If you’re crying out for some Christmas shopping inspiration or just want to indulge yourself with something different, we say subscription services are the way to go – it’s the gift that quite literally keeps on giving. From frequent flowers to fail-safe bedtime reading, these imaginative boxes are all tied up in one purchase, without the usual schlep around the shops. Read on for our top five.
AMELIA ROPE CHOCOLATES
We’d say sign up for a friend but really, we mean you. Amelia Rope Chocolate contains 100% natural ingredients and, thanks to Amelia’s training as an aromatherapist, many of the flavours have been created from organic aromatherapy oils. In a nutshell, the chocolate is delicious, makes you feel awesome and is packaged beautifully.
Amelia has just launched a subscription service in time for Christmas (yes, that’s regular chocolate to your door). Choose between three, six or twelve Columbian chocolate bars monthly, in the cocoa intensity of your choice (or mixed if you prefer) and it’ll cost you from £18 per month.
For the little one in your life that has every toy under the sun, a Toucan Box is a unique idea that would put you right up there with favourite aunty/godmother/sister.
Every box contains a craft kit tailored to the age of the child, cleverly devised by educational experts, with all the materials needed to make each masterpiece plus clear instructions, stickers to collect with each delivery and more. Prices start from £5.95 for rolling orders or you can purchase a subscription gift card (from £35.70) which stops automatically once all the allocated boxes have been sent.
Let’s face it, flowers are the best kind of delivery. But imagine receiving a monthly, fortnightly or weekly delivery straight to your door! FLOWERBX asks you to choose between a white flower or colour flower subscription, then how long you want the subscription to last and how frequently you want it – and the rest is taken care of.
This is not a cheap service – monthly prices start from £150 and a weekly subscription will cost you from £200 – but nothing says mood-booster like a regular bunch of these fresh flowers, sourced directly from the grower.
READING IN HEELS
Subscribe to Reading in Heels and you’ll receive a different contemporary fiction book each month, as well as a few extra beauty and lifestyle surprises to enjoy while you read, all for £10 a month (plus a small fee for postage).
Just think of it as compulsory me-time membership. And the best bit is that in the name of girl power, 50% of brands featured in every box are female-founded.
They’ve just launched their new VIP boxes in time for Christmas – our favourite, The Peace Box, includes your choice of book, a beautiful Urban Apothecary candle and Skandidesign ballpoint pen.
For the caffeine lover in your life, what could be a better than a subscription for a rolling delivery of their beloved caffeine fix? You choose the value and then they go onto the website to choose their flavours and how often they want it delivered to their door.
Pact do gifting bundles (from £25) – two of which come with a free coffee-themed gift – but you can customise your own too, depending on how good your recipient has been this year.
Look out for Pact’s Christmas blend – it’s quite simply festive cheer in a cup.