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11 Gifts That Literally Keep on Giving

By Aislyn Greene & Dana Brindle


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Make only one subscription gift purchase, but more than one gift is on its way.

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Make only one subscription gift purchase, but more than one gift is on its way.

Subscription and membership gifts will open their world—or bring the world to their front door.

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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, theres a membership gift that will last long after the New Years champagne has run dry.

ClassPass membership goes beyond just yoga sessions.


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

Give the gift of hygge with a subscription to Heima.

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

We'll have what Katz's is having.

Katz’s Delicatessen Monthly Subscription

New Yorks iconic Katzs 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

Can't go wrong with monthly French jewelry from Emma & Chloe.

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

Little travelers like subscription gifts, too!

KiwiCo Atlas Crate

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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

Great gift for your favorite book worm? A book club in a box.


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

Grow that vinyl collection with records by global musicians.

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

Art collection can start with a holiday gift to Papirmass.


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

We'll take a scoop of peaches and vanilla. Hold the sprinkles.

Salt & Straw Seasonal Pints Club

Keep your favorite sweet-lovers 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

Frequent flyers will love all the perks of Priority Pass.

Priority Pass

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

Coffee comes to your door with a subscription to Modern Recreation.

Modern Recreation

That friend who loves to wax poetic about a pour-over? Sign her or him up for Modern Recreations 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

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