Readers, what do you think are the best of-the-month club subscriptions? What have you tried; what have you gifted? As we approach the final shipping deadlines for a LOT of places, these are always great options for gifts. (See our roundup of sales and holiday shipping deadlines — 12/20 is the big deadline this year, but you may end up paying extra for shipping.)
One of my girlfriends seems to post a different Purple Carrot recipe every night, and they all look absolutely delicious — if you’re eager to try more vegan cooking I would check that out in a heartbeat. We’ve also gifted (but haven’t tried ourselves) things from HungryRoot and SunBasket.
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We’ve gifted/been gifted salsa-of-the-month clubs for years with my in-laws — I know Kate has talked about liking Sock Club, but I wasn’t a fan of the one my MIL got for me since I kept getting mid-calf socks (and tend to only wear higher or lower ones).
I would wholeheartedly recommend Universal Yums if someone you know enjoys new snacks when they travel. (Here’s my referral code if you want $5 off!) But do note — there are a ton of international snack subscription boxes!
Readers, how about you — which do you think are the best of-the-month subscription boxes?
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Bouqs flower subscription for me. Not necessarily “of the month” club but a lovely way to schedule good cheer arriving!
I get really curmudgeon-y about monthly subscription boxes. This is the height of consumerism destroying the earth. The whole concept is just nuts.
I think this is an interesting take. I like to gift consumable things, especially for friends and family who either have everything they need (or could purchase it for themselves if they don’t) or who live in small spaces. I feel like the height of consumerism is purchasing a thing for someone else just so there’s a wrapped present for the holiday. Aside from contributions to their favorite charities, purchasing an item the recipient will not feel bad about throwing away in (insert length of time here) seems like a very viable thing. Of course, if the wine tastes terrible, or the cheese isn’t their preference they’ll simply throw it away as well, so I get that, but I still don’t see it as the height of consumerism. Again, interesting concept that I have not considered.
Somebody here recommended Goldbelly and I got a three-month subscription for my husband for his birthday and we both really enjoyed it!
I got my husband a microbrew of the month subscription and regretted it. They were so careless about chucking it on the porch instead of getting a signature, so the beer skunked in the summer and got slushy in the winter. The quality was really compromised.
Brilliant Books, a small independent bookstore, runs a very popular “book of the month” program with a twist: one of their booksellers handpicks your selections each month specifically for you! You fill out a brief questionnaire and they match you with books they think you will like.
They are no-risk – they will send you a postage-paid envelope to return any books you already have or just didn’t like and send you a new book to replace it.
This is a wonderful recommendation. Thanks for posting it.
I have loved getting a local newspaper subscription, a NYT crossword subscription (app), and a New Yorker subscription. Not exactly “of the month” but I texted my generous givers throughout the year with my thanks.
I like getting FabFitFun for myself but would only get it for someone if I 100% knew they’d like it.
I got a Goldbelly one from work and I think it is absolutely bonkers for people who have no sense of value or just have excess money to throw around. The markups are 5x cost of the restaurants’ menu prices on there if you ordered from them locally and this is food that should be eaten fresh getting mailed to you from far flung places. INSANE!
I’ve been getting Managerine for a couple months now and really like it! I love self development books, but never get around to actually going and buying them