Yes, unwrapping a present on Christmas morning is pretty great. But you know what’s even more awesome? Opening your door to find a gift waiting for you EVERY month (or every quarter). Subscription gifts are a booming sector, because they are literally the gifts that keep on giving…even in April and July and October, when Christmas is long gone and we’re back to our everyday humdrum lives.
So, we’ve rounded up eight subscription services for everyone on your list, from kiddos to health nuts and even beauty- and beer-lovers. Print out a gift receipt for them and put it in a box, so they have something to open on Christmas morning, and then let the subscription roll out for the entire year. Just prepare yourself for the monthly, “THANK YOU!” text messages you’ll surely be receiving.
FOR KIDS: Kiwi Crate
If you’re a parent, you know that the toy struggle is real. Kids get bored by the monotony, and when kids are bored, God help us all. Which is where Kiwi comes to the rescue, with a monthly crate of STEAM (that’s, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)-related crafts and projects that will keep kiddos busy for days. Four crates are available, targeted at pre-schoolers to teenagers.
FOR BEER GEEKS: Craft Beer Club
Know a guy or gal who’d rather gag than drink a Bud Light? Then this is the gift for them. They’ll love receiving 12 craft brew bottles every month, discovering new American-made IPAs, Stouts, and Porters from the 1,600+ craft breweries around the country.
FOR THE FRAGRANCE-OBSESSED: Scentbird
Based on the concept that you should date a scent before you marry it, Scentbird’s subscription includes a generous 30-day supply of a designer fragrance that you can test drive before opting to buy a full-size perfume. The membership comes with a sleek reusable fragrance dispenser that you slip your monthly shipment into when it arrives. The easy-to-navigate site helps you pick a fragrance based on preferred scents (citrus, woody, etc.) and personality type (flirty, mysterious…you get the picture).
FOR GIRLY GIRLS: FabFitFun
Know someone who is an arbiter of good taste? Who always has the perfect shade, is wearing the latest trends, and already read that book that came out last week? Well, this is the subscription for her. Delivered four times a year, the FabFitFun box is a treasure trove of new, FULL-SIZED beauty products, fashion accessories (the winter box included a to-die-for Gorjana necklace), and home products from major brands like Trina Turk, Tarte, Dermalogica, and more.
FOR HEALTHY SNACKERS: Love with Food
This box is a twofer in that it introduces recipients to healthy snacks (Read: no junk food!) AND one meal is donated to a hungry child every time a box is shipped—the company has donated over 1 million meals to date! Great for moms or anyone tired of grocery store snack options, the shipment can be curated to accommodate organic, all-natural, or gluten needs.
FOR THE WELLNESS-MINDED: Care/of
Vitamins—we should all be taking them, but most of us aren’t. Or maybe we’re popping a Vitamin C every morning, when what we really need is B-Complex, fish oil and iron. Enter Care/of, a new vitamin subscription service that has you fill out a 15-minute online survey before coming up with a monthly recommendation based on your alcohol consumption, fitness regimen, hours of nightly sleep, and more. With this service, you’re pretty much giving the gift of wellness…which is pretty rad in our opinion.
FOR PLANT LOVERS: Crate Joy Desert Box
This succulent and cacti subscription is perfect for your friends and family who are the opposite of a green thumb—meaning they can’t keep a plant alive even with a whole lot of effort. This way they can reap the benefits of greenery, albeit with zero effort.
FOR BEAUTY SAMPLE HOUNDS: Birchbox
Designed for women who aren’t obsessed with beauty, the idea behind this subscription is to introduce users to the best beauty products right now so that they don’t have to wade through a sea of department store beauty counters (and get overwhelmed) by themselves. A concept that will surely be appreciated by any of the gals on your list, this gift-that-keeps-on-giving also won’t break the bank!
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