Subscription Boxes that Make Great Gifts
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…and you know what that means: Time to put yourself in debt buying gifts for everyone in your life that they probably won’t use anyway.
But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be that way? Instead of buying yet another tie for your dad or yet another candle for your mom, why not give them a gift that quite literally keeps on giving? After scouring the internet high and low, here is a comprehensive list of the best subscription boxes for every single person in your life. And the best part? You can do all of your shopping from the comfort of your PJs. Happy shopping!
For the Mom/Sister/Aunt/Girlfriend Who Already Has Everything
What is it? GlobeIn is a monthly subscription box that contains different types of artisan-made products from all over the world. There are different types of boxes you can choose from, ranging from jewelry to entertainment, but you can also join the GlobeIn Club that sends you a mix of products from the different types of boxes each month.
How much is it? Gift subscription options include: $114 for three months; $210 for six months; $420 for 12 months. (Gift subscriptions are a one-time charge that will not renew once the recipient receives their last box.)
What is it? Lilee is a truly beautifully packaged monthly box that is curated by women, for women. From makeup to accessories to other practical and home items, each box is a lovely surprise that any woman in your life is sure to love!
How much is it? Gift subscription options include: $49 for one month; $189 for four months; $499 for 12 months. (Gift subscriptions will not renew after the recipient receives their last box.)
Read our full review of Lilee here.
For the Nerd in Your Life
What is it? Take it from this book nerd: I can quite literally NEVER have too many books. I love Book of the Month, and I’m sure any fellow book nerd would love it too! This subscription lets me choose one book per month from a selection of recommendations from BOTM’s expert panel — so there is always a wide variety of genres and authors and choose from.
How much is it? Gift options include: $44.97 for a three-month membership; $83.94 for a six-month membership; $143.88 for a 12-month membership.
Read our full review of Book of the Month Club here.
What is it? The Geek Fuel box claims to be the perfect gift for geeks of all kinds, with the promise that each box will be valued at more than $50 and always includes a T-shirt. Other items range from household goods, toys and collectibles, clothing items, downloadable video games, comics, and books.
How much is it? Gift options include: $68.70 for a three-month plan; $131.40 for a six-month plan; $238.80 for a one-year plan. Both six-month and one-year plans include bonus items.
For the Makeup Junkie in Your Life
What is it? Unlike the popular sample beauty boxes, BoxyCharm is slightly more expensive, but offers five to six products per month (four of them guaranteed to be full-sized), and a minimum retail value of at least $100. This box is not personalized like Birchbox or Ipsy, but it is a step-up in quality from the cheaper boxes, and would make a great gift for any woman in your life who loves trying new makeup products.
How much is it? $21/mo. There are no specific “gift” options for BoxyCharm, but if you purchase an entire year up-front, you get one month for free.
Read our full review of BoxyCharm here.
What is it? If you want to find a slightly cheaper beauty box that is still great quality, Beauty Box 5 makes a wonderful gift for your makeup-loving friends and family members. Each month’s box offers a mix of full-size and sample/deluxe-sized beauty products.
How much is it? Gift options include: $30 for three months; $60 for six months; $99 for 12 months.
Read our full review of Beauty Box 5 here.
For the Wino in Your Life (or For Yourself if YOU are the Wino #guiltyascharged)
What is it? Wine of the Month Club is exactly what it sounds like: a wine subscription that sends you monthly (or quarterly) shipments of wine. Each membership allows you to choose between two reds, two whites, or one red and one white, as well as these subscription options: 4 months shipped monthly or quarterly, 6 months shipped monthly or quarterly, or a yearly subscription.
How much is it? Gift options and their prices vary depending on which membership you select: Classic Series is around $37 per shipment; Vintners Series is around $48 per shipment; Limited Series is around $58 per shipment; California Wine Series is around $43 per shipment.
What is it? Though this box doesn’t contain any actual wine, Uncorked is a monthly box filled with wine-related items that will make any wino’s heart happy.
How much is it? There is no gift option for Uncorked, but the price is $30 per box, and even just one box would make a great gift for any wine lover in your life.
For the Person Who Needs to Take a Chill Pill
What is it? BuddhiBox is a yoga lifestyle box that comes packed with all kinds of yoga products that any yogi (or wannabe yogi) can use both on and off the mat. From journals and jewelry to bags and beads, this monthly box will help you find your zen.
