If you're looking for a fun and personalized alternative to gift cards for Christmas, a wedding, birthday or other holiday, a box subscription is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Even the most hard-to-shop-for person on your list will enjoy receiving a collection of products tailored to them each month. There are many options out there, but we’ve collected a few of them here. These ideas by interests or age, but some would fit in multiple categories.
KiwiCrate, KoalaCrate, DoodleCrate or TinkerCrate – Age-appropriate craft projects or experiments every month, related to science, art, and engineering. Gift a one-time crate, or in options all the way up to 12 months. Crates for ages 3-4, 5-8, and 9-16+. Price ranges from $19.95 for one crate to $205 for a year’s worth.
KidStir – Monthly kits to help kids learn about and prepare food. Includes games, tools and a special ingredient. Gift options range from a one-time kit to an annual subscription. Price ranges from $12.95 - $19.95 per month.
BrickLoot – This is the box that’s perfect for LEGO master builders. Boxes contain a custom kit with bricks, as well as a variety of items not available in stores, such as t-shirts, minifigures, new products, exclusive items. Choose a 1, 3 or 6-month subscription, with prices from $23 - $27/month.
IBBeautiful – Monthly boxes with products targeted toward teen or tween girls that include trendy, fun, products like jewelry, nail art, socks, stickers, t-shirts and more, along with an inspirational message. Themed boxes are available for cheer, dance, and soccer. Choose a one-time gift or a subscription of up to a year, with prices ranging from about $20 to $30 per box.
Makeup and Beauty Enthusiasts
Birchbox – Monthly collections of 5 sample-size beauty products for women, or grooming products for men. Women’s subscriptions start at $30, and men’s’ start at $60, with options for 3, 6 or 12 months.
Julep Maven – Each month’s box contains two Julep nail colors plus a body or face product, an inspirational quote, and a sweet treat. The flexible options allow the recipient to customize the contents each month, skip a box when they want to, or gift a box to a friend. All products are cruelty-free and toxin-free. Gift two, four or six boxes, at prices ranging from $39.98 to $119.94.
Food and Wine Connoisseurs
Glassful – This is a one-time gift, but they also offer a subscription service catered to individual tastes. Choose a gift box with 3 bottles of wine, a personalized note from you, and a surprise gift for the recipient. You can choose red or white wine, or a mix of both, and how much you’d like to spend per bottle. Prices france from $54 to $100 per box.
Paleo Snack Box – A monthly assortment of 8 to 10 snacks that follow a Paleo diet. Priced between $31 and $35/month, and you can choose subscriptions from 1 to 6 months.
Just the Right Book – Books are chosen to fit the recipient’s taste and reading level. Choose from collections for babies through adults. Books come in your choice of hardcover, paperback, or a combination, and subscriptions range from one book per quarter to one per month, at a price of $65 to $250 per year.
BarkBox – Box contents are customized to the size of dog, and include 4 to 6 toys and all-natural treats. The company promises to replace products your pet doesn’t like, and supports rescues and shelters. Plans range from 1 to 12 months, at a price of $39 to $319 total.
Star Wars and Marvel Fans, Gamers
Fanspirations – Whether the recipient loves Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Anime, or all three, this box delivers anywhere from 3 to 11 items every month. The fandom can be changed each month, and Cratejoy’s Website says you’ll be supporting local artists with your purchase. $13/month.
NerdBlock – Perfect for gamers, comic fans, and self-proclaimed nerds. Box content is curated by celebrities and experts and can include collectibles (some with autographs) and other exclusive products related to themes like Marvel, Star Wars, Hello Kitty, The Walking Dead, Barbie, DC Comics, video games and more. Boxes available for ages 6 and up. Choose your subscription length, prices range from $11.19 - $19.99/month.
Quarterly – Unique boxes curated by the cultural icon of your choice. Current celebrity choices include Bill Nye The Science Guy, Wil Wheaton, Pharrell Williams, and more. There are also themed boxes, like Unclutterer for organizing and productivity, or the monthly discovery box, which is a collection of fun new products of all types. Packages contain items selected by the curator you choose, and are delivered every 3 months. Prices are $50 or $100.