It’s so good to watch a loved one tear open the package on Christmas morning. But do you know there will be more coming throughout the year? Now, that’s what we call capturing the holiday spirit. A monthly subscription service truly is the gift that keeps on giving, and whether you’re shopping for a foodie, beauty lover, plant fanatic, or coffee junkie, there’s something for everyone on your list.
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Voracious readers will love the service’s gift subscription, which lets them choose from five curated new titles each month. Don’t have time to finish a book before sending off the next one? You can skip a month. Because you need to read more? Additional titles from the site, including top titles from previous months, are added for an additional fee.
For those who like to listen to books, a monthly subscription to the Audible service will be very popular. The service includes thousands of audiobooks, podcasts and original shows. Want to try it yourself? Try a 30-day free trial and cancel anytime.
Each Bokksu box is filled with more than 20 Japanese sweets and snacks from the family business, along with tea pairings and a cultural guide detailing the origin and taste of their contents. Read our review here.
Gifts for your furry friend truly are the best presents you can give. Each Barkbox comes with two toys, two bags of all-natural treats and a chew, all tailored to match the monthly theme.
Yes, cats can have their own subscription boxes too. This one sends them toys filled with catnip and treats. Plus, you can choose the box that’s right for you, including for multi-cat households or those with dietary needs.
For those who can never have enough socks, this subscription box will gift them a nice and fun new pair every month.
What’s the sweetest gift for the sugar friend on your list? Boxes full of goodies (think chocolate, butter cookies, Moose Munch popcorn, etc.) are delivered to their door every month. Each box has a different theme, so they’ll never tire of a certain treat.
With the gift of a masterclass, your recipient can choose to study creative writing with Margaret Atwood, acting with Samuel L. L. Jackson, and more. Offering easy-to-follow virtual lessons in the user’s own time, MasterClass is the best choice for anyone to learn a new skill.
Amateur bartenders will toast the subscription gift, which delivers a box filled with three recipes and all the ingredients (non-alcoholic) needed to make 12 drinks (four recipes each). Available as a monthly, three-month, six-month or 12-month subscription, the November box features an American apple brandy theme with recipes from New York bartenders. We’ll toast to that!
If homewares are on your list (this year, who isn’t), GlobeIn offers handmade items from around the world to keep your surroundings beautiful. Check out our review of it here.
Each month, the subscription club sends out a must-have record from the golden age of vinyl (what they consider to be the 1960s and 1970s), handpicked by the experts at Amazon Music. This is the gift for anyone who loves records more than anything else.
flower repeat? Yes, please! Brighten someone’s day again and again with this thoughtful gift that delivers a lovely arrangement to the lucky recipient’s door every week, fortnight, or month. Choose from classic, seasonal, or luxe bouquets — $55, $85, and $105 per delivery — and get ready for the many thank you notes to come.
For your favorite treats, the box will send them at least five treats from different countries every month. If they crave variety, they’ll love this.
If you’re shopping for a gift for a couple, the box comes with relationship-building games and activities designed to make them laugh and reconnect.
For those who can never own too many plants, this subscription box includes two houseplants in 4-inch pots, two fertilizer labels that allow each plant to be fertilized for up to 6 months, and a 1-year A subscription plant care app called Super Greg. Now this is well thought out.
The biggest carnivore in your life will love this. You can choose from their monthly delivery of jerky treats and cured meat sticks.
The overall winner of Underscored’s Best Overall Coffee Subscription Box test, Blue Bottle’s service offers customized, delicious, high-quality coffee that’s perfect for coffee drinkers of all kinds. Choose from multiple subscriptions where you can choose single origin coffee, espresso beans or decaf, or mix and match options and choose from one, two, three or four week intervals and coffee sizes Choose from 6 to 36 oz.
Gift the coffee lover in your life with single origin coffee beans from around the world. Atlas Coffee Club sends a box of coffee beans from a different country each month, along with an information card and brewing instructions. Read our full review here.
Rated Best by Underscored for coffee subscribers who crave variety, Trade’s service starts with a helpful coffee quiz to get you started, and offers lots of customizable settings and over 400 coffee options. It’s easy to try new and interesting coffees, and the variety of beans is seemingly limitless. Plus, Trade allows you to choose which coffees are sent to you, giving you more control than with many other services.
The coffee snob on your list? Voted the best coffee subscription for budding connoisseurs, Angel’s Cup Black Box subscription is a smart choice. This subscription will send you a box of four different roasts, with only the roast date and a five-digit number to differentiate them. The idea is that each batch is tasted blind, so once you’ve brewed and finished each cup of coffee, you can go to Angel’s Cup’s mobile app to enter your tasting notes and score them, comparing your score with the master roaster and Compare with others who have tasted the same coffee.
For those with a Keurig or Bust, this subscription will send them 15K cups of coffee filled with artisan blends along with a detailed description of the coffee. It’s perfect for coffee lovers who don’t like to wait 10 minutes for their latte.
Pairing your favorite hot drink with classic literature? Sign up with us! This unique subscription will send you a 12-ounce bag of coffee, plus two new hardcover books in the genre of your choice: critically acclaimed fiction, horror, fantasy, you name it. There’s even a “surprise me” book to really keep them on their toes.
Beauty and Wellness Subscription Gifts
Know someone stressed out who could use a monthly reminder to indulge in some self-care? This highly rated box is filled with 10 or more treasures each month, including full-size vegan, cruelty-free products. Boxes of the past contained jewellery, facial serums and masks, candles, treats, tea, soap, books, body wash and coffee mugs.
Shopping for someone who takes skincare seriously? This subscription sends sheet masks their way, especially for anyone who wants to shop for new beauty products on a regular basis.
With the Allure Beauty Box, they receive at least six products (of which at least three are full-size) delivered to their door every month. Given Allure’s holistic beauty expertise, this would make a great gift for your favorite beauty fanatic.
Know someone who needs a little pampering? This subscription box comes with seven pampering products and a self-care activity to help keep their worries at bay. Critics love it.
Makeup and beauty enthusiasts will love subscribing to Birchbox, which has been offering boxes full of sample-sized items since 2010. Available in monthly, three-month, or 12-month plans, products include skincare, haircare, makeup, nail polish, and more.
Designed exclusively for women of color, the highly-rated subscription service box includes five to eight products in standard sizes and deluxe travel sizes, including everything from lipstick to body wash and face masks to false eyelashes.
Love your best friend, sister or favorite gym buddy opening a curated box full of health, fitness and beauty products four times a year? This popular subscription service curates six to eight full-size projects (and allows customization of some of them). Past boxes have included Michael Kors Beanie, Koral Ankle Weights, Dr. Brandt Collagen Serum, Sur La Table Silicone Dish Set, and Unhide Blanket, just to name a few.
Spiritually minded individuals will appreciate these monthly gift boxes containing five to seven full-sized products such as crystals, spiritual growth tools, aromatherapy, treats, and vegan beauty products. Boxes of the past have contained candies, candles, jewelry, and essential oil sprays.