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

10 Rad Gifts for Hikers

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The popularity of bird-watching, camping, and hiking has skyrocketed this year. Whether your gift recipients are weekend warriors or seasoned dirtbags, they'll appreciate these tools and gear for getting most out of their hiking experience.

1. Stanley Nesting Two-Cup Cookset; $14

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Stanley’s compact and lightweight cookset includes a 20-ounce stainless steel pot with a locking handle, a vented lid, and two insulated 10-ounce tumblers. It’s the perfect size for brewing hot coffee, rehydrating soup, or boiling water while out on the trail with a buddy. And as some hardcore backpackers note in their Amazon reviews, your favorite hiker can take the tumblers out and stuff the pot with a camp stove, matches, and other necessities to make good use of space in their pack.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Osprey Sirrus and Stratos 24-Liter Hiking Packs; $140

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Osprey’s packs are designed with trail-tested details to maximize comfort and ease of use. The Sirrus pack (pictured) is sized for women, while the Stratos fits men’s proportions. Both include an internal sleeve for a hydration reservoir, exterior mesh and hipbelt pockets, an attachment for carrying trekking poles, and a built-in rain cover.

Buy them: Amazon, Amazon

3. Yeti Rambler 18-Ounce Bottle; $48

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Nothing beats ice-cold water after a summer hike or a sip of hot tea during a winter walk. The Yeti Rambler can serve up both: Beverages can stay hot or cold for hours thanks to its insulated construction, and its steel body (in a variety of colors) is basically indestructible. It will add weight to your hiker's pack, though—for a lighter-weight, non-insulated option, the tried-and-true Camelbak Chute water bottle is incredibly sturdy and leakproof.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Mappinners Greatest 100 Hikes of the National Parks Scratch-Off Poster; $30

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The perfect gift for park baggers in your life (or yourself), this 16-inch-by-20-inch poster features epic hikes like Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Once the hike is complete, you can scratch off the gold foil to reveal an illustration of the park.

Buy it: Amazon

5. National Geographic Adventure Edition Road Atlas; $19

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Hikers can use this brand-new, updated road atlas to plan their next adventure. In addition to comprehensive maps of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico, they'll get National Geographic’s top 100 outdoor destinations, useful details about the most popular national parks, and points on the maps noting off-the-beaten-path places to explore.  

Buy it: Amazon

6. Adventure Medical Kits Hiker First-Aid Kit; $25

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This handy 67-piece kit is stuffed with all the things you hope your hiker will never need in the wilderness. Not only does it contain supplies for pain, cuts and scrapes, burns, and blisters (every hiker’s nemesis!), the items are organized clearly in the bag to make it easy to find tweezers or an alcohol wipe in an emergency.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Hiker Hunger Ultralight Trekking Poles; $70

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Trekking poles will help increase your hiker's balance and stability and reduce strain on their lower body by distributing it to their arms and shoulders. This pair is made of carbon fiber, a super-strong and lightweight material. From the sweat-absorbing cork handles to the selection of pole tips for different terrain, these poles answer every need on the trail. 

Buy it: Amazon

8. Leatherman Signal Camping Multitool; $120

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What can’t this multitool do? This gadget contains 19 hiking-friendly tools in a 4.5-inch package, including pliers, screwdrivers, bottle opener, saw, knife, hammer, wire cutter, and even an emergency whistle.

Buy it: Amazon

9. RAVPower Power Bank; $24

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Don’t let your hiker get caught off the grid with a dead phone. They can charge RAVPower’s compact power bank before they head out on the trail, and then use it to quickly juice up a phone or tablet when the batteries get low. Its 3-inch-by-5-inch profile won’t take up much room in a pack or purse.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Pack of Four Indestructible Field Books; $14

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Neither rain, nor snow, nor hail will be a match for these waterproof, tearproof 3.5-inch-by-5.5-inch notebooks. Your hiker can stick one in their pocket along with a regular pen or pencil to record details of their hike or brainstorm their next viral Tweet.

Buy it: Amazon

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Treat Your Feline This Holiday Season With Fancy Feast’s Cat Food Advent Calendar

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In anticipation of the holiday season, many children and adults get to unwrap mini presents each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas day, during what's known as Advent. Though Advent itself dates back to the 4th century, the version we know today, complete with the chocolate-filled calendars, was popularized in the early 1900s. And apparently it's no longer just for humans, because Fancy Feast is letting your feline roommate in on the fun with this unique cat food Advent calendar, now available at Chewy for $23.

For the 24 days leading up to Christmas, your cat will get to enjoy a variety of different wet foods, including favorites like grilled salmon, chicken, and more. There is even a unique ornament included with each calendar featuring a cat in the shape of a heart that can go right onto your tree. (Also, don't be surprised to find your actual cat making its way into the middle of your tree; they're known climbers.)

Now while you enjoy your Advent calendars from brands like LEGO, Funko, and more, your cat will be able to join in on the fun as well. To learn more about Fancy Feast's Feastivites Advent Calendar, head on over to Chewy.

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