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Choosing a last minute gift can be a recipe for disaster. From supermarket chocolates on sale to gas station flowers, you limit your options if you choose to leave the purchasing of presents until the day before, or even the morning of. 

One of the best strategies is to take the instantaneousness out of the situation – to not make it about unwrapping a gift at that very moment. This is where the gift of a subscription comes into its own. You not only remove the need to wrap something up then and there, but you also ensure that the recipient will be reminded of your generosity consistently throughout the next year. It is quite literally the gift that keeps on giving.

So which subscriptions are the best subscriptions? Here are five options, for both him and her, which may just save your bacon when next a gift needs to be given.

Wine that is Fine

For lovers of the grape there is no better surprise than getting new drops delivered to your door every month. There are a wide range of wine subscription services which allow you to pick your budget, the frequency of delivery and your preferred varieties and blends. The best bit about this gift is that you’ll inevitably be invited to enjoy the spoils too!

The Freshest Shades

A sunglass subscription is a truly unique gift option for the fashionista in your life. With the fashion cycle constantly in motion, the hottest trends of summer will often be totally different to those of spring. Offerings like the WearMePro sunglasses subscription will deliver the freshest styles throughout the year, and at a very reasonable price.

A Curious Choice

Looking for something a little more offbeat? Does the person you’re buying a gift for appreciate the interesting, the intriguing or the odd? Then the Curiosity Box may be for them. Stacked with quirky curios and knick-knacks collected from around the world, this monthly subscription will open your loved one up to a world of wonder.

A Close Shave

Personal grooming can be an expensive business, and it can also be a pain to maintain all the tools required for the job. But with businesses like the Dollar Shave Club offering a range of subscription packages, your loved one needn’t worry about their grooming products for at least a year.

The Gift of Giving

There’s no better gift than that of giving. And this feeling is something that both you and the gift recipient can feel if you choose to give a charity subscription. Put one year’s worth of gift money into a monthly charitable donation under your loved one’s name, and let them feel how good it is to help others.

It’s fair to say that some last minute gifts are better than others. With a smart choice of subscription you’ll be both giving something truly valuable to your loved one, and saving your own skin from the fallout of giving another bunch of gas station flowers!