The Best Subscription Boxes for Everyone on Your List
Why buy someone a one-time gift, when you can bestow upon them the joy of repeat presents sent right to their door throughout the year? Subscription boxes are the gift that keeps on giving all year long.
You know that one couple that continues to invite you to dinners and parties, even though you rarely reciprocate? It’s time to shower that hostess with the mostess with a gift that will ensure many more fun gatherings to come. Mostess is a seasonal hosting subscription box curated with five to seven full-sized home decor and hosting items, along with a booklet of recipes and entertaining tips. The curated products and styling inspiration help hosts spend their precious energy on enjoying the company of their guests rather than planning and stressing.
Grillmasters and meat lovers can rejoice over gifts of expertly trimmed and pre-portioned cuts of beef, chicken, and pork—from animals that were raised in a humane environment on U.S. farms. Each monthly box from Karv, which can be tailored to the recipient’s preferences and the number of people in their household, is delivered to their door at the peak of freshness. Karv even includes 30-minute recipe ideas, such as pork chops with arugula pesto and turkey shepherd’s pie with sweet potato. Think this might be right for your man, but aren’t sure? Here are 30 other gift ideas for men that will make you look like a hero.
If someone on your “nice” list is an unwavering recycler and conservationist, then Who Gives a Crap toilet paper is one of the best subscription boxes available. Here’s the poop, er, scoop: They offer 3-ply 100 percent recycled toilet paper and 3-ply 100 percent premium bamboo toilet paper (plus paper towels and tissues)—which means everything is made with environmentally friendly materials instead of trees. Simply choose a delivery frequency (every 8, 12, or 16 weeks) based on the number of people in the household. And, because roughly 40 percent of the world’s population doesn’t have access to a toilet, the company donates 50 percent of its profits to help build toilets for those in need.
For makeup mavens
Know someone who would love to receive all the top-trending beauty products delivered straight to their door each month? The Allure Beauty Box features luxury full- and travel-sized beauty products tested by the magazine’s editors (they test more than 50,000 products a year!), plus a mini magazine full of insider tips, shortcuts and how-to’s. Choose from 3-month, 6-month, and 1-year subscription options when purchasing as a gift, and indulge their crush on cosmetics.
For creatures of comfort
Why yes, joggers and yoga pants are perfectly acceptable attire for running errands, shuttling kids to and from activities, and having brunch with the girls. If the special lady in your life relishes any excuse to sport lounge-wear instead of pants with annoying zippers, then Ellie’s Lounge Life Collection is the snuggly solution she’s been waiting for. Choose from three- or five-item boxes (the latter adds two accessories to the standard top, sports bra and bottoms package) and she’ll enjoy the curated activewear items arriving in this best subscription box for clothing on her doorstep each month.
For fashion-forward kids
If your youngster or grandchild likes to sport trendy brand-name duds, and you like to save money and give back to charity, then Kidbox cleverly satisfies the whole family’s agenda. Simply fill out the online style quiz to explain what makes the child unique, await the box of hand-selected items to be delivered to your door, have them try on the clothes and keep only what your little one loves. Love it all? If you keep the whole box, you’ll enjoy a price cut and get to select a charity to help a child in need. Here are 11 additional non-toy gift ideas your kids are sure to love.
For the health-conscious
It’s no surprise that most of us don’t get all the nutrients we need from our diet—that’s precisely why vitamins were invented. But instead of allowing your loved one to pop dozens of pills he or she may not even need, create a customized daily vitamin pack, chosen based on their goals, lifestyle, and values, with Care/Of. From immune boosting properties to better sleep, you can finally give the elusive gift of health.
For fashionistas and fashion illiterates
Whether the person on your list is a jet-setting executive with no time to shop, a busy mom with no time to herself, or an average Joe or Jane who could use a little fashion help, one of the best subscription boxes for fashionistas is the Trunk Club (a Nordstrom company); it makes building the perfect wardrobe easy by connecting shoppers with personal stylists. The stylist sends a Trunk of handpicked clothing straight to your door—and you can even earn Nordstrom Notes based on your purchases. There’s no better way to fill your loved one’s closet than by combining top brands with unparalleled service. Here’s everything you need to know before you sign up for a subscription box.
