If you have hard time coming up with good gift ideas, here are some great ones, which guarantee the recipient happy surprises every month. Subscription-based specialty gift boxes are the hot new trend, and one can pick to try them normally for 3, 6 or 12-month periods. The longer the subscription, the cheaper it normally gets and most places have free shipping also. Some even allow you to customise the message that goes with the card, so these boxes work for every season. Here's a sample of cool new subscriotions, which appear to deliver good value and high-quality products.
For the food lovers: Foodzie
With a monthly subscription fee of $29.95 you can either get a monthly tasting box or pick from the vast artisan selection your own tasting experience. Something new and tasty to try out every month and the selection looks delicious! This san Francisco-based company also aims to emphasize local goods based on your location.
For the beauty lovers: Birchbox
For a monthly fee of $10 you'll get five handpicked cosmetics samples every month and great offers from their store if you decide you would like to buy full-sized products. They also have a new box for men called the Birchbox man. They got all the great brands such as Benefit, Bulgari Guerlain, Kate Spade, Kiehl's to name a few.
For the deserving mom: Umba Box
Starting at $26 per month the lucky lady will get handmade pretty little things: scarves, jewellery, bath products, accessories, stationery or home goods. What's in the box then? It's hard to know until you receive one, but their blog certainly gives some ideas of those pretty little things they have curated.
For those with little babies and toddlers: Citrus Lane
Prices starting at $25 a month gives you 4-5 cool products every months. These boxes are intended from birth to 3 years of age, and additionally they have some other boxes, such as the expectant mother's box featured below. The November box on the left seems to have the Din-Din platter from Innobaby that my son so loved (read my post here), so the retail value of these boxes is rather high.
For the new moms and for caring babies: Bluum
This $9-a-month subscription service helps to discover deluxe skin care products for babies up to age of 12 months and new moms in an easy way - including organic ones. They also sell some of the products on their site. The good thing about this service is the easy, month-to-month service options and the low cost.
For little kids who love crafting: Babbaco
Babbaco's subscription fees start at $29.99 a month and unlike many other services you can just try first one box. Their target age is between 3-6 years, and a typical box has 3-4 projects, which cover the themes of creating, exploring, story telling as well as digital activities. Our kids have been testing the November box and posts of their views and crafting outcomes will be posted soon. Our box had 4 activities geared towards giving thanks theme, which includes a lovely Thanksgiving book and even a little something for the parents - a tea kit.
For little kids who love crafting: Kiwi Crate
Similar to Babbaco, Kiwi Crate also sends a monthly activity kit targeted to kids between 3-6 years of age. Their subscription fee is $19.95, and will get you two discovery projects and bonus material for additional, on- and offline activities and discoveries. Previous boxes have featured themes such as dinosaur, gardening and colours.
The list is endless, as one could add the more traditional models on healthy snacks, pet supplies, fruit, chocolate, beer, wine, coffee or tea providers, or even bit more unusual ones, such as knickers or ties. Whatever your friend or loved ones style and likes, there is likely some great subscriptions service out there you can find.
So the last, bit more unusual one would be for bacon lovers: Bacon Freaks
...and their Bacon is meat candy! -subscription