Subscription gifts might seem a little dated, but there's something really appealing about giving or receiving a gift that lasts beyond the holiday season. Plus, with the proliferation of online catalog companies, there are plenty of options now that are a little cooler than the old-school monthly fruit basket club.
Beer of the Month Club
Beer clubs give connessiours a chance to mix things up and try brews they might not otherwise have tasted. The MicroBeerClub has multiple levels of membership and pricing, starting with the Entry Level Club ($37/month) up to the high-end beer club (up to $80/month).
Cheese of the Month Club
What better place to learn about cheese than Wisconsin? Even if you don't live there, you can sign up for the Wisconsin Cheese of the Month Club, which lasts 3, 6, or 9 months, depending on your membership level. Cost is $90 for 3 months.
Bacon of the Month Club
Based out of Michigan, Zingerman's is a mail order food catalog with some of the best monthly clubs out there. Options include a coffeecake club, bread club, brownie club, cheese club, and — our favorite — a Bacon of the Month Club ($99 for 3 months).
Bagel Box of the Month Club
NY Bagel Box
If you love starting the month with a box of fresh bagels, this is the club for you. Each month, they send an assorted box of up to 18 varities. The cost is $20/month (plus shipping) for as many months as you specify.
Chocolate of the Month Club
Lake Champlain Chocolates
Based out of Vermont, Lake Champlain makes gourmet high-end chocolates. Their Monthly Club starts at $90 for 3 months and includes deliveries of handcrafted caramels, truffles, crunches, and — of course — regular chocolates.
Coffee of the Month Club
There are a number of coffee roasters that offer monthly clubs, but one of the most popular is run by New York grocery store Zabar's. Their Coffee of the Month Club is $99 for 3 months and includes mugs, a scoop, and monthly shipments of ground coffee.
CSA Box of the Month
Community Supported Agriculture consists of regional programs for consumers who want to buy directly from local farmers. Local Harvest offers an extensive directory of CSAs, and year-long subscriptions vary in price.
Honey of the Month Club
The Spicewood Farm
Independent beekeeper Chris Mathis runs Spicewood Farm, an apiary in North Carolina. The products he offers include a Honey of the Month Club, starting at $20 for a sampler. Customers can order up to 12 months of honey shipments.
Jams, Syrups, and Sauces of the Month
Well known for their jams and sauces, Stonewall Kitchen is a New England-based catalog retailer. Their Specialty Food of the Month Club starts at $80 for 3 months and comes with an assortment of mixes, condiments, and ingredients with recipe cards and cooking tips.
Macaroon of the Month Club
Beautiful to behold, macaroons look great stacked together in a gift box. Based out of California, Dominique's Sweets has a Macaroon of the Month Club that's $25/month for residents of Sonoma and Marin counties, $35 a month if you live outside those counties.
Olive Oil of the Month Club
Mel and Rose
For people who use a lot of oil in their cooking, this is a great gift. Mel and Rose, a gourmet retailer based out of Los Angeles, has an Olive Oil of the Month Club that's $175 for 6 months. Monthly shipments include a 500ml bottle from different Mediterranean regions.
Pie of the Month Club
Achatz Pie Company
Located in Michigan, the Achatz Pie Company specializes in handcrafted pies, and they're especially well-known for their four-berry pie. The Pie of the Month Club starts at $108 for 3 months, and increases to 6-month or 12-month memberships.
Salsa of the Month Club
This online catalog retailer has a bunch of different monthly clubs, including wine clubs, olive oil clubs, tea clubs, coffee clubs, connoisseur clubs (which offer something different each month) and even a Salsa of the Month Club, starting at $90 for 6 months.
Tea of the Month Club
For people who love tea, online retailer Teavana has several different monthly clubs including herbal, white, green, black, and specialty teas. Their least expensive Tea of the Month Club starts at $100 for six months of herbal teas.
Wine of the Month Club
Dean and Deluca
Wine of the month clubs are a great way to familiarize yourself with different reds and whites, particularly if you're a person who tends to drink the same thing all the time. Dean and Deluca's entry level membership, the Great Introductions Wine Club, starts at $60 a month.