caramel and cheese to innovative flavors like cookies and cream, chicken and waffles, mesquite BBQ, ranch and more. You can’t go wrong with sending a small Birthday Balloons Popcorn Pail filled with eight cups of Celebration Cornfetti for $29.99 either! It’s the perfect treat to pair with a good Disney Plus movie marathon or Netflix binge.

Baked by Melissa

Credit: Baked by Melissa

Baked by Melissa makes the perfect, bite-sized cupcakes in delicious flavors like cookie dough, cookies and cream, PB&J, red velvet, chocolate and other classics. For a special surprise, send a birthday pack with 25 cupcakes in all of Baked by Melissa’s best-selling flavors.

Dylan’s Candy Bar

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For the classic candy lover, Dylan’s Candy Bar has it all. We personally love the candy cakes and birthday buckets. However, for a really fun surprise, Dylan’s Candy Bar also makes a BashCake, which is a large, hollow chocolate cupcake filled with chocolate covered pretzels. Using the included mallet, the receiver will have to “bash” the cake to get the pretzels. It’s too cute (and fun to let out a little a little bit of that quarantine frustration).


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Goldbelly is food delivery service, however, this one delivers local favorites nationally! Send your friend a Chicago deep-dish pizza from Lou Malnati’s or bagels from New York to anywhere in the U.S. There are tons of hometown favorites to choose from that will brighten anyone’s day.

The service also recently launched meal kits from favorite restaurants like Shake Shack, McLoon's Lobster Shack, Skyline Chili, Dinosaur BBQ and more for putting together some of their classic dishes.

La Colombe

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For the coffee fiend in your life, La Colombe ships its classic canned draft lattes. The Red, White and Cold Brew pack includes four different varieties of the shop’s coffee drinks so you can let them try a few or ship them a pack of their favorite flavor for a true pick-me-up.

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