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Subscription boxes are not only great, thoughtful gifts, but they can provide long-term cheer for your giftee—well after the holiday season is over. Whether you’re looking to treat yourself to some ice cream, to gift someone you know with new hobbies, or to stay connected over a shared love of wine there's a ton of subscription boxes available.
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1. For the wine lover: Winc
Cold winter nights practically demand a beverage that’ll warm you up and spread a little bit of cheer, and Winc’s monthly wine deliveries stand to do just that. We tested and loved Winc, and you might too. You can get a curated range of wines based on your giftee's flavor preferences, or find a number of reviewer-favorites they may love that can get sent to their doorstep. Winc is great if your giftee loves trying new wine or has trouble selecting wine on their own, and right now they have a Black Friday deal that allows you to take $5 off of your first box.
2. For the one who complains about meal planning: Home Chef
There's a reason Home Chef has been named the best food subscription box year after year—it's tasty, easy-to-use, and features a range of fun recipes any chef is sure to love. Whether your giftee loves cooking or dreads meal planning, this makes an incredible gift for any occasion.
3. For your furry friends: BarkBox
Bark Box is a great option if you have a parent that loves the family dog more than life itself. Bark Box allows you to create a customized box of toys and treats for your canine friends with new products being constantly released, so you and your dog won’t get bored. We even named BarkBox the best dog subscription box you can buy.
4. For the true crime fanatic: Hunt a Killer
If you and your family or friends are constantly sharing true crime podcasts with each other, consider solving a mystery together with a subscription to Hunt a Killer. Each Hunt a Killer box comes with clues and artifacts to help you and your team track down a murderer over the course of six months (six boxes). This is a great gift for the holiday season especially since each mystery is truly compelling and will make you or your giftee feel like they're the detective in your favorite crime show.
5. For the person who consumes books like popcorn: Book of the Month
There's nothing better than cozying up with a good book. Book of the Month creates a curated monthly selection of books and sends your picks out on a monthly basis. This is a great gift for anyone who’s missing out on their bookstore wandering time or someone who simply wants to escape into a good read.
6. For the ones who want to be an astronaut: Kiwi Co.
Kiwi Co. has activities for the budding STEM kid in your life, conveniently organized by age range so that you can find a crate for kids from ages 0-14+. Each crate comes complete with schematics, tools and everything else your giftee may need to explore disciplines like engineering, chemistry, art and electronics from the comfort of their home.
7. For the homeschoolers: Raddish Kids
Cooking is a life skill that we all need, and what better way to make use of hours spent at home than to learn a new skill. Whether you have kids that are spending a lot of time at home, or have friends that are looking for ways to occupy their kids over the holidays, look no further than Raddish Kids. Raddish Kids is a subscription service that provides cooking kits for kids, with illustrated recipes for any reading level, shopping lists, cooking utensils, and more.
Unlike some meal service subscriptions, Raddish Kids doesn’t provide the ingredients, so keep that in mind before you buy.
8. For someone special: Bouqs
There is something incredibly cheery about receiving and giving flowers, and with this monthly subscription to Bouqs you can make someone else’s day on a monthly basis with a delightful seasonal flower arrangement. Bouqs also delivers one-off seasonal arrangements, so if you’re looking for something specific consider checking them out for all your flower needs.
9. For someone with young kids: Lovevery
It can be so hard to know what to give people with very young children, as kids age out of toys and clothes so quickly the younger they are. Luckily, subscription service Lovevery is prepared to cater to even the narrowest of developmental age ranges and provide toys that will help kids practice the skills they need. We tried out Lovevery and while it’s not a perfect gift for everyone to give, if you have grandkids or want to treat your kids this holiday this might be a great option.
10. For the calligraphy lover: The Inky Box
This subscription to Inky Box is perfect for calligraphers, part-time doodlers and everyone in between. Inky Box will provide a great assortment of paper, pens, markers, paints, and everything you need to practice your calligraphic skills. If you’re trying to perfect your lettering or have relatives you want to strike up a correspondence with, an Inky Box subscription will provide all the tools necessary.
