6 Subscription Gifts To Give in 2017

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It's 2017. Why do we have to leave our homes to procure goods and services? That's like something from "Little House on the Prairie." We have no time to seek out these things. They should be brought before us like the modern kings and queens we are. Here are Curiosity's picks for the best online subscriptions.

1. For The Fitness Fanatic: Runner's World Box

When I'm not writing for Curiosity, I'm hitting the gym or pounding the pavement to train for whatever endurance event I have coming up (Boston-qualified marathoner here, NBD!). There are a ton of cool fitness products out there that I'm super curious to try, but they can be expensive — and if I end up not liking them, that's a pricey mistake to make.

That's where subscription boxes come in handy, and the Runner's World Box is the one I'm most dying to try. Every month, they pick out their favorite new gear, accessories, and runner-friendly snacks, pack them in a sweet box, and send them to your door. They're not just samples, either — one box they advertised had a running hat, some comfy post-race flip-flops, a headlamp, a package of wet wipes, anti-chafe balm, and a handful of full-sized gels and bars. It's basically the subscription-box version of trick-or-treating in the rich neighborhood. — Ashley Hamer

2. For The Nostalgic Gamer: Retro Game Treasure

As a child of the 1980s, few things make me happier than playing old school Nintendo. That's why my pick is Retro Game Treasure. Select your old school console preference, the kinds of games you want, and this service will send you 3-5 games a month. Subscriptions start at $29.99/month. I'd pay more if they'd send someone to come over and blow out the cartridges to make sure they play in my finicky old NES. — Ben Bowman

3. For The Friend Who Keeps Inviting You To Escape Rooms: Escape The Crate

If you like escape rooms (and you really should), Escape the Crate allows you to recreate the experience at home. I've actually played this at a friend's house and the experience isn't as smooth as it should be. The included UV flashlight stopped working at one point, some of the game pieces are cheap, flimsy plastic, and the audio narrator sounds like he downed a shot of NyQuil before recording. Still, there's still a rush of adrenaline when you crack a baffling clue, and that's reason enough to recommend it. You get one box every two months for $29.99. — Ben Bowman

4. For The Super-Sniffer: Scentbird

Confession: I'm a little bit of a diva when it comes to my perfume. Now that my big bottle of fancy shmancy designer scent is empty, I'm on the hunt for a new signature aroma. Scentbird gives you a 30-day supply of a new designer fragrance every month. And for $14.95 a month, the yearly cost is comparable to buying a year's supply of designer perfume. — Joanie Faletto

5. For The Dateline Devotee: Hunt a Killer

"Hunt a Killer" isn't like other subscription boxes. Instead of receiving a monthly allotment of collectibles, you're getting a collection of taunting clues mailed by a serial killer at large. The question is, can you piece the clues together and solve the riddle before he strikes again? It's not real, obviously, but it's a new spin on the subscription box concept that made me pull out my magnifying glass for a closer look. — Reuben Westmaas

6. For The Caffeine Addict: Angels' Cup

I have become obsessed with coffee over the past few years. Every time I travel, I specifically seek out new coffee shops to see what they offer, and even though I'm not a "supertaster," I still enjoy a wide variety of brews. That's why Angels' Cup is the perfect subscription service for me. With subscriptions starting at $9.99 a month, they'll ship coffee right to your door, in whatever form you request (whole bean or coarsely or finely ground). The coffee typically arrives 7–10 days after it's roasted. But what really separates this service is their companion app – available for Android and iOS – which lets you record tasting notes and compare your thoughts with those of the coffee community and the roaster. And yes: you can gift a subscription. — Cody Gough

7. For the Nerd Culture Afficianado

The greatest think about geek culture (you know, science fiction, comic books, video games, and everything else) is how it lets you live in another world, if only for a little while. The great tragedy, of course, is how it will never be reflected in the real world. Unless you've got a subscription to Loot Crate ($15.99 per month). For less than $20 a month, you can fill the life of your favorite nerd with swag like nothing else, including exclusive T-shirts, figurines, mugs, and posters. You'll find bits and pieces from across the multiverse — we're talking Star Wars, Marvel and DC, Destiny, Legend of Zelda, and tons more.

Written By Curiosity Staff November 15, 2017