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There is an incredible variety of literary-themed subscriptions, but we’ve picked out the best of the best to help you with your Christmas shopping. Some are customizable, some are for specific age groups, and some are themed, but all of them will make a joyful gift for your bookwormed friends and family.
Coffee and a classic
Coffee and the monthly gift of a classic, a book and a hot drink keep things cozy all year round. As the name suggests, coffee is an option, but you can also opt for tea or hot chocolate.
The sleek starter box contains a book, drink, bookmark and a few extra treats, while the standard option has more extras like a monthly mug and snack.
In addition, there are three genres to choose from:
- Classical literature
- Classic non-fiction
- Classics for children
The drink and genre can also be changed at any time!
Page 1 Books
For more personalization, try a curated subscription like page 1. You start by completing a questionnaire about your recipient’s reading preferences. Then, experts from Page 1 select the perfect book to send to your friend every month!
Readers can provide feedback on the books they receive to make the choice even more personal. If a book doesn’t fit properly, the service will even send a free replacement.
Bubbles and books
Is there anything better than a book and a bath? If you know someone who likes to read in the bath, this is the ultimate gift for relaxation.
Bubbles and Books sends a mystery or novel novel every month – just the kind of fiction that creates a blissful escape from reality. Each box also includes bath-friendly extras, such as bath bombs, artisan soaps, candles and more.
With a variety of box sizes and customizable genres, such as historical romance or mystery / thriller, this subscription puts together a deluxe monthly experience.
The reading subscriptions of Mr B’s
Some literary subscription boxes offer a wonderful side benefit: supporting independent bookstores. Mr B’s is a bookstore in Bath, England, but even if you don’t live in the area, you can support the store by gifting the subscription box!
This subscription starts with a questionnaire that can be completed by email, telephone or online. Then, a Mr. B’s bookseller is chosen as your recipient’s “ bibliotherapist ” and hand-picks the perfect book for your loved one each month. And yes, the store ships worldwide!
The Book HookUp
The Book HookUp box supports the Strand Book Store in New York City. This subscription is great for readers who like to keep up with the latest and greatest new releases.
Each month, the box includes an autographed first edition of a hot new title, a paperback, and a few extra book-like treats. There are a wide variety of genres to choose from, including young adults, political non-fiction, and sci-fi / fantasy.
Powell’s Books Indie Spensable
Do you know a reader who prefers India to bestsellers? If so, Powell’s Books Indiespensable subscription is perfect. Plus, it supports Portland, Oregon’s most famous independent bookstore.
Every six to eight weeks a box arrives with a new book from an independent publisher (often a special copy, such as a signed edition or exclusive print). It also includes other surprises, such as a second book, fancy pens, chic postcards or tea.
The beloved Seattle-based Elliott Bay Book Company offers a wonderful subscription for fans of comic books and graphic novels.
The Panels subscription box sends out a stunning graphic novel every other month, hand-picked by an Elliott Bay bookseller. The last box also contains a bonus book. It’s a great way to gift the unique world of independent graphic novels, offering a wide variety of stories beyond the standard comic book fare.
The Book Drop
When you gift a subscription of The Book Drop, it supports Bethany Beach Books in Delaware. Your friend will receive a surprise paperback every month – perfect for the reader who can never decide what to read next.
There are also several themed options, including books for young adults or ‘for tea’, which focuses on historical, contemporary, and literary fiction. You can also choose different subscription lengths, such as three or six months or a year.
Serious readers already know that TBR stands for ‘to read’. However, the TBR subscription box stands for Tailored Book Recommendations. It’s the ideal way to supplement that stack to read.
The TBR box pairs a reader with a “professional book nerd” to tailor each selection. Each delivery also includes a personal message from the professional curator. You can give an annual subscription as a gift, or for the reader whose bookshelf is already overcrowded, you can turn it into a one-time gift.
Do you know a reader who loves how books look as good as what they say? Then a subscription to Juniper Books is just the right gift!
Juniper Books creates beautiful custom book covers and makes beautiful editions of beloved books. You can choose from a variety of subscription options, such as 20th century classics or contemporary fiction. The monthly deliveries are a wonderful addition to any bookshelf.
Book of the month
A book of the month box is ideal for readers with a specific taste. With this subscription, they can choose from five exciting new articles every month, so they can always pick a title that they’re interested in.
If they want more than one book from a monthly list, that’s an option too. They can also skip a month when they need to read something. You can choose a three- or six-month or one-year subscription.
Unplugged Book Box
The Unplugged Book Box is all about reading and self-care – two things that can make someone’s year a little better.
This box focuses on fiction, with an option for young adults or adults. Along with a newly released book, each box includes extras such as bookmarks, art prints, candles, mugs, socks and more. The extras all have a fun, book-like theme for a complete, relaxing literary experience.
Does one book a month not sound enough for the reader you know? Try the BookCase.Club subscription! It sends your friend two curated books per month in his or her favorite genre.
Genre options include young adult, romance, mystery / thriller, different options for kids, and more. The first box ships within a week from the date you sign your loved one, so it makes an excellent last-minute gift too.
Some readers don’t just read, they write, or at least strive for it. For the reader hoping to one day write their own book, give it a Scribbler box.
Each box includes an autographed novel, literature-themed treats, writing tips from popular authors, and opportunities to chat live with editors and agents. The mix of reading material and writing inspiration keeps writers at all levels motivated to create.
Used books monthly
Many people prefer used books because they are better for the environment and easier on the wallet. A monthly subscription to used books is a thoughtful gift for that reader who likes thrift stores and secondhand bookstores.
You can also choose from a monthly subscription for one, two or four books, or from a list of preferred genres (including the “Surprise me” option). It’s affordable, fun, and eco-friendly.
For readers who want the full book club experience, gift a Literati subscription. This box contains a new monthly hardcover book, plus the chance to discuss it with other readers and Literati’s influential curators.
You can choose from different themed book clubs such as Fearless (for inspirational books) or Underrated (for hidden gems). There is even a Literati Kids option for readers up to 12 years old.
If you’re shopping for younger readers, there are also a number of subscription services geared specifically toward kids, such as OwlCrate.
There is currently a waiting list for the Young Adult option, intended for readers 14 and older. However, you can now subscribe to OwlCrate Jr. (8-12 years)! Both box options include a new hardcover novel, an author’s letter, a monthly magazine, and more fun treats.
For even younger readers, try a Bookroo subscription. There are boxes for children ages 0-3, 3-6 or 7-10.
The youngest box option includes three sturdy board books, while the 3-6 option comes with two hardcover picture books. Readers aged 7-10 are given two chapter books to improve their reading skills. With these monthly gifts, kids of all ages can become addicted to books!
A book subscription box is the perfect Christmas gift for readers. Use this guide to bring joy to the book lovers in your life all year round!