7 Subscription gifts that keep on giving
Monthly subscription gifts are a great way to show your friends that you care, all year long. There are packages available to fit everyone’s interests and lifestyle.
Monthly subscriptions have come a long way since fruit- and wine-of-the-month clubs. It seems there is a monthly box you can send for just about every interest you can think of. I love giving the gift of new experiences, and that’s what happens each month with subscription gifts. Every time a new box arrives, your friend will think of you! Here are a few of my favorites.
For the coffee- or tea-loving friend
Craft Coffee tasting boxes come complete with three different coffee roasts, tasting notes and advice on the ideal brewing method for each blend. You can choose from one-, three-, six- or twelve-month subscription options, starting at around $20 per month.
Have a friend that prefers teas instead? Check out Steepster. This monthly subscription is unique because you get to select five teas from around the world to try each month. Each box also includes brewing instructions from an expert.
For the conscious-consumer friend
My budding-nutritionist/eco-conscious heart LOVES the Conscious Box! If you have a friend who's looking to make healthier choices for her diet and home environment, this could be a perfect way to get her started. Each month, she'll receive 10 to 15 new products to try, including snacks, household products, beauty essentials and more. All boxes are free of GMOs and highly processed foods, and you can choose from classic, vegan or gluten-free options. Subscriptions start at around $20 per month.
For the handmade friend
For your Etsy-loving, everything-small-batch friend, the Umba Box is an absolute must! Umba’s stylists find the most unique handmade items from across the U.S., everything from home goods to jewelry to bath products and more, and curate beautiful monthly collections. The Delight Box runs about $50 per month and features high-end products. They also offer the Discover Box ($25 per month) for those looking to explore the handmade movement.
For the foodie friend
This subscription appeals to my love of handwritten letters. For the foodie in your life, this is something really special. My favorite food site, Food52, offers this exclusive set of Kitchen Letters — a bi-monthly set of letters and recipes personally penned by some of the most respected chefs and restaurants — a steal at only $60 for a year subscription!
For the “I-really-need-a-vacation” friend
Hammock Pack ($25 per month) is a getaway in a box! Every month, it comes filled with everything needed to stop, relax and enjoy a moment, without ever having to leave the house. Choices include everything from a sensory trip to the Hudson Valley in New York via products from the best local artisans to all the essentials needed for a girls' night out at home. These packs are a creative way to give someone a new adventure every month.
For your four-legged friend
Pets love presents, too! BarkBox (starting at $19 per month) features four or more carefully selected products, including toys, bones, treats and gadgets just for dogs. You can tailor the box for the size and breed of the dog, and 10 percent of the proceeds go to support dog-rescue programs.
Looking for some other subscription options? Here’s a list of a few other favorites:
Love with Food — similar to the Conscious Box; for every box sent, they donate a meal to a hungry child
Birchbox — now for both women and men, samples of the latest beauty and personal products
Stack Magazines — each month, discover a new independent magazine
Cowgirl Creamery — three cheeses a month from a notable Bay Area creamery
SquareHue — three on-trend, full-size, nail polishes a month; a portion of the sale goes to charity
Nudo Olive Oil — adopt an Italian olive tree and enjoy premium Italian olive oil from your own tree each month