The Gift That Keeps On Giving: The Best Gift of the Month Clubs
- JULY 10, 2012
- By Selena Kohng
Gift-giving is often one and done, but every once in a while there’s a special someone or occasion that merits more. Enter gift of the month clubs (GOMC’s). Now, these are not your grandma’s GOMCs; they’ve come a long way from fruit baskets. Sure, there’s the standard food and fare, but you’ll also find unique items that are right up their hard-to-please alley. Plus, you’re not necessarily locked into a 12-month commitment; some are seasonal, or even two-month gifts. Check out all the options, or browse our favorites below.
For Literature Lovers
E-book readers may be the new kid on the literary block, but true novel aficionados delight in page-turners—the truest interactive reading experience. So that friend who always corrects your grammar or your English major sister? They’d love a paperback book of the month club. (You can also choose hardcovers, or a mix of both.) Titles are carefully selected by staffers depending on your lucky recipient’s tastes. Bi-monthly and quarterly options are also available.
Serious crossword puzzle fans can be a bit snobby about their selections. Their kryptonite? The New York Times crossword puzzles. Each monthly gift is comprised of 12 puzzles.
What kid wouldn’t love getting a monthly gift? The Lollipop Book Club not only sends a book, but also a personalized note from you and a lollipop each time. (Even Santa only comes once a year, and takes their milk and cookies at that.) Multiple choices abound, including various month subscriptions, options just for boys, just for girls, holiday-themed, and more.
Pamper new moms or other loved ones with bath and body products each month that include bath salts, body creams and more. Fill their home with the fragrance of calming candles, or make them look forward to a rainy day with puzzles that come in varying levels for older kids to get in on the action.
You can never go wrong with flowers for your better half; they’re also a failsafe when you forget anniversaries or holidays. Hopeless romantics will fall head over heels for personalized love letters printed on parchment and burned at the edges. Opt to include a scent for that high school puppy love je ne sais quoi.
Alas, food and beverages still make up the bulk of gift of the month club offerings, but modern options delight even the most discriminating palate. Choose to send award-winning gourmet Wisconsin cheeses, a perfect domestic accompaniment to international wines. Maybe he’s a beer kind of guy? Skip labels he could get on his own and go for rare beers from Brazil, the Netherlands, Japan and other surprising yet pleasing breweries. Impressively specific options are also available for those with a penchant for peanut butter, ice cream, or hot sauce.
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