Subscription Gift Ideas

Christmas is right around the corner and although I am a huge fan of the Holidays I can’t stress enough the need to show one support to someone who battles depression throughout the year and not just at the Holidays.

Many times in our home the holidays were not always the most festive of times. Our situation revolves around her Father getting diagnosed on New Years Eve with cancer and then four years later being put on hospice right after Christmas. And I am sure there are many out there with similar stories of having a BAH-HUMBUG holiday season.

Because of this our family is really getting into the subscription box band wagon. Not really sure it is an actual wagon but it works great for giving someone who may not always think someone cares or has their back something to look forward to, even if they don’t like to admit it.

Picking the Right Gift 

I have picked two of my favorite ways to show you care and below you will find some nitty gritty details as to why and the where and the how.

During this post you will see some affiliate links to my pick for the best place to check out for yourself what we are talking about. Although I do get a small commission if one were to purchase from this site please feel no obligation. I just want to share what I have learned to be a support system and caregiver for my daughter.

The first one is Pura Vida which has a really cool story. I will let you get all the details from the awesome website but to just some it up in a short sentence…two friends went to Costa Rica for some fun in the sun and ended up helping tons of individuals earn a living by selling their jewelry.

They were a movement that celebrated the simple things in life—or “Pura Vida,” as Costa Ricans would call it. Translating to “pure life” in Spanish, It’s a lifestyle of sorts. One that’s all about enjoying life’s little pleasures, slowing things down and living life to the fullest. Its that last line that almost bring me to tears every time I read it.

Enjoy lifes little pleasures

Slowing things down

Living life to the fullest

These three things are exactly what my daughter and I have had to learn while dealing with her anxiety and depression on a daily basis. We were living in a world of go, go, go all the time. After her multiple panic attacks while at work and meltdowns at home and inpatient stays and all the therapies…it was time to take a step back and SLOW DOWN. Enjoy the little things and live each day to the fullest your body and mind can handle for that day.

The second one needs no long-drawn-out story as to why I picked it. It is a Candy Store and it is delivered monthly. What more could you ask for? It is called OldTimeCandy and it makes me smile every time I visit their website. But read on because it is a special Candy Store that also serves well.


Needs a Mission Statement

Pura Vida’s missions to give back to different causes all over the world. Pura Vida has partnered with over 190 charities and has donated more than $1,780,964 to date!

OldTimeCandy…well, it’s candy. We can give it a pass on the Mission Statement. Just kidding! I love Mission Statements and this one is no different. Check out the Website for more information.

Investing in water solutions for Africa creates long-term solutions and clean water for generations to come. Each well serves around 2,000 people. That means it costs only about $3.50 to provide clean water for 20 years.

Every donation helps, and to show our great appreciation, The Old Time Candy Company will match every dollar donated.

Best Gifts Keep Giving

Pura Vida’s has options for a Jewelry Club that can be found HERE. This might just be my favorite subscription option perhaps because we eat the candy so fast and I absolutely love the designs of their jewelry and so does my daughter which is sorta unusual for us to agree on something like that.

OldTimeCandy you can simply subscribe to your favorite candy products and pick how often you wish to receive them and that’s it, they do the rest.

Do It Now

Don’t wait for all the hustle and bustle of the holidays and then forget what you were planning on getting that loved one. Be proactive and get those subscriptions started and you will be the hit at Thanksgiving and Fourth of July and everything in between.



I can’t stress enough how important I have found that the little stuff speaks volumes in the world of someone battling these sorts of mental health issues. If you have any ideas leave me a comment I would love to hear them. Sometimes a Post It Notes found on the milk in the refrigerator can change someones entire day for the better. Give it a try. If you can’t afford a subscription box then just buy a large bag of tootsie rolls and throw a couple in a card every few weeks. It really doesn’t take much I promise.

Keep on fighting the good fight


Tammy C


  1. Hi Tammy! This is a very nice article. In my opinion this is a very good mission, and I commend what Pura Vida is doing.

    Also a sensitive topic is long-term water solutions for Africa. Just $3.50 is an affordable sum for most of us. And being able to provide clean water for 20 years is a huge help. In my book, these programs need our support. Thanks for introducing us to them.

    • Thank you for your comments Henry.  I love shopping where there is a mission.

  2. Hi Tammy,

    Thanks so much for sharing this article, I just started to look for some gifts to give during the Holidays for to my family and I don’t like to wait until the last moment.

    I have three daughters in law, and Pura Vide got my attention, the bracelet look really nice and I will love to know more about the subscription to it, it would be a good idea as I get something to give as a Holiday present to help others.

