20 “Of the Month” Clubs to Gift This Season

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If you put off gift giving until the last minute, consider getting your loved ones a present that really is “totally coming in the mail.” An “of the month club” gift is a great way for your friend or family member to experience a variety of their favorite food or item—and best of all, there's no wrapping involved.

1. JERKY

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There’s more to beef jerky than just Slim Jims and Jack Link’s. For three months, your recipient can sample craft jerky from all over the country. The first month's shipment arrives in a branded Club Jerky box, filled with half a pound of high quality jerky while the following two shipments will be in “slick, branded bubble lined poly mailers.” Regardless of the packaging, each selection contains only locally made jerky with no brand names in sight.

Find it: Amazon

2. BACON

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Bacon Freak thinks everyone should be eating more bacon—which is why they offer a membership club that ships out bacon each month for three months. Each package comes with two flavors, including delights like jalapeno, honey BBQ, and vanilla bourbon.

Find it: Amazon

3. SHIRTS

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It's hard to pick just one shirt from Busted Tee's wide selection. That’s why buying in bulk is the way to go. With their “Shirt of the Month” deal, members pay a one-time $50 fee to receive one shirt a month, for three months. The company also offers six or 12 month plans, if three shirts just isn't enough.

Find it: Busted Tees

4. AMISH BUGGY FUDGE

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Have a friend who loves fresh fudge but doesn’t want to drive to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to get it? Have the Amish delight mailed right to their door with this club. For a whole year, your lucky recipient will get flavors like chocolate pecan, chocolate amaretto, Irish creme, chocolate turtle, and more.

Find it: Amazon

5. PIZZA

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It’s not delivery, it’s Pizza of the Month Club. OK, so it’s technically delivery, but your giftee will still have to cook the pies once they arrive. Each pizza is made by a Chicago chef and delivered frozen in a reusable cooler. Members can expect a 9-inch Chicago style pizza at the doorstep once a month for three months.

Find it: Amazon

6. TUTUS


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Why should anyone settle for one tutu, when they can have 12? These colorful, hand-sewn tutus will delight any little ballerina. By opting for the once-a-month deal, you pay for 10 tutus and they'll get 12—and free shipping.

Find it: Etsy

7. SOUP

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For three months, the person of your choice can take in a variety of soups. Choose from four different menus: Parisian, Tuscan, Cajun, and Americana. Each month, your recipient will receive six gourmet soups, six baguettes, and six bake-your-own cookies. If the member wants to take a break, they can opt out of the mailing one month and pick it up later.

Find it: Amazon

8. HOT SAUCE

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Hot sauce aficionados know there is a lot of spicy stuff out there and not enough time to try them all. This membership takes some of the traveling out of the way by sending one 10-ounce bottle a month for three months.

Find it: Amazon

9. JOURNAL


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“Lonely Book Junkie Book of the Month Club” is not like other of-the-month clubs. This special membership is specially tailored to each member. Each month, the seller will pick a vintage book cover relevant to the member’s reading tastes and create a special "junk journal" just for them.

Find it: Etsy

10. MARINADE

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Both chefs and foodies will be enthused to get a whole slew of new marinades to try in their home creations. Members receive one bottle a month for six months.

Find it: Amazon

11. OLIVE OIL

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Not all olive oils are made equally. This club provides members with a bottle of extremely high quality olive oil each month for three months. Experts carefully pick the selection, which are all cold pressed and bottled on small farms in Italy.

Find it: Amazon

12. SAUSAGE

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From mortadella to pepperoni, the possibilities for delicious sausage are almost endless. Fortuna’s Sausage Company will help foodies eat their way through the world of salami with this three-month membership.

Find it: Amazon

13. JELLY BEANS

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Send a half-pound bag of jellybeans to that special person's door once a month with this membership from David's Signature Beyond Gourmet Jelly Beans. They promise to deliver only the finest of beans, “blending exotic cuisine and luxury candy.”

Find it: Amazon

14. KRINGLES


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This season, give the gift of everyone’s favorite Scandinavian pastry—the kringle! Your recipient will enjoy three, six, or 12 months of glorious circular treats, depending on how generous you’re feeling. The O-shaped desserts come in a variety of flavors like blueberry, almond, and cream cheese.

Find it: Amazon

15. WILD RICE

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Why should your friends and family members settle for regular white rice when they can have 12 pounds of fancy wild rice mailed to the house over the next year? The imported wild rice comes with a 48 ounce airtight glass jar to keep your special grain fresh.

Find it: Amazon

16. MINERALS

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Give these minerals—not rocks—to the fledging geologist in your life. Each month brings a specimen from a different location. Other membership perks include access to the club newsletter, access to a members-only library of information about minerals, a discount on other mineral purchases from the site, and more.

Find it: Celestial Earth Minerals

17. SOCKS

For lovers of quirky socks: Each month for six months, this subscription treats members to a brand new pair of socks. These socks are meant to fit most men, but ideally are made for those with shoe sizes between 10 and 13.

Find it: Amazon

18. PIXIES


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Etsy shop sugarcookiedolls creates whimsical creatures and figures out of paper clay. Help your giftee collect 12 of her fairy-inspired figurines with this monthly membership. Sure, most people don’t need a monthly pixie, but they would still probably enjoy one. Just look at those sparkly wings!

