Finding a single gift that encompasses all the feelings you have for the special woman (or women) in your life is not always an easy task. That’s where subscription boxes come in: They’re the kind of gift that keeps on giving. And today’s options truly have a pulse on what women really want: everything from clean beauty products and delicious meals to new books and cocktail hour essentials. Best of all, you can choose the time frame (three months, six months and so forth) to suit your budget and preferences.
And while it’s a great way to treat your loved ones (or yourself) to a subscription service they already enjoy, it’s also a fun way to introduce them to something they never knew they needed but would absolutely use. Maybe it could be a newfound obsession with perfumes or the discovery of a dormant green thumb. Whatever the deal, having a curated box delivered to their doorstep potentially opens up a whole new world of possibilities.
Interested in learning more about the best subscription boxes but not quite sure where to start? Below, we rounded up the very best options that are worth gifting this holiday season.
Stitch Fix features clothes for women of all ages and styles, with the advice of an expert stylist to boot. First, members answer a style quiz, and then a personal stylist curates five picks before they’re shipped out. Pricing is a little different from other services: A $20 styling fee is paid up front, and then members buy any items they like. Two nice perks: The styling fee is credited toward the purchase of those items, and you can also use it to give someone a gift card toward future purchases.
FabFitFun isn’t messing around in the subscription box department. Members can choose from a little bit of everything. Past items have included a plush robe, Kate Spade stud earrings, designer makeup and a set of Lilly Pulitzer mugs. Each box is valued at $200, but only costs $50 (and if you choose an annual plan, it’s only $45). Another cool thing: Members can choose products in each category to go in their box or just let FabFitFun surprise them with picks.
Enjoy a custom assortment of four different premium teas inside each curated box. The teas are sourced from more than 100 different brands around the world, giving your giftee plenty of chances to step outside her usual cup. The company works specifically to get the right blends to the right people, along with offering interesting info about each tea. Take a survey about your tastes, and Sips By will take things from there. Also, each box includes enough to make about 15 cups of tea.
A great gift for any amateur sleuth or wannabe Sherlock Holmes in your life, Hunt A Killer’s six-month subscription offers an intense, immersive experience that lets players put on their detective hats and work to solve a crime that typically involves a grisly murder and various intriguing suspects. Broken up into six episodes, each one is packed with clues and evidence to eliminate one suspect (or more) per episode—until you ultimately solve the mystery. Each box costs $30, and it’s $180 for the entire murder series, but you can always opt out at any point in the game.
Trade Coffee has teamed up with roasting companies around the country—including top names like George Howell and Merit Coffee—to offer more than 400 craft coffees. To get started, you take a quiz to match up with varieties to suit your personal tastes and then decide on how often you want the coffee delivered, whether every week or every six weeks. Each bag of coffee usually costs between $15 and $22 on its own, and subscription holders get access to exclusive savings and free shipping. If you regularly brew coffee at home or know an avid coffee lover, a Trade Subscription is a great way to expand your taste buds and sample beans from smaller coffee brands, include several that are owned by women.
The Bouqs Co. has built up an army of fans, and with good reason: The brand ships gorgeous bouquets that look much more expensive than they actually are. In fact, it can often be cheaper to send bouquets through the company than with upscale floral delivery services. The subscription program lets you choose from several options delivered on a weekly, biweekly, monthly or bimonthly basis: original (featuring 10 to 16 stems), deluxe (20 to 32 stems) and grand (30 to 40 stems). Subscribers can also view upcoming selections weeks out and swap for a different one—or several different ones if they prefer. Plus, all subscribers get 30% off additional bouquets along with a monthly $10 credit.
Wine subscriptions are a delightful way to discover delicious new wines, and lifestyle guru Martha Stewart’s Wine Club is one of the best options out there. Each box consists of 12 wines, and you can choose between a curation of red, white or both types delivered every 12 weeks. Find that red a tad too grainy? The folks at the company will replace it for free. With each box you get a Tasting Note Guide with in-depth descriptions of each wine in your shipment, along with free wine accessories. Plus, each shipment is delivered for free.
If your giftee prefers cocktails over wine, consider updating her bar cart with a Haus membership. The DTC spirits brand is known for serving up high-quality, delectable aperitifs that offer the flavor complexity of a cocktail using natural ingredients and less alcohol for a smoother sip. The range of six flavors include everything from Citrus Flower, Lemon Lavender to the crowd favorite Grapefruit Jalapeño. As for the membership, you can select one, two or six bottles, and it includes access to members-only perks, free shipping and discounts on all orders.
Wouldn’t it be nice to skip that grocery run after a busy day at work and still get food on the table? That’s where Hello Fresh comes in. The meal subscription service makes it easier to plan your weekly dinner menu by supplying you with simple recipes and pre-measured ingredients. It’s cheaper and healthier than eating out, while also saving you time and effort in the kitchen. Following a very specific diet? The delicious options include vegetarian, family-friendly recipes and low-calorie choices as well as the standard meat-and-veggie box. You can select delivery for two or four people, for two, three or four days per week.
Yes, a plant subscription services exists, and it’s awesome. Every month, a plant and chic planter (choose between white or black) will be shipped to your door to enjoy. And to ensure your green thumb is at its very best, the Sill only ships out high-quality plants and will happily replace anything that wilts on your watch. If you’re a pet parent as well, the Sill offers a Pet Friendly Plan Subscription option with deliveries that are safe for your fur babies. The brand also offers digital subscription gift cards that cover the cost of 3-month and 6-month subscription plans.
One of the greatest joys in life is curling up with a good book and getting lost in a whole new world. If this sounds like the making of a perfect Saturday, you’ll appreciate the benefits of being a Book of the Month subscriber. Each month you can choose between five books, deciding to keep one, several or all. And if you’re opting for the Book of the Month gift subscriptions, you can decide between three-, six-, or twelve-month options starting at $50. You can send a physical gift card, but if you’re looking for a last minute present, you can also send it virtually.
Whether you’ve completely switched to clean beauty, or you’re slowly testing out products that work for you, it doesn’t get much better than a Kinder Beauty subscription box. Each month, the brand will deliver up to $165 worth of vegan, cruelty-free and clean products for as little as $23—including a free bonus box worth $85 with your first shipment. Expect to be greeted with beauty, skincare and haircare products from brands like Kopari, Ursa Major, Derma-E and many more.
Full-size perfume bottles are expensive, which often limits the number of bottles you can stock up on. But with Scentbird you can discover a wide range of new perfumes every month. You start off with a quiz and customize your preferences, after which the brand sends you miniature bottles of perfume from major designers like Versace, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana. The best part? You can slot your favorite scent right into the silver spray bottle provided in your first order.
These aren’t your standard bodega snacks: Mouth delivers curated, small-batch snacks from indie companies, with a delicious mix of sweet and savory in every box. Snackers can sample goodies like craft granola bars, fruit, nut and seed mixes, pickles, popcorn and a homemade version of a pop tart in just one delivery. Each box features full-size selections from American companies, and while the selections are definitely pricier than grabbing Cheetos at the grocery store, it’s a fun way to sample snacks from across the country.
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