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Gifts That Keep Giving: The Best Membership and Subscription Gifts

A bottle of conditioner, a Home Chef box, and a Calm subscription
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Finding the perfect gift is always a challenge. If you want to give something that’s fun, useful, and will keep benefiting the recipient for months to come, consider a subscription or membership. You may not be able to wrap everything on this list, but we guarantee they’ll be thanking you all year long.

For the Person Always on the Road: AAA

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The American Automobile Association, or AAA, is known for its yearly membership that provides roadside assistance and other perks for drivers. This may not be the most exciting gift ever, but it is definitely one of the most practical and will be appreciated by any recipient.

The cost of a yearly membership varies by region and plan tier, but you can expect to pay between $38 and $164. The basic plan offers roadside assistance, including battery restarts and emergency refueling, as well as discounts on hotels, rental cars, and more. If you have a friend or family member who drives frequently and doesn’t have AAA, this gift is a great way to offer them an excellent service and show them how much you care about their safety.

For Members of Big Families: Costco Membership

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Costco is a wholesale retailer that offers memberships for access to their warehouses. This may sound like an odd gift idea, but trust us, it’s a good one. Costco memberships offer many benefits, including steep discounts on bulk items, gas, and more.

A yearly Gold Star or Business membership to Costco costs $60, while an Executive membership costs $120. However, the savings you’ll get from buying in bulk will quickly offset the cost of membership. This is an especially great gift for new parents or families with children who go through diapers, formula, and food quickly.

For the Person Who Loves Their Hair: Formulate

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If you have a friend or family member who is always talking about how much they love their hair, give them the gift of Formulate. This company offers personalized shampoo and conditioner formulas (as well as skincare products) made with high-quality ingredients and customized for you with the help of your own personal chemist. All you need to do is take a quick quiz about your hair goals and concerns, and then Formulate will create a custom formula just for you.

The cost of Formulate shampoo and conditioner varies depending on the size of the bottles you choose, so you can expect to spend between $20 and $88 per month. Once you order your custom formulas, your personal chemist will work with you to make modifications to your formulas as your hair, skin, lifestyle, environment, and preferences change.

For the Person Who Wants to Cook More: Home Chef

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Home Chef

If you know someone who loves to cook but never seems to have the time, a Home Chef meal subscription is the perfect gift. With this service, recipients will get everything they need to make delicious, healthy meals at home. Each week, they’ll receive a box with all the ingredients and instructions needed to make a select number of meals for a select number of people, depending on their subscription preferences.

The cost of a Home Chef subscription varies depending on how many people you’re cooking for and how many times per week you want to receive a box, but you can expect to spend at least $50 per week. However, you can control how often you pay for a subscription and can tailor this gift to your budget. This is an excellent present for families with busy schedules or anyone who wants to eat healthier without sacrificing taste or convenience.

For the Person Who Wants to Get Active: A Gym Membership

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This is a gift you need to be careful about—don’t give anyone the wrong idea. However, if you know someone who has been wanting to try out the gym (or a local fitness studio) but isn’t sure if it will be worth the cost, this could be the perfect present for them.

Most gyms offer some sort of introductory membership deal, so you can expect to pay around $20 for the first month (or even less, in some cases). This is a great way to help someone get started on their fitness journey without breaking the bank. Just be sure that they’re actually interested in going to the gym before you commit to anything.

For the Coffee Enthusiast: Atlas Coffee Club

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Atlas Coffee Club

Is there someone in your life who can’t start their day without a cup of coffee? If so, they’ll love a subscription to Atlas Coffee Club. This club sources its beans from all over the world and sends them straight to subscribers’ homes. Each shipment comes with information about the country of origin and tasting notes, so coffee lovers can learn about their beans while they enjoy them.

Atlas Coffee Club offers several different subscription options, so you can choose the one that fits your budget best. A 3-month subscription starts at $50 for one bag of coffee grounds per month, and prices will increase from there depending on how long your subscription is and how much coffee you want to gift your recipient each month. This is a great gift for anyone who loves coffee and wants to expand their horizons.

