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How Subscriptions Can Make Remote Gifting More Meaningful

Kelly Wright
ByKelly WrightNov 18, 2021 | 0 comments

Remote gifting is not a new thing. We have all done it dozens of times. I’m pretty sure it just used to be called “mailing a gift”, but I know everything needs a fancy new name these days.

I’m also pretty sure that comment just made me sound like my Grandma.

While remote gifting might not be a new thing, the way we experience it certainly is. Last year my family and I did a Secret Santa gift exchange.

We invited the aunts, uncles, cousins, significant others, everyone was invited to join! Our extended family stretches from the east coast in Florida to the west coast in Idaho, so there is very little chance of getting everyone together at the same time. Plus, Covid made it downright impossible to get together last year. So, we all picked names out of a virtual hat, sent off our gifts, and then had a big Zoom call a few days before Christmas to reveal them. It was loud, chaotic, and a whole lot of fun.

We’ve actually decided to make it a yearly tradition and I’ve been eyeing some great subscription gifts to snag for our upcoming Secret Santa gift exchange. I want something that will make my family think of me more than just while opening it that one day a year. I want them to know that I really put thought and care into their gift. Of course, lots of presents can do that, but I really do love the idea of them getting something each month that I know they will use and love.

The Best Subscription Gifts for Remote Giving

Gifting someone a subscription is a commitment. You have to really be sure that they are going to love it. But that’s also why it makes such a great and meaningful gift. I feel like subscription gifts are really reserved for the most important people in your life. The ones that you make the effort to stay close with, regardless of distances or life’s challenges. If you have a few of those special people in your life that want to make smile all year long, check out our list below of some great subscription ideas.

KiwiCo

Last year the grandparents also wanted to do something extra special for our kids since they weren’t going to be able to see them during the holidays. So, they bought them each a year’s subscription to KiwiCo. It was great to do the projects and then call the grandparents showing them what they had made. It also made our kids think about the grandparents each month when the box showed up at the door.

When they were finally able to visit, they were then able to do a few projects together with the kids and really enjoy it first-hand. It was a great way to bring their gift full circle. Plus, they also have a great new group gift option, so multiple people can get in on the gift-giving! Just put in your goal amount and then send out the link to whomever you think would want to chip in. Once your goal amount is reached, a KiwiCo gift card is sent out for them to choose which box they would like to try!

Price: Varies from $20.95 bi-monthly to $31.95 monthly depending on the line

ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! Save 50% off your first box!
CODE: MSA50

Check out our KiwiCo reviews to learn more!

Shaker & Spoon

photo of four glasses filled with the drink The Grand Gimlet for Shaker & Spoon

Sometimes sharing an experience is just as good, if not better, than a physical gift. But how do you do that when you aren’t physically near the ones you love?

Well, thankfully subscriptions actually make this easy! Our coworker, Lindsey, has a friend who just gifted her sister a Shaker & Spoon subscription. They plan on setting up a monthly cocktail hour together where they make the drinks in each box and then enjoy them together. It’s just a little extra something to make that time spent together more memorable and special.

Each month they will receive recipes for three different types of cocktails with ingredients to make four cocktails of each kind. Alcohol is not included, but every other ingredient and garnish is, making it easy to sit down at night and enjoy a specialty cocktail.

Price: $50/monthly

ACTIVE DEAL: $10 off any length subscription
CODE: MSA10

Check out our Shaker & Spoon reviews to learn more!

Hunt a Killer

items from the hunt a killer box

 

And it’s not just cocktails you can do this with. If you are craving a game night with the family, why not grab two subscriptions to Hunt a Killer and have a monthly game night together? Set up a Zoom call and piece through the clues to solve the mystery. When you can’t be together, what’s the next best thing? Solving a murder together, of course!

Get the adrenaline going while solving a fun murder mystery with family and friends. It’s also the perfect subscription gift to give to anyone that has a serious competitive streak! Combine it with the Shaker & Spoon subscription above and really up your Zoom game!

Price: $30.00/monthly

ACTIVE DEAL: Get 25% off your first box
CODE: MSA25

Check out our Hunt a Killer reviews to learn more!

Book of the Month Club

photo of orange chair with books on the seat

Grab this subscription for your bookworm friends and then set up a book club where you can all discuss the book together. With Book of the Month, whether you are in the same room or half a world away, it can be a great social hour to reconnect. Sometimes just knowing someone is doing the same thing as you helps you to feel more connected.

Price: $15.99/monthly

ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! First book for $5 with code BOXEDUP
CODE: BOXEDUP

Check out our Book of the Month reviews to learn more!

The Sill

Plants just seem to make everyone smile. Send a subscription of The Sill to your friends and give them a reason to smile all year long. From succulents to Birds of Paradise, anything is game with The Sill subscription gift!

Each plant also comes with an adorable planter, so even if your friend turns out to be a brown thumb, they will have a cute planter to use for additional plants in the future.

Price: $60/quarterly

Check out our The Sill reviews to learn more!

Moms and Babes Box

Moms and Babes Box all products

This is a great subscription to gift any time of the year! Send it off to your friend or family member who is about to welcome a little one and help make their life just a tiny bit easier. Because we all know being a mom is one of the hardest jobs there is!

Wipes, snacks, ointments, coffee…there are goodies in there for both mom and babe! The Moms + Babes boxes are gender neutral so you also don’t need to worry about picking the wrong one! They recently combined their infants, toddler, and young children boxes, so there is not an exact age on who these boxes are good for. However, the products seem to range from newborn up to approximately 3 years old.

Price: $59.00/seasonally

Check out our Moms + Babes reviews to learn more!


Do you have any great remote gifting subscription ideas? Let us know in the comments below! And be sure to check out our box directory if you are still looking for that perfect gift.

Kelly Wright
Kelly Wright
Kelly is a travel-loving mom to two very active little boys (3 if you count her husband!) and loves finding new products or subscriptions that will fit into their family's active lifestyle. When she is not planning their next trip or outdoor adventure, you can find her on the couch in comfy pants, drinking a glass of wine, and hunting down her next binge-worthy series.

Kelly Wright
Kelly Wright
Kelly is a travel-loving mom to two very active little boys (3 if you count her husband!) and loves finding new products or subscriptions that will fit into their family's active lifestyle. When she is not planning their next trip or outdoor adventure, you can find her on the couch in comfy pants, drinking a glass of wine, and hunting down her next binge-worthy series.
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