Outsmart The Grinch With These 5 Gifts That Keep On Giving

Oh, the holidays! We create crafty chains to count down the days, ice skate in Union Square, and shop frantically for the perfect gifts. Then, once December comes to an end we’re kind of, well, over it. And while the decorations get boxed up for another year, we think the pressies should last a little longer before boredom sets it. Which is exactly why we’ve rounded up the most standout, and practically eternal must-haves to give this season. From lovelies that keep coming each month to vintage heirlooms to pass down from one generation to the next, peep the definitive list below and give Santa a run for his money.
H.Bloom Flowers
Our inner hopeless romantic is always tickled to receive a lush bouquet from our sweethearts — although we can’t help but interpret the wilting lovelies as a bad omen. A little dramatic, we know, but still! So, to keep the love alive, monthly floral-delivery service, H.Bloom, which opened an S.F. branch earlier this year, will continuously send fresh blossoms (starting at $29 a bouquet) to ensure your honey swoons time and time again. When signing up, just pick your preferred floral arrangement styles from classic to exotic and how often your darling will receive the doting bunch (once a month sounds solid to us!). To prove that H.Bloom really is your best bud, the floral e-shop is giving readers a free first bouquet when you purchase a six month subscription — just use the promo code “REFINERY29” before December 31 at checkout and watch your love flourish in no time.
Citizens Bean
For the java addict in your life (um, everybody?) this local coffee club is stirring up the pot by bringing its selection of sustainable roasts to your door every month. While Citizen Bean may be Bay Area-based, the eco beans come from all over the world to be planted in your home-brewing coffee makers. Choose between a series of three, six, or 12 month memberships, ranging from $80 to $220, and give a gift guaranteed to be steamy.
La Cocina Artisanal Culinary Classes
They say a way to a person’s heart is through the stomach, and this culinary gift evokes that same fail-proof philosophy. La Cocina is hosting a series of artisanal culinary classes that span throughout the entire year for $65 a pop. From Valentine’s Day confections in February to hearty tamales in December, these courses will keep your loved one full and satisfied till the next holiday season.
If you’re looking to add another name to your holiday shopping list, we suggest jotting down Samasource. The local charity utilizes technology giants like Google, Linkedin, and Microsoft to help connect lower income women and youth to work opportunities all over the globe. We can’t think of a better gift that keeps on giving than helping the impoverished get a steady income.
Angel Cakes Cupcake Of The Month Club
We all have that friend who lives for the sugar high. But instead of indulging her by ingesting tons of calories by her side, we found an even more clever way to be an enabler without ruining your diet plans. East Bay bakery Angel Cakes whips up monthly cupcakes for exclusive club members and delivers the goods, to boot! Schedule anywhere from six to 24 vegan or dairy cupcakes each month in mouth-watering flavors like green tea, salted chocolate, and coconut. Yum.
Photo: Via Facebook/H.Bloom

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