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The best gift baskets, gift boxes and subscription gifts

Give the gift that keeps on giving with these unique gift baskets, boxes and monthly subscriptions

Photograph: Courtesy Mouth

Gift baskets have a bad rap for being a little cheesy and a little impersonal. But honestly, if you know someone loves a particular thing, isn't gifting them an entire basket of said thing a pretty impressive present? Sure, no one wants a gift box full of mealy apples or accessories they'll never wear, but lately the subscription game has changed, and you can now find gifts of small-batch coffee, organic wine, curated art supplies and colored vinyl. No matter what your giftee is into, there's a present here to impress them—and you can choose to do it just once or over and over again.

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Top gift baskets, boxes and subscriptions

Vinyl Me Please

Vinyl Me Please

$100 for 3 months, $175 for 6 months, $309 for 12 months; vinylmeplease.com

This record subscription service delivers special-edition vinyl to the gift recipent's door once a month, complete with an album-inspired 12" x 12" art print and a custom cocktail pairing recipe. Other perks include playlists, downloads and interviews, as well as access to the Vinyl Me Please store and archive.

Bon Appetit Box

Bon Appetit Box

$150 for 2 months, $276 for 4 months, $390 for 6 months; bonappetitbox.com

Bon Appetit Box has curated an impressive list of artisanal French foods. Husband-and-wife owners Zoe and Bertrand were born and raised in the south of France, so they really know their stuff—each box comes enclosed with dining and cultural tips, along with information about who makes each goodie and how to best enjoy it.

Nicely Noted

Nicely Noted

$40 for 2 months, $60 for 3 months, $120 for 6 months, $240 for 12 months; nicelynoted.com

Nicely Noted is a stationery subscription service that delivers three letterpress cards and stamps (with themes such as creatures, shine or neon) on a monthly basis. For letter lovers, probably nothing is better than receiving snail-mail fixings as snail mail.

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Quarterly Co.

Quarterly Co.

$50 to $100 a package, with one package every three months; quarterly.co

Sign up your giftee to a subscription run by one of Quarterly's influential curators, and he or she will receive in the mail a personal letter and care package once overy three months. Think a DIY synthesizer kit from Bill Nye, a vintage '70s action figure from Will Wheaton, seed bombs from Rosario Dawson or Mast Brothers chocolate from GQ. There is definitely something for (and from) everyone here.

Julep

Julep

$39.98 for two months, $79.96 for four months, $119.94 for six months; julep.com

Make your gift recipient a Julep "Maven" (or subscriber) and he or she will be granted first access to new makeup and beauty-product collections each month. A subscriber can also customize the selection to receive more of what he or she wants and less of what's not desired (like lip liner—who ever wants lip liner?).

Flicker Box

Flicker Box

$102 for 3 months, $175 for 6 months, $320 for 12 months; myflickerbox.com

This monthly service delivers boxes of small-batch, artisanal, thematically curated candles. Past themes have been labeled as Sweater Weather, Wild West and Blue Lagoon. This makes it a fun and inventive way to give a not-so-inventive gift.

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Root Bizzle

Root Bizzle

$72 for 3 months, $$138 for 6 months, $240 for 12 months; rootbizzle.com

We're not a huge fans of the name, but we do like the idea of giving the fashionable men (or dapper ladies) in our lives the opportunity to accessorize with something new each month. Choose ties or socks, then pick a style (skinny? floral?) and size.

Glassful

Glassful

$54 for a Great Box, $69 for a Fantastic Box, $100 for a Statement Box; glassful.com

Bestow booze on a loved one with Glassful. Choose from three different price points and specify whether your giftee likes red, white or a mix. The recipient will receive three bottles of wine delivered to the door. Make sure the recipient or someone over 21 is home to sign for the package. Cheers!

Universal Yums

Universal Yums

Yum box (6 snacks): $16 for one month, $45 for 3 months, $84 for 6 months; Yum Yum box (12 snakcs): $29 for one month, $81 for 3 months, $150 for 6 months; srirachabox.com

Universal Yums will send a box of international goodies to your door once a month, with treats from a different country each time: Indonesia, Germany, you name it. A booklet describes each item in depth, as well as animals, stories and a music playlist from the month's chosen country. On the back of the booklet is a clue to what country will be featured next month. Great for kids or friends who love to travel (and snack).

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Beauty Heroes

Beauty Heroes

$115 for 3 months, $225 for 6 months, $450 for 12 months; beauty-heroes.com

This beauty-box subscription delivers one full-sized, nontoxic skin, sun, body or hair product each month, allowing a recipient time to truly test it out and (hopefully) see results. Members also receive a 15 percent discount to the Beauty Heroes online store. This means once a giftee finds a product he or she loves, it will be easier to purchase more at any time.

Mantry

Mantry

$59 for 1 month, $159 for 6 months, $299 for 12 months; mantry.com

Again, the name is a real turnoff here (please explain to us what makes BBQ sauce and jerky "man" food as opposed to human food). But we'll admit that the goods in these boxes are top-notch no matter the individual's sex or chosen gender. Note: These boxes come only every other month.

Healthy Surprise

Healthy Surprise

$42.49$72.99 for 1 month, $139.99$199.99 for 3 months, $274.99$384.99 for 6 months, $499.99$749.99 for 12 months; healthysurprise.com

Healthy Surprise specializes in gift baskets full of treats without gluten, GMOs, soy, corn or wheat. It's the perfect gift for a loved one who never is able to snack with the rest of 'em. Choose from the Classic box (15 snacks), the Big box (21 snacks) or the Paleo box (17 snacks including meat and fish but without any refined sugar, dairy, grains or legumes).

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Craft Coffee

Craft Coffee

$74.97 for six months, $149.94 for six months, $299.98 for 12 months; craftcoffee.com

Need a gift for the caffeine crazed? Try a Craft Coffee tasting box, which includes four ounces each from three different roasters (enough for 42 cuppas!), custom-tasting notes for each type and expert brewing tips. Your giftee can tell Craft Coffee of preferred roasts, his or her brewing method and whether ground or whole beans are desired.

ArtSnacks

ArtSnacks

$24 for 1 month, $72 for 3 months, $132 for 6 months, $240 for 12 months; artsnacks.co

To your most artistic giftee, ArtSnacks will deliver boxes of four to five premium art supplies along with a small edible surprise and a "menu card" describing each product and how to best use it. Sign up for the 6 or 12 month plan and receive free shipping.

People's Choice Beef Jerky

People's Choice Beef Jerky

$23 to $71 a box; peopleschoicebeefjerky.com

This family-owned business has been honing its jerky-making skills since back in 1929. Choose from aptly-named options such as Simple & Savory (savory!), Sweet Tooth (sweet!), Some Like It Hot (spicy!), Health Nut (all-natural, gluten free, high in protein) and One of Everything (self-explanatory). Every few months, they also offer small batches of limited flavors from their "tasting kitchen," where they're always innovating and testing—you'll be happy to be the guinea pig.

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