You've Got Mail: the crème de la crème of subscription boxes
‘Tis the Season, well almost, where we frantically start racking our brains for a stroke of pure genius, as we hope to source the most original presents for our loved ones. But so often, our noble efforts are dashed, as our over-zealous, uber-organized family and friends pip us to the post, leaving us scrambling around for gift receipts and trawling Amazon for last-minute inspiration.
As we prep for the winter season and begin to nestle in, cultivating those cosy vibes, wouldn’t it feel empowering to shun the annual Christmas shopping expedition, and instead embark upon our gift haul with little or no commitment to venturing further than our front doors? Well, we might just have found the solution.
The humble subscription box, the gift that truly just keeps on giving, screams maximum effort, but in reality can be executed with just one click from the comfort of your sofa. The only way to send your sentiments this A/W and totally acceptable to purchase for yourself, because 2018 really is all about #self-love.
We’ve rounded up the most unique, weird, wonderful, and thoughtful subscription boxes, for all the important people in your life. From the foodies, to the plant ladies, to people who appreciate the finer things and, for you, the unsung hero; so go on, treat yourself.
Hands up if you’re the friend who constantly bemoans how busy they are? Well join the club, no seriously, there’s actually a service that will deliver bespoke cards and stationary to your door so you never forget an anniversary or special occasion again.
Proper Post, the savior of your time AND relationships.
Start being the best friend, sibling, significant other you can be and head to their website to order your first box.
£9.99 for a monthly subscription at Proper Post.
Unless you’ve been hiding a rock, or more aptly a terrarium then you’ll know that succulents, ferns and cacti are in vogue right now.
Luckily for you, Geo Fleur’s Plant Post Club is on hand to help you pimp your space or gift you plant-crazy friends with a monthly parcel, which includes a beautiful plant, handmade pot and surprise extras, designed to match the style of the plant.
So go on green fingers, what are you waiting for.
Plant Post Club subscription from £75 for 3 months.
Not only a great name, but a great taste. Roasted in East London and posted all over the world, Perky Blenders, the small batch, specialty grade roasters have created their very own letterbox sized, biodegradable parcel which is quite literally, full of beans.
A carefully curated selection of coffee, with beans from Brazil to Rwanda, you can hand-select your box, with the freedom to pick only single-origin coffee or mix things up and have a new option every month, with coffee tailored to your own preferred way of brewing.
"Coffee! The Herald Angels Sing” - their delicious chocolate and hazelnut seasonally inspired option is a must whether for yourself or for the family member who exists solely on caffeine.
From £6.50 at Perky Blenders.
Where would we brie without you? There’s always one person at the table who is partial to a post-Christmas cheese board and glass of sherry, so why not sign them up the The Cheese Society, and gift them the finest fromage this season.
The selection varies month to month and provides an in-depth tasting guide on the cheese and how to store it, because god forbid it’s left out to curdle because that simply is no gouda.
I’ll stop now, but make sure to check-out The Cheese Society, with five cuts of seasonal, artisan cheeses from the UK and the Continent, each cheese is hand cut to 200g, so you really get bang for your buck.
Choose from a one-off pack or sign-up to their three month subscription at The Cheese Society.
Now be might be bias, but we know a good egg when we see one, and Foot Cardigan are just what we’ve been looking for.
From the Houdini styled No-Shows (been there) to the the premium range for those who take their sock game pretty damn seriously, no Christmas is complete without a good old pair.
For men and women, there’s something for the whole family, because if you can’t get excited about socks, then I don’t know if we can be friends!
Visit Foot Cardigan and subscribe to their monthly box for as little as $12 a month.
Last but not least, BuddyBox by The Blurt Foundation, the organisation that aims to increase awareness and understanding around mental health. A subscription box with substance, it’s designed with wellbeing in mind, and is essentially a “hug in a box”.
A thoughtful way of showing someone special to you, who may be suffering from anxiety or depression, that your love and care knows no bounds or distance. Packed full of mood-lifting treats that encourage self-care, including zines, books about staying calm and tools to help friends and loved ones feel in control.
Each BuddyBox contains 5 quality products hand-picked to nourish, inspire and encourage self-care. Profits are also used by the foundation to provide support for those suffering from depression.
We love November’s theme: As snug as a bug, which is all about curling up somewhere warm and cosy, resting and recuperating so we’re ready to face the next day and embrace the impending winter months.
Start practicing some self-care today or just show someone you’re thinking about them with a BuddyBox.
You can buy a one-off box, perfect for Christmas, or a monthly subscription from £21.50 at The Blurt Foundation.