How much is it? Gift options include: $39.95 for one month; $115 for three months; $225 for six months. You will pay the entire amount upfront and won’t be charged again after the recipient receives their last box.
What is it? Indigo Beaux is a very unique subscription box that is fairly new on the market. The focus of each box is relaxation, but it is focused on women, so the products inside generally range from full-sized makeup and skincare products to teas and candles. This box is considered a “luxury” subscription box, so it would be perfect for someone who never takes time for themselves and deserves a little pampering.
How much is it? Gift options include: $65.99 for one month; $377.94 for six months; $725.89 for 12 months (which includes one box for free). You pay the full amount upfront, but these plans will renew automatically, so you will need to cancel the subscription before the end of the term if you don’t want to be charged again.
Read our full review of Indigo Beaux here.
For the Foodie in Your Life
What is it? Treatsie is a monthly artisan sweets box that is perfect for anyone you know who suffers from a chronic sweet tooth.
How much is it? Treatsie now offers special Holiday Gift subscriptions, including: $69 for three months; $129 for six months; $249 for one year. If you purchase the gift subscription, you will pay the entire amount upfront and will not be charged again after the recipient receives their last box.
What is it? Taste Trunk is actually almost better suited for a gift than anything else. You can either give someone a subscription to Taste Trunk, or the popular option, send them a personalized box full of goodies. There are different “theme” boxes you can choose from, some geared towards men (BBQ Master, Beer and Bourbon, Burger Trunk, etc.), while others are created with women in mind (Breakfast in Bed, Weekend in Napa, Dinner in Paris, etc.). However, you can also completely customize what you send in a trunk by choosing specific items from their shop.
How much is it? Each individual box ranges in price, with some as cheap as $39.99 and others as high as $99.99. However, if you purchase a subscription of three, four, five, or six months you get a 30% discount on the price of the boxes.
For the Sharp Dressers in Your Life (or Those Whose Wardrobes Need an Update)
What is it? Stitch Fix is an online subscription service that connects you with a personal stylist. After you fill out a survey that details your style, price range, fit, etc. your stylist will hand pick five items that could include clothes, jewelry, shoes, and accessories that are tailored to your taste, budget, and lifestyle. One of the best parts about Stitch Fix is that you are never locked into a monthly, auto-renewing subscription (unless you want to be): You only receive your box as seldom or as often as you like.
How much is it? The way that Stitch Fix works is that you pay a $20 “styling fee” for each Fix that you request from your stylist. After that, you only pay for the items in your box that you wish to keep after having a few days to try them on and decide. Since Stitch Fix is such a personalized style service, it would be difficult to subscribe someone other than yourself. Because of this, Stitch Fix offers gift cards ranging from $20 to $1,000 that you can purchase for someone that can be loaded onto an existing subscription or used to begin a new one. (P.S. Anyone needing to buy me a Christmas gift….hint, hint….)
Read our full review of Stitch Fix here.
What is it? A slightly more expensive alternative to services like Stitch Fix, the Box of Style is a quarterly box curated by Rachel Zoe and the editors at The Zoe Report. So if you know any die-hard fans of Rachel Zoe/The Zoe Report, this box would make a great gift.
How much is it? Each box is $99.99 (I know, I know), but it is guaranteed to include more than $400 worth of fashion and beauty products.
Read our full review of Box of Style here.
For the Wannabe Barista in Your Life
What is it? This box is every coffee lover’s dream, delivering the best of Seattle’s coffee fresh every month. Gift options include: the choice of a subscription to one of the many different types of boxes, such as The Bean Box (a tour of Seattle’s top coffee roasters), Coffee of the Month, Dark Coffee Lovers, Espresso Lovers, and more.
How much is it? Prices average around $20 per month and you can purchase one, three, six, or 12-month subscriptions. If you can’t decide (or want to give your recipient a choice), you can also purchase a Bean Box Gift Certificate for $25 to $250.
What is it? If you have any family or friends who prefer tea instead of coffee, of course there is a subscription for that as well. Just Add Honey is a tea subscription box that offers a variety of options: a monthly tea box that includes three 1 ounce bags of tea from around the world, a monthly honey box that includes one jar of honey made from different beekeepers around the U.S., or the monthly tea and honey box that includes both!
How much is it? There are no specific gift options for this subscription, but one month ranges from $12.95 to $29.50 depending on which type of box you select.