From socks to style: give the gift that keeps on giving this Christmas with six of the best last-minute subscriptions

Words Joy Montgomery

Last Minute Gifts: Subscriptions

THE SPICERY

This is one for the curry-lovers. From Malaysia to the Caribbean, from New Orleans to Bali – each month you’ll receive a box of spices and recipes to create a romantic three-course meal for two, from a different destination around the world. The recipes are easy to follow and come with a full shopping list of additional ingredients (meat, veg etc). The recipes will be different every month, and you can check ahead of time to see what’s coming.

notonthehighstreet.com

CAFE DIRECT

Give your friends or family a new year’s pick-me-up with a coffee subscription from Cafe Direct. With the Discovery plan you receive a different coffee each month and accompanying booklet highlight it’s sourcing story and tasting notes. You can choose beans or ground for either filter or espresso equipment. With the Destination plan, you can receive the same coffee each month, based on your preferred taste profile. These coffees are refreshed 3-4 times a year. You can choose either beans or ground.

cafedirect.co.uk

NATIONAL ART PASS

Make a culture vulture’s year with the National Art Pass. From Cardiff Castle and Kensington Palace to the V&A and Tate Modern – the Pass gives free entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK as well as 50% off entry to major exhibitions.

artfund.org

THE LONDON SOCK EXCHANGE

Buying gifts for the person who has everything? Head over to The London Sock Exchange. In each delivery you’ll find three pairs of brand new, exclusively designed socks. Each pair arrives complete with styling notes, packaged in a bespoke gift box designed to fit through the letterbox. What’s more, there’s the option to refill the box with any old, unwanted socks and return them for free to be recycled.

thelondonsockexchange.net

SOURCED BOX

Sourced Box is the dream gift for those wanting a new year’s health kick. Offering a plethora of healthy, natural snacks every month, you can choose from a three, six or 12 month subscription. On checkout, simply select the ‘this is a gift’ option, and then choose if you’d like the subscription to renew after the chosen duration.

sourcedbox.com

VOGUE

Give the gift of style this Christmas with a Vogue subscription. As new Editor-in-Chief Edward Enniful takes the helm, fashion-lovers everywhere are eagerly watching to see what his first 12 issues will bring. Make sure your stylish friend doesn’t miss out on the action. Subscriptions include free access to the iPad and iPhone editions.

vogue.co.uk

BLOOM & WILD

Do you have a friend who always has fresh flowers sitting on their coffee table? Choose a flower subscription from Bloom and Wild and their team will send different bouquets through the letterbox at a frequency to suit the recipient. With a range of styles available, there’ll be a bunch to suit every taste.

bloomandwild.com

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