The only thing better than one thoughtful gift? One that arrives at your door every month. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite subscription boxes – and trust us, they go far beyond the Fruit of the Month Club.
The Gorgeous Spice Club Holiday Gift Subscription, The Gorgeous Spice Company
For its subscription boxes, this Canadian company pairs a more classic spice with an innovative, premium blend to encourage a little more experimentation in the kitchen. Bonus: Each kit also comes with a recipe-filled zine and a playlist for you to cook along to.
Thoughtfull Book & Wine Club Subscription, Megalomaniac Wines x Thoughtfull
This genius gift prompts subscribers to select their preferred genre of book (contemporary fiction, romantic comedy, mystery/suspense or historical fiction) and number of deliveries (two or four shipments) to set themselves up a perfect night in. Books are selected by Indigo of book experts, while wines are supplied by the award-winning team at Niagara’s Megalomaniac Wines.
Discovery Subscription Box, État de Choc
Satisfy their sweet tooth with a three-, six- or 12-month subscription to Montreal chocolatier État de choc, which features four to five of the shop’s most coveted treats. Flavours could potentially include corn and chili pepper and maple and miso dark chocolate.
The Lux Lab (Premium Cookie Subscription), Colossal Cookie Co.
This Canadian cookie brand’s irresistible subscription boxes—which can be be delivered for a period of three, six or 12 months—are filled with both classic and limited-edition flavours, like the Cara-Latte, which is made with Italian espresso, Swiss cocoa powder, caramel and two types of Belgian chocolate.
Monthly Tea Subscription Box, Amoda
Canadian tea brand Amoda offers four of its premium teas (about enough for 16-18 cups), biodegradable tea filters and professional tasting guides that break down the notes of each blend in their monthly boxes. And if you’re trying to cut back on caffeine, you can opt for its low-caffeine box, which offers an array of rooibos, green, white and herbal teas.
Ultimate Honey Lovers, Chandler Honey
Chandler Honey founder Tique Chandler grew up beekeeping on her family’s farm in Alberta. That’s where she sources the honey for her unique products, before hand-infusing it in Toronto with wholesome ingredients to make creative flavours like Crème Brûlée, Pina Colada and Mocha for her three-month subscription boxes.
SnackCrate Subscription Box, SnackCrate
One of the best parts about travelling is sampling different snack foods around the world. SnackCrate makes sure you’re never missing out on global flavours with specially curated kits packed with sweet and savoury treats from a different country—say, South Korea, Czechia and Portugal—every month.
The Gift of Ramen, Crafty Ramen
Each one of these subscription kits (offered for three- and six-month terms) from Guelph, Ont.-based company Crafty Ramen contains a DIY ramen meal with choice for different types of broth, protein and toppings)—a.k.a. everything a ramen lover could ever want. Upgrade to an “everything” box for a set of bowls, chopsticks and wooden renge spoons, too. Currently, the kits only ship within Ontario, but the brand plans to expand to B.C. soon.
Lucifer’s Hot Box Hot Sauce Subscription, Lucifer’s House of Heat
Beware when ordering this subscription box from Vancouver-based Lucifer’s House of Heat. You’ll get a random assortment of four fiery hot sauces, but they’ll be based upon the heat tier you select upon placing your order: mild/medium, medium/hot or hot/hottest.
Parachute Coffee Gift Subscription, Parachute Coffee
While you can sign up for regular deliveries of medium and dark roast beans, we recommend opting for the seasonal offering from the Canadian rosters at Parachute Coffee: Every month, they hand-select a different option from around the world, picked from only the most fertile grounds at precisely the right time.