Techvibes Holiday Gift Guide: Subscription-based Presents for Women

Finding the right Christmas gift for that special woman in your life can be stressful even for the most seasoned shopper. Lucky for you Techvibes has found a unique solution to your problems: online subscription services. 

We’re not just talking about book-of-the-month clubs. Today you can get everything from artwork to lingerie delivered each month, right to her doorstep. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

And the best part is you never have to step foot inside a mall. Or spend long hours searching for companies. Here’s a list of our favourite subscription services that will win you brownie points without breaking the bank.


One of the best ways to get a girl is to have her best friend like you. Sometimes that means appealing to a furry, loud creature.

No, I’m not talking about her unattractive friend from high school. I’m talking about her dog.

Cuddle up to Lassie and Beethoven with a subscription from New York-based company, BarkBox. Starting at $17.50 per month, she and her pet will receive four to six goodies each month, ranging from bones to shampoo.  A portion of the proceeds even goes to an animal rescue group. Now that’s something to bark at.


Nothing quite says thoughtful like handmade crafts. And starting at $25 per month, Washington-based company Umba Box will ship two to three of them to the lovely lady in your life.

Surprise her with a selection of jewelry, accessories, stationary and bath products, accompanied with a touching story on the artist who made them. Umba Box promises to make you “look like a rockstar for not giving her a kitchen appliance.”


Breathe life into her art collection. For only $5 per month, Montreal-based company Papirmasse delivers one unique print largely designed by up and coming Canadian artists.

Ditch those tired, old department store prints that everyone and their mother has hanging on the wall. And replace it with beautiful and eerie landscapes by Montreal artist Chloé Beaulac or collages from Carl David Ruttan. She’ll thank you for introducing her to trendy new art scenes while her friends stare at the fake Mona Lisa painting they’ve had since college.


Give the fashionista in your life designer swag at Walmart prices. Los Angeles-based company Little Black Bag offers high-end brands like Badgley Mischka and Dolce and Gabbana for up to 70% off.  And that’s not even the best part. Wait until she hears about the shopping experience.

Inspired by a Japanese tradition called Fukubukuro, or “lucky bag sale,” customers start by choosing one item and then receive a few surprise pieces based on their answers to a short questionnaire. Members also have the option of swapping any of the items with other people on the site before they get shipped out.  It’s high-end retail that won’t put a dent in your wallet.


Panties. I don’t think I need to say more, but I will.

This gift is a win-win. Starting at $15 per month, Vancouver-based company Panty by Post ships off sexy underwear right to her doorstep.

Choose from an array of styles—hipster, thong and bikini – all delivered with a romantic note written by you. Think of the fun you’ll both have when she slips on the sexy underwear and models it for you. Month after month. And women, it might interest you to know: there’s also a men’s line.