Happy Holidays! This is my last blog post of 2020. I’ll be taking the next few weeks off to recharge and spend time with my family. We also have a few house projects to complete, which I’ll share in January. I hope you enjoy the end of the year and the holidays, if you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and/or New Years.
Today I have a roundup of 14 membership and subscription gift ideas, if you need to fill any gaps on your giving list. Since the mail delivery is sloooow this year, I think the easiest last-minute ideas are membership and subscription gifts. Isn’t it nice to receive a gift that keeps giving? The best part is that you can often email these gifts as soon (or as late) as you wish.
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4 Handy Subscription Gift Ideas for a DIYer
Spotify subscription – We always have music playing while we work on the house. Who doesn’t? I don’t subscribe to Spotify, but my friends tell me they love it, and the internet agrees. If you know a music-lover, it sounds like a Spotify gift card is a home-run gift. You can buy an egift card for credit toward the service, or you can send a gift through your own Spotify account. (By the way, this is a great bluetooth speaker. Here’s the new version.)
Native deodorant – For the sweaty DIYer in your life. KIDDING! We actually have tried this deodorant and it’s pretty good. I really like the new plastic-free packaging idea, too! They will mail a deodorant monthly if you subscribe, or you can also just buy it at Target.
DIY + tool subscription boxes – I’ve researched a few of these subscriptions for Wyatt, but they seem to get mixed reviews. We have not tried them. The best option sounds like Craftsman Crate, which is geared toward teens. Other choices, if you want to help someone build a tool collection might be The Handy Box or Gangboxed.
Kindle Unlimited gift subscription – If you know someone with a Kindle, this is a great gift. I know, this isn’t specifically helpful for a DIYer, unless they like to read about projects or read to unwind. Oh wait – that’s exactly why I love my subscription! I am so busy with projects, life, etc. that some days, all I look forward to is a moment to unwind with a good book. You can give a subscription gift in 6-, 12-, or 24-month chunks, and it includes unlimited reading and audiobooks (of the titles in the program). Also, here’s where you can buy a Kindle, if you’re thinking about it.
3 Useful Memberships for Any Adult
Amazon Prime membership – At my house, this is the gift that keeps giving. Wyatt teases me that the delivery guys stop at our house and then check their lists, because I order that much… Ok, admittedly, it’s because I’m hooked on Prime delivery. Since we’ve always got a few DIY projects running, the quick shipping is perfect. You can choose to give someone a 3-month or 12-month membership, and the benefits include speedy delivery, access to some Prime TV and movies, and some free Kindle titles.
Thrive Market membership – I joined Thrive Market this year for the convenience of shopping for specific dietary needs. I think the prices are reasonable and comparable to an average grocery store. To be honest, the real benefit is the convenience of buying certain types of food all in one place. You can sort by diet – paleo, gluten-free, AIP, vegan, etc., which is super helpful. If you know someone following a specific diet, Thrive offers a gift card bundled with a 1-year membership, or just a gift card credit.
Meal Delivery Service – Here’s a twist on giving restaurant gift cards… this gift is for those who don’t want to cook. Sun Basket, my favorite meal kit delivery service, now offers pre-made meals too. Although I haven’t tried them yet, I can vouch for their recipes and ingredients. Look for options in the “Fresh & Ready” section of their menu.
3 Tasty Subscription Gift Ideas for Busy Cooks
We all have to eat, but some of us find daily cooking to be quite the grind. OK, I’ll just speak for myself… these are subscription gift ideas that make it easier!
Sun Basket – I’ve been a member for years, although I only order the occasional delivery to shake up our routine. It’s not the cheapest meal kit, but I think the food quality and recipes are the best we’ve tried.
Cook Smarts – My friend swears by this meal planning service. Her family juggles various food allergies and this service helps them plan weekly menus that everyone can eat. It’s subscription-based, but there is a free trial option to start.
Recipe inspiration – Give a subscription to a recipe resource such as New York Times Cooking ($40/year), Bon Appetite magazine ($10/year – on sale right now), or perhaps a favorite Food Network chef’s magazine.
4 Craft, Photo, Hobby + Kids Subscription Gift Ideas
Adobe software plans – I subscribe to this Adobe Photography plan for $10/month, which includes both Lightroom and Photoshop. That’s how I edit photos and create graphics for the blog and personal use. This subscription would be a fantastic gift for an amateur photographer in your life. Adobe offers a suite of other software plans for creative designers, as well.
Here’s a selection of craft box subscriptions – I came across this article in my research and there are some great recommendations. I’ve heard good things about Sketch Box and Adults & Crafts. Speaking of Adults & Crafts, I know it’s included in the recent launch of Amazon’s lifestyle subscription boxes, which range in price and content. I haven’t tried any of these yet, but I looked through them for gift ideas. The succulent subscription is intriguing, if you have space for 2 new plants/month.
National Geographic Kids magazines – Our kids have received many magazine subscriptions over the years and the Nat Geo Kids and Little Kids lines are two of our favorites.
Kiwi Crate – This is the best of the kids’ subscription boxes we’ve tried. Hands down. Great STEM activities on different topics each month. My kids love it.
So that’s the roundup! Hope you found it useful if you’re still shopping for gifts. Everything seems to have a subscription option these days, doesn’t it? If you have any other personal favorite subscription gift ideas to recommend, please drop a comment below!
Happy Holidays, Dear Readers!
Happy Holidays! I hope you enjoy the next few weeks and stay safe through any holidays your family celebrates. See you back here in January 2021!
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