If someone on your list always has her nose in a book, then Once Upon a Book Club will be a welcome addition to her library. But don’t judge this book by its cover, because it’s more than just a book—it’s actually an immersive adventure! Not only does the monthly subscription come with a newly released contemporary, general, or historical fiction book, but it also arrives with three to five carefully selected, individually wrapped gifts with page numbers from the book—and they aren’t meant to be opened until you’ve reached the corresponding page. This truly helps bring the book to life. Finally, there are discussion questions, read-along dates for live discussions and gift openings with fellow Book Club members, and a Q&A with the authors on social media.
For beauty testers
Is someone on your list forever sampling trendy new beauty products in hopes of finding their newest faves? Then they’ll jump with joy over Birchbox, the best subscription box on the market for trial-size cosmetics. The monthly subscription introduces beauty-curious girls to the wide range of products and brands that are out there so that they can zero in on which ones work best for them. They’ll receive a personalized mix of five makeup, hair, skincare, and fragrance samples in each box and leave product reviews to enhance future customization. This service can be especially helpful to find replacements after your favorite products have been discontinued. Find more crave-worthy beauty gifts she’ll love.
For frequent fliers
Busy travelers don’t want to spend their precious time at home running up to the drugstore for more TSA-sized products before each trip. Give the gift of tiny toiletries from Ben Lido this holiday season and your travel-loving recipient will think fondly of you every time he or she brushes their teeth or applies sunscreen from halfway around the world. Choose from a variety of pre-selected essentials based on their travel type (from business to beach and everything in between), or handpick items customized to their preferences.
For culinary enthusiasts
Always struggling to figure out the answer to the age-old question, “What’s for dinner?” Perhaps it’s time for a gentle nudge to your better half that you’d like to stop eating out so often (or eating cereal for dinner). You’ll have fun cooking Plated’s globally inspired, chef-designed dishes together—simply choose the number of servings and nights you’d like to cook and enjoy the added bonus of a home-based date night. There are recipes for every skill level, and options for every food preference, including gluten-free, vegetarian, and low-carb. Congratulations! Dinner is handled. Check out these holiday food gifts that aren’t fruit cake.
For the budget-conscious
Tight on your holiday cash, but still want to shower someone special with beauty products? The Walmart Beauty Box will make you look like a hero without draining your bank account to zero. This quarterly box is filled with an assortment of new beauty products and helpful tips—all for only $5. Simply fill out the online beauty profile and the box will even be customized to the recipient’s personal style. Try pairing this gift with these five adorable Christmas gifts that cost almost nothing to make.
For chocolate lovers
Have a few hard-to-buy-for people on your list (such as your boss, clients, teachers or neighbors)? When in doubt, always choose fine chocolates. Godiva’s decadent 3-, 6-, or 12-month Chocolate of the Month Club delivers an assortment of milk chocolates, dark chocolates, and truffles to their doorstep—and guaranteed smiles to everyone’s faces. No one-size-fits-all gift could be more indulgent.
Don’t overlook your faithful companion this holiday season; give man’s best friend one of the doggone best subscription boxes available: Barkbox. Each month, your pup will receive a themed collection that includes at least two innovative toys, two bags of natural treats, and a chew. Just imagine how much wagging your dog’s tail will be doing once he realizes the “suspicious” package delivery guy is actually bringing him a monthly present! Find out 50 other great gifts for animal lovers.
For coffee cravers
We all know someone who can’t function prior to their third cup of coffee—and those are precisely the people who deserve a subscription to one of Boca Java’s two offerings. The Gourmet Coffee Club is hand tailored and customized, with more than 150 different coffees to choose from. Specify how many bags, caffeine level, grind type and the frequency of delivery. The World Coffee Tour features options hand-selected by the company’s roastmaster, and is geared toward the travel lover on your list. Your recipient can discover coffees and flavors from around the world without stepping foot outside their door. What a great gift to wake up to each morning.
For the chemical-free household
Whether someone is avoiding chemicals because of allergies, environmental concerns, or health hazards, you can help support their mission with a subscription to Puracy. From household cleaners and personal care products to baby bath sets, Puracy is safe for children, pets and the environment—it’s free of sulfates, triclosan, formaldehyde, parabens, phosphates, MEA, DEA, TEA, chlorine, bleach, petrochemicals, animal byproducts, allergens, perfumes, dyes, and caustics. So what does it have? Ingredients made from plants, minerals, and natural fragrances.
