In the past, monthly subscriptions only came in the form of magazines and music for a penny, but we have come a long way from then. Now you can give a subscription gift to just about anything from wine to candy to food to beauty products. Here are some of the best monthly subscription boxes and gifts for anyone on your list:
What could be better than receiving a surprise gift each month in the mail? It's a surefire way to put an exclamation point at the end of any good or not so good day. Maybe this could be the way to go for someone special this holiday season, or just for any old gift giving occasion you come across. Why not spread the joy and happy thoughts all year long instead of minimizing it to just one day?
Socks: Sock subscription companies are thriving as people enjoy the fun of receiving new socks in the mail. Sock Panda donates a pair to someone in need with every subscription. In addition to their patterned and silly socks, Foot Cardigan offers a "Borings" subscription for people who prefer to play it safe with their socks.
Books: Each month the book lovers at Book of the Month Club choose five awesome books - you choose which one appeals to you most and they send it to you pronto. There's no excuse not to always have a great book at hand!
Artisan Goods: Makrbox offers unique handcrafted goods built by independent makers in the Pacific Northwest.
Grooming and Beauty Products: Birchbox offers samples of the best curated men's and women's grooming and beauty products from well known and emerging artisans.
Handmade Letterpress Stationery and Cards: TOTA press offers two custom-designed and hand-printed cards a month.
DIY & CRAFTS:
New Hobby Box: Everything you need to know to learn a new hobby, delivered right to your door. We like the varieties of hobbies here, from calligraphy to lock picking to astronomy to soap making.
Homegrown Collective: Organic, non-toxic, all natural diy projects because don't we all want to make our own Kelp & Poppy Seed face mask?
Darby Smart: Like surprises? Darby Smart will send a "mystery diy kit" each month covering all kinds of crafts from jewelry making to wood burning.
The Planner Addict: For people who love planning and planners and planning out their planners.
Sketch Box: Need help getting your creative juices flowing? Try having cool art supplies delivered every month along with an original piece of art.
Kiwi Crate: Offers a crate full of fun projects and games for kids to do.
Stitchy Box: Get your stitch on, monthly, with a subscription targeted at the cross stitiching crowd.
Coffee: Citizen Bean offers the best and freshest sustainable and complex roasts from small roasters all over the country. Craft Coffee is a very selectively curated coffee subscription of master blends.
Wine: Want to learn more about wine but now sure where to start? Glassful sends you three bottles a month based on a palette quiz — rate them afterwards to refine future deliveries.
Liquor: Tasters Club offers the best in Whiskey, Bourbon, or Scotch, and teaches you about each liquor you receive.
Tea: Teavana offers three different experiences to choose, from 'Blisssful Moments' to 'Classic Journeys' to their 'Platinum Collection'.
Cupcakes: Polka Dot Cake hand delivers their cocktail, gluten free, or classic cupcakes to the NYC/NJ areas.
Bacon: Zingermans offers 12 to 16 ounces of artisan bacon a month.
Chocolate: Like to try new things? Mystery Chocolate Box will bring you interesting chocolates to try (like Kung Pao Peanut Milk Chocolate). They also donate two meals to charity for every box they sell.
Re-edited from a post originally published 10.29.13-NT