Are your loved ones impossible to buy for? Have you run out of Christmas gift ideas? How about a subscription box? There are now stacks of subscription boxes being delivered to our doormats, gifting everything from the latest beauty products to artisan coffee and everything in between. Here are six subscription box ideas for Christmas gifts.
Six subscription boxes for Christmas gifts
We’ve looked at a range of subscription boxes for lovers of food, drink, beauty, quirky gifts and pets and have listed six that we think you might like to hear more about and that have had good reviews on Trust Pilot or good press coverage:
If you are shopping for a coffee fanatic, then a subscription to The Coffee Factory may be just what you’re looking for.
The Coffee Factory is a family run business based in Devon. They are hot on responsible sourcing and roast their coffee in-house on a 1950s vintage coffee roaster once a week. This ensures the coffee is always fresh when they send it to their subscribers.
To set up a gift subscription, you will first be asked to pick from two different coffee packs, either Discovery which is two 125g bags of different coffees, or Classic Pack, which is one 250g bag of different coffee for each delivery. You will then be asked to choose what sort of grind (for example, filter, espresso etc), how many deliveries and how frequently you want them.
SAVVY TIP: They change their coffee variety approximately every 28 days, so you may want to set the frequency of delivery after 28 days to try and ensure you get a different variety each time.
Cost: from £23.10 for three deliveries and free UK shipping.
Not Another Bill is a monthly subscription box of unique and quirky gifts ranging from homeware to jewellery and everything in between. Their latest gifts include leather card holders, pendant necklaces, exclusive prints, espresso cups, candles and more. Each box includes one gift per month.
Not Another Bill work directly with the designers so can pass savings on to you. They say this means most presents they send are worth far more than what you pay.
To set up a gift subscription, you will be asked to submit information about the person (or couple) including their gender, name, age and some categories that would interest them such as art, apothecary, outdoors, nostalgic and so on. You then tailor-make their subscription, choosing exactly what gifts they’d like to receive each month from the selection they have, or leave it as a surprise based on the profile you have submitted for them.
The recipient will also be given their own login where they can manage their own profile including selecting their next gift/s.
Cost: between £19 – £24 per month, from one month to one year and free shipping.
Trust Pilot rating: 8.9 out of 10
SAVVY TIP: Join their newsletter and get £5 off your first order.
Birchbox is probably the most famous of the beauty subscription boxes. You get five personalised beauty treats such as hair care, make up and skincare every month.
Setting up a gift subscription is easy and your recipient will be able to personalise their own ‘Beauty Profile’ and manage their account online. This means BirchBox will try and send them products that suit the profile they submitted, but it’s not guaranteed that all the products will be useful.
Someone we know who has subscribed to BirchBox within the last year said that it’s useful in that it introduces you to new products that you wouldn’t necessary choose, for example eye shadow shades. She said she was usually sent trial sizes, which was handy for going on holiday, but they also send full sized products, some of the best of these were the make up brushes.
After a while, she said they tended to send her similar products so it’s probably useful in the short term but not as a long term subscription. She also said she did get a bit fed up being sent dry shampoos over and over again!
Cost: gift subscriptions are £30 for three months, £60 for six months and £110 for 12 months. Postage and packing is £2.95 per month.
Trust Pilot Rating: 8.1 out of 10
If your friend knows their gouda from their gruyere, or would like to, Paxton & Whitfield’s Monthly Cheese Society may be the perfect present for them.
At the pricier end of the market, posh cheesemongers Paxton & Whitfield have been honing their cheese skills since 1797. You can set up a gift subscription to their Monthly Cheese Society, where each month subscribers will receive four artisan cheeses accompanied with fact sheets for each cheese.
You can chose the frequency of the delivery whether it’s each month, alternate months or quarterly.
Cost: £35.00 per month. Shipping is included in the price.
A lovely idea for those who always have their nose in a novel, each month Book & a Brew will send a mystery hardback novel along with a box of tea from brands such as teapigs and Brew Tea co.
To set up a gift subscription, select your box, click subscribe and you will be taken to Paypal where you have to log in. Once you have done this click “Edit Address” under dispatch information, you can then add a new address and select it as “Gift Address”.
Cost: available in one to twelve month subscriptions, from £12.99 per month or for a one off box it will cost £14.99.
If your loved one is more fluffy and less human, then The Barky Box’s Paw Box is what you’re looking for. Each month they deliver a box that contains a combination of healthy treats, eco-friendly toys and accessories that have been carefully selected according to your dog’s or cat’s needs and size.
The Barky Box also donates £1 per each box sold to All Dogs Matter and Cats Protection charities.
You can select a monthly, three, six or twelve-monthly plan.
Cost: from £17.99 for a 12 month plan with free UK shipping.
We’d like to hear if you’ve had experience of any of these subscription boxes. Please leave comments at the end of this post.
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