I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like getting proper post, especially surprise parcels – little unexpected presents to brighten up the day. As I mentioned way back in my post about the amazing Jamsmith, there are loads of subscription services now offering everything tea to tampons. Whilst the now ubiquitous beauty boxes are a bit hit and miss (there are only so many neon eye shadows and perfume samples that one needs), the four ‘boxes’ I’m featuring here are much safer bets. I’m close to signing up for all of them as presents (for myself).
Oh My Clumsy Heart is run by the lovely Sophie who makes and sells fabulous jewellery. Many of the pieces are simple and minimalist, with the triangle necklaces being a favourite, but the Geological collection is also stunning – who wouldn’t want a little hunk of beautiful rock to set off their outfit? The Little Gems subscription consists of a box each month containing a piece from any of the collections, as well as occasional added bonuses like discount codes or pieces designed exclusively for subscribers. There are 3 options, starting at £20/ month, which all reflect a 20% saving on the jewellery’s RRP. I have a gold Eleanor necklace and a gold bar necklace, bought in a secret sale, and both are great – delicate but well-made. Highly recommended!
Source: Ink Drops
If stationery is more your thing then Ink Drops could be worth a look. I love the idea of getting a box full of notebooks, stickers, post-it notes, pens, and cards each month. There’s a real feeling of the personal touch with Ink Drops, from the handwritten notes in each box to the thought behind picking out the contents. Subscriptions are £15.45/month and if you don’t like surprises you can peek at the contents in advance – but where’s the fun in that? Perfect for people who like both receiving and sending proper post.
At one point in 2013 new coffee subscription services seemed to be appearing as regularly as their beauty equivalents. I’ve tried at least three and Pact is my favourite. It’s not cheap at £6.95 per 250g bag but it’s really nice coffee. You can choose how often you’d like a bag; whether you’d like to stick to the same coffee or try a new one each time; whether you prefer your coffee ground or as beans; and how you brew your coffee – cafetiere, espresso machine, Aeropress, filter etc. The customer service is excellent and they go out of their way to make sure that subscribers are happy with their product. I haven’t tried any coffees from Pact that I didn’t like but if you ever do, they will change it for something else, free of charge. You can also usually find a code to give you your first bag for £1, which is a lovely way to try it.
Finally we have Not Another Bill. Less ‘themed’ than the others, subscribe to this one and you’ll get a beautifully wrapped proper surprise through the post each month. Past gifts for women have included an Estella Bartlett necklace, a Karen Mabon silk scarf (which looks really gorgeous), a silk eye mask, and an Italian leather card holder, all worth far more than the monthly fee. There are loads of options to make sure that you get a present that you actually want – female/male, age range, interests etc – and four subscription options, starting at £24/month. This would make a great gift and I might bookmark the page on Mr Mouse’s laptop later…
I actually have a discount code for you from Not Another Bill, which gives you £5 off your first box – just use ‘NAB5’ when signing up – thanks guys!
What are your favourite things to receive through the post?