    • Three daughters I can relate to…subscription bracelets are a must.  They also have a jewelry subscription that includes rings and necklaces and bracelets.  You should definately check them out.

      Thanks for the comments. 

  3. I have actually been searching for a worthwhile method of caring and so I like your two suggested ways for us to show to family members or friends who has mental health issues that we care. It will definitely help them so much as they may be thinking they nobody cares due to the nature of their illness. I also love the subscription box idea of caring. 

    I hope to invest in the Pura Vida bracelets shortly. Thanks for this lovely post worth sharing.

    • Thank you Chris for your kind comments.  I appreciate your interest in Pura Vida bracelets.  

  4. Thanks again for another great article! The Pura Vida subscription box sounds great. It’s interesting that you mention it, because I just noticed subscription boxes on Amazon for the first time. The Pura Vida and candy company’s mission statements are really nice, relating to charities and helping the world. I will definitely keep this in mind for when I get gifts this year. If I need a subscription box for someone I will come back and get it through your page. 

    In general, gift ideas are very helpful! So thanks for putting this out there. Have a great day!

  5. Showing care and live to people with mental issue is really an awesome thing to do since most of them often nurse the feeling that nobody truly loves or care for them. Since it is the holiday period, it would be the perfect time to show love to people through gifting and I love the two ways you have shared here. I actually like the bracelet. It takes only the commitment to take actions and I like what pura Vida is doing. Thanks for sharing

    • Hello Rodarrick,

      Anxiety and depression often give one the feeling that nobody really cares and it is my hope that everyone can find the time to somehow show them that someone does care.  Thanks so much for your comments and kind words.

  6. Living life alone is a battle we have to fight and not everyone is given the strength to go on and on with tye fight and to me that’s a reason some people go into depression from thinking of the struggles they go through. I have been there before and I know how awful one feel in such state with wide range of silly thoughts coming to your head.
    So many people are living in depression and needs to be cared for with attention and gifts as well. Living a “Pure Life” is something we all deserve and I’ll love to keep experiencing the good life till the end. Nice post.

  7. Hi, Tammy.
    Thanks for sharing the subscription boxes with a great mission. I think if a simple subscription of $ 3.5 can assure someone water for twenty years, then what are we waiting for, let us do it. It is a very touching gift which we can definitely continue to support. As usual a thought provocating article Tammy.
    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

    • Thanks for your comments on my subscription box suggestions.  Having a mission behind the scenes is always a plus in my book.

  8. HI tammy

    Your post really touched as only a sad experience at christmas can.I have lived through many and am lucky to still be here. It’s always look out christmas is coming. 

    I am  a survivor as many of us are, I just want to say thank you for the so special gifts you offer her as they are the simplistic things that remain forever in ones heart..

    Many thanks 


    • Hey Paul,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to add this very touching comment.  

  9. Hi Tammy, sorry to hear about your friends father, that’s a real tough situation to go through especially around Christmas. As to the gift subscription box ideas I have to say I really like the Old Time Candy one. I’ve always had a sweet tooth and this one seems like a really great gift idea for the holidays that will be sure to put a smile on anyways face, even in a dark time. Very cool, I’m checking it out now, thanks for the gift ideas!

    • Hey Riverdogg,

      Thanks so much for your comments and hope you satisfy that sweet tooth.


  10. So this website is prompting websites that has gifts that a person can give to someone with depression? Are these sites going to present us with special gifts to give to the individual or are these gifts just suggestions of what you like or might get someone? I’m trying to figure out the connection between the two? Will these specific gifts be geared to people with depression?

    • Hello and thank you for your comments.  My goal in all my posts is to share what I personally have learned in my years of caring for my daughter who deals with anxiety and depression.  These recommendations are geared more towards the showing someone they are thought about and cared for more than just at Christmas.  I know my daughter hates the holidays but having a subscription service brightens her mood each time she gets the package.  These gifts are just gifts and are not geared towards any particular people with or without depression.

      Sorry for the confusion.


  11. Hi Tammy, what a great article. I think it’s fantastic that your two suggestions donate to those worthy causes. We all deal with forms of depression to some degree, especially at Christmas time with all the pressure that it brings. The Puravida website looks fantastic. I have a 15-year-old daughter and she would love their jewelry. It’s great that those two girls have donated so much to charity. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

    • Hey Greg,

      What a great idea for your daughter.  My daughter is 26 and loves the styles so much.  And I agree about the charity aspect…what a bonus.  

      Thanks for your comments.


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