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While it's always safe to give a gift off the registry or a gift card you know will be put to good use, we also love when people get creative and give a gift truly unique and special. With subscription services booming in popularity, we've rounded up our favorite services that can be easily (and thoughtfully) gifted as the perfect engagement or shower gift. What's better than gifts that keep on giving?
For the engaged foodie in your life, Blue Apron is a no brainer. Offering free delivery nationwide, the service combines original recipes created by chefs and a culinary team, pre-measured and packaged fresh ingredients, with step by step instructions to turn anyone into a super chef, in the comfort of their own kitchens. Even better, recipients can select their delivery day around their own personal schedules, and choose entrée options based on dietary preferences. With different plans and pricing available, trust us, when in the throes of wedding planning, convenient meal plans like this are clutch.
Well, duh! A subscription to BRIDES is just what any soon-to-be Mrs. needs, and wants. Nothing's better than having on the spot access to the world of weddings delivered to your door step each month. Having hard copies of our magazine is perfect for creating inspiration and vision boards, planning ideas, the latest wedding trends, and more. Plus, who doesn't love getting snail mail?
Every bride-to-be needs some time away from planning to 'Netflix and chill.' Netflix gift cards can be used towards a year's subscription to the movie and tv-show streaming services that has taken the country by storm. Offering various tiers to their subscriptions that include streaming-only or additionally mailed DVDs, Netflix makes the perfect gift for the couples who have some catching up to do on their favorite shows, or loves cozy movie nights in.
Birchbox subscribers swear by this service which brings monthly beauty samples adorably packaged and ready to be tested. For those who can spend hours in Sephora mulling over what to buy, this can be a lifesaver. Before committing to full size products, Birchbox sends out samples meant especially for the individual subscriber, based on their beauty profiles they create themselves. The service also offers discounts and recommendations in each box, making it the perfect present for the beauty-obsessed, or anyone who likes to try before they buy.
With a subscription to FabFitFun, every three months a gift box filled with seasonal goodies (full-sized, too) will be delivered to the recipients door to help them stay stylish, on trend, and healthy throughout the new season. Boxes are chock full of skincare and beauty products, fashion accessories, fitness gear, and more — all items anyone soon walking down the aisle will be sure to love.
Wine delivery? Yes please! To give a gift of Club W, you can choose an amount as a gift card that can be redeemed for personalized wines, gift packages or wine subscriptions. Recipients can complete the Palate Profile to determine their own unique preferences and wine tastebuds, and Club W will take care of the rest. As the recipient rates their bottles, their recommendations become even more personalized and delicious. Extra bonuses? Members can skip a month at any time (although we're not sure why you'd want to), there's no mandated monthly commitment AND the company promises you will "never pay for a bottle you don't like." Sign us up!
Many brides-to-be can attest to the importance of coffee throughout the early mornings and late nights of wedding planning. For the java loving couple, Craft Coffee offers tons of varieties of freshly-roasted coffee, delivered to doorsteps within just days of roasting! With three different package and subscription options that start at just $29.99/month, there's something for everyone. Depending on your preferences, you can keep it consistent with your favorite brew, or be a bit adventurous trying new and exotic blends and flavors. Either way, it's a coffee lover's dream.