Subscription Boxes Are The Gifts That Keep On Giving

Your friends would love a subscription to Shaker and Spoon.

While there is never a lack of coffee mugs and candles to give your loved ones, one of the best ways to get to the top of the nice list is by gifting a subscription box.

Subscription boxes are the gift that keep on giving, delivering a package filled with treats and delights right to your loved one’s door throughout the year. Available in a variety of frequencies (though monthly delivery is the most popular option), these boxes deliver everything from vegan lip gloss, to beef jerky to books and so much more.

Here’s a look at some subscription boxes that will deliver joy year-round.

For The Budding Bartender: Shaker and Spoon

This is truly the gift that gives back. Help your friends and family learn how to muddle, shake and stir their way through original cocktails crafted by world-class bartenders, with the help of Shaker & Spoon. While the monthly boxes don’t include alcohol, they do come with three recipes centered around one kind of liquor and everything you need—syrups, bitters, garnishes, citrus, etc.—to make 12 cocktails. And feel free to include a note in your holiday card that you’re available for tastings.

A one-month gift is $50 and three-month gift is $135; www.shakerandspoon.com.

For The World Changer: Love Goodly

It’s a little box that makes a huge impact. Love Goodly’s curated boxes deliver organic, eco-friendly, cruelty- free products, helping customers live luxuriously without harming themselves or the environment. Boxes contain four to five full-size lifestyle products, falling into categories that include beauty, wellness, skincare, home and snacks. Not only will you be helping your loved one live a more beautiful, eco-friendly life, but you’ll be helping them make a difference, as each Love Goodly purchase gives back to a charitable cause.

Bimonthly boxes are $29.95; www.lovegoodly.com.

For The Gardener: The Bouqs Co.

Bouq brings beautiful blossoms right to your loved one’s doorstep. The farm-fresh stems are cut the day of for maximum freshness, ensuring that whether you opt for roses, dahlias or sunflowers, your bouquet arrives perfectly radiant.

Prices vary based on size and frequency of bouquet; www.bouqs.com.

For The Bibliophile: Once Upon A Book Club

Literature come to life with this monthly subscription service that not only sends a book, but brings stories to life with items of significance and discussion groups.

Each box comes with a newly released fiction title (adult subscriptions lean towards contemporary, general or historical fiction, while young adult may include fantasy, contemporary, historical fiction, sci-fi or mystery books), a 5×7-inch quote print featuring a quote from the book and three to five individually wrapped gifts with page numbers from the book. The story jumps off the page as readers open their gifts once they reach the corresponding page in the book. Boxes also include discussion questions which can be shared with the Club’s Facebook and Instagram communities, as well as read-a-long dates for live discussions and gift openings.

Boxes for adults and young adults range from $34.99 to $390, depending on duration of subscription; www.onceuponabookclub.com.

For The Carnivore: Jerky Snob

This isn’t your regular grocery store variety jerky. Rather, Jerky Snob delivers the best in dried meat. Free of MSG, nitrates and high fructose corn syrup, Jerky Snob delivers high quality jerky rich in flavor right to your loved one’s mailbox each month.

Two-pack bags are $15, four-packs are $27 and eight-pack boxes are $54 a month; www.jerkysnob.com.

For The Busy Bee: My Reward Box

This little box is the perfect reminder that everyone deserves to treat themselves to life’s little luxuries.

Each monthly My Reward Box is filled with unique surprises, including handcrafted bath and body essentials, trendy jewelry and makeup, and delicious sweets and snacks, all meant to pamper the hardworking women in your life. Each box is themed, with previous bundles including the Spa Day Box (which included a lavender candle and pink grapefruit Himalayan bath salt) and the Cozy Box (filled with Boot Cuffs, toxin-free nail polish and vanilla salted caramel cookie sandwiches).

Plans for regular boxes (which contain five to six products) range from $35 to $195, while mini (three to four rewards) are $24 to $134; www.myrewardbox.com.

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Betsy Abraham
Betsy Abraham is senior managing editor at Anton Media Group and editor of The Westbury Times and Massapequa Observer. She also writes for Long Island Weekly.

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