15 of the BEST Subscription Boxes to Give as Gifts

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Subscription boxes have become increasingly popular over the years, which makes them an easy go-to gift for the upcoming holiday season. With a few clicks, you can have gifts purchased for ALL of your friends, family members and even pets – with no shopping or wrapping involved! Awesome, right!?

Plus, who doesn’t love getting fun surprises in the mail every month? 🙋 BUT how do you know which subscription boxes are worth the money? Check out a few of our favorite subscription boxes…

1.) Stitch Fix – for the Busy Mom

My Stitch Fix Box Stitch Fix sends you a box with 5 items for you to try out, based on your customized style profile. You simply keep what you like, and send back anything you don’t like. Shipping is free both ways! The styling fee for each box is $20, and that goes towards anything you decide to keep. I especially love the fact that you get to try things on in your own home, since I don’t have a lot of time to shop! Read more about Collin’s experience here.

Stitch Fix

Hip TipI recently signed up for Stitch Fix and love it! But, be sure to send them your Pinterest link and be VERY detailed with things you like or don’t like. I recently received a pair of jeans that fit amazing! Note that Stitch Fix may not be a good fit for everyone.


2.) Kiwi Company Crates – for the Creative Kid

You’ve probably heard of Kiwi Crate, but you may not know that they make different boxes for different ages and interests.

Their new Cricket Crate is for ages 0-2, Koala Crate is for ages 3-4, Kiwi Crate is for ages 5-8, Doodle Crate is for ages 9-16 and is art focused, while the Tinker Crate is for ages 9-16+ and is STEM based.

Kiwi Crate

Each crate is meant to inspire creativity through fun, engaging activities. Subscriptions start at $16.95/month for 12 months but you can switch crates at any time!


3.) Birchbox – for the Beauty Buff

With Birchbox, you get a monthly delivery of beauty samples that are personalized to you for just $10/month or $110/year. It’s a great way to sample out different beauty products to find your faves. Each month, your personalized beauty box will include five deluxe product samples. You’ll get to try all different types of products, from hair care to skincare to makeup.

Also, Birchbox Man is a monthly “beauty box” for men! Each month, your personalized box will feature five of top-shelf grooming samples—from daily moisturizers to classic pomades—plus a full-size product like a gadget, bar tool, or stylish accessory. Subscriptions are $10/month or $60/6-months.

Hip Tip: If you’re interested in trying other beauty subscription boxes, I’ve heard great things about FabFitFun, PLAY! by Sephora, Scentbox, Allure, Julep, Ipsy and BoxyCharm just to name a few!


4.) Dollar Shave Club: for the Men in your Life

Dollar Shave Club offers premium shaving products sent to your door every month. Plus, NEW members can score a Starter Kit for only $5 shipped (over a $14 value!) – no promo code required!

The starter kit includes an Executive Razor Handle along with 4 razor cartridges, Dr. Carver’s Easy Shave Butter, Wanderer Calming Amber Lavender Body Cleanser AND One Wipe Charlie’s 3-Pack wipes. After your trial box, you’ll pay just $9 shipped per month for 4 razor cartridges.

You can cancel at ANY time with just a few clicks as long as you do so at least one day before your next box ships. And Dollar Shave Club offers a 100% back money-back guarantee so if you’re not happy with anything for any reason, they’ll refund your money! Awesome!

Hip Tip: You can also check out lots of other Men’s Subscription boxes through CrateJoy!


5.) Love with Food – for the Foodie

Love with Food is a great way to discover new organic, all-natural or gluten-free snacks delivered to your door monthly. Memberships start as low as $7.99/month and all include free shipping.

Plus, they donate a portion of the proceeds to help fight childhood hunger in the US and around the world. They donate to organizations like Feeding America and The Global Food Banking Network.

Hip TipIf you enjoy other snack boxes, consider ordering a Graze Snack Box for just $1 shipped!


6.) BarkBox – for your Furry Friend

Each BarkBox is tailored according to the size of your dog and includes at least 2 high-quality toys, 2 all-natural bags of treats, and a chew toy – all curated around each month’s unique theme.

Subscriptions start at $29 for 1 month, $25 for 6 months, or $21 for 12 months and include free shipping. And if your pup doesn’t absolutely love an item, BarkBox will send them a FREE replacement!

Hip Tip: You can also check out lots of other Pet Subscription boxes through CrateJoy!


7.) Loot Crate – for the Gamer (And Teen!)

Loot Crate offers many different monthly boxes based on preferences and price point. You can score toys, clothes, and other gamer goods for a great price. Loot Crate is also a great option for a teen who is hard to shop for. Subscription start at $8.99/month.

