Give the gift that keeps on giving all year round with these excellent subscriptions. Shopping last minute? They need never know.

A show of hands for those who valiantly uphold the time-honoured tradition of Christmas Eve panic buying? We’ve all been there. Many times. With varying results, from the spectacular pulling out of the bag to the lead balloon-style flop. Thank heavens, then, for the internet and the instant genius of subscription gifts. They are, after all, dually ideal: not only are they are the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year; they are also an excellent way to avoid gifting yet more unnecessary stuff/clutter unto your nearest and dearest. From monthly deliveries of their favourite magazines to cultural experiences, these are the last-minute and yet still ultra-thoughtful subscription gifts that will save you from panic-purchasing your beloveds random items from the petrol station. Praise be.

Kew Gardens

Adult Membership Voucher, £84

Give the aspiring botanists and plantspeople on your to-buy-for list a Kew Adult Membership Voucher and thus gain them – plus a friend – unlimited access to Kew Gardens and Wakehurst in Sussex. Beauty and inspiration on tap. Buy it here.

The Cheese Collective

The Usual, £30

Who amongst us wouldn’t rejoice to receive a monthly delivery of five, hand-picked British cheeses? The Cheese Collective’s boxes contain a changing selection of blue and hard cheeses, plus notes on their producers – and, for every box bought, they will donate a meal to The Trussell Trust. Buy it here.

Heywood Hill

A Year In Books, from £130

The Mayfair bookshop that Nancy Mitford once worked in offers one of the best and most personalised book subscriptions available anywhere in the world. Simply choose your plan – the options are many and range from A Mitford Year In Books to A Year In Books For Children, all with hardbark, paperback and frequency options – and then go for a reading consultation with the shop’s delightful bibliophiles. After that, Heywood Hill’s specialists will do the rest. Joy all year round. Buy it here.

Royal Horticultural Society

One Year Gift Membership, £67

For green-fingered friends and family, there is no going wrong with an annual gift membership to the RHS. Armed with one of these, they will be able to book all five RHS gardens for themselves and a friend (or two children); receive a monthly delivery of The Garden Magazine; save on RHS shows; and get free entry to 200 Partner Gardens. Plus, if you buy before Christmas Eve, they’ll throw in a £15 voucher too. Buy it here.

Condé Nast

The World Of Interiors Subscription, from £1

Do you know an interiors obsessive? No magazine rivals The World of Interiors for unlocking the door for a peek inside the most sublime houses all over the world. The same world-leading authority can be claimed for a whole raft of Condé Nast titles, from Vogue to GQ; Condé Nast Traveller to Vanity Fair. Delight your beloveds with a glossy tome to read month-in, month-out. Buy it here.

Yallah Coffee Roasters

A Year’s Subscription Of Coffee, From £8 Per Month

The quality of the coffee we drink has the power to really elevate our mornings. Giving the gift of excellent, single-origin coffee all year round has, surely, to be up there with the best of presents. Yallah’s roasts are traceable and transparent, not to mention thoroughly delicious. Plus, everything is sustainably sourced; farmers are paid a fair price for their coffee; and its freshness ensures flavour (each bag is shipped within 24 hours of being roasted, as you’ll note from the date of roasting helpfully scrawled on the bag). A House Coffee subscription starts at £8; if you get through a bag a week and thus need four delivered each month, it comes to £26. Meanwhile the ‘Trust’ range starts at £9, while its ‘Explore’ range starts at £10. (There are also options to subscribe for less than a year, too). Buy it here.

Art Fund

National Art Pass, £73; or £45 For Under 30s

No trinket or material thing can ever really rival experience and the creation of memories. The Art Fund’s National Art Pass guarantees both of the latter galore, thanks to giving members free access to hundreds of galleries and historic houses, as well as 50 per cent off major exhibitions. And, after the last couple of years, there has never been a better time to support the arts. Everybody wins. Buy it here.

The National Theatre

National Theatre At Home, £99.99

Anyone who loves the theatre has felt the sore lack of it since the pandemic took hold. Whilst we are delighted that it is now back, there is great reassurance in knowing that with a National Theatre At Home, we can still access world-class theatre at any time, all from home. From War Horse to Romeo and Juliet, there is something to delight everyone, plus new plays are added every month. A perfect gift for theatre lovers. Buy it here.

Bloom & Wild

Monthly Flowers, £25 Every 28 Days

What person on your list would not delight to receive a bunch of fresh seasonal flowers every month? The most joyful of presents. Buy it here.

Paul A Young

Chocolate Club Subscription, £200

Paul A Young is an absolute master in the world of fine chocolate. If, then, you have a chocoholic to buy for, you can ensure that their indulgence is a cut above the standard supermarket offerings by signing them up for a Chocolate Club Subscription. Each month, they can expect to receive a 16-piece box of truffles, ganaches and sea-salted caramels. One thing is for sure: they’ll be too grand for Cadbury’s forevermore. Buy it here.

Beauty Pie

Beauty Pie Subscription, From £15 Per Month

Does one of your nearest and dearest have a passion for beauty and wellness? Now’s the time to introduce them to Beauty Pie, of which membership allows access to high end brands – all at a fraction of the cost. Do note that the recipient chooses and pays for their monthly products – albeit at a snip. Buy it here.

Not Another Bill

Gift Subscription, £69 For Three Months

Do you hate shopping and long to entrust the selection of gifts for your beloveds to someone else – so long as you know that that someone will choose excellent, personalised pressies for your favourite people? Enter Not Another Bill, which will select and send interesting and thoughtful gifts on a monthly basis. Genius – and most definitely better than a yet another bill. Buy it here.

Pasta Evangelists

Three Months of Pasta, £51 – £153

Pasta Evangelists are evangelists for a reason: their artisan deliveries of the good stuff really do transport you straight to Italy. And who doesn’t long for that? Just tailor your choices to the tastes of your recipient and the quantities needed and they’ll be hoovering up pasta and praising your name every month. Buy it here.

The Cocktail Man

A Six-Month Luxury Cocktail Subscription, £159.95

Put away all thoughts of Dry January; it simply won’t be possible with The Cocktail Man
Delivering premium cocktails to your door every month, its smart letterbox-sized box contains all the spirits, garnishes and equipment you’ll need. The perfect gift for bon viveurs. Buy it here.

By Nancy Alsop
December 2021

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