Need a last-minute gift? Give quarantine-fatigued home cooks a break with Blue Apron

Anne Mandler
·4 min read

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Give the gift of home cooking. (Photo: Blue Apron)
Give the gift of home cooking. (Photo: Blue Apron)

It’s approximately Day 9,854 of staying at home, and cooking fatigue is very, very real. Giving someone on your list a much-needed reprieve from endless meal-planning and food-shopping just might be the sweetest thing you can do for holiday 2020. Luckily, doling out stress-free homemade meals with Blue Apron is super easy: just click here, choose the gift you want—$60 gets a one-week delivery for two, $120 gets two weekly deliveries for two, and so on—and type in the email address of your recipient. If you opt to send three weeks’ worth of boxes or more, you’ll get $20 off each box, for a total of $60 in savings.

Accessible, easy, and fun, the step-by-step Blue Apron experience—and the delicious results—can give conked-out home cooks a well-deserved break—or turn a kitchen newbie into a confident meal-maker. And you know what? You deserve this too. We all do. Try it out for yourself and let cooking become a joy once again.

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Blue Apron makes cooking fun and easy. (Photo: Getty)
Blue Apron makes cooking fun and easy. (Photo: Getty)

The promise of Blue Apron is just what so many of us need. Most people are missing out on big family gatherings this year, and we’re all looking down the barrel of a long, cold January, with every meal made and eaten at home. Picking a recipe, sourcing the ingredients, prepping everything—it gets old. Especially after nine months. The gift of Blue Apron provides relief—and a little excitement too.

And for those folks who never spent much time in the kitchen before (except to hunt for snacks), Blue Apron is a great way in. The service knows just how to talk to newbies and gradually transform them into happy, confident cooks.

So giftwise, Blue Apron works for just about anyone. Click here to choose and send your gift.

Garlic Shrimp & Spanish-Style Potatoes (Photo: Blue Apron)
Garlic Shrimp & Spanish-Style Potatoes (Photo: Blue Apron)

As you probably know, Blue Apron delivers fresh ingredients and step-by-step recipes. Instructions come on big, easy-to-follow recipe cards specially designed to make the process of putting together a fabulous meal as easy as 1-2-3.

Each kit provides every speck of ingredients in just-right portions—down to the dash of saffron, the splash of rice vinegar, the pat of butter, or the sprinkling of cumin; the only things your recipient needs to have on hand are salt, pepper, and olive oil. (The pandemic really throws this perk into sharp relief—we all remember when grocery stores were struggling to stay in stock, right?)

Whether your recipient is making Blue Apron’s Roasted Peanut Chicken with Garlicky Green Beans, or Tacos with Black Bean and Caramelized Onion or umami-rich Mushroom Mazemen, there are no rand-o ingredients to store and forget about (and discover in the back of the fridge months later, a full-bloom science experiment situation).

This is the beauty of Blue Apron. For quarantine-fatigued cooks desperately in need of a breather, or for kitchen novices who could benefit from a streamlined version of the cooking process, there isn’t a better gift out there. And imagine the applications. A fun bonding experience for roommates quarantining together. A romantic dinner for two (why yes, Blue Apron does offer wine). A healthy, delicious family dinner that comes together with grace, ease, and nary a pain point. Blue Apron provides a taste of the warmth and camaraderie that comes naturally with cooking at home, but without any fuss, headache, or last-minute running to the store for a forgotten ingredient. We all need a break right now (you included!), and this is a great way to quash the daily stress of meal planning and prep.

Blue Apron offers meal kits for two (Photo: Blue Apron)
Blue Apron offers meal kits for two (Photo: Blue Apron)

These days a Blue Apron gift is also a win because it can eliminate the huge barrier of food shopping—especially challenging for those making meals for only one or two, because supplies are sold in larger quantities at grocery stores.

What’s so brilliant about this present is that once folks get a taste of Blue Apron, they’ll get their cooking groove back (or for newbies, get more confidence). Blue Apron is a way back into the language of the kitchen, the mindset of a home cook—a path to owning what’s in the fridge, to improvising, and to discovering that whipping up a delicious healthy dinner can be a whole lot of fun. We’ve forgotten this. Help someone remember.

Shop it: Click here to choose the gift you want, blueapron.com

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