10 Best Gift Subscriptions

I love the holidays, but choosing a gift for a loved one can be a daunting task.  It is hard to know where to even start. That is why I put together the best gift subscriptions guide to help you pick the perfect gift for anyone. Subscriptions are a gift that just keeps on giving at the interval of your choosing. Each subscription caters to a different audience, so you are bound to find something for everyone on your shopping list. Without further adieu, let’s get started.

1.  Pop Culture Fanatic: Quarterly

Quarterly is a really neat service that sends quarterly gift packages curated by current tastemakers.  They have a varied selection of curators including Pharell Williams, Bill Nye, and Laughing Squid (past box pictured below).  The prices vary based on the curator, but most subscriptions are $25-$50 / package.


2. Music Lover: Turntable Kitchen

Turntable Kitchen is one of the more unique services I have stumbled upon.  It pairs two of my favorite things – music and food! Each month, the subscriber receives a limited-edition 7 -inch vinyl single, a downloadable mixtape, three themed recipes, and dried ingredients to help make each dish. Subscriptions are $25 /month.


3. Makeup Maven: Birchbox

Birchbox is one of the most popular subscription services on the market.    Subscribers receive a monthly box filled with beauty samples from high-end brands.  A three-month subscription is only $30.


4. DIY Enthusiast: Brit Kits

Brit + Co. offers a great subscription service because it promotes creativity.  Each box contains a diy kit that contains instructions and supplies for a cool project.  You can also buy kits a la carte. There are many different kits to choose from, including snow globes, duct tape feature earrings, and gold dipped vases (pictured below).  Subscriptions run for about $20/ month.


5. Art Aficionado: Papirmass

Papirmass is a monthly art subscription.  Every month, subscribers receive an art print.  It is a great way to get exposed to new art, as well as decorate a home on a budget.  In fact, an annual subscription is only $69.  That means you get 12 unique prints for less than $6 a piece.


6. Stylish Male: Bespoke Post

For the man on your shopping list, consider a Bespoke Post gift subscription.  Each month, a themed collection of  products from around the world is sent to the subscriber. For instance, the Churchill box (pictured below) contains a cigar set, ashtray, and a candle, among other items.  One unique selling point is that subscribers can preview the monthly box offerings and choose to opt out if they aren’t interested.  That month’s credit will roll on to the next month.  Each box is $45 with a subscription.


7. Coffee Snob: Craft Coffee

Since I do live in Seattle, it only seems appropriate that I include a coffee subscription on this list.  Craft Coffee is a service that delivers a monthly package with 12 ounces (about 42 servings) of artisan coffee, tasting notes, and brew tips.   An annual subscription is $20 / month. It is a good way to branch out from Starbucks.


8. Dog Lover: Bark Box

For the dog lover, consider a Bark Box subscription. Each box contains 4 – 6 toys and treats tailored to the size of the recipient.  For instance, Zuzu is in the Small & Cute size category.  A 6 month subscription costs $20 / month


9. Traveler: Try the World

If someone on your shopping list is (or aspires to be) a world traveler, gift a Try the World subscription.  Subscribers receive a gourmet box with goodies from a different city every 2 months.  Current featured cities include Paris, Tokyo, and Rio.   Each box is $45.


10. Craft Connoisseur:  Makr Box

Makr Box subscription is a perfect gift for someone interested in supporting small, independent businesses.   Each box contains 2-3 items handcrafted by one of the curated Pacific Northwest makers.   There are three different subscription choices, based on stylistic preferences. Subscriptions range from $14 -$59  / month


I hope you found this gift guide useful.  If there are other subscription services that you love, let me know in the comments.

2 Comments on 10 Best Gift Subscriptions

  1. Mary Monnin
    December 11, 2013 at 4:49 am (7 years ago)

    I saw two that I will try. Heidi Monnin gets the Bark Box subscription and loves it.


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