Give the gift that keeps on giving, literally.
Over the years, we've come to learn that one is either born a Christmas gift...or not. And for those of us who were skipped by the gifting gene, this season represents a time of idealess turmoil instead of festive shopping sprees. But this year, we won't be throwing in the towel when our creativity banks hit empty. Because this year, the effortless solution of the subscription box has hit an all-time high in creativity and quality.
A monthly subscription will continue to surprise your lucky giftee with thoughtfully curated boxes doled out throughout the calendar year—with zero effort on your part. If they have an interest in anything, there's a box that for that! Are they into beauty beyond your budget? There's the Birchbox that includes brands like Benefit, Kiehl's and Oribe for a fraction of their price. Have someone who would live in their pyjamas if they could? There's an Irish company that'll deliver new pyjamas every month depending on the season. We even included a box for gin-enthusiast, because who doesn't have one of them on their list?
Let the wild, weird, and wonderful subscription services ahead stand in strong as your missing gifting gene this holiday season. With categories from wellness to fashion, beauty, food, and even something for your pets, there's a box to wrap up every character in your life.
For the ONE WHO LOVES BEAUTY:
For friends with a constant pulse on the makeup scene, the OG beauty box is still going strong. Give your BFF her share of full -and travel-sized products to test from top-shelf brands like Oribe, Benefit, and Kiehl's.
Beauty Subscription, €175 for 12 months, Birchbox
FOR THE ONE WHO IS nostalgic :
A vinyl membership means your giftee can embark on a musical adventure with a brand-new album every month. Choose their musical taste — classic jazz to old school finds or a mix of cross-genre essentials — and prepare for the gift that keeps on giving. Bonus points for when they learn all the words to Billy Joel's We Didn't Start The Fire.
Vinyl Subscription, €186 for six months, LovesVinyl.com
FOR THE ONE WITH THE GREEN FINGER:
Whether your friend is an experienced plant queen whose apartment is already covered with vibrant vines or if it's her 2020 goal to try her hand at nurturing another living thing, this plant subscription box out there that will make the perfect present for her.
Plant Subscription, €40.20 for 3 months, Not On The High Street
for the one who enjoys a tipple:
Why gift one bottle of gin during Christmas when you can send an entire 12? Each month the giftee will receive a delivery of not only premium gin but it will also be accompanied by special treats such as candles, snacks or the perfect g&t ingredients. Announced on a monthly basis, TheGinBox features both Irish and international brands. Subscriptions are available from monthly, every second month, or quarterly at a cost of €60 per box including delivery in Ireland, making it ideal for gin lovers who want to try more new products, or as a perfect gift.
Gin Subscription, €60 a month, GinBox.ie
for the one whoSE FEET ARE ALWAYS COLD:
Socks are a classic gift for a reason, okay? A sock subscription is simple yet thoughtful. Every month, quarter, or even just once a year, sign your giftee up to receive a hassle-free set of socks that you don't have to give a second thought to.
Sock subscription, €90 for 12 months, Irish Sock Society
FOR THE one who loves to be organised:
Who doesn't love some colourful stationery? From the folks behind Ohh Deer, Papergang promises a box filled to the brim with a number of unique items: from greeting cards to notebooks; desk accessories to art prints (among many others). And it's all for a good cause, as well. The company has partnered with international development charity tree aid - so for every four boxes sold, one tree will be planted in association with the charity.
Stationery Subscription, €93 for 6 months, Papergang
for the one who likes to smell great:
Friends with a lust for fragrances get full control over this monthly scent subscription — each shipment contains one travel-sized spray bottle of the giftee's choosing. Every month, they will get a sent a 7ml scent that is based on a "playlist" of your particular likes and preferences. There are six different categories to choose from: Trending Now, Female Classics, Avant-Garde, Work/Play, Aesthetic and Clean.
Perfume Subscription, €156 for 12 months, Sniph
FOR THE ONE WHO LOVES HARRY POTTER:
Know someone obsessed with Harry Potter, Fallout, Star Wars, or anything with a rabid fan base? Well, Lootcrate has all their sci-fi and gaming needs covered.
Harry Potter Subscription, €28 a month, Loot Crate
FOR THE ONE WITH FOUR LEGS:
Whether you gift a BusterBox to your pet-obsessed friend or actual furry friend is up to you — regardless of who you pick, giftees will receive a monthly shipment of innovative toys, all-natural treat bags, and chews from a unique themed collection.
Pet Subscription, €29.99 a month, BusterBox
for the one who misses home:
They say Christmas is the season for giving and what better way to give than to send a loved one living overseas a taste of home? The ‘Paddy Box’ is a service that basically allows you to send a selection of Irish treats to anyone around the world! Each care package, which contains a host of Irish sweet treats and delicacies, comes with 10 different items.
Not Before Your Dinner Box, €49.95 a month, Paddy Box
for the one who LIKES THEIR COMFORT:
Now that it’s dark, wet and miserable all day every day we’re (gladly) spending our evenings on the sofa watching Netflix and enjoying a glass of mulled wine. There’s nothing quite like taking your makeup off, pulling your hair back into a high ponytail and changing into your pyjamas. And for those of us love nothing more than a comfy pair of pjs, a new Irish owned subscription box is delivering cosy nightwear every month – and it comes with beauty bits and chocolate. Blu's Pj Box is a three-month, six-month or one-off subscription that puts pyjamas in the post for you on the 21st of the month, and the box is also packed with lots of delightful goodies.
Pyjamas Subscription, €18 a month, Blu's Pjs Box
for the one who loves to read:
For friends with a constant pulse on the fashion and beauty scene, Irish Tatler is your monthly dose of fashion, beauty and lifestyle inspiration. Each month we deliver the latest in what’s trending in the fashion and beauty realms – from high street to high-end – as well as thought-provoking lifestyle features and reportage pieces. Our Work It special champions Irish women in business and is your mandate for achieving the career you want. All of this, and regular supplements on bridal, parenting, food and motoring make it the thinking woman’s choice.
Irish Tatler Subscription, €37.40 for 12 months, Irish Tatler
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