Whether it’s a new book each month or creative cocktail tasting kits, there is a perfect gift subscription box out there for everyone
With shops closed, online Christmas gifts are the early-bird response. Extra treats are needed in 2021, so here are gifts that keep on giving.
A regular subscription, fully Covid-safe delivered right to your door. What’s more, you’ll be supporting Irish suppliers.
Always tasty, some really good Irish local producers include GIY Grow box ( growbox.ie) from RTEs Mick Kelly in Co Waterford. Four seasonal boxes with seeds, instructions, pots and compost for €89.99 for the lot.
Beanandgoose.ie in Wexford sends two 70g bars of artisan chocolate every month, with tasting notes, from €45 (three months) €84 (six months) and €164 (12 months).
Get a selection of hot sauces, including the ‘chillionaire’ if you dare, from rebelchilli.com in Cork. €17.99 per quarterly delivery.
A hamper of at least six top products from irelandsartisanpantry.com featuring a different county each month from €44.99. three-, six- and 12-month subscriptions.
On-themenu.com is a new, personalised recipe service with shopping lists individually curated for breakfast, lunch and/or dinners. €18 for two weeks, €99 for three months.
The vegan variety gift box from foodsofathenry.ie offers delicious treats from €29.90.
Sheridan’s cheese club has yummy one- to 12-month delivery options from €45 at sheridanscheesemongers.com
Ardkeen.com send quarterly ‘food heroes’ hampers (seven to 10 products) monthly from €25 (veggie) to €105 (luxury).
Lots on offer here, whether it’s beer, wine or a caffeine fix.
O’Brien’s Craft Beer Club delivers six bottles of beer and tasting notes each month for €84 (three months) or €165 (six months).
3fe.com sends speciality coffee monthly for six months months (€72), with tasting notes. Pick your own or go for the ‘lucky drip’ option.
Blackwater Distillery’s Tasters Club sends out two bottles of gin/spirits, recipes and invites to virtual tasting parties. €39.99 per box (€105 for three, €185 per year).
Moyee Coffee Club ( moyeecoffee.ie) will deliver 2kg of curated coffee every month from €24.75–€49.50.
If you love spirits, but not the alcohol, then Silk Tree ( silktreebotanics.com) is for you. Six bottles sent every eight weeks for €160.
If you prefer wine, (and I do!), like I do, take a quick diagnostic quiz and receive three bottles of wine not available in supermarkets, tasting notes and food pairing suggestions for €49 plus postage from boxofwine.ie
In Galway, thetwelvehotel.ie will send out a cocktail tasting pack serving six with treats, in vacuum packed bags for €90 pm (10pc discount for three months).
Anamcoffee.ie in the Burren has a single origin coffee subscription and brew guide (you select the type) from €47 (three months).
Listokedistillery.ie will send a 700ml bottle of gin, tonic, garnishes and surprise gifts for €135 for three months or €255 for six.
Get a top football kit delivered every month for €39.99, including a club shirt and two other branded kit pieces from footballkitbox.com, based in Galway.
If you love music then a great retro offer is from lovesvinyl.com, which will let you select freshly pressed vinyl albums by genre, a compilation EP and bonus gifts for €29 pm, with three-, six- and 12-month subscriptions available.
Readers love getting surprise books. Choose your favourite genre at thebookresort.ie for €99 (three months) or €390 (12 months) and receive a book, chocolates and a handmade gift every month.
In Limerick, O’Mahony’s Bookstore ( omahonys.ie) has a ‘book a month’ subscription from €175 per annum. Great for kids and adults alike.
We’re all in need of a little extra ‘me time’ at the moment, so how lovely would it be to receive a regular delivery of nice things.
Thepamperpal.com is €18 pm (15pc off now), for a three- to 12-month subscription box of beauty products.
Irishsocksociety.ie sends a random fun pair every month for €27 (three months) to €90 (12 months).
Skindeepbox.ie send four deliveries a year, worth €150 each, for €35 pm.
I love Thomp2.com’s ’sockscription’ for €9.99 pm, from Thomas Barry’s fabulous enterprise. Thomas has down syndrome and a portion goes to charity.
Clubgigi.com is a new service offering razor packs for ladies, four blades for €12.99.
Bumblebeeflowerfarm.ie deliver three seasonal bouquets for €120 from a selection.
Newmoonblooms.ie sends you fresh flowers with a video guide to arranging from €35 pm.
De Danu ( dedanu.ie) has luxury organic wellness subscription boxes for €50 pm.
ChiFlow shiatsu sessions for €20 pm are available from joannefaulkner.ie.
Village Vets ( villagevest.ie) has unlimited vet visits, vaccinations and 20pc off food and treatments from €16 pm.
VMTVs Pete the Vet’s new petfixclub.com gives advice, triage, advice and guides from €7 pm.
You always take a chance giving someone a gym subscription! But for people who love their fitness, a subscription is a great gift. With all of them online, there’s no need to stay too local.
All gyms offer monthly subscriptions, but find one which will allow you cancel without penalty.
Dublin-based Naomh Kirwan has moved all her master pilates classes online, offering unlimited sessions at all levels for €70 pm. ( swaypilates.ie).
Sign up to a range of online stretching and mobility and meditation classes from €35 p.m. (€180 for six months) for full access from bodyfirstpt.ie in Duleek.
Charities have been unable to collect money in the normal way, so why not sign up for a subscription in someone else’s name. Make sure your chosen charity is registered ( charitiesregulator.ie).