They even have a box for your pet – Loot Pets!


8.) KidStir – for your Tiny Chef

The Kidstir kits include 2 kid-sized tools and one special extra, 3 step-by-step recipes covering all food groups, a digital and printed shopping list, 3 fun games and activities, and a special cookbook binder to collect all your recipes. Subscriptions start at just $12.95 per month from KidStir.


9.) TOMBoxes (Time of the Month Boxes) – for the Hormonal Friend

Ummm… GENIUS! Where have TomBoxes been all my life?! 😉 Starting at just $10/month, TomBoxes are here to make THAT time of the month a little easier. This would make a great gift for a friend who has particularly rough periods, or for a teenage daughter or niece. LOVE it!


10.) Candy Club – for the Sweet Tooth

With Candy Club, you’ll get an amazing selection of candy delivered straight to your door every month. From gummies and taffy to jellybeans and sour strawberry straws, you’ll get a delicious assortment of candies. Plans start at $21.99/month plus shipping.


11.) Bean Box – for the Coffee Addict

Bean Box is a monthly coffee subscription box where you can get monthly coffee deliveries from Seattle’s premier coffee artists. Every month, you will receive 4 samples of different coffee roasts, shipped fresh within 48 hours of roasting. Note that plans automatically renew at $21/month with free shipping but you can cancel any time.

Plus, for a limited time, you can get your first Bean Box Sampler that includes FOUR 1.8oz sampler bags roasted in your roast preference completely free (a $21 value) – just pay $3.99 shipping.


12.) Amazon STEM Club – for the Hands on Learner

The Amazon STEM Club Toy Subscription is a monthly subscription box from Amazon that delivers handpicked, high-quality science, technology, engineering, and math toys to your door for just $19.99 shipped. Each month, you’ll get a different, age-appropriate STEM toy that encourages your child to learn through play. Toys focus on subjects such as chemistry, computer science, and natural sciences.

Choose from three age ranges to make sure the toys you receive are tailored to your child’s learning level – 3-4 year olds, 5-7 year olds & 8-13 year olds. Limit one subscription per age range per account.

Your first STEM Club toy will ship for free within 2 days of signing up and will arrive at your shipping destination in about a week. Since this is a subscription service, it begins upon sign-up and will renew each month automatically on the same day of the month as you signed up. You can cancel your subscription at ANY time in “Your Memberships & Subscriptions” section.

Hip Tip: You can also check out lots of other Kids’ Subscription boxes through CrateJoy!


13.) My First Reading Club – for the Kid Bookworm

My First Reading Club is a monthly children’s book subscription for ages 0–12. Choose your age range and receive three books tailored to your child’s reading level, plus each box will come with a free beauty gift for mom, too. AND, you can use the code MSAREADS to save $5 off your first order, making it just $4.99 + shipping. (Photo Credit)


14.) Book of the Month – for the Adult Bookworm

Book of the Month is a monthly book subscription box. Each month, 5 curators pick out their favorite new hardcover books, and you can choose ONE that you want to receive on the first of the month.

With your membership, you will be able to add a book of your choice for $14.99/month, add extra books to your shipment for $9.99 each, skip any month you want, and get Free shipping, always. And for a limited time, use coupon code FREEBIE to get a free bonus book with your first month, too!

Hip Tip: You can also check out lots of other Book Subscription boxes through CrateJoy!


15.) Sports Box – for the Sports Fan

With a Sports Box, you get a monthly box of training tools & accessories, practice drills & tips, gear and other fun products for your athlete. Simply select the sport (baseball, softball, basketball, football or hockey), age/skill level, subscription renewal term and then checkout. Boxes start at $29.99/month but you can use the code PLAY20 to get 20% off your first month’s box.


Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off Jesus, running long distance, bargain shopping, warm Texas weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She also loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.

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  1. Emily

    I would recommend FabFitFun or Popsugar Must Have 😉

  2. bdubs

    I follow another site also (mysubscriptionaddiction.com). They have people with subscriptions to almost every box out there and do monthly posts on what was received. It’s a good way to find out what usually shows up in these boxes and to see where people have had good (or bad) customer service experiences. They also share coupons for free or reduced first month of a box.

    • Emily

      I second checking out MSA! 🙂

  3. Chelsers

    Wow I didn’t know about a lot of these!

  4. Coupon Ninja

    I like Art Snacks too… for the artist in your life. $20 and you get quality stuff.

