Welcome to TechCrunch’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide! Need help with gift ideas? We’re here to help! You can see our other guides here.
Surprise! It is December 23. how? Because time has no meaning and last week was actually a month ago and April was yesterday.
Last-minute shopping is always terrific, but especially so this year. No one should give up their social distancing practices to fight the mob for a twice returned Hawaiian fryer. Online retailers, meanwhile, have also warned of shipping before December.
Fortunately, membership boxes and services exist. They are easy to order at the very last minute, easy to deliver from a distance and they will spread the fun of gifting over weeks and months.
Need some ideas? Here is some inspiration:
For fans of puzzle / escape rooms: Hunt a killer
There is a (imaginary) corpse!
You are approached by a detective who needs your help, and your job is to locate Whodunnit through the process of elimination. Each month brings another piece of the story through a box full of puzzles, newspaper clippings, audio recordings, props and other clues that lead you to the culprit.
I have done a few of these sets with the family, and we have enjoyed a lot for a few hours as a way to lose ourselves in a fictional world. It is depicted in such a way that no single box is a commitment of more than an hour or two, so you can leave it back whenever you have got time. If you do not want to wait, you can speed up the box in the next month as well.
For Craftsmen and Scrapbookers: Pipsticks
Got a friend whose childhood love never faded for stickers? Pipsticks will send them a bundle of stickers (really, very good!) Every month. They have found the “Kids Club” plan specifically for the younger ones or for the “Pro Club” pack for anyone looking at their journaling / scrapbooking / crafting sticker collection.
cost: Starts at $ 12 per month
For dog owners: Barkbox
Dog breeding is fun. Barkbox brings them a constant rotation of treats and toys tailored to each month’s theme, such as “Dogsgiving” in November or “Lick or Treat” in October. The boxes suit the dog’s shape, and they’ve got a slightly pricier “Super Cheever” box with ultra-durable pix for dogs that cut right through anything you put in front of them.
cost: Starts at $ 23 per month
For Highly Caffeinated: Coffee Subscription
There is a whole world of coffee out there to explore, but whatever bag looks beautiful is very easy to pick up and stick with that brand until the end of time. Got a friend who has been buying the same red plastic tub for 10 years? Encourage them to branch out a little!
For anyone who wants to read more: Book of the Month
They read books, you read them. Each month you choose one of the five style-extension options and it is dropped at your door. Time is running low and last month’s pick isn’t over, or just not in this month’s pick? You can skip a month very easily.
For new humans (and their parents): Lavari play kits
Got a friend with a newborn baby and have no idea what they’ll get? Lavalin takes the subscription box concept and breaks it month-to-month for the first segment of a child’s life. For example, the newborn box focuses on high-contrast items and things, which will make belly time a little more fun, while the latter boxes bring in toys that help with fine motor skills such as stacking and grasping. They also offer boxes for toddlers, such as rhyme, matching and counting. The boxes are a bit expensive, but the company makes a lot of effort to keep things durable and safe.
cost: Around $ 80 per box
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cost: $ 75 per year
For the well-to-do: Mado in a box
My writing is a joke, but I still absolutely love a good pen. One of my favorite shops is to just wander around – when there was one thing we could do – is Maido. Owned by the Japanese bookstore chain Kinokunia, Maido in a way presents a carefully curated collection of pens and stationery that is exhaustive but not overwhelming.
With the epidemic limited in search of targetless retail stores, Maddow has started producing monthly themed boxes where they bring their best items to you. I have ordered some of these so far, and each box has been simply amazing. If you have found a friend who has ever talked about their favorite pen for 20 minutes, this is it for them.
cost: $ 35
For the green thumb: Lush Studio
I love plants! Sadly, I am ready to kill the plants immediately. This year I was very proud that when my tomato plant fell and died, before it grew a whole grape tomato. What should I do with four grape tomatoes?
As a result, our homes and yards are filled with all the success we can find – they are super beautiful and thankfully, incredibly hard to kill. A lot of us came from Succulent Studios, a service that does an amazing job of finding new plants (with fun names like Lime Sparkler and Superbum) and delivering them safely to your door. If someone is beat, they will teach you how to revive it … or, failing it, they will replace it.
For those who like wine: more alcohol
As with coffee, there are many different wines to try out and a lot of different services that want to help you try them all. It is hard to narrow down, but there are plenty of services with proven track records. Winc Have you taken a quiz that aims to analyze your taste and pairings. Sellers Wine Club Allows you to choose a theme (Import? Sweet? Sparkling? Reds only?) Vinebox The cute little test tube sends wine by the glass in the look vials so you don’t have to commit to a full bottle. TechCrunch Loves Its Darrell Etherington Gargill Wine ClubWith the Cavett that it only ships to Canada.
cost: Varies, but typically around $ 60-80 per box.
For the traveler who can’t travel yet: try the world
One of my favorite parts about the trip is wandering the local grocery store and trying all the regional staples – all the snacks, candies and other goodies I’ve never seen at home. Such discovery is not super possible in 2020, a year when many of us have not even left our state.
As its name suggests, Try the World brings all those goodies straight to your door from all over the world. I have boxes that have regional-favorite hot sauce, tea, spices, mustard, and more. The only catch? If you find something you love, figuring out where to buy more can be difficult.
cost: Starts at $ 40 a month
For Snazzy Dresser: Gentleman’s Box
As written by our editorial director Henry Pickett, who I can confirm is often dressed better than me:
I consider myself a fairly decent dresser. I adorn ties, tie bars, pocket squares and a button-down or gray jacket.
But option! The sheer number of accessories, color schemes and levels of fancy can be overwhelming. That’s why I was so excited when I came across the Gentleman’s Box.
Every month, I get a small box consisting of five to six items: a tie and a pair of socks, plus a combination of a random mix of things that alternate from month to month, such as a tie bar. . , Cuff links, a lapel pin and a pocket square. I have also got a few watches, some pair of sunglasses, a wallet, a tray for odds and ends and a money clip. Fancy, right?
Each box also comes with an editorially curated booklet, which includes details of how the month’s selections fit together, as well as portraits of customers showing their merchandise in the wild. I am waiting for the end of the epidemic for several reasons, and to be able to go out on that list again and get my damper.
cost: Depending on what you are looking for, Ranges from $ 35 to $ 100 + per box
For the gamer: an all-you-can-play service on their platform of choice
Why give them just one game when you can give them access Ton Of sports? All of the big names in gaming now have Netflix-style on-demand game services, and they are actually a lot more solid. Sony has PS Now (check out Horizon Zero Dawn, Hallow Knight and God of War series if you haven’t already), and Microsoft has Xbox Game Pass (Gears 5! MotoGP 20! Celeste!). Even with Apple Arcade having fun getting apples – if you dive in there, be sure to check out Beyond a Steel Sky, one of ours Favorite things of 2020.