For the Reader: Book of the Month Club

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Book of the Month Club

If you know someone who loves to read, a subscription to the Book of the Month Club is the perfect gift. With this club, members get to choose one book from a selection of five each month. The selections are curated by a panel of judges and include a mix of fiction and nonfiction, so there’s something for everyone.

A 3-month Book of the Month Club membership costs $50, but you can save by prepaying for multiple months (or even a year) in advance. This is an excellent gift for avid readers who are always looking for their next great book.

For the Remote Worker: A VPN Subscription

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If you know someone who works remotely from coffee shops or other public wifi hotspots, consider giving them the gift of internet privacy. A VPN (virtual private network) encrypts all the data that passes through their device, so their personal information and work documents are safe from prying eyes.

There are many different VPN providers to choose from, so you’ll need to do some research to find one that’s right for your budget and your recipient’s needs. However, most VPNs cost around $10 per month, so this is a relatively affordable gift. NordVPN and ExpressVPN are two of our favorite companies.

For the Person Who’s Always Stressed Out: Calm

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If you know someone who’s always stressed out, a subscription to the Calm app could be the perfect gift for them. This app (and its website) offers guided meditations, sleep stories, and other relaxation tools to help users wind down and de-stress.

A 1-year subscription to Calm.com costs $70, and you can get a lifetime subscription for $400. Some companies and health insurance plans offer free subscriptions to Calm, so look around your own connections before purchasing. This is an excellent gift for anyone who struggles with anxiety or stress.

For the Wannabe Reader: Audible

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Not everyone has the time to sit down and read a book, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to. If you know someone who’s always on the go, consider giving them a subscription to Audible. This service allows users to listen to audiobooks on their phone, so they can “read” while they’re commuting, working out, or doing other activities.

Audible offers several different membership plans, starting at $15 per month. This makes it an affordable gift for anyone who wants to enjoy books without having to find the time to sit down and read them.

For the Traveler: Scott’s Cheap Flights

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Giving the gift of travel is easier (and cheaper) than you might think. With a Scott’s Cheap Flights subscription, your recipient will get alerts whenever there are deals on flights from their home airport. This makes it easy for them to plan spontaneous trips or save money on future vacations.

A basic plan, which features international economy deals, is free, but upgrading to a paid service will offer even more perks, like domestic deals, bucket list deals, mistake fares, and more. A 1-year premium membership costs $49 and a 1-year elite membership costs $200. This is an excellent gift for anyone who loves to travel or is looking to save money on their next vacation.

For the Person Who Wants to Be Healthier: Hergreens

A bag of greens powder

If you know someone who’s trying to lead a healthier lifestyle, a monthly supply of greens powder from Hergreens by Mixhers is an excellent present. This tasty powder comes in multiple flavors and offers spirulina, wheat, oat, & barley grass, parsley, cruciferous vegetables, and chlorella in each serving for a hefty dose of vitamins and minerals. A subscription starts at about $20 per month.

Mixhers also offers other supplement subscription services, including products to help with hormone balance, focus, hydration, sleep, and gut health. We aren’t always good at investing in our own health, so these products are a great way to show someone how much you care about them.

Whether they’re interested in staying healthy, traveling, or reading more, there’s a subscription gift out there that will suit the needs of everyone on your wish list. These gifts are convenient, useful, and sure to please, so don’t hesitate to give the gift of a subscription or membership this holiday season.

Anne Taylor Anne Taylor
Anne Taylor is a writer with a BA in Journalism and a passion for storytelling. Her work has been published on a variety of websites including Mental Floss and Well + Good, and she recently published her first novel, What it Takes to Lose. When she's not writing, Anne loves to travel (19 countries and counting), spend time outside, and play with her dog, Pepper. Read Full Bio »
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