It’s the gift that keeps on giving: A Christmas subscription

Stuck for ideas of what to get your loved ones? Want to get them something that will last a little longer than just the day? How about a subscription? There are so many companies offering monthly subscriptions that you really can’t go wrong, and if your loved ones have a specific interest then all the better. Check out our top ten of the best subscription sites and get inspired!

1. Book club

What they get: A book a month, specific to their personal reading preferences, and chosen by a lovely independent bookshop. You have to fill in details of the recipients interests and then they get a book which can range from fiction to gardening titles via adventure and cookery. The gift can be for anyone, from babies and children to a couple. The recipient gets a beautifully wrapped book a month, complete with a personal message.

To give on the day: An optional gift card is available.

Price: From £29.99, thewilloughbybookclub.co.uk

2. Magazine subscription

What they get: This is a fabulous idea: rather than just get your recipient his or her normal magazine sent to them every month, this company scours the whole world (well, the English-speaking parts of it) for unusual or interesting independent magazines and then delivers one to your door. Each delivery is a surprise so you won’t know what’s coming, but might include titles like Wrap (a stunningly illustrated magazine which also doubles as wrapping paper) or Delayed Gratification.

To give on the day: A downloadable gift card

Price: From £16.50 for three months with code GUARDIAN, tcolondon.subscribeonline.co.uk

3. Coffee club

What they get: Do you have a coffee aficionado amongst you? If so this has to be the perfect gift. They get a bag of coffee from a different part of the world every month. You can chose from beans or ground and the accompanying booklet includes notes and brewing tips. And the coffee fits through the letterbox so they don’t have to be in to receive it.

To give on the day: A downloadable PDF certificate.

Price: From £25.35 for 3 months (83.40 for 12), kopi.co.uk

4. Tea club

What they get: Or if your loved ones can’t go without a proper brew, then try this gift subscription; delicious varieties of tea delivered through the door, chosen by a small independent company. A yearly subscription includes an initial delivery of two samples, tasting notes, an online discount code (so you can get more of a particularly nice one) and a tea press to brew up in. Then each following month they will get two more teas to try – with a bonus special gift halfway through the year.

To give on the day: Hopefully the first parcel, if it arrives in time.

Price: £40 a year, eteaket.co.uk

5. Wine Club

What you get: You choose how often you want your cases delivered and get the most out of your wines when they arrive with collectible tasting cards, Customise your future cases by swapping a couple of bottles or the entire case. And get at least 10% off every future case.

To give on the day: Gift certificate.

Price: Start from £48 a case, sundaytimeswineclub.co.uk

6. Adopt a tree

What they get: They get the pleasure of knowing they are supporting an olive plantation, and a large amount of extra virgin olive oil to boot. A basic adoption package comes with the spring pressing, then you can add on other seasonal deliveries through the year.

To give on the day: An adoption gift pack.

Price: From £39, nudo-italia.com

7. Craft boxes for kids

What they get: A box a month (you can get monthly, six-monthly or annual subscriptions) full of supplies to make loads of lovely craft projects. Each box is themed, so for example you might get a bird box, with materials to make a bird feeder, a glider, a peacock collage, and a book about a duckling. Suitable for pre-school/early-years children.

To give on the day: Use your imagination!

Price: From £16.95 a month, toucanbox.com

8. Surprise!

What they get: It’s a surprise! A different gift a month, and that’s all you can tell them. We can sat that past presents have included a pocket sundial, a Tatty Devine necklace and a hand-carved driftwood boat by artist Victor Stuart-Graham. They promise the value of the gift will always far exceed the cost, too.

On the day: An e-card to print and hand to the recipient.

Price: £17.50 a month, notanotherbill.com

9. Seed club

What they get: An annual supply of seasonal seeds to plant and grow. This means four boxes, each with five seed packs, tags, twine, soap and information galore. The boxes and seeds themselves are also beautifully designed – and flat enough to slip through a letterbox.

On the day: Nothing.

Price: £49.99 for a year, allotinabox.com

10. Stationery

What they get: A monthly delivery of eco-friendly (recycled paper, FSC-approved card) stationery – from a calendar in your first delivery to notebooks, cards, postcards and envelopes. You can buy a single, three- or six-month subscription.

On the day: The first delivery includes a gift card, so it depends whether that reaches them in time. Have a nice card on standby just in case.

Price: From £18.95 for one month, thegreengables.co.uk

Source: The Guardian

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