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Lunar Exploration: Remind Them of You With a Gift in Tune with the Tides 

Tuesday, Nov 25 2014
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The recurring gift is the most quietly insistent of presents. Give someone a magazine subscription and you're essentially saying, "I bet every month you need something to read for a day or two." And so, every month, there you'll be, stacked up on the coffee table or behind the toilet. It gets even more cyclically intimate when you sign somebody up for an "of the month" club. "Eat of this salami and think of me," it says. It's as though your ghostly presence walks through the door once a month with a box and declares that we'll all be enjoying an assortment of stinky cheeses for a few days. It's really a strange kind of periodic behavior modification you're foisting upon your loved ones.

There's a wonderful logic to these kinds of gifts for the shut-in or the friend who needs to be jabbed by memories of you. And like any industry, there are big players in the "of the month" game: wine, beer, cheese, bacon. But here we'll reach a little farther, look for those less-conventional gifts to send to one's door. In the interests of keeping things local, these are all San Francisco companies (plus one in the East Bay), so even the postmark will remind the receiver of you and your intermittent affections.

Angel Cakes

The fancy cupcake trend has, like democracy itself, spread from elite boutiques to food trucks on street corners to the very homes of America. With this East Bay bakery, you get six to 24 cupcakes delivered around the bay ($22-$50, plus $5 for S.F. delivery) in seasonal flavors like Almond Apricot Caramel or Dark Chocolate Bourbon.

angelcakessf.com

Argoz

Socks! Everybody loves socks! Everybody needs socks! Don't go out to buy socks! Make socks come to you! Two pairs! $25!

argoz.com

Enclosed

Where all the givers of magazines and cheeses fear to tread, there go you: a panties of the month club. The gift that reminds its recipients that every time they gird their loins, their loins have been girded because of thee. Attractive and downright ambitious knickers (starting at $50/month) in all sizes and names (Peach Basket, Moon Cake, Lady Fingers, none edible) say what you've been trying to say through all these other subscriptions: I want to have sex with you.

theenclosed.com

Green Apple Books

Like a book club for one, you'll get a new title from Green Apple every month, a delightful way to one-up those folks with mere magazine subscriptions.

greenapplebooks.com

Modify Watches

This swatchian company offers interchangeable watch faces and bands, and the Mod-of-the-Month-club sends an exclusive watch out every month ($99 for three months), which is a lot of timekeeping.

modifywatches.com

Three Babes Bakeshop

Supposing you want to one-up that friend who only sends gifts monthly, and also you love to send pies, well, here you are: a pie subscription service that comes once a week or once every other week ($41.99-$49.99 per order, plus a bit more if you want them delivered). Three Babes shows up at farmers markets and fairs, but these are off-menu pies, meaning you're ordering secrets, too.

threebabesbakeshop.com

Turntable Kitchen

Like a frighteningly hip coffee shop for one, you will find yourself in possession of 12 ounces of seasonal fresh-roast from Sightglass Coffee, plus a 7-inch vinyl of some crazy band or other, every month ($25.99-$75.99). Hang some art for sale on your kitchen walls and you're ready to go.

turntablekitchen.com/product/curated-coffee-vinyl-pairing

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