Best subscription boxes to gift this Christmas
- Deborah Chu
- 5 December 2019
Including Papergang, ScrawlrBox and TheVeganKind
They are the gift that keeps on giving. From stationery to spirits, we round-up up the subscription presents that can make snail mail great again.
Your vegan pals are kind to the earth all year round, so why not be good to them this Christmas? This Glasgow business offers up a beauty box subscription service, which comes packed with cruelty-free cleansers, lotions and makeup, or a lifestyle box that's choc-a-bloc with animal-free treats and eco-friendly products. Also, 10p from every box goes to an animal charity, so everyone wins this holiday season.
Monthly box ranges from £8–£12.75, thevegankind.com
Mud Urban Flowers
In addition to their in-house bespoke floral arrangements, boutique Glasgow florist Mud Urban Flowers provides a flexible subscription service across Edinburgh and Glasgow for those wanting to garland a special someone with fresh flowers. Choose between their Little and Luxe Bouquets, and they'll also throw in a free vase with the first delivery.
Bouquets range from £21–£40, mudurbanflowers.com
Not only will Papergang's monthly offering shower your lucky recipient with all the gorgeously designed stationery their heart could ever desire – from cards and notebooks to pens and other desk paraphernalia – the 'gang will plant one tree through the charity Tree Aid for every four boxes sold. So scribble away to your heart's content.
Monthly box starts from £14.99, papergang.ohhdeer.com
Bottle in a Box
Skip the pub tonight for this Falkirk-based subscription service, which brings an elevated mixology experience right to your doorstep. Choose to join a spirit 'club' of rum, gin, vodka or whisky, and the Bottle in a Box crew will curate a package containing a bottle of your tipple of choice from a small batch distiller, alongside an array of artisanal mixers and snacks. Slàinte!
Monthly box ranges from £40–£50, bottleinabox.co.uk
Beloved indie bookstore Golden Hare Books has long been an Edinburgh gem, with their impeccable taste in all things literary. So let these experts select your next favourite read with their monthly book subscription, with the choice between a fiction, non-fiction or alternating pick. With a different theme every month, each delivery with be artfully hand-wrapped and includes additional reading recommendations and a little bookish gift.
Monthly subscription starts at £9.99, goldenharebooks.com
Designed for the budding Kahlo or Van Gogh in your life, each ScrawlrBox contains a different mystery set of art supplies every month. From watercolours to oils, sketchbooks to canvases, your friend will have all the tools they need to create their next great masterpiece. Each package also includes a print from a featured artist to help get those creative juices flowing.
Monthly box starts from £15, scrawlrbox.uk
Got some wee yins to keep happy this year? Whirli prides itself on being a UK-wide toy box, allowing its members to choose from over a thousand items in its inventory so that the little ones can get the most out of playtime. Once they've outgrown or lost interest in the toy, send it back and swap it for something else, saving money and preventing clutter in the toybox. Or if they truly fall in love, keep the item for nine months and it becomes theirs for free.
Subscription plans start at £9.99 a month, whirli.com