Hidden - November 23, 2018

15 Best Subscription Boxes to Gift

The holidays are here and that means it’s officially the season of giving. When it comes to longevity, nothing does the trick quite like a subscription box. Not only do these boxes arrive throughout the year, guaranteeing that your loved ones will get use out of your gift every month (or every other month, depending on the service you choose), they’re also incredibly customizable. These days, there’s a subscription box for just about anything you can imagine.

Here are some the best and most unique subscription boxes on the market that will make fantastic gifts this holiday season for the people you love most.


Perfect For Beauty Lovers 

Cost: $10/month

Average Value: Approximately $20-$40/month

Birchbox is the original beauty subscription box and it’s still one of the best on the market. The basic box is $10/month and comes with a range of beauty samples delivered to your giftee’s door every single month. Birchbox is a favorite among beauty lovers who want high-quality traditional hair and skincare products. The popular service offers 3- month, 6- month, and 12-month subscriptions, with a discount for subscribers who commit to 12 months of service. Plus, if you shop during Black Friday, you can save even more—Birchbox is offering 25 percent off 12-month rebillable subscriptions, 15 percent off six-month rebillable subscriptions, and 10 percent off three-month rebillable subscriptions now through Black Friday this year.

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Box of Style

Perfect For Fashionistas

Cost: $99.99/quarter

Value: $400+/quarter

Box of Style is a unique subscription service from Rachel Zoe. Every season, Rachel curates boxes with five specially-chosen style finds valued at more than $400. At just $99.99 a box, it’s one of the best-valued subscription boxes on the market today. Members of the community are also able to shop for additional pieces à-la-carte at special members’ only prices.

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MoonBox by Gaia Collective

Perfect For Astrology Lovers

Cost: $34/month + shipping for the standard MoonBox—although several cheaper and pricier options are available as well.

Value: $30-$40/month

The MoonBox by Gaia Collective is described as a “month long check up for the soul.” Each box is filled with the best in organic, vegan, & cruelty-free wellness & beauty items, and each box is curated to reflect the entire moon cycle to maximum mindfulness. The standard box includes a guided meditation, new + full moon rituals, lunar tapestry download, tea & oil recipes and lunar gmail/ical plug-in as well as a monthly lunar tapestry, one premium crystal, three small crystals, a moon oracle card, and four featured items.

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Blue Apron Wine

Perfect For The Connoisseur

Cost: $65.99/month

Average value: $10/bottle

Blue Apron is probably the premiere name in meal subscriptions, but the company’s wine subscription is a true hidden gem. The wine subscription box features six bottles perfectly sized for two and are specially chosen to complement the month’s Blue Apron recipes. Each month, Blue Apron also sends tasting notes, pairing tips and the story behind every wine, making the box great even if you don’t get Blue Apron’s OG box.

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Bespoke Post

Perfect For Men Who Want Cool New Products

Cost: $45/month

Average Value: At least $45/month

Each Bespoke Post box is built around a theme with the goal of introducing subscribers to something new. Sometimes that might be a better way to do something men do all the time (like shaving) and other times it might be a new hobby subscribers have never tried before. It’s always new and always something that appeals to the modern man. Every month, users have five days to review their box and change colors and sizes or opt to skip the box altogether.

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Nicely Noted

Perfect For Stationary Snobs and Snail Mail Lovers

Cost: $20/month

Average Value: $17-$20/month

Every month, Nicely Noted sends subscribers three high quality letterpress cards and three beautiful stamps to make the process of sending snail mail as easy as possible. The average value of the stationary and stamps tends to come in just a little below the $20/month subscription fee, according to user reviews, but you’re paying extra for the careful curation behind the stationary, which reviewers say is worth the upcharge.

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Sparkle Hustle Grow

Perfect For Female Entrepreneurs

Cost: $24.95-$39.95/month + shipping, depending on the box you choose

Average Value: As much as $155+/month

Sparkle Hustle Grow is a subscription box designed specifically for female entrepreneurs. Each box contains products intended to help with personal development and business growth—things like office supplies, books, planners, and tech tools. Each month’s box also has a theme (December’s is “Know What You Want”).  

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Perfect For Socially-conscious Shoppers

Cost: $49.95/month

Average Value: $200+/month

CauseBox ships subscribers boxes valued at $200+ every month. Every product that’s included in CauseBox is made ethically and sustainably, which helps turn socially-conscious shoppers on to new products that they’ll love and feel good about buying. CauseBox also gives back a portion of its profits to charity every season and the company is committed to creating meaningful opportunities for at-risk women across the world. Win-Win-Win.

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Perfect For Dog Lovers

Cost: $22/month

Average Value: $40+/month

BarkBox comes every month and is packed with high-quality dog toys and treats. What’s more, every box has an adorable theme and the company offers a free upgrade for heavy chewers (meaning they’ll send more durable toys at no extra charge). BarkBox also encourages subscribers to post pictures of their pets enjoying their BarkBox toys and treats to the community and allows users to buy extras of toys and treats that their dog loved the most.

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Perfect For Workout and Wellness Buffs

Cost: $39.95/month

Average Value: Up to 70% off

Ellie is a curated, monthly activewear subscription. Whether you’re shopping for a gym rat or an avid yogi, Ellie is an incredible option. Even better: Unlike many subscription boxes, Ellie gives users a choice. Every month, your giftee will be able to select one of three curated collections for the month. And, if none of the collections fit her style? She can choose to skip that month and wait for a collection that really speaks to her sense of style.

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Perfect For Tea Lovers

Cost: $15/month

Average Value: $15-20/month

SipsBy is an Austin-based startup that sends users personalized tea samples every month. The box is on the more affordable end of subscription boxes and you get more or less what you pay for, in terms of the value of the product in each box. However, the real value add here is that SipsBy customizes the box to meet the individual user’s preferences and helps introduce them to new premium teas they might not have discovered otherwise.

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Perfect For Beauty Lovers Interested in Experimenting 

Cost: $10/month

Average Value: Approximately $20-$50/month

Ipsy is another popular beauty subscription service. It’s also $10 a month and sends samples (picked based on a customizable profile) to your giftee. Ipsy bags tend to feature tons of fun and unique new makeup and beauty products and it’s a great option for people who love trying out new products and really experimenting with their beauty look.

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Perfect For Young Adult Bookworms

Cost: $27.99-$29.99/month + shipping, depending on which plan you choose

Average Value: As much as $50/month

OwlCrate is a Young Adults book subscription box that’s perfect for nieces, nephews, or any kid or kid-at-heart on your holiday shopping list. Each crate comes with a new, hardback YA book and 3-5 theme, book-related goodies (think things like mugs, jewelry, accessories, toys, and more).

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Bar & Cocoa

Perfect For Chocolate Lovers

Cost: $45/month or single box for $60

Bar & Cocoa’s chocolate subscription box sends out four full sized dark bars from the world’s finest chocolate makers who practice ethical trade, support eco-conservation and sustainable farming. All chocolate selections are gluten, and dairy free plain dark chocolate. Shipping is free!

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Foot Cardigan

Perfect For People With A Unique Sense of Style

Cost: $12/month

Average Value: $13/month

Foot Cardigan is a subscription box that matches subscribers with fun new socks every 30 days. Subscribers can choose the style of socks that they like best and Foot Cardigan matches them with a fun pattern in that style every month.

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