  5. Carrie

    I love Boxycharm all full size makeup items and they are AWESOME! $20 a box I believe. Also a good one is ipsy also makeup but deluxe sizes $10 box I believe.

    • Tammy

      I also second Ipsy and BoxyCharm. If you love makeup these boxes are always worth way more than what you spend. And MSA is an awesome review site for boxes if you are on the fence.

  6. MegMc

    We tried the BeanBox. We LOVE coffee, but these were just meh. I tried using them in a drip pot and in the reuseable keurig things. All the coffee smelled great, but it brewed SUPER weak. No matter how strong I tried to make it, it was always just so weak.
    Go local for your coffee. You’ll probably get a way better, way fresher deal than BeanBox

    • Michelle

      I tried it to and wasn’t really that impressed… I liked the free 3 coffee pack Dunkin’ doughnuts sent…

  7. Andrea

    Lootcrate is awesome. Wizarding crate is awesome for any harry potter fan!!

  8. Debbie

    I haven’t heard of some of these boxes-neat! Also, I would recommend Kiwi Crate. My kids loved the activities that came in the boxes!

  9. latincupon

    I’ve been receiving BIRCHBOX for over a year. I look forward to getting my personalized boxed of goodies every month.

  10. Jadie

    im a woman and i love dollar shave club!!!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

    • whitneym777

      Glad somebody said it…same! 🙂

    • ashley

      Me too! I use hubby’s after he says it’s dull…..still sharp compared to other woman’s razors imo. Great product! Here’s referral link if anyone new signs up! http://shaved.by/gE7Rk

  11. April

    I recommend candy club I’ve had a subscription for about 6 months it’s expensive but if you can afford it I would recommend. Also look for your first box free link from a paying member. A paying member gets to give away 5 free boxes and the free box includes free shipping.

  12. April

    I would not recommend birchbox at all, only if you won it and got a free subscription would it be worth it. The target boxes with drug store brand items is better.

    • Renee

      Yes! I think ipsy is better

  13. Tp

    I’m addicted to these boxes. I do really like lip monthly, fit fab fun, ipsy, oh vibe, Bonding bees, and unbox love. Just started getting period boxes, snack and candy boxes for my college girl.

  14. Paula

    I joined Too Much Monday book and relaxation club ( toomuchmonday.com) its awesome. Similar to a book club but it comes with other items typically a pampering item, some gourmet dessert, and beauty product and a tea blend. I love it !!!

  15. Karen

    Allure beauty box is the best in my opinion. I have tried birch, ipsy and did the target boxes. Allure has high end products and each box usually has a full size product.

  16. dealzgurl

    I got a three-month book of the month subscription for Christmas last year. I work with words all day so reading for me needs to be escapism. I’m STILL trying to find a book that I want to read….the first book I got was sent by mistake, the second one I actually like, and I’m hoping November’s selections will have something that I want to read so I can wrap this subscription up, lol. Great concept though because I love books! I love My Subscription Addiction too…was just thinking about checking for a subscription for my stepmother! Great timing, Collin!

  17. Steph

    Carin box, if you have an outdoorsy person to buy for. I got a friend of mine a Carin box one year because she loves hiking, backpacking and stuff like that. She loved it! I finally got myself a subscription as well.

  18. MamaX3

    We get couple of subscription boxes mentioned on the list and like them but we also get KidBox. They send designer name brand clothes for kids for ages nb-teen sizes. We have gotten brands like 7 for all mankind, Lucky, DKNY, Puma, Tea collection and etc. They also donate clothes to kids in need for every box you choose to keep. It’s kinda like Stitch fix for kids but Kidbox does not have a styling fee, it’s free to try and you pay discounted prices for clothes you keep or send it all back free of charge. You can also get $25 off towards your 1st box http://refer.kidbox.com/fqnf4

  19. Bobbi

    I’ve been getting Uppercase Box for my 14-year old daughter for over a year and she loves it. There hasn’t been a book she didn’t like, and every book is autographed by the author. I recommend it for teen girl bookworms.

  20. Linda

    This may sound silly to some, but for people that have chickens and love spoiling them or getting chicken apparel/home accessories there is a subscription box called Henny and Roo in each box you will get surprise items including first aid items for your chickens, treats, and something for yourself such as maybe a shirt, a kitchen towel etc all chicken theme. There really fun.

    • Karen

      You’ve helped me spoil my Mother. That sounds perfect for her! I swear she is a woman possessed lol

    • Michele M

      Thanks for sharing! This sounds like something my sister-in-law would love! Fun!

  21. Emily

    I recommend Gentlemen’s Box. I got it for my brother and the quality was excellent. I was very pleased with the value!

