Gift of Delight

The little residents around these parts look forward to the parcel trucks that regularly stop by our house to deliver packages that may or may not be for them. It's like Christmas every time. A package with contents unknown is a canvas for imagination. As adults, these moments of anticipation and surprise are much harder to come by. A recent slew of subscription services, however, aim to change this. The products offered certainly are lovely, but the promise something cool showing up regularly throughout the year is something that even those who already have it all will appreciate. We've rounded up a couple recommendations that we think any fan of good design will love.

   MAKRBOX      $29 to $59 per month, depending on the number of items desired   Discover independent makers from the Pacific Northwest with this curated box of artisan products that celebrates American craftsmanship while delighting the senses. We love the beautiful packaging that presents equally unique contents.

MAKRBOX $29 to $59 per month, depending on the number of items desired
Discover independent makers from the Pacific Northwest with this curated box of artisan products that celebrates American craftsmanship while delighting the senses. We love the beautiful packaging that presents equally unique contents.

   SKANDICRUSH      $55 per month   It's pretty obvious how we have an unending appreciation for all things black & white with striking silhouettes. Skandicrush is geared towards like-minded lovers of Scandinavian design. Each box contains an assortment of housewares (pillows, vases, blankets, cups, etc.) that speak to this aesthetic and coordinate well. It's a gift of pretty.

SKANDICRUSH $55 per month
It's pretty obvious how we have an unending appreciation for all things black & white with striking silhouettes. Skandicrush is geared towards like-minded lovers of Scandinavian design. Each box contains an assortment of housewares (pillows, vases, blankets, cups, etc.) that speak to this aesthetic and coordinate well. It's a gift of pretty.

   NOT ANOTHER BILL    $31 per month  The name kind of says it all. It's a happy surprise to look forward to every month. Discover great artists, designers, and brands in this monthly collection fo original and exclusive products that have been selected based on your chosen preferences.

NOT ANOTHER BILL $31 per month
The name kind of says it all. It's a happy surprise to look forward to every month. Discover great artists, designers, and brands in this monthly collection fo original and exclusive products that have been selected based on your chosen preferences.

   QUARTERLY CO      i$50 to $100 per box every 3 months, depending on the curator selected   It's a care package from the people that you care about and follow for on-trend recommendations. From music icon Pharrell Williams to food fanatic Andrew Zimmern, Quarterly Co has a curator for everyone. Having been a devoted reader of the   Design*Sponge   blog for years, we would love to see what what loveliness her boxes will surely bring.

QUARTERLY CO i$50 to $100 per box every 3 months, depending on the curator selected
It's a care package from the people that you care about and follow for on-trend recommendations. From music icon Pharrell Williams to food fanatic Andrew Zimmern, Quarterly Co has a curator for everyone. Having been a devoted reader of the Design*Sponge blog for years, we would love to see what what loveliness her boxes will surely bring.

   THE THING      $300/year for 4 shipments   Once you get past the pretentious snob factor, The Thing would definitely make an impressive gift for someone who's not easily impressed. As stated on the site, "THE THING Quarterly is a periodical in the form of an object. It's like a magazine, except that each issue is conceived of by a different contributor and then published on a useful object." Sometimes it has pages. Most often, it does not.

THE THING $300/year for 4 shipments
Once you get past the pretentious snob factor, The Thing would definitely make an impressive gift for someone who's not easily impressed. As stated on the site, "THE THING Quarterly is a periodical in the form of an object. It's like a magazine, except that each issue is conceived of by a different contributor and then published on a useful object." Sometimes it has pages. Most often, it does not.