Cococlectic is a craft bean-to-bar chocolate subscription founded in San Francisco. (Courtesy of Melissa Zink/Cocolectic)

10 Curated Gift Subscription Boxes to Make Them Feel Seen All Year Long

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Who ever said holiday gift giving has to stop with the actual holidays? This year, don't just raise their December spirits, but their January, February, and March ones too with a curated subscription box.

From small-batch dark chocolate to outdoor gear to hearty house plants, these curated monthly or quarterly gifts literally keep on giving.


Cococlectic: A Bean-to-Bar Chocolate-of-the-Month Club

Doreen Leong began sending craft dark chocolate to friends and family in her native Singapore soon after moving to San Francisco for graduate school in 2006. Since then, her admiration has grown into a full-fledged passion. Through Cococlectic, a bean-to-bar chocolate-of-the-month club, Leong connects American small-batch craft chocolate makers (many of them POC- and women-owned) to chocolate lovers.

Cococlectic features a different maker each month, and the dark chocolate bars included in each box are vegan, fair trade, non-GMO and contain five ingredients or less. They also come with a fun guide to chocolate tasting. Choose from a single one-time gift box ($45) or subscriptions of three months ($129), six months ($258), or 12 months ($43/mo). // cococlectic.com

Trade Coffee: Personalized Artisanal Roasts From Around the U.S.

Break them out of their boring coffee routine with monthly deliveries of some of the best beans around. With a gift subscription, Trade Coffee sends a curated batch of roasted coffees from more than 400 roasteries (including SF-born-and-bred Ritual and Sightglass) based on brewing and flavor preferences. All coffee is roasted to order—just decide how many bags you'd like to gift and they can select how often it appears at their door. Options range from two bags ($40) to 24 ($420). // drinktrade.com

The Clean Beauty Box: Ethical + Vegan Skin, Hair & Body Product Subscription

Treat your loved one to some self care this holiday season and beyond. Ethical beauty company Clean Beauty Box seeks out the best in chemical-free, cruelty-free, and vegan products, and then curates their favorites every other month to deliver to your door. Brands include BIPOC-owned Free + True Skincare, Golde and 54 Thrones, as well as zero-waste and CBD products. Choose from a one-time gift box ($68), two boxes delivered over four months ($90) or a full year of clean beauty ($252, delivered every other month). // cleanbeautybox.com

The Wordy Traveler: A Gift Box to Sate Their Wanderlust

At this time of lockdown orders and social distancing, The Wordy Traveler is reconnecting people to the world beyond their doorstep. This quarterly club will treat their wanderlust with a curated box of books, ethically sourced tea, and limited-edition art from a single faraway destination like Italy or French Polynesia. Choose from fiction or non-fiction books in the full suitcase (starting at $110) or backpacking (starting at $50) version, delivered once to four times annually. A portion of all proceeds go to support medical care and education for women and girls around the world. // thewordytraveler.com

KiwiCo: STEAM-Based Gifts for Young Innovators

Inspire innovation and creativity in the young and young-at-heart with KiwiCo's STEAM-based project crates. For the littlest ones on your list, there are the Panda, Koala, Kiwi and Atlas crates that introduce exploration, play, science, and more with monthly kid-friendly projects. Older kiddos (9-16) can choose from the crafty Doodle Crate or the sciencey Tinker Crate, and those 14 and up (including adults with a little time on their hands) will love the Maker and Eureka Crates. Gift subscriptions range from a single box ($20) to a full year of monthly crates ($17/mo). // kiwico.com

Cairn: Trail-Ready Gift Boxes for Explorers

Surprise your favorite outdoor adventurer with a series of gifts from Cairn. Partnering with established brands—think prAna, Ruffwear, Lonely Planet, Clif Bar—and up-and-comers alike, the Oregon-based company puts together boxes filled with essential items for the trail. Choose from a monthly gift containing six curated products (1-12 months, starting at $30) or a quarterly one with up to 10 products worth over $300 (1-4 quarters, starting at $250). // getcairn.com

Horti: Monthly Plant Subscriptions for Green (or Not) Thumbs

Give the gift of greenery with Horti, a monthly subscription box that delivers a new plant to their door monthly. Carefully curating plants according to skill, even the blackest of thumbs will find success with Horti's selections, each of which comes in a hand-painted terra cotta pot in four colors. They even offer pet-friendly options for households with grazing dogs and cats. Subscriptions come in lengths of three ($120), six ($240) or 12 months ($460) and cost less if your loved one, like the company, is NYC-based. // heyhorti.com

Earthlove: Gift Boxes and Subscriptions for Eco Warriors

Sustainability is packed inside every one of Earthlove's eco-conscious subscription boxes. Founded by Washington farmer, beekeeper, and doctor of medieval literature Serina Patterson, the company sends out quarterly seasonal selections of six to eight full size eco-luxe products including snacks, teas, apothecary items, home decor, and accessories. A nature or wellness-centered book and an eco-challenge for cultivating a more sustainable life are also included in every delivery. Select a single gift ($75) or bi-annual ($140) or quarterly ($280) arrivals. The company donates a portion of their proceeds to rotating environmental nonprofits. // earthlove.co

Winc: A Curated Subscription of Wines From Around the Globe

Unlock wines from around the world with a gift subscription to Winc. Their talented team has culled through bottles of red, white, and sparkling from wineries from South Africa to California to come up with an extensive curated collection. After choosing their preferences, Winc will deliver the wine lover in your life the elixirs that best fit their palate. If they miss the mark, they'll even replace the bottle. A gift subscription includes four bottles per month for a period of one ($60), two ($100), or three months ($150). // winc.com

Foot Cardigan: Sock Subscriptions to Keep Their Tootsies Cozy

Keep their tootsies toasty all year round with Foot Cardigan. The subscription service sends a selection of super fun patterned socks to their doorstep in men's, women's or kids sizes a pair (or two) at a time. Choose from crew socks or no-shows; each pair is made with arch support from a mix of cotton, polyester, and spandex. Subscriptions range between one ($13) and 12 months ($144) and a percentage of each purchase is donated to the eradication of malaria in Southern Africa. // footcardigan.com

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