presents that keep on giving
text by Darcy Bittner and Kathryn Brooks

Most gifts are one-and-done. Subscription boxes—or a subscription service that periodically sends packages to the recipient’s address—are presents that keep on giving. Not only will the personalized gift show the recipient that you are not only thinking about them this holiday season, but well beyond. Offering everything from gourmet delicacies to current bestsellers, from fragrances to designer fashions, there is sure to be something for everyone on your list. 


Everyone deserves a weekly sugar fix. Choose between three or six cups of candy – plus an extra bonus “splash” –  featuring everything from chocolate-covered almonds to sour gummy worms. There are even name brands in the mix, so don’t be surprised to find a box packed with mini Reese’s or Hershey’s Kisses. Starting from $29.99 per month.


Curated by fashionista Rachel Zoe, Box of Style aims to deliver the latest and greatest trends of the season. The five-luxe items in each edition range from from statement apparel pieces to beauty products and accessories. For a three-month subscription, one package valued at over $400 will cost just  $100. To gift for one year, the recipient will receive for four packages, one delivered every three months, for $350.


This curated cocktail box makes creating tasty tipples a breeze. Each themed box contains three mixologist-crafted recipes as well as all of the specialty ingredients needed such as infused syrups, unique shrubs, bitters, fresh fruit, etc. Included are step-by-step instructions to create twelve show-stopping cocktails: just add the appropriate alcohol. Pricing starts at $50 per month.


A gift subscription is the perfect way to spoil someone with the gift of Jo Malone London. Once a month, a fragrant gift with your personal message will be delivered straight to the recipient’s postal address. You can select a subscription for three months at $195, six months at $390 or 12 months at $780. Simply choose one of the categories, either Colognes, Candles or Diffusers, and let Jo Malone experts chose the fragrance best suited for the season.


Thrill the cheese lover on your list. Direct from the iconic New York City cheesemonger, dedicated dairy fans will receive a monthly box of three curated selections from the Murray’s cheese caves. Each is hand chosen by their  experts as the best of the best. Sounds like the perfect excuse for a party to us. Pricing starts from $75 per month.


What better gift for the out-of-town flower child in your life than a beautiful box of blooms sent to their door on a regular basis? From petite to diva-sized, Bouqs’s subscription option lets you automatically send a bouquet  on a monthly or basis. You can even tailor the blooms to suit your recipient’s style and color preference, choosing between classic mixes, an all-rose bouquet or a custom blend of the freshest seasonal flowers. Prices start from $36 per delivery.


Oenophiles looking to experience new wines will love the personalized selections in these monthly boxes. Choose between red, white or varietals. The recipient can even take a quiz to determine the preferred sweetness, country of origin, etc. to help the service choose prime selections from sources all around the world. Pricing begins at $90 per month for six bottles.


This is the perfect subscription box service for a friend obsessed with snacks that they would never find at their corner grocery market. The themed boxes are filled with such taste treats as Hokkaido milk cookies and Kyoto hand-ground matcha. Included in each gift box are appropriate tea pairings and a guide that details the story and flavor behind each selection. Prices begin at $25 per month.


Teabox is an online tea shop that delivers the freshest Indian teas from estates in Darjeeling, Assam and the Nilgiris as well as the freshest teas from Nepal. As a company, it believes that tea tastes better and is healthier when it is fresh. so Teabox buys the first pick of every season and takes the utmost care when it comes to storage and packaging. Working directly with tea growers who know to hand-select leaves for their texture, color, scent and purity, the product is of the finest quality. Pricing starts at $27 per month.


This is the perfect subscription service for your favorite bookworm. Each month, customers get to choose new books from five curated options, which will then be delivered straight to their door. They’ll never run out of a new book to read. Choose a three-month, six-month or 12-month plan, priced in that order at $50, $90 or $150.


Your friend who loves handwritten letters will love this subscription box that contains beautifully designed stationery and postcards created by illustrators from around the globe. Oft times craft items are include such as scissors, gift wrap and colored pencils. The themes vary each month. And no worries about a negative environmental impact: for every four boxes shipped the company, Papergang, will plant one tree. Pricing begins at just $14 per month.


The renting revolution is here. Imagine a closet that has exactly what you want, takes up no space and does all your dry cleaning. With Rent the Runway, the recipient will have 100,000+ options from 400+ designers at her fingertips. Try new things, experiment with different styles, have some fun and push the envelope. A trial month is just $69. An unlimited three-month membership is $119 per month. Free shipping and insurance are included.