FOR FOODIES: Pasta Evangelists
Every week, Pasta Evangelists releases a new menu of ten dishes, each designed to bring a taste of Italy into British kitchens. Arriving straight to customers' homes, each box includes fresh handmade pasta, an authentic Italian sauce, garnishes and instructions on how to prepare the dish in minutes. Choose from popular dishes such as wild boar and red wine ragu; wild mushroom ravioli; and cacio e pepe. In light of Covid-19, the team has organised a special care package developed in partnership with Age UK. Order it for yourself or for a loved-one who needs it to make mealtimes easier, and £5 from each package sold will be donated to Age UK.
FOR FRESH FLOWERS: FLOWERBX
FLOWERBX is one of the biggest – and certainly the chicest – online flower companies in the world, with clients including Jimmy Choo, Bottega Veneta, Dior and Tom Ford. Its subscription service was created to celebrate the season's best flower varieties and make it easier for customers to enjoy them in at home or send as a gift. Subscribers can select from three options – Classic, Premium or Rose – and the team will source the freshest seasonal blooms direct from the growers. Best of all, each flower delivery arrives with a complimentary vase, allowing for instant impact and minimal fuss.
FOR MONTHLY GREENERY: BloomBox Club
If houseplants are more your thing, look to BloomBox Club. Users can create a green oasis at home with one of the company’s monthly plant boxes. Each box contains a surprise plant, a specially chosen ceramic pot and a care card to make your new addition work well in its new home. Plants are chosen based on beauty and hardiness and are always sourced from carefully selected growers, ensuring the highest quality plants. They come in 12cm or 14cm growing pots and mature in different ways and at different rates, ensuring a real variety throughout your home.
FOR NEW READS: Daunt Books
This luxe subscription service from London institution Daunt Books sees yearly subscribers receive a new title every month, according to their tastes. Customers can pick their first book with the help of one of the shop’s expert booksellers before receiving a book, carefully chosen by the team, every month. Booksellers are always delighted to hear from subscribers with any guidance – such as likes, dislikes, favourite authors, books or genres – but you can also choose to leave it entirely up to them for a real surprise each month, which always arrives beautifully wrapped.
FOR SURPRISE SNACKS: Japan Centre Pop Culture Snack Box
We love the look of the Japan Centre’s monthly Pop Culture Snack Box, which delivers a colourful, exciting and ever-changing selection of Japanese snacks and confectionery. Both sweet and savoury, these popular treats are a fun and delicious way of connecting directly with the culture of Japan and discovering new Asian flavours every month. With two sizes available, each monthly box is filled with new, hard-to-find products flown in every month straight from Japan, most rarely found in the UK.
FOR MAG FANS: Stack
If you’re after some new reading material, look to Stack, which delivers a different independent magazine every month. You never know what you’ll get next, but you can expect beautifully crafted, intelligent magazines handpicked to surprise and inspire: past mags have included film title Little White Lies, The Gentlewoman and Gal-Dem. If you’re after a pile of literature to dive into, order a bundle, which include five different magazines every month.
FOR FROMAGE FANS: The Cheese Geek
Sign up to The Cheese Geek and you’ll receive a box through the post each month that includes five stonkingly good cheeses. The company’s chief cheese tasters scour the globe for the best around, so whether it’s award-winning or from a small family run farm in France, your cheese will always be delicious and in season. Each cheese is always cut, wrapped and packed fresh on despatch day, and is delivered in climate-controlled packaging, ensuring freshness. Selections are well balanced and you'll also receive tasting notes and your own scorecard.
FOR PREGNANT PALS: Bump To Box
Bump To Box creates luxury pregnancy gift boxes filled with must-have products. The brand was created by two mums-to-be who realised there was a gap in the market for fellow mothers who wanted the best products and services, but didn’t necessarily have time to research them, let alone actually get to the shops. Enter Bump to Box, which has a package for every trimester, from essentials mums-to-be can buy themselves (such as nipple cream) to little luxuries (such as scented candles and chocolate) that make brilliant presents. Brands available include Rococo Chocolates, Yolke, Teatails, Pai Skincare and Daniel Galvin Junior.
FOR PAMPERED PETS: Snack At Frank’s
Snack At Frank’s mission is simple: to make dogs happy and healthy. The team delivers natural, great-tasting snacks to hounds across the UK, straight through the letterbox. Each monthly subscription box includes four 50g quality snack packs, three long-lasting chews and a surprise toy. Frank’s dog snacks each come with health benefits: every pack is grain free, low in fat and contains no artificial ingredients. Suitable for all dogs, even those with allergies, suffering from diabetes or tackling obesity.
FOR NIGHTS IN: Mask Time
Mask Time is a Korean sheet mask subscription service, sending out the latest trends in sheet masks straight to your door. Users can sign up for two different levels: ‘Glow Starter’ is the perfect plan for those new to K-Beauty and the world of sheet masks. Each month you’ll receive four tried-and-tested masks which focus on essential skin issues. Meanwhile, ‘Glow Setter’ is ideal for sheet mask junkies who are looking for more variety – each box includes seven multi-step masks with more diverse functions.
FOR KEEN COOKS: The Beautiful Book Company
Aspiring cooks should look into The Beautiful Book Company’s chef's book subscription. The team will put together a selection of cookery books – tailored to the experience of the recipients – and send one out each month for home cooks to get stuck into. Alternatively, you can leave it up to the team to pick something at random – perfect for those keen to tackle a new cuisine or style of cooking. Recent staff picks include Elly Pear’s Fast Days & Feast Days, Jimmy Garcia’s Social Eats and Sunil Vijayakar’s The Indian Kitchen.
FOR VEGANS: A Kind Mama
As well as selling celebration cakes and cupcakes online, A Kind Mama sells boxes of brownies, blondies, doughnuts and more via a letterbox subscription service. All products are 100% egg and dairy free and are suitable for vegans and those with allergies. We’ve heard excellent things about the Brownie Boxes – perfect as a gift or a treat to yourself. Users are billed monthly and receive a different brownie or blondie box each month. Boxes are selected at random, meaning you’ll get to try the whole delicious range.
FOR YOUR CAFFEINE FIX: Pact Coffee
The founders of Pact Coffee think of coffee like wine – a cupboard staple, but one that’s infinitely better if it’s been properly grown, sustainably sourced and expertly processed. Subscribers can choose their Pact Plan in five easy steps, choosing from three rotating coffees, over nine origins, and five grinds. You can also fast-track, pause or reschedule deliveries with ease – perfect if you’ve suddenly found yourself working from home and in need of extra caffeine hits at home.
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