Merry Subscriptsmas: Last-Minute Gift Ideas In A Crunch

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While Christmastime is truly the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be the most chaotic. ‘Tis the season for glittering lights, joyful music and rich comfort food but also for messy kitchens, frantic shopping and impossibly crowded malls. It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement that we sometimes find ourselves the week before Christmas empty-handed, without any gifts to give. At this point, it seems hopeless; going out to buy presents would take twice as long as it normally would in holiday shopping climate and ordering them online can take weeks for them to get to you. However, VALLEY has found a way to gift that doesn’t require lengthy shipping time and all from the comfort of your very own bed: subscriptions.

Subscriptions are truly the gifts that keep on giving—you buy them for a certain price per a certain amount of months or years and, from there, they stay coming for as long as you please. Usually, when you think subscription, you think magazine; but we’re here to tell you that there is much more out there to subscribe your loved ones to this holiday season.


The beauty world has proven to be one of the leading industries when it comes to subscriptions. Utilizing sample sizes, these services send monthly boxes full of sample beauty products for you to try. Scentbird is a company that ships a 30-day supply of a designer perfume to your doorstep, whereas Yuzen sends a box chock-full of relaxing spa-grade products. Grant your giftee monthly samples of all-natural vegan beauty products with VeganCuts, or use Birchbox, which is a service that creates boxes that are actually catered to individual skin tones and needs by giving users a quiz before they begin!


Have a foodie on your list but no idea what to get them? Well, there are actually subscription services that are focused on food! A company called HelloFresh plans and prepares weekly boxes containing recipes and ingredients to cooke them with. Blue Bottle Coffee does the same thing but with coffee for all your early mornings. GlobeIn puts together what they call “artisan boxes” that hold neat goodies and snacks from all around the world. You could even give the gift of a Mouth subscription, that sends food and craft liquor samples!


Subscriptions don’t just stop at beauty and food, though. Use MoviePass to give your movie-loving pals the gift of a free movie monthly. Get your bookworm bestie a subscription to Book of the Month, where he or she can pick one new hardcover book from five options every and get it delivered directly to their doorstep every month. Everyone loves scented candles, so think about getting someone a Vellabox subscription, which brings a new candle to you every month. You can even subscribe someone on your list to Bouqs so they receive a beautiful bouquet of flowers directly from sustainable, eco-friendly farms each month. Don’t forget there’s always the classic sites like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime that anyone today would be glad to be subscribed to (if they’re not already). There are subscriptions for everything!

Have any favorite subscriptions? Tweet us, @ValleyMag, with any that we might have missed!


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