Gift Guide 2016 || Subscription Boxes

The countdown has officially begun, only ten days until Christmas! If you’re a last minute shopper like me, the anxiety has just started. Well, fret no more mi amor! I have the BEST last minute gifts for everyone on your list. What could be more stress-free than subscription box? Wondering which one to send? I’ve done all the work for you.

Subscription boxes have been a huge trend for the last few years. The reason for their success, in my opinion, is that they are an affordable luxury that you can receive regularly. So surprise the people you love with a thoughtful and recurring gift.

There is a myriad of well-known boxes to choose from, I’m sure there’s one on the tip of your tongue. I wanted to focus on the interesting, friend specific boxes and maybe even introduce you to a few new options.

The Girly Girl


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Scent From is a candle and home accessory subscription that sends themed scents and a related home decor item.

GlossyBox is a monthly beauty box. with deluxe size or full-size products.

Avenue A is Adidas’ quarterly subscription service. Each box includes 3-5 products curated by a celebrity workout expert.

Bestowed: Curated by celebrity nutritionist Heather Bauer, each box is filled with healthy tips and treats to try.

ChallengeBox is a subscription box for Fitbit owners. Members receive a personalized fitness challenge, the equipment to complete the challenge and a sample of healthy snacks.

Jacked Pack is a monthly supplement sample subscription. They offer 3-tiers of samples starting at $9.99 for the smallest box. Each box is customized to help you reach your fitness goals.

The Fangirl

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FanMail is a fandom box made for lady geeks by lady geeks. This bi-monthly box includes carefully curated products from TV shows, movies, and books

 The Monthly Prophet sends toys, exclusive shirts and quality bookish pieces focusing on fantasy, fairy tales, and science fiction stories.

The Bookworm 


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Book of the Month Club sends a book selected by a panel of judges (umm, Andy Cohen!). Members can then discussion their thoughts on Book of the Month’s boards.

Quarterlane is a curated book subscription service that sends hand-picked selections of must-reads. The winter season is currently sold-out so sign up now for Spring.

The Do-Gooder 


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Globe In doesn’t just include artisanal products, they actually give back to the artisans. You can visit their site to see where the goods are made, and where your money is going.

SquareHue is a nail polish subscription box that donates a portion of all proceeds to charity; their current focus is human trafficking.

Benevolent Beauty Box not only supports cruelty-free brands. It donates $1 from every box sold to the Humane Society International to help fight against animal testing and cruelty.

Petit Vour is a great monthly beauty subscription box for the vegan friend in your circle.

The Writer 


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Nicely Noted is a great gift for the stationery lover in your life.  They will receive three carefully curated, letterpressed cards, envelopes, and stamps monthly.

TOTA press offers two custom-designed and hand-printed cards a month.

The Planner Addict is perfect the Planner who loves planning out their planner.

The Crafter


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New Hobby Box sends them everything they need to learn a new hobby. From calligraphy and crocheting to astronomy to candle making.

Stitchy Box is perfect for the friend who loves handcrafts like cross stitching or knitting.

The Foodie


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The Fare Trade box comes with 5 chef-curated ingredients, recipes and access to how-to videos from the featured chef.

Zingermans will send 12-16 ounces of Bacon to pork practitioner in your life.

Cheese of the Month offers three half pound artisan Cheese from around the world.

Better yet, send them both with a monthly subscription from Murray’s Meat & Cheese.

Destination Food Club sends authentic foods from around the world. The Full Experience Box includes full-sized products from one country.

So Bakeable sends pre-measured ingredients, instructions and kitchen tools quarterly. They also teach a new decorating technique, with access to video tutorials.

The Chocolate Lover

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Chococurb sends gourmet chocolate that will make the Chocolate lover in your life drool.

Mystery Chocolate Box donates two meals to charity for every box they sell of their unique flavored chocolates like Banana Cream Crunch.

The Wine Lover


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Bubbles & Rosé Wine Club is perfect for your Fancy friend. Each month they will receive two bottles of wine, a rosé and a sparkling.

Glassful sends three bottles a month based on a palate quiz.  Rate the wines to refine future deliveries.

Winc is a great gift for the friend who wants to learn more about vino.

The Hostess


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Shaker & Spoon sends everything needed (sans alcohol) to create cocktails at home. Each box focuses on a specific type of spirit and includes original recipes and specialty ingredients.

Tasters Club delivers the best Whiskey, Bourbon, or Scotch and information on each.

The Coffee Lover 


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Craft Coffee is a selectively curated coffee subscription of master blends.

Citizen Bean offers the best and freshest sustainable and complex roasts from small roasters countrywide.

MistoBox sends curated packages of beans from artisan roasters.

For Him 


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Bespoke Post is for “guys that give a damn.” Send your favorite guy a themed box of curated goods ranging from clothes and grooming to travel and food.

MeUndies says it all in its name. Send him a pair of unique unmentionables monthly.

Arcade Block is great for the Gamer. Send him gear, collectibles, and new shirt each month.

The Kids


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Allure teamed up with Teen Vogue for this limited edition Beauty Box.

Play! by Sephora send six samples, a PLAY! BOOK of tips and tricks, and a PLAY! PASS for in-store learning. So it’s perfect for the makeup obsessed teen in your life.


20 thoughts

    1. I love using newspaper or magazine tears as wrapping paper. You can also get a solid color paper and handwrite names and cute little doodles to personalize it. I’m ALL about the little things!

    1. Yeah, Tweens can be hard to shop for. Depending on where they are maturity wise and their age, beauty items (nail polish and lip gloss) are great options and either classic simple jewelry or costume jewelry. Accessories as well, fun hats and bags. You can’t go wrong with stickers or books though!

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