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.
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Why a subscription box?
A subscription box is the modern iteration of the “Gift of the Month” club. All you have to do is pick your friend or loved one’s interest and then the experts send a curated selection of things they’ll love. And unlike in the past where you might have been limited to fruit or books, today’s subscription box options run the gamut. You also can’t go wrong with these gift ideas for the woman who is impossible to shop for.
For mood setters
Starting at $45
It’s almost shocking how a simple scent can transport you to another time and place—no wonder scented candles are one of the best self-care gifts for a friend in need of pampering. From banana nut bread that brings you back to your grandmother’s kitchen table or Caribbean teakwood that reminds you of your honeymoon in Aruba, Lovespoon Candles knows how to stir up the best memories. The Candle Club delivers relaxation, serenity, and nostalgia in a box every month, based on your fragrance matchmaking quiz results. So grab your matches and get ready to make every room in your house smell special.
For vertically-challenged trendsetters
It’s hard to be a fashionista when you’re under 5’5″—it costs a fortune to have your pants, maxi skirts, and jumpsuits hemmed. The Petite Ave subscription clothing box is especially curated for women under 5’5″, which is approximately 40 percent of the U.S. population. The recipient fills out a style profile and then works one-on-one with a stylist to select pieces that suit her style, size, and budget. The stylist then sends images of the pieces chosen, asks for feedback, and will rework the selections until they’re approved. Between the highly personalized service and a large variety of brands (such as Free People, Vince Camuto, and Joe’s Jeans), her tailor will definitely notice the lost revenue since his services will no longer be needed!
For inquisitive kids
What happens when a team of educators, engineers, and rocket scientists put their brilliant minds together? They form KiwiCo, subscription boxes filled with hands-on science and art projects for kids ages 0 to 16. Choose an age-appropriate line—such as the Eureka Crate for older kids or the Koala Crate for toddlers—and watch your child light up with excitement as he or she learns to become a creative problem solver. Each month, they’ll have a new challenge to keep their hands and brains busy. If this sounds like a better way to spend money on children versus buying more toys you’ll trip over, check out these other 11 gifts your kids will love that aren’t toys.
For the impossible-to-shop-for dude
You’ve been scratching your head for weeks, trying to think of the perfect gift for your man—and still aren’t sure any of these 33 gifts for men that will make you look like a hero are the perfect choice. Enter Bespoke Post, which is sure to save the day! Each month, the company releases new themed boxes filled with goods any guy needs in his life: shaving sets, shoe shine kits, home bar essentials, you get the idea. For the man who can’t start his day without a jolt of java, try the Roast box. If he’s more of a martini man, there’s the Speakeasy box. No doubt, he’ll be impressed with your shopping prowess.
For the bride-to-be
Before your BFF, sister or niece walks down the aisle, help remind her that each day leading up to her wedding day is special, too. Shower her with a bridal box from Maeven, a compilation of luxury items delivered each month — such as rose gold “Bride” tumblers, “Mr. and Mrs.” Coasters, a keepsake box, champagne flutes, cake toppers, rose quartz necklace, and bath salts. The intro box includes everything she needs to kick-off the wedding planning process, while subsequent boxes help her prepare for bridal events and the big day. More into DIY? Try these DIY wedding gifts anyone can make.
For the mixologist
Starting at $40
It’s 5-o’clock somewhere, amiright? If you know someone who’s always setting up happy hours, inviting you over for drinks, or choosing brunch spots based on their bloody Mary bar accouterments, then they’re sure to raise a glass and cheers to Shaker & Spoon subscription boxes. This monthly delivery includes three step-by-step original recipes curated by top bartenders—plus enough ingredients to make 12 cocktails (four drinks from each recipe). All that’s missing is the alcohol, which shouldn’t be a problem for anyone who keeps a well-stocked bar.
Starting at $65
If someone on your “nice” list is an unwavering recycler and conservationist, then they’ll love the Earthlove subscription boxes. This quarterly box is focused on creating a brighter future, so each box is brimming with curated full-size products, including informative reads, zero waste alternatives, all-natural products, healthy snacks, vegan body care, and a mini-magazine packed with useful tips and eco challenges. For every seasonal and gift box curated, Earthlove supports environmental causes that protect the natural world. And yes, the box itself is eco-friendly, too. These experience gifts will also be a big hit with your eco-minded friend.
For anyone too busy to grocery shop
Whether you’re working two jobs, have more children than space in a shopping cart, or simply can’t find a moment to hit the grocery store, Hungryroot can help save you and your family from another unhealthy drive-through or take-out dinner. This personalized grocery service makes it easy to be healthy—simply tell them about your lifestyle and preferences (like vegan, dairy-free, nut-free or gluten-free), and they’ll send a custom delivery of healthy foods and even show you how to use them. There are three sized-plans to choose from and each contains a mix of bases, sauces, proteins, snacks, and recipes.
For expectant moms
Starting at $45
Nine months is a long time to wait patiently for the best present ever! In the meantime, mothers-to-be can enjoy a pregnancy subscription service that gifts expecting mommies special and much-needed gifts during each trimester. A mother of three boys founded the company in 2014 with the goal of helping expecting moms get through their trimesters and thrive into motherhood, so there’s even a PostBump (postpartum) bag, too. Once her bundle of joy arrives, be sure to scope out the things new moms really need.
You know that one couple who 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. These are more of our favorite hostess gifts for every occasion.
For the sustainable seafood lover
Starting at $131.88
Wouldn’t it be amazing if high-quality, sustainable seafood from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest showed up directly on your doorstep each month? And yes, sustainability is key, according to these 11 seafood facts that will change how you eat fish forever. Wild Alaskan Company’s premium wild-caught sustainable seafood comes in ready-to-cook individually sealed portions for easy meal prep. Choose from the salmon box (featuring 6 oz. portions of wild salmon, such as sockeye and coho), wild white fish box (such as halibut and cod), or wild combo box (salmon and whitefish).
For makeup mavens
Know someone who would love to receive all the top-trending beauty products delivered straight to their mailbox 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. Here are more crave-worthy beauty gifts that will delight the woman in your life.
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
Starting at $68
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 some other non-toy gifts your kids will 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. Find out more of our favorite gifts for book lovers.
For beauty testers
Starting at $45
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.
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 Hello Fresh’s globally inspired, chef-created 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 (including time-saving 20-minute meals), and options for every food preference, including vegetarian, low-calorie and family-friendly. 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 adorable Christmas gifts that cost almost nothing to make.
For chocolate lovers
Starting at $110
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.
Starting at $22
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—then, see if the recipient can answer these coffee trivia questions only coffee lovers will know.
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. Make sure they also know about these other chemical-free ways to clean their home.
For nature lovers
Starting at $36
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. Here’s what happens to your body when you drink tea daily.
For spiritual souls
Starting at $22
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! Check out these other thoughtful and meaningful gift ideas.
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, tops these 42 funny Christmas gifts you’ll hope you’ll never get.
For those who are totally stumped
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! Or, try one of these gift cards people actually want for the holidays.
For the king or queen of the kitchen
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 101 gifts for people who are impossible to shop for.