Gift subscriptions are great - but which ones are the best? We unbox our favourites...

Be original and give a subscription box. There are lots to choose from - so which are the best ones? Well, it must be your lucky day, because we've compiled a handy list of the greatest subscription services the web has to offer.


Intelligence Squared is London's debating forum par excellence, priding itself in taking information and analysis as its raw material and translating it into active discussion. It promises to "bring you both sides of the argument on international politics, ethics, history and the changing face of the modern age." Gift membership guarantees a seat at six of the events over twelve months along with an invitation to the Intelligence Squared editorial breakfast to brainstorm new debates with our editorial team. £180.


Slightly Foxed sets out to entertain its readers with unusual recommendations for books, old and new but all in print. They ride independently, casting aside the best sellers that the big publishers are pushing and winkle out the more interesting. Saddle this with superb writing from a rich list of contributors as well as classic black and white illustrations, its readers could not ask for more. Digital edition, three months recurring £10.99. Print edition, £40 one year.


A monthly chocolate tasting club from Hotel Chocolat. A delicious box of gourmet chocolates (dark, milk, flavoured - name your poison) will arrive each month. Give a three month subscription for £60 and the recipient will get a box of HC's newest chocolates every month for three months featuring yet to be released recipes. A twelve month tasting club subscription will set you back £195.


The Garlic Farm is now the UK's largest specialist grower of the mighty garlic bulb. Famed for its excellent flavour and keeping qualities, this is indeed the destination site if you want to stock up on bulbs, seeds and all things garlicky. A parcel of garlic goodness can be delivered monthly, including long-keeping garlic and some garlic inspired produce, with exclusive 'members only' discounts. Buy a Garlic Lovers' Club Monthly Subscription for £19.95.


Birchbox are certainly the pretenders to the Beauty Box crown. With three levels of subscription; three months is £30, six months is £60 and yearly is £100. Each Birchbox comes with its cleverly curated edit of only the finest beauty products on the market, paired with a seriously well curate magazine full of handy hints on how to use said products. You'll also receive news and hints of upcoming boxes.


How about buying a friend or family member a subscription to their favourite newspaper or magazine, with over 2,500 titles to choose from. Working directly with the publishers, iSUBSCRiBE gets the best discounts and magazine special offers for its customers. And if you’re not sure what magazine your friend will want simply purchase a gift card (select the value) from iSUBSCRiBE and they can choose for themselves. You can either send the card in a fancy gift box (for a sense of occasion) or send it via email. 


Not Another Bill follows a simple concept. Pay a monthly subscription fee of £15, and receive a surprise present (instead of a bill - get it?) each month in the post. Surprise a friend with a subscription to Not Another Bill and each month they will be sent a beautifully wrapped and carefully curated surprise present in the post. (Something that is not another bill). You can choose within monthly, three-months, six-months and twelve-months subscription, just tell them the preference and style and Not Another Bill will do the rest.

Read our Brains with founder Ned Corbett-Winder here.

For more ideas, head to our Gift Subscription section or check out our Food Gift Subscriptions.

Updated October 2017