11. For the gamer that has everything: Loot Crate
Loot Crate is one of the biggest names in nerdy subscription boxes for a reason. If you sign up for their monthly plan, you’ll get a themed box every month of great gaming and pop culture items. Every month a new franchise or theme might get featured—this month it’s Monster Party featuring characters like Dracula, Frankenstein and more.
If you’re looking for alternative gift ideas, Loot Crate also has themed quarterly boxes that feature items from franchises such as The Elder Scrolls, Marvel, and more.
12. For the candle lover: Outdoor Fellow Monthly Candle Club
Ever had the heart to say no to a candle? Neither has your giftee. Candles make great gifts—they smell good, they look good, and they make people happy. This subscription from Outdoor Fellow allows you to send a candle every month, sampling some of the company's most popular scents as your giftee pleases.
13. For the outdoors lover: Cairn
I wish I’d known this existed before I started Christmas shopping for my dad and sister. Cairn provides curated camping products like trail food, clothing, hiking socks, and more for a single monthly fee. This is perfect for someone that loves to spend time outdoors but doesn’t want to make a trip to REI every time they decide to go camping.
Their slogan is also #cairnrocks which is just an extremely fun rock pun.
14. For the one who has a sweet tooth: Candy Club
This just feels like a gift everyone would enjoy. If someone on your list has a sweet tooth, what better way to brighten up their day than with a candy subscription? Candy Club lets your giftee pick out or browse a wide selection of candies, from sour straws to cupcake bites, and get a minimum of six jars of candy delivered to their doorstep.
15. For the makeup guru: IPSY Glam Bag
There’s nothing like discovering a new product you love, and IPSY is designed to help you find new makeup you love without the hassle of having to wander into an Ulta or Sephora. Each IPSY Glam Bag features five makeup products from a variety of great brands. IPSY is perfect for someone that loves makeup, or someone who is just starting out with makeup and wants to try everything.
16. For the one with a Lysol stash: Grove Collaborative
Grove Collaborative is a sustainable cleaning brand that helps you to maintain healthy choices and a healthy home by providing staple, eco-friendly cleaning supplies like dish soap, glass cleaner, hand soap, and more from respected brands like Meyer’s Clean Day. If you have an older relative that prefers not to go out to the store for items they need but still wants to stay stocked in cleaning products, this is a great solution. Grove Collaborative will ship items to you on an intuitive frequency, to avoid an overabundance of products and keep every order carbon and plastic neutral.
17. For the man who has everything: Bespoke Post
We tested out Bespoke Post very recently, and we definitely enjoyed the service. With a wide selection of boxes that change each month and feature products like menswear, drinkware, gadgetry, and more, Bespoke Post is great if you’re looking to deliver a gift with a bit of luxury attached.
18. For the one who loves to give back: Rescuebox
RescueBox is both a gift for your pet and for shelter animals, as each purchase provides funds for pets in need of meals. The boxes can be selected for whichever pet you wish, and come complete with toys, treats, and chews. If you sign up for the 2 Good program, each RescueBox you get prompts a donation of 142 bowls of food to pet shelters in need.
19. For the beer lover: The Hop-Heads Beer Club
Know someone who loves their craft beer? This subscription box was made for them. This IPA beer of the month club gets the seal of approval from our Editor in Chief David Kender, who has happily received it as a gift twice. It samples local beers and regional breweries, helping your giftee expand his or her tastes.
20. For the fashionista: Nordstrom Trunk Club
Nordstrom is well-known for stocking beautiful clothes by respected brands, but sometimes all the variety inherent with shopping can be overwhelming. Nordstrom’s Trunk Club will actually do the shopping for you, keeping in mind your preferences and choices. Each Trunk Club delivery varies, so this might be a great gift for someone that wants to try new styles but doesn’t know where to start.
