The 2021 Christmas subscription gift list: Gifts that keep giving

Vinyl Me, Please offers a subscription service for new pressings of classic albums and new releases.
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Vinyl Me, Please offers a subscription service for new pressings of classic albums and new releases.

Credit: Matt Fiedler/Courtesy of Vinyl Me, Please

Credit: Matt Fiedler/Courtesy of Vinyl Me, Please

Check your naughty and nice list then send a Christmas gift that goes beyond this holiday season with subscription services.

The following seven brands offer a range of presents including a non-alcoholic soda subscription, monthly wine delivered to your recipient’s door, flowers and more. There’s a pair of subscription gifts for kids that will keep them busy in the kitchen or working on creative do-it-yourself activities. Subscription commitments vary so gift givers can opt for a one-time present or others that have monthly increments, up to a year, which creates Christmas cheer beyond Dec. 25.

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Entertain your favorite bibliophile with a book subscription.

Credit: Courtesy of Book of the Month

Entertain your favorite bibliophile with a book subscription.
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Entertain your favorite bibliophile with a book subscription.

Credit: Courtesy of Book of the Month

Credit: Courtesy of Book of the Month

For the bibliophiles. Your favorite family member or friend who enjoys books will jump for joy with a three-, six- or 12-month subscription to Book of the Month. Recipients have access to early releases and can opt in or out of a book each month, effectively allowing them to shop from various collections on your dime. There are more than a dozen genres to choose from including narrative nonfiction, mystery, science fiction, young adult books and more. Recent book offerings include “Will” by Will Smith and Mark Manson, “Harlem Shuffle” by Colson Whitehead, “Maid” by Stephanie Land and “How To Marry Keanu Reeves In 90 Days” by K.M. Jackson. This gift will be one for the books. $49.99-$169.99. bookofthemonth.com.

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Kids can showcase their culinary skills with a monthly cooking kit delivered to their door.

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Kids can showcase their culinary skills with a monthly cooking kit delivered to their door.
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Kids can showcase their culinary skills with a monthly cooking kit delivered to their door.

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Credit: Courtesy of Kidstir

What’s cooking? Young sous chefs will delight in a cooking club just for kids with a subscription to Kidstir which features a kit filled with kitchen tools, paper recipes as well as access to online ones, a magazine, stickers and more. Membership also has it perks in the form of a free apron and mitt. While the culinary kit is for kids, it’s a great way for families to stir up good times by cooking together or celebrate scrumptious dishes by future chefs. Kits are available as one-, three- and six-month or annual subscriptions. $23.99-$239.88. kidstir.com.

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Send the gift of thirst-quenching, flavorful non-alcoholic drinks this Christmas and beyond.

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Send the gift of thirst-quenching, flavorful non-alcoholic drinks this Christmas and beyond.
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Send the gift of thirst-quenching, flavorful non-alcoholic drinks this Christmas and beyond.

Credit: Courtesy of Heidi’s Bridge

Credit: Courtesy of Heidi’s Bridge

Drink up. What exactly is a leisure drink? Casamara Club offers a range of door-delivered six- or 12-pack non-alcoholic spritzy sodas to quench one’s thirst for up to eight weeks. Flavors have fancy names like Como, an easy orange leisure soda and Alta, the aperitivo leisure soda. Beverages can be ordered in cans or bottles as one flavor or a variety. The latter is perfect to drink and chill. $30 and up. casamaraclub.com.

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A monthly subscription to fun, creative DIY activity kits will keep preteens entertained. Photo credit: Toca Life Box

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A monthly subscription to fun, creative DIY activity kits will keep preteens entertained.
Photo credit: Toca Life Box
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A monthly subscription to fun, creative DIY activity kits will keep preteens entertained. Photo credit: Toca Life Box

Credit: Courtesy of Toca Life Box

Credit: Courtesy of Toca Life Box

For the kids. Children can enjoy fun, do-it-yourself activities delivered monthly with the Toca Life Box. Subscriptions feature games like finger sports with a “boxing ring” and basketball, hair salon with colorful tresses and graffiti package with airbrush markers. Each creative package is recommended for children ages 6-11. Monthly subscriptions are $19; annual $180. tocalifebox.com.

Wine not? Oenophiles will appreciate Gratsi, on online wine service that ships red or white wine direct to consumer with customizable delivery options, special discounts, a complimentary set of glasses and deck of cards with the first purchase. Subscriptions feature four bottles of wine that are noted for remaining fresh 30 days after the first pour which makes this the gift that keeps on giving for those planning future dinner parties. $70. gratsi.com.

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A 1966 classic from Buck Owens and Hiis Buckaroos is the December country album of the month from Vinyl Me, Please.

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A 1966 classic from Buck Owens and Hiis Buckaroos is the December country album of the month from Vinyl Me, Please.
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A 1966 classic from Buck Owens and Hiis Buckaroos is the December country album of the month from Vinyl Me, Please.

Credit: Courtesy of Vinyl Me, Please

Credit: Courtesy of Vinyl Me, Please

Go for a spin. Streaming may be the way most people get their music, but there’s a growing contingent of folks going for the old-school option: vinyl. Albums are back, and there are several places that offer a subscription. One of the biggest is Vinyl Me, Please. You can choose a three- or six-month subscription, or spring for the whole year. There are four “tracks” — essentials, classics, hip-hop or country — but recipients can change tracks any time. And your favorite vinyl fan will think of you every month when they receive a new album. Recent offerings include the Meters’ 1974 New Orleans funk classic “Rejuvenation” and the 1966 “Carnegie Hall Concert” by Buck Owens and His Buckaroos, an album documenting one of country music’s finest bands at its peak. VMP also offers gift cards, so you can let them choose their own plan. $119-$399. vinylmeplease.com.

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A gift of flowers weekly, monthly or year-round can brighten someone’s day.

Credit: Courtesy of The Bouqs Co.

A gift of flowers weekly, monthly or year-round can brighten someone’s day.
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A gift of flowers weekly, monthly or year-round can brighten someone’s day.

Credit: Courtesy of The Bouqs Co.

Credit: Courtesy of The Bouqs Co.

Flower power. Brighten someone’s day with a delivery of flowers weekly, biweekly, monthly or bimonthly with a subscription to The Bouqs Co. Gift givers can select the frequency and recipient with each order so essentially flowers can be delivered to Mom one week, a significant other the next month and so forth. Bouquet sizes range from 10-45 stems with a variety of floral arrangements; this is a nice option for someone who needs to stop and smell the roses. $40-$65 per order. bouqs.com.