  22. DC

    Barkbox rocks!!

    • Melissa

      I love Fair Trade Friday!!! You get awesome items hand made by women (mostly) all over the world. There are several different subscription boxes to choose from. Your purchase provides income for families asking the poorest of the poor. http://fairtradefriday.club/

  23. MermaidMommy

    FabFitFun, Stitch Fix, and Lootcrate are my faves. I think I might try the Book of the month.

  24. Judy

    I’m also a big fan of my subscription addiction. It’s fun to see what’s in the boxes you are getting as well as the ones you’re not getting. Always fun to see. I have done many. With Black Friday comong up there should be some great deals on them.
    I like and subscribe to Degusta box, Popsugar, Fabfitfun, Luxe pinneaple and Klover box. I know there are a few others I get too. Beekman 1802 is quarterly and nice as is Rachel Zoe.I have done birchbox, ipsy, Boxycharm, Beautycon and others. Found myself getting to many samples of things I will never use so dropped some. I pass along some of the things
    I like but don’t need or won’t use to family and friends and do donations too. Lots of donations. I have found you can only use so much.

  25. Jem

    Thank you for this post, Mary! I’d love to try a few boxes and I’m sure my son would love Loot Crate.
    And of course, it is exciting to find another Mama who trives off of Jesus! High five! 🙂

  26. Michelle

    I would suggest the “swag bag” for the company “I love jewelry” it’s only $10 per month plus $4 shipping… it contains a monogrammed clothing item like a shirt or dress and they are items for that season and the color is also for the season… my 15 year old LOVES it… she loves the cute boutique style clothes and they all have her monogram on them… sizes run small so maybe order a size up.. hth

  27. Bunny

    I LOVE subscription boxes and get an average of 10 different boxes a box. My absolute favorite box is Pusheen! I also get several stationary, sticker and home boxes.

  28. Amanda McGown

    My 8 year old daughter loves WOW box. All Japanese treats, like weird make our own candy kits, salty Japanese snacks, and grean tea Kit kats (for example). Very different!

  29. Rebecca

    We like Loot Crate, they have several more specific subscriptions like WWE(which we get), Halo, Minecraft, etc. And Surprise Ride for the kids.

  30. Jennifer

    I like Wal-Mart Beauty boxes. You get one every season and it’s always nice. Full size maybelline mascara or a pack of hairties, etc. You get a lot for only a small fee.

  31. Morna

    I get Glossybox and I love it. It’s $20 a month but all higher end products. There’s at least 1 full size item.

  32. Lindsey

    Oh my gosh. I love my stitch fix subscription! As a stay at home mom I hate having to take my 1 year old to the mall to get new clothes for myself AND I really can never find too much in the stores that actually fit me right! Also, there’s no such thing as trying on clothes with a 1 year old in the store so the fact that I can do it all at home is a win win! So I get my box monthly and so far have always kept at least 1 thing per box so I never lose my styling fee!! It’s SO fun getting a box of clothes that someone else picks out for you!! It’s like a surprise!!! Please feel free to use my referral code and try a box!!! I promise you won’t regret it!!

    https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/13500928?sod=m&som=c

  33. Amanda R

    Trunk Club is also a good box to get. Its like Stitch Fix but the clothes are from Nordstrom. They’ve got some really cute stuff. I also have Love With Food box and OwlCrate. OwlCrate is a book subscription. Ive loved every book ive gotten and the little extras are awesome to. Every book comes with the authors autograph and a written note about the book.

  34. KNM

    Thanks for sharing. So many new ideas:)

  35. Jen

    We get Universal Yums. They send snacks and treats from a different country each month with a great pamphlet with information about all the items in the box and the country. There are puzzles for kids to try and figure out clues to the next month’s box and a grid for rating each item.
    There are two different levels to subscribe I think, we get the bigger box 25 a month.

  36. Andrea

    I’m enjoying getting ouiplease (French luxury items) and am getting ready to subscribe to getfrenchbox, which is cheaper and offers French cosmetics, snacks, and French random items!

  37. Valerie H

    We’ve gotten the kiwi crates and I don’t recommend them. They sent fun stuff to build, like a wind up flashlight, but everything is so flimsy that it just falls apart. It was very frustrating.

    I highly recommend the Pipsticks subscription!! They send you lots of fun stickers every month, I got it for myself for several months. I’m finally running out of stickers again so I’m going to get it again.

