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13 Great Gift Box Subscriptions

posted by Fox Van Allen on December 09, 2014 in Gifts, Health and Home, Health & Fitness, Family and Parenting, Baby & Toddler, Kids, Guides & Reviews :: 8 comments

You've probably heard about Birchbox, the monthly subscription service, for $10 per month, that delivers a box of great beauty and lifestyle product samples to your doorstep.

But subscription boxes like this aren't just aimed at women anymore and getting a box of interesting items every month can be a great surprise. So why not make your holiday present the gift of a subscription box, to spread out the fun of holidays a little longer.

To help you pick the perfect box, here are our thirteen favorite subscription boxes.

 

Birchbox MenBest boxes for men

Our first pick is Birchbox for the guys, delivering a monthly selection of grooming and lifestyle products, from face cleaner to bow ties.

It's pricier than Birchbox's better-known Women's Box, but with what's included, it still works out to a great value for you and your gift recipient.

Price: Starts at $20 a month with free shipping.

Subscription duration: 3, 6, or 12 months.

Quarterly Co. Survival gift boxQuarterly Co.’s tagline is, aptly, “curated packages from people you care about.” There, you’ll be able to find higher value gift boxes put together by such celebrities as Bill Nye the Science Guy, Project Runway judge Nina Garcia, musician Pharrell Williams and media mogul Arianna Huffington.

My personal favorite is Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s subscription package, the latest of which included a recipe, spices, high-end kitchen items like tongs and oven mitts, and an issue of Grill magazine.

Price: Starts at $50 per package, sent once every three months.

Subscription duration: 1 month or until cancelled.

 

Citrus LaneBest for new parents

If you have a new parent on your gift list, they're sure to love Citrus Lane's monthly box of safe, parent-approved toys, books, and care products tailored to their child's age from newborn to 5 years.

Price: Starts at $25 a month with free shipping.

Subscription duration: 2, 3, or 6 months.

Please and Carrots gift box with stuffed animal; soft puzzlePlease and Carrots is a gift box subscription that includes four full-sized toys, one to two books and activity suggestions for children aged 0 to 3 in each delivery. Because you provide the child’s birthdate, the contents of each quarterly box are always age appropriate and matched to his or her development stage.

We think the selection of items in each box is terrific, though it’s a bit expensive for what you get.

Price: Starts at $120 per package with free shipping, sent once every three months.

Subscription duration: 3, 6 or 12 months.

 

Kiwi CrateBest for young kids

Kiwi Crate isn't just a box of toys: it's a box of projects designed for kids aged 3 to 7. Each box includes materials and inspiration for hands-on projects that parents and kids can do together.

Each month's box contents are designed by parents, reviewed by education experts, and tested by kids to guarantee they're just right.

Price: Starts at $19.95 a month plus the cost of shipping; though if you buy more than a one-month subscription, shipping is included in the cost.

Subscription duration: 1, 3, 6, or 12 months.

Little Passports Every month, Little Passports sends kids a package from world travelers Sam and Sofia, including letters, photos, stickers, activity sheets, and even souvenirs as a way of teaching them about the world around them.

Choose from the World Edition for ages 5 to 10 or the USA Edition for ages 7 to 12, and give the gift of adventure to a child in your life.

Price: Starts at $13.95 a month plus the cost of shipping.

Subscription duration: 3, 6, or 12 months.

 

Tinker Crate trebuchet kitBest boxes for older kids

Serious, science-minded kids will likely love a subscription to Kiwi Crate’s Tinker Crate.

Each month, the recipient will get a hands-on, educational project that tasks them with building functioning motors, ping-pong ball trebuchets and other miniature engineering marvels from the included blueprint.

Price: Starts at $19.95 per month, shipping included.

Subscription duration: 1, 3, 6 or 12 months.

Doodle Crate candle making kitIf you have a creative-minded, craft-loving child in your life, check out Kiwi Crate’s Doodle Crate.

Boxes include simple craft projects such as making wax candles, braiding bracelets, carving rubber stamps and painting geometric designs on small canvas pouches.

Price: Starts at $19.95 per month, shipping included.

Subscription duration: 1, 3, 6 or 12 months.

 

Pijon BoxBest for college kids

Going off to college and being away from home for the first time can be intimidating—but you can help ease the transition with a monthly care package from Pijon.

Each box—you can select a box for men, women, or get a gender neutral box—includes healthy snacks, health and beauty supplies, household essentials, and fun gifts that any student would be delighted to receive.

Price: Starts at $25 a month plus the cost of shipping if you choose the 5 month option.

Subscription duration: 1, 4, or 5 months.

 

BarkBoxBest for dog owners

Dog owners—and their dogs—will love getting a BarkBox every month, which comes packed with fancy toys, gourmet treats, and other handy pet-cessories.

Plus, BarkBox donates 10% of their proceeds to dog-related charities—something any pet-lover will appreciate.

Price: Starts at $29 a month with free shipping.

Subscription duration: 1, 3, 6, or 12 months.

 

NatureBoxBest box for snacking

For the health-conscious—or anyone who wants to be health-conscious—NatureBox sends a monthly package of healthy, nutritionist-approved snacks that taste good and are good for you.

Each box features 5 full-sized snack packages for plenty of healthy goodness.

Price: Starts at $19.98 a month with free shipping.

Subscription duration: 3, 6, or 12 months.

 

Tasting RoomBest box for wine-lovers

The problem with giving wine as a gift is that everyone has different tastes, but Tasting Room is a wine club that will please any palette.

Instead of sending a selection of wines that your gift recipient may or may not like, Tasting Room starts by sending out a wine tasting kit—your gift recipient will tell Tasting Room what they liked and didn't like and Tasting Room will create a wine profile and only deliver bottles tailored to their taste moving forward, guaranteed.

Price: $24.95 for the Wine Tasting Kit only, $99.95 for the Tasting Kit and a 6-bottle shipment, or $149.95 for the Tasting Kit and a 12-bottle shipment. It's the most expensive subscription on this list, but the price breaks down to $16 to $12 a bottle, which isn't unreasonable.

Subscription duration: Tasting Room typically offers quarterly wine shipments, but gifts are only available as a single 6 or 12 bottle shipment.

 
 

LootCrateBest for geeks

Geeks can be hard to shop for, but LootCrate solves that problem with a monthly subscription box tailored just to them.

Each box has its own geeky theme and comes packed with t-shirts, toys, collectables, and other fun stuff. Trust us: they'll love it.

Price: Starts at $20 a month with free shipping.

Subscription duration: 1, 3, or 6 months.

Hopefully one of these great boxes is the ideal gift option for someone on your holiday list. If not, you may want to poke around the findsubscriptionboxes.com website to see if you can find a gift box subscription that's the right fit. Happy gifting!

Updated on 12/9/2014 with new box offerings.

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Have you heard of Yankee Hollow?!

From Kelley on December 05, 2013 :: 10:30 am

Here’s another great gift box for cheese lovers: http://www.yankeehollow.com/

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Conscious?

From Zyxomma on December 05, 2013 :: 1:11 pm

I got my first (and last) Conscious Box. Never have I been so disappointed. The “cacao flavored) apple chips were moldy, the fragrance sample smelled as toxic as the first floor at Bloomingdale’s, and the lemongrass summer soap not only smelled awful, its fragrance permeated everything else in the box, most of which was coupons I didn’t want for products I’ll never buy.

In the same general category, the Vegan Cuts box, although more expensive, is consistently great.

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Great gift ideas

From Jennifer Wagner on December 05, 2013 :: 2:37 pm

These are great recommendations. I would have love to have had these boxes to send when my sons were in college. I think the geek box is perfect to send my son in California, who is impossible to buy for. Thanks.

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Great Recommendations

From Angie Nelson on December 05, 2013 :: 6:37 pm

We receive both Birchbox and Pijon Box and both are always pleasing. There are several great ones available right now.

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Finding the Best Subscription Boxes...

From Find Subscription Boxes on December 06, 2013 :: 12:22 am

This is a great list of subscription boxes. What makes them ideal gifts is that there’s a subscription box for virtually everyone - fishermen, “nerds”, foodies, etc. If you’re interested in finding more subscription boxes, we encourage you to visit http://www.findsubscriptionboxes.com - an online subscription box directory that features real subscriber reviews to help you find the best box!

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Another awesome one - Blind Surprise

From Josh on February 07, 2014 :: 9:35 am

Awesome list - one that I love is BlindSurprise.com - they work with artists and designers around the US and send you gifts that fit your interest.  I use it for gifting and buy it for myself. love it

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subscription boxes rules

From Captain on March 13, 2014 :: 6:36 pm

Its awesome to see the emergence of subscription boxes.  Some are more focused on discovery of new products while others are focused on replenishment of things you use regularly (ala Dollar Shave Club).  We run a monthly tie club at http://www.rootbizzle.com and its a lot of fun!

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Awesome sub boxes - thanks

From Ali | Cool Things Addict on November 04, 2014 :: 12:02 pm

I absolutely love this list - thanks so much. sub boxes are perfect for gifting and will probably make up about 95% of the gifts I send this holiday season!

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