The holidays are a great time to show your loved ones how much you care, but why limit these sentiments to once a year? Instead, you can send them love all year round by purchasing gift-of-the-month specials from retailers such as J. Crew and Jacques Torres.
To join these clubs, there is no secret password or embarrassing initiation process, but be warned: You may have to splurge a little.
Click ahead to see some unique gifts you can give all year long.
By Kirsten Chang
Posted 17 November 2011
Company: Jacques Torres
Price: $145 (three months); $284 (six months); $540 (12 months)
Indulge in a brand new batch of mouth-watering, finely crafted chocolates each month with this delectable order. Jacques “Mr. Chocolate” Torres himself will personally select an array of his newest delicacies to send each month. Samples include a 24-piece champagne truffle box and dark chocolate bark, to tins of chocolate-covered almonds, cornflakes, pretzels, and cherries.
Company: The Healthy Hound Bakery
Price: $119.95 (six months); $209.95 (12 months)
Shower your furry little friend with more than just love and affection this season. Pamper your pooch with nutritious, tasty treats from the Healthy Hound Bakery. Each month, you’ll receive a half-pound of assorted gourmet dog treats — such as beef and chicken twists, sweet heart cakes, and apple oatmeal “bagel” bites — freshly baked from the home kitchen of professional chef Mary Morabito. All treats have been veterinarian-approved.
Price: Women’s Perfume — $67.99 (six months); $100 (12 months)
Price: Men’s Cologne — $50 (six months); $100 (12 months)
Send that special someone in your life a fresh new fragrance each month. Both the Mini Perfume and Cologne of the Month clubs allow members to slip into sensational scents from designers like Calvin Klein, Versace, and Dolce & Gabbana.
Company: Bacon Freak
Price: $145.95 (three months); $269.95 (six months); $475.95 (12 months)
If you’re all about the bacon — and you love your meat bursting with flavor — Bacon Freak offers everything you could possibly desire. Delivering two 16-ounce packages of artisan bacon each month, the club lets you choose from an array of artisan bacon infused with Cajun, apple cinnamon, and brown sugar spices, along with the usual hickory-smoked flavor.
Company: Flying Noodle
Price: $89.85 (three months); $173.70 (six months); $335.40 (12 months)
Send this Dinner & A Movie Club of the Month membership to one of your favorite couples, or use it as an excuse to cozy up for a romantic evening at your own home. A scrumptious Italian-themed gourmet dinner of specialty pasta and premium pasta sauce will be sent along right away, with a gift card for a free Blockbuster movie rental and a selection of gourmet popcorn to really set the mood. Each meal is vegetarian-friendly and only takes 15 minutes to prepare.
Company: Eli’s Cheesecake
Price: $90 (three months); $175 (six months); $345 (12 months)
For that friend or family member with an insatiable sweet tooth, a Cheesecake of the Month Club is the perfect find. Each month, Eli’s Cheesecake will deliver a decadent, nine-inch cheesecake — including original plain, chocolate peanut butter, and white chocolate peppermint flavors — that serves up to 14.
Company: J. Crew
Price: $1,800 (one year)
For the chic city dwellers addicted to fine footwear, J. Crew’s secretive Shoe of the Month Club is guaranteed to deliver stylish new thrills each month. With a choice of heels, flats, or a combination of both, recipients will enjoy products specially selected by the store’s in-house designers.
Price: $279.95 (three months)
Let that truly special foodie in your life discover the world’s finest marine cuisine with this three-month membership to the Lobster Club of the Month. This gift includes handpicked, large lobster tails from Maine, Australia, and other hotspots around the world — complete with a secret savory sauce, simple step-by-step instructions, and a book of special recipes devised from the master chefs at Coastal Vineyards.
Price: $59.85 (three months); $113.70 (six months); $215.40 (12 months)
A must-have for PB&J lovers everywhere, this offer lets us indulge the inner child in all of us.
According to the American Peanut Council, it’s adults who consume the most peanut butter. So, leave those supermarket brands to the kids and sign up to receive monthly deliveries of hard-to-find gourmet jars of peanut butter and jelly from small boutique shops all over the globe.