If you want to pick a holiday gift that will be remembered long after New Year’s, it’s time to revisit of-the-month clubs. They’re literally the gift that keeps on giving.
But these aren’t your run-of-the-mill of-the-month clubs, with repeat shipments of fruit or popcorn from one food maker—the latest batches are a discerning foodie’s delight.
Most pick up on indie and artisanal brands you might not otherwise find, while sourcing picks that are organic, gluten-free or otherwise healthy.
Some subscriptions have a three-month minimum, while others let you set the budget and pay for as many months as you’d like (or send the recipient a gift card redeemable toward the club’s price.)
In any case, be sure to check sites like RetailMeNot.com and FatWallet.com for coupon codes and other deals. NatureBox offers $10 off a first offer, and TasteGuru members get 20% off a first order.
10 clubs to check out, with starting prices ranging from $10 to $75 a month:
Love with Food
Starting price: $10/month
Not only does a subscription get you a box with at least eight foods, but the company buys a meal for a hungry child with each box purchased.
Picks are organic, all-natural, non-GMO, gluten-free or free of artificial ingredients. Recent boxes have included items such as Snapea Crisps and snack-size hummus.
Starting price: $18/month
A new club, UrthBox sold its first boxes in November. Subscribers can pick a regular box or one to fit specific needs, including gluten-free or weight loss.
All include organic and non-GMO picks. Each box holds 20 items; picks in the first box included Love Crunch and Chia Squeeze.
Starting price: $19/month
Celebrity nutritionist Heather Bauer hand-selects the contents of each month’s box of healthy snacks.
Among the recent picks: GimMe roasted seaweed snacks and Zico coconut water.
Starting price: $19.95/month
NatureBox promises “wholesome, handpicked snacks” that have been approved by a nutritionist. (Other no-no’s include artificial sweeteners and colors, and partially hydrogenated oils.)
Subscribers get five full-sized packs each month; recent picks have included baked sweet potato fries and honey crunch crisps.
Starting price: $20/month
Each box includes five or six sample sizes of artisanal ingredients and condiments; members also get discounts on full-size products and other wares at the site’s shop.
Picks have included a spiced sour cherry spread, basil olive oil and a five-pepper spice blend.
Starting price: $25/month
For foodies who want to avoid gluten, TasteGuru pulls together gourmet gluten-free boxes. Recent picks have included Gratify gluten-free pretzels and KIND oats and honey clusters.
Starting price: $30/month
The subscription price gets you seven to 10 full-size gluten-free foods each month.
Recent picks have included Matt’s Munchies fruit leather, and Haily Merry “grawnola.”
Starting price: $36/month
Each month, get enough spirits and mixers to make two each of two specially picked cocktails.
For example, a recent box included the makings for Sparkling Applejack Cider and an Applejack Crusta.
Starting price: $50/month
The indie food site offers quirky takes on of-the-month clubs, letting subscribers opt for 3, 6, 9 or 12 months of themed deliveries, all from small producers you might not have heard of.
Choices include pickles, cocktail mixers and nibbles, snacks, cookies, chocolates, jerky, and sweets—and of course, a mixed pick of the site’s new food discoveries.
Bitters + Bottles
Starting price: $75/month
Stock your home bar with this club, which sends out at least one sipping spirit each month or, with the cocktail option, bottles and recipes for trendy cocktails.
Frugal Foodie is a journalist based in New York City who spends her days writing about personal finance and obsessing about what she’ll have for dinner. Chat with her on Twitter through @MintFoodie.