The Best Book Subscriptions to Gift the Reader in Your Life

Do you have a reader in your life? Check out these book subscriptions to gift them this holiday season!

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It’s finally that time of year! The season of magic has arrived, with the holidays right around the corner. Stores all around are already promoting holiday deals, but what about the books for a reader you know? Sometimes just giving a book they’ve been wanting is a bit boring; why not spice things up with a book subscription? There are plenty of options to choose from, and we’ve gathered them here for you in one convenient location!

Book of the Month

A blue Book of the Month box being lifted to the sky

BOTM is one of the most well-known book boxes out there. The company prioritizes new releases of fiction and has made quite a name for themselves. They have varied subscriptions of 3, 6, or 12 months. Once someone receives a membership, BOTM will send them a list of a few books, and then they will choose their favorite to be sent to them. It’s an easy process and helps your reader get excited for the blue box to show up at their door. They also offer an array of audiobooks, and those who download the BOTM app can enjoy additional content. If your giftee already has a membership- no worries! Your gift will add credits to their account for them to use.


A purple fantasy themed Owlcrate subscription box with an array of books and accessories

Does your reader enjoy more than just books? Owlcrate is known for curating beautiful boxes that cater to the book that’s picked for the box. They specialize in YA and partner with authors to sign the books that will be sent out. They also have a junior option for readers ages 8-12. You can gift the recipient 1, 3, or 6-month subscriptions that can be filled with bookish items along with the book or just the book! You can also buy a specific themed box from past months.


A yellow Illumicrate box on a table surrounded by old items

Illumicrate has absolutely stunning boxes as the subscription specializes in special editions. Best yet, if you purchase their monthly full box, you’ll receive four to six pieces of extra bookish merch exclusive to Illumicrate. With it being so popular, there is a subscription waitlist in order to join. Though you can still buy past boxes; and then even offer their own exclusive special editions!


A custom box box catered to Nicholas Sparks' The Return book

What’s great about Cratejoy is that it’s probably the best box company in terms of selection. Sellers join Cratejoy with their own themed boxes- most of them aren’t even books! There is a whole book category on their website where you can filter to specific genres. If you know the favorite genre of the person you’re gifting, this may be a good start to see the options out there. The prices also vary depending on the seller you buy from.

Once Upon a Book Club

A woman golding a pink Once Upon a Book Club box

This company offers boxes starting for readers aged eight and up! What’s unique about Once Upon a Book Club is that the boxes come with other wrapped gifts inside that are labeled with page numbers. Why is that? As you read the book that was sent to you, you open the gifts associated with those certain pages! They offer a variety of subscriptions; this company is great for a person who loves extra surprises!


A blue and yellow Bookroo box

Last but certainly not least, you need to keep in mind any young kids who may have an interest in reading. You may even convince them to like reading with the fun of getting a box! Bookroo has books starting for ages 0 to 12! There are plenty of options to choose from for the little ones, and the boxes are relatively on the cheaper side because they are children’s books.

With this list, you can hopefully find the perfect box that works for you and that your favorite reader will love. You may even buy a subscription for yourself! Act now before it’s too late — the subscriptions may not last the whole holiday season with it being so busy!

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