The gift that keeps on giving: five inspired Christmas subscriptions

From seasonal cheeses and craft coffees to stylish socks and under-the-radar books

Libreria’s subscription service will deliver books (monthly, from £65 for six months)
Libreria’s subscription service will deliver books (monthly, from £65 for six months)

Libreria books Über-cool east London bookshop Libreria’s new six- and 12-month subscriptions (£65 and £130 respectively) send a monthly “hot pick”, with a focus on works from small, independent publishers such as Fitzcarraldo Editions, celebrated among the literati for its challenging contemporary fiction and long-form essays. Recent picks include Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic’s critique The Language of Cities and Sarah Howe’s TS Eliot-prize-winning poetry collection Loop of Jade. Subscriptions also come with limited edition prints, books or magazines from the store’s Risograph machine and, for the 12-month option, a Libreria tote. 07496-336 065; www.libreria.io.

The Tate’s subscription service will deliver bags of coffee (monthly, from £8.50)
The Tate’s subscription service will deliver bags of coffee (monthly, from £8.50)
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Tate coffee The Tate’s new coffee service (£8.50 for one month; £25 for three months; £48 for six months) broadens flavour horizons by sending bags of single-origin roasts from a different source each month. From a rich, chocolatey, honey-processed El Salvadorian to a light, perky Kenyan Kiriaini with notes of rhubarb and hibiscus, each comes with tasting, brewing and sourcing notes, and can be delivered ready-ground or as beans. Subscriptions are also part of Tate’s 50/50 project, which aims to help rebalance gender inequalities in the coffee industry by sourcing from as many female producers as male. 020-7887 8888; www.tate.org.uk.

Scent’s subscription service will deliver a candle every one, two or three months (£45 per delivery)
Scent’s subscription service will deliver a candle every one, two or three months (£45 per delivery)
Neal’s Yard Dairy’s subscription service will deliver four cheeses (quarterly, from £198 per year)
Neal’s Yard Dairy’s subscription service will deliver four cheeses (quarterly, from £198 per year)

Scent candles For haute hygge, if you will, Scent’s new candle subscription service (£45 per delivery, available every one, two or three months for a 12-month period) provides waxen wonders infused by independent perfumers – including Laboratory Perfumes and New York studio Joya, which handmakes all of its candles and works with artists and designers on experimental ceramic vessels – and tailors each subscriber’s candles to their personal fragrance preferences. Note and mood preferences are picked and mixed online – options include masculine, feminine, fruity, floral, spicy, sweet, gourmand, romantic and relaxing – and can be changed between months. www.scentfrom.us.

London Sock Co’s Sock Club subscription service will deliver socks (monthly, from £30)
London Sock Co’s Sock Club subscription service will deliver socks (monthly, from £30)
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Neal’s Yard Dairy cheese Neal’s Yard Dairy’s subscription service comprises a seasonal selection of four cheeses, 1.2kg in total, and can be delivered monthly (£550 per year), bimonthly (£275 per year) or quarterly (£198 per year). December’s selection features Greenham, an aged version of the Atkinsons’ Stawley cheese with woody notes; full-flavoured Isle of Mull cheddar; creamy Colston Bassett Stilton; and an unctuous camembert-style Tunworth. Occasional extras include crackers or chutneys, and a further gift idea could include one of the brand’s cheese classes, which cover topics from styles to producers to pairings with wine, beer, whisky or champagne. 020-7500 7520; www.nealsyarddairy.co.uk.

London Sock Co socks The London Sock Co’s Sock Club offers three-, six- and 12-month subscriptions (from £30) with one, two or three pairs per month. Members can choose their own patterns, opt for a stylist’s selection or follow Tom Hiddleston, who favours Eleni’s Shaken and Stirred Mustard, or David Gandy, who likes Ottaway Style Grey. www.londonsockcompany.com.

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