Gift Guide: Subscriptions

Give a gift that keeps on delivering long after the wrapping paper has been thrown away:

Best for Film Buffs: Mubi 

Tired of endlessly scrolling through Netflix’s vast selection of Blockbusters? Mubi cuts through the noise with a carefully edited selection of 30 films on offer every month. Find cult, classic, independent and award-winning films from around the world – this month the selection includes French arthouse thriller, Stranger By the Lake and Ruth Beckermann’s essayistic road movie, A Fleeting Passage to the Orient. €71,88 for a year’s subscription mubi.com

Best Subscription for the Green Fingered: Rakesprogress Magazine 

Every issue is a sell-out, so sign up for a yearly subscription to guarantee a copy lands on your doormat. A beautifully put together independent magazine that celebrates gardens, flowers, plants and landscapes. They also run popular pop-up events, supper clubs and more. Yearly subscription £40 for 4 issues, rakesprogressmagazine.com

Best Subscription for Audiobook Fans: Audible 

Endless audio books at your fingertips – everything from the latest bestsellers like Adam Kay narrating This Is Going to Hurt, to classics like Steven Fry’s Harry Potter, to children’s books, biography and audible’s own releases like Jeanette Winterson’s Christmas Days stories. 3 months for £23.99 for 3 months, £47.99 for 6 months or £69.99 for a year. audible.co.uk

Best for Teens: Lutyens & Rubinstein Boarders Book Club 

Lutyens & Rubinstein offer all sorts of brilliant book subscriptions from cookbooks to baby books. We particularly love the Boarders Book Club – the perfect present for children or teens away at school, or just to cheer up term-time at home. Receive a new book every month of the school year – not only will they correspond to the child’s interest but they’ll be the latest publications by age range. £105 for a year. lutyensrubinstein.co.uk

Best Subscription for Music: Stack

A great selection of music from Classical to Contemporary – search by theme like Sleep, Summer or Fast, Medium and Slow. There’s not as much on there as you’ll find on Spotify but all the hard work has been done for you, pulling together collections of songs you actually want to listen to. Sam Taylor’s Johnson’s Mixtape (above) is the latest to be added to the mix. £19.99 for a year’s subscription, download for free and then there’s the option to Gift a Friend. itunes.apple.com

Best for a pick-me-up: The Odd Flower

Flowers never fail to make someone’s day. Why not extend this, so that they’ll receive a delivery of seasonal blooms every week, fortnight or month? New kid on the block, The Odd Flower offer a luxury subscription service that arrives in a treat-y white box with a ribbon. From £117 for 3 monthly deliveries. theoddflower.com

Best Subscription for Children: OKIDO 

A monthly arts and science magazine especially for 3 to 7 year old’s. Stories, doodles, poems, games, experiments, a family recipe and a pull-out centrefold activity. Order by 19 December for Christmas. £30 for 6 months or £50 for a year. okido.com

Best Subscription for the Stressed-Out: The Idler 

The clue’s in the name with the Idler, where the idea is to slow down and find a deeper meaning to your existence, whether that’s taking up the harmonica, learning calligraphy or debating the meaning of life. Subscriptions include Print (£39.95 for bi-monthly magazine delivered to the door), Digital (£39.99 for digital access to the bi-monthly magazine) or Academy which includes print and digital as well as a new online course every month and unlimited access to the online course archive for £95 per year. idler.co.uk

Best Subscription for Theatre-lovers: The Donmar 

Get access to tickets before they’re released to the general public with a membership to the Donmar. There’s also a regular offering of member events – talks from the company and a bi-annual magazine. From £75 donmarwarehouse.com

Best Subscription for Interiors-Fans: Cabana 

True collectors’ items, the covers alone are so beautiful you’d want them to sit on your coffee table forever. Inside find luxury interiors with exquisite objects, unusual prints, decorative fabrics and cutting-edge architecture. Annual subscription, £44 for two issues, cabanamagazine.com

Best Subscription for Writers: Write and Shine 

We’ve posted about these wonderful Write and Shine workshops before. Sign someone up for the gift of time, space and guidance to be creative, just the impetus all writers need in the new year! It’s a bargain too, just £129 for access to all the workshops and retreats for the winter season. Alternatively, give a workshop (£19) or two (£38) or three (£57). write-and-shine.com

— Daisy Allsup
12th December 2018