15 Gift Subscriptions for the Holidays

by Grace Bonney

Nothing will ever beat a handmade gift or experience, in my book, but gifts that continue throughout the year are a close second for me. I love the idea of something do-it-yourself that a friend or loved one can redeem well after the holidays, but not everyone has the spare time to put those packages together. So today I decided to select my top 15 gift subscription packages for design goods, music, books, coffee and everything else in between. If you’re looking for something quick and easy you can order online that keeps the holiday spirit going well after December, these are great options. I made a conscious effort to focus this guide primarily on independent companies, so anyone concerned can shop and order away but still support small, indie businesses at the same time. xo, grace

Gift Subscription Ideas 2014 at Design*Sponge
Not Another Bill is a great gift subscription service that sends you a totally different gift every month. You give them some personal preferences, like if you'd prefer gifts for the wall, desk, homewares, etc. Then they package up something cool every month and send it your way! $44-$50 per month (depending on package).
Gift Subscription Ideas 2014 at Design*Sponge
Who doesn't love food shipped directly to their door? These are some great subscriptions that support indie and international makers. Clockwise from top left: Heartbreak Coffee Subscription (our favorite!) $16-$55 per month, Try The World (curated foods from a different country every two months) $33-$39 per box, Turntable Kitchen (I love this pairing of food and music!) $25 per month, Lee Brothers (Southern food of the month club - amazing) $330 per year.
Gift Subscription Ideas 2014 at Design*Sponge
Don't forget about your furry friends. BarkBox is a cool, Brooklyn-based company that sends subscription gifts to dogs! You can send these to your favorite shelter or rescue group, too! $29 per box.
Gift Subscription Ideas 2014 at Design*Sponge
You can never go wrong with giving someone the gift of reading. Just The Right Book (This great service selects a great book for your recipient based on their interests) $49 per quarter, Audible (Digital book and podcast subscriptions) $45 for three months, Oyster (digital books for tablets and readers) $9.95 a month.
Gift Subscription Ideas 2014 at Design*Sponge
Quarterly is a subscription service that produces quarterly gift boxes curated by people like Nina Garcia, Pharrell and...Design*Sponge! $50 or $100 per box.
Gift Subscription Ideas 2014 at Design*Sponge
Gifts for artists: Pigment + Palette (new art supplies every month!) $18 per month, Art in A Box (This sends you new art by a Bay Area artist every month) $50 per month, Holstee (curated art prints in each box) $7 per box.
Gift Subscription Ideas 2014 at Design*Sponge
Beauty subscriptions: The Good Box (An organic beauty gift box ) $14.95 per both, Square Hue (New nail polish sent to your door every month) $14.99.

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  • Love the “Not Another Bill” idea! I’ve never considered monthly subscriptions for gift boxes before, but now I’m thinking this would be such a wonderful gift to give or receive. Thanks for sharing all these great ideas.

  • I just ordered a six month gift subscription from Try The World for my brother. It was very easy. Their online food/travel magazine looks really interesting too! I want a subscription from Pigment & Palette. This was a great list.

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