Best UK subscription boxes for Christmas 2019
With Christmas around the corner, a guide to gifting could be just the ticket you need to manage the present buying of those who’ve made the nice list. And in modern busy lives, what’s better than the gift of monthly post. It’s a tangible gift that lasts more than the month of December, delivering all year round; a reminder of the Christmas spirit, and you, even in the month of July.
So we’ve put together our recommendations of UK subscription boxes for Christmas 2019 so that you can sign a loved one up to a monthly treat. From world spices, to world language and from plants to prints, give the gift that keeps on giving.
Music subscription boxes
Music streaming services have changed the way we listen to artists, giving us access to anything and anywhere. But what about when convenience isn’t the main priority, and instead, just as it should be, it’s for the love of music? For our Christmas gift guide 2019, we wanted to show that nostalgia for hard copies still does exist, and what’s more it doesn’t have to be old music either…
Vinyl Moon is a record club created from the idea there must be new ways to enjoy vinyl than dusting off the relics from the 80s. Discover new bands every month with thoughtfully designed vinyl delivered right to your door.
Born from a similar notion, Casette Club is the subscription service that reconnects their customers to tape. More for the 90s teenagers amongst us, give the gift of nostalgia with these limited-edition cassettes featuring artists in the lo-fi indie rock genre. https://www.cassetteclub.co
The Music Box
The final entry for our music subscription box guide is another focused on the discovery of new artists and bands. The Music Box offers its subscribers carefully selected music curated on a compilation CD delivered each month. What’s extra great is that a portion of the proceeds are used to sponsor selected featured artists!
Book subscription boxes
Choosing a book for an avid reader can be a task and a half. With thousands of books on the shelf covering genres from romance to dystopian sci-fi, a misstep could mean raised eyebrows thrown your way. So if scouring a bookshop fills you with dread or if the book lover in your life has an encyclopaedic knowledge of all books everywhere, you'll need inspiration for what to buy them next. Read on as our selection will help them have a fulfilling and exciting To Be Read list for 2020.
Delivered every two months, Heady Mix is a subscription book box that features stories by emerging writers based on a theme that highlights the challenges and stereotypes faced by a particular underrepresented group. Unusually, and very welcome, for a book box subscription, Heady Mix also publishes its own book of short stories that feature in its bi-monthly boxes. With a female first approach to choosing its writers, Heady Mix shines a light on books that don't normally get much in the way of attention, even though they are written by talented authors who are sharing stories we should all be exposed to. Past themes include Loud Silence which focused on the D/deaf community and Afrofuturism which showcased African writers. Christmas' theme, Feminist Fairytales, is perfect for the feminist in your life (be they male or female). Written by women from around the world, Feminist Fairytales features books that redefine 'happily ever after'.
The Little Box of Books
The Little Box of Books is an all-inclusive book box suitable for children age 0-7. Set up by a former Great Ormond Street Hospital employee, this subscription book box showcases diversity in books for children. As a single mum, founder Lynsey Pollard, found it difficult to find books that reflected her family's realities, so she set up the business to help other families and to show the publishing world that we need more diverse books.
Foodie subscription boxes
For the foodies on your Christmas list, we’ve included food discovery boxes in our Christmas gift guide 2019. Delivered each month, these subscription boxes contain everything from cultural delicacies from across the globe, to exotic spices and ideas for using them. This Christmas, give a culinary experience to someone without them even having to leave home.
The Roots Market
The Discovery Box by Roots Market is an eclectic mix of 7 to 10 must-try ingredients, snacks and drinks from a new country or culture every month. And what makes this one ultra-authentic is that the company work directly with mamas, friends and locals who know their food best…
Three Month World Kitchen Spice Subscription
This spice subscription box promises that you’ll cook your way across the continents with their recipes. Developed and tested by spice experts, this lovingly created box will deliver spices measured into individual portions, the perfect present for foodies without the risk of a heat explosion!
Korean food has seen a spike in popularity over recent years in the West, with restaurants popping up all over major cities. Seoul Box is a subscription box dedicated to an indulgent selection of hand-picked treated and Kpop goodies combined with authentic tasting tips; all promising to awaken your Seoul!
The Cheese Geek
Dubbed as ‘the Netflix of fromage’ by GQ magazine, the Cheese Geek is the perfect gift for dairy-loving snackers. Each monthly subscription box contains five cheeses from a balanced selection: ranging in strength, origin and textures. There’s also tasting notes and scorecards included, how could we not include this in our gift guide to subscription boxes!
Boozy Subscription Boxes
A Christmas gift guide wouldn’t be complete without some boozy treats and surprises! There aren't many who don’t enjoy a tipple at Christmas so why not package up something extra special, rather than nipping down to the off-license on Christmas eve. Whether it’s wine or spirits, ales and pales – there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this selection…
The Gin Club
The Gin Club is created for curious consumers on the lookout for interesting flavours of their favourite spirit, accompanied by the most complementary of tonics and relishes. Collected from new and talented distillers from around the globe, and delivered depending on how quick you sip, this beautifully curated box is just the G&T ticket.
For red, white and rosè lovers, SippBox is the perfect gift this Christmas. Promising a win(e)-win(e) situation, their boxes contain three bottles (one of each) that have been selected by experts from vineyards all over the world. Along with their products, SippBox is a guide for the aspiring or experienced wine connoisseurs, with tasting cards included in every box.
Master of Malt
A range of spirits is available with the subscription box from Master of Malt, with 30ml spirits samples from over 5,500 individual drams available exclusively. Great for gifting a number of drink options with their small tasting collection, there are also extras available such as tumblers and whisky glasses, should you be feeling extra generous…
Plant and flower subscription boxes
All things flora and forna form classic gifts any time of the year, but how about subscribing a loved one to a seasonal bouquet each month or bi-monthly houseplant? What better way to say Merry Christmas! And the following list is a real heady mix from seeds to sprouts, from carnations to compost!
Born out of a passion for cutting edge floral design and luxury craftsmanship, the Appleyard subscription service aims to make every purchase a unique and luxurious experience. With a range of bouquets on offer, their flowers are carefully selected, arranged and packaged by florists who hand-tie each delivery.
Sprout London is a subscription service to a monthly houseplant. For those who struggle to keep plants alive, they even include a guide on how to become a little greener fingered, with tips on care and nourishment for your miniature forest.
Urban Organic Gardener
Monthly Seed Club by Urban Organic Gardener is the perfect gift for expanding green spaces outdoors. Designed by a garden guru, each box is a bespoke package curated depending on the size and scale of your garden, containing up to five seed-packets. Their boxes are seasonal too, so planting is possible all-year-round!
Seed Bank Box
Another of the seedling variety is the Seed Bank Box, promising organic and rare non-GMO seeds for urban vegetable patches. Give the gift of home-grown vegetables, from purple-sprouting broccoli to the Parisian carrot!
Art Subscription Boxes
Art appreciation is subjective, varying in the eye of the beholder. That’s why we’ve included art subscription boxes in our Christmas gift guide 2019, so you can gift art curated by experts, with no need to scour print sales or exhibitions for the perfect piece.
The Art Crate centres around a bespoke service that offers customers the chance to describe their style and space to specialists, who will then source art for selection. Promising to make an art collection easy and affordable, this could be the perfect gift for the new home-owners on your list…
Paprimass is an opportunity to turn mailbox to art box, with a subscription service to exclusive, affordable prints for creative and curious people. Stock your loved one's walls with prints they won’t find anywhere else…
And that’s that! An exclusive Heady Mix Christmas gift guide to all things subscription box, the gift that delivers all year round!