The gifts that keep on giving
Words Helen Brown
If you’re still stuck with your Christmas shopping or are wondering what to buy for the person who has everything, we’ve rounded up the best subscription presents to give the gift that keeps on giving. From socks to stationary, there is a thoughtful little something to treat even the trickiest to shop for.
World Kitchen Spice Subscription
Keen cuisiniers can cook their way across the continents with a World Kitchen Spice subscription. Recipients will be gifted each month with a letterbox friendly package of spices and recipes to explore food across the globe, from feasts of Lebanese mezze to Jamaican fritters or a rich Sri Lankan beef stew.
From £22, thespicery.com
Luxury Sock Subscription
The gift of socks need no longer be confined to the Christmas season. With the Sock Club subscription a lucky gent can receive a new pair of socks, of his choice or selected by experts, through his letterbox each month. The perfect present for the style-conscious gent who has everything.
From £30, londonsockcompany.com
Not Another Bill
The creative founders of Not Another Bill know that there is nothing more tedious than sifting through the daily stack of dull post. The remedy? Your lucky recipient will receive a carefully curated and beautifully wrapped present on their doormat each month; from jewellery and leather goods, to artistry and an explorer’s kit. From the boxes, ribbons and beautiful tissue paper, to the personalised letter explaining the present, every aspect has been considered to make this a unique and completely charming Christmas gift.
From £80, notanotherbill.com
Vintage Book, Tea and Stationery Subscription
Treat the bookworm in your life to a special literary package on the doorstep each month made up from a surprise vintage paperback, some gorgeous stationery and delicious, gourmet tea. An oasis of calm through the letterbox, wherever they are in the world. How perfect.
From £36, bookishly.co.uk
Dram Team Whisky Subscription
For the whisky lover in your life, the Dram Team’s subscription is a no-brainer. This gift includes a monthly case of five 25ml miniatures from their out-of-the-ordinary whisky range, as well as a special sixth dram, a 10ml bottle. Each box comes with a set of tasting note cards and a written guided tour of the set meaning recipients are sure to have their senses ensnared by a whole host of new flavours and special smells.
From £26.99, thedramteam.co.uk
Coffee connoisseurs can bring the house brew home with a monthly delivery of two different varieties of incredible coffee from around the globe. The Coffee Factory carefully select and source their beans from the world’s most passionate and independent coffee farmers, and then roast and package them within seven days for the freshest blend. It’s the perfect way to discover amazing coffees from the convenience and comfort of your own home.
From £24, thecoffeefactory.co.uk
Give your loved one a year of unlimited access to inspiring art with a Tate Membership this Christmas. They’ll be granted free access to all exhibitions at all four galleries, the opportunity to visit Sir Elton John’s private, vintage photography collection The Radical Eye, as well as David Hockney at Tate Britain, Yves Klein at Tate Liverpool, and Alberto Giacometti and Modigliani, both at Tate Modern. A perfect gift for art lovers, the membership pack comes beautifully presented in a collectable gift box that’s as eye-catching as the art on display.
From £70, tate.org.uk/join
Gourmet Marshmallow Subscription
Those with a sweet tooth will be on mallowy-cloud-9 with this gourmet delivery gift from The Naked Marshmallow Company. The recipient will receive one bag of handmade marshmallow each month, for either a three or six month period, beautifully presented in old-school sweetshop style paper packages. You can also include a toasting set with the first delivery for the ultimate gift of soft, squishy deliciousness.
From £30, nakedmarshmallow.co.uk
Sterling Silver Stacking Rings Subscription Club
For something utterly unique and truly memorable this stacking rings subscription delivers a different set of 3 or 5 beautifully wrapped, dainty silver rings that can be mixed, matched and layered up to create a multitude of stylish and individual looks with each wear. Designs include floral and geometric embellishment on intricate and textured bands and can be gifted within an optional wooden trinket box.
Dear To Me Stationary Subscription
A thoughtful gift for paper lovers, this stationery subscription delivers a carefully edited set of notecards and corresponding envelope each month from the Dear To Me collections. There are more than 40 designs, of which 3 will be received with each delivery, ensuring the beneficiary boasts one of the world’s prettiest paper drawers.