Beans in a bag
Anyone who needs a morning cuppa knows that running out of beans mid-week is the worst. The coffee-holics behind Hook Coffee, Ernest Ting and Faye Sit, understand. Their coffee e-commerce service delivers freshly roasted coffee beans straight to your doorstep, at intervals of your choosing, so you’ll never exhaust your supply of Joe. It comes in whole beans, ground coffee, drip bags and even shot pods for Nespresso machines. New coffees – only specialty-grade Arabica beans are used – are introduced every month, too, so you can be ‘surprised’ with a different one each time.
How much $14 for 200g whole beans and ground coffee, ten 10g drip bags or 20 shot pods. A one-off order is $18.
Craft beer on tap (almost)
Forget about household commercial brews and quench your thirst with craft beers sourced from around the world. If you can’t make it down to one of Thirsty’s four brick-and-mortar outlets to pick up a case (or six, we don’t judge), the people behind this craft beer shop will assemble a pack of six, 12 or 24 brews and deliver it to you. If you’re a craft beer newbie, you can get a one-off taster pack to try out the many beer styles – Thirsty offers everything from light and fruity ales to dark and roasty stouts – or subscribe to a three-month delivery service so you can drink to your liver’s content. The popular beers include Lost Coast Sharkinator White IPA, Modern Times Black House Stout and Ace Pineapple Cider – all of which are pictured.
How much $178/six beers, $328/12 beers, $628/24 beers every month for three months. One-off taster pack starts from $43.
True book lovers will have spent countless hours browsing at BooksActually. This independent bookstore in the hipster enclave of Tiong Bahru is an institution in the literary scene – after all, it’s been around for more than a decade. On top of stocking the shelves with books, owner Kenny Leck and his ‘bookstore elves’, or so they’re called, each curate a BooksActually Box every month. There are seven themes to pick from – ranging from modern classics to magic realism to psychological thrillers – and you’ll receive a book along with little knick-knacks, like snacks and ceramic tea cups, to enhance the reading experience.
How much $129/three months, $229/six months, $369/12 months.
Dreaming of dram
Now you can taste some of the world’s finest drams without shelling out for full bottles or visiting a stuffy bar. Whisky Butler is exactly what it says on the tin: the team behind the brand tastes, picks and packs single-malts into a sampler box of four shots and delivers them to you in a fancy black box. The boxes are curated according to themes such as ‘Peated’, ‘Sherry’ and ‘Independent Bottlers’, so you can sample many expressions while developing your palate. Full bottles are available for sale, too, meaning you’ll never run out of liquid gold.
How much $88/one month, $498/six months, $888/12 months.
My Messy Box
Playthings for kids
This is one box that’ll help unplug your little ones from the iPad. As its name suggests, My Messy Box allows kids under six to get their hands dirty with age-appropriate art and craft projects that revolve around themes such as ‘Sea of Dreams’ (pictured) and ‘The Whimsical Garden’. At least three activities are included in each box, each meant to stimulate your child’s sense of play in different ways while honing problem solving skills and encouraging creativity. All play tools and materials, along with detailed instruction sheets for parents, are included.
How much $34/one month, $192/six months, $360/12 months.
We say this as a fact: no freezer is complete without a tub of ice cream. Pint Society strives to keep yours as well stocked as possible, delivering two tubs of completely new, handcrafted ice cream every month. It’s not just plain ol’ chocolate (even though there’s nothing wrong with that), either – the flavours Pint Society has churned out includes Hazelnut Bomb, Pinacolada-Nana, Caramel Swirl, Apple Pie (pictured) and Rocher, the last of which is inspired by Ferrero Rocher chocolate balls.
How much $38/one month, $35/three months, $32/six months, $29/12 months.
Ohh My Box
Here’s one for the boys. Each month, Ohh My Box delivers a miscellany of lifestyle and grooming accessories from brands such as LUSH, Lab Series and Happy Socks based on your style, size and lifestyle needs, which are determined after you answer a series of questions on its website. Products included in the box lean towards the dapper end of the spectrum: expect ties and cufflinks to accessorise your suit, and trendy socks and wallets. If you’re stuck for ideas for presents, Ohh My Box does gift boxes, too.
How much $49/one month, $282/six months, $564/12 months. A one-off gift box is $65.