One-time gifts are cool, but what’s even cooler? According to Outkast, what’s cooler than being cool is ice cold. But, according to me, the answer is gifts that keep on giving: book subscription gifts!
You and I have chatted in the past about 25 of the best book subscription services, and we’ll cover a few of those today, too. But a book isn’t the only thing a bookish person needs to enjoy a bookish life. We need to be cozy, we need delicious beverages, we need to set the mood, and we need somewhere to jot down notes about the best (and worst) books in the widest of worlds.
The (mostly) non-book options listed below are perfect for anyone on your list who loves to read but is already getting plenty of climbing-themselves-out-from-under-their-TBR cardio, or if you just aren’t sure what books they’d like. Or heck, buy ’em for yourself — you’re the best!
So today we’ll chat about subscription gifts that go way beyond books and help your recipient become truly enveloped in the reading experience. And by “we’ll chat,” I of course mean that I will tell you things and you will read them. A half-chat, if you will.
Book Subscription Gifts — Books Edition
First of all, let’s talk about the simplest definition of book subscription gifts — book subscriptions! Here are a few picked from my previous post.
TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations
Imagine if you could pay someone at Book Riot to climb into the head of your recipient, poke around, and determine the perfect books for their particular brains. This is what TBR does! But, you know, less gross because instead of climbing around in brains, our bibliologists ask cool questions to get the info they need to create incredibly specific and, as the name suggests, tailored book recommendations.
Book of the Month
While we’re talking about book subscription boxes for adults, we’ve got to cover the original, longest lasting book subscription of them all: Book of the Month. This straight-froward option gives the recipient five or more books to choose from each month.
Owl Crate / Owl Crate Jr.
Whether you’re looking for book subscription gifts for adults or kids, Owl Crate has you covered with regular ole Owl Crate and Owl Crate Jr. Both come with books, goodies, and magical reading fun.
Book Subscription Gifts — Snack Edition
Reading is fun but snackin’ and readin’ are double the fun! Send your fave person some cool snacks to keep them munching during their next reading marathon.
I’m a subscriber and big fan of Universal Yums. Every month they focus on a different country and send out treats. I can’t say I love every flavor of every snack they send, but they are generally very interesting and fun to try.
Keep the tummy rumbles at bay for your favorite reader and gift them Kernel Crate, a coolio box that sends various flavors of popcorn on a monthly basis.
Vegancuts Snack Box
Don’t forget the vegan folks in your life! Vegancuts offers the snack box seen here as well as meal boxes, beauty boxes, and more — all certified vegan.
Book Subscription Gifts — Beverage Edition
What else does a reader need to enjoy a good reading stretch? A good bevvie, of course! No matter what their drink of choice, we’ve got them covered.
There are plenty of coffee subscriptions out there but I can personally vouch for Bean Box. They send you freshly roasted, truly delicious coffees each month. I unfortunately no longer have this subscription, but while I did, I tried some exceptional coffees.
I’m not a huge fan of tea but I tried Sips by anyway. They send a curated box of teas each month based on the wants and needs of the sipper. I must say, I was very surprised to learn that, though I’m a coffee girl in and out, some teas are pretty damn good! If your recipient is already well aware of this well established fact, they can get some really special teas from this box.
Shaker and Spoon Cocktail Club
What about those who choose to imbibe? Just because I often will not shut up about the fact that I am a sober person, those of y’all who choose to whet your whistles are encouraged to do so! And this box, which comes with mixers, bar gear, and a whole bunch more, makes it easy to mix up a unique cocktail to enjoy with a favorite book.
Book Subscription Gifts — Candle Edition
When I’m reading for hours on end, I like to get in the MOOD and that involves a lovely candle casting its glow and sending out a lovely scent. You can always pick up some book-scented candles, but if you want the gift that keeps on giving (for three, six, or 12 months), check out some of these candle subscription boxes.
I have tried many candle subscription boxes and Vellabox is by far my favorite. Depending on which box you choose, you get one small, one large, or one of each, plus an extra something. That “something” is usually a sample of a lotion, a new scrubby, or something similar. I love this candle box the most because their scents have deep aromas to them, they support different candle pourers every month, and they use only cardboard and cloth to package their candles. Great job!
Candle Club by Fire Doll Studios
Every month I am shocked by how affordable and lovely Fire Doll Studios’s subscription is. The plan I chose comes with a large pillar candle, complete with dried flowers and other stuff poured right into the candle, a smaller candle, and a fun goodie. These are hand-poured in Champaign, Illinois and come beautifully wrapped. If Vellabox wasn’t my favorite, these folks would be!
Wickbox Luxury Candle Subscription
The next candle subscription box I’ll try is Wickbox. They offer “luxury candles,” and I’m excited to see what that means! They also send out a questionnaire to new subscribers in order to get their customers the scents they’d love most.
Book Subscription Gifts — Recap Edition
Which of these incredible book subscription gifts are you going to give this holiday season? Birthday season? Heck, which one are you going to buy for yourself! Though I’ve tried most of them, I’m always excited to check out the latest and greatest the internet can bring me.
– Tracy Shapley