Find it: Etsy

19. ANIMAL MASKS


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This membership is best for children, since the little masks might not fit an adult face. At the beginning of every month for six months or a year, customers will receive one felt animal mask chosen at random. The eco-friendly products also come with comfortable elastic bands. 

Find it: Etsy

20. MERMAIDS


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As part of the Mermaid of the Month Club membership, your giftee will receive a fresh basket of mermaid-related goods, including accessories, jewelry, and toys.

Find it: Etsy

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

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- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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10 Products for a Better Night's Sleep

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Getting a full eight hours of sleep can be tough these days. If you’re having trouble catching enough Zzzs, consider giving these highly rated and recommended products a try.

1. Everlasting Comfort Pure Memory Foam Knee Pillow; $25

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For side sleepers, keeping the spine, hips, and legs aligned is key to a good night’s rest—and a pain-free morning after. Everlasting Comfort’s memory foam knee pillow is ergonomically designed to fit between the knees or thighs to ensure proper alignment. One simple but game-changing feature is the removable strap, which you can fasten around one leg; this keeps the pillow in place even as you roll at night, meaning you don’t have to wake up to adjust it (or pick it up from your floor). Reviewers call the pillow “life-changing” and “the best knee pillow I’ve found.” Plus, it comes with two pairs of ear plugs.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Letsfit White Noise Machine; $21

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White noise machines: They’re not just for babies! This Letsfit model—which is rated 4.7 out of five with nearly 3500 reviews—has 14 potential sleep soundtracks, including three white noise tracks, to better block out everything from sirens to birds that chirp enthusiastically at dawn (although there’s also a birds track, if that’s your thing). It also has a timer function and a night light.

Buy it: Amazon

3. ECLIPSE Blackout Curtains; $16

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According to the National Sleep Foundation, too much light in a room when you’re trying to snooze is a recipe for sleep disaster. These understated polyester curtains from ECLIPSE block 99 percent of light and reduce noise—plus, they’ll help you save on energy costs. "Our neighbor leaves their backyard light on all night with what I can only guess is the same kind of bulb they use on a train headlight. It shines across their yard, through ours, straight at our bedroom window," one Amazon reviewer who purchased the curtains in black wrote. "These drapes block the light completely."

Buy it: Amazon

4. JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock; $38

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Being jarred awake by a blaring alarm clock can set the wrong mood for the rest of your day. Wake up in a more pleasant way with this clock, which gradually lights up between 10 percent and 100 percent in the 30 minutes before your alarm. You can choose between seven different colors and several natural sounds as well as a regular alarm beep, but why would you ever use that? “Since getting this clock my sleep has been much better,” one reviewer reported. “I wake up not feeling tired but refreshed.”

Buy it: Amazon

5. Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light; $200

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If you’re looking for an alarm clock with even more features, Philips’s SmartSleep Wake-Up Light is smartphone-enabled and equipped with an AmbiTrack sensor, which tracks things like bedroom temperature, humidity, and light levels, then gives recommendations for how you can get a better night’s rest.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Slumber Cloud Stratus Sheet Set; $159

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Being too hot or too cold can kill a good night’s sleep. The Good Housekeeping Institute rated these sheets—which are made with Outlast fibers engineered by NASA—as 2020’s best temperature-regulating sheets.

Buy it: SlumberCloud

7. Comfort Space Coolmax Sheet Set; $29-$40

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If $159 sheets are out of your price range, the GHI recommends these sheets from Comfort Spaces, which are made with moisture-wicking Coolmax microfiber. Depending on the size you need, they range in price from $29 to $40.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Coop Home Goods Eden Memory Foam Pillow; $80

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This pillow—which has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon—is filled with memory foam scraps and microfiber, and comes with an extra half-pound of fill so you can add, or subtract, the amount in the pillow for ultimate comfort. As a bonus, the pillows are hypoallergenic, mite-resistant, and washable.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Baloo Weighted Blanket; $149-$169

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Though the science is still out on weighted blankets, some people swear by them. Wirecutter named this Baloo blanket the best, not in small part because, unlike many weighted blankets, it’s machine-washable and -dryable. It’s currently available in 12-pound ($149) twin size and 20-pound ($169) queen size. It’s rated 4.7 out of five stars on Amazon, with one reviewer reporting that “when it's spread out over you it just feels like a comfy, snuggly hug for your whole body … I've found it super relaxing for falling asleep the last few nights, and it looks nice on the end of the bed, too.” 

Buy it: Amazon 

10. Philips Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band; $200

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Few things can disturb your slumber—and that of the ones you love—like loudly sawing logs. Philips’s Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band is designed for people who snore when they’re sleeping on their backs, and according to the company, 86 percent of people who used the band reported reduced snoring after a month. The device wraps around the torso and is equipped with a sensor that delivers vibrations if it detects you moving to sleep on your back; those vibrations stop when you roll onto your side. The next day, you can see how many hours you spent in bed, how many of those hours you spent on your back, and your response rate to the vibrations. The sensor has an algorithm that notes your response rate and tweaks the intensity of vibrations based on that. “This device works exactly as advertised,” one Amazon reviewer wrote. “I’d say it’s perfect.”

Buy it: Amazon

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