For nature lovers
Sure, a bouquet of flowers for the holidays is a lovely gesture—until they die before the recipient even gets to New Year’s. Instead, give them a gift that will bloom all year long: a subscription to Bouqs. Sourcing from sustainable and eco-friendly farms, Bouqs cuts only what they sell, so there’s no waste. Just set the delivery frequency and collection type (Farmer’s Market, Roses or The Classics), and you’ll come out smelling like a rose. Don’t miss these gifts for every type of friend.
For tea sippers
Since a cup of coffee may not be everyone’s cup of tea, don’t discount a gift from Sips By—a personalized, multi-brand tea subscription box. Each month, the brand’s “matchmakers” use an algorithm they’ve created to select four teas customized to the recipient’s preferences. Each monthly box also comes with information on brew times and a little background information on the selections, which can come as tea bags, loose leaf tea, or tea sachets.
For spiritual souls
Anyone on your list who has a spiritual vibe and loves practicing self-care and self-love will be over the moon to receive a MoonBox—the only monthly subscription box that is truly aligned with the lunar cycle. Each box arrives at the start of every month with a detailed astrological moon calendar, and it contains everything you need to enjoy a bit of pampering, holistic healing, and wellness. The company believes in planting the seeds of your intentions at the beginning of a lunar cycle, or New Moon, and actively nurturing them so that they grow to fruition by the Full Moon. What a great way for your recipient to manifest their goals!
For wine connoisseurs
Bottles of wine delivered right to your doorstep? It’s like a fairytale wish come true! And Winc—a California-based winery offering an online membership experience—serves as the fairy godmother for your lucky recipient. Simply fill out a six-question quiz to determine their taste profile and four carefully selected bottles will be delivered each month. It makes trying new wines easy and fun, and rating each wine will further improve selections moving forward. Cheers to one of the best subscription boxes money can buy—and one that, like these 10 other gifts, won’t cause any clutter.
For green thumbs and wannabes
Few things bring life to a living room, kitchen, or bedroom like plants. They help purify the air you breathe and are also shown to lessen stress. Thankfully, with Succulents Box, whether or not your intended recipient has a knack for keeping plants healthy and happy is actually irrelevant—succulents live longer and require much less care, as they are known for their ability to thrive in poor soils and low-water conditions. Score! Choose from one to four succulents to be delivered each month, along with a care card.
For crafty types
If your gift list includes someone who loves to knit, sew, or work with beads, then a subscription box from Darn Good Yarns is sure to get their creative juices flowing. The monthly subscription includes an expertly curated box of ethically produced and eco-friendly crafting materials to inspire and teach new skills—plus, you’re joining a community of other crafters with whom to share inspiration. Or you could order the box for yourself this year, and use the contents to make gifts for everyone next year—if that’s the case, be sure to check out these 26 handmade gifts for everyone on your list.
For smart snackers
One food philosophy most everyone can agree on? Snacking. After all, who can wait five to six hours between meals to refuel their energy tank? Of course, snacks can either be nutritious or junk food, and those choices affect your weight and health. Give someone on your list the gift of healthy snacking options with SnackNation. Each month, they’ll receive eight to 25 snacks (depending on which box you choose) from a specially curated selection of bars, nuts, seeds, chips, jerky, and sweets, plus one meal will be donated to a family in need. Chew on that!
For the impossible
Yes, boring white or stuffy black socks might be the saddest gift one could ever receive. That’s why Foot Cardigan delivers fun men’s, women’s, and children’s socks in a handy, er, footy, monthly subscription. They literally offer every color, pattern, and cut (such as no-shows and crew) under the sun, from skulls and cacti to lobsters and American flags. Or choose from cult classics, like The Simpsons or Mean Girls (there’s even a pair that’s “So fetch!”). Trust us, these are not the socks your grandmother used to send!
For the foodies in your life
Special Delivery from Taste of Home
For the friend or relative who’s most at home in the kitchen, try a Special Delivery from Taste of Home box subscription. Every box features the Taste of Home Test Kitchen pros’ favorite cooking gadgets and kitchen products, plus a full-size cookbook, to make trying new recipes an ongoing adventure. Next, don’t miss these gifts for people who are impossible to shop for.