  38. Christi

    I just started doing ROCKSBOX and I love it! It’s like a jewelry rental service. You tell them what your jewelry style is like and they pick 3 items to send you. You wear them as long as you’d like. When you’re done, you send me back and they’ll ship you 3 more.
    ♥️
    Also, the styling fee each month is $21, but you can use that toward any jewelry you’d like to keep. I’ve even got to keep Kate Spade jewelry for less than $10 by using my styling fee to purchase it. Their items are very on-trend and come from great names like Kate Spade and Kendra Scott.
    ♥️
    I especially like that you get to see what they’re sending you before they ship it out. And if you don’t like an item, you can swap it out before it ships to you. It guarantees you’ll be getting something you’ll love.
    ♥️
    If you’re interested, please use my link and you’ll get your first month for FREE, which means you get to try the service and receive $21 towards your jewelry purchase if you decide to buy anything.
    https://www.rocksbox.com/invited_by/christianbff82?utm_source=curebit&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BFF%20Referral%20Program%20-%20Standalone%20Invite%20Page&utm_campaign=38314&auto_apply=true&promo_code=christianbff82

  39. ashley conner

    Another bump for Dollar shave club! Great product and some neat little trial size items for dad’s sticking at Christmas! $5 to try and easy to cancel if you don’t like or just want one box.

    Please use my link: http://shaved.by/gE7Rk

  40. Tawni

    I love monthly subscription boxes, Dollar Shave Club is awesome! Great quality razors for a very low price. I have saved so much money switching from buying razors at drug stores to Dollar Shave Club, highly recommend! Sign up using my link if you are interested! Thanks!!
    http://shaved.by/gryz7

  41. Tawni

    Hello Fresh isn’t considered a monthly subscription but also a great box to receive! I get a weekly food delivery from Hello Fresh and love it! I am eating smaller portions, healthier food and trying all kinds of new exciting recipes. Prices are comparable to what you would spend at a grocery store and way less than eating out at restaurants.
    If anyone is interested in giving it a try, sign up with this link and you will get $40 off your first delivery! (and i will get a $20 credit, which is a huge help for me and my family!) Thanks!!!
    https://share.hellofresh.com/x/sGWeBX

  42. Amanda

    My husband and I were talking about the “Geek Box” which apparently is a version of the “Loot Box” in Europe. He saw it watching a gamer he likes to follow on Youtube and now I’m seriously considering getting him a subscription for Christmas… it’s only $13/mo for a year?! 🙂 I’m in!!

  43. aragnit

    what an article

  44. Sarah

    Kidstir and Battlbox were total busts for us here. I like to give the kiddos a subscription as a Christmas gift as it is fun to receive something every month. In 2017 we tired a couple and here are my thoughts. Kidstir gives you a few loose recipe cards and a couple of small accessories that honestly, I can find the same quality at the dollar store. If it were a complete set where you didn’t need to supply all the ingredients it would be much better IMO. We kept the cookie cutters, tossed the terrible frosting container and tips, and have not touched the recipes.
    Battlbox was another box we tried as one of our kids loves survival stuff and gadgets. The boxes started out promising and became worse with each month. Also, some of the items were really questionable (he got a cigar in one). The value vs. price paid was not great either. With shipping I was paying $30ish and some of the boxes looked were barely valued above that (and that is including their online access).
    The box I really enjoyed was my Allure beauty box. Most months the value was incredible but I did stop my subscription due to cutting all unnecessary expenses but I am going to restart it in 2018.
    We ordered KiwiCo boxes but have not played with them yet so no thoughts on those yet
    I decided to forgo the food box for another kid and make my own version. I went to my local Asian market and found all kinds of goodies, bought a $1 Rubbermaid container and wrapped it all up. It was a hit!
    Harry’s razors are on their way too as the shavers in the house like these and the first box is only $3 but, we will keep the blade service after. Saves me a trip to Target!
    I may just keep making my own boxes for the kids as I think I can make pretty fun kits for each personality for less than a subscription box will cost me. Happy 2018!!

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      What a neat idea to make your own! Thanks for sharing your experience with all of the boxes.

  45. Brittany

    My 7-yr-old daughter LOOOVES KidStir! I got it for her on her birthday and she’s loved it all since April. Each box is themed (many times for the upcoming holiday) and the recipes have good flavor and teaches a variety of kitchen skills. We now have a drawer of all of her kitchen tools and a binder for all of her recipes. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sounds fun! Thanks for sharing how much your daughter enjoys it!

  46. Carol

    Sephora has a subscription box that I used to get. It was only $10 and I always liked the products. I thought it was a much better value than Birchbox. I’ll probably sign up again sometime.

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