21. For the carnivore: Crowd Cow
In the vein of other food subscription boxes, Crowd Cow provides a curated selection of meat sourced directly from independent farms. If you have someone in your life that’s struggling with the less-than-ethical aspects of the meat industry but still wants to indulge in a good burger, this might be the move. Crowd Cow has tons of great options to choose from and the cost varies depending on what you order. They also have a gift box option so you don’t have to sign up for a monthly commitment and you can get started building a truly memorable gift for someone.
22. For the coffee lover: Counter Culture Coffee
2021 has been a year of high levels of caffeination, and I’ve found myself spending more and more money on coffee as the year draws to a close. If you know someone that’s been burning the midnight oil with the help of a bit of caffeine, consider gifting them with the glory that is the Counter Culture Coffee subscription. Counter Culture is a well-respected brand in the world of coffee roasting, and with their subscription, you can pick how many bags make it into each month’s delivery (they conveniently indicate the bag-to-cup ratio when you order). Not to mention, it's our favorite coffee subscription we tested.
23. For the one who keeps telling you to try audiobooks: Audible
Audiobooks are perfect if you’re someone with a massive TBR but little time to sit down and read. They can be consumed on the go, in the car, or even while you’re cooking dinner. It's easy to listen to them on our favorite Kindle, too. Consider gracing someone in your life with an Audible subscription, which will allow them to download one audiobook per month at a low price and give access to a huge selection of titles, including new releases.
24. For the tabletop gamer: Dungeon Crate
This product is basically my dream. As a proud player of tabletop RPGs, I’m constantly looking for new modules, new gaming accessories, and most importantly, MORE DICE. The Dungeon Crate subscription service provides all that and more, with access to miniatures, spell cards, and everything else you need to make your TTRPG set-up a little more professional. I would be beyond geeked to get this as a gift (glances at family members).
25. For the one who misses manicures: Nail Shack Pack
This is a fun, cheap subscription option that’s perfect for the person that wants to keep themselves looking festive from head to toe during the holiday season. Nail Shack will send a new packet of custom curated nail polish strips every month, and next month’s featured set is Christmas themed—perfect for the holidays!
26. For the knitter: KnitCrate
Knitting is right up there with baking in terms of quarantine hobbies, and if you know someone that’s still going strong with their knitting needles consider giving them a KnitCrate subscription. KnitCrate delivers several skeins of yarn in different themes on a monthly basis.
KnitCrate also offers a 3-month gift plan, so you can commit to less time (and money).
27. For your neighborhood anglers: Mystery Tackle Box
Who doesn’t love a bit of fishing? With Mystery Tackle Box, you can customize your fishing goods box to accommodate different species of fish depending on where you’re fishing, and right now they’re offering great discounts in honor of Black Friday, so be sure to grab one of their subscriptions while you can!
28. For the cocktail connoisseur: Shaker and Spoon
If you want to get someone a gift that you might stand to benefit from (in a nice way) look no further than cocktail kits delivered right to their home from Shaker and Spoon. With classic cocktail recipes as well as holiday-themed mixed drinks like the Mezcalloween Box, Shaker and Spoon has all your boozy needs covered. You can opt to send one box or even gift up to 12 months of cocktail-making fun—just note that each box comes with all the cocktail ingredients barring the alcohol, they'll have to get that themselves (or you can bring it over when they open their box).
29. For the tea lover: Sips by
We checked out this tea subscription service in 2019 and loved it, and if anyone on your list loves trying out new teas or simply has a caffeine craving that can’t be curbed, look no further than Sips by. Each Sips by box contains an assortment of teas that are either seasonally curated or personalized for your tastes.
30. For the stylish man: Gentleman's Box
Have a man on your list who already has everything he wants? Get him a subscription to Gentleman's Box, a premium subscription service for men you can tailor to his style. You can opt for a fashion subscription box—which we tested and loved—or a luxury good box, which comes with tech and accessories.
31. For the writer: Scribbler
If you have a person on your list that you want to treat early, or if you’re doing Nanowrimo and need some inspiration (join the club), this monthly writing-themed subscription to Scribbler is a perfect choice. Each box contains items like notebooks, cozy socks, candles, a book for inspiration, and more. If someone you know is looking to become published, Scribbler also comes with handy publishing tips.
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