The old maxim holds true: The best gift is the one that keeps on giving. Whether the traveler on your list is a vinyl aficionado with eclectic tastes or a former New Yorker jonesing for proper pastrami, there’s a membership gift that will last long after the New Year’s champagne has run dry.
ClassPass provides access to thousands of U.S. fitness studios, but the robust subscription service also offers nonfitness options, including access to museums, zoos, theaters, botanical gardens, or concert venues.
From $45/month. classpass.com
The Heima Box
The monthly subscription from Heima, a Scandinavian housewares company, is hygge in a box. A delivery might include a fringed pillow sewn by an artist in Sweden or a ceramic mug hand-thrown in Iceland.
From $78 for a three-month subscription. theheimabox.com
Katz’s Delicatessen Monthly Subscription
New York’s iconic Katz’s Delicatessen drops a multi-pound box of cured meats, pickles, sweets, and breads on members each month, like manna from deli heaven. Each month is themed: June celebrates pastrami, while September brings a brisket-and-babka feast fit for the High Holidays.
$450 for a three-month subscription. katzdelicatessen.com
Emma & Chloé
Each month, Emma & Chloé spotlights a different French jewelry maker and sends members a single piece—one month might bring a jade statement ring, the next a pair of fan-shaped earrings inspired by Mayan culture.
From $35/month. emma-chloe.com
KiwiCo Atlas Crate
Help kids explore the world via hands-on, travel-inspired projects. KiwiCo.’s Atlas Crate starts broad—little ones can build their own globe—and then narrows to country-specific crates, such as Japan (featuring a traditional game and a recipe for onigiri rice balls) and Peru (featuring a DIY antara flute and an introduction to textile weaving).
From $20/month. kiwico.com
Think of Reads as the club version of a well-read friend. The company partners with people in creative fields (from scientists to authors) who choose two titles from their own personal libraries each month to send to members. Available for kids and adults.
From $55/month. reads.com
Vinyl Me, Please
Vinyl Me, Please delivers all the thrill of a vinyl store, without the legwork. Every month, members receive an album from an international artist, such as Japanese American singer-songwriter Mitski and the late Ethiopian funk musician Ayalew Mesfin. Each album is pressed on colored or patterned vinyl and is paired with a cocktail recipe inspired by the music.
From $29/month. vinylmeplease.com
Toronto-based Papirmass lets friends build up their own personal art galleries. Members receive monthly pieces—illustrations, paintings, collages, and more, each with a piece of creative writing on the back—from emerging artists all over the world.
$144 for a 12-month subscription. papirmass.com
Salt & Straw Seasonal Pints Club
Keep your favorite sweet-lover’s freezer stocked with ice cream from the beloved West Coast scoop shop, Salt & Straw. Each month, that lucky person will receive five (oh yes, five) pints of the latest seasonal flavors, say, peach and vanilla bean in September or gingerbread cookie dough in December.
$195 for a three-month subscription. saltandstraw.com
Give the gift of airport ease: Priority Pass operates more than 1,200 lounges in airports around the world. Members get free Wi-Fi, food, and beverages, as well as around-the-clock access to support services.
From $99/year. prioritypass.com
That friend who loves to wax poetic about a pour-over? Sign her or him up for Modern Recreation’s coffee subscription, which sends two bags of beans each month, sourced from roasters around the world (Japan, Iceland, and Scotland are on the list).
From $65/month. modrec.cc