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12 Great Gift Box Subscriptions

posted by on December 21, 2015 in Gifts, Health and Home, Health & Fitness, Family and Parenting, Baby & Toddler, Kids, Guides & Reviews :: 18 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.

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

Subscription duration: 1 month or until cancelled.


Please and Carrots gift box with stuffed animal; soft puzzleBest for new parents

Please 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 $23 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 $27-39 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 3 or 5 full-sized snack packages for plenty of healthy goodness.

Price: Starts at $13.95 a month with free shipping.

Subscription duration: once a week, twice a week or once a month ongoing


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, $49.95 for the Tasting Kit and a 2-bottle shipment,  $99.95 for the Tasting Kit and a 6-bottle shipment, or $149.95 for the Tasting Kit and a 12-bottle shipment. 

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 website to see if you can find a gift box subscription that's the right fit. Happy gifting!

Updated on 12/21/2015

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Have you heard of Yankee Hollow?!

From Kelley on December 05, 2013 :: 11:30 am

Here’s another great gift box for cheese lovers:




From Zyxomma on December 05, 2013 :: 2:11 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.



Great gift ideas

From Jennifer Wagner on December 05, 2013 :: 3:37 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.



Great Recommendations

From Angie Nelson on December 05, 2013 :: 7:37 pm

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



Finding the Best Subscription Boxes...

From Find Subscription Boxes on December 06, 2013 :: 1:22 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 - an online subscription box directory that features real subscriber reviews to help you find the best box!



Another awesome one - Blind Surprise

From Josh on February 07, 2014 :: 10:35 am

Awesome list - one that I love is - 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



subscription boxes rules

From Captain on March 13, 2014 :: 7:36 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 and its a lot of fun!



Awesome sub boxes - thanks

From Ali | Cool Things Addict on November 04, 2014 :: 1:02 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!




From robi on December 24, 2014 :: 4:25 pm

I am a longtime Bestowed box subscriber and prefer it to naturebox.  It is a nutritionist curated monthly box which can include sweet and crunchy snacks, healthy candy (healthy peanut butter cups and recently healthy jellybeans!), occasionally teas and body or home products but the quantity and product size is substantial for the value and the quality is great. is the site



Useful List of Subscription Boxes

From Cool Stuff on April 01, 2015 :: 2:07 pm

This is a good list you’ve got here, I like how you categorized them per people’s interest. It definitely makes things a lot easier. I’ll be considering these options for the next holiday season, personally I have my eyes set on Pijon and LootCrate.



Great sub boxes

From Cool Things To Buy on July 27, 2015 :: 1:35 am

Birchbox is pretty cool! I absolutely love discovering the stuff they sent me (if you love unique stuff - must have!)



Art Lessons

From Ken Mcgowan on August 15, 2015 :: 7:23 pm

I have used a few of these crates and found them to be great. My daughter loves Lootcrate. We offer in home Art lessons and supplies crates at


Amazing art based crates

From Houma Creativeu on August 26, 2015 :: 12:39 pm is a fantastic company that offers a variety of crates for all levels of ability in art! There are even specialty boxes based on the art of Disney, Day of the Dead, Great Masters, Kid based art, and more! They offer a lot of free crate give-aways, too! You just have to like them on facebook!



Great Recommendations.

From Steve R on October 16, 2015 :: 1:23 pm

I have the BarkBox and needless to say the puppies love it. They don’t even bark at the UPS guys anymore haha! I ordered my mom one called RetroPopBox which has all kinds of nostalgic cool stuff from the 60’s. She loves it.



A Great One for Quilters

From Karen H. on December 22, 2015 :: 12:19 pm

Another good subscription I found is for quilters, located at 

Their main website is if you’re interested, it’s a nice social site for quilters.


Broni&Bo Subscription

From Matthew Boulding on February 09, 2016 :: 6:15 pm

Definitely worth checking out Broni&Bo;, they offer the latest an accessories box as well as a tie or bow tie a month, they specialise knitted accessories



Awesome gift boxes

From Choosamazing on April 22, 2016 :: 3:20 pm

Love the gift box for geeks! The Birchbox products are of course awesome as well. It’s nice to try new samples every month. I didn’t know about the one for dog owners…that’s definitely unique.



New Education Subscription Box!

From Sheila Norman on September 25, 2016 :: 11:00 am

Thank you for this list!! I have been researching subscription boxes for awhile trying to find something for my 7 year old… I’ve tried KiwiCrate and liked it, but more recently i tried this education subscription box called CubbyCase ( and it is AMAZING. Never seen something with that much educational value packed into it and I feel like a better parent just from doing the activities in it with my daughter! Thought I should definitely share it as they totally deserve to be on this list but I guess they’re not